International Towne is Wednesday, February 19th

Legacy Academy 6th, 7th, and 8th graders will be attending International Towne in Denver the Wednesday following parent-teacher conferences.

Background

International Towne is a one-of-a-kind educational program geared to expose middle schoolers to global economics through fun, hands-on, experiential learning.

Legacy Academy’s middle school teachers have used the curriculum developed by the Young Americans Center for Financial Education to teach concepts in the classroom, which in turn has prepared students for the most crucial (and fun) part of the program: a day running International Towne. 

International Towne is a life-like simulation of a global marketplace where students physically apply concepts they’ve learned as they step into roles as world citizens. All this takes place on-site at Young Americans Center in a 5,000 square foot space architected to be a 16-country mini-world.

What parents need to do now

An online permission slip request has been emailed twice to all parents/guardians of middle school students. The $30 field trip fee is due Thursday, February 13. The fee covers transportation, tuition, and pizza. 

Important note: the permission slip must be completed even if your student will not be attending the field trip.

Who to contact if you still have questions?

Mr. Tallent at dave.tallent@legacyk8.org.

 

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Market Day will be on Friday the 13th, 2013

Market Day, December 11, 2008

Market Day, December 11, 2008

Welcome, parents, to the Fourth Grade Market Day to be held in the cafeteria on December 13. While Mesdames DeWolfe and Koenen will allow some classroom preparation, this is largely an out-of-school project.

Here’s a brief podcast I did regarding what to expect at this year’s Market Day.

What parents need to do next:

  • Find the personalized “4th Grade Market Day [online] in-school field trip permission slipemail I sent to you,
  • At the bottom of the email, go to the link and complete the permission slip online.
  • Listen to the podcast. Read this blog post. Watch the videos. Have no fear.

We’ll need parent helpers for two shifts beginning around:

  • 12:30 pm for setup (wipe down tables, sweep, remove trash, move tables into rows; arrange waste containers), and
  • 2:45 pm for breakdown (wipe down and store tables, sweep, remove trash; other tasks as assigned by custodians).
  • Room Moms will be working with me to coordinate the shifts.

Individual business ownership is encouraged, but your kiddo may work with a business partner from either class. So, to be clear:  s/he can run the operation solo or have 1 partner.

  • Parents can work side-by-side with their students during Market Day.

If your students wish to use an electrical outlet during Market Day, it’s okay provided an adult is in their booth with them throughout the event. Electricity is not to be used for signage or other advertising, but, as most have requested, for heating foodstuffs.

This project is about entrepreneurship. Therefore, your child keeps any money they make selling their wares or services.  In the spirit of the season, they are also encouraged to donate a portion of their profits to a charity.

Now some basics on the four P’s of Marketing:

  • Product (or Service). It should appeal to kindergarten through middle school, staff, and parents (around 500 shoppers will tour the market). Don’t overstock: the market will be open for only 90+ minutes. Products can be handmade, store-bought, baked, or recycled. Previous marketeers have offered brownies, cookies, candy, cupcakes, beads, bracelets, rings, hair ties, drawings, toys, postcards, outgrown stuffed animals, trading cards, leather goods, 8 ounce cans of pop, and digital photos. They have painted fingernails and faces, sprayed, beaded and braided hair, given massages, and told fortunes.
  • Pricing. This is tricky: a price high enough to make it worth their while, but low enough to keep their merchandise moving. Individual shoppers may have only a buck or two to spend during all of market day. One dollar for any item is almost certainly too high. 50 cents is pushing it, but allows a merchant to lower prices if necessary. At a quarter an item they’ll have steady traffic. Some kind hearts sell at discounted prices to the wee ones in kindergarten through first or second grades.
  • Place. Biz owners will use cafeteria tables to sell their products and services. Hopefully the setup will allow foot traffic around the ends of tables (i.e., no one will be located down a one way, dead end street). They’ll also need to remember to bring change and a drawer or pouch to store their moolah.
  • Promotion. Signage is important. It tells the world what they’re offering. It will be displayed in front of their “booth.” They have been working on advertising copy during workshop and I’ve discovered a common mistake: their text is either too small or too busy. Keep it simple: BIG BOLD LETTERING of the product or service and the price. Business names and elaborate artwork will be lost on the loud, crushing mob of shoppers.

Random stuff:

  • Images will be posted to my Flickr account during and after Market Day. Please check back.
  • The videos below are from 2011 and 2012, respectively, and provide a glimpse of the good craziness of Market Day (the 2011 group of fourth graders sold at a rate of approximately $10 a minute, grossing over $900!).

Caveat emptor!

Week 25 (February 25-March 1, 2013)

So much for my plans on this lovely snow day (c. 2013)

So much for my plans on this lovely snow day (c. 2013)

For your calendar:

  • Tuesday. Colorado State Capital field trip, 8:30-2:30. Still missing a few field trip permission slips and money. There’s more information about the trip field here.
  • WednesdayLibrary books are due and Star of the Week
  • ThursdayStar of the Week
  • March 4-20. TCAP (testing) for 4th grade.
  • March 20 (regular school day for students) and 21 (no school for students). Parent/teacher conferences.
  • April (TBD). Sheep lung dissections in Legacy Academy middle school science lab with staff from the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
  • May 4 (Saturday), Spring Fling Fiesta.” This is Legacy’s big annual fundraiser (last year, my band, Martyrs, played. I’m hoping for a repeat performance).
  • May 22 (Wednesday). Paint Mines field trip, Calhan, 8:30-2:30.

iPads.  While not the only culprits, our fourth graders are contributing to the high incident of broken iPads at Legacy Academy. From our IT Director, Collin O’Malley:

The most common damage is to the glass of the iPad–replacing shattered glass…is roughly $200–something that can be prevented simply with awareness:

  • Please ensure that students are snapping or closing their cases whenever they are not using the iPads.
  • At no time should students be walking around with iPads open and glass exposed,
  • …there should also never be iPads left unattended.

Please take the time to talk to your students on how to properly care for their iPads. This is expensive and very advanced technology and it needs to be treated as such.

  • Also, please remind your students to charge their iPads every school night and bring them to school.
  • Classroom assignments can be found on your student’s iPad in iTunes U on your student’s iPad. Check their email account and blog often.

How we’re working in the classroom:

  • Reading. Some students are working outside the classroom one-on-one with an instructor, in small reading groups, and/or using a computerized reading program.  Other students are reading selections at home and commenting on what they’ve read. Most students do these tasks in addition to their weekly Open Court reading.
    • Testing.  Students take weekly quizzes on spelling, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and daily language. Immediately after testing, daily language and spelling results can be emailed to you by your student. Reading comprehension and vocabulary test results can be found by Monday on Infinite Campus.
  • Vocabulary. The class will use flashcards created on Quizlet.com to study the week’s vocabulary words.
  • Daily Language Review (DLR).  Students use an annotation app to make editing marks on their daily practice sheets (ask them about the DocAs app). Students discuss and make corrections, save them in a “DLR” folder, and can email their completed sheets to you.
  • Math.  The routine is to pretest to see if what is being covered in the lesson has already been mastered by the student.  Next, unmastered or new concepts are (re)taught.  Finally, they test to determine if they have indeed mastered the concepts.  Testing informs me where learning gaps exist, e.g., lack of mastery with multiplication facts and how to divide. There is daily introduction and review of math concepts.  We use the iPad for quizzes and reinforcement, i.e., Moby Math. CSAP tests released from prior years will be used in class to familiarize your student with the type of questions they can anticipate on this year’s TCAP test.
  • Science.  With the exception of a science biography they will write in March, and occasional reading and video viewing on a science topic, all work will be done in the classroom using Discovery Education.

Its called reading

Week 24 (February 18-22, 2013)

For your calendar:

  • Wednesday. “Letters of Commitment” for the 2013-14 academic year and field trip permission slips and money due (in case you missed it, another permission slip will be sent home in today’s Monday Folders). Also, library books are due.
  • ThursdayStar of the Week
  • Friday. All School Dress of Choice.
  • February 26. Colorado State Capital field trip, 8:30-2:30.
  • March 4-20. TCAP (testing) for 4th grade.
  • Saturday, May 4, Spring Fling Fiesta.” This is Legacy’s big annual fundraiser (last year, my band, Martyrs, played. I’m hoping for a repeat performance).

iPads:

  • Please remind your students to charge their iPads every school night.
  • Also, please remind them to bring it to school.
  • Students dying to do homework can use their iPads to take a spelling pretest, study vocabulary, listen to this week’s reading selection, or complete targeted math lessons (your kiddos aren’t lying to you: assigned homework will be rare).
  • Students continue to use their iPads to write in their “blogs” (a blog is a personal journal consisting of written entries called “posts” typically displayed in reverse chronological order so the most recent post appears first).
  • Classroom assignments can be found on your student’s iPad in iTunes U on your student’s iPad. Check their email account and blog often.

How we’re working in the classroom:

  • Reading. Some students are working outside the classroom one-on-one with an instructor, in small reading groups, and/or using a computerized reading program.  Other students are reading selections at home and commenting on what they’ve read. Most students do these tasks in addition to their weekly Open Court reading.
    • Testing.  Students take weekly quizzes on spelling, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and daily language. Immediately after testing, daily language and spelling results can be emailed to you by your student. Reading comprehension and vocabulary test results can be found by Monday on Infinite Campus.
  • Vocabulary. The class will use flashcards created on Quizlet.com to study the week’s vocabulary words.
  • Daily Language Review (DLR).  Students use an annotation app to make editing marks on their daily practice sheets (ask them about the DocAs app). Students discuss and make corrections, save them in a “DLR” folder, and can email their completed sheets to you.
  • Math.  The routine is to pretest to see if what is being covered in the lesson has already been mastered by the student.  Next, unmastered or new concepts are (re)taught.  Finally, they test to determine if they have indeed mastered the concepts.  Testing informs me where learning gaps exist, e.g., lack of mastery with multiplication facts and how to divide. There is daily introduction and review of math concepts.  We use the iPad for quizzes and reinforcement, i.e., Moby Math. CSAP tests released from prior years will be used in class to familiarize your student with the type of questions they can anticipate on this year’s TCAP test.
  • Science.  With the exception of a science biography they will write in March, and occasional reading and video viewing on a science topic, all work will be done in the classroom using Discovery Education.

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Knights Brendon, Griffin, Dalton, Jack, and Cullen with the King (credit: Kim Baum, 2013)

Why Scientists Teachers Don't Do Recess Duty

Credit: unknown.

Welcome, Fourth Graders!

Wow, another academic year is upon us.  I cannot wait to begin.

A year ago, I made this video about me.  Hope you enjoy it.  See you Thursday.

My first slideshow using iMovie on my iPad2.

Week 16 (November 28-December 2, 2011)

Click to see who’s our next Star of the Week.

Online parent surveys can be completed through December 23.  An invitation/link will be sent to you via email.  You will receive credit for two volunteer hours upon its completion.

Dress of Choice, December 2.  It is for A honor roll only.

Grand Day” (December 2) / Scholastic Book Fair (December 5-9). What does one event have to do with the other?  Click here for details.

Market Day is Friday, December 9Here are some helpful hints.

Flashcards. In the box.net sidebar to your right, “Week 16” includes Quizlet.com links to flashcards for:

  • Open Court vocabulary, and
  • multiplication facts

Please check this blog and their planners each night:

Math.  They will not test this week:

  • (Math group) Keyboards classwork for this week are lessons 25-29.
  • (Math group) Tapes classwork classwork for this week are lessons 25-29.
  • Keyboards and Tapes should practice their multiplication facts daily at http://quizlet.com/421821 .

Daily Oral Language (DOL). Students edit two sentences daily in class and will test on some of the same sentences each Friday. Additionally, students will edit two similar sentences weekly for a quiz grade (to see if they can apply their newfound editing knowledge).

SpellingStudents are now copying their spelling words into their planners on Mondays.

Vocabulary. All students take a five word vocabulary test every Friday.

All testing in my classes will occur this Thursday and Friday as follows (again, you can download printable study guides for reading and language arts at “Week 16″ in the sidebar on the right):

  • Daily Oral Language (DOL). They’ll practice test on some of the sentences edited each morning in class. Look for:
  • –Practice sentences, and
  • –Answer key (available Monday night)
  • Spelling.
  • –Spelling list (available Monday night)
  • Vocabulary.
  • –Vocabulary words (available Monday night)
  • Open Court. The reading comprehension exam will be comprised of short answer and multiple choice questions. It is always an “open book” test.
  • “Salt (study guide is available online)