Ask Your Expert!

Ask Your Expert!
Posted on 01/14/2019

Ask Your Expert!

Family Questions From Your Mustangs’ Lessons This Week

Preschool: We are reading the story Goldilocks and the Three Bears from our Classic Tails Domain and discussing sequence, characters, and setting. We will then start our Animals Domain and host a visit from MSES service dog Roxy's veterinarian in the afternoon class to talk with us about a veterinarian's career. Ask your expert: Can you name something that is ‘tiny’ in the story? (Baby bear and his bed, chair, and porridge.) Are you an animal? (Yes! Humans are animals.)

Kindergarten: We have started our Native American Domain this week: Where did the Lakota Sioux tribe live? (Great Plains.) What are some ways Native American tribes used buffalo? (Buffalo helped provide food, clothing, and shelter for Native American Tribes.) What is the name given to the houses in which the Lakota Sioux lived? (Tipis.) Kindness Challenge: Invite a new child to play with you at the park or on the playground. How do you think they feel when they make a new friend? How do you feel making a new friend?

First Grade: We began our Astronomy Domain this week! Here are some questions to ask your astronomer! Is the sun made of solid, liquid, or gas? (Gas.) What are the two ways the earth moves? (Rotates on its axis and revolves around the sun.) How long does it take the Earth to rotate one time? (24 hours -- 1 day.) How long does it take the Earth to make one revolution around the sun? (About 365 days -- 1 year.) What is a shooting star? (A meteor flying through Earth's atmosphere.)

Physical Education: We have started our Archery Unit! All the grades, k-5, will be participating in one of my favorite units. Archery will be helping the kids with patience, balance, hand and eye coordination, a sense of accomplishment, and so much more. They will get to know a little about the history of the sport and how to properly maintain the archery equipment, as well as learning the proper technique in shooting.
We will also be starting our after-school basketball program the last week in January for any 3rd-5th graders that would like to participate. They will be getting permission slips Monday or Tuesday.


Second Grade: We are continuing our Human Body Domain! Ask your expert: Who discovered bacteria? (Anton van Leeuwenhoek.) What else did he do? (He created his own type of microscope to see bacteria.) What are living things made of? (Microscopic cells.) What do a group of similar cells form? (Tissue.) What does the tissue form? (Organs.) What do organs form? (Systems.) What is the largest organ in the body? (Our skin.) What is its primary function? (To protect the organs.) How many kidneys do you have? (2) Liver? (1) What happens if an organ isn’t working correctly? (It will make a person ill.) What is a donor? (Someone who gives you something -- ‘donates.’) Can we transplant organs? (Yes.) What does transplant mean? (To move something from one place to another.) Are eyes, ears, and skin all organs? (Yes, they are not part of the major organ systems, but they are grouped together as sense organs.) Do you remember the five senses? (See, hear, feel, taste, and smell.)

Third Grade: We have started our Light and Sound Domain! Ask your expert what light is (energy), what are sources of light (sun, stars, light bulbs, flashlight, candles), and about how light travels (light waves that travel in rays). They should be able to tell you how fast light travels (186,000 miles per second!) through a ‘vacuum’ (a place where there are no particles). Light can be ‘transmitted’ (passed along, spread through a material) through transparent objects or translucent objects, but because rays of light waves cannot bend, opaque objects form a shadow or shade on the opposite side of that object where the light cannot reach. ‘Transparent’ describes an object that is clear, allowing most light to be transmitted. ‘Translucent’ describes an object that allows some light to pass through, but the image may not be clear. Enjoy finding material at home that is transparent, translucent, or opaque, so that your expert is a confident one! Make sure they show you how to make a shadow larger, or smaller, too!

Music: First-grade musicians are beginning to prepare for their upcoming Valentines Day performance! They'll be singing, dancing, and playing all kinds of instruments. Most students are very excited to perform for their families. In class, we are talking about what makes a good performance, how to handle nervous feelings, (if you have them), and how to be a supportive audience while waiting to perform. The concert is scheduled for Thursday, February 14th, at 1:00 PM, and family members and friends are welcome! 

Valentine's Day Music

Fourth Grade:  We are continuing our Eureka: Student Inventor Domain. Who are the inventor “judges” for the domain’s competition and what is their most famous invention? (Thomas Edison - incandescent lightbulb/1,093 patents; George Washington Carver - peanut butter/dyes and paints from sweet potatoes/soybeans/pecans/peanuts; Hedy Lamarr - frequency hopping; Jacques Cousteau - aqua lung/scuba diving.) Name one challenge or disappointment that one of these famous inventors faced during their lifetime. (Examples: Thomas Edison did not go to school as a child; George Washington Carver was born into slavery; Hedy Lamarr was not taken seriously because she was an actress; Jacques Cousteau was in a serious car accident). Bonus: Describe the Ping Pong Collaboration Challenge. What were the requirements? How did you collaborate within your lab group in order to complete the challenge? 

TEAMS: Students kicked off 2019 by making individual tree ‘slivers’ that we will be making into a giant kindness tree. We brainstormed acts of kindness that are intentional for people near and far. We talked about how kindness is contagious and sharing kindness makes a huge difference everyday! Also, beginning this week, students will be able to come to the office to fill out a Kindness Leaf to acknowledge someone for being kind. It could be a friend, teacher, parent, paraprofessional, or administrator. Much like the old Heart of the Mustang award, students can fill out a leaf that will be hung on the vines in the lunchroom. Teachers will participate in the fun by giving kindness hearts for acts of kindness they catch throughout the week. Students will get their name in Mustang Tales for when they are “caught” being kind. We’re expecting a LONG list of names as students display kind acts every single day.

kindness leaves

Fifth Grade: We just started reading Don Quixote in our current CKLA unit. We are learning that he is quite an eccentric fellow. Ask your expert: In what ways is Don Quixote similar to knights who lived in the Middle Ages? (They both wear armor, both wanted to live by a code of chivalry, both had horses, and both had a lady they loved.) How was Don Quixote different from knights in the  Middle Ages? (Don Quixote's armor is old and his helmet is held together by string. His horse is old and slow. The lady he loves has no idea who he is. He was over 50. He never went through "official" training to become a knight.) What are some "erratic and eccentric" behaviors of Don Quixote? (He's fine using old armor. He thought an inn was a castle. He only read books on knighthood. He practiced jousting in his room.)

Art: Art students continue their unit on Line, with an emphasis on creating pattern, movement, and expression. Students are exploring the techniques and styles of creating abstract designs influenced by artists like Wassily Kandinsky. As your Art expert: What is abstract art? (Art that is predominantly created with only lines, shapes, colors, and designs.) Fourth-Grade students are practicing line patterns by studying the style of art called Zentangle.  What is Zentangle? (Zentangle is an easy-to-learn method of creating beautiful images from repetitive patterns. It is a new art form that is fun and relaxing. It increases focus and creativity.)

line art

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