Mrs. Hoag - Upper Multiage

hoagWow, life sure is busy here in Upper Multiage!  We are in the middle of our documentary project, “What Makes an SCS Kid” led by Hazel’s mom, Emma Dassori.  With the help of Mr. Mathieu, Mrs. Dassori, Mrs. Morton, Mr. Hillger, and myself the kids have just about wrapped up their week of filming.  Stay tuned for future developments about our documentary premiere date, it should be an exciting finished product!
We had a couple of busy nights this week, and truly appreciate all of the family support, thank you! Some of our class members showcased their Genius Hour projects at the School Board meeting on Tuesday night.  

We also hosted an Astronomy night led by some ILES 5th grade teachers on Wednesday night.  Both nights were a huge success, thank you!
Reading: Thanks to the generosity of A.S.C, we now have a wide variety of “new releases” in our classroom library.  It was an excellent learning experience for students to write letters requesting books of their choosing, participate in class discussions to narrow down our list, research prices, and read reviews of the books we purchased.  Additionally, Etta’s mom, Emilie Coulter, also donated many books to all the classrooms here at SCS too.
Reading groups are almost finished with their Colonial America novels, which is a great time to transition to learning about the different causes that led to the American Revolution.  When we come back from April vacation, I will begin our next classroom read aloud.
Writing: All students have mastered the cursive alphabet.  They also enjoyed writing Wonka themed story ideas for the “Wonka Imaginormous Story Contest” we entered.  The contest ends May 31st, so we are waiting to see if any of our story ideas made the cut. We will be doing some research and report writing after vacation on topics connected to the Revolutionary War.
Math: Rookies: Students will be taking their Unit 6 math assessment on Monday. In Unit 6, we focused on division strategies and angles.  We learned how to use a protractor, and explored complementary and supplementary angles.  Unit 7 focuses on multiplication of a fraction by a whole number and measurement.  Thank you for the continued support at home around your child’s basic multiplication and division facts.  These facts come into play daily with fact extensions, and strategies towards solving more challenging problems.
Science: We have started to study astronomy this month.  We began with observations around shadows and sun tracking.  We are now into observing the moon, and it’s cycle.  Your child should have come home with a moon tracking sheet this week.  Hopefully over the next week or so, your child can venture outside to record what s/he observes about the moon.  I explained to the kids that it doesn’t need to be done nightly, but any information we can gather over the next few weeks will help us with our Lunar Calendar here in the classroom.
Social Studies: As mentioned above, we will soon be transitioning to the American Revolution.  This will be great timing for our upcoming field trip to the Freedom Trail in Boston, MA on Thursday, May 11th.  A permission slip for this fieldtrip will be going home with your child on Monday, April 17th.  We will be looking for parent chaperones for this field trip, as noted on the form. Just as a reminder, chaperones do have to go through the criminal background check of getting their fingerprints taken per our district’s policy.  Feel free to contact our SAU office at 279-7947 for more information. Also Mrs. Adriance has all the forms and can do fingerprinting at SCS.

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