Week of February 26th, 2007

25 02 2007

Social Studies – We are officially done with our class work time on the claymation/whaling project.  Students did not finish the project on time (based on our perseverence contract), but they did work rather well together nearer the deadline.  I will put a link on this blog when the project is completed – it looks very good so far, so hopefully they can get it done soon!

This week, students will be researching American Colonization in our American History text.  We will begin reading “Hard Labor: The First African Americans, 1619” later in the week. 

Math – Students are learning about the coordinate grid.  Most seem to have no experience with it so far.  Here are some links to websites that students can use to practice skills with coordinates (may seem elementary, but a little time on them will help build necessary basic skills):

http://aimsedu.org/aimskids/ipuzzles/hurkle/hurkle.html

http://www.oswego.org/ocsd-web/games/BillyBug2/bug2.html

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/mathsfile/shockwave/games/planethop.html

Social Skills – Six select students will be going to St. Mary’s to work with some of the residents there on Monday, 2/26.

The rest of the students will be continuing with Conversation/Listening skills as well as the “5-minutes of fame” activity we have been doing for 2 weeks now. 

Please continue to work with your child on conversation skills: attentive listening, eye contact, body basics (body language), and asking interest-driven questions.  At-home practice is a necessity in helping your child generalize these skills to the real world.

Students were paid a visit last week by Mr. Maclaughlin, the marketing director at St. Mary’s.  He spoke with them about an upcoming project they will get to work on.  Some other students at Washington are going to be producing dog biscuits, and students in my social skills class will be given the task of marketing that product.  Mr. Maclaughlin gave some insight as to what marketing is all about and how the students can get some good sales of the dog treats.  Some will be able to create posters, build webpages, create PA announcements, radio commercials…and whatever else they may think of.  We look forward to this opportunity and know that our kids will benefit from this real-world application of marketing skills. 

Ask your child what’s going on in social skills, and you should be sure to hear about some of the above.

Special Events –

Mid-quarters handed out Monday, 2/26/07

Parent-Teacher Conferences – Thursday, 3/1/07 (this Thursday), from 1pm-7pm.  Come anytime, or give me a call if you’d like to be updated that way instead.

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