Social Studies: Ms. Gisel Saillant
On Friday, January 6th, our social studies scholars will be heading to our first field trip of the year! As part of our Social Studies curriculum, we are taking a field trip to Harvard University’s Peabody Museum and Harvard Museum of Semitic History. We will explore artifacts and engage in activities to help us understand how early humans moved “From Foragers to Farmers.” The field trip is free, as we we are providing school bus transportation. Permissions slips need to be signed by Thursday January 5th, permission slip link here: http://bit.ly/RAUCfieldtrip
Math: Ms. Katelyn Fournier
During the month of January students will use proportional reasoning as they learn about rates, ratios, and percents. By the end of the unit students should be able to use ratio reasoning to solve real world problems. Challenge your child to calculate the sale price of an item while shopping or the tip while dining out. At the end of the month students will be assigned their third unit project in which they create the catalog of their dreams, complete with sale prices and tax and shipping fees. Perhaps you can share memories of catalogs from your youth with your child.
ELA: Dan Tobin, aka Mr. Tobin
As the year ended, so did our reading of The Lightning Thief
, starring Percy Jackson. That story follows the framework of The Hero’s Journey, and in January we’ll be looking more closely at that structures. Students will plan, draft, revise, edit, and publish their own Hero’s Journey stories. Along the way we’ll focus on sentence structures and some basics of grammar and generally what makes good writing.
Science: Mr. Phil Nerboso
Our focus has shifted from Physical Science to Chemistry in recent weeks. In the coming weeks we will look into phase changes, the effects of temperature on matter, and properties of gases. Ask your student to explain why and how water can move through different states of matter. Additionally, we began an independent research project called Scientists Workshop. Before winter break students started by exploring scientific topics of high interest to them. As the project moves forward students will develop a research question, scientific claim and ultimately present what they learned. The Scientist Workshop will take place during class time, but please ask your budding scientist what their particular project is all about.