What’s happening with the 7/8/9s? – week 8

Greetings 7/8/9s Families!

I hope you had a great weekend!
We had another fun week in the 7/8/9s. Check out their favorite parts of the week in the blog post they wrote and posted on Friday.
Our week started off super chilly but extra fun with a cider pressing workshop led by Grandpop Sullivan on Monday morning! After grinding and pressing the apples we got to enjoy some of the most delicious apple cider ever!
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In work time last week the 7/8/9s spent lots of time finger knitting! They are enjoying this hands-on activity which promotes deep focus and fine motor development. The boys have created some lovely finger knit strands which they are turning into necklaces, bracelets, headbands, scarves, and using in their dramatic play outside!

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The 7/8/9s had their second week leading Town Meeting on Wednesday. This week Kelley was our Town Meeting mayor and some of the 7/8/9s chose to share their books with the school. They were great readers and hosts this week and I’m super proud of their hard work!

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Reading:
In reading last week the 7/8/9s focused on building reading stamina with independent reading books. To continue our work on story grammar the 7/8/9s worked to draw and write about a character from their independent reading book.
We also began a new read aloud last week. Continuing with Roald Dahl books, we are reading “The Witches”. While reading this fiction novel the 7/8/9s will continue to work on asking questions and making predictions about the story. Throughout the week they will also work to apply these skills to their independent reading work.
Math:
In math last week the 7/8/9s focused on story problems. After we practiced solving the problems they wrote for each other last Friday, they were introduced to multi-step story problems in both addition and subtraction. They worked together in pairs and groups to solve these challenging problems. Later in the week the 7/8/9s were challenged to solve problems like this independently.
This week in math we will continue to work on multi-step problems. The 7/8/9s will spend time figuring out how to decide if they need to add or subtract after reading a story problem. We will highlight important words and phrases that tell us what operation to carry out. We will also focus on strategies for subtraction.
Science and Social Studies:
In science last week the 7/8/9s began thinking about what other life we find in forests (other than small plants and trees) they came up with a list of forest animals and insects and we began reading books and collecting research materials about these important and interesting creatures. We also spent some time doing observational drawing and writing about our square of woods behind school.
This week in science the 7/8/9s will continue to think about animals. We will begin to uncover more information about animal communities and survival in the forest.
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I’m looking forward to another exciting week with the 7/8/9s!
-Sami

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