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Monarch

Kristin McEachern and Fran Pancoast

Kristin McEachern and Fran Pancoast

Monarch Room is an Upper Elementary classroom for levels 4-6 on the Toledo Campus. Kristin McEachern and Fran Pancoast are the classroom’s co-teachers.

The students of the Monarch Room have been busy planning our annual Harvest Celebration. The celebration will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 29, from 2-3 p.m. in the classroom.

Keeping with tradition, the students have elected to keep the same committees as in previous years. The fourth level students are on the food committee, the fifth level students are on the decoration committee, and the sixth level students are on the game committee.

A sixth and fifth level student have been working with the fourth level students to help them plan the menu. All fourth level students have signed up to bring something to contribute to the celebration. This information should be in your child’s backpack. If you have any questions or you are unable to supply an item, please let the teachers know as soon as possible so that we may make other arrangements.

Your child may dress in costume to the party, however, they may not wear their costumes to school. Time will be given for those who wish to wear a costume to change into it. Please refrain from scary or gory costumes. Also, no play guns, knives, light sabers, etc. will be permitted.

Thank you in advance for your help!

Research Process Developed During Independent Investigations

At the Upper Elementary level, an Independent Investigation (II) is an independent research project. The time span for this project is 6-8 weeks. Due dates are “chunked” to support children with time management.

During the II, children are guided through the entire process of doing a research report. These skills are discussed and taught during the II:

  • Choosing a topic that is neither too broad nor too specific
  • Selecting appropriate books
  • Recording information for a works cited page
  • Finding relevant facts and recording facts on note cards
  • Categorizing information to develop a graphic organizer or outline
  • Writing a rough draft from a graphic organizer or outline
  • Writing an introductory paragraph and a conclusion paragraph
  • Revising and editing the rough draft
  • Developing a final draft that includes a cover page, title page, and works cited page

presentationAs part of the Independent Investigation, each child will deliver a presentation to share the information that s/he has learned. Skills for the presentation include:

  • Preparing speech note cards
  • Delivering a speech to a group
  • Creating a visual aid (poster) to display information in an eye-catching way

For this trimester, sixth level will research Native American tribes and fourth and fifth level children will be researching animals. Information to include in the report is:

  • Fourth Level – physical characteristics, habitat, diet, behavior
  • Fifth Level – physical characteristics, habitat, diet, behavior, reproduction

Students will present their research during the week of December 8. Watch details on how you can watch the presentations.

The students in the Monarch Room have been busy working. Here are some of the things they are doing.

Fourth level playing the Close to 100 game.

Fourth Level playing the Close to 100 game.

Sixth Level slide making.

Sixth Level slide making.

 

Fourth level student working on the 6 Kingdoms.

Fourth Level student working on the 6 Kingdoms.

Sixth Level working on growing mold.

Sixth Level working on growing mold.

Sixth level students looking at Protoctista under the microscope.

Sixth Level students looking at Protoctista under the microscope.

Fifth Level working on their Chinese Banner.

Fifth Level working on their Chinese Banner.

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Fourth Level playing Close to 100 game.

The Monarch Room planted a variety of vegetables last spring and have been harvesting them this fall.  We have grown green beans, tomatoes, winter squash, radishes, and a variety of herbs.  We’ve enjoyed eating the tomatoes and with the help of a grandparent volunteer we made delicious salsa.  On Friday afternoon, the Monarch students had a special treat of chips and salsa.IMG_0003

Harvesting tomatoes

More vegetables

More vegetables

 

Tomatoes galore

Tomatoes galore

Salsa making

Salsa making

The Monarch Sixth Level had a blast at Camp Storer last week.  The proof is in the pictures.

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Group picture

Group picture

Stairway

Stairway

Worm eating

Worm eating

Golden dust pan

Golden dust pan

Give me shelter

Give me shelter

Canoeing

Canoeing

Climbing wall

Climbing wall