Learning about tricky people and safe strangers up until the end of the year. Please look for yellow handout to come home.
Learning how to defeat D.O.F. (Destroyer of Fun)
D.O.F. makes us TOO competitive. We might brag, cheat, or act like soar losers when he is in our brains.
Continuing work on our “secret project”
High school readiness. Please look for informational folder to come home within the next two weeks. I encourage you to explore this folder with your child and ask them questions about what we learned and how they can use the information in high school.
5th grade math – Students will be working on writing decimal numbers as fractions and mixed numbers.
6th grade math – Students will begin writing and solving inequalities.
7th grade math – Students will begin learning about surface area.
8th grade math – Students will be starting a chapter about geometric transformations.
5th grade science – Students will be continuing their study of sound and will be making some musical instruments.
We will be spending the next several weeks talking about stranger safety and tricky people. Please see information that comes home with your child.
Working on defeating Worry Wall. This week we made Worry Stones! A tiny trinket used as a small comfort and reminder to think of Positive Polly and what she would do or say when Worry Wall is in our brains
Met Grump Grumpininy this week!
Grump Grumpininy gets into our heads and makes us stay in a bad mood. He might even be so strong, that Mean Jean joins him!
Stinkin Thinkin or Positive Thinkin? Grump Grumpininy LOVES stinkin thinkin Every stinky thought got a handful of rocks added, while happy thoughts got a light and airy ball added
- Turns out our stinkin’ thinkin’ thoughts really weigh us down during the day!
High school readiness group continues! Lots of discussion today! Below are a few of the collages students created about their visions of themselves as high school students.
5th grade math – Students will be ordering decimal numbers, writing decimal numbers in expanded form, and rounding decimal numbers.
6th grade math – Students will be using the order of operations to simplify algebraic expressions and the distributive property to expand algebraic expressions.
7th grade math – Students will be working to understand and construct angle bisectors, perpendicular bisectors, triangles, parallelograms, and rhombuses.
8th grade math – Students will be working to understand and apply the Pythagorean Theorem. They will solve real-world and indirect measurement problems and also apply the theorem to find the distance between 2 points on the coordinate plane.
5th grade science – Students will finish the unit on light energy and begin a unit about sound.
MORE EXPLODING FUN!
Today we read When Sophie Gets Angry; Really Really Angry. We identified when Glassman entered her brain, and….BOOM! More vinegar and baking soda fun!
We also met Body Snatcher this week! He sucks our bodies away from the group. He might make us go under a table when everyone else is sitting in a chair, or play with legos during story time.
Here he is!
Another egg hunt! But this time we are looking for eggs filled with pictures! When we found the eggs, we have to decided…Body Snatcher or Superflex in this picture?
This week we read The Grouchy Ladybug. She was really being defeated by Grump Grumpininy! Then we drew our own happy thoughts and created these masterpieces!
Did some reviewing of all of the Unthinkables this week, focusing on Brain Eater and Mean Jean.
Working on defeating Worry Wall. We listed worries we have then discussed the size of them, things we worry about in common, and the worries we CAN and CAN’T control.
The length of the yarn represents the size of the worry. Each student sized them smallest to biggest
3rd and 4th Grade
We have been working on combining social skills and music. The 7th grade is going to do a flash mob during lunch in the near future! We are practicing hard right now to create a great routine.
Soon we will be doing a High School Readiness group during extension with the help of the middle school intervention specialist. This week we got a head start on creating collages that represent the students’ visions of themselves as high schoolers. Pictures to come soon
5th grade math – Students will be learning about using letters (variables) for unknown numbers and then will begin Chapter 8: Decimals.
6th grade math – Students will be writing, evaluating, and simplifying algebraic expressions.
7th grade math – Students will learn about and apply the properties of both angles at a point and vertical angles.
8th grade math – Students will identify, represent, and compare functions.
5th grade science – Students will finish their study of reflection of light and move on to a unit about refraction of light.
*Some grades will not receive social skills as normal due to the adjusted testing schedule*
Review of Taming the Testing Monsters!!!! Help your child feel worry free during the testing this week by going over how to “tame the testing monsters” at home as well as getting a filling breakfast and a good night’s sleep
We also met Worry Wall this week.
Worry Wall makes us worry too much!
Still working on defeating Glassman this week. Today we talked about lots of ways to defeat this VERY common Unthinkable!
Ask your child about the Daniel Tiger song. It’s super helpful in getting them to calm down when angry.
- Belly Breathing…always a classic way to help a child regulate feelings
We even tried some meditation and guided imagery today :)
Glassman Exploding Fun!
We talked Glassman and how he can make us EXPLODE with anger! This makes others around us feel sad and uncomfortable
Filling up our cups with vinegar first…
Then adding baking soda! Glassman can really create quite the EXPLOSION!
A fun review of all the Unthinkables we have defeated so far this year! We have done ALOT of work! Talk about these “not so good social thinkers” at home with your kiddos
Rock Brain! He makes us inflexible thinkers
Space Invader! He makes us pop other people’s bubbles
Glassman! He makes us have big overreactions to small problems
Mean Jean! She makes us say mean words to our friends and tell everyone what to do
Brain Eater! He makes us distract others in the classroom
- Energy Harey! He blasts us full of energy
- Grump Grumpininy! He makes us have stinkin’ thinkin’
All math classes will be spending time on preparation for testing.
5th grade math – Students will work on area, perimeter, and volume.
6th grade math – Students will be starting a chapter about algebraic expressions.
7th grade math – Students will be learning about adjacent, complementary, and supplementary angles.
8th grade math – Students will begin learning about functions.
5th grade science – Students will continue learning about reflection and also complete some Earth Day studies.
Hello all! Hope everyone had a restful Spring Break.
As we get into the last quarter of the school year, we’ll be widening our look at music, looking at things that have been a part of music since music began. Today, we’re looking at rebellion. We already touched on this a little before Spring Break, but rebellion has been a part of music from its earliest days, from the folk and dance tunes of the Renaissance, the dissonance of the 20th century, and even the punk and hip-hop movements in popular music.
First and second graders are having a lot of fun learning how to play the recorders! So far, they’ve learned three notes, and are even starting to learn some songs! They always look forward to playing their new instruments.
And kindergarteners are discovering the joy of making their own music by looping sounds on GarageBand and making sounds on the keyboard.
Grades for music are still being decided primarily by class conduct and participation, though the older grades will occasionally get an in-class assignment that are expected to complete with the class. I’m hoping that anyone who’s been struggling in music for any of the last three quarters will really bring it home for the end of the year! Until then, have a great week!
Superflex is teaching us the importance of knowing the size of our problems. Later this week we will meet Glassman! He makes us have overreactions to small problems.
Small problems can usually be solved all by myself and last a very short time
- If I have a medium problem, I need help from an adult it might last a little longer.
A big problem is usually an emergency and usually lasts for a long time.
Meet Glassman! He makes us have BIG reactions to SMALL problems
Finished The Feel Good Book! They did a great job! We also started talking about how Grump Grumpininy can also turn us into a Mean Jean. Mean Jean uses a mean tone of voice to tell another student to STOP! This usually does NOT work.
1st Grade Social Skills Center
An interesting teamwork activity. Students each use one hand as though they are only one person! EAch uses their partner’s hand as if it is their OTHER hand
Opening and closing a bottle
- Washing hands :)
Introduced to Worry Wall this week. He gets into our heads and makes us worry too much! More activities to come!
Worry Wall puts walls around us :(
This week we met Grump Grumpininy and Postive Polly (Superflex’s partner in defeating the Unthinkables)
Meet Grump Grumpininy. He gets into our heads and makes us have stinkin’ thinkin’ :(
Meet Positive Polly! She helps us defeat Grump Grumpininy by helping us think happy thoughts :)
Positive Polly Thought or Grump Grumpininy Thought? Pick a bucket and toss the thought into it!
More Wiki Sticks! Making a picture of what makes us feel grumpy