This week we continue to explore the use of different senses. While bindfolded, students had to use the sense of smell to guess the items in containers. They were ordinary household products such as nutmeg, vinegar, soap, onion, honey, and lemon juice. Most items were fairly easy, but some took a little longer. We had a discussion about why it would be important for a visually impaired person to develop a strong sense of smaell.
In math class the students created symmetrical shapes using different geometric shapes. Using squares, rhombuses, trapezoids, triangles, and hexagons they created a shape that was completely symmetrical. Students also found the area and perimeter of different shapes.
Both groups completed the books about Helen Keller and Laura Bridgman. Next week we will continue to do end-of-the-book activities. On Monday we will visit the Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown. This unique experience will involve a tour of the school and library when there are many personal items belonging to Helen and Laura. We will also have a presentation by Jaimi Lard (who is blind and deaf). Jaimi will share her story and life experiences with the class. We will be LEAVING at 8:15 so it will be important that students arrive to FA on time. Students should have a snack, lunch, beverages, and quiet bus activity.
Students have been organizing their biography facts into sentences and paragraphs to write their reports. In spelling, they completed the unit on vowel sounds with r. Some of the word meaning skills they used were compound words, categories, and homophones. Students are bringing home their last spelling list for the year containing words with double consonants.
Blue and Gray Day
Next Friday (May 24th) will be Blue and Gry Day. Students are encouraged to get into the spirits of things by dressing up in their "colors". Some students spray paint their hair and decorate their faces. It is all in good fun and school spirit.
We will continue to have library classes, but students will not be able to take out books so Ms. McCullough can organize the books. Also, PLEASE look around your house for any FA library books and return them as soon as possible.
This coming Thursday night is the Lower School Spring Concert. Students are asked to be in their homerooms at 5:45, as the concert begins at 6:00. It is expected to last an hour and fifteen minutes. Students should dress in "dressy attire" for this event.
The weather looks awesome for the upcoming weekend. I hope everyone enjoys time outside.