Dear parents, as the first semester of English school comes to an end I want to take some time to inform you about what we have been doing so far. We succeeded in creating a positive learning environment that supports every student in the classroom. 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 looked at quotations and commas in series. We also kept looking into verb tenses and conjugations. We are trying to focus on this by applying these grammar rules to our journal without making any exceptions.
In science class we have been looking into environments and adaptations. We learned that living things and non-living things as well as weather conditions create an environment that requires adaptations from living things. We also started looking into the fascinating world of behavior. We observed stimuli and responses and found out that while a lot of stimuli are external, some are internal too. We learned that the combination of all these responses to stimuli is called behavior. We also looked into the concept of instinct which seems to be a complex pattern of inherited behaviors.
In social studies we looked into economy. We reviewed words such as producers, consumers, opportunity cost, and scarcity. We noticed that producers and consumers are very closely related because they apply to almost every person. We then played a game that simulated these concepts in an economy where things aren’t always “fair” and not everyone starts off with the same chances. During this game the students had to make hard decisions simulating the reality of opportunity cost. Reviewing these concepts and applying them to a real situation gave the students a deeper insight into the clockworks of an economy.
In reading and writing class we started our fourth writing project. The students had to write about an experience they regret using words, actions, and feelings. They then had to analyze their experience and think of a way they could have approached this situation in a better way. Students then have to think about their words and actions and choose for a more appropriate reaction.