This newsletter was dictated by the 7/8/9s and typed by Sami : )
“This week we started making a black bear. We need to finish putting plaster on it and paint it.”
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“We are almost finished with our bear! But we ran out of plaster! Se we will wait for more.”
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“We did our animals it was a sticky job to do but it was fun. We did the fox first it was hard to do.”
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“In science we made sculptures of a red fox, a black bear, and a peregrine falcon.
Step 1. We bent wire into the shape.
Step 2. We also stuffed them with newspaper.
Step 3. Now we plastered the animals.
Step 4. And then we paint them.”
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We had to start the bear from scratch, and it only took us less than a week to get close to finishing it. We molded the wire, and stuffed it with newspaper and tape and then started plastering it. We ran out of plaster on Thursday so we couldn’t finish our plastering on Friday, but Sami ordered more plaster so we can finish on Monday. (She’s a life saver.) Then we need to paint our animals and finish them by the end of next week.
Also in science this week we started working on our animal books. We made storyboards about what will happen in the stories about how our different animals survive in winter. We had to think about what our animals do to get ready for winter in the summer and fall. Like the bear hibernates in winter so in summer and fall it eats a lot and gets fatter. The peregrine falcon migrates to Brazil or other places in South America so he eats a lot so he doesn’t get tired or hungry on his flight. The fox doesn’t really have to get ready, he just hunts in winter, but he does grow extra fur to have a thick coat to stay warm. Our books will tell the 4/5s and other readers clearly about what each animal does so they can understand.
In Mandarin this week we made lanterns and we celebrated the end of Chinese New Year called Lantern Festival which is celebrated at the full moon. We learned the Chinese character for sun and moon. Mario said next week we are working on the sounds up and down.
In art this week Stacy taught us how to finish our weavings and hang them up. She also showed us how to make pom-poms to decorate them. They are coming out awesome.
We had one SUPER rainy day this week. We got so soaking wet outside but it was still very fun. The puddle by the tree at the bottom of the hill was so deep the water went into some people’s boots.
“On Thursday me, Noah, and Kelley were looking for beads in the barn. It was raining so they were easy to find.”
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“Me and Willem, Nathaniel, and of course Kelley hunted beads, it was fun.”
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Have a great weekend!
From the 7/8/9s
Chloe, Cian, Kelley, Matthew, Nathaniel, Noah, and Willem