Welcome to the Fun Zone of Learning – Physical Education! November – December 2018

Dear Families,

It’s extremely important to engage students in quality fun activities for their own benefit, so please help us by encouraging your children to be physically active outside of school as well.

Kindergarten In kindergarten, students will work on cooperative games and station like activities to help improve teamwork, student’s hand eye coordination, and muscular strength. Warm up part that includes children’s yoga and endurance exercises that foster flexibility, cardiovascular, abdominal and muscular strength. In the middle of January we’ll begin a new unit that includes Fitness gram test activities.  We incorporate the use of fitness gram components into the above stated activities to further improve their cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility.

1st Grade In January we’ll begin Fitness Gram testing.  We incorporate the use of fitness gram components into relay race activities, obstacle course activities and teamwork building games to further improve their cardiovascular endurance, strength, and flexibility. Children will participate in yoga and endurance exercises that foster flexibility, cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, and body composition.

2nd – 3rdGrade The second and third grade Fitness Gram test is an introduction and a preparation to the health-related components of fitness.  These components include cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and body composition.  The students learn the proper way to perform exercises that improve their strength and muscular endurance, their cardiovascular endurance and flexibility as well.  When performing these exercises, the students are also taught the muscles being used for each different exercise. Some type of strength training is incorporated into each and every lesson throughout the unit. These components are important in staying healthy and helping to reduce the risk of many diseases such as diabetes, certain types of cancers and heart disease.

4th –  5th  Grade This January we’ll begin Fitness gram components testing incorporated into relay race activities, games, obstacle course activities, and testing drills. These components include cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility and body composition.   Fitness gram can be used by students to help them in personal fitness program planning, by teachers to determine student needs and to help guide students in program planning. For each of the areas of fitness, a test is performed by each student to determine their strength in each component.

*Please have your child wear comfortable clothes and sneakers in the GYM!

Truly Yours,

Mrs. Glotova

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Science Lab Newsletter (3-5)

Science Lab News

September-October 2018

Dear Families,

Welcome to a new school year! Here is our first Science Lab Newsletter, outlining the units for third grade through fifth grade. Our newsletters will outline the units that each grade is currently studying in the lab. There are four units for each grade across the school year.

Sincerely,

Ms. Henricksen and Mrs. Burke

 

Third Grade To begin the year our third graders will be extending their knowledge of forces and motion by learning about simple machines. The students will think about real world problems and find solutions by using simple machines to help us in our daily lives. They will perform experiments to calculate how much force is being exerted without a simple machine, and with a simple machine. Finally, they will construct an argument to prove the benefits of using simple machines in our daily lives.
Fourth Grade Our fourth graders are exploring ecosystems by building their own in the lab, as part of our first unit on how Animals and Plants interact in their environment! We first conduct a soil study, and then we begin to build class terrariums, to explore the various components of ecosystems. We will then have our own living food chains to help us to understand how producers, and various types of consumers (and decomposers) depend on one another for food energy. They will use that knowledge to develop a model of a food chain and how it works.
Fifth Grade The fifth graders will begin a brand new unit called, “Stars and the Solar System” They will begin by testing out the gravitational force of Earth and explaining how gravity keeps all of the planets in our Solar System in orbit around the Sun. Students will take notice of patterns in our sky including the Sun’s path, changing of seasons, and moon phases, to name a few. They will use their observations to represent data in graphs, construct arguments, and debate with classmates.

Science Lab Newsletter (K-2)

Science Lab News

September-November 2018

Dear Families,

Welcome to a new school year! Here is our first Science Lab Newsletter, outlining the units for kindergarten through second grade. Our newsletters will outline the units that each grade is currently studying in the lab. There are three units for each grade across the school year.

Sincerely,

Ms. Henricksen and Mrs. Burke

 

Kindergarten To begin the year our kindergarteners are learning to use inquiry skills such as observation and prediction. They are learning to use their 5 senses to be more aware of their surroundings and to learn more about the world around them. The first unit in Kindergarten is called “Our Environment,” which focuses on the needs of plants and animals. They will make observations about what plants and animals need to survive. Then, they will begin to question how animals build their homes to help them stay safe in their environment. Finally, the kindergarteners will end the unit by thinking about solutions to help protect our environment from human impact and sharing their ideas.
First Grade Our first graders will begin their first unit called, “Structures and Behaviors in Living Things.” The students will be learning about different animals and their structures that help them adapt to their environment. They will also do research through videos and texts to find patterns between an offspring’s behavior, the parents response, and how that behavior helps them survive. Then, they will be observing different plants and animals to notice the similarities between parents and their offspring. Finally, the first graders will design a solution to a human problem by mimicking plant and animal adaptations.
Second Grade The second graders will also be extending their knowledge of plants and animals by starting the year off with a unit called, “Plant and Animal Interactions.” In this unit, students will be focusing on how plants and animals help each other survive. They will participate in activities to learn about seed dispersal and plant adaptations. Finally, they will end the unit by developing models to show how plants and animals depend on one another.