Upper Primary Cottage News
January/February 2019 Curriculum Newsletter
Level 6 Math and Science
In math, students are continuing to work on their independent lessons. This month stations included: calculator computation, tangram and pentomino puzzles, volume, area, perimeter, fraction representations, as well as two science based stations. Students created their own periodic table element and searched for specific rocks and minerals! In Basics, we learned how to find the probability through multiple examples and organized data by finding the mean, median, mode, and range. Fraction work will be the next topic to cover.
In science, students are becoming geologists. We have learned the difference between rocks and minerals and learned how to identify minerals using specific properties. We will test specific properties next week to determine specific minerals. Students will soon have a rocks and mineral project that they will complete in class! They will be given that information within the next couple of weeks. For STEM, students have created Archimedes Screw, catapults, and a Valentine’s Day Pinwheel.
Alice Revenig '98
Level 7 Math and Science
Included in daily plans over the next few weeks will be Fraction Concepts and Fraction Operations. Instant recall of basic multiplication facts will be VERY HELPFUL as students work with fraction concepts. Level 7 students have been working on a new science enrichment station at which they will study food and nutrition. They will research in a book, Eat This, Not That, different popular restaurants and what are some healthy choices at each one.
Weekly Basic assignments have concentrated on fraction review: modeling fractions and mixed numbers, simplifying fractions, finding equivalent fractions, recognizing proper and improper fractions, finding mixed numbers from improper fractions and improper fractions from mixed numbers, comparing and ordering fractions, and finding the reciprocal of fractions.
We began our FOSS unit on Food and Nutrition. In this unit we have been alternating weeks working with Ms. Mayo in the garden or learning and eating healthy foods. The other weeks have experimented in class different properties of foods. They understand what food is, what it is made of, and how several nutrient groups contribute to healthful nutrition. The students have become aware of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and vitamins as components of food.
Our STEM activities have been focusing on variables and we made airplanes and flew them according to different variables as well as making catapults and adding different variables to each attempt!