Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Winter Counts

Today was our first day of Tech Center this year. As many of you know, we have a new company called Planet Bravo running the Tech Center this year. The new teacher is Scott Seagren. He likes to be called Mr. Scott even if that does sort of makes him sound like he cuts hair. He is quite personable and very, very smart, and I am sure we are going to have a fantastic year in Tech Center.


Our interested fourth graders and fifth graders went off to orchestra today to talk with Mr. Mason about which instruments they would like to play. It was not completely easy to be teaching with students coming and going all day, but I think orchestra is a very valuable experience for the students who can fit the time to practice into their busy schedules. 

Our fifth graders were studying a bit about the Yanktonai peoples of the Great Plains and the “winter count” designs they made on buffalo hides to chronicle important moments in their tribal life.

Winter Count

The students will be making their own “winter counts” over the next couple days - happily using paper instead of hides. We’ll be featuring those on the blog soon!

Homework:  (1) Write spelling words 1-5 in cursive and write sentences for each. (2) Do the spelling jumble. (3) Do the Holes study questions. (4) Do the Classifying Words and Cloze Reading skill sheets. (5) Fourth grade math:  Do pages 38-39 plus “Use Your Head.” Fifth grade math:  Do pages 40-41 and “Find those Numbers.” (6) Subtraction with Zeros practice sheet. 

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