Last week, Ms. Korn talked to the class about participating in a place-based learning opportunity. She is leading an Agriculture History Day on September 26th. Students who may be interested have a wonderful opportunity to participate in the Mariposa Farm & Ranch Tour, Saturday, September 26th. Venues in Catheys Valley include Raw Roots Farm where S.F.C.S students have been invited to tell the story of farming/ranching/gardening in Catheys Valley since earliest times. She may be working with a small group in the classroom to upload their own home garden or 4-H photos, develop captions and talking points. If you are interested in having your child participate in this event, please have your child bring home a form (I have some in class!)
Ms. Swarth lead an art project last week that gave the students a chance to make their own bookmarks from recycled paper. They used construction paper scraps, shredded paper, and a blender to make their own pulp. After, the paper was placed onto a framed screen and dried in the warm sun. Ms. Swarth then cut the dried paper into strips and the class used water color to paint colorful designs on their very own bookmark for literature circle novels.
We’re easing into math lessons by warming up those multiplication skills! The 5th and 6th graders had fun creating their own multiplication “board game” and practiced math facts with dice and playing pieces.
We’ve begun a life science unit on cells. Students have leaned 10 different vocabulary words and had fun creating “cell skits” last week which will gear them up for our upcoming cell model project in September.