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 - September 22, 2017 (Article)

Submitted by Yellow Teacher on Sep 22 (last updated Sep 22)

September 22, 2017

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Weekly News - September 15, 2017 (Article)

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September 15, 2017

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Upcoming important dates:

Tuesday 9/19 - Picture Day.  Orders can be brought in on Monday or Tuesday.

Thursday 9/21 - no school

Weekly News - September 8, 2017 (Article)

Submitted by Yellow Teacher on Sep 8 (last updated Sep 8)

September 1, 2017

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We are so pleased to tell you that Yellow Cluster was absolutely wonderful at today’s author visit.  Respectful, engaged, and lovely to be a part of.  We were once again showered with compliments for the quality of our students.  We are so happy to have them back!  

Weekly News - September 1, 2017 (Article)

Submitted by Yellow Teacher on Sep 2 (last updated Sep 2)

September 1, 2017

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Information for Thursday’s field trip:  Please have your child wear his/her Yellow Cluster shirt (or just a yellow shirt).  There are going to be a lot of kids at this performance and we want to be able to easily spot ours.  They will also need a lunch with a drink in it.  We will not be able to have breakfast in the classroom, due to time constraints, so please be sure your child has eaten at home.  We will be at a park for lunch, so sunscreen and good playing shoes will be important.  

Weekly News - August 18, 2017 (Article)

Submitted by Yellow Teacher on Aug 18 (last updated Aug 18)

August 18, 2017

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Thu 10/19 (All day) to Fri 10/20 (All day)