Once again our school is working to raise money for our sister school in Monrovia, Liberia. In years past we have helped them to build a well on their campus, stock a school library, compile learning packets during the Ebola outbreak, and buy a school bus to transport students safely to school. This year we are raising money to help bring technology to their school. Currently they have no Internet nor computers. There is a classroom competition at Bel Aire to see which class can raise the most money. Our goal is to raise $6,500 by March 24. Currently, we have raised $800. There are collection envelopes in each classroom, and students may bring cash or checks payable to the Rotary Club of Tiburon Belvedere Foundation. If you prefer to donate by credit card, please visit The Liberia Project website. You can also learn more about the history of the project there. Thank you for your support!
Feb 27 - March 3rd - Read Across America Week
March 3rd - End of Trimester 2
March 3rd - Marin Theater Company of Tortoise and the Hare
March 13th - No school (Staff Development)
March 22nd - 26th - Beauty and Beast Performances
We are currently working on Artist Reports and building students’ informational writing skills. Students are taking notes, creating t-charts, and writing the rough and final draft of their artist biographies. Later, students will also write a two-paragraph letter to their artist and complete a bibliography.
This month in Social Studies we'll be studying Causes of the Revolution by answering following Big Questions:
- What events led to the Revolutionary War?
- How did the colonists work together?
- Why did the colonists declare independence?
- Who caused change in the colonies?
Teaching alongside our nonfiction studies, students will begin reading our third literary book of the school year, called My Brother Sam Is Dead written by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier. The Newbery Honor book realistically depicts what happened in the American Revolution and entails the classic story of one family torn apart by the Revolutionary War.
Science - Water Planet
This month we will use our knowledge of the sun and the water cycle to understand weather. We will become a water molecule and travel through the water cycle, discover the amount of fresh water vs. salt water on our planet, and we will discover that the uneven heating of the earth’s surface causes wind. Students will get to learn about severe storms: hurricanes, thunderstorms and tornadoes. There will be a final exam at the end of the unit.
We are working on math module 5; Addition and Multiplication with Volume and Area
In this module, students work with two- and three-dimensional figures. Volume is
introduced to students through concrete exploration of cubic units and culminates
with the development of the volume formula for right rectangular prisms. The
second half of the module turns to extending students’ understanding of two-
dimensional figures. Students combine prior knowledge of area with newly
acquired knowledge of fraction multiplication to determine the area of rectangular
figures with fractional side lengths. They then engage in hands-on construction of
two-dimensional shapes, developing a foundation for classifying the shapes by
reasoning about their attributes. More information can be found HERE.
Videos can be found HERE and as always, the math help website can be Math Help.