Upper Primary Cottage News
March / April / May 2019 Curriculum Newsletter
Level 6 Math and Science
March and April have been exciting!! We started back from spring break by packing our bags and heading to Nature’s Classroom in Mentone, Alabama. The kids had a blast spending two nights in a cabin, hiking, and spending time together. They were able to participate in activities that were called “challenge by choice.” These activities challenged the students to try new things. Some activities included walking/climbing through caves along their hike, swinging high in the air, and canoeing. They also were able to pick additional classes they wanted to try. Classes included...
Back Country Baking: kids practice low-impact outdoor baking techniques to create cinnamon rolls for the class to enjoy
Doctor in the Woods: Discuss and practice basic emergency response and first aid skills as applied in a wilderness setting.
Bubbles: Learn about surface tension and refraction while creating bubbles of different sizes and shapes.
Geodome: Lash together a geodesic dome out of ropes and logs and test its strength.
Outdoor Survival: Discuss fundamental principles of wilderness survival and simulate meeting basic needs using only a few designated items.
Tracking: Go into the wild in search of evidence to discover which animals have been in the area.
Stream Stomp: Discuss the water cycle and investigate life around and within the Little River.
Fire: Learn about the science of fire and experiment with low-impact fire building skills.
We are finishing our rocks and minerals by creating mini project in class where students can get creative about rocks and minerals. Students can choose from a variety of projects.
In math, students are continuing to work on their lessons and complete this semester stations. Stations include rock, paper, scissors probability, measuring angles, recording temperature, area and perimeter, calculator computation, fraction work, and decimal work. We have been working with decimal and fraction relationships in basics class.
Alice Revenig '98
Level 7 Math and Science
Level 7 students have continued to work on individual plans that allow them to make continuous progress in math. They worked on geometry, equations & inequalities, ratio & percents, and enrichment stations in their daily work, and they will complete weekly assignments in math workbooks and IXL.
During March, Upper Primary continued to study Food and Nutrition. We had the best time having our first ever “chopped challenge”. Groups were given 4 items and one mystery item they had to use to prepare a Mexican inspired dish for the judges. They also had a large pantry of items they could include. They were scored on taste, presentation, and creativity. All judges were very impressed with the dishes they made. Some were even quite delicious!! We will definitely repeat this next year.
Williamsburg was a blast this year! Every child had so much fun and learned a lot. Even though this was my seventh year going; I feel like I learn something new every year too!!
We are continuing our study of how different roots make up words and learning the meaning of the roots to help us figure out unknown words. We are also learning to spell lots of commonly misspelled words.
We have had several guests visit us to share their various talents this month. Charles Pierce brought a woodworking project for the Level 7s this month. Barry Stewart Mann shared his dramatic skills with us as we revisited some Greek gods and goddesses. Poet Judyth Hill will be visiting us at the end of the month, and we are looking forward to writing some creative poetry with her.
World War I is the topic for social studies during April, and we will end the year learning about the time period of World War II. The students have been working hard studying World War I using homemade flashcards, computer quizlets, an online Jeopardy game, and other forms of working with their classmates to learn the information. Our literature circle books for this month are Saving Zasha, Eddie Red, Shooting Kabul, and Stargirl. These books are sparking interesting talks, and the level of comprehension and discussion going on in class is impressive.