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    Posted by Brenda Levine on 5/12/2019




    THURSDAY, JUNE 6, 2019

    1-2:30 PM

    Light refreshments served.




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  • Learning Literary Essay Using Multiple Perspectives

    Posted by Brenda Levine on 5/10/2019

    Students are hard at work learning about themes in literature using a diverse collection of books about the Civil Rights Movement. As we explore the history through the perspective of children, we are engaged in Courageous Conversations with our compass. Along with this important learning, we are discovering themes and messages in these beautifully written books and preparing to construct our first literary essay. 

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  • Belwin Field Trip

    Posted by Brenda Levine on 4/9/2019 8:00:00 AM

    Yesterday, we had our make-up Belwin field trip. We were thankful that there was a date left for us to get after our snow day cancellation. Students were engaged in orienteering, radio tracking, nature photography, and forest life. It was a beautiful sunny day, and the weather was actually warm. Students enjoyed the fresh air and the wildlife. A highlight of the orienteering group was the chance to start fire using flint. There was a lot of opportunity to practice our perseverance and growth-mindset skills. 



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  • MCA Testing

    Posted by Brenda Levine on 4/8/2019 8:00:00 AM

    It is the time of year when students begin their MCA testing. "The Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) are the state tests that help districts measure student progress toward Minnesota's academic standards and also meet federal and state legislative requirements. Students take one test in each subject." 


    Our test dates will be:

    April 9, 10, 11 for reading.

    April 22, 23, 24 for math

    May 8, 9 for science (5th grade only)

    We have set aside about 1.5 hours each day for testing. 


    We are reminding students to get a good night's sleep and eat a good breakfast. 


    We also want students to know that we want them to just try their best. Our goal is always to show that we have grown as learners. There are many opportunities to show what we know in other ways, and this is just one of those opportunities. 

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  • Energy and U

    Posted by Brenda Levine on 1/20/2019

    Yesterday, we attended the University of Minnesota's Energy and U program. This is always an incredible show. Students learn about the types of energy and get to see super cool science experiments. Our very own Caitlyn was brought up on stage to perform one of the EXPLOSION experiments. We would like to thank the University of Minnesota and their donating partners for making this opoortunity possible for our classroom! 

    Energy and U

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  • Rhythm Moves Me

    Posted by Brenda Levine on 11/29/2018

    We had a great time yesterday at the Minnesota Orchestra's Young People's Concert series. The concert entitled, The Rhythm Moves Me was a study on how composers play with rhythm in their own compositions and in their interpretation of other's works. The concert was engaging and exciting. And a highlight for many in our class was the walk through the skyway system! We would like to thank the Minnesota Orchestra and their generous partners for making this opportunity possible for us!

    Minnesota Orchestra

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  • Bdote Field Trip

    Posted by Brenda Levine on 11/13/2018 8:00:00 AM

    Well, we cancelled the Bdote field trip a month ago for excessive rain and instead went in freezing temperatures and snow. We had been so lucky to have had years of perfect weather for this trip, so I guess we were due. Despite the cold, students were very curious and engaged at each the sacred Dakota sites that we visited. We expanded on our knowledge at each place by hearing additional facts and stories from the perspective of the Dakota people. We also say two bald eagles which we were told is a sign that Dakota ancestors were watching us and thanking us for honoring their stories. That was an exciting moment for students. Students were also super responsible with their iPads in the snow! It was a great day for learning. Below is a picture taken at Coldwater Spring.

    Coldwater Spring


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