Ask Your Expert!

Ask Your Expert!
Posted on 10/15/2018

Ask Your Expert!

Family Questions From Your Mustangs’ Lessons This Week

Preschool: In our afternoon class we are finishing our All About Me Domain with how we are growing and changing. We will finish by talking about the basic needs of humans. In both classes, we are also continuing with everyday math activities and gross motor skills to build up our core strength to support sitting, listening, and pre-writing abilities. Question for your expert: What are human's basic needs? (Water, Food, Shelter.)

Kindergarten: We just started our Stories Domain! Ask Your Expert…Is a fiction story fantasy (fake) or is it based on something real? (It is a made up story.) What is a character in a story? (The person or animal a story is about.) What is a plot? (The events that take place in a story and the order that a story happens.) What is the setting of a story? (The place a story happens.) What did Chicken Little think fell on her head? (A piece of the sky.) What really bonked her on the head? (An acorn!) Who are the characters in The Three Billy Goats Gruff? (Big Billy Goat, Middle Billy Goat, Little Billy Goat -- and the troll.) What was your favorite story from this week? (Chicken Little, The Three little Pigs, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, The Bremen Town Musicians.) Why? (Answers will vary.) Kindness Challenge: Tell someone in your family that you love them. Why is this kind? How does it make you feel to tell someone you love them? How do you think they feel when you tell them “I love you”?

First Grade: We are continuing our domain on Different Lands, Similar Stories. This week we read a new set of three stories that all had characters scarcely the size of a thumb. After listening to Tom Thumb, Thumbelina, and Issun Boshi, see if your expert can now describe some of the similar conflicts the characters faced! (Issun Boshi and Tom Thumb both got swallowed by an animal or creature, all three stories had animals as mean characters who caused problems, all three characters faced problems as they were away from home, all three characters overcame their problems despite their size because of their courage and cleverness!)

Second Grade: We have moved to the continent of Europe and are learning about The Ancient Greek Civilization. What is the terrain like in Greece? (Rugged and uneven.) What is the tallest mountain in Greece? (Mount Olympus.) Who did the Greeks believe lived on Mount Olympus? (Their Gods and Goddesses.) Who is the king of the Gods? (Zeus.) Who did the Greeks believe created and controlled things in nature? (The Gods and Goddesses.) What is a city-state? (An independent city and the surrounding area it controlled.) Name 3 things about city-states. (Same language, own governments, only come together in an emergency--or for the Olympic Games.)

Third Grade: Our Classification of Animals CKLA Domain includes a writing opportunity. Now that students are familiar with the five vertebrate groups, they will choose one group to write an informational paragraph(s) on. Students will work on creating an interesting topic sentence, the vertebrate characteristics with transitions between details, and a conclusion sentence. These taxonomist experts may bring their writing home to edit, so please support!

Fourth Grade: We have begun our next CKLA Domain about the Middle Ages! Ask your expert to explain the feudal system hierarchy: Who was at the top? Who was at the bottom? (The King was at the very top, followed by the Lords/Nobles and church Leaders. The Middle Class [Merchants and Craftsmen] followed, and lastly at the bottom were the Serfs and Freemen.) What did those members at the top offer in exchange for the loyalty of the members at the bottom? What was the main job of the Serfs? (In exchange for their loyalty, the King/Lords would offer protection to those that lived on their land--mainly the Serfs and Freemen. The serf's main job was to work on their Lord's land and pay him taxes in return.)

Fifth Grade: (See Camp article and photos)

Art: Art students in K-5th grades will begin their portraiture unit with an emphasis on the self. Students will learn the proportions of the human face and how to realistically portray facial features through line, shape, and value. We will be observing the work of other artist's self-portraits in order to view how art can portray emotions, experiences, and interests that reflect the artist's personality. We will be celebrating Mexican artist Frida Kahlo's self portraits, and discuss how her life and culture are expressed in her work. Each student will create a self-portrait based on the correct proportions of the face and use the background of their portrait to visually express the characteristics that make them unique and special. REMINDER...If you choose to participate in this year's art fundraiser please be sure to return your Original Works orders no later than next Friday, October 19th. If you do not plan on ordering, simply recycle your yellow packets and keep your child's treasured artwork.

Music: In Music class, 1st grade pianists are learning to play the F and C7 chords, which opens up a new world of song-choice possibilities! Students listen to directions, look at chord diagrams, and get help from others to figure out how to play these new chords. Ask your Expert: What new song did you learn this week that uses the F and C7 chords? (It Ain't gonna Rain No More.) Pictured, first-grade students Helena Ingraldi and Ella Klock enjoy a little free time with their ukuleles on the library lawn.

kids on ukuleles

SPANISH: We are learning Spanish vocabulary for days of the week and months of the year! Have fun with your expert using these Spanish terms for Los Dias de la semana (the days of the week): Lunes, Martes, Miércoles, Jueves, Viernes, Sábado, Domingo. And share together these terms for Los Meses del año (the months of the year): Enero, Febrero, Marzo, Abril, Mayo, Junio, Julio, Agosto, Septiembre, Octubre, Noviembre, Diciembre.

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