Happy New Year! 5S came back from our break full of their ususal spunk, curiosity and thought provoking ideas. I took some photos of them interviewing each other while learning about 'follow up' questions during our first morning meeting in the new year. Unfortunately, it seems there was some kind of bug going around during vacation that got many families sick. If that was true for you, I hope it's gone now and you and your family members are feeling better. We will do what we can to keep 5S healthy as we head into the winter months.
One way to stay healthy is to eat right, sleep right and get enough exercise. If you ever find that homework is getting in the way of any of those items, please let me know. I try to make homework something that inspires and gives energy.
Speaking of energy, as we start the New Year, 5S will be launching our study of energy. 5th graders in Brookline used to focus on light and sound. Now we are transitioning to an interesting unit on the transfer of energy between light, sound, heat, electricity, chemical energy, and energy of motion. I am going to tie this unit into our focus on environmental protection.
5S will continue our yearlong focus on birds. Last year, 5S found out about a live cam of an eagle's nest in Washington D.C. This year the mother and father are back (their names are Mr. President and First Lady) and soon, they will probably lay their eggs. We have been watching them and taking notes about their behavior during class. It's exciting when they come crashing back into the nest with fish and other objects to keep them and their future offspring healthy. We will keep working on our bird sanctuary so birds in our neighborhood will have something to eat as the weather and snow make life harder. And, we will be designing and building items for our colonial village on the river table. If your family has some of the following supplies, please send them in. I can get some, but just in case you have them, I thought I would let you know:
The river table will be in the same scale as Legos 1-48
1 inch =48 inches (4ft)
1.5 inches = 6 ft
2 inches = 8 ft etc.
I also wanted to make sure you know about the following up and coming events: