READING: Students continued with their reading book, By the Great Horn Spoon!
What a fun novel to illustrate the California Gold Rush through the eyes of a child and to get our greenhorns ready for their time in Coloma. In order to encompass the true genius of author Sid Fleischman, we are also reading his other Gold Rush novel, Bandit’s Moon. Ask your child about the history we’ve learned through this historical fiction gem!
We have exactly 2 weeks (Friday, May 31st) to reach our AR goal! Your child should be close to achieving his/her goal is s/he hasn’t done so already.
WRITING: I am amazed by the progress I have seen in the quality of your child’s writing this past year, particularly this past month. We have been doing all kinds of writing here in CATS Country:
1. Original Tall Tale (ask your child about the lesson of his/her story.)
2. Miner’s Log Entries: Students are really getting creative and introspective in these creative/narrative writing pieces. I’m beyond impressed.
3. Sentences/Paragraphs with spelling words: No redo’s this week! All meaningful and relevant.
Math: We have been reviewing the basic four operations of math in this week’s multi-step homework. In class, we continued to practice measurement with a ruler and protractor. Students are working on “Amateur Architect”, a project that incorporates precisions measuring techniques in order to create a perfect home model.
Social Studies: In addition to playing our gold rush game, ‘The Gold Fields of Golden Gulch’, where students experiences the hardships and glories of a bona fide miner in 1850, we learned about the instrumental people of the time such as Black Bart, Joaquin Murietta and Sam Brannan. We also had fun learning about supply and demand, and how this principle applied to the prices of the gold rush items. ($3 an egg!). Students have also learned that the gold fields was not a fair or reasonable place for equality. Prejudice was widespread, and miner’s laws were far from judicial. Ask your child about how both have affected their fictional characters.
Science: Our class is having fun learning about magnetism and electricity in Ms. Cala’s class. This week students learned how to create an open and closed circuit, as well as lighting a bulb with wires, magnets and batteries!
The end of the year is quickly approaching! Here are some dates for your calendars:
*Monday, May 27th- Memorial Day. No School.
Tuesday, May 28th-Redwoods field trip. ******Drivers Needed!******
*June 3-4- Gold Country Field Trip! See information packet regarding pack list and Parent Letter to the Lil Greenhorn.
Thursday, June 13th: Last day of school! Class Breakfast Party- 8:30am