November 14, 2017
4/5/6 October Newsletter
October has given us lingering summer sunshine along with the brisk winds of autumn. The beautiful change in color of the leaves has been our real reminder on how quickly this year is going! October was filled with Fall and Halloween inspired activities and 4/5/6 had a blast jumping right into all the festivities!
Arts & Crafts:
This month we created gorgeous marble paperweights using rocks, white paint, nail polish, a bowl of water and a toothpick. We first cleaned off the rocks to make sure there was no lingering residue. We then painted the rock white with two coats to insure a nice even surface for our prints. Then we each filled a bowl that should be deep enough to submerge the rock completely. Then the fun begins! Our artists then added one drop of their favorite color in the bowl- the color spreads out pretty immediately. They continued this process until they were happy with their hue of colors! We used the toothpicks to move the nail polish to a satisfying pattern. The final step would be to carefully place the top of our rocks surface into the bowl (top down) to transfer our now beautiful finished pattern. The finished products came out better than we hoped for; pictures of our finished products are shown above.
With the spirit of Halloween among us we pursued both tricks and treats with pudding cup dirt topped with much too realistic Jello worms! After many requests to make these slimey, edible friends at home, the very easy recipe can be found below:
2 packs Raspberry Jello
¾ cup whipping cream
2 cups boiling water
1 cup of cool water
Green food coloring
100 flexible straws (or enough to fill container)
Tall container (with similar size of straws)
1) Combine gelatin in bowl and add boiling water.
2) Let it cool to lukewarm and then add the whipping cream and 15 drops green food coloring.
3) Gather your straws (don't forget to flex them out) and put them in the container. It's important that the straws have a tight fit so the jello stays in the straws. If you have a bigger container, a rubber band around the straws is helpful.
4) Add the gelatin mixture to the straw-filled container and let it set until firm.
5) There are multiple ways you can remove the worms from the straws. You can roll a rolling pin over the straws or take a straw and squeeze from the stop down.
To end the Halloween festivities some friends participated in the annual Mummy Wrap with the K group, while 4/5/6 took science to new heights with ghost rockets! After explaining to our youthful friends what film containers were once used for, they decorated them as frightful ghosts, mixed a small amount of oobleck (water & flour) inside and when ready added broken up pieces of Alka-Seltzer to the mixture. With a swift cap on, and ghost down, within seconds our ghosts took flight!
Other Arts & Crafts:
Force & Destiny Club:
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, seven Jedi Padawan learners strive to finish their training and save the Outer Rim from the oppression of the First Galactic Empire. Currently, in a classroom very close to us, seven students in LEDP gather around a table once each week to play Fantasy Flight Games’ Force and Destiny roleplaying game.
“What is a roleplaying game?,” you may ask. The first roleplaying game (or RPG) was invented over forty years ago by Gary Gygax, and it went by the familiar name “Dungeons and Dragons.” The basic play of the game involved 3-7 players creating fictional characters, which they roleplayed in improv scenarios created by another player called the dungeon master. The players used dice to decide if they succeeded or failed in their actions. As the game goes on, characters earn experience points which can be used to improve their abilities. The main goal of playing roleplaying games is to work together to create epic stories in an organic social environment. While D&D is still around in its fifth edition, roleplaying games have evolved and proliferated in the decades since wizards, elves, and fighters first gathered around a table to slay demagorgons.
Force and Destiny in particular is set in the Star Wars universe. All of the students in the game created their characters, which are young students of the mystical Jedi Knights. In the game, the player characters fight against battle droids, the evil Empire, and bounty hunters as they work together to track down and rescue lost Jedi knowledge so they can complete their training and restore the Jedi Order. Each character has specific skills to contribute to the group; one character is a skilled hacker, another is an expert physician who uses the Force to heal others, and still another is a hardened guardian of justice who uses his leadership skills to rally his friends behind the cause.
The proudly self-proclaimed Nerd Club meets every Friday for two hours to play Force and Destiny, and so far, the story has had intense action, tension, and drama that kept students (and grown-ups!) on the edges of seats, rolling on the rug in despair, and jumping in victorious celebration. It is my hope that the game continues until the end of the year and possibly into the next.
We never get tired of dodgeball in 4/5/6! This month we played another variation called Swampball. The group is split up into two teams. Behind each team there is a line of cones that separates their "turf" and the "swamp." If an opposing player is hit with a dodgeball they must make their way to the swamp on the other side of the gym. They can get back into the game if one of their team members tosses the ball into the swamp and it is caught, cleanly. Of course, they risk the chance of their ball getting caught by the opposing team and the catcher's also risk the chance of missing the catch, consequently, getting themselves out. This game involves a lot of teamwork, and 4/5/6 absolutely loves this game!
Other Gym Games:
Cat & Mouse
LEDP will be closed Friday, November 10 for Professional Development Day.
Early Dismissal Days: Tuesday, November 14 & Wednesday, November 29. LEDP will begin immediately after school.
LEDP will close at 4:00 on Wednesday, November 22 and closed for Thanksgiving, November 23 & 24.
November 2, 2017
October 19. 2017
LEDP will be closed Friday November 10 for professional development.
Payments to LEDP can be dropped off at LEDP payment box located outside of the LEDP Office.
Check outside of the LEDP office on our "Look What's Happening" board for up to date LEDP info.
The LEDP email address is: Mary_gardiner@psbma.org