Colorado STEM Academy
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As spring break is upon us I want to reach out to you on some ways to combat the Spring Break slump. With state testing so near after, your students keeping their learning momentum is important.
1. Read. Please have your child read every day. Even if it is just picking up a book or magazine to read to their sibling. If they are as obsessed with technology as my nieces and nephews are, encourage them to jump onto Scholastic News, ReadWorks, or NewsELA to engage in shorter articles and text.
2. IXL: Your students have been using this all year. They can work on new skills OR go back and practice old ones to keep their skills sharp.
This is a new technology that a few students were able to get linked into on Friday. It's a real-time education tool that masquerades as a game the students are deeply engaged in.
If your child has played prodigy before, awesome! They can link themselves to my classroom with the code: 5D6F1A
If YOU wish to be linked to their account follow these directions:
If they haven't, they can set up a new account using these steps:
Once a student has created their account then you as a parent can link to them.
Altogether have a FANTASTIC break and enjoy the (hopefully) warm weather and time together as a family.
-Mrs. Jay Summers
Some amazing parents have planned a winter party for us! It will be this Friday, December 16th at 2:30 till the end of the day. They've come up with some activities and some snacks for the kiddos during this hour.
I'd like to invite all parents who wish to come to join us to do so, even if it's just for a few minutes. You will be able to pick up your child afterwards and take them home.
These ladies have made a sign-up for all items needed. Please take a moment to look and see if there is anything you could donate for this event.
Please send any donations to school on Friday Morning.
Another huge thank you to
For planning all of this!
We are kicking off our second Project Based Learning unit of this year! Working either alone or in a small group (no more than three people) students will be answering this driving question:
How can we as Crisis managers help a Colorado City recover from a disaster?
Using their imaginations students will pretend that a city in Colorado has been destroyed by one of four natural disasters: earthquakes, floods, landslides, or volcanoes. They have chosen cities based on where their natural disaster could occur. During the week we will learn key Science and Social Studies topics, and then students will apply it to their unique disaster. Below is a tentative sketch of how this PBL will roll out.
The work for this PBL will be ongoing. At times the students may need to bring in extra resources, especially when they get to the science fair portion of this PBL.
If any of the topics above are near and dear to your heart, we would love to have your expertise in the classroom! Several students have already brought in their rock collections to share with the classroom. If you would like to get involved, please contact me via email or Remind. I would love to have you!
Mrs. Jay Summers.
4th Grade Science Standards Addressed:
Describe the effects of weathering or erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation (NGSS: 4-ESS2-1) (DOK 2, UN)
Make observations and/or measurements to provide evidence of the effects of weathering or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation (NGSS: 4-ESS2-1) (SC.05.532.01.03 & SC.05.532.02.03) (DOK 3, UN)
Analyze and interpret data from maps to describe patterns of Earth’s features (NGSS: 4-ESS2-2) (DOK 3, AN)
Use maps to describe different features on Earth (NGSS: 4-ESS2-2) (DOK 2, UN)
Earth's Place in the Universe
Describe patterns in rock formation and fossils (NGSS: 4-ESS1-1) (DOK 2, UN)
Identify evidence from patterns in rock formations and fossils in rock layers to support an explanation for changes in a landscape over time (NGSS: 4-ESS1-1) (SC.04.422.01.03 & SC.04.422.02.03) (DOK 2, UN)
4th Grade Social Studies Standards Addressed:
Give examples of the kinds of goods and services produced in Colorado in different historical periods and their connection to economic incentives. (CAS: 4.3.1.b) (SS.04.431.02.03) (DOK 2, UN)
Answer questions about Colorado regions using maps and other geographic tools. (CAS: 4.2.1.a) (SS.04.421.01.03) (DOK 1, RE)
Describe similarities and differences between the physical geography of Colorado and its neighboring states. (CAS: 4.2.1.e) (SS.04.421.05.03) (DOK 1, RE)
Illustrate, using geographic tools, how places in Colorado have changed and developed over time due to human activity. (CAS: 4.2.1.d) (SS.04.421.04.03) (DOK 2, UN)
Create and investigate geographic questions about Colorado in relation to other places. (CAS: 4.2.1.c) (SS.04.421.03.03) (DOK 2, UN)
Describe how the physical environment provides opportunities for and places constraints on human activities. (CAS: 4.2.2.a) (SS.04.422.01.03) (DOK 2, UN)
Explain how physical environments influenced and limited immigration into the state. (CAS: 4.2.2.b) (SS.04.422.02.03) (DOK 2, UN)
Understand the purpose of a timeline (DOK 2, UN)
Know the parts of a timeline (DOK 2, RE)
Explain the cause-and-effect relationships in the interactions among people and cultures that have lived in or migrated to Colorado. (CAS: 4.1.1.c) (SS.04.411.03.03) (DOK 2, UN)
I received a question today about SciCon I wanted to answer for everyone. In place of our traditional Science Fair we will be doing a Science Convention, where students are able to show several science concepts beyond just the traditional science board.
In my class we are going to be tying Sci Con into our next PBL unit. As such every student will be participating in a class demonstration of the concepts we'll be covering. This demonstration will not be judged, but it will be graded as a part of our PBL unit of study.
If students wish to complete a science fair 'project' which will be judged and have a possibility of moving on to the district competition, they may do so. They will need to fill out and submit the proposal form that is in the attached packet to me by November 1st. The project and display will be done at home and brought to school on the 9th to be judged.
I am so sorry planners did not get written in! Having the middle school students come in and our building turned a little more chaotic then I expected it to be.
- Read 20 Minutes
- Book Talk due by Oct 10-14
- Bring ALL materials for PBL as assigned by group.
- Come tomorrow prepared for the field trip! (good shoes especially!)
Every child has different materials as assigned by their group. If they brought in quite a bit of stuff today they SHOULD NOT need to bring in additional materials. I asked the students to spread out who is bringing what. Help them know that a small tube of cardboard is probably better then something made out of wood as we do not have the resources in the classroom to do anything with wood.
This project has turned out to be a little more of a challenge then anyone was expecting it to be! Please remind your kiddos to just be patient and take a deep breath, we will get it figured out! If necessary I will modify the assignment so that we can find success. This is a learning process for all of us, and we are making some good progress.
Many important things came home in Thursday Folders today! Please double check them tonight and have them returned tomorrow.
Things to be Returned:
1. Field Trip Permission Form: This form needs to be returned ASAP. Without it they will be unable to attend the field trip.
2. PBL Service Dog Visit Opt-Out Form: This only needs to be returned if you do NOT wish your child to participate in the presentation with the service dog tomorrow.
3. Signed Parent Signature Sheet: Your child receives classroom economy money with your signature! With the strange week last week we're not quite in a routine yet, so please help them remember to do this so they can receive their bonus!
Important Information Included:
1. PBL Parent Information Letter: Please talk this information over with your child so they're ready for our first PBL kicking off tomorrow!
Please be sure to sign up for Remind! You can do this by visiting rmd.at/mrsjaysu or by texting @mrsjaysu to 81010.