• Stone Fox.........gulp & sigh

    Posted by Martha Wells on 3/16/2020 1:15:00 PM
    We finished reading Stone Fox.  So I want to make sure that the students who have been reading the novel have the opportunity to finish it--PLEASE be aware that the last chapter is shocking with the death of Searchlight--I suggest you read it together.   The larger question we discussed:  Was Searchlight's death worth saving the farm?  (the kids all said NO!!!) Also, we talked about the role of the protagonist and antagonist and  contemplated if characters can change roles in a story--especially Stone Fox.
    What we were going to do with Stone Fox next week:
    watch the movie, Stone Fox 2  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTIN26sl1bQ  
    and then write and Compare and Contrast essay about  Little Willy or Stone Fox or the book to the movie (student choice)
    resources for compare contrast:
    please let me know which they like better, the book or the movie.......
    Martha Wells
    MOSAIC K-8 Home Education Partnership

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  • Mystery Science

    Posted by Martha Wells on 3/16/2020 11:20:00 AM

    Hello Parents, 

    We often use Mystery Science during our science study.  Here are a few suggested units of study for the next couple of weeks.   




    Plant Adventures: Plant Adaptations

    Invisible Forces: Forces, Motion, & Magnets

    Animal Adventures:Animal Biodiversity

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    Posted by Martha Wells on 3/6/2020 12:15:00 PM

    Gosh, the students can hardly contain themselves about reading the next chapters in Stone Fox.  The day before the race, Stone Fox arrived; Little Willy tried to pet Stone Fox's dog and Stone Fox punched him in the eye, and Little Willy apologized to him because he told Stone Fox that he was going to win and not him.  

    During the last couple of chapters of Stone Fox and The Meeting, we have talked about the protagonist and antagonist and the literary device of foreshadowing.  The students are writing each day and are using their book to cite evidence and helping with spelling.

    Next Tuesday, we finish the book.......gulp, as it is not a happy ending!

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  • Stone Fox

    Posted by Martha Wells on 3/2/2020 1:15:00 AM

    Gosh, we like reading the book, Stone Fox.   We are to the part that Little Willy has gotten the money to enter the race and he has met Stone Fox.  They will be racing against each other, but not before a dramatic event happens.

    The students' written work this week has been to design and write a Dog Sled Race Poster---they practiced with a mock-up poster including specific information.   Stop in the classroom and look at the poster that are on the front wall of our classroom. 


    We are going to be having a Dogsled Race on Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 12:30pm.  Each student has come home with cardboard for Little Willy and Searchlight cut-outs, sled box, and rope to attach from Little Willy to Searchlight.  Students may decorate their cut outs and sled, but be careful about adding weight (or not!)   PRIZE TBD



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  • Poster for the Big Race

    Posted by Martha Wells on 2/14/2020 9:30:00 AM

    The students continue reading Stone Fox.  We have been working on cause and effect, as we know that Grandfather did not pay the taxes for ten years causing Mr Snyder to demand payment.  We also know that Little Willy is determined to enter the dog race.  In order to understand a little more about a dog race in the snow, we watched a youtube on the Iditarod and read more information about it.  Our big project is designing a poster to entice people to enter a dog race. 

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  • Stone Fox

    Posted by Martha Wells on 2/7/2020 9:30:00 AM

    We can hardly wait to continue reading Stone Fox. It is both exciting and suspenseful with Willy and Searchlight having to save the farm from the tax collector!  

    The students have been writing a variety of responses:

    cause & effect: ex. Grandfather owed $500, so Clifford Synder demands payment

    character development: protagonist vs antagonist; internal vs external attributes

    quick writes: what surprised me


    Great discussions are happening as well. All students are feeling confident and comfortable to read aloud to the class.  

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  • Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner

    Posted by Martha Wells on 1/31/2020 7:50:00 AM

    We are reading the fantastic historical fiction, Stone Fox, by John Reynolds Gardiner.  It is a terrific book for second and third graders to read, and so far the class is clamoring to read more at the end of each class.  Along with reading, the students are writing a variety of responses in their reading journals including character development of both the protagonist & antagonist, character traits, cause & effect, plot, etc.   We will continue reading this novel through the end of February.      

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  • Three States of Matter and an Epic Fail!

    Posted by Martha Wells on 12/20/2019 12:05:00 PM

    We had been studying the Three States of Matter.  Please ask your scientist how molecules act in the three different states and how the three different states are represented in the water cycle. 

    I tried to have a awesome lab: determining what state of matter OOBLECK is!  Somehow, the cornstarch and water didn't cooperate and just stayed in their original state, so we will have a redo when we get back in January. 

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  • Three States of Matter

    Posted by Martha Wells on 12/6/2019 3:15:00 PM

    Moving like molecules is a really fun way to learn about the three states of matter.  Solids have molecules that move slightly, have a shape and have volume; liquids have molecules that move a lot, take the shape of its container and have volume, while gas has molecules that are free forming and have volume.  

    The students have been busy writing in their notebooks about the three states of matter.

    At the same time, these scientists are learning about the Water Cycle particularly condensation. We have completed two labs regarding condensation with cups of cold water and warm breath on cold windows...water vapor is a curious thing.

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  • Clouds can predict the weather

    Posted by Martha Wells on 11/25/2019 12:00:00 PM

    We have been busy with two science concepts: how clouds can help us predict the weather and the water cycle.  We have been reading non-fiction and taking notes, watching Mystery Science YouTubes and discussing the different kinds of clouds and the weather they bring.  We have learned that the size and location of clouds help us understand the weather.  Cirrus, Stratus and Cumulus are the three main cloud types and within those groups there are many other combination clouds like altocumulus, cumulonimbus, stratonimbus, and cumulus congestus.  

    We started studying the water cycle with a lab of making a water cycle in a Ziplock bag and tapping it to the outside window.  We have been making observations and documenting what we have seen--a lot of evaporation and condensation on the side of the bags.

    We did a lab: Gas Lab about evaporation.  Please ask your scientist about it. 

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