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WOODSTOCK — In Kindergarten, Ms. Wilkey's class, they have been learning a lot about flowers and insects. In math they are finishing up a unit on measurement. They have enjoyed using rulers, scales and containers to explore measurement concepts. In literacy they are finishing the last Sitton unit, which has been on “The Lion and the Mouse.” Writer’s Workshop has been popular lately. Everyone has great ideas that they want to write about so they are working hard to write them down.
Grade one, Mrs. Wentworth — May has just flown by. Special events included May Days week, a volunteer dinner, the last Friday Dragon play, and the highlight of the month, their field trip to Boothbay Harbor, and the Maine Aquarium. June looks just as hectic with Step-Up Day on June 7, one last share circle, the 5K Pursuit for Produce Race, the Littlefield Beach Day on June 10, and the grand finale being the Awards Assembly on the last day of school.
Grade two, Mrs. Ferland — This time of year, they have a lot of end of the year assessments to complete. Everyone took the NWEA tests in reading, language, math and science. They also have done assessments in math, reading and health. It is so great to see the progress that each child has made this year. They read books about the rain forest. They have learned the four layers of the rain forest and what are some animals that live in each layer. In writing, they are writing books to read at share circle at the end of the year. These stories are adventures with lots of details and voice. In math, they have been reviewing concepts that they learned about earlier in the year. They are using addition and subtraction facts to solve word problems, read graphs and measure things. During May, they also had a wonderful field trip to Ms. Coolidge’s house. There were stations set up and students rotated to different stations and learned about the environment.
Grade three, Ms. Nicols — In math the focus has been on geometry. They started by learning about plane and solid figures. Third graders also spent a lot of time learning about lines, in particular parallel, perpendicular and intersecting lines. In science, they have started to talk about animal habitats, adaptations, predators and prey. Students have learned that in order to be a habitat for an animal it has to provide food, water, shelter and air. In reading they have been sticking with the animal habitat theme and reading stories about habitats and adaptations. Students have been learning lots of factual information through the reading of nonfiction texts.
Grade four, Ms. Wilson — In math, they saw an end to the multiplication and division unit. They spent a long time on this, because these concepts are the building blocks for so much of the math that students will encounter in future years. Writing times have focused on their science work. They began a study of temperature on the playground to find out if different land surfaces cause a change in air temperature. During reading blocks they have been completing end of the year assessments and working in groups on final novels. Most groups are working on comprehension, vocabulary and evaluation of text. Their study of the United States has combined literature with geography. They read about the Civil Rights movement when studying the Southeast and the agricultural economy of that region.
Grade five, Mrs. Prentice — It has been a very busy month for fifth graders. They attended the Southern Maine Water Festival in Portland, where the students had a chance to check out some very cool exhibits, participate in activities and see several live animals that depend on healthy water sources in Maine. Students also went to the 4-H Camp to put their ROVs (underwater robots) to the test in Lake Christopher. In science students completed several activities that demonstrated why there are seasons. For their assessment they had to draw a diagram of the earth, sun, Northern and Southern Hemispheres and location of the seasons during earth’s orbit. Fifth graders designed Geo Cities in math during their geometry unit. First they were given a diagram of a Geovillage and had to locate several geometrical features in the village. In reading and writing students created their own comic books. They focused on the literary elements of a story such as plot, theme, figurative language and foreshadowing. As they prepare for their trip to Boston, students have been focusing on the main events of the Revolutionary War. They did a reenactment of a triangular trade which involved students role playing plantation owners. King George, sea captains, slaves, tax collectors, rum makers, rum buyers and colonial workers.
Band, Mrs. Waggoner — On June 9, there will be the fifth grade/chorus tour. Students will begin the day at CPS where they will have a quick rehearsal and concert before continuing on to Woodstock and Andover. Students will be back by the end of the day to take normal buses home.
The last lessons for the year will be the week ending on June 10. Students who are borrowing school instruments need to return them by June 9, or after they finish the tour. Students renting Taylor music should continue to rent over the summer (it is cheaper in the end). Lessons will begin within the first two weeks of school next year.
Music, Mrs. Stowell — Kindergartners have been singing teddy bear songs and doing a lot of movement. First graders had fun acting out a story that went to the song “Weave Me the Sunshine,” while the second graders have learned a lot about rondo form. Third and fourth grades are playing the recorder and have enjoyed playing along with some great CD accompaniments. The fifth grade has learned several dances, as well as a song for promotion night.
Physical Education, Miss McCarthy — They have started the spring President’s Fitness Challenge with sit ups, push ups, sit and reach and shuttle run all being done but they are just waiting on the weather to cooperate so they can get out to do the mile run.