This week has been nice, after all. With all the things going on for me (migrane, back issues, new people in our class), I imagine it could have been so much worse. But today was a nice way to reconnect and we have gotten a lot done this week, even with change. I will give you a run-down on the many cool moments we had this week!
We honed our project cause decision down by one, so that now we are deciding between sending school supplies, supporting clean water or funding solar power for a village. Next week we will hone this down to the two we will support. (Thanks to Gaby for taking these shots when she came in to help me for a second!)
I had an interesting day in my teacher training and I took photos of our tour to share with the students. I learned a lot about sustainability and elements to think about with our power usage. I would recommend, if you are in the Clairemont area, to stop into their parkinglot some day you have an extra few moments at SDG&E’s Energy Innovation Center (4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd, San Diego, CA 92117). There are signs to explain the parking lot's design, as well as the building's roof. The cool part, for me, was seeing the sun tracking solar panels which slowly move their position throughout the day, to best maximize their output. There is also a cool light post that has wraparound solar paneling, which is made from this new material that they are now making roof tiles out of! Here are some photos of my tour, which I shared with the students. (I also made a page on how this inspired the kids!)
This week we also discussed the Positive Discipline story of Charlie, as the class is still learning the power of their words and actions. I hope adding this image will help remind your child to share their experience with this story and how it impacted them.
This week Patrick T gave us a presentation about his Boys Scouts' Pinewood Derby! Here are some of the photos he shared of the event.
Please ask your child about their bookmark design they are making with two words that sound the same, but are spelled differently! These are in process right now, but are very creative! I wrote a page on this, too!
The meaning behind our Februrary poems
Solar power questions (see the reflection page on this)
We brushed up on doubles and continued to practice subtraction and the written equation style. We also did some time-telling practice. Next month we will brush up on our money handling skills to get ready for our fundraiser, as we will be taking change and handling cash!
I kept many of the high frequency words on the spelling list this week. Also, we have been talking about choosing your challenge, and many students decided to pick more than what I usually ask them. They are upping their agreement to themselves! I noticed that many students felt the reward of being able to spell correctly a word they have been working on. Their journal entries are showing this!
Enjoy your weekend! Love, Jennifer