Highlights of the Week:
- Writing has focused on choosing a topic of interest and writing about it from a real world writing perspective. Students will be wrapping up their final draft this week, as well as writing on a variety of individual and group writing prompts.
- Students are working on reading an array of their own choice of books to reach the goal of 20 books since I issued the challenge at the beginning of the year. Students are also reading and practicing plays around the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and Constitution which they will present this week.
- Our economics unit has continued to be a great learning experience. There have been many comments about real life experiences and problems that could happen. I have loved hearing the discussions. This Thursday, Angela Guthrie, and other team members from Financial Horizons Credit Union will be presenting, "A Bite of Reality" to 5th graders. This simulation gives students a taste of real world financial realities. We could use 1 more parent volunteer to help assist at the stations. Please let me know if you can help. Thank you to Mrs. Arends for helping us out!
- We will be presenting plays this week that I mentioned earlier. This week we will be learning about the Preamble, Bill of Rights, Constitution, and 3 Branches of Government. Students will be asked to memorize the Preamble and be ready to recite it on Monday, June 4th. They will receive a copy on Tuesday.
The trip to Carson River with the Carson River Wranglers and 9th grade science students was memorable. Students did a great job walking over 2 miles to Venturacci Ranch where 9th graders took the role of teachers and oversaw 5 different stations the students rotated through. They learned about non point pollution, beaver adaptation, watershed, the water cycle, and irrigation. Following our return, students wrote thank you notes to both the Wranglers and the high school students.
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