First, we would like to thank all of you who were able to take time out of your busy schedules to meet with us for a conference. We know that trying to fit this in can be challenging, but we find it so valuable at this point in the year. It is nice for us to have this time to brag about your childrens’ amazing progress this year, as well as set some goals for the remaining weeks and the summer. This has truly been a year full of growth in all areas, and we have felt so fortunate to work with these incredible kids!
We wanted to let you know that we are planning a field trip for the middle kids to the Denver Museum of nature and Science on Tuesday, May 6th. We figured this was the best place to further enhance our studies of dinosaurs as well as insects (which is our next unit.) While we are there we will also be seeing an IMAX 3-D movie called Mysteries of the Unseen World. It is a movie about the microscopic world all around us. We will be sending home more information about this field trip, including a permission slip, in the next few weeks. We will be needing some parents to come along and help us with groups of children during our visit to the museum. We will only have a limited number of seats on our bus, so we will have to keep that in mind if we have more interested parents than we have seats. There will be a place on the permission slip where you can volunteer to come.
We sent home information about the recitation for this week last Thursday. It sounds like many students got a good start on theirs over the weekend. We talked extensively about our expectations for this recitation today in class. We gave the kids specific instructions to follow while they decide on their dinosaurs characteristics and adaptations. We want anything they add to have a specific purpose, and not include unnatural, mythical, or magical components. The kids know that they should be writing a rough draft for you to check, and then recopy a final draft on the paper we included in the folder today, written in their very best handwriting. They should also prepare a detailed, colored picture of the dinosaur which also includes habitat in the background.
**REMINDER – Make sure you have added our mandatory Sky Ranch meeting for 3rd graders and their parents to your calendar on Thursday, April 24th at 7:30am.
Have a great remainder of the week!