Level 8 March 2018, Newsletter
Dear parents, as March comes to an end I want to take some time to inform you about what we have been doing so far. In spelling class the students learned a lot of new words and are able to put them in the context of a sentence they constructed themselves. By doing this, the students are having a good exercise in making a correct sentence and creating a context for a word that they understand. In grammar class we have been looking into verb conjugation. We learned how to use the past, and present continuous tense in the right context. We also reviewed and added onto our knowledge of punctuation and capitalization. The students were able to apply these grammar rules to their writing samples and their homework. Good job guys!
During Science Class we looked into our solar system. We learned about the planets in our solar system and the different conditions that characterize them. We looked into the concept of a “Goldilocks Planet” and learned about the ideal conditions for carbon based life forms as we know them on Earth. When we had a firm theoretical grasp on our solar system, we expanded our view and looked at our galaxy. We learned that galaxies are being held together by super massive black holes that radiate huge amounts of gravitational force. We then zoomed out even more and observed the local group that consists of our known universe. We then theorized on the possibility of multiple universes and the theory of the multiverse.
In Social Studies we continued to learn more about the history of America. We learned about the curious life of Benjamin Franklin and how he defied all odds on multiple occasions. We also looked into the colonies of the Dutch and how they were successful because of diplomacy and commerce, more than just sheer military force. We will continue looking at the history of the American colonies and gain more insights into the course of the American history.
In reading and writing class we prepared a writing project for public speaking class. The students had to write three stories of which only one was true. The students had to use believable events in their fake stories to mislead the other students. We then went on to perform these stories in front of the classroom as our first interactive public speaking class. The students had to pay attention to their intonation, articulation, and posture. The students all did surprisingly well and were very supportive of each other. Good job guys!