What do we need in order to make an inference while reading? The first-graders at Eisenhower Elementary School know. They would tell you that you need your schema (background knowledge) and text clues to make an inference. We practiced by inferring about items from the teacher's bag and personal items we brought from home. Through these activities, they realized how important it is to use their schema AND clues to infer. First-graders are now ready to use what they know about inferring to connect to the stories they are reading to be more active readers.
The students in Mrs. Grade's Junior Kindergarten class at Madison are working on composing and decomposing numbers. We are learning that decomposing means to break apart and composing means to put together. We put our fists together and break them apart as a signal for these concepts. Number Bonds and 5 Frames are our tools. We are having fun exploring the many ways we can make and break numbers.
Our Redeemer Lutheran
Students in grades 5 and 7 at Our Redeemer Lutheran School participated in the Annual Science Fair for their grade levels. Following the Scientific Method, they conducted their experiments following the hypothesis they created and display boards they created demonstrated the results through pictures, graphs, samples and evidence-based proof. Parents and Congregation members were invited to view their projects following church services on Sunday, February 26th.
Roosevelt’s Third Grade Stars have been busy with inquiry and exploration. From composting with worms, researching national landmarks created by erosion, and learning about the economy through role-playing as merchants and consumers, the third-graders have been engaged in new learning experiences. We continue to work on our basic multiplication and division fact fluency. We are also focusing on the use of visual representations to explain our thinking in math, including tape diagrams and open number lines. Each week we dig deeper into the structure and purpose of the written language, connecting our ideas with that of the authors. In writing, third-graders are learning about opinion writing, and are developing persuasive speeches that they will present to their classmates.
St. Joseph Catholic
On Friday, Feb. 24, six middle school students attended the third annual STEM Challenge hosted by Catholic Memorial High School. STEM is an educational program developed to prepare primary and secondary students for college and graduate study in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In addition to subject-specific learning, STEM aims to foster inquiring minds, logical reasoning, and collaboration skills. The challenge consisted of students breaking off into teams to design and construct a prototype of a marble roller coaster with a supplied set of materials. The objective was to keep the marble elevated and moving as long as possible. All the students who participated represented St. Joseph Catholic School quite well by showing great teamwork and collaboration. We commend all who attended for their efforts.
In the MakerSpace area of the newly refurbished library at Underwood Elementary, the students are encouraged to stretch their brains. In the month of February, they explored the art of paper folding by utilizing the how-to Origami books to construct paper hearts, flying cranes and a multitude of other shapes and animals. This comes on the heels of Building the Tallest Tower and creating a BookFace – two other MakerSpace challenges. We also recently reviewed all the Golden Archer Nominees and voted on our favorites. The books in our library are there to captivate, inform, entertain and inspire.
Students from Washington will be participating in the Wisconsin State Spanish Pronunciation Contest on March 11 in West Bend.
Also called The Concurso Oral, the Spanish Pronunciation Contest has been going on in Wisconsin for more than 20 years, sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese-Wisconsin Chapter. The purpose of the contest is to celebrate and promote the study of the Spanish language. An open, statewide contest, it gives Spanish great exposure and allows students to earn medals for skills they work hard to develop all year long.
The Concurso Oral is an opportunity for students to demonstrate their Spanish oral communication skills as well as to develop their general knowledge of the language. Students compete by language level and by categories. Fourth- and fifth-graders from Washington will be competing in three categories: theater, prose and poetry. Students have been practicing during lunch hours, break times and after school to develop their performance pieces. Please wish our students good luck as they represent Washington and the Wauwatosa Elementary Spanish Department in this statewide competition.
On Wednesday, Feb. 22, the fifth-grade class at WCS entertained a visitor from Strothoff International School in Dreieich, Germany. Mr. Baganz, the fifth grade PYP teacher, had begun a pen pal program between the two classes. Our class received letters immediately following Christmas break. They have since answered their friend’s letter. Mr. Baganz shared a short film in which his students introduced themselves to their American friends. He made a short film with our fifth-graders to take back to Germany. Together our fifth-graders and the fifth-graders from Germany are working on a collaboration project that connects the ideologies of the International Baccalaureate, the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and The World’s Largest Lesson.
Wauwatosa Montessori sixth-grader Gillian Frey was one of three Wauwatosa Spelling Bee finalists and last week, she represented the Wauwatosa School District in the Regional Spelling Bee at CESA #1. She took 18th place and has so much to be proud of.