Ask Your Expert!

Ask Your Expert!
Posted on 05/20/2019

Ask Your Expert!

Family Questions From Your Mustangs’ Lessons This Week

Music: This week, 4th grade students played guitars, basses, drums, and bass xylophones. Pictured, Maxton, Maddox, and Dylan from Mrs. Larsen's class team up to write some original blues.

music class

Preschool: In the afternoon class, we learned about habitats. We met Suma Squrirel, who lives in the woodland habitat.
Ask your expert what different plants and animals live in the woodland habitat. (Answers could include deer, raccoon, birds (robins), trees, mushrooms, squirrels, spiders, skunks, mice, ants, and bears.) We have met all of our Zoophonics friends. Ask your expert about these animals who live in the letters of the alphabet and what they look and sound like. We will finish up our year with a picnic at the Memorial Park with all of our families on Wednesday, the 22nd, from 10-1. See you all then!

Kindergarten: We are working on Presidents and American Symbols this week. Ask your expert which president freed the enslaved people? (Lincoln.) What did Abraham Lincoln carry around in his tall black hat? (Important papers so he wouldn’t forget about them.) Which president helped protect forests and lakes so that future generations could enjoy them? (Theodore Roosevelt). What was special about Barack Obama being elected president? (He was the first African-American elected president.) Which four of our presidents are carved into Mount Rushmore? (Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Lincoln.) Which was your favorite president we learned about? Why? (Answers will vary.) Kindness Challenge: Make a list of fun activities that you can do with family members over the summer that include helping people in your neighborhoods, community, or just in your own household. Remember to try and do random acts of kindness throughout the summer. You all have proven to be kindness champions!

Art: Fifth-Grade artists are ending their elementary experience by keeping art “in perspective".  They are completing a packet of various one-point perspective challenges, with the option to create the project pictured, within our remaining time together or at home this summer. One-point perspective is a drawing method that shows how things appear to get smaller as they get further away, converging towards a single 'vanishing point' on the horizon line. It is a way of drawing objects upon a flat piece of paper (or other drawing surface) so that they look three-dimensional and realistic. ( I have loved teaching art to each and every student this year and will greatly miss our class of fifth-graders as they venture off into the "horizon," exploring their new world of opportunities at the Middle School. I will look forward to seeing the rest of you in August! – Carrie Dunlap, Art Instructor

art perspective

art perspective

First Grade: We learned how the journey ended for Lewis and Clark on their way west! Ask your expert: Did Lewis and Clark make it to the Pacific Ocean? (Yes!) Did everyone make it back home safely? (Yes, except for the people who chose to stay in the west! Sacagawea returned to her lands with the Shoshone.) Lewis and Clark had three tasks President Jefferson wanted them to accomplish: They made friends with Native Americans and discovered new plants and animals, but what was the third task that they could not accomplish? (There was no all-water route from St. Louis to the Pacific Ocean.)

Physical Education: As we close out another great year, I want to sincerely thank all of you that helped out with our field day activities. We could never do all the events we do without your help. I do hope you all have a very enjoyable and safe summer, and I look forward to seeing you the end of August. Enjoy! – Randy Neighbor, PE Teacher

Field Day

Second Grade: We are completing our Immigration Domain. Ask your expert: Why did immigrant families live in the big cities? (Better job opportunities.) Where did they live? (Neighborhoods with people from their home country.) Why? (They could support each other with familiar language and customs from home.) Why did some immigrants move to the Midwest? (They wanted more room and the chance to own their own land.) How did these immigrant ancestors change America? (They helped build the Transcontinental Railroad and brought many skills like farming, carpentry, laundry, and restaurants with traditional foods.) How do immigrants become American citizens? (They have to live in the U.S. for at least 5 years, speak and understand English, understand how our government and laws work under the Constitution, and learn our Nation’s history. They then have to take a test and be sworn in as a citizen.) What is the highest law in the land? (The Constitution.) Who is the Father of this document? (James Madison.) What document amends the Constitution to give citizens their rights? (The Bill of Rights.) What role does the government have? (Enforce the Constitution and use taxpayers’ money for community buildings such as schools, fire departments, libraries, parks, and police departments.)  Next up: Fighting for a Cause!

On Beyond: Thank you to all who attended the On Beyond Showcase last Wednesday! We had the Commons area filled with group and individual projects, math activities, special focus "experts", and really excited learners from K-5th grades! It was impressive to see our first group of Kindergarteners share Venn diagrams, story maps, and math word problems! Adults and college students alike were wowed by the eloquence and deep understanding of our young presenters.  It definitely takes a village to kindle and support the enthusiastic curiosity of these kids...and hopefully this event helped more folks appreciate being a part of that village!

On Beyond Night

Third Grade: In our Ecology Domain, we are wildlife detectives and expert scientists in the field. Our afternoon at Bear Creek Nature Park began with a review of the Scientific Process (Question, Hypothesis, Materials, Procedure, Observations/Data and Conclusion.) After observing the scene of the event, students recognized footprints of canines, felines, black bears and raccoons. A discussion followed, including who the predator of a mule deer could have been. Students overwhelming concluded it had to be the mountain lion! Next they reviewed their food chain vocabulary, and became either producers (plants that make their own energy from the sun) or consumers (animals that eat plants or other animals) or decomposers (return nutrients into the ground to cycle through again.) Students connected their food chains and created food webs. The afternoon finished with a hike of the foothills habitats in perfect weather, with lots of questions and even more learning opportunities! Leave no trace, third-graders! Protect the planet and have a wonderful summer!

Fourth Grade: We will be reading Ernest Thayer's poem "Casey at Bat".  "Casey at Bat" is a long narrative poem that uses many different examples of figurative language to tell the story of Casey. Ask your expert: Who is the protagonist of the poem? (Casey.) What sport does Casey play?  (Baseball.) Why do the fans want Casey to come up to bat?  (They believe he will help them win the game.) What happens when Casey does come up to bat? (He strikes out.)

Fifth Grade: We have been wrapping up our Reformation CKLA unit! Geometry is he name of the game for math. In addition, all three classes participated in the RMFI (Rocky Mountain Field Institute) trail building days this past week. Community service at its best by helping build and maintain local hiking trails! Finally, all fifth grade classes have been putting final touches on their promotion poems. Ask you expert what their poem picture is of and see if you can guess the content of their poem!  Reminder: Promotion for fifth grade will be at 8:30 on 5/23 followed by our picnic at 10:30. We are so very proud of these amazing fifth grade students and are sad yet excited to send them to middle school next year. Have a wonderful summer from the fifth grade team!

5th graders

5th graders

TEAMS: Note from the Manitou Public Library: Come check out the summer reading program. Mrs. B is informing all the students about the awesome reading program the Pikes Peak Public Library District offers. We are reaching out to Manitou Elementary students to participate. Students can do all sorts of activities to earn points and win prizes. You can do everything from read/ listen to audio books or create your own ninja maze at home, etc. If you fill out the permission slip (below), please turn them in and your teachers can give them to Mrs. B. After June 3rd you can go to the Manitou Springs Library and get your library reading/activity log to keep track of all the events you do! It has all of the activities listed to earn the points you need to win awesome prizes. If you are traveling most of the summer just keep track on your log and turn it in at the end of the summer! It's too easy! Mrs. B is handing out all the permission slips to participate. If you happen to miss it, we have attached a copy to fill out. You can bring it to the school or bring them right to the Manitou Springs Library.

(Also…please bring in all Manitou Springs Elementary library books by Tuesday, May 21!)

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