Miss Gail joined our class to compliment our research skills and knowledge of the 1700's. Under her guidance we will create a Colonial Times newspaper complete with news articles, want ads and advertisements.
The children are also reading historical fiction which will enhance their ability to appreciate the people and lifestyles in Early America.
Students took part in a fact finding scavenger hunt around the classroom to discover cool information about Pennsylvania and its history. They learned information which included Pennsylvania's namesake, its geography, population, symbols and fun facts.
We have begun our Historical Fiction unit with an emphasis on the 1700's and Civil War times. Our mentor texts will revolve around the Revolutionary War and Colonial times.
Our space unit has come to a close with our field trip to the Franklin Institute. The students put their knowledge to use in the many exciting exhibits the Institute had to offer including, the Space Command, the observatory, and learning about the night sky in the planetarium.
In conjunction with Walden's Technology curriculum, students will participate again this year in the Hour of Code. Hour of Code is a global movement which celebrates Computer Science Education Week and highlights the importance of critical thinking, problem solving skills, and gained confidence in the trial and error approach to coding. Although Walden students utilize coding beyond this week, students will enjoy the celebration of coding along with other children outside of Walden.
The children have been working diligently on descriptive writing about their chosen nutcracker. Paragraphs include rich details and figurative language to help the reader envision the nutcracker without the visual. Writing conventions continue to be practiced as well as paragraph structure.
Next on the docket is informational writing about various topics from the solar system.
The children have concluded their author study, character study, and Southwest region unit.
New month, new beginnings finds us starting our Nonfiction unit complimented by a space study in science. Our room will be transformed to the final frontier on December 17. We are anxiously awaiting a visit from grandparents on November 21st and 22nd.
There is so much to be thankful for, starting with your amazing children.
Roald Dahl Day is finally here!!! What a spectacular day! Our morning started with dynamic characters from Roald Dahl stories coming to life sharing their story, character traits, and imaginary business reflecting the character. Continuing our celebration, the children created RD t-shirts, designed a new golden ticket and chocolate bar label, made a Matilda bookmark and BFG dream jar. The Roald Dahl characters feasted on George's Marvelous Medicine soup, Twits wormy spaghetti, and Matilda's Mac and Cheese. This was complimented with desserts inspired by the book Fantastic Mr. Fox, bird pie, marshmallow pillow and Bruce Bogtrotter's infamous chocolate cake. Learning was achieved and memories were made.
“I am the maker of music, the dreamer of dreams!”
― Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Our class was visited by Walden's founder, Mary LeFever. As we continue our author study, she joined us for our reading of Roald Dahl's, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The children are working on the final touches of their Costume/Bag presentation. They are eagerly anticipating Roald Dahl Day next Thursday, October 31st.
Ready, Set, Go!
Our first whole class presentation is underway. As part of our author study, students will take on a character from one of Roald Dahl's many books. The purpose of this project is to assume the role of the character in costume and share more about the story and character. Students will create a shopping bag to compliment the character's book and collect artifacts that have significance or meaning from the story.
Please use this timeline to help pace the project requirements.
*Specific detailed information will be coming home today with each student. Please sign and return all papers on Tuesday.
From the hammer swinging Trunchbull, to the magnificent Miss Honey, and the happily ever after for Matilda, students from 3rd through 6th enjoyed the performance at the Media Theater.