Mrs. Alexander teaches English Language Arts and Mathematics using a structure called the Daily 3. Daily 3 gives students the opportunity to make choices within a structured learning environment. The students also have choices about where to sit in the classroom. We look for a place where the student feels they work most successfully. Daily 3 also gives students the chance to become independent learners which is necessary in a multi-grade classroom.
After the break, Mrs. Alexander's class started a literature circle using the book "Out of the Dust" by Karen Hesse. The book is about a girl living through the Dust Bowl. Students have the opportunity to analyze various parts of the book, including characters, setting, theme, mood, etc. Students also write journal entries in response to the pages read both as a class, and independently.
We are currently wrapping up our science units. 4th graders are completing their units about ecosystems, 5th graders are working on a STEM project, designing a water filtration system. 6th graders have been learning about volcanoes and will be building and preparing for an eruption.
We are also starting some individual projects that each student has a personal interest in. The time we have to work on these projects is referred to as "Genius Hour." Ask your student what they are working on for Genius Hour.