I imagine you are all enjoying your time off from school and looking forward to seeing my grumpy face again. Here's some information to prepare you for what's coming up. Please take the time to read all the way through, especially concerning Science Fair.
Writing: We will continue to work on editing and transcribing novels for publication. This is designed to occur at school, but students who fail to use their time fully will be asked to work at home. Novels that are not transcribed by the end of the month will not be submitted for publishing.
Science fair: There is an open house on Thursday, January 22nd and an actual Fair Day on Friday, January 23rd. We'll be working on getting ready for science fair all month. Please read the Science Fair section below for helpful, detailed information.
Tale of Troy Play: It is finally time for us to perform our play! Students will work on lines, costumes, props and rehearsal all month. We will present the final week of January, probably on Thursday the 29th. This will be an evening, after-school event and is the accumulation of months of work.
Field Trip to Kitchen: This half-day field trip will take us to visit Mr. Paulk's commercial kitchen. We will learn about French cuisine in connection to our study of the French Revolution. It is tentatively scheduled for the morning of January 29th.
Field Trip to Bamboo Garden: As I mentioned in a recent e-mail, our class has been awarded funds for a Pan flute project. This will be a half-day trip to visit Bamboo garden and collect the bamboo which will be used to make pan flutes in upcoming months (the bamboo needs to dry before we use it to build). It is tentatively scheduled for the morning of February 5th.
Student-led conferences: Scheduled for Friday, February 6 from 9-12 and 1-3. More details to follow.
Science Fair- The Big One
The Next Two Weeks
Students should be finished with all experiments. Here are the things we need to be doing in class:
- Students need to brainstorm interesting and creative titles to attract attention to their fabulous experiments.
- Students will be creating a report and a poster board. Let students know that if they do type it, they can print it twice for their poster board. Otherwise, we have had students write on Riggs or lined paper in the past. (Note: Science Fair notebooks will also be on display, so they need to be kept for the event.)
- Title page
- Table of Contents
- Question, Hypothesis, Variables
- Background Research
- Data (Tables and Graphs)
- Conclusion, Extensions for next time
- Acknowledgments (opt.)
Students must use the larger sized boards so they can be reused for Night Of the Notables if needed. I have a sample to to present to our class.
These should not be started until all experimentation is complete. Students should definitely be taking steps in getting the actual poster board and printing/drawing any pictures they plan to put on their boards.
Here is a web address for poster board layout:
All poster boards must have the student's name and grade on the back in large letters.
The Science Fair is scheduled for Friday, January 23rd.
We have two weeks to get all writing and poster boards done before they are due on Monday, January 19th. This turn in date is such so we can allow students to practice presenting their projects in class and also so items are not forgotten on the day of.
Remember that there is a preview on Thursday, January 22nd for all parents to come and view projects. Parents will not be allowed in the gym on the day of the Science Fair.
Students can bring in any additional items for visuals throughout the week, though it may be best to bring them on Wednesday or Thursday as they all have to be stored somewhere.
I hope that I remembered everything, but I'm sure I forgot something. Feel free to reply with any questions or clarifications.