Note to Parents
BIG CONGRATULATIONS to 4th graders, Amelia Chandler, Anna Le, Danny Robling, and Vanessa Dreher! Their team project, (DAVA Tracker), was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Exploravision Competition. Exploravision is a national competition with a strong emphasis on STEM, in which students propose solutions to real world problems. For this project the students choose a type of technology to research and project what it would be like in 20 years from now. Their “DAVA Tracker” idea would help parents keep track of their children and warn them if their child was in trouble. Teams from Abraham Lincoln competed against schools from all over the country. Although there were other teams from Abraham Lincoln who also worked together on some amazing projects, the competition was very tough. Team DAVA Tracker was one of only 5 teams from Arizona who placed in the competition. Way to go!
Find out more HERE.
Quarter 3 and 4 Focus
Kindergarten and 1st Grade: PETS
PETS is a program that helps students learn and develop higher level thinking, problem solving, and critical thinking skills. Each lesson is introduced and guided by an animal character with unique traits. The students are currently on a chapter in which the character, "Yolanda the Yarnspinner"( a spider) who helps them add more descriptive and colorful words to spice up their writing.
2nd Grade: Astronaut Academy
Astronaut Academy takes students on a journey into outer space. Students learn to use the scientific method, participate in a simulation, and conduct research to better understand how a scientist thinks. This week, the students are learning why astronauts float in space, and are constructing a model of a habitat for the planet Mars.
3rd-5th Grade: Top Secret
These grade levels are decoding the secrets in the book. "The Secret Knowledge of Grown-Ups", and finding out the real reason parents tell children to eat their vegetables, drink milk, and comb their hair. Once the secret code is broken, they will write and illustrate their own chapters to add to the class's version of the book of secrets.
6th grade: To be announced...
Letters about the next unit will be sent home next week.
7th Grade: Do Something Amazing!
These students will be researching problems facing our community, then propose different ways in which kids can actually make a difference in their world.
8th Grade: Historical-Fiction Narrative: Trixie the Troll
The eighth grade students have chosen to write an imaginative narrative about an important period in history, with an added challenge. The piece must contain four historical facts, a historical figure, a time line, a map, and all of the elements of good narrative writing, plus the challenge of incorporating the appearance of the character Trixie the Troll into their story. Due date: Moved to March 16