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News from 116 & 118 -- 3/26/12
Monday, March 26, 2012 1:30 PM


Hello Families,
Here are the highlights of what we’ve been doing in 116/118 . . .

•We wrapped up our science unit on the lifecycles of insects. We had a beekeeper visit our room to talk about honeybees! Victor, the beekeeper , is the brother of Chris Potter, one of Barton’s Americorp Reading Tutors.

•We started a new science unit on Air and Weather. We have been experimenting, with how air can be captured, compressed and how it can interact with other objects.

Writing Workshop
We were excited to have such a large representation of kids participate in student author night.
The children have a large collection of writing dating back to the first day of school! We have been learning how writers revise their work. The first step is to read over what you’ve written. Here are some of the things we have learned to do:
•add dialogue
•write better leads (beginning sentences)
•spell word wall words correctly
•delete unnecessary or confusing information

Our classes will be hosting a Revision Museum on Friday, April 13th from 12:15 – 1:00.. Our booths will feature student work where kids will demonstrate examples of how they’ve revised their writing. While our goal is not to have all parents come on that day, we would love to have some volunteers to view our exhibits. R.S.V.P. to Julie or Patrice. Also, if there is a family that would donate a treat for our writers, it would be much appreciated. (For example, cookies and juice boxes for 54 kids, or popsicles).

We have switched specialist classes.

116 is in Music
118 is in Art

Social Studies
Erin and Elizabeth, student teachers extraordinaire, are teaching a mini unit on social studies. They are building student understanding of our place in the world by having children create an ever expanding model of the Barton block, street, city, state, country, continent and the world.

As usual, we could use Clorox wipes and snacks!