The S.T.E.M and Arts blog by Aurelius Raines II

The S.T.E.M and Arts blog by Aurelius Raines II
"Producers, not Consumers"

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Ribs With a Side of Introspection

So It's The 4th! Great!

Why? Can your child answer these questions?

  1. Name 2 people who signed the Declaration of Independence.
  2. What year did America become a country?
  3. What war did we fight to defend our right to be a republic?
  4. Who was the general of the Continental Army?
  5. What was the name of the first American to die in the Revolutionary War?
Click below for an interesting video about the Fourth starring Glory's Morgan Freeman.

Important Notes

  • Unless otherwise stated, you do not need to send lunch on field trips.
  • Please send swim caps for girls.
  • Don't come to Camp on Monday. If you do, bring a good book and a chair. The Camp will not be open.
  • Camp tuition is due today. Campers without payment will not be able to return on July 6th.
  • If there is an area of study in which your child needs practice. I can send home work (note the space, I don't want to freak anyone out by using the "H" word over the Summer)

What We Did Last Week

We made Math posters in the classrooms. You will see them displayed on the walls this Friday. We also started discussing and investigating the purpose of polls. This resulted in a very interesting debate about whether we need more or less strict gun laws.

We read and discussed chapters 4-6 of Artemis Fowl. In order to really understand our characters and their motivations we wrote essays about what we would do if we had the character's powers. We also wrote journal entries in the voice of one the character and read them in front of the class.

In Science we started our tinkering section. I've brought in some old toys, electronics and screwdrivers and let the students have at them. If you have any electronics that you've been planning to throw out, please donate them. I encourage you to watch the video called "5 Dangerous Things for Your Kids" in the Parent Resource Center in the right pane of this page.

What Are We Doing Next Week?
We will be finishing Artemis Fowl and following up with some Language Arts applications dealing with homophones and subordinate clauses. We will also be doing a resource use exercise.

As mentioned earlier, we will be using our Math skills to create, execute, graph, and present a poll. We will go to the local supermarket to get opinions.

To paraphrase my students, "Next week is going to be so BEAST!"

Camper of the Week Patterson
Kaitlin is a hard worker and she doesn't care for giving up. She likes to get it right and she's an outstanding friend! This week she learned how to read a fictional language and she always checks the window for bothersome "puddy tats"

Below are some thoughts on Math.

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