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Today we had a record number of fourth and fifth graders coming to after school tutoring and notebook clinic. I love seeing kids take charge of their education: when they came in they knew that they wanted to review different types of clouds, the difference between physical and chemical changes, the features of the ocean floor, how to measure matter with metric measurement tools, finding the volume of irregular objects, and of course, updating their science notebooks so they have accurate notes from which to study.
Students formed study groups to analyze passages in the text, they worked independently to improve their understanding of diagrams, they received direct instruction to clarify concepts they learned in class, created problems for each other to solve, and practiced, practiced, practiced their measurement skills. We ended the day with calculating speed, which everyone loves doing!
Brianna brought me a tomato that she grew herself. It didn't quite make it to school safely but I really appreciate the gesture. Big thank you to all the thoughtful students out there. You know who you are!
ku·dos noun \ˈkü-ˌdäs, ˈkyü-, -ˌdōs\: praise or respect that you get because of something you have done or achieved.
Special kudos go to Chayse, Ilaria and Amille from Ms. Wood's homeroom for being such good ambassadors of F.R.E.D to all the 4th and 5th grade classes. Chayse took the initiative to spread the word of this very useful technique everyone can use to calm yourself, relax and reflect when times are stressful or you are about to get angry and act out. Ilaria and Amille were great support for Chayse when she spread the word to all the classes. I see leadership qualities growing in all three of these helpful Patrick Henry citizens.
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