Welcome back from a Pope-cation!
This week’s Agora Time with JU-D involved pairing students from each group. Unbeknownst to them, each class read an article about the Parthenon Frieze/Elgin Marbles, but from a different point of view. JU-D’s article was from the British Museum; JU-C’s article was from the Greek Ministry of Culture. As the students began sharing the main points of their articles with each other, one pair called a teacher over and said, “This is really confusing — her article says that Lord Elgin saved the sculptures, but mine says Lord Elgin stole them. Who’s right?” Confusing indeed! After hearing a different point of view, students were asked individually to reflect on the experience, and many reported that hearing the “other side” caused them to think differently about the topic. Our long-term goal is to help students recognize the other person’s point of view, even if they still disagree.
In math, the 4th graders continued thinking about factors of numbers in various ways, using story problems, tiles, cubes, and graph paper. This sets the groundwork for understanding multiplication (and then being able to multiply larger numbers). The 5th graders wrapped up their look at two ancient number systems (Chinese and Greek) before turning to the Hindu-Arabic number system, focusing on the concept of Base Ten.
Thursday was a continuation of our fall science rotation, in that each group did the activity they hadn’t done two weeks ago. Those students at the Schuylkill Center explored a new space, making observations and developing questions. This is groundwork for a project we call “Mythbusters!” that you’ll hear more about. At Awbury Arboretum, we will be exploring the different type of invasive species that have overrun Awbury. This week’s group at Awbury met with students from Wissahickon Charter School. Ask your child where she/ he went this week and what she/he did there.
We continued with spelling this week, with our Community Meeting groups, who continued thinking about the summer reading, and with our read-aloud book. We also started reading D’Aulaire’s Book of Greek Myths, the main “textbook” for our mythology study. The students enjoyed hearing about these strange and yet sometimes human-like gods.
Today was our first meeting in Family Circles — ask your child what we did there and who’s in their group.
Back to School Night is this Tuesday, October 6, from 6:30 to 8:30. We hope you can be there!