Here's what our pioneers have been up to this week....
Pioneers- We have safely crossed the Cheyenne River. Students have decided on one of three trails to take right now. Our next goal is to get to Devil's Flat. All have survived the flooded river, but many wagons were lost along the way. It's so nice of other pioneers to share supplies with those who have lost everything. One wagon train has taken Massacre Canyon Trail and the other two wagon trains have taken the Long trail. It is still uncertain what fates we will have on this part of our journey. What we have heard from scouts is not promising. We will keep you posted. When we reach Devil's Flat there will be a whole new set of obstacles Here we will encounter extreme heat, lack of water and food. Pioneers are going to face their live stock becoming sick and even dying. They will have a tough decision to make on how to proceed.
** I have managed to upload pictures from the second day of pioneer projects! Thanks for your patience. Check them out! :)
Writing- We have focused a lot of time on writing with details in the past weeks. Students have been making diary entries on their journey so far. We have talked about the importance to express our thoughts and feelings through sharing details to paint a pictures for our readers. Our final projects for this unit will be a persuasive letter to 'family' back home. We will tell them whether or not we want them to make the same trip we did and back it up with details.
Spelling- We have been working again with contractions and homophones. This has been a big part of our spelling curriculum the past few units. We will review contractions this next week again. We have made it through almost 20 units in our spelling series. Please make sure students are going back to practice words that they must learn from the earlier units. All words to learn are written in the front part of their agendas for a quick and easy way to locate them. :)
AR Reading- Today students should be around 70% of their AR goal. The year is winding down fast, let's make sure we keep up with our routine of reading each night for 20 minutes. We have really built up our stamina at school and students are now silent reading for 40 minutes each day!!!! :)
Math- We have continued to work on telling time this week. Students have worked with elapsed time, telling time to the nearest minute, quarter hour, and half hour. This will continue as a review to sharpen our skills. Remember to keep practicing flash cards. This is not necessary every night, however knowing these facts automatically will really give students a great quick start for 4th grade!!!
Technology- We are creating pictures right now on the computer of our pioneer journey. We will then make a movie out of them! Students are doing a great job capturing what they have gone through on the trail.
Field Trips- We will go to Seno Woodland next Friday, May 17th in the afternoon for a pioneer adventure. This trip will be a great way to end our pioneer unit. Students will have the opportunity to be involved in many hands on stations. We are asking students to bring a water bottle with them along the trip. It can get warm where we will be. They are also allowed to wear a hat of some sorts to keep the sun out of the their face. It is strongly recommended that you put sun screen on your kiddo before they get to school that morning too! We will be outside!
You will also get a permission slip today for our final field trip of the school year. We end the year with a History of Lake Geneva unit in our language arts classes. Students will explore the history of Lake through non-fiction literature. Our culminating activity will be to take a walking tour of Lake Geneva as well as a lake tour with Geneva Lake Cruise line. The cost for this trip will be $2.00 a student. We will be going on Friday, May 31. We will go Rain or Shine!!! So please watch the weather and prepare for sunscreen applications or raincoats for the day of!! :) We are super excited to offer this opportunity to your students and are very lucky that the Star Center PTO and the Joint 1 school budget has helped us keep the cost of this trip so low! if you have any questions, please let me know.
I think that is all for now, however I'm sure I'm missing something.... these weeks are just going so fast! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend.