Sunday, March 2, 2014

C is for Colored Light

Dear Amazing Parents and Hardworking Students,

We have been doing a lot activities in class. A few of these projects are very exciting. Here are two of the many subjects we are having fun with:

In Science, our class is learning about matter and energy. As you may or may not have already seen, your student has a light tube. They made it and have had a lot of fun using it. The light tube makes color out of white light.

In Social Studies,we have learned about Los Altos history. We have learned that where Foothill Expressway runs today was where two main railroad tracks once ran.

Thank you for all your support!

Special Thanks to Roomparents!


Scout of the week #16

Dear Wonderful Parents and Students,

I just wanted to add to what our excellent scout has already told you about last week and give you a heads up on our upcoming adventures this week.

We just finished up Math Topic 15 with a class average of 85% on the test. Most Students who struggled with this topic need to work on their mastery of multiplication facts. Since multiplication and division are so closely related, the ability to recall facts is so important for simple two and three digit division. Additionally, many students lost points for failing to label and show their work. Students were repeatedly reminded to show what they were doing in their head on the paper. Please encourage your students at home to show their work. Last week we will be starting Topic 16 which focuses mainly on time measurement.

In social studies we dove into Los Altos history a bit more, looking at the time spanning its establishment all the way to the population boom after World War II. In addition, we looked at where Los Altos is located geographically. Next week we will be working on how Los Altos fits into the global community. Last week we are also kicking off our Ohlone studies with our upcoming field trip.

In reading we finished our study of our Martin Luther King text. We will continue to work on text connections and citing evidence as we head back into our HM reader. We will be reading Dogzilla last week.

For science last week we worked on understanding how the eyes see color and the difference between colored and white light. Part of this exploration included making a light tube with diffraction grading. This allowed students to see the spectrum of light being reflected in our classroom. We will be finishing up this unit with matter in the upcoming weeks.

Writing was exciting last week. We wrote poems about various colors as a tie in to our science activities. We also revised our "paintings, come to life" narratives by removing the word "said" in our dialogue to create a more vivid picture.

This is the last week of the trimester and we have two weeks until report cards come home. I'm sure it will be a great week!

- Mrs. Andersen