This has been an amazing week in Trantwood’s cluster classes. We have so many projects going on!!
In second grade with Mrs. McCallum we are continuing our research and working with a program called Timeliner. With this program, we are creating an annual timeline in small groups for 5 different animals from January to January. When we are done creating our group’s timeline, we plan to merge all five timelines together and look at the patterns, trends, and other big ideas that we notice from our one big timeline.
While we continue to do this, we also looked at other timelines: World Events, to US history, and then created the beginnings of another for Ancient Egypt. We also discussed what history and the word “Ancient” really mean to us today. Go ahead and ask us!!
In Mrs. Mutsch’s third grade class this week, we will be coninuing to learn about different ways to strategize about word problems. We’ve looked at hanging thanksgiving decorations using measurement, to organizing data in charts using basic multiplication facts. Each problem has helped us learn about how we think about math and how we can improve as a mathematician ourselves. We’ve also continued to work on our progressive story from around the United States. We”ve created our part to the story, we’ve used Pixie with the help of Mrs. Teri to add pictures, and this week we will be recording our voices to the Voicethread that will share the whole story. We can’t wait!
In our fourth grade classes we have been bussssssyyyyy!! We’re working with Mrs. Wright-Owens and Mrs. Richards and Mrs. Birdwell an Mrs. Gegner on a R.A.F.T. (a way to write using role, audience, format, and topic) for weather…. yes, some students were a bit confused when we started talking about science in language arts.
Each student was given a choice of a role that they would like to become and then focus on a specific audience to share their information about weather too. The formats from these writing projects range from Compare and Contrast charts to travel guides — all using our knowledge about weather systems and clouds. This project will wrap in the next week with sharing our final products and evaluating our work using rubrics in both language arts for our writing and science content. The sky is the limit here!
In 5th grade the projects continue with a team effort from Mrs. Lambert, Mrs. Teri, Mrs. Hawley and the classroom teachers in a project that will require research, the use of technology and process and reasoning skills needed to put forth a top notch final products from interviews to creating our own documentaries from the colonial time period. Be ready to view the hard work and thought that these students have put into their final projects.
In Mrs. Smith’s and Ms. Dungan’s cluster classes we are going further in our investigations of vertebrates and invertebrates… we’ve looked at patterns (things that repeat and help us predict what will happen or be included) to trends – “patterns of patterns ” as stated by Ziyan and then Convergence — how all of what we have learned comes together and what we can learn from this in a bigger sense. We’ll be moving next into bacteria…. be prepared!