Yellow Cluster (Grades 3-4)

 

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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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May 11, 2018

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Keep sending those boxes in!  We need small and medium size boxes for sure.  

Next week, the third graders will be testing on Tuesday and the fourth graders will be testing on Thursday and Friday (barring anyone needing a make up test or more time to finish).  Everyone will be doing math tests.  Please be sure your child gets a good night’s sleep and encourage him/her to read all directions carefully and to carefully go over and check his/her work.  We will all be happy when testing is over!

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Keep sending those boxes in!  We need small and medium size boxes for sure.  

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April 13, 2018

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Object Parade:  We sent home a form today to find out what all of our students are doing after school the day of the parade.  We’ve told them it is worth 5 Yellow Cluster dollars if brought back signed on Monday, $10 if the whole class brings it back.  Please help them earn the money!

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Object Work:  We so appreciate the help we got today.  A bunch of kids finished up.  We still have a chunk that need to finish on Monday, so if anyone can come at any time on Monday, we would really, really appreciate it.  So many of them need one on one adult help at this point and there are only so many of us to go around without our wonderful parents coming too.  

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March 9, 2018

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Object Work:  Thank you so much to the parents who came today to help with objects - a lot more got done with your help!  As we make our final push, we would love helpers on Monday, any time from 9:00 - 10:30, 10:45 - 12:15, and 1:00 - 2:30.  Drop in individual help is also welcome on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.  Put the Object Parade date on your calendar - April 17th, during Open House, exact time of the evening TBD.  

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March 2, 2018

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Object Work:  We are slowly working our way through the objects as we get extra helpers.  We do still really need lots of help, though.  Please join us on Monday, any time from 9:00 - 10:30, 10:45 - 12:15, and 1:00 - 2:30.  Drop in individual help is also welcome on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.  Put the Object Parade date on your calendar - April 17th, during Open House, exact time of the evening TBD.  

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Remember that there is no school on Monday!  Enjoy your holiday weekend.

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January 12, 2018

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Welcome back to school everyone!  We hope you had a restful and enjoyable holiday season.   We’re happy to be back with our wonderful Yellow Cluster students.  

Please remember that there is no school on Monday, as we take the day off to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and all he did for our country.

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