Curriculum Topics This Semester
4th graders are
well into their Wagon Train Journey and are learning about the vital
decision making and problem solving challenges presented to those who
chose this adventurous way of life. Simulation learning brings subject
matter alive for the students and allows them to feel what is was like
to walk in other shoes.
Math Quest is presenting various strategies for math problem solving and
leading the children on to use these various ways of approaching a
problem in creating challenges for group members to tackle. Fate cards
are procuring extra bonus amounts of gold and jewels to speed students
along on their quest.
Learning About Ancient Civilizations Through Their Art is presently
focusing on the Mayan culture in preparation for a trip to see the
Mesoamerican exhibit at the Newark Museum in early December.
Looking at Analogies is allowing the students both vocabulary growth as
well as a large variety of ways of looking at word relationships.
Newark Museum - www.newarkmuseum.org
Oregon Trail - www.isu.edu/~trinmich/Oregontrail.html
5th graders find
themselves in the process of using scale, perimiter, area, and a variety
of polygons in readying themselves for the consruction of mazes as well
as the design of their chosen residential structure. Cost of
"square footage" is a term being learned by our student
architects. Final design will be addressed on the computer.
Weighty Words thus far include abasement, bifurcate, coruscate,
dogmatic, expedient, and felicity. Out vocabulary expands weekly.
Junior Great Books have provided us with shared inquiry discussion on
the topics of coping with tragedy in The Ghost Cat and identifying and
relating with the wisdom of the young in The Story of Wang Li.