Yellow Cluster (Grades 3-4)

 

Welcome to Yellow Cluster from Jessica Stewart and Denise Benjamin

In Yellow Cluster (grades 3-4, ages 8-10), the theme is We All Create: Designing Structures Helps Us to Make Sense of Our World. The Yellow Cluster Curriculum is design-based. The year begins with the designing and building of object costumes. Students learn about scale, measurement, geometry, structure, and building techniques as they enlarge a small object to a child-sized costume. Students use Media Blender, Keynote, Pages, the Internet, and other programs to support their understanding of three dimensional shapes and scale, as well as to document and enrich their curricular experiences. They then extend what they have learned to design a model city of the future on an actual scale model that represents the square-mile area around the school. The classroom structure reflects that of a city, with a mayor, assistant mayor and other class officers, four neighborhoods teams and six commission groups. Each commission becomes expert at one aspect of city planning, i.e., Human Resources, or Building and Safety. Neighborhood teams each design and build one fourth of the model city. Each child owns a parcel of land within the neighborhood area and is responsible for planning with his/ her team for what will be built there. Students earn salary from their commission jobs and then pay monthly rent on their piece of land. Town Hall meetings are held to decide what the students want and don’t want in their city and to present and resolve issues and problems. State curriculum standards are integrated within classroom projects to support, clarify and deepen the context for retention and future application of skills and concepts.
 

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Weekly News - May 19, 2017 (Article)

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May 19, 2017

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Remember: the City Presentation is on Friday, June 2nd at 11:00.  Yellow is going first for the jog-a-thon, so if you have time, come for that and then stay until after the City Presentation.   If you can’t make it that day, we will be doing the presentation again for the clusters the next Monday and Tuesday, but it’s always nice to come to the first official showing.  We’ll know the times for those shows next week.

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Weekly News - April 28, 2017 (Article)

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April 28, 2017

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Our two big topics are building our city and getting ready for the upcoming state testing.

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April 21, 2017

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We hope to see all of you at Open House on Tuesday.  From 5:30 to 6:00 there is a meet and greet in the library so you can meet and talk to the candidates for Governing Council.  Your ballot will be in your child’s mailbox and you can vote that night, or take it home and send it back in by Thursday.  Classrooms will be open from 6:00 - 7:00 and there will be an art display in the auditorium.  There are no official presentations, so you can walk through and see what everyone has been doing.

Weekly News - Please Read!! (Article)

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March 24, 2017

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We have a busy week this week, so here’s what you need to remember:

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Weekly News - March 3, 2017 (Article)

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March 3, 2017

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Thank you to everyone who has come to help with our object costumes.  Please keep coming!  We need help all day Monday (9:00 - 12:25, 10:45 -  12:15, 1:00 - 2:30).  If you can come Tuesday or Wednesday morning from drop off until 10:25, it won’t be actual object work time, but we’ll give you a student or two to work with one-on-one to help them finish.  We’ll probably be working on Friday, too, but we’ll let you know for sure.

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Thank you so much to the many parents who came today to help with objects. I was blown away by how much was accomplished!  So now we need a whole lot of cardboard cut!  If you can come Monday morning, that would be wonderful, as we’ll be working on objects all day Monday and we can’t start putting the costumes together until the cardboard is cut.  We’d love help all day, both with cutting and putting them together, so please join us if you can.  The more of you, the more we get done!  

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January 13, 2017

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Sorry for the slightly late weekly news - Denise had a big bandage on her index finger that made typing quite challenging.  It’s down to a regular band-aid now, so here’s the news!

Weekly News - December 2, 2016 (Article)

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December 2, 2016

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Today your child is bringing home a new weekly goal and a special paper marked For Parents Eyes Only.  The special paper is an opportunity for you to buy holiday gifts (notepads) with your child’s digital artwork on them.  At the bottom of this email will be the contents of the note, just in case your child lost the one we put in mailboxes today.  If you want to place an order, we will need the order by Thursday so we have time to get the gifts made.  If you have any questions, please let us know.   

Weekly News - November 10, 2016 (Article)

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November 10, 2016

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So, since it is Thursday, and next week is mostly conference activities, there is no weekly goal sheet or writing for you to sign.  Next week we will also not be sending home a new assignment sheet, as there isn’t any homework over conference week and Thanksgiving week.

Weekly News - November 4, 2016 (Article)

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This is another week with no writing for you to review and sign.  We’ve been very busy getting stuff done for report cards and conferences!  As we don’t have any school next Friday, and the the Friday after that is conference week, we won’t be sending home any new writing until after Thanksgiving. 

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Weekly News - October 14, 2016 (Article)

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October 14, 2016

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This weekly news is coming home early, as the teachers are going on a retreat tomorrow after school and we won’t be able to send this then.  Also, as we’re on the field trip next Friday, there won’t be a weekly news sent next week (unless we manage to get one out on Wednesday).

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September 1, 2016

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We hope everyone enjoys the four day weekend!  Since we didn’t have a Friday in class, we don’t have writing or a goal sheet to send home this week.  

It was wonderful to see so many of you at Back to School Night.  If you weren’t able to make it, your child should have brought home two packets, one of information and one of pages we need you to fill out and sign.  We wanted to review what they are here for people who weren’t there.

Weekly News - August 26, 2016 (Article)

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August 26, 2016

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We hope to see everyone at Back to School Night on Tuesday, August 30th from 6:00 until 7:30.  The evening starts in the auditorium and will then move to the classrooms.  We’ll be sharing our curriculum and classroom procedures and telling you all about Yellow Cluster.  Please remember that this is an adult-only event and childcare is not provided.

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August 16, 2016

    Welcome, or welcome back, to Yellow Cluster!  We hope your child had a wonderful first day back and that it is only the beginning of a wonderful year of fun, hard work, and learning.  We wanted to explain a couple of things to you now, so that you can help support your child at home until you hear more from us at Back to School Night, Tuesday, August 30th.  

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