JU-A Weekly Note

Dear JU-A families,

Happy Friday. We apologize for the lack of a Friday note last week; Julia was away at a conference, and Tim had to leave early due to an injury.

With the all-JU Silk Road simulation approaching, we have started a closer study of this historic trade route. After watching a video on the Silk Road’s trajectory and legacy, the students collaboratively read a nonfiction text about it and took detailed notes on one of the stops along the trade route. Today students had a lot of fun playing a Silk Road online game. Many students requested to play it over the weekend; here is the address: http://web.stanford.edu/group/spice/SilkRoad/SilkRoad.html

In fourth grade math, students are continuing to explore fractions using a variety of manipulative tools, including egg cartons. In fifth grade math, we began constructing kites for our quadrilateral study.

At The Schuylkill Center on Thursday we wrapped up our study of deforestation. We read aloud Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax, which focuses on deforestation and its effects on communities and natural spaces. Students drew parallels between our world and the world of the story. We played a game that simulated an unsustainable, linear system of production and had the students re-design the game to make it sustainable and cyclical. Lastly, students wrote their own sequel to the The Lorax, imagining how to create a world where commercial production does not deplete natural resources.

We want to remind you that ERB tests are around the corner. The ERB (a standardized test from the Educational Records Bureau) is being given to 4th and 5th graders from Monday, May 22, to Wednesday, May 24.  We ask that you not schedule appointments during those days.  More information about the testing days will be forthcoming, but we wanted to give you a heads-up not to plan other events or appointments then.

Wishing you a great weekend,

Julia & Tim