Report from Lou Ellen

15 August

**Math, 1 ^{st} grade and up: **

As Ms. Arielle reported, she and I are teaching math together. Since we added the requirement that the students show appropriate work in a special spiral-bound notebook we decided it would be most efficient if we both teach all the students. I think this will work well. This week I met with older students and explained what was expected. They seem to understand and to be working well.

**Science, 3 ^{rd} – 5^{th} grades:**

In this short week I only met with one of the two groups of this class. We discussed the COVID virus. The Delta variant has some very different, important characteristics from the original type, the most important being that it produces ~1,000 times as many viral particles. That makes it more infective, and it also seems to cause more disease symptoms in children. Thus, we need to continue to be careful since they, the students, are not immunized yet.

22 August

**Math, 1 ^{st} grade and up: **

Ms. Arielle and I are teaching math together. Most of the students are working very diligently, taking tests when necessary and learning to consistently show their work and write down the units of the problem.

**Science, 3 ^{rd} – 5^{th} grades:**

In the 3^{rd}– & 4^{th}-grade group we discussed the COVID virus. The Delta variant has some very different, important characteristics from the original type, the most important being that it produces ~1,000 times as many viral particles. That makes it more infective, and it also seems to cause more disease symptoms in children. Thus, we need to continue to be careful since they, the students, are not immunized yet. The 5^{th}-grade group reviewed what they had learned last spring about the structure of the atom and took a quiz over the material

**Reading, 1 ^{st} & 2^{nd} grades:**

In this class we spend about half the time with me reading to the students and the other half with the students reading silently to themselves. There are two groups of students, so we are reading two different books, *Bunnicula*, by Deborah & James Howe, and *The Fox Busters*, by Dick King-Smith. Both these activities help the student build their vocabularies and get experiences without having to live them.

29 August

**Math, 1 ^{st} grade and up: **

Ms. Arielle and I are teaching math together. Most of the students are working very diligently, taking tests when necessary and learning to consistently show their work and write down the units of the problem.

**Science, 3 ^{rd} – 5^{th} grades:**

The 3^{rd}– & 4^{th}-grade group is learning about the characteristics of the atom and how these cause the element to “behave.” We will review this basic information until all the students know and understand it.

Most of the 5^{th}-grade students covered some of this information last year so we reviewed the basic facts about composition of the atom and then talked at more length about isotopes. During our last class period we talked about microplastics and watched two videos about this subject, since the Las Cruces City Council has banned the future use of single-use plastic bags as a way to reduce our impact on the environment.

**Reading, 1 ^{st} & 2^{nd} grades:**

Normally this time period is shared with Ms. Yulin; she teaches Chinese to some while I teach the others. This week all the students were present for both the periods I normally teach, as Ms. Yulin was gone. The students did silent reading and I read a chapter of Ms. Piggle Wiggle to them.

**Art/cursive, 3 ^{rd} – 8^{th} grades:**

The students wrote something about their summer so I could see how much cursive they know/remember.

Since Ms. Kelly is no longer at LCA it seems like this is the logical group to take over the production of the yearbook. We will spend time as a group determining what tasks we need to do and then those tasks will be assigned.

5 September

**Math, 1 ^{st} grade and up: **

Ms. Arielle and I are teaching math together. Most of the students are working very diligently, taking tests when necessary and learning to consistently show their work and write down the units of the problem. Some of them have remarked recently that writing down the work does make solving the problem easier

**Science, 3 ^{rd} – 5^{th} grades:**

The students are continuing to learn about the make-up of the atom and how elements vary in the number of sub-atomic parts that determines which element an atom is. We are beginning to discuss isotopes. The students saw a video about atoms, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNroKeV2fgk *What is an atom*, by FuseSchool.

12 September

**Math, 1 ^{st} grade and up: **

Ms. Arielle and I are teaching math together. Most of the students are working very diligently, taking tests when necessary and learning to consistently show their work and write down the units of the problem.

**Science, 3 ^{rd} – 5^{th} grades:**

The students are continuing to learn about the subatomic parts of the atom and how the varying number of these parts influences the “behavior” of the atom. As the students are mastering this information many of them are saying that they are really enjoying it because they can take some of the information and predict the makeup of rest of the atom.

**Cursive, 3 ^{rd} – 8^{th} grades:**

The students have done work on writing numbers so they are legible and will continue as necessary. Most of the students are continuing to learn or improve their cursive as indicated by their writing sample.

**Reading, 1 ^{st} & 2^{nd} grades:**

In this class we spend about half the time with me reading to the students and the other half with the students reading silently to themselves. There are two groups of students, so we are reading two different books, *Bunnicula*, by Deborah & James Howe, and *Where the Mountain Meets the Moon *by Grace Lin. Both these activities help the student build their vocabularies and get experiences without having to live them.

19 September

**Math, 1 ^{st} grade and up: **

**Science, 3 ^{rd} – 5^{th} grades:**

The students are continuing to learn about the subatomic parts of the atom and how the varying number of these parts influences the “behavior” of the atom. As the students are mastering this information many of them are saying that they are really enjoying it because they can take some of the information and predict the makeup of rest of the atom. We have also covered the existence of isotopes and have started a discussion of the periodic table.

**Cursive, 3 ^{rd} – 8^{th} grades:**

Most of the students are reviewing the manner of writing the lowercase letters in cursive so they are legible, they will continue as necessary. A few of the students are learning cursive and a few others are working on a review of the uppercase letters, whatever is needed based on their initial writing sample.

**Reading, 1 ^{st} & 2^{nd} grades:**

In this class we spend about half the time with me reading to the students and the other half with the students reading silently to themselves. There are two groups of students, so we are reading two different books, *Bunnicula*, by Deborah & James Howe, and *Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, *by Grace Lin. Both these activities help the student build their vocabularies and get experiences without having to live them.

26 September

**Math, 1 ^{st} grade and up: **

**Science, 3 ^{rd} – 5^{th} grades:**

The 3^{rd}-& 4^{th}-grade students are learning about the subatomic particles and the rules about how many of them are found in any given atom. They also watched the video, produced by Population Education, about the size of the human population over the past 2 thousand years and also a video about two young environmental activists. The 5^{th}-grade students learned about the elements and how we indicate the composition of molecules using the elemental symbols, e.g. H_{2}O. They also started looking for facts that support the ruling by the LC City Council to ban the use of plastic shopping bags starting on January first.

**Cursive, 3 ^{rd} – 8^{th} grades:**

The students are learning or reviewing cursive writing.

**Reading, 1 ^{st} & 2^{nd} grades:**

In this class we spend about half the time with me reading to the students and the other half with the students reading silently to themselves. There are two groups of students, so we are reading two different books, *Bunnicula*, by Deborah & James Howe, and *Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, *by Grace Lin*.* Both these activities help the student build their vocabularies and get experiences without having to live them.

3 October

**Math, 1 ^{st} grade and up: **

**Science, 3 ^{rd} – 5^{th} grades:**

The 3^{rd}– and 4^{th}-grade students learned about the use of chemical symbols to identify elements and how these symbols indicate the makeup of molecules. They watched a video about hydrogen produced in England, the Periodic Video series, featuring Sir Martyn Poliakoff. The link for the video about helium is below.

The 5^{th}-grade students have been learning about helium and hydrogen via the Periodic Video series and have also learning about ions, atoms that have few or more electrons than normal. Students watched the following video about helium from the Periodic Video series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M6xZZiaLOV4

The students also started working on writing letters supporting the ban on the use of single use shopping bags in Las Cruces.

**Cursive, 3 ^{rd} – 8^{th} grades:**

The students continue to work on learning or reviewing cursive writing. Since to really master this takes practice, even the students who write well require practice to make sure their writing is pleasing to look at and easy to read.

**Reading, 1 ^{st} & 2^{nd} grades:**

In this class we spend about half the time with me reading to the students and the other half with the students reading silently to themselves. There are two groups of students, so we are reading two different books, *Bunnicula*, by Deborah & James Howe, and *Where the Mountain meets the Moon*, by Grace Lin. Both these activities help the student build their vocabularies and get experiences without having to live them.

10 October

**Math, 1 ^{st} grade and up: **

**Science, 3 ^{rd} – 5^{th} grades:**

The 3^{rd}_{– }and 4^{th}-grade students reviewed the makeup of the atom and then learned about ions and bonding. They watched a video about bonding https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AE5QcL4VfH4 .

The 5^{th}-grade students reviewed ions and are starting to learn about acids & bases and pH. We also read more about the problems due to plastics in our environment.

**Cursive, 3 ^{rd} – 8^{th} grades:**

The students continue to work on learning or reviewing cursive writing. Since to really master this takes practice, even the students who write well require practice to make sure their writing is pleasing to look at and easy to read.

**Reading, 1 ^{st} & 2^{nd} grades:**

In this class we spend about half the time with me reading to the students and the other half with the students reading silently to themselves. There are two groups of students, so we are reading two different books, *Bunnicula*, by Deborah & James Howe, and *Where the Mountain meets the Moon*, by Grace Lin. I realized how much the students were enjoying this when the *Bunnicula* bunch asked to be allowed to read the other books in this series. Both these activities help the student build their vocabularies and get experiences without having to live them.

17 October

**Math, 1 ^{st} grade and up: **

**Science, 3 ^{rd} – 5^{th} grades:**

The third- & fourth-grade class watched a video about ionic and covalent chemical bonds and we discussed acids. The fifth-grade group watched a video about lithium and discussed environmental issues. Both groups took a quiz over the chemical information discussed earlier.

**Reading, 1 ^{st} & 2^{nd} grades:**

In this class we spend about half the time with me reading to the students and the other half with the students reading silently to themselves. There are two groups of students, so we are reading two different books, *Bunnicula*, by Deborah & James Howe, and *Where the Mountain meets the Moon*, by Grace Lin. Both these activities help the student build their vocabularies and get experiences without having to live them.