News from Spanish...
The kindergarten through second graders have been learning their animals in Spanish. We especially like to sing our animals song and make the animal noises! The third and fourth graders are just finishing up learning all about the calendar and know the days, months, and seasons of the year, as well as how to tell the date for today, yesterday and tomorrow. The fifth and sixth graders have been learning all about the weather and can describe the weather in Spanish. They recently made weather posters and gave a presentation about them to their classmates. In addition, the third through sixth graders will be learning about Cinco de Mayo beginning this week.
Greetings from Grades 3 & 4!
Although the school year is almost over, we still have plenty going on in the third and fourth grade SCS classroom, and the need for more time is always a challenge in education. The students have continued studying the regions of the United States and are working on state reports. For this report, the students requested information form their chosen state tourism office and are using a combination of this information and website resources to create their paper. We are also studying economics and will learn more when we take a field trip to Paragon Bank later this week. These topics will be combined as the students continue to learn about the interdependence of states and other countries as well as supply and demand and how jobs and budgets work.
Weather is our topic in science where the students are learning to forecast based on daily reporting and observation with our weather lab. The lab has an anemometer for wind speed, a wind vane and compass for wind direction and a thermometer. We look up the daily barometric pressure on a local conditions weather site. All of these factors, along with identification of cloud types, are helping the students hone their prediction-making abilities. We will be learning about storms and what to do in case of tornadoes, lightning, etc. Since our severe weather season has started a little earlier than usual, the timing for these lessons is right on track!
All of the kindergarten through sixth grade students are participating in the NWEA tests at this time of the year. The third and fourth grade students will be tested in Reading, Language Arts, Math and Science. We continue to read and discuss stories, learn new vocabulary words, work on writing skills and correcting grammar mistakes. The students have learned a lot all year, and they have skills they will use and take with them the rest of their lives. They may not always realize this, but it all works toward the “big picture.”
The fourth grade students have begun band lessons. One of the students is learning to play the trumpet, and the other student is learning to play the flute. This is a new and exciting opportunity for them. All K-6 students are practicing for the Spring Music Program which will occur on May 17th beginning at 7:00 PM in our school gymnasium. The Music students will sing and play bells, recorders and boom whackers and the band students will perform several numbers. They all continue to impress me with their talents. Please feel free to join us for a wonderful evening!
~~Submitted by Mrs. Cindy Bixby