Our new science kits have arrived! We will learn about plant life cycles in our last Foss Science Kit investigation. The students will be observing and recording the growth of their Brassica plants for the next few weeks. Students will also have a chance to grow and “mow” their own cups of grass. As we cover the individual investigations, be sure to ask your child to elaborate on some of the lessons they are learning.

Science is a great way for students to learn about the world around them, to develop inquiry skills and to learn non-fiction writing. We are finding this unit on new plants is proving to be both engaging and interactive. Our new young botanists are very excited about their new scientific knowledge. As the unit progresses children will observe and describe the changes that occur as plants grow and develop. The Foss website is also available for students to use at home. The website is www.fossweb.com. Remember to click on the K-2 module to find the interactive activities.

In math, we continue to focus on time, graphs, and mathematical practices. . Time & Clocks: The children are working with the two kinds of clocks that are most often used for telling time – analog and digital. Knowing how to tell time with both kinds of clocks is an important real world skill as so much of what we do is driven by time - activities, schedules, planning trips and much more! As we progress through the unit the students will tell and write time to the hour including a.m. or p.m. We will also focus on telling time to the nearest 5 minutes. You can help at home by asking your child how clocks are used at home for telling time. Graphs: The students are learning how to record information on both picture and bar graphs. We are helping students understand that collecting and representing information is only part of learning to work with data. We are also learning important mathematical information by examining graphs and asking both comparing and equalizing questions.

Mathematical Practices: The Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Practice indicate how children should demonstrate understanding. The lessons in this unit and subsequent units encourage discussions that support all eight Mathematical Practices.