Ask Your Expert!

Ask Your Expert!
Posted on 10/21/2019

Ask Your Expert!

Family Questions From Your Mustangs’ Lessons This Week

Art: Art students 1st through 5th Grades have begun their next unit in Art, which involves each artist creating a self-portrait. This unit will last about 4 classes. During this first week, students looked at self-portraits created by artists from the past to the present. We looked at self-portraits from Leonardo da Vinci, Frida Kahlo, William Johnson, Andy Warhol, Vincent Van Gogh, and many more. We studied various self-portraits created by Pablo Picasso throughout his life (pictured) and discussed the differences between his realistic and abstract representations of himself. In art classes, students will learn the correct proportions of the human face along with the mathematical arrangement of our features. We will use vocabulary and techniques influenced by the Elements of Art (Line, Shape, Value and Form) as well as The Principles of Art (Proportions and Perspective) in order to practice our realistic drawings of the human face before we begin to create representations of ourselves.

Self Portraits

Preschool: We finished our All About Me Domain and learned about the three basic needs that humans need to survive. Ask your expert what are the three things that humans need to survive (water, food, shelter). We introduced ordinal numbers with first, second, third, fourth, and fifth floors of apartment buildings (shelter) and taking the elevator with the Laurie Berkner song, Waiting for the Elevator. We have also been practicing our yoga poses daily. Ask your expert to show you our crescent moon or banana pose. This week we will introduce our first tale, The Lion and the Mouse, from the Classic Tales Domain. Look for more information coming home with your student.

Kindergarten: We are in our Stories Domain. Ask your expert: What is a trickster tale? (A story where one of the other characters tricks the other characters) In the story Tug-of-War, which character was the trickster? (The Turtle) What was the moral of the story Tug-of-War? (Big animals can be friends with little animals.) What does it mean to boast? (To brag) Is boasting kind? Why or why not? (Answers will vary.) In the story Jumping Mouse, which character showed kindness to Jumping Mouse? (The frog) What gift does Jumping Mouse give the bison? (His eyesight) What gift does Jumping Mouse give to the wolf? (His sense of smell) What does Jumping Mouse turn into at the end of the story because he did not misuse his powers? (An Eagle so he could fly to the far off land) The kindergarten teachers will be performing Goldilocks and the Three Bears story for all three classes in Mrs. Hammel’s classroom on Tuesday. It is a fun way for the kiddos to see us bring a story to life! Kindness Challenge: Ask a new friend to sit with you at lunch. How is this kind? Is it ok to have several friends? Why?

First Grade: We are wrapping up our study of Similar Stories from Different Lands! This week, our set of selections was The Little Red Riding Hood (Germany), Hu Gu Po (China), and Tselane (Botswana). Ask your expert: What lesson can we learn from the adventures of all three sets of main characters? (Listen to safety instructions from your grownups!) Can you remember the character in each story who caused problems for our main characters? (The wolf, the tiger, the leopard) Are these stories real or fiction? (Fiction) 

Second Grade: We are studying the Ancient Greek Civilization in our current CKLA Domain. Ask your expert: How did Athens get its name? (They chose the Goddess Athena and her gift of an olive tree.) Why was the olive tree so valued? (Multiple uses: buildings, utensils, oils to cook, store for food, moisturize skin, and ignite for light in lamps) What are some of the contributions the Greeks made to the world? (Olympic Games, democracy, architecture, sculptures, philosophy/mathematics, and the marathon) What is a democracy? (Leading or ruling by the people, not a monarch/king.)

Third Grade: We wrapped up our Animal Classification Domain by writing an informative paragraph on an animal of our choice. Students also created an iMovie on their animals! Ask you expert which animal they chose and which animal group it is classified as? Why is it classified as a reptile, amphibian, bird, fish, or mammal? What are two interesting facts about your animal? In Math, we have been working hard on subtraction with regrouping (decomposing) with four-digit numbers. Students have even learned to subtract across zeros!!! Challenge your expert to solve the following problem: 6,000 - 4,305 = __

Music: Students in grades K-2 are preparing for their October 31st field trip to the Pikes Peak Center, where they will hear the Colorado Springs Philharmonic perform a program called How the Orchestra Grew. This concert, created just for kids, covers 1000 years of music history in under an hour! This week, we explored Hildegard von Bingen's music from the 12th century; Arturo Marquez's Danzón No. 2, from the late 20th century; Gabrielli's Canzona for Double Consort; and Handel's Overture to Music for the Royal Fireworks. Students learned to identify, by sight and sound, orchestral instruments like the clarinet, claves, timpani, viola, violin, trumpet, trombone, oboe, bassoon, flute ,and piccolo. Pictured, Theo moves to Danzón, and Elias experiments with buzzing into the trumpet to produce a tone.

Student playing trumpet

Fourth Grade: We are continuing our CKLA Domain on the Middle Ages! Recently, we have been discussing differences between manor houses (castles) and medieval towns. Ask your expert:
What were some characteristics of life in a castle/on a manor estate? (Inside the castle, there was plenty of food and drink, stone walls for protection, it was cold and gloomy, and there was a Great Hall for dining and entertainment; around the estate, serfs worked on the farmland to provide food and livestock for the lord; serfs had one room houses with straw beds and a small fireplace; serfs were provided protection from the lord; serfs paid taxes to the lord; serfs had a small strip of land to grow their own crops.) What were some characteristics of life within a medieval town? (Small, tall, close-together houses; dirty and muddy streets; plenty of business - merchants and craftsmen; guilds protecting the Middle Class and setting prices for goods; disease spreading through rats; chamber pots thrown in the streets) Opinion: Would you have rather been, a serf working for their lord on a manor OR a merchant living in a small house in a town? Explain your reasoning.

Spanish: Hola, Hola... In Spanish, we continue to develop our themes and units. Kindergarten: The weather. 1st and 2nd Grades: "Hola soy yo" (Hi, it's me!). 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grades: "Me gusta" (I like it!) As a general topic, the students are learning about Las emociones y sentimientos -- the emotions and feelings. Vocabulary: Feliz - Happy, Triste - sad, Cansado - tired, Enojado - angry.

Fifth Grade: We have been working on Water as a theme throughout the first quarter. We studied the water cycle, watersheds and good stewardship, weathering, erosion, and deposition and are continuing to learn about weather forecasting. As scientists, students created models of their understanding of these topics at the beginning of the year. This week we revisited the models and revised them to include the information they have learned. Mia M. made a great artistic representation of the components of the water cycle in her revision (pictured).

Water Cycle

TEAMS: Book Fair has arrived! The Scholastic Book Fair will be held in the Art room Monday-Friday. Monday – Wednesday, 7:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m. Thursday, 8:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Friday 8:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.. A new option: This year we have the option of e-wallets. Just click on this website to our Manitou book fair page and load any amount you choose to avoid sending money to school and getting lost.

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