Middle Primary Cottage News
March / April / May 2019 Curriculum Newsletter
Level 5 Language Arts
Students have enjoyed learning about the southwest and have the study sheet for our Southwest Region Test in social studies. We had a wonderful time preparing for our performance with Barry Stewart Mann. I also talked to each student individually about his/her reading goal. Each student has his/her Accelerated Reading Report so you can see progress made. Remember, the goal is 25 books read and an AR Test taken and passed. For those that are not there, I will be monitoring them closely and helping them all I can here, but reading at home will be mandatory to reach their goal. Our Reading Challenge Celebration will be May 16th, so goals must be met by May 15th. I will send more details later about the celebration.
Wow! How did the year pass so quickly? MP students are continuing to work on their individual plans and stations. As a group, we have completed a project to design our own zoo using area and perimeter. The students have learned that they really will use many of the new skills that they have worked so hard on this year! As we move toward the end of the year, most students will be very close to finishing their textbooks. If there are any portions remaining, they will be sent home as summer work to keep skills fresh for Level 6. Each student should know all addition, subtraction and multiplication facts with speed before entering Level 6. It has been wonderful watching them grow in confidence and knowledge during math class this year!
In science, after completing our planets projects, we began our study of the brain. We have learned about the different areas of the brain and that it is an ever growing organ in our body that can be stretched to learn many new things. We also learned about growth mindset and fixed mindset and how we can prepare ourselves to be learners for life and work through the challenges that are presented to us.
We are finishing the year in science working closely with Ms. Mayo in the garden and learning about plants and seeds. We have also been very excited about the arrival of our Painted Lady butterfly larva! We watched the metamorphosis from larva through adult and enjoyed releasing the butterflies into our flower gardens here at school. Our Bess beetles allow us to get “up close and personal” with some creepy, crawly creatures. Students will be amazed at their strength. Learning through inquiry is a wonderful thing! Each student will also research and present a project focusing on a different insect during the last few weeks of the school year.
Finally, thank you for sharing your children with us this year! Middle Primary is a year of fun and tremendous growth, both academically and socially. I have truly enjoyed working with this group and look forward to seeing them on campus next year as big Level 6’s!