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FYI

 

  • Taylor School Apparel is now on sale. Click this link to order Taylor School sweatshirts, t-shirts, etc. for adults and children. Place your order by October 31.  Apparel sale over on November 1st at 8:00 am.

  • Monday, October 7th Sage Public Library Field Trip 8:30 am-11:00 am

  • No School -  October 9 - Professional Day

  • No School -  October 14 - Columbus Day

  • Fall Family Fun Day is October 12th at Engelke Farms from 2:00 pm-4:00 pm.

  • Please take a Taylor School sign for your front lawn. They are located near the front door of the Pinewoods Campus. If you would like a sign and your child takes the bus, please let Mrs. Haggerty know.

  • October 11th, we are going to see The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at Sage. 

  • Fall Family Fun Day- October 12th  2-4 pm at Engelke Farms. Information attached. Thank you to Melissa Brinkman for planning this event.

  • Now enrolling New Families for the 2020 - 2021 school year. If you know a family interested in coming to the Taylor School, please tell them about our Open House on October 26th! 

 Cover Photo Animation

DISCUSSION STARTERS

  • How does the spelling strategy “Have-a-Go”  work when you’re trying to spell an unknown word?
  • What is the “List of Lists” in your Writer’s Notebook? How can this help you with generating ideas for writing?
  • Why was Sleepy Hollow named Sleepy Hollow? What mood does the author show or create at the beginning of the story? 

 Fig Lang

LOVELY LANGUAGE 

Our excited etymologists are fireworks letting their figurative language burst! We are having a blast picking out all the similes, metaphors, alliterations, idioms and hyperboles in current pop songs, and in favorite books and movies. Their figurative language skills are shining like the fourth of July!

 Solar Oven 1Solar Ovens

SUPER SCIENCE

We are blowing through our unit on the Wonderfully Wild World of Weather. We warmed up quickly to our investigation of temperature.  After students learned how to interpret scales and read a thermometer accurately, we then had the… Solar Oven Challenge! With a partner, the kids used the engineering design process to create a solar oven that could harness the sun’s energy and turn it into stored heat energy using only the available materials. Of course, we had to test our ovens by “baking” some S’mores. Turns out that the ovens worked well, however, the kids decided that they would like to go back to the drawing board and redesign their ovens, making improvements based on what they learned.  This time their goal is to bake their own English muffin pizzas.

CMOST

CMOST (Children’s Museum of Science and Technology) brought the field trip to us for an exciting program about weather. The students learned more about the tools meteorologists use to predict weather patterns.  

 

 

Writing

WRITER'S WORKSHOP

Our first writing genre will focus on Personal Narratives. We started by reading and analyzing a mentor text called Eleven by Sandra Cisneros. The students then created a chart outlining the elements of personal narratives, and we learned that personal narratives come from moments or episodes we experience every day in our daily lives. We will continue exploring how we generate ideas for our writing and use the writing process to create our very own published personal narratives. 

Game Design

THINK TANK

The students are having a great time in our inquiry-based P.B.L. Think Tank Game Engineering Design project. We are currently in the “analyzing games” phase where we are working really hard playing games. The analyzing process asks students to figure out what the goals and objectives are, the mechanics, the visuals, strategies, obstacles, and interesting facts about the games. Our next phase will involve being game detectives. Students will be asked to play and analyze games that simply don’t work right, and we have to figure out why.  

Reading Workshop

READING WORKSHOP

We kicked off the year with a novel study of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow retold from Washington Irving.  We are focusing on the elements of plot and plot development in fictional stories. We are exploring, comparing and contrasting different genres, such as myths and legends, realistic fiction, and historical fiction. Students will be dissecting the story as they complete a plot diagram while also learning about other literary elements such as theme, conflict/resolution, and protagonist/antagonist.

PenPals

We had an awesome time hanging out with our Sage Pen Pals and working together to build the tallest “Getting to Know You!” card tower.