Crestview LEAP Newsletter
River Education Services, Inc.
Second Quarter News Letter
First Quarter News Letter
In Math we started off the year reviewing our addition and subtraction problems. Shortly after we went into our odd and even numbers and started reviewing our place value of numbers to 1,000. I love our even Stephen and odd Todd poster, it helps me remember which numbers are even and which numbers are odd.-Elias
In social studies we started off by making a book about where we live. In our book we had our planet, our continent, our state, our city, and then our street. We also got to draw what each place looked like. Right now we are learning everything about our state and it is so cool to find out all these different facts! Did you know that Wendy’s started in Ohio?-Elias
In Language arts we started off the first nine weeks by getting to know each other and writing things about ourselves. In our classroom we reviewed the four different types of sentences, and incorporated them with our spelling words each week. We have also been reading short stories and working on our comprehension. Right now we are talking about Fall and reading short stories from The Graveyard Book, it’s fun because Halloween is this month! -Noah
During group we got to make shields of strength and they looked awesome!- Noah
In art we got to go outside and draw with the chalk on the sidewalk! I drew a huge city!!-Elias
This quarter in science we have learned about the planets and the solar system. We have also learned about the scientific method and were able to use it with our experiment. It was fun learning the scientific method rap!!-Noah We experimented to see what liquid would not make an apple turn brown. Right now we are focusing more on Earth and Earth’s resources, erosion, Earth’s changing over time, living v. nonliving. -Noah
In art class we have learned several shading techniques; hatching, cross hatching, and stippling. We shaded in pumpkins using these three different shading methods. We have also worked on a project where we colored a large sheet of paper with markers of all different colors. We then took a spray bottle of rubbing alcohol and sprayed our papers down and watched the reaction between the markers and the rubbing alcohol. The colors blended together and even in spots the marker was completely taken off. They turned out pretty cool. We also began our leaf rubbing project by going outside and collecting all sorts of different leaves.
In Gym we have done a two minute to four minute walk or run around the gym or outside on the track. We are also working on completing twenty crunches and ten push-ups. Mr. K has taught many of us how to play PIG and Knockout, both basketball games.
We also got to play an epic volleyball game one day when the nets were out.
In music so far this year we have been learning all about Beethoven. We have explored his life, up and coming music career and how he went crazy later in life and could not hear anything but still played music. We completed a big packet creating music hall pamphlets, talking about the huge inventions during his lifetime, and how he changed the face of music during the Enlightenment period.
In group we have learned about all kinds of skills including anger management and other coping skills. We complete worksheets and performed other activities that go along with the lessons each morning that help to teach us better ways to deal with certain situations in life.
What’s Happening in the Classroom?
Ms. Brittany's and Mr. K's
In Language Arts we have been working on our spelling each week with different lists Ms. Brittany picks out for us. We also have journal writing prompts that we complete along with tricky grammar activities for bellwork to start off each morning. As a class we have begun reading the book Lord of the Flies. We discuss difficult words by completing vocabulary for each chapter as well as discuss the chapter and answer review questions about each chapter. Ms. Brittany also quizzes us over each chapter to make sure that we are following along with the book.
In Social Studies we have been discussing the Enlightenment time period. We have discussed different people who were involved in helping spread the Enlightenment ideas and people who made huge discoveries and inventions like how they Earth actually rotates around the Sun and not the other way around. We also talked about how the Enlightenment changed the ways the Europeans thought who moved to America and how it helped to begin the American Revolution and how we developed out Constitution and Bill of Rights. We also took a day to honor those who lost their lived in 9/11. We watched an interview of George W. Bush and his reflection on the events of that day.
In science so far this year we have been learning about the states of matter. How we can classify solids, liquids, and gasses. We performed a Root Beer experiment looking at how each ingredient represented each state of matter. We had to discuss each part and fill out a worksheet as if we were pretending to have Root Beer Floats, but then Ms. Brittany got out cups and everything else, so it was a nice treat as well.
We started off the year learning how to balance a checkbook, write a check, and write our deposit slips. We learned how to interpret data and put that data into frequency tables, bar graphs, as well as histograms. We moved on to order of operations; learning that we need to find our grouping symbols first, multiply or divide left to right, and then finally add or subtract left to right. We have been currently working on variable expressions. We have been writing variable expressions using the information from a word problem and solving variable expressions.
Ms.Aims and Mr.Craig’s Classroom
So far social studies has been fun. We have been working on our 5 themes of geography projects. The city I chose to do my project on was Rome, Italy. I chose it because of the Colosseum. The Colosseum is an old Ancient building located in Rome. What shocked me the most in social studies was that Rome, Italy has a population of 57.7 million people.
In math we have learned several things. One thing we learned was how to use a multiplication chart. This was very helpful when solving equivalent fractions. I didn’t even have to use a calculator! Another thing we learned was how to simplify fractions by finding the greatest common factor in the numerator and denominator of the fractions.
So far my favorite part of Science has been the gummy bear experiment. We took gummy bears and placed them in different solutions such as water and baking soda. After waiting over night, the gummy bear in the water got huge! After the experiment we learned about the earth, sun and moon system. It is pretty crazy how much the movement of the Earth, Sun and Moon affects us. Lastly, we play Jeopardy right before a test. I really enjoy this game and being able to get a fresh review right before the test.
Group has been a lot different than I expected. We have been learning a lot about how to control or handle our behaviors. One week we got to watch The Lion King movie. The movie illustrated anger, grieving, redemption, friendship, ambition, trustworthiness and responsibility. I had no idea that this movie intergrated so much social-emotional learning. We have also been learning about different feelings such as shame, regret, anger, anxiety and how our thoughts affect our emotions and how to gain better control.
We have been really busy in specials this quarter. I would have to say gym has been my favorite special. I really enjoy the big open space to have fun after a short walk and exercise. Art is my second favorite specials after gym. In art we have been working on our Tangle Name Art Projects and door decorating. I love getting to create different designs around my name for the Tangle Name Art Project. Due to lack of school days, we haven't been able to participate in music too much. However, we have learned about the history of the national anthems, reflected on other countries’ national anthems and learned about black spirituals in the Underground Railroad songs. Lastly, we got to not only learn, but taste MREs! An MRE is a Meal-Ready-to-Eat for soldiers on the field. I am pretty picky so I didn't try a lot, but the sugar cookies were pretty tasty. Some kids were even brave enough to try the stew that Ms. Aims warmed up in a flameless ration heater.
In language arts, we have been working on our writing skills. We got to write actual letters to soldiers that Ms. Aims mailed. I enjoyed thanking the soldiers for all their hard work while also talking a little bit about myself. I have also learned that some assignments aren't that bad. Who knew reading a short story wouldn't be that bad? Although I didn't really enjoy the questions, the story Ms. Aims chose was interesting. We got to read about why Pluto is not a planet.