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will become an independent, confident, motivated learner, and a responsible community member as a result of the dynamic partnership between
students, parents, and teachers.
This partnership within the exceptional Montessori environment, while developing these characteristics, enables each student to become a life-long learner.
Dear UE/MS Parents,
Since cooler weather has arrived, please assure that your child has an MA sweatshirt or jacket to wear.
Group A: In language, fourth and fifth level students are reading Greek Myths and will present a report on one of the characters, using the following criteria: bibliography citation, content, creativity, oral presentation and self-assessment. In writing, listening and speaking, students are learning to: self-edit/assess writing, write dialogue, summarize passages and write letters. In vocabulary, students continue to build spelling and vocabulary with Wordly Wise lessons weekly.
In Math, students are developing the following concepts: number sense, decimals, fractions, measurement, graphing and calculating area and perimeter. Additionally, students are preparing for the Math Fair and have begun research on a math concept, which will be combined with their project.
Middle School students are reading The Phantom of the Opera and learning about character analysis, literary vocabulary and the literature response process. In history, students are learning about the election process. In geography, students will identify examples of relevant local and world current events, create maps including legends with appropriate scale, and identify United States landforms and natural resources. Students have begun to facilitate the Socratic Seminar which includes previously assigned and annotated text following guidelines for seminar practices.
The second grading period ends on Friday, November 9 followed by the Thanksgiving Feast on November 14. We are thankful for our many blessings including our students and parents.
Mrs. Helena Hess, Director
Group B: In language fourth and fifth level students are reading Surviving Jamestown, a historical fiction novel about the first permanent British colony in our country. They are continuing to practice reading comprehension skills by answering questions about the novel and discussing the plot, specific events, characters relationships and motivation. In word study we are focused on word relationships, categorizing, analogies and etymologies. In Wordly Wise they will complete lessons 5-8 this grading period. In our study of the writing process, the students are working on writing excellent paragraphs. We will focus on structure, organization, clarity and detail. This is a difficult skill for most students to accomplish so we will continue working on it throughout the year.
In Math and Geometry, Group B students are developing the following concepts: fractions, decimals, factoring, types of triangles, measuring angles, perimeter and area, word problems and logical reasoning. Also, students are preparing for the Math Fair and have begun research on a math concept of their choice. They will be exploring the practical application of this concept in real life.
In Culture all fourth and fifth are studying Early North American History. We are currently focused on the periods of Exploration and Colonization. The students are creating timelines displaying important events from these time periods.
Mrs. Elisabeth Gay
Level 6 and Level 7 Mathematics
Level six and level seven math students will be studying slopes of lines using the Geometer Sketchpad software program. Basic geometric conjectures will be examined and proofs of these conjecturers will be developed. Algebraic ideas dealing with integer arithmetic will be introduced. A review of decimal computation will be accomplished using the IXL and the Adapted Mind programs.
Level 5 and Level 6 Science
These students will be using the physics workshop laboratory equipment to determine the effects that mass has on a car’s speed and acceleration. Additionally they will predict a car’s acceleration using components of gravity by constructing graphs using mass versus distance; incline versus speed at the 70 cm mark, and incline versus speed at the 30 cm mark.
Level 7 Science
A virtual lab dealing with the density of objects will be conducted. The objects will be weighed using a triple beam balance and the mass will be determined. The volume will be determined using a graduate cylinder and the density will be calculated. Each object will be placed in different solutions to compare densities. Students will determine if the objects will float, sink, or be suspended in the various solutions. Additional virtual labs planned for this cycle are the Virtual Enzyme Lab and the Virtual Cheek Lab.
Level 4 Science
Level 4 students will continue conducting experiments using vernier sensors. The sensor is connected the USB port of the computer and allows students to collect data and make observations for temperature studies. They will be studying simple machines. Experiments will be conducted with simple machines to determine the mechanical advantage of the lever, the wedge, the inclined plane, the pulley, and the wheel and axle.
Dr. Herman Jackson