Language Arts: The Upper Multiage continues to prepare for our musical, Tide Pool Condos, which we will perform on June 9. The main performance for parents and the community will be in the evening at 6:30 p.m. We will also put on a daytime performance for the school at 11:00 a.m.
This week Mr. Mathieu visited our classroom to gain experience with leading a Socratic seminar. The focus text for this seminar was Dr. Seuss's The Sneetches, a book that explores complex themes such as the challenges of peer pressure, and the pitfalls of conformity and prejudice.
Math: The Upper Multiage Rookies are completing Unit 9 in Everyday Math. This unit has focused on decimals, fractions and percents. This week we have been learning how to multiply decimal numbers, using both an estimation strategy as well as the U.S. traditional method for multiplying decimal numbers.
Science: We have begun our study of New Hampshire's Natural Communities with visits to a small wetland and a field near the school. At each site students have recorded data about the site, including temperature, soil temperature, soil moisture level, soil pH, wind speed, amount of sunlight, and weather conditions. We then use this data to make the connection to the types of plants that live in the community and what they need to survive. Students then record observations of at least two plants and two animals (or signs of animals) that live in the community. Other communities we will visit this spring include the tide pools at Odiorne Point in Rye on May 27 (Rain Date: Tuesday, May 31), and the forest.
Social Studies: Last Friday we had an excellent trip to the Belknap Mill in Laconia. The students role played different jobs that were held by mill workers including, knitters who operated the knitting machines, loopers who sewed the toes of the socks closed, turner boys who turned socks right-side-out, boarders who stretched the socks over foot-shaped boards and steamed them to give them shape, finishers who inspected the socks for quality and packaged the socks, machine fixers who kept the factory running, and supervisors who oversaw the whole operation. The tour of the mill was very informative. We are lucky to have this program sharing this piece of history with children in the Lakes Region.