First, thanks to everyone who made it to our Family Night/Sock Hop on Friday! It was amazing seeing the students perform and all of them deserve congratulations for their hard work. Check the Bloomz update for “exclusive” backstage photos of the event taken by Mr. Ben. Also, thanks for the huge amount of sock donations that came in from families. With the holidays coming up we are getting the students more involved in helping and donating to others through Mary’s Place, an organization that helps local homeless families. We began this week by having the students make posters for the school about our donation drive next month.
Highlights from this week were students making their own Egyptian cartouche with our art specialist, Ms. Michelle, and learning about animal classification with Ms. Mary. With the end of election season, we have had a lot of students involved in making different political and biome maps this week. They also finished up this month’s Literature Circle books and some students have been practicing handwriting with tablets.
A special event this week was being invited to listen to the Upper Elementary’s early human research reports in front of a fire they had made. It was really cool to hear what they have learned and helped warm up everyone with this cold week. Students also enjoyed potatoes cooked on the fire.
Next week, remember we only have two days of school. The schedule will be the same except we will not be doing spelling next week.
Have a great holiday,
Ben, Mary, & Ali
This week in Morado, the children were excited to vote in the presidential election for the amphibian they thought would best represent them. Toad won overwhelmingly.
Sewing was a popular activity this week. Mr. Ben gave lessons on the part of speech called the “article”. Some children made character maps for their literature circle books, which are simply a visual that expresses what they know about characters to help them understand the story. Some math activities that inspired people this week included fractions, long multiplication with the bank game, adding and subtracting using the stamp game and bead frame as well as abstractly.
We hope to see all of you at K-El Family Night, Friday, November 18.
There was definitely a shift felt between October and November this week in Morado. We started the week with a spooky picnic lunch celebrating Halloween to focusing on elections and voting later in the week. Spooky lunch was a lot of fun: students had a picnic lunch in Morado with Mr. Ben reading some slightly spooky stories next to a campfire on an ipad.
Another highlight of the week was Ms. Mary talking about the presidential election and what the president does. She then read a few stories from the Frog and Toad series by Arnold Lobel, with the students thinking about which character would be a better president. The class then made lists of both good and bad qualities of each candidate and submitted questions for a debate later in the week. During the debate, Ms. Mary used puppets of the characters and answered the questions how she felt the characters would answer, with Mr. Ben and some students acting as moderators. Students ended the week by making campaign posters for who they wanted to vote for. The class will hold elections on Tuesday.
Other lessons this week were lessons on different organs with Mr. Ben, with some students doing mini research projects on different organs, and students learning more angles with Ms. Mary in geometry.
Dates to remember in November:
11 - No School - Veteran's Day
18 - K/El Family Night 6-8pm
23-25 - No School - Thanksgiving Holiday
Mr. Ben, Ms. Mary and Mr. Robin
El Salon Morado Lead Teachers