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Let’s Play Ball!

 

Students in Primary participated in a tee-ball unit this month.  Students learned how to run bases, hold a wiffle bat, and throw and catch a ball.  Throwing and catching is a lifelong skill.  When children practice ball skills, they will notice their skills improving.  This helps children understand they can learn and get better at something if they put in the time and the practice.  Tee-ball helps children listen as a group, get along with peers, learn how to take turns, and perform independently when needed.   The benefits of tee-ball include:  improved balance, coordination, strength and stamina, motor skill development, social skills development, better hand-eye coordination, improved self confidence, and sportsmanship.


Middle School: Week in Review

We are back in the swing of our regular, academic schedule in Middle School. It felt great to return to the classrooms and hit the ground running with third trimester curriculum. The spring weather at the start of the week was energizing, and we look forward to bringing our classes back outside with the warmer weather.

Science

6th year Earth Science students have been working on the unit, Natural Resources. The objective of this unit is to inform students what a natural resource is and how to tell the difference between a renewable and nonrenewable resource. Students are also planning for Earth Day (April 22) by designing a 3D topographic representation of Fraser Woods’ trails. Their goal is to promote other classes to be outdoors on the trails to appreciate nature and all it has to offer.

7th year Physical Science students are on the unit, Refraction. Students have demonstrated how light refracts as it passes through different mediums (water, glass), resulting in an array of colors (rainbow). Students created stop motion videos beginning with white light and ending with the different spectrum of colors. We are also learning about how an image is projected when viewed through a concave and convex lens.
8th year Life Science students have finished their unit, Digestive System. Throughout this unit, students learned how the digestive system works, what it is made of, and what each organ is responsible for. Each student was asked to make a representation of the digestive system using clay that labeled and identified each digestive organ. The next unit will be about the endocrine system.
Math
In Pre-Transition class, students began the week with reviewing lessons 1-4 in Chapter 8 titled, Ratios and Proportions. This class is practicing how to divide mixed fractions, evaluate expressions containing fractions, and making connections to proportions in real life. This class will continue to work through this chapter for the next 2 weeks and should consider preparing in advance for the unit exam scheduled for Thursday, April 22nd.
In Transition class, students began the week with reviewing lessons 1-3 in Chapter 8 titled Multiplication in Algebra (introduction). This class is practicing how to multiply both positive and negative numbers, isolate the variable in an equation ax=b, and solve problems that combine percentages (discount and tax). Towards the end of the week, this class will begin to understand and demonstrate how to graph equations of the form ax=b on a coordinate grid.
In Algebra class, students are excited to continue their learning of the quadratic equations and functions. This class is beginning to understand equations of the form y=ax^2+b+c, how to solve for unknown values using the quadratic formula and can identify the maximum and minimum of the vertex on a parabola.
In Geometry class, students are learning about congruent triangles and the properties to prove congruency. This class can successfully draw triangles given specific restrictions, determine whether triangles are congruent, and apply the triangle congruence theorem to write a two-column proof statement. This class will have their first quiz for chapter 7 on Tuesday, April 20th.
As a general reminder, all math students are required to complete the daily textbook questions and lesson master assignments. Please check google classroom and myFWM for updates on assignments.
Math Joke:
What’s a math teacher’s favorite sum?…………..SUMMER!
What is a butterfly’s favorite subject at school?…………..Mothomatics
Humanities
This week, grade 6 Humanities classes wrapped up their unit about Ancient Egypt. They reviewed their reflections to the novel, The Egypt Game, and discussed the Ancient Egyptian social hierarchy before completing mini-biography presentations of a pharaoh. They also completed a unit of vocabulary.
Grade 7 Humanities students began the week reflecting on the memoir, Four Perfect Pebbles. that they completed in March. They wrote about how written accounts of something affect both the writer and the reader. Students also wrote about how knowledge about what they learned and read about the Holocaust will affect them moving forward. 7th graders then continued onto revolutions and Russian history, giving historical context for their upcoming novel, Animal Farm. 7th graders also completed a unit of vocabulary this week.
8th grade students are writing their expert project research papers that are due on Monday. They spent a portion of the week reviewing research writing techniques including interesting introductions to hook their readers, in-text citations, and using quotations effectively to support their thesis statements. They also met one-on-one with Mrs. Lamb to review progress and discuss any challenges with the writing process. Students have already completed their research as well as 2 expert interviews. For the last part of the week, 8th grade students reviewed the US policies surrounding the removal and westward relocation of Native Americans in the 1800s.
We hope you have a beautiful weekend!

Mrs. Doyle’s Class: Where It All Begins!

The first essential for the child’s development is concentration. The child who concentrates is immensely happy.—Maria Montessori

The foundation of a Montessori classroom is the Practical Life area.  This area provides a bridge between a child’s home life and school life.  As parents, we often hear children say repeatedly, “I can do it myself.”  How right they are! Practical Life is teaching daily living skills while helping children to develop focus, concentration, independence, coordination, a sense of order, and developing hand strength. The lessons are comprised of equipment or tools they may have seen before. We use glassware, tweezers, spoons of all shapes and sizes, tongs, eyedroppers, and so much more. Practical Life lessons are divided into two main areas of development: care of self and care of the environment.

In many Montessori classrooms, it is the first area the children will see when they enter.  In the beginning of the year, many of the lessons will utilize larger materials until the children begin to strengthen their fine motor skills. The materials are changed at the beginning of each month to maintain the child’s interest. Each material is an indirect preparation for reading and writing as they are sequenced,  left to right and top to bottom. It is in this area that the children first learn to initiate and complete a work cycle independently.

Typically, our younger friends will spend much of their time in Practical Life. However, there is not a day that goes by that each child does not spend some time here. Sshhh, the children don’t know about any of this, they just think it is a fun area to spend time in.

Enjoy the week!

Michelle & Lizette


Poetry and Art

In Art Humanities class, eighth year students created visual representations of Amanda Gorman’s poem titled, “The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country.” Each student chose a line or two from this poem to focus on, and were encouraged to imagine ways to express the feeling of the words using colors, shapes, figures, and other imagery. Students used a range of materials including acrylic paint, watercolor, pencil, and colored pencil. The results were beautiful and diverse; each student’s piece was unique to them while capturing what they felt expressed a specific theme or message in Amanda Gorman’s powerful, historic poem. Interpreting this poem using visual representation encouraged students to think critically about the poem’s meaning. Bravo young artists!!


So Happy Together!

We’ve come to the end of another fun week filled with lessons, work, and play.

During geometry this week, we focused on some follow up work from last week’s lessons. Fourths applied the formula for finding the area of a rectangle and fifths drew and labeled parts of a polygon and parts of a circle. In our biology lesson this week we learned that there are three different ways plants can reproduce: asexual, sexual, and vegetative reproduction or propagation. We focused on vegetative reproduction during this lesson. Some different ways plants propagate are through bulbs, corms, rhizomes, tubers, and runners or stolons. We have lots of independent and cooperative research going on in class right now! We enjoyed the presentations on pangolins and bottlenose dolphins this week. We also wrapped up many written assignments this week in math, grammar, comprehension, and vocabulary and gathered in small groups to discuss them at the end of the week. In Literature Circle, each group will finish their book over the next few days and we will discuss the endings in our meeting on Wednesday. There are no new role assignments this week.

Last week I sent home book orders with those who wanted them. I will be placing the order on Friday, April 16th for any who are interested. If you would prefer to shop online, the link to our class page is here.

We spend as much time outside as possible and are going to be visiting the outdoor classroom regularly. If you would like your child to use bug spray before going in the woods, please send some in (if you haven’t already done so) with their name on the bottle. We will store it at school and apply it before hitting the trails!


Mrs. Lopes’s Class: Exploring Insects!

“A child, more than anyone else, is a spontaneous observer of nature.” – Maria Montessori

Flowers aren’t the only ones that come out of hiding during spring. After the cold of winter you’ll notice more insects start making their appearance. Curiosity towards these six legged friends hits a high note in April, and we take the cue to “follow the child” and their deep affection for insects. Over the next several weeks we will continue to support your children’s curiosity, exploration, and understanding of insects through hands-on activities, songs, lessons, and outdoor exploration. The intent is to encourage their interest in the diversity, beauty, and joy of nature.

Is a spider an insect? What are the 3 parts of an insect?  The children know, ask them.

Kindergarten parents please look out for a letter in this week’s Friday folders regarding a field trip we will be taking in May.

Have a warm and wonderful week!

Amanda & Sharlene


Science & Geometry

We were fully immersed this week in magnetism. The children enjoyed being scientists and exploring how iron filings are attracted to magnets. They also had a blast “fishing” for metal and steel objects in a bowl filled with sand. They learned that magnets are used in every day life- to separate metal accidentally mixed in with food and for recycling. Also, they are used by doctors to remove metal splinters from eyes without even touching the eye!

In addition to our science unit, the children are getting back into the swing of things in their geometry work. The third years are loving using the box of sticks to make and identify parts of a polygon. The second years are continuing their complex work with the Montessori protractor, measuring the angles of different types of triangles. The first years are enjoying learning the difference between lines, rays, and line segments. We’re keeping busy and motivated!


Riddle Me This: Week #2

That’s a wrap! Production week for Riddle Me This, the 2021 Middle School written and produced play, is behind us! The children were incredibly patient, flexible, and hard working. It has been an absolute pleasure for the teachers to work with the students. From the genesis of the play’s concept to writing the dialogue, creating the set, and filming, it has been an amazing experience! With having to keep Covid protocols in mind, adding another layer of challenge during the entire process, the students stayed positive and made the show a great success.

We can’t wait to share the show with you once the editing is complete! Thank you for your support!