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5th-6th Newsletter Exhibition The Exhibition students are completing their second line of inquiry project. Students are engaged in creating a presentation which incorporates a vehicle to deliver information regarding their topic as well as a creative component designed to illicit an emotional response from the audience. Students are demonstrating their ability to work collaboratively within a small group and to adopt a variety of group roles. Students began their inquiry by gathering materials and writing a short summary in order to build an understanding of their water related topic. We have been focusing on the profiles of risk-taker, open-minded, knowledgeable and the attitude of creativity. Students have worked on proposals for their project and are now incorporating feedback from the teachers on their scripts, images, and sounds for their presentation. Exhibition students will be dedicating their Unit of Inquiry time fully to their exhibition project. This week, the Exhibition students will begin discussions regarding their action. How We Share the Planet Unit of Inquiry The 5th grade students are beginning their final unit of inquiry for the year. In the How We Share the Planet unit, students will examine how human’s management of resources affects the world around them. In this unit, students will look primarily at the role that water plays in the Western United States in shaping our communities. Additionally the 5th grade students are working with Mrs. Weems in language arts and are building experience with a wide range of writing skills. How We Organize Ourselves Unit of Inquiry Students are wrapping up their How We Organize Ourselves unit of inquiry. In this unit, they investigated the relationship between government, economics, and society. In these investigations, students learned a wide range of economic concepts including supply and demand, globalism, traditional, command, mixed, and market systems. For the summative project in this unit, the students were each assigned a mystery country and were given a plethora of data about it. Students then had to analyze what products this country could produce with the resources that they have, how these products would be controlled, who the market for

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Exhibition (6 grade students): How We Share the Planet Central Idea: Equal opportunities and responsibilities of sharing of water help create peaceful relationships The Second Line of Inquiry: An investigation of water rights and wrongs

Current Unit (5th Grade Students) How We Share the Planet Central idea How a society manages resources affects the world around them. Lines of Inquiry: 1. 2. 3.

Relationship between land and people Ripple effects of resource management Rights and responsibilities of a society in managing finite resources

Marquee of Coming Attractions Date: TBD Fieldtrip to a Denver Water Treatment Plant April 26 Colorado Water Conservation Board guest speaker May 5 All School Picnic on campus May 9 Exhibition Presentation to school community 10:00 and 1:00 May 10 Exhibition Potluck and Presentation to parent community in gym 5:00 PM


these goods would be, and finally who would have the power to choose the answer to these questions. Mini Economy Based on our economic unit, student interest, and a recurring issue with student storage space we have endeavored to create a free market system in our classroom. This economic approach to allocating storage space in the classroom is based on the in-class currency called “the Clam.� Students get paid a daily wage from the teachers of 5 clams for performing their general clean-up duties. From this salary they pay a tax of 1 clam. Students have then been encouraged to take out leases on various resources in the classroom. These resources include the coat hooks, microwaves, outlets, and counter spaces. Additionally, they have been able to take on various services for the classroom to get paid additional amounts, these services include taking out the trash and recycling, handing out teaching materials. Finally students are allowed to open small businesses where they can exchange goods and services in the classroom. It is interesting, some students have found the experience motivating and these students have really endeavored to get ahead in this economy. Other students have found a free market approach intimidating, these have been the students who have not shown much initiative to take risks and engage with the activity. We will carry this experiment out for one more week.

Heaps of Gratitude Dr. Steven Medema: Shared his knowledge of economic theory with the students of both 56 East and 56 West Tracy Kerr: Shared her knowledge of investing, venture capitalism, and economics with the students Sheri McAninch: volunteers every Friday to organize the school folders

All photos are from our class trip to International Towne


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