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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Author of Bad Kitty Coming to Open School (Article)

Submitted by Yellow Teacher on Jan 10 (last updated Jan 16)

We are so excited that our next author visit is coming up!  Nick Bruel, who writes and illustrates the very funny Bad Kitty series, will be at Open School on Friday, January 19th.  All Open School students will have the opportunity to see him talk to us about writing and drawing.  He has a couple of picture books and chapter books that are really more like full length graphic novels.  The books are very funny and the kids love them.  

Weekly News - January 12, 2018 (Article)

Submitted by Yellow Teacher on Jan 12 (last updated Jan 12)

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.

Weekly News - December 8, 2017 (Article)

Submitted by Yellow Teacher on Dec 9 (last updated Dec 9)

December 8, 2017

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Sorry for the delayed weekly news - Friday was a very busy day and time got away from us.  

Weekly News - December 1, 2017 (Article)

Submitted by Yellow Teacher on Dec 1 (last updated Dec 1)

December 1, 2017

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Weekly News - November 3, 2017 (Article)

Submitted by Yellow Teacher on Nov 3 (last updated Nov 3)

November 3, 2017

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We are in great need of baby wipes.  We use them every day to clean our breakfast in the classroom table cloths, as well as for cleaning other things in the classroom, and we are almost out.  We would appreciate any donations that people can send.  Please don’t send in cleaning wipes (ie Chlorox) as we need them to be chemical-free so the students can freely use them.

Weekly News - October 13, 2017 (Article)

Submitted by Yellow Teacher on Oct 13 (last updated Oct 13)

October 13, 2017

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Today we sent home an important letter about our upcoming trip.  Attached to the letter are two labeled luggage tags for each person coming on the trip.  Please read the letter and be sure to attach the tags to your child’s (and yours, if you are coming) luggage.   Doing this in advance will help us leave earlier on Thursday.

Weekly News - October 6, 2017 (Article)

Submitted by Yellow Teacher on Oct 6 (last updated Oct 6)

October 6, 2017


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Thank you, so much, to the wonderful parents who came and helped organize and deliver the food today.  The kids enjoyed the food and it really made the whole day special.  We could not have managed this special treat without parental help and we so appreciate it!

Weekly News- September 29, 2017 (Article)

Submitted by Yellow Teacher on Sep 29 (last updated Sep 29)

September 29, 2017

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We received quite a lot of food orders for our upcoming event Friday.  We have a couple of parent volunteers who are going to help us sort and deliver the food, but we could probably use a little more help, if anyone is available at 10 on Friday.  If you wanted to place an order for your child, we can accept them on Monday, but that will be the last day.

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)

Submitted by Yellow Teacher on Sep 15 (last updated Sep 15)

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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