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Reflex Math Fact Fluency

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by Chalyce Peck
Mrs. Peck's class using Reflex

Reflex Math is a fun, engaging game that focuses on math fact fluency. The program adapts to the individual student through an initial assessment and through continued practice. Mrs. Peck's 5th grade class has implemented the program in recent months, and it has been such a success that Mr. Duncan has purchased full licenses for each classroom to implement by the beginning of next year. The students love it and enjoy using the program. See what some of Mrs. Peck's students had to say about Reflex:

  

"Reflex is a website/app that helps us learn our math facts. Some of us have gotten 100% fluency and some are still trying." -Ben Fernandez

 

 "Reflex helps with math." -Thomas Rogers

 

 "Reflex is so fun to play, it is a fun way to learn too. Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division." - Eloise Terry & Andee Braithwaite

 

 "I like Reflex because it helps me be faster at problem-solving. It also helps me learn more facts like 12 x 11, 12 x 10, 11 x 10. If I didn't play, I would have a hard time." -Kahlel Peterson

 

  Now that's what we call "thinking win-win"!

6th Grade Orchestra at the Monster Concert

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by Sarah Sumsion

Last night, our 6th grade orchestra participated in Nebo's annual Monster Concert. Orchestras from all over the district come together for a night to showcase all of their hard word. These 6th grade students have come to school early every week to learn stringed instruments, and it has paid off. They performed beautifully!

3rd Grade at the Tulip Festival

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by Janelle Barrett
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Italian Garden
Monet Lake - Fish Feeding Area
Umbrella Walk
Fragrance Garden
Blossoms of another kind...

Thankfully, the rainy weather held off for our third graders to visit the Tulip Festival at Thanksgiving Point this morning. Small groups split up, navigated the huge park with their maps, and saw so many types of flowers! Not only were there flowers, but waterfalls, animals, and sculptures to see. They had a wonderful time!

2nd Grade Goes to Harward Farms

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by Jen Baldwin

Our second grade classes had a wonderful time at the farm today! We learned about bees, baby animals and even saw a sheep being sheared!We learned that meat gives us Z.I.P. Zinc is good for our minds; iron is good for our blood; and protein is good for our muscles. Each student was given a small snack with all foods from ChosseMyPlate.gov to show us what we should be eating each day: fruits, vegetables, protein, grains and dairy. We learned that crops need five things to grow: water, air, food (fertilizer) soil and sun! We even had a chance to make seed necklaces and now we get to watch our seeds grow! Harward Farms did an amazing job teaching us. Thank you for letting us come!

Our Favorite Reads

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In honor of literacy week, we compiled a list of recommended books from our teachers - because we LOVE to read! See what's recommended for adults, young adults, and kids. Happy reading!

 

 Adults:

 

The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman

These Is My Words by Nancy Turner

Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls

The Matchbox Diary by Paul Fleishman

Wonder by Raquel Palacio

East by Edith Pattou

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Motivation Manifesto by Brendon Burchard

Left to Tell by Immacluee Ilibagiza

Follow the River by James Alexander

One Child by Torey Hayden

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

Blink by Malcom Gladwell

 

Young Adults:

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Princess Bride by William Goldman

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

 

 

Kids:

A Crooked Kind of Perfect by Linda Urban

Gregor the Overlander by Suzanne Collins

Goose Girl (and others by Shannon Hale)

The Man with the Violin by Sathy Stinson

My Name is Blessing by Eric Walters

Alcatraz Versus the Evil Librarians by Brandon Sanderson

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordon

The Napping House by Audrey Wood

Go Away Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberley

Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan

Stephanie's Ponytail by Robert Munsch

All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon

Is There Really a Human Race? by Jamie Lee Curtis

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Jester

Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown

Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

Red Pyramid Series by Rick Riordan

Lost Hero by Rick Riordan

Andrew Henry's Meadow by Doris Burn

The Book, the Bell, and the Spellbinder by John Bellairs

Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett and Ronald Barrett

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

Art Collages

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by Rosalyn Payne
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1st Grade Kindness Quilt Squares
1st Grade Neat Streets
1st African Necklaces
1st Grade Shapes and Tints
1st Grade Dancing Giraffes
2nd Grade Name Symmetry
2nd Grade Portraits
3rd Grade Sonoran Desert
4th Grade Skateboard Decks

Our students have made some really impressive works of art this year! Check out the pictures and read the associated descriptions below to learn more.

 1st Grade

Kindness Quilt Squares

First grade students used rulers to measure off borders on each edge of their paper squares, used crayons to decorate the borders with different types of line designs, then painted over their designs with watercolors. In the middle of their squares, they each drew a picture of someone doing something kind. Finally, on the back of their squares they wrote brief artist statements telling about their pictures.

 1st Grade

Neat Streets – Build & Draw Architecture

First grade students observed some unique buildings by architects Antoni Gaudi and Friedensreich Hundertwasser. We read a story about a neighborhood where the houses are transformed to represent the personality and interests of each resident. Then the students used wooden blocks to construct houses, and drew the structures they had built. Finally, they added details and colored their neat streets.

 1st Grade

African Ceremonial Necklaces

First grade students learned about the Maasai people who live by the Serengeti Plains in Africa. Then they decorated a paper plate in the style of traditional Maasai beaded necklaces. Finally, they listened to Maasai music and learned dance moves while wearing their jewelry.

 1st Grade

Painting Shapes and Tints

First grade students learned that mixing white with a bright, pure color makes a lighter, softer color called a “tint.” Then they practiced their painting skills by painting concentric shapes in a variety of different tints, filling their papers with the beautiful colors they mixed.

 1st Grade

Dancing Giraffes

First grade students heard a silly song about a giraffe named Gerald who thinks he can’t dance, until he finds his own style and discovers that he can dance after all! Then they drew giraffes doing all sorts of silly dance moves.  After they colored and cut out their giraffes, they practiced their painting skills and made moonlit grassland scenes on which to mount their giraffes.

 2nd Grade

Name Symmetry Creatures

Second grade students learned that bilateral symmetry means that each half of something looks just like the mirror-image reflection of the other half. They made symmetrical organic shapes by folding their papers in half, writing their names on the fold line, and cutting around the letters. Then they used their imagination to examine the shapes and decide how to turn them into creatures.

 2nd Grade

Winter Portraits with Radial Stamp Printing

Second grade students learned portrait proportions, and practiced drawing all the parts of the face in the right places, and drawing different expressions and hairstyles. They decorated sweaters for their portraits by pressing items with interesting shapes and textures into paint, then stamping them onto paper to make radial patterns. Then they cut out matching boots, mittens, and hats, and decorated them with repeating patterns to dress up their portraits. Finally, they discussed Habit #5, Seek First to Understand, and wrote about the idiom, “put yourself in someone else’s shoes.”

 3rd Grade

Sonoran Desert Animals

Third grade students learned about the Sonoran desert ecosystem. They smelled creosote leaves, tasted prickly pear cactus fruit jelly, examined barrel cactus hooks and cholla ribs, and learned how to draw several species of cacti. They learned about some adaptations that enable plants and animals to survive in an arid desert environment, then they each chose a desert animal and created a work of art showing that creature in its habitat.

 3rd Grade

Tropical Fish in Oil Pastel

Third grade students learned about the coral reef ecosystem and examined an assortment of shells, sea sponges, and different types of corals. They carefully observed a reference photo of a tropical fish and tried to accurately draw all of the shapes and textures they could see, making their fish as large as they could fit on their paper. Next, blending oil pastels, they colored the fish to contribute to our collaborative mural. As a background for their fish, they drew a reef environment including visual textures of diverse marine organisms, and overlapping elements to show depth.

 4th Grade

Skateboard Deck Designs

Fourth grade students explored the work of skateboard designers. They practiced folding and cutting to produce symmetrical designs. Then they experimented with contrasting color schemes and balancing positive and negative space to create interesting layered designs that could be stencil-painted onto a skateboard deck.

 5th Grade

Cube Illusion Tessellation

Fifth grade students learned that a tessellation is a pattern of shapes that fit together perfectly with no overlap or gaps. They also observed how contrasts of light and dark create the illusion of depth. They used rulers to draw a hexagon within a hexagon. Using three contrasting values, they colored opposite sides of the small and large hexagon to match. Finally, all of the individual cubes were assembled together to form a larger collaborative tessellation.

Staff Appreciation Week

Next week, March 27th-31st is Staff Appreciation week! Our amazing PTA has put together ideas of ways you and your kids can show the teachers and staff just how much they are appreciated. Here's a link to survey responses from the teachers if you want to know their favorite gifts to receive: https://goo.gl/Iko4Ae

 

Math March Madness

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Thanks to our great Title 1 technicians, 3rd-6th grade students are participating their very own March Madness competition, but this time, it's all about math facts! Each student competes to recite math facts quickly and accurately. We're already down to the Elite Eight, and the finalists will get to compete against Mr. Duncan next week. 

Living Planet Aquarium

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by Michelle Gast

The Living Planet Aquarium came to present to Cherry Creek's fourth grade students last week. Students enjoyed this hands-on activity and learned more about the water cycle and how it affects land, water supplies, and animal life.

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