28 Aug 2015
So far, students are doing a great job getting back into the swing of things at school. They are working diligently on their organizational skills and are willing to try new things. Students are still easing into the concepts of strong work ethic, sustaining focus and effort over time, and personal best to ensure that students work to their fullest potentials and produce high quality work indicative of their strong capabilities.
Additionally, students have begun working with the math program, had their first spelling test, read and discussed poetry and art images, written poems and letters, read from source information, and worked to foster a culture of kindness within the classroom and beyond. Students have also had several writing mini-lessons and have written free verse poetry and spelling stories. The top spelling stories of the week are posted here. They have been selected for the quality of their content, as well as the correctness of conventions. Furthermore, students turned in and presented their first long-term project, the personal timeline, today. Students have accomplished much during their first week and a half of school.
This is just a reminder that the instructions for the next long-term project, which is due on Wednesday, September 30, were sent home earlier in the week. The current long-term project is the heritage doll and mini-report, which was explained in detail in class. In the past, this project has proved to be one of students’ favorites. For the project, students should work with their families to choose one part of their heritage to report. Next, students research different aspects of their heritage, and write a brief (one to two pages hand-written or in 12 to 14 point font) mini-report (including bibliography) that highlights the most important characteristics of their heritage. Last, students dress their heritage doll in a traditional outfit representative of the country of origin. Students may use the tag board doll or may be more creative, sewing a three-dimensional doll.
Students, if you have some additional free time at home, check out the University of Chicago’s interactive “Dig into History Mesopotamia,” a virtual archaeological dig in Iraq, where you can become an archaeologist and collect and catalog Mesopotamian artifacts, then curate a museum exhibition with the artifacts found. Students, you might also want to create your own avatar with this fun, free cartoon avatar generator: Portrait Illustration Maker. You can also add information to your profile.
CPM Parent Tips of the Week
CPM offers resources for parents and students at its website. You might find it useful to take a look at the following sections:
- Learn About CPM
- Student Support
- Parent Support
In the Learn About CPM section, you will find an introduction to CPM, more information about the program, research supporting the program, and more information about the curriculum. In the Student Support section, you will find help with homework, resource pages that connect to the lessons, links to technology, and extra practice problems. In the Parent Support section, there are suggestions of ways to help your student, parent guides to lessons, and tips for learning. There are also videos of students in the classroom that will give you an idea of what your child’s math class might look like. If you have questions about CPM, an excellent resource can be found here.