an interruption for the dance theme and Spring Break, third and fourth graders are returning to our
study of Ghana and Ethiopia. All students have already read about both
countries, and now they are doing research to learn more about one of those
countries, using print and internet resources to practice
research and note-taking skills, citation of sources, organization, and
paragraph writing. Students are enthusiastic about learning about Africa, and are working hard to develop these critical skills.
Recently the school community was treated to a splendid performance by the 5/6 class of "Theseus & the Minotaur." This is part of their study of Ancient Greece. It was a beautiful example of a seamless combination of social studies, art, music, dance, theatre, language arts, and shop. The children delivered their lines clearly, showed excellent timing, sang and danced their songs with grace and produced a stunning playbill, complete with terminology, a synopsis of the story, profiles of the cast and background information on Ancient Greece and the Greek alphabet. It was just another example of the powerful learning that happens at this school. Congratulations to Teacher Deb Hazen, all of her students, and the many other people on the staff who helped in the production for a job well done!
Tr. Al has been busy!
Pre-kindergarten made colorful bird puppets for the all-school dance theme during shop and science classes. At Makers' Club students enjoyed making things out of larger donated recyclables such as wooden crates, damaged tambourines, and coffee cans!
The Kindergarten class recently visited the Franklin Institute to kick off their latest theme, Movement. The students pushed and pulled on different objects in the museum. They worked in pairs to create giant tracks of magnet-backed plastic pipes that were stuck to a magent board. Afterwards, they pushed balls through the pipes and observed how they rolled.
The Annual Spring Concert will be held on Thursday, April 24, at 6:30 p.m., and Friday, April 25, at 9:00 a.m. Every class at LFS will perform at least two pieces. The spirit will dance among us as our students let their inner light shine!
The first and second grade classes are learning about parts of speech. When they were learning about action verbs, the students practiced identifying verbs, recognizing verb tenses, and adding endings to verbs to change the tense. The classes practiced reading and writing verbs with the three different sounds that -ed can make. The favorite activity was a game of charaders featuring a variety of verbs to act out.
Third and fourth graders began their new theme, Africa, by looking at a map of the continent. Although their theme will concentrate on Ethiopia and Ghana, Tr. Alison wanted to begin with an overview of the whole continent, to help the student develop a sense of how varied and fascinating it is. Then the class developed a list of characteristics of civilizations, a list the students will think about when looking at the history of Ghana and Ethiopia.
Fifth and sixth graders are becoming experts on life in Ancient Greece. Students are studying Greek architecture, food, death and burial rites, children's experiences, the economy, roots of Democracy, pottery, the alphabet, festivals, clothing, drama and music, and education. Each student is reseaching one area of the culture and then will teach it to the rest of the class.
As a group, the students are also studying Greek myths, early attempts to explain how the natural world works. Tr. Deb is pairing myth lessons with lessons on types of energy. The class is also focusing on geometry and problem solving in math, another way ancient Greeks attempted to explain the world. Together the fifth and sixth graders are also reading an abridged version of Homer's Odyssey, using the epic poetry to unearth what they can about ancient Greek culture.
On April 11, students will perform this year's musical, "Theseus and the Minotaur."