John Muir Elementary

John Muir
Elementary

March ’23 Academic Update

March ’23 Academic Update

Alana Haider • March 2023

Read about what’s happening at John Muir this month!

Questions? Please contact your child’s teacher or the front office: 206-252-7400. Erika and Helina are always happy to help! You may also email Alana Haider (principal) amhaider@seattleschools.org or Quinta Thomas (ass’t principal) aothomas@seattleschools.org

Team

Le
Clisham
CodyKramers

Language arts

We are exploring the differences between fiction and nonfiction books. We are also identifying what we learn from nonfiction books, exploring nonfiction text features, and making text-to-self and text-to-text connections to make sense of nonfiction books. We are also continuing to learn phonics during our small group instruction and apply them in writing.

Envision Mathematics

We are composing and decomposing numbers to ten (taking apart and putting together, addition and subtraction). We will be exploring numbers to 20 – reading and writing numbers, counting to find out how many are in a group, and using reasoning to solve problems.

Science, Soc Studies, Social Emotional (SEL)

We are finishing the Child Protection Unit (Safety) and the Empathy and Kindness unit in Second Step. In Ethnic Studies, we will be exploring how we are the same and different and who is included in our classroom. In Science, we are examining and connecting what we have learned from our pinball model about pushes and pulls.

Team

Domingo
Harris
Kang

Language arts

ELA: This month we are starting Unit 7—Wondering. Students will use wondering to help them understand expository non-fiction books. During IDR, students practice wondering as they read independently. Socially, students will continue to work responsibly as they develop the skill of contributing ideas different from their peers. Writing: We are wrapping up Unit 3 –Telling More. We will start our next unit on Personal Narratives. During this four-week Unit, students will explore personal narratives by telling and writing true stories about their lives.

Envision Mathematics

This month we are learning about data! In Topic 6, mathematicians will learn about how to gather data, interpret data, and problem solve using the data. We will also move into Place Value this month!

Science, Soc Studies, Social Emotional (SEL)

We will be learning about Light and Sound. Students take on the role of light and sound engineers as they are challenged with a design problem to design, build, and then project a scene for a puppet show. As light engineers, they tackle the question How do we make different parts of a surface brighter or darker? by investigating cause-and-effect relationships.

Team

Addish
Gray
Kovnat

Language arts

This month, Making Meaning instruction is focused on wondering to improve comprehension. Students wonder before they read, while they read, and after they read. We are also exploring many genres, including fiction, nonfiction, and biographies. In writing, we are finishing our nonfiction unit and working on publishing our books all about a preferred topic.

Envision Mathematics

Students have worked hard on growing their addition and subtraction strategies. Now, they are putting these strategies into practice through story problems. We are working hard on understanding and making sense of story problems by using tools such as bar models, base-10 blocks, drawings, and visualizing.

Science, Soc Studies, Social Emotional (SEL)

In SEL we have been teaching the Child Protection Unit, including safe touch, the 8 never-nevers, and the 3Rs (Recognize, Refuse, Report). In Science, we are continuing the Plant and Animal Relationship unit, focusing on the Broadleaf Forest habitat in India.

Team

Arellano

Barnes

Vielbig

Language arts

The week following break, students worked on the performance task for Opinion Writing, and then we will start on Personal Narratives. In Reading students are using Text Features to better understand expository nonfiction books and identify what they learn from the book.

Envision Mathematics

We are on Topic 8, Using Strategies and Properties to Add and Subtract, as well as using mental math, estimation and rounding.

Science, Soc Studies, Social Emotional (SEL)

3rd Grade is completing the science unit Environments and Survival by March 17. Studentsare learning: How do the traits of different organisms make them more likely or less likely to survive in their environments? In SEL, all 3rd grade classes with Mr. Dan, are doing a unit on Bullying.

Team

Isakson/Tamayo

Jenkins

Language arts

Reading Unit 6: Students make inferences to understand characters and continue to use text structure to explore narrative text.
Writing: Students are wrapping up an expository nonfiction writing unit. They have gone through the writing process to research, taking notes on, and finally writing an essay about a country they were interested in researching. To wrap up the unit, students will publish their writing by creating a poster board displaying their essay and other text features highlighting information about their researched country.

Envision Mathematics

Unit 6: “I can use operations with whole numbers to solve problems.” Students are applying multiplication and division strategies to problem situations and exploring ways to find solutions. This topic focuses on solving comparison problems as well as using addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division to solve multi-step problems.

Science, Soc Studies, Social Emotional (SEL)

Unit 2: Earth’s Features. In science class, we are working as geologists to figure out how and when a particular fossil formed and how it came to be in its current location. We will be answering the question, How do rocks and fossils tell us about the way Earth changes over time?
SEL Unit 3: Kindness & Empathy. Your child is learning how to better understand a point of view different from their own. Point of View is how someone thinks or feels about something. Fourth graders practice asking questions to understand the reasons behind someone’s point of view.

Team

Manuel

Prewitt

Language arts

Writing: In March, students will be learning about expository nonfiction texts and writing a piece of their own. Students will learn how to research, take notes, and synthesize those notes into a five-paragraph essay about their topic.
Reading: Students will be going through Unit 7 in our Making Meaning curriculum, which discusses analyzing text structure. Students will be able to identify how authors use text features to organize their writing. Students will also identify the author’s purpose and meaning of the text.

Envision Mathematics

Students will be learning about multiplying fractions. In Unit 8 of Envision Mathematics, students learn how to multiply a fraction by a whole number, how to multiply a fraction by another fraction, and how to use multiplication of fractions to solve real world problems.

Science, Soc Studies, Social Emotional (SEL)

Science: Students will continue learning about the Earth System, a unit in Amplify which discusses the water cycle and how it impacts our world. Students will learn about evaporation and what happens to water when it gets hot outside.
Social Studies: We alternate through science and social studies units, and we are currently doing science.
SEL: Students will continue working on goal setting and growth mindset. Afterwards, they will learn about strong emotions, stress, and what we can do to manage our emotions and stress.

Team

Trout

Empowerment will guide our creative practice this month. We will explore the way artists use different artforms to innovate and explore identity. K-2 will focus on incorporating science and engineering inspired by artists Ruth Asawa, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Zaha Hadid. Grades 3-5 will explore some collage and drawing techniques that are used in advertising, gaming, and looking at how our identities inform our artwork.

Team

Burwell

Between mid-winter break and spring break, K-3 will be listening to a variety of new books we have received for the library. 4/5 will be working on navigating Schoology and the lessons in the library category.

Team

Prince

This month, the 3rd graders will have a field trip to the symphony, and the 4th and 5th graders will have an assembly with the Washington Middle School Orchestra! K-5 will also each be learning about different instrument groups and musical practices

Team

Noriega

Students have been working hard on individual sports recently. Ms. Noriega just started teaching students some basic golf skills thanks to equipment from the First Tee Golf program. Mr. D has been teaching students skills related to racquet (tennis and badminton) and paddle sports (pickleball and ping pong). In March, both PE teachers will be providing opportunities for students to complete squares on their Move and Groove bingo boards with the culminating Move and Groove event happening on Friday, March 17th! Mr. D will also be administering mid-year fitness tests to students in grades 2-5.

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