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# General

### Snowflakes

The class started off with a reading of The Mitten. Afterwards, the children made decorative snowflakes out of coffee filters which were beautifully colored with watercolor paint.

### Yearbook Portraits

This week Jeff brought in a bunch of cool equipment so the Photons could experiment with lighting and take portraits for the yearbook.

### Math Art

Today, we made spirolateral math art. I can’t quite put into words what that means, but find an Electron and they should be able to show you! We used multiplication, skip counting, graphing and patterning in our art.

### Peer Reviews

We continued peer revision, with everyone offering feedback to three more of our young authors. Six more muons need to share and gather feedback, maybe two more classes? Then we will spend some time writing new and improved 2nd drafts!

### Peers

We recorded our completed first drafts on the front page of our writing folder, choose one draft to continue working on, and filled out Peer Response forms to ask for feedback from our peers. Then we did a sample whole group peer revision, which turned into a super interesting discussion on point of view and […]

### Buttermilk

For Science, the electrons made some delicious butter. They experimented with adding salt or sugar and even made some whipped cream. We briefly talked about how Heavy whipping cream is made and how the agitation starts to separate the fat and it clumps together. Which then leaves you with butter and buttermilk.

### Ponds

We started by coloring pond scenes and reading “Over and Under the Pond” by Kate Messner. Then we looked at birds, first building up our vocabulary by doing a group fill-in-the-blanks exercise around the parts of a bird (e.g., crest, throat, wingbars). Next, looking at pictures of different birds, we shared and wrote descriptions. And […]

### Symmetry

We read the book “Seeing Symmetry” to complement our work from the previous week. Since the book mentioned snow flakes, we did a science experiment with baking soda and hair conditioner to make snow. The Electrons were challenged to research at home to figure out why the ingredients become cold when they are combined.

### Rain Forests

We had so much fun in this class that the time flew! I was concerned that the excitement from the potluck lunch might have the neutrons too energized to sit and listen to books and work one projects. Instead, they were very focused and we had a wonderful learning time. We are learning about rain […]

### Winter

Today we started our winter exploration with a group project of a winter-themed collage. We created snowflakes, snowman, winter animals and other cool items. We will continue our project next week.