CLASS REPORT BY MIA CHATFIELD-SCOTT
During main lesson on Monday we worked on our chemistry vocabulary lists, then tested the acids and bases in household items that some of us had brought from home. On Tuesday we guessed the household chemical some students had written ingredient lists from, and we also took a closer look at the periodic table. During art we drew another perspective drawing, a comparison of a closed gate/window. On Wednesday we embroidered our projects in handwork, and did more acidity/bases tests on household items. During gardening we collected the seeds from cosmos, picked basil, and made some delicious “salad tacos.” On Thursday we mostly reviewed for our upcoming chemistry block test during main lesson, and had music class.
BIKE FIELD TRIP TUESDAY (OCT. 13)
We are looking forward to our bike field trip to the library on Tuesday. Thanks to Lauren, Kristen and Tom – along with our Safe Routes to Schools volunteers – for chaperoning. Remember to bring your child’s bike (with tires filled with air), helmet, and library card on Tuesday. They should also have a backpack they can bike with that will hold their lunch box and water bottle. We will eat near the playground outside the library. Also send a bike lock if you have one and sunscreen and clothing appropriate for the weather, of course. Remember that you can bring your child’s bike in on Monday if you would like Mr. Lazar to do a safety check on it (and bring a lock to store it on the rack overnight).
AFRICAN GEOGRAPHY BLOCK
During our African geography block, students will be doing an independent research project about an African country. They will have to use both book and internet sources. Please plan to pick up some 3x5 or 4x6 notecards for your child the next time you are at the store unless they realize they prefer organizing their notes on lined paper. Many of them found that using notecards helped them plan their writing well last year. I have some notecards in the class to start us off with but they will need more if they opt to go this route for note-taking. We will devote class time most days to doing some of the research, but this will also be the bulk of their homework (other than math) during their main lesson block.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR:
Tuesday Oct. 13: Bike Field Trip to Library
Friday Oct. 16: Teacher Work Day -- NO SCHOOL
Oct. 22: School Picture Day
Thursday, Friday and Monday, Oct. 29, 30 and Nov. 2: Parent Teacher Conferences – NO SCHOOL (Mr. Lazar will be setting up a sign-up genius soon so that you can sign up for your conference time.)
FIELD TRIP TO DENVER ART MUSEUM
On Tuesday Nov. 10, just after we’ve ended our African Geography block, I’ve scheduled a field trip to the Denver Art Museum, where we’ll have a guided tour of their African art section and a self-guided tour of the Renaissance art on exhibit there, followed by time for each student to sketch of a piece of African or Renaissance art that captures their interest. We will need drivers to make this trip possible so look for a sign-up genius from Kristen coming soon. Thank you in advance for considering whether you might be able to help with this trip!
INDEPENDENT NOVEL PROJECTS DUE OCT. 21 OR SOONER
The students have been doing a nice job remembering to bring their independent novels to school each day, and it seems that many of them are devoting time to reading at home. I hope that reading is a regular part of their rhythm. A good general guideline is aiming for at least 20 minutes of at-home reading a day, but this will of course fluctuate depending on your family’s schedule. Let me know if you are concerned because your child doesn’t seem to be reading during this time when we are following our individual interests as readers. Some students are already beginning to present their first quarter independent novel project (the final due date for these isn’t until next week, and guidelines/options for the project are listed on the 7th grade Reading Program sheet in the language arts section of their binder). These are simple projects that allow students to share their reading with one another; they should be enjoyable and not very time-consuming.