Quote of the Week: “I think traveling for seventy five years in space would be really awesome as long as I could bring my dog.” “What about your family?” “Oh yeah, they could come too.”

unit of inquiry continued..... Then they wrote journal entries about if they had been traveling on a spaceship, what they saw, and how they felt about their expedition. Student wrote an interview with a stowaway on a famous explorer’s expedition. We had a visit from Ernest Shakleton, polar explorer (I dressed up as him) and helped him to come up with a rescue plan to save his crew. Students used drama to act out their rescue plans and then worked together to combine ideas and come up with the best rescue plan. After researching famous explorers, students made sock dolls of their explorers and did a short presentation to introduce their explorer to the class by telling about their explorer.

Math Minds at Work Miss Miller’s Math Group Miss Miller's math group has been exploring number sense by practicing solving word problems using addition and subtraction and working with doubles. This week they have even begun exploring multiplication and division. A great way to encourage your child to practice their addition/subtraction at home is to ask them how to play "Make 10/Go Fish" with a deck of cards. Or, work on multiplication/division by preparing a dozen carrot or celery sticks and asking your child to figure out how any each family member will get if they are shared equally. Miss Bolch’s Math Group Miss Bolch's class has been working on identifying, creating, and comparing fractions. We have also been working on shapes and different types of symmetry such as radial symmetry, turn symmetry, and regular symmetry. Students have been practicing identifying lines of symmetry and creating symmetrical designs.

Upcoming Dates March 14- evening conferences March 15- NO SCHOOL, conferences March 22- half day of school - teacher conference exchange March 25- 29- spring break

Photos Front Page (top to bottom): first graders being risk takers on a rock climbing field trip, setting up a to scale model of the solar system, Ernest Shakleton visits Back Page (top to bottom): enjoying a snowy day, Neil Armstrong sock doll, brainstorming about explorers, students acting out possible rescue scenarios for Ernest Shakleton’s crew