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Ask Your Expert!
Posted on 04/22/2019

Ask Your Expert!

Family Questions From Your Mustangs’ Lessons This Week

Preschool: This week in preschool we visited a local backyard farm. We met nine-day-old kids (baby goats), hens, dogs, a rooster, and a cat. We gathered warm eggs from under laying hens and watched the goats get milked. We also saw plants and seedlings growing in the garden beds. We walked in our community to visit this farm with family members and local volunteers.

Preschool kids

Kindergarten: This week we started our Taking Care of the Earth Domain. What are the three R’s we learned that can help us take care of the Earth? (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.) What kinds of materials can we recycle? (Paper, plastic, metal, glass.) Where does all of our trash end up if we do not recycle it? (In a landfill.) Who is responsible for making all of the trash that goes into a landfill? (We are.) What is a natural resource? (Something that the Earth gives us. It is not made by humans.) What are some examples of natural resources? (Water, trees, air, fish, oil, soil, coal.) Why are trees important? (They help keep our air clean.) Why is it important for us to help take care of the Earth? (Answers will vary.) Kindness Challenge: For Earth Day, help your little one complete our Earth Day Challenge to become a member of the Green Team. A list of activities that will help take care of the Earth is in this week’s Thursday folder. Send back the Earth Day Challenge by next Friday, April 26th, and receive your Earth Day Challenge completion certificate. How is taking care of the Earth a kind thing?

Art: Second grade art students created a ceramic loom for their weaving project. This week they began attaching the WARP strings to their loom. Ask your weaving expert to explain what the warp strings are on a loom. (They are the lengthwise strings that are held stationary to create tension and hold the WEFT strings in place.) What are the weft strings? (They are the strings that create the pattern by transferring over-and-under the warp.) Helpful memory tip: WARP strings are similar to HARP strings; WEFT strings weave "Weft to Right."

kids weaving

First Grade: We are continuing to learn about the development of our nation in our New Nation Domain! It's amazing how much we are learning and absorbing: Who was the Commander in Chief of the Continental Army? (George Washington.) What did he become later? (The first president!) Who won the Revolutionary War? (The Continental Army- The Colonies!) What is the name of our country's capital city? (Washington D.C.) Name one thing that Benjamin Franklin wrote and one thing he invented. (Poor Richard's Almanac, flippers, bifocals, rocking chair, lightning rod, iron stove.)

Second Grade: The United States Civil War has started again in the Second Grade classrooms! What is slavery? (Slavery is when a person has to work for no wages and very little freedom.) Where did most slaves originally come from? (Africa.) Did they come voluntarily? (No, they were forced onto ships and brought to the U.S.) Where did slaves work? (On plantations in the South. They worked in the fields and in the ‘Big House,’) What is the Big House? (The mansion where the master and his family lived.) How were they treated? (They were mistreated by their masters and were barely able to survive.) Who is Harriet Tubman? (She was a famous ‘conductor’ on the Underground Railroad.) When did she become a slave? (She was born into slavery.) What was her nickname? (Minty.) What is the Underground Railroad? (It isn’t a real railroad, but a route for escaping slaves to travel North to freedom.) What did they use to go the right direction? (They used the North Star by locating the ‘Drinking Gourd’.) What is the Drinking Gourd? (The Big Dipper.) What is a ‘station’? (A house along the way that was willing to help the slaves by hiding them, feeding them, and letting them rest.) Did anyone go after the escaped slaves? (Yes, slave catchers had dogs to track them.) How did they escape the dogs? (They walked in creeks and rivers, so the dogs would lose their scent.)

Third Grade: We will be busy presenting our interviews as an explorer as part of our European Exploration of North America Domain. We should know their explorer's sponsor, route, discoveries, their successes, disappointments and contributions. We have spent time in TEAMS researching their explorers as well as listening in class and reading chapters independently. Be sure to review with your expert that a conquistador is a "conqueror" who traveled to North, Central or South America to find wealth and claim land. Two other key vocabulary words are uncharted (unfamiliar) and colonization (taking control of an area to develop a settlement).

third grade kids

Music: This week in Music, Kindergarteners enjoyed playing ukulele, singing, and dancing outside on a beautiful spring day! Pictured, members of Mrs. Thomson's class sing and dance to Sorida, a Simbabwean children's song. Ask your expert "What is your favorite song from Music class?"

Fourth Grade: We are getting geared up for our field trip to the Denver Capitol next Monday by learning about the levels, branches, and responsibilities of our government. Ask your expert: What are the three levels of government and what 'land' are they responsible for? (National - the United States; State - Colorado; Local - Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs.) What are the three branches of government? (The Executive branch, the Judicial branch, the Legislative branch.) What is a major, law-related responsibility of each branch? (Legislative branch - writes laws; Executive branch - approves/vetoes laws and carries them out; Judicial branch - interprets laws and makes sure they follow the Constitution.) Name one prominent leader/person that works in each branch. (Executive - the president, vice president, governor, etc.; Judicial - a Supreme Court justice or a judge; Legislative - a representative in the Senate or the House of Representatives.) Why are taxes important? (Taxes help provide services available to the public. For example, our schools, public parks, libraries and homeless shelters are funded through taxes.) BONUS! How does the system of "checks and balances" work? (The system ensures that not one person or group in our government holds too much power. It allows for bills to be vetoed, for Cabinet members to have to be approved, impeachment of justices or presidents, and more!)

Fifth Grade: We have been doing states research. Each child chose one state to do thorough research on. They will then create artwork that represents something(s) from their state. Ask your expert to teach you 5 or more facts that they learned about their state. They should also know their state symbols! The original artwork will be on display this week at Night of Excellence. Be sure to stop in and see your child's work of art.

Spanish: This week we worked on a dialogue called "La invitación." Pedro el Pez y María la Mona are very good friends. This coming up week "Maria is sick." Key words and phrases for this unit:
Spanish English
¿Cómo estás? How are you?
Estoy ... I am ...
bién well
muy bién very well
mal not well
gracias thank you
Lo siento I’m sorry.
amarillo yellow

Spanish students

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