We also launched our Economic Geography block this week with stories of sugar, slavery and tea – as we begin to look at how a few staple crops have shaped our world, our politics, our economy and our humanity. These are some of the most brutal stories in our history, and in order to build some real empathy for the people behind the economics, the students are writing narratives from the perspective of a slave on a sugar plantation in the West Indies who has endured kidnapping from his/her home country in western Africa only to suffer the terrors of the Middle Passage and the brutality of slave labor on a sugar plantation in either Barbados or Jamaica. Alongside this global study, the students will be beginning their own Asian geography study on Monday as they prepare a 5-paragraph typed paper on the economy of their chosen country and a Power Point presentation with pictures, maps and concise captions to share a much broader picture of their country with their classmates. Don’t forget to pick books up at the library this weekend if you have not done so already! It would also be helpful if they can bring their own note cards. We will be learning to do MLA in-text citation for this project.
It was also our final week for our pottery and woodworking trimesters, so I’ve included a few photos of students with their pottery. (Maybe I will have a chance to photograph woodworking projects next week.)
Below are a couple opportunities for sharing warmth and sustenance (and your volunteer hours) with our community, followed by Henry’s class report.
Vision & Hearing Screening, November 14th
Help us to create a well supported and efficient experience for the students. This important and free service is essential! Click here to volunteer.
The Mountain Sage Student Council is currently sponsoring a Food Drive to benefit the Larimer County Food Bank. It is going on now until Monday, November 21. We are collecting all types of non-perishable food items (no glass or expired food) and healthy foods. Much needed items are peanut butter, macaroni and cheese, brown rice, whole grain pasta, canned fruits and meats, and low-sugar cereal. Our goal is 1000 items this year! Please help us reach our goal.
On Saturday, November 19 from 10 am until noon, families of Mountain Sage who may need food for themselves are welcome to come and take some of the food items before they are delivered to the Food Bank.
Thank you for your participation!
-Mountain Sage Student Council
Warm Clothing Drive:
The Third Grade classes are hosting a Warm Clothing Drive. If you wish to donate extra jackets, sweaters, gloves, snow gear, or hats, please place your items in the labeled box in the school foyer before Friday 11/18. Please make sure that donated clothing is in decent condition and is clean.
Ms. Krieves and Ms. Veach’s Third Grade Classes
Henry’s Class Report (with assistance from Maya)
Today, in language arts, we had a biography report and researched the Colorado ballot. In math we looked at similar triangles. In main lesson, we decided on Asian countries to study and heard about the production and consumption of sugar. In Handwork, we tried to finish our drawstring bags.
This morning in language arts we participated in a class “Mock Election” Where we practiced responsible and educated voting. In math we continued to work with similar triangles. In Main Lesson we learned about the early slave trade and how it is intertwined with Europe’s growing addiction for sugar. During choir we sang the “Duct Tape Song” and continued to work on “Ride.”
Today we went for a walk and had a talking circle. We worked on our math sheets in math. In woodworking we sanded our bowls and in recorders we continued work on “Happy Birthday.”
Today in German we looked at how German news was reporting on the election. In math we had a quiz. We listened to the narrative of a slave and worked on drawing. We had 50 minutes of study hall.
Today we began a narrative from the perspective of a slave and had a quiz on To Kill a Mockingbird. In German we worked on grammar. In art, we worked on drawing small objects, then on drawing a lake. We then had a talking circle.