Our class took a field trip to the Museum of Lapidary Arts. Do you know what Lapidary Arts are? We do! It is the process of creating art using rocks and minerals. Artists who focus on the lapidary arts must first understand the science behind the materials they are using. At the museum we learned all about rocks on the first floor and the art created from rocks on the second floor. The museum even gave us rocks to take home to start creating our own collection!
Last week, Cameron's mom joined us in the classroom to help share how Cameron's family celebrates the Greek New Year. We learned about Saint Basil the Great and how his generosity has become a fun tradition today. While Saint Basil originally hid gold coins in loaves of bread to help poor villagers, we enjoyed tasting Vasilopita cake and bread. Abby and I were the lucky winners who found coins in our pieces of cake, hopefully leading to a year of good luck!
This week, we jumped into our next science focus, rocks! In the next few weeks, we will be learning all about what makes a rock, how to evaluate its properties, and uses for rocks. If you have any interesting rocks at home, please feel free to share them with our class!
To begin our study, we investigated a bunch of common items while asking ourself, "Is this a rock?" We were shocked by some of the answers! Challenge yourself, which of these are rocks: a spoon, chalk, salt, fossilized alligator teeth, shells, or soil.
We also learned how to correctly use a proscope. The proscope will help us better observe rocks and minerals by letting us see details our eyes cannot focus on alone.
This winter, your child’s spelling progress was reevaluated. Using this information, your child has been placed in a spelling group that best fits his or her current needs. You may notice that your child is now working with a new teacher and/or new peers. You may also notice that your child is reviewing words from earlier in the year. In life, it often takes more than one week of practice to master a skill. This is true for spelling too. Despite this new grouping, the focus remains on analyzing and categorizing words by their similarities and differences rather than just memorizing lists. Our ultimate goal is to help students build a deeper understanding of word features so that they can apply this knowledge to their reading and writing.
Thank you for your support as we engage your child in activities will help them become more confident in reading, writing, analyzing, and organizing words. If you have any questions, I would be happy to provide additional information.
I had a wonderful winter break and would like to share a few highlights with all of you. My winter break began with a wonderful man asking me to marry him. Joey Arce is a high school physics teacher and swim coach at Hoffman Estates High School. Our vacation continued as we rescued two box turtles. Kinobe is a female ornate turtle who is about 20 years old. Herbie is a male box turtle who is about 35 years old! The rest of my break was spent relaxing, catching up on good books, and celebrating holidays with family.
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