Upper Grades: Oct 15 - 19

Happy Monday! The upper grades class wrapped up their study of Ancient India with Ki Carol on Thursday, and in the week ahead we’ll turn our attention to botany and the study of fungi, algae, lichens, ferns, and conifers. This block will be guest-taught by Ki Molly and Ki Jas, and since one week is such a short amount of time we’ll be working at a slightly brisker pace. Here’s an overview so you can support your student.


Monday: Introduction to mycology, including Masterbook dictation and illustration. Spelling words assigned (test on Friday!), report assigned on a local plant.

Homework:

  • Complete math workbook through page 4 if not finished in class.

  • Complete Masterbook work if not finished in class.

  • Practice assigned Poem for Two Voices.

  • Study spelling words.

  • Conduct research work on assigned plant.

Tuesday: Introduction to lichenology, including Masterbook dictation and illustration. Puffball mushroom hunting expedition and cooking (if our foraging is successful!).

Homework:

  • Complete math workbook through page 7 if not finished in class.

  • Complete Masterbook work if not finished in class.

  • Practice assigned Poem for Two Voices.

  • Study spelling words.

  • Write report on assigned plant.

Wednesday: Introduction to phycology, including Masterbook dictation and illustration. Perform Poems for Two Voices.

Homework:

  • Complete math workbook through page 10 if not finished in class.

  • Complete Masterbook work if not finished in class.

  • Study spelling words and write out definitions.

  • Illustrate report on assigned plant.

Thursday: Introduction to pteridology, including Masterbook dictation and illustration. Create an individual terrarium using plants we’ve studied, identified, and collected.

Homework:

  • Complete math workbook through page 13 if not finished in class.

  • Complete Masterbook work if not finished in class.

  • Study spelling words and finish writing out definitions.

  • Ensure that report on assigned plant is complete. It should include a scientific illustration, the common and Latin names of the plant, an explanation of how and where it can be found, and three interesting facts about it.

Friday: Introduction to conifers, including Masterbook dictation and illustration. Spelling test! Each student presents their report on a local plant.

Homework:

  • Complete math workbook through page 20 by Monday.

  • Complete Masterbook work if not finished in class.

Here are some photos from last week, when Ki Steve brought in three Indian instruments: the harmonium, the drum (this type is called a “mrdangam”), and a tamboura, which provides a beautiful droning sound. After the chant, every child had a chance to try all the instruments.