Ask Your Expert!

Ask Your Expert!
Posted on 12/02/2019

Ask Your Expert!

Family Questions From Your Mustangs’ Lessons This Week

Preschool: We read The City Mouse and the Country Mouse from our Classic Tales CKLA Domain and discussed the difference between simple and fancy. We also completed our Families and Communities Domain by sharing our own family traditions. The students enjoyed presenting their tradition to their classmates and we even had a parent come and teach us the Finnish Elf Dance with a special song and bells to share. To bring all of it together, we celebrated with a fancy feast of a turkey dinner thanks to Nutrition Services. Ask your expert if they prefer simple or fancy food. – Julie Lavigne, Preschool Teacher

Guest speaker

Kindergarten: Some fun from our Thanksgiving learning: What is the name of the ship the Pilgrims crossed the ocean on? (Mayflower) What are some crops that the Native Americans helped Pilgrims learn how to plant and harvest? (Corn, Squash, Beans) Where did the Pilgrims sleep while they were building their houses during their first winter? (In the Mayflower) Fun from the Farm Unit: What is something interesting you learned about a pig? A cow? A chicken? A sheep? What is a baby chicken called? Why do farmers have cows on a farm? What do chickens give us? What farm animal is your favorite? Why? Sing Old McDonald Had A Farm with your little one so they can tell you the sounds that these animals make. By the way, we have rescheduled our Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast for Thursday, December 5, because our kiddos were really looking forward to the cooking projects and activity.) Kindness Challenge: Sit down with your family and tell each person something you appreciate about them. What are some things you are thankful for? – Missi Thomson, Kindergarten Teacher

First Grade: We have concluded our study of Early World Civilizations! We learned all about farming, cities, writing, religion, and leaders in Ancient Mesopotamia and Ancient Egypt. This week, we finished this study learning about the discovery of King Tut's tomb! Ask your expert: "Was it easy to get to King Tut's tomb?" (No! It took many years, a lot of digging, and a lot of perseverance!) "What did they find in King Tut's tomb?" (Walls of gold, treasures, and King Tut's sarcophagus) We had the opportunity to do many culminating activities this week as well! We did some amazing crafts and got to hear about Mr. Vogel's trip to Egypt, seeing more current pictures and hearing personal stories of so many of the things we have learned about Egypt! We ended the week with a Museum Day where grown ups were invited in to tour the museum of crafts and displays created by the wonderful First-Graders. Ask your expert what their favorite craft, project, or event was this week! (Answers will vary.) – Sarah Carter, First-Grade Teacher

Music: Students in Kinder and First Grade are playing the bass xylophone this week! Pictured, Steele, from Ms. Carter's class, plays a rhythm from This Old Man. Ask your expert, "Which sounds are high, and which are low on the bass xylo?" and "How do you play that instrument?" – Elizabeth Lawson, Music Teacher


TEAMS: All grade levels have been working on learning to write code. The students have been doing plugged (online) and unplugged (offline) activities. We have been talking about how many steps it takes to code or program and that it often takes more than one person or a team to find or debug mistakes. We will continue coding on a deeper level the next few weeks! – Amy Bradbury, TEAMS Teacher

Second Grade: We continue our Greek Myths CKLA Domain: Who is Hercules? (Zeus’ son) Why are people afraid of him? (He has a bad temper.) Who does he see to change his ways? (Apollo) Who was Oedipus? (A man who challenges the Sphinx) What is a Sphinx? (A monster who lives on a cliff and won’t let the people of Thebes pass) What is the answer to the riddle, “What walks on 4 legs in the morning, 2 legs at noon, and 3 legs in the evening?” (Humans) What was Atalanta good at? (Running fast) Who will she marry? (The man who beats her in a foot race) How did a man beat her? (He threw golden apples that Aphrodite gave him to distract her so he could get ahead.) – Lori Pearson, Second-Grade Teacher

Art: As artists begin to complete their self-portraits, considerations on how to create depth and emotion through color and value have been both eye-opening and challenging. Blending colors to create realistic skin tones and hair colors have especially presented challenges. I think students have really pushed themselves this year on their levels of patience and skill development in creating value and personal expression through color. Our young artists really seem to be learning how to maintain consistent effort throughout the completion of this piece of work. I am really proud of their demonstration of this advanced artistic skill--not often a realistic expectation for such young creators! – Carrie Dunlap, Art Teacher

Third Grade: Third Grade is multiplying!  Well, to clarify, Third-Graders are practicing the skill of multiplication. It's so much fun! Remember, multiplication is just repeated addition. For example, 5 x 5 would be read as "five groups of five," which is 5 + 5 + 5 + 5 + 5. Multiplication game with your expert:  Roll two dice. Take the first dice number and draw that many circles.  Use the second dice and fill each circle with that many stars.  If we rolled a "2" and a "3" then we would draw 2 circles and we would draw 3 stars in each one. That would represent 2 x 3 and we could figure out the answer with our Circle and Stars. Actually, the game is called Circles and Stars! -- Brandon Wood, Third-Grade Teacher

Spanish: Hola Dear Parents! You are invited to our Spanish and Cultural performance on December 4th from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM. Students from K to Fifth Grade are excited about showing their families, teachers, and friends some of what they had learned in Spanish and the talent of the traditional dance of Latin countries. Pictured are some of our Flamenco Dancers getting ready for the performance. – Alejandra Lillemon, Spanish Teacher

Spanish dancers

Fourth Grade: We just started our Domain about Islamic Empires in the Middle Ages and read about Muhammad and his early years. Ask Your Expert: Compare your (student's) life to the early life of Muhammad. How is it different? (Answers may include: being separated from your parents, working from a young age, and being illiterate.) Also, how did Muhammad's life in Mecca differ from his life among the Bedouins? (Answers vary: Mecca was so much larger and busier than the desert, the people/culture was different in both places, and the inconsistencies in wealth in the city).  – Jessica Larsen, Fourth-Grade Teacher

Fifth Grade: We are learning to read, interpret, and create poetry of various styles building upon lessons from previous years of CKLA. Fifth-Grade students have learned about apostrophe poems (written to a person or animal), tone (sincere or insincere), inferences, anaphora in poems (repeated words at the beginning of lines), as well as the visualization of things in different ways--scientific versus poetic. Ask your expert about his/her favorite type of poetry so far -- and watch for poetry journals to read what your talented students are writing! -- Lisa Mussi, Fifth-Grade Teacher

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