Finally! Spring break is here and now the students get to have a much needed (and well-deserved) break before the final end-of-year push. The weekly parent email went out today since I did not wish to do ANYTHING school-related tomorrow!
I still did a warm-up to keep fresh what has been learned this year. This one (and the following Monday's) are more comprehensive. Students will take notes when they return on the 4th of April for the Ecosystems unit.
Lastly, we finally got to do the volcano activity!
Today was more of a catch-up day so we couldn't get to the volcanoes. That actually works out since it gives me another day to get some more vinegar and baking soda.
Students were finishing up the social studies assignments in both the book and in creating their haiku poems about the branches of government. They also were given time to complete their poems from Ms. Fletcher's class since her big focus right now in literacy is poetry.
Today we did one of my favorite things in literacy which is haiku poetry. Since we are covering government, I had the students create three haiku poems, one for each branch of the government. Each student created one for legislative, one for executive, and one for judicial.
While students were re-testing in science, I had the class watch Bill Nye the Science Guy talk about volcanoes.
Speaking of volcanoes, we will be doing some sort of the activity tomorrow providing students as a whole make positive behavior choices. I don't think that I will be able to use the big ones since that would involve a tremendous amount of clean-up three times during the day. Plus, there are only six so that it would have to be a group thing. Instead, each pair will get their own small cup to do it. It makes cleaning up easier and supplies can go further.
This is a short week with Friday being the first day of spring break. By having this Friday off, it means that our spring break will be a bit longer and allowing us a bit more time to rest up. Once we return from break, the focus will be on preparing for the End-of-Grade tests at the end of May - about two months away from the time of this writing. That will be in literacy and math. In science, I will continue teaching right up until the end since our end-of-year exam will be on Monday, June 6th.
Since we have finished the Earth History unit, this week is more devoted to reteaching, enrichment, and re-testing. This is more of a transition week due to spring break starting on Friday. I do not know how many students will be present, especially on Thursday, so it is best to start the new unit (ecosystems) when we return. I will, of course, continue to make every effort to ensure that the warm-ups are relevant.
Then I had the students show their understanding of weathering, erosion, and deposition by drawing at least 8-10 frames of animation stills to show the process. Tomorrow we will finish and then focus more on social studies.