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News and Notes 10-7-11
Thursday, October 27, 2011 10:00 AM

Good afternoon all,

The week that was:

Word Work:  This week the students had 28 words that connect to our study of Environments.  We worked with ways to sort words (point being to think about spelling/phonics/meanings).

Reading:  These were the final days to complete the "Other People's Favorites" books.  Students are in various states of completion for their "10 Reasons to Read _________"(name of book) posters for their book project.  Ask about their thoughts for their posters so far.  Also ask what your child learned about themself as a reader by doing the pages/minute exercise we finished on Monday.

Writing:  Morning Earth poetry continues.

Science:  We continue to observe our growing terrariums and WI fast plants.  Several kids were able to pollinate their flowers today.  I introduced several types of insects that we will experiment further with next week.  Kids also made an artistic "bug" in 3-D  for the room.

We practiced further "when to capitalize" rules.  Ask your child for several examples of when they need to remember to capitalize.

Jay came today and worked with theater skills.  Ask about the story of "Bluebeard" and how your child's group worked out their skit to share.

HOMEWORK PROJECT:  Today I sent home the first homework project of the year.  The topic is environments.  There are many choices - please read the packet carefully with your child and help them determine a topic and sharing venue that will truly interest them.

The week to come:

Work Work - I am still deciding between two topics - surprises are good.

Reading:  We start an all class book entitled "Trudy".  The author of this book will visit the Barton Middles at the end of the month.  This novel deals with an illness in a beloved family member and changes the family encounters along this journey.  The class will have specific reading pages every day.  Your child should also have a free choice reading book - please encourage them to bring one from home if they are in the middle of something.

Science:  We will do experiments to study environmental preferences with our two different insects.  We will also hopefully start another plant experiment that deals with different plants to discover their range of tolerance for water and investigate the concept of "optimal" conditions.

As we are in a state of several loose ends hanging I plan time to wrap things up before introducing additional projects - always too much to do and too little time . . .

Enjoy a wonder-filled weekend.



10/17: Picture day - Forms came home on Wed.

Swimming week - 10/24  (permission slips will come home this upcoming week)

10/25  Uppers and Middles to Ordway

10/28  "Trudy" author visit to Barton

Kathy Scoggin
Barton Open School

"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.  It is
the source of all true art and science."
 - Albert Einstein