October ushered another wonderfully active month into the Upper Elementary classroom.
We started the month with a field trip to Morton Arboretum where the class participated in a study of a Woodland ecosystem and a Prairie ecosystem. The students used scientific field tools and their knowledge of biotic and abiotic factors to collect data from each ecosystem and complete a comparative study of both environments. In addition to the educational experience, the field trips that we take as a class have the additional purpose of getting the students ready for our annual weeklong trip to Nature’s Classroom in March. The UE students are all aware of the trust, independence, and self-regulation that this extended trip requires. We ask that they use these shorter outings as an opportunity to practice mindfulness, listening skills, and safe behavior choices.
The students have also been busy working on many academic skills within the classroom. They have successfully completed several challenging projects including their first research report of the year, our first reading group book assignment, and our annual scary story creative writing project. All of these activities required the students to practice the various steps of the writing process, providing and receiving constructive critiques, and practicing their presentation skills.
Our busy month ended with beginning preparations for the first student-led conferences of the year. We would like to thank all of our UE families for their participation in the annual October classroom observations. The students will prepare for conference time by completing individual assessments, creating realistic academic goals for the rest of the academic year, and setting expectations for managing their work time in the classroom. Student-led conferences give the UE students an opportunity to take ownership of their learning experience and to deliver an honest report of their academic progress to their parents.
In closing, the students would like to send a big THANK YOU to the community for the continued support they have received in their fundraising efforts. They are proud to announce that they collected a little over $1000 in funds for the UE class through the Elementary Walk-a-Thon in September. We will be purchasing Chromebooks with the money raised. The class is also very excited about the ongoing success of Coffee Carline. The students will continue to sell coffee, tea, and their homemade muffins Friday mornings during carline. All proceeds from this venture benefit the Upper Elementary annual trip to Nature’s Classroom in Lake Geneva, WI.
Until next month,
Ms. Rebecca and the students of the UE class