New Month…New Post!

Today is the start of June and that means we are winding down the school year. While I know the past few months have not been the norm, I feel that many of us have learned so much about ourselves! Whether it was learning some new technology or taking extra time to do activities with our family, it is something to celebrate.

There will be no new Enrichment assignments posted this week or next week. I want you to use this time to catch up on anything you may have missed or to catch up with assignments from your other teachers.

Please make sure you subscribe to my blog by putting in your email address in the subscribe box. I will continue to post activities for you over the summer so that you can continue learning & growing. I will also use this space to update families on any new information we receive about school in the fall.

I miss you all and thank you as we went through this remote learning journey together. Continue to stay safe and have a great summer!

Growing Plants at Home

If we were in the classroom, we would be talking about plants and growing seeds. Even though we’re not, I’m going to give you a couple of options on how to grow at home.

I came across a very cool service from the Dearborn Public Library. Did you know they also have a seed library you can request seeds from? It looks like they might be done sending seeds this year, but keep the link for when they start sending seeds out again

Now for your assignment….watch the video below:

Don’t forget to share what you’ve been planting with me! I’d love to see pictures.

Use this link to see how to regrow foods using kitchen scraps.

Enrichment Lesson for 5/11-5/15

Good morning! I am so very proud of everyone who completed their last assignment. I am really impressed with how creative you were in making your instruments. Special shoutout to Ms. Jacobs’ class and Ms. Zapata’s class for having the most students turn in their assignments. I would love to see everyone participate!

For your assignment this week, you are going to explore buoyancy. This means you will explore why an object sinks or why it floats. If you are in 3rd-5th grade, try the challenge below the assignment. First, you will watch this video:

After you watch the video:

  1. Go outside and find 5 objects.
  2. Make sure you have a tub/bucket filled with water.
  3. Create a chart using the link https://docs.google.com/document/d/1raBaNeMCkC_SbFUK1C25wKAiHtwd2w9HxEzxPTuvDAQ/copy
  4. Before you test your objects, make a prediction: Do you think your object will sink or float? Record your prediction on your chart.
  5. Test the object: place the object in water and see if it floats or sinks. Record what actually happened.
  6. Share your chart with me in your Class Dojo portfolio, a dojo message or send to my email farhatm@dearbornschools.org

Challenge Assignment

If you want a challenge, try this! Using a piece of aluminum foil, create a raft. How many pennies does it hold before it sinks? Take a photo or video of your raft and let me know how many pennies it holds.

Constrictions (so that it’s fair to everyone):

  1. Aluminum foil can only be a 10″ x 10″ piece (make sure you measure and cut off the excess).
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My Gift to You!

In honor of all the students and parents working so hard over the past 6 weeks—you will NOT have an enrichment assignment this week. I know it has been difficult for everyone to adjust and keep up with all of the class work, so enjoy the week off and check back next Monday for a new project.

Elementary Grading Criteria

Please read the attached memo from Dr. Moughni regarding the grading policy for the 4th card marking. This applies to elementary students only.

Making Music

Before I give you the directions, I’m so happy with all the assignments I received from last week. Third and fourth grade students ROCKED our Earth Day assignment. A huge shoutout to the students who accepted my Earth Day Challenge of doing something special for the Earth. I’m sharing their pictures below.

This week your assignment for enrichment is to create a musical instrument using materials you have around your house. Watch the video below for some ideas as well as to see the science behind how sound is made.

I cannot wait to see & hear your instruments. Make sure you take a picture or video of your instrument and send it to me in a Dojo message or to my email farhatm@dearbornschools.org

Important Message From the Superintendent

PLEASE READ THIS!!

Please read the message below from our Superintendent regarding Google Meet sessions

Chromebook Distribution

Chromebooks will be available to students who have not picked up a Chromebook or did get a Chromebook but need another Chromebook because of multiple students in the same household- Chromebooks are available to McDonald school students only.  Parents or guardians  (no Children)  can pick up a Chromebook on Monday April 27 or on Tuesday April 28 anytime between 10:00 a.m and 2:00 p.m.  No Children Please

Continuity of Learning Plan Expectations for Students, Parents and Teachers

As many of you may have heard, our Continuity of Learning Plan was approved this past week by our ISD and is now in effect. Please click the link below to find a summary of our learning plan as well as the expectations for students, parents and teachers.

Continuity of Learning Plan

Enrichment Activity for Week of 4/20–Earth Day

This Wednesday, April 22 is EARTH DAY! Our activity this week will be centered around the concept of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Please remember that as of today, your work and participation counts per the Dearborn Schools Continuity Learning Plan. You have three ways to get credit for your learning:

  1. Create a Google Doc or Google Slideshow with your responses.
  2. Take a picture and send me a message on Class Dojo
  3. Take a picture and send it to my email farhatm@dearbornschools.org

I will be posting one lesson per week so that you can work on this together as a family. If you have siblings, this is the perfect way to work with each other and BOTH get credit.

Please know that I am here for you if you have any questions or need support–I’m just a quick message away!

Today I will be reading I Can Save the Earth by Allison Inches

Picture of Book Cover I Can Save the EArth

Please listen to the story by clicking the video below:

After you watch the video, I have a short text for your with some questions:https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Zjt84781Y-BzySJD6ps8VeL03aB3ulMZ4jHUlALoIz4/edit?usp=sharing

And finally, I have a challenge for you and your family:

I’m so excited to see what you come up with for your Earth Day challenge. I know you are creative! Don’t forget to share with me, I’ll be sharing your awesome ideas on Class Dojo Sunday, April 26th.

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