ADAPTING TO CHANGE! Middleburg Community Charter February 1, 2016 Ms. Browning and Ms. Morgan’s Class Newsletter Language Arts Please practice your world study words this week. They are on our website and in the student agendas. The word study assessment will be on Thursday, Feb 4th. Social Studies We will continue the exploration of the Americas by describing the accomplishments of Christopher Columbus, Juan Ponce de Leon, Jacques Cartier and Christopher Newport and using our mapping skills to explore our world. Math We will continue to investigate fractions through mixed numbers and adding and subtracting fractions with like denominators. Please review the vocabulary – part, whole, denominator and numerator. We will also spiral back and review subtraction/addition with regrouping and division/multiplication. Contact Information: Karah Morgan [email protected] Taryn Browning [email protected] Science We are investigating and understanding that environments support a diversity of plants and animals that share limited resources with a focus on water-related environments, dry-land environments, population and community. Vocabulary: environment, population, community, habitat, ecosystem, abiotic, biotic Project-based learning How can humans make choices to improve the quality of life for the animals in their care? The student will research a habit made or maintained by humans and compare it with the animal’s natural habitat. Choose a specific park, zoo, aquarium, sanctuary, reserve, etc. For example, "Zoo" would not be an acceptable choice, but "The National Zoo in Washington D.C." would meet expectations. The student will then use a graphic organizer to compare the natural habitat with the animal park. Please reference the attached graphic organizers that can help your student organize his/her research! You can use one, two or more. While the Venn Diagram may seem like the most approachable, don't be afraid to explore other options. Helping our students organize their thoughts on paper is a powerful skill. Using drawings to fill in the graphic organizer is very appropriate, and then students can go back and label their ideas. The options are endless! Part 2 will be due on Thursday, February 4th! Grasshopper and Frog Newsletter --Page 2 The Arts Mrs. Hill would like you to remember to wear your sneakers to school. You can change into your boots, etc. when you return to the classroom. Thank you! Reminders to Students Don’t forget your take-home folder and agenda! Please remember to take your jackets and water bottles home. PLEASE pack enough snack each day so that you do not eat your lunch during snack time. We want to make sure you are getting enough to eat during lunch time. This Week’s Highlights Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Under the Sea Planetarium Assembly 9am (students only) Word Study Assessment PBL Part 2 due Friday No School for Students! Upcoming Events Under the Sea Planetarium Assembly 9am (students only) – February 4th PBL At-home Assignment: Part 2 – due Thursday, February 4th No School – Teacher Workday February 5th Please check the LCPS MCCS website (2/3 classes) for additional information and reminders – this includes a list of this week’s word study words!!!