Monthly Archives: April 2014
On Saturday we had 10 of our EY students spend their morning at the 24 competition:
Our 4th and 5th graders are learning about the engineering design process, and using the engineering design steps to meet the following challenge: “Design a parachute to be packed in a spacecraft and used in an atmosphere that is thinner than Earth’s.” This STEM unit from the Engineering is Elementary program is new to the intermediate level and was purchased with EYST funds.
EY teachers have been implementing the new Common Core standards in reading this year by teaching close reading strategies. Students engaged in these strategies can often be observed reading for deeper meaning, searching for evidence to back up their claims, and comparing and contrasting with other related texts. Over the past few days our graduate-level student teacher from George Fox, Miss Heselwood, led our 5th graders through reading two texts, one from a Weekly Reader edition and the other from a National Geographic for Kids article, about the national decline in honeybee populations. Students worked in teams to find five reasons for their decline using the Weekly Reader article. On the second day, they used both articles for comparing and contrasting information. They created Venn Diagrams and compared and contrasted information they learned from the articles about the bee population decline. To conclude, each team presented what they learned.
Next week we will begin our OAKS math testing. To help be prepared for the assessment, it is important that your child gets a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast. If you would like to see what the test looks like and talk to your child about the test, please visit http://www.oaks.k12.or.us/portal/students/.
Evers Homeroom, April 7-8 afternoon
Reed Homeroom, April 9-10 afternoon