Springing Back!

Hello Parents!

I hope you and your family had a restful and wonderful spring break! There has been a change to this two week session- it is now going to have three weeks! In the next two weeks of the three week session students are continuing to work towards mastery of this semester’s academic content as well as developing new skills. For Anatomy/Biology (Monday/Thursday) classes will concentrate on hiking and climbing and Great Inventions (Tuesday/Friday) classes will focus on Egypt. Below are the course descriptions for this session.

Monday/Thursday Broad Theme: Anatomy/Biology

Bible with Mr. Bargatze 

  • Bible is a continuation course for the entire school year. This is a description of the course overall as well as the goals from this semester. 
    • Academic Discipline: Creative Arts 
      • Description: In this course students continue studying stories and lessons from the book of Exodus. For both semesters (Fall and Spring), we cover major stories from Exodus and focus on life lessons from those stories. Students interact with these stories in a variety of ways including writing, drawing, acting, and telling stories. In the Fall, we went from the Joseph story to the Israelites entering the wilderness. For this Spring Semester, students will continue the Israelite wilderness stories from Exodus 16 to Exodus 34. We cover topics like the Law given in Exodus 20, The Priesthood and their purpose and expected behavior, the story of the golden calf, God’s self revelation in Exodus 34 (specifically on God being gracious, merciful, and slow to anger), and finally the significance of the tabernacle. 
    • Main Manipulatives: paper, pencil, classroom supplies, props 
    • Multiple Intelligences: Linguistic, Bodily/Kinesthetic, Spatial/Visual 
    • Goals:
      • 1. Students will be able to identify 80% of themes from Exodus. 
      • 2. Students will be able to recall the Exodus stories in order from Exodus 1 to Exodus 34. 
      • 3. Student will be able to memorize 80% of definitions provided from each story.

Make it to the Top with Mrs. Gowen

  • Academic Discipline: STEM
  • Description: Make it to the Top is a STEM class with an emphasis in math where students will learn to subtract 3-digit numbers using the standard algorithm with borrowing. They will also learn to solve word problems using subtraction. They will solve problems to achieve their goal of climbing the miniature rock wall in their room showing their progress. 
  • Goals:
    • Student can perform 3 digit subtraction with and without regrouping.
    • Student will work toward achieving their goal of solving a certain number of subtraction problems.
    • Student will determine when regrouping is needed and when it isn’t.
  • Manipulatives: miniature rock wall, paper, pencil, iPad, picture of each student
  • Multiple Intelligences: logical, spatial

Alaska Camp with Ms. Foster

  • Academic Discipline: Language Arts
  • Course Description: The language arts course will heavily emphasize reading and developing both silent reading comprehension and reading aloud fluency. Students will be exposed to content related to climbing and hiking through their reading. Alaska Camp will give students understanding of elements related to the supplies needed for climbing and hiking by reading the content. 
  • Main Manipulatives: iPad, books 
  • Multiple Intelligences: linguistic, interpersonal 
  • Goals: 
    • 1. Students will be able to add 20 more sight words to their memory. 
    • 2. Students will be able to read silently for 25 minutes and comprehend their own readings. 
    • 3. Students will be able to read aloud with self correction leading to minimal errors.

Hike and Climb! with Mr. Bargatze

  • Academic Discipline: Creative Arts
  • Course Description: Children have a natural inclination to climb and explore their surroundings (Hiking). Climbing promotes coordination, balance, and muscle development, as well as judgment. Hiking provides opportunity to be outside and explore their surroundings. Students will be introduced to coordination and balance skills, muscle development exercises necessary for climbing and hiking. Students will explore body position and balance while performing these skills and exercises. 
  • Multiple Intelligences: Bodily/Kinesthetic, Spatial, and Interpersonal
  • Goals: 
    • Student can perform “spiderman" crawl correctly through obstacle course.
    • Student can state the 3 safety rules for climbing and hiking.
    • Student can traverse the monkey bars safely and then forwards and backwards without stopping or falling.
    • Student can climb up a rope with the correct technique.
    • Student can complete a hiking trail safely, responsibly without tripping.


Tuesday/Friday Broad Theme: Great Inventions

Climb the Pyramid with Mrs. Gowen

  • Academic Discipline: Language Arts
  • Description: Climb the Pyramid is a Language Arts class focusing on the great inventions that came from ancient Egypt. Students will be asked to answer the question, “Why are the inventions you researched considered great inventions?”
  • Goals:
    • Student will be able to write their notes with appropriate punctuation, capital letters, spacing, and neat handwriting.
    • Student will be able to describe the great inventions that came from Egypt. 
    • Student will be able to write information from their research in their own words.
  • Manipulatives: books about Egypt, iPad, paper
  • Multiple Intelligences: linguistic, kinesthetic 

Egyptian Hieroglyphs with Ms. Foster

  • Academic Discipline: Creative Arts 
  • Course Description: In this course, students will be introduced to the Ancient Egyptian writing system of Hieroglyphs. Students will learn the importance of writing systems in communication and telling stories. They will also have the opportunity to create their own code and write a message using Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphs. 
  • Main Manipulatives: paper, pencils, stamps 
  • MI: Visual/Spatial, Bodily/Kinesthetic 
  • Goals: 
    • 1. Students will learn the fine motor skills related to pictorial languages and communications. 
    • 2. Students will create a code of their own. 
      • 3. Students will figure out the code of another student.

Drawing the Pyramids with Mr. Davis

  • Academic Discipline: Creative Arts - Drawing 
  • Course Description: Drawing the Pyramids is a  Creative Arts class with an emphasis in drawing where students will learn the different names of each element of shape within the 5 elements of shape. 
  • Main Manipulatives: paper, pencil iPad (for tutorials videos only)
  • MI: visual/spatial 
  • Goals: 
    • 1. Students will be able to draw a picture from a model. 
    • 2. Students will be able to label the elements of shape in one of their own drawings. 
    • 3. Students will use proper coloring techniques to color their pyramid drawings.
    • 4. Students will identify the names of different circles and shapes.

Egyptian Building with Mr. Cameron

  • Academic Discipline: STEM (building focus) 
  • Description: Students will gain further building experience in this unit by working on wooden xylophones for the classrooms. In this project they will be introduced to safe sawing and explore sanding pieces to achieve proper tone sounds.
  • Manipulatives: Saws, Wood Glue, Drum Sander
  • Multiple Intelligences: Spatial/Visual, Bodily/Kinesthetic, Interpersonal
  • Goals: 
    • 1. Students will gain introductory experience with safe hand sawing.
    • 2. Students will understand how to modify a sample design in order to correct identified issues.
    • 3. Students will learn how to sand with a belt or drum sander.

Please email or Dojo me with any questions about this session’s schedule.

For the first class of 'Make it to the Top' students reviewed place value by playing a game where they had to guess the number their partner came up with. The student that made up the number would tell their partner if they got any digits correct or if a place of a number was correct. 

For the first class of 'Make it to the Top' students reviewed place value by playing a game where they had to guess the number their partner came up with. The student that made up the number would tell their partner if they got any digits correct or if a place of a number was correct. 

I also wanted to highlight 'Make it to the Top' class. This class is a part of the climbing and hiking days. In this class, students set a goal they think they can achieve to be able to make it to the top of the climbing wall in our classroom. Students must answer subtraction problems with and without regrouping while keeping a tally of how many they get correct. At the end of each class students move their miniature selves up that many rocks. By making a goal, students recognize what they believe they are capable of (parameters were given) and then try to reach that number. 

The rock wall and miniature students.

The rock wall and miniature students.