Presentations

Dear Eagle’s Nest Parents,

Your child will receive at least one presentation every day.

Expectations around presentations:

  • A presentation is a lesson. Generally, I call students by age group: Alphas (1st grade), Betas (2nd grade) and Gammas (3rd grade). However, any child is welcome to attend any lesson. Most presentations are for 2-10 children. Some presentations are for the whole class.
  • Presentations always come with follow-up work. That means that a child has an assignment to complete as “follow-up” to the lesson presented. Generally, the due date is one week later.
  • During the first two weeks of school, many presentations were whole group around concepts such as How to Write in your Journal, How to Complete Work, Where to Find Supplies, etc. I find that if we take the time to orient the child to the expectations of the classroom and the school in the beginning of the school year, we have fewer problems later.
  • Much of the first two weeks have been devoted to Grace and Courtesy: How to ask for help, how to unroll a working mat, how to carry a chair. In Montessori, we show children our expectations with Grace and Courtesy and do our best to prepare them for situations before they will have to face them.
  • Much of the first six weeks will be heavily devoted to our Social Justice curriculum. The goal of our first unit is that children will know themselves, loves themselves, and forge connections between themselves and others. Before children can know, respect, and understand others (which will be developed more fully in the next unit), they must first know themselves.
  • Another main goal of our first unit is establishing classroom rules and processes for Conflict Resolution. These come out of articulating our Hopes and Dreams. Our classroom rules will help all children achieve their personal Hopes and Dreams and Goals in the classroom.

Update 3-18-15

Monday 3-9

Biography/Lang

Tuesday 3-10

Biography/Lang

Wednesday 3-11

Math

Thursday 3-12

Friday 3-13

Geometry

Alpha

Dr. Seuss Biography

ALL: The story of bacteria

Rhyming words in Dr. Seuss

Dynamic Addition with golden beads

Example:

2459 + 1756

ALL : Field Trip in Morning

perimeter 2: using  ruler

Beta

Harriet Tubman Biography& Underground railroad

Conjunction part 2: and, but, and or

Ex: the pencil, the eraser, and the paper

Fractions: Identifying (and mult and dividing)

ALL: Follow-up on Huckleberry Finn in the PM

opposing interior/exterior angles

Gamma

Linking vs. Helping verbs: Venn Diagram

On the Shoulder of Giants–the story of Isaac Newton and: Kepler, Galileo, Hawkings, Einstein, etc.

Word problems,

Equations part 2 cont:

X = (5+4) X 3

11’s times tables

area and perimeter of squares, rectangles, triangles

Update 2-18-15:  Last week’s Presentations

Monday 2-9

Language

Tuesday 2-10

Bio

Wednesday 2-11

Math

Thursday 2-12

Friday 2-13

Alpha

Rhyming poetry

Parts of the Flower

Clock Part 3: Telling time to the minute, counting by 5’s, hours vs minute hand

Magic Box: Using Scalene triangles hexagon and squares that make stars

Parts of the Flower part 2

Beta

Rhyming poetry

Arthropods: Crabs, millipedes, and cockroaches

Word problems strategy: Draw a picture

Timeline of Life: Mesozoic

Arthropod research continued

Gamma

Rhyming poetry

Parts of the Seed

Word problems strategy: Draw a picture

Racks and Tubes: Division

Early Humans:

“Ardi “ Ardipithecus

and Lucy

Update 1-28-15

Monday 1-19

Tuesday 1-20

Wednesday 1-21

Thursday 1-22

Bio/Hist

Friday 1-23

Geom/Bio

Alpha

No school: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Poetry: Haiku

Clock follow-up

How to research: birds

glossary

Small Hexagon Box: rhombus, trapezoid, hexagon

Beta

ALL:

AM : Field trip

PM : Art,

torn paper/ cut paper collage

Poetry: Haiku

How to research: Paleozoic

glossary

Types of lines: perpendicular, parallel, intersecting

Gamma

Poetry: Free Verse with sensory details

How to research: stone age peoples

index

Types of roots: part 2

Update 1-21-15

Monday 1-12

History

Tuesday 1-13

Math

Wednesday 1-14

Biology

Thursday 1-15

Math Assessments

Friday 1-16

Alpha

Time: Clocks

Addition sentences:

ex: 5 + 5= 10

Sums

Parts of the Birds

Addition Facts

No School

Beta

Timeline of life:

Research on the Paleozoic Invertebrates

Money: combinations that make $1 – $2. Adding money

Invertebrates: Medusa, jellies, turtles, and ammonites

Addition/ multiplication facts

No School

Gamma

Timeline of Humans: All Fundamental Needs of Stone Age People

Multiplication Sentences and Fact Families

Ex. 5 X 4 = 20

products

Botany: tap roots vs. fibrous roots

Multiplication facts /

Word problems: Logic problems

No School

 

Update 1-14-15

Monday 1-5

Tuesday 1-6

Wednesday 1-7

Thursday 1-8

Friday 1-9

Alpha

Time: Calendars

Nouns: labeling the environment

No School: too cold

Addition and subtraction facts

Geometry: patterns with Hexagons, parallelograms, Trapezoids

Beta

Intro to Writer’s Workshop: Keeping a journal

Adjectives that point, distribute

Math Diagnostic

money: Making changes, combinations to make $1

Geometry: Types of triangles

Gamma

Intro to Writer’s Workshop: Keeping a journal

Reading Analysis Level I: Card material

Math Diagnostic

Fact Families & Arrays / Word Problems

Geometry: Parallel, perpendicular, oblique lines

(All)

Read aloud: Myths and Folktales

Intro to Writer’s Workshop: Writers read what they write. All children will be writing Haiku poems. Children will also write fairy tales, myths, and non-fiction based on interest.

 

Update 12-17-14 Last week’s Presentations:

Monday 12-8

Tuesday 12-9

Language

Wednesday 12-10

Math

Thursday 12-11

Friday 12-12

Geometry

Alpha

Class project: South America from A to Z

Students will contribute pages to a classroom alphabet book of the continent, South America

Puzzle Words part 2: more sentences and practice with sight words

Addition, subtraction with stamp game and bead frame

Rehearsal for El Sistema

South America Research

Pattern blocks: Exploration of hexagon, trapezoid, equilateral triangle

Beta

Detective Adjective

Static multiplication

dynamic subtraction with bead frame

Adjacent and Complementary angles Part 2

Gamma

Symbolizing Sentences with predicates: Who? Where? When?

Ex: He rode the horse to the store at night

Static multiplication

Division review

Geometry riddles: parallel, perpendicular, oblique lines

Update 12-10-14 Last week’s Presentations:

Monday 12-1

Tuesday 12-2

Language

Wednesday 12-3

Thursday 12-4

Friday 12-5

Alpha

South America Research

Puzzle Words: Children practice sight words

Math Diagnostic

Rainforest Animals: Animals of the Pantanal

Large Hexagon Box: Hexagon, trapezoid, isosceles triangle

Beta

South America Research

Adjectives that Count: Cardinal, Ordinal, Indefinite

Math Diagnostic

Charles Darwin: map of his voyage and final research

Adjacent and Complementary angles

Gamma

South America Research

Symbolizing sentences with direct, indirect objects

Math Diagnostic

Fundamental Needs of the Inca

Types of lines part 1: parallel, perpendicular, oblique

Update 12-3-14 Last week’s Presentations:

Monday 11-24

South America

Tuesday 11-25

History

Wednesday 11-26

Thursday 11-27

Friday 11-28

Alpha

Introduction to the plants and animals of South America

Biomes of South America (Biome Readers)

Grandparents day: 9am -noon

No School: Thanksgiving

No School: Thanksgiving

Beta

How to take notes: contents, index, landforms

Charles Darwin:

How to make a timeline

Gamma

How to take notes:

searching for fundamental needs in contents, index

Incas and indigenous peoples of S. America

 

Presentations update 11-26-14:  Last week’s Presentations

Monday 11-17

Biology

Tuesday 11-18

Language

Wednesday 11-19

Math

Thursday 11-20

History/Geography

Friday 11-21

Geometry

Alpha

Animals of South America: parts of the bird

Reading phonetic Simple commands: jump, sit, get a mat

Addition with snake game, addition strip board

A to Z book of South  America animals

My Triangle Book

Beta

Publishing our research on invertebrates: 2nd animal

Adjective: All possible qualities of a single noun.

Ex:

The _____water

Money: part 2

combinations that make a dollar. Making change.

Darwin: part 2 journey to the Galapagos

Convex and Reflex Angles,

naming angles

Gamma

Publishing our research on botany: making a book, a poster, or poem

Double Subject and Predicate

Making a Model of a word problem

S. America: introduction part 2

Lines: parallel, perpendicular,

transversal

Presentations update 11-19-14:  Last week’s Presentations

Monday 11-10

Biology

Tuesday 11-11

Language

Wednesday 11-12

Math

Thursday 11-13

History/Geography

Friday 11-14

Geometry

Alpha

Parts of the Amphibian

(Frog)

Reading phonetic Simple commands: jump, sit, get a mat

Addition with Stamp Game

Intro to S America and Colombia: flag, map, national bird

Drawing 3d Solids part 2: pyramids

Beta

Publishing our research on invertebrates: making a book, a poster, or poem

The Logical Adjective

Introduction to Money: denominations, trading in coins for a higher value

Darwin Part 1

Study of Angles cont.

Gamma

Identifying leaves:

maple, ginko, mulbery, birch Research on individual species

The Indirect Object: stretching a sentence to include more detail by using adjectives

Estimation: Rounding to check answers with multiplication.

Ex: 460 X 45

500 X 50= 25,000

S. America: introduction to geography, compass rose, NSEW, major landforms

Types of Triangles cont.

Presentations update 11-12-14:  Last week’s Presentations

Monday 11-3

Biology

Tuesday 11-4

Language

Wednesday 11-5

Math

Thursday 11-6

History/Geography

Friday 11-7

Geometry

Alpha

Parts of the Reptile (turtle)

Reading phonetic Simple commands: jump, sit, get a mat

Skip counting with the small chains

Labeling Different kinds of maps: state, country, continent

Drawing 3d Solids part 2: pyramids

Beta

Publishing our research on invertebrates: making a book, a poster, or poem

The Logical Adjective

Multiples: skip counting and multiplication bead board

Water and Landforms: Lakes, Archipelagos cont.

Book of 5 Angles

Gamma

Identifying leaves:

maple, ginko, mulbery, birch Research on individual species

The Indirect Object: stretching a sentence to include more detail by using adjectives

Multiplication: 3 digits x 3 digits.

Ex: 445 X 211

Fundamental Needs  of Prehistoric Peoples

Types of Triangles

Presentations update 11-5-14 Last week’s Presentations:

Monday 10-27

Biology

Tuesday 10-28

(Geom)

Wednesday 10-29

Math

Thursday 10-30

History/Geography

Friday 10-31

Alpha

Parts of the Fish

Animal Research

3D Geometric shapes

Addition strip board,

Addition snake game

Addition booklets

Labeling Different kinds of maps: state, country, continent

No School

Beta

Invertebrate research

Parts of an Angle

Skip counting, counting by multiples of 3 and 4

Water and Landforms: Lakes, Archipelagos

Gamma

Leaf Shapes: Research on individual species

leaf rubbings

The book of triangles

Checkerboard: multi-digit multiplication.

Making a Table

Making an array

Study of A Nation continued

(All)

Art: Family Portraits

Spanish: Conversation with cards to repeat and practice. Sketch: your family

Social Justice: Conflict Resolution

10/29/14 LAST week’s Presentations:

Monday 10-20

Biology

Tuesday 10-21

Language

Wednesday 10-22

Math

Thursday 10-23

History/Geography

Friday 10-24

Geometry

Alpha

Parts of the Fish: Students made books and posters

Writing simple phonetic notes and books

Addition strip board,

Addition snake game

Addition booklets

Labeling Different kinds of maps: state, country, continent

Drawing 3D Geometric Solids. Different kinds of lines: Horizontal, vertical, diagonal

Beta

Invertebrates:

Protozoa

Adjectives: Many Adjectives can modify a noun.

Skip counting, counting by multiples of 3 and 4

Water and Landforms: Lakes, Archipelagos

Different Kinds of Angles

Gamma

Leaf Shapes: cordate, reniform, linear, etc.

The Indirect Object:

Ex. Bob gave me a cookie.

Checkerboard: multi-digit multiplication.

Making a Table

Study of A Nation continued

Book of Triangles; equilateral, isosceles, scalene

(All)

Art: Family Portraits

Spanish: Conversation with cards to repeat and practice.

  • Social Justice Curriculum: Conflict resolution. Students are learning to solve conflicts by finding a win-win solution. On Friday, we participated in a simulation of the following story:

“ Imagine two donkeys walking slowly along a road. They are joined together by a rein attached to a collar around their necks. The rein is about six feet long, the length of two yardsticks laid end to end. Both animals are very hungry. Each one moves to eat from the pile on their side of the path … It isn’t possible. The rein which joins them isn’t long enough … How does each animal feel?”

 

Presentations update:  10-8-14

Monday

Biology

Tuesday

Math

Wednesday

Language

Thursday

History/Geography

Friday

Geometry

Alpha

Choosing best work for conferences. 5 classes of animals

Review: Mr. Peter absent

How to Choose a just right book for independent reading

Math Assessment: Subtraction

Writing assessment

Beta

Choosing best work for conferences

Review: Mr. Peter absent

Choosing a book and journal responses

Math Assessment: Subtraction,

Writing assessment

Gamma

Choosing best work for conferences

Review: Mr. Peter absent

Choosing a book and journal responses

Math Assessment: Subtraction, Division

Writing assessment

(All)

Started Music this week. Spanish: Conversation with cards to repeat and practice. Sketch: your family

Presentations update:  10-1-14

Monday

Biology

Tuesday

Math

Wednesday

Language

Thursday

History/Geography

Friday

Geometry

Alpha

Invertebrates vs. Vertebrates

Math Diagnostic

The Story of the Paper that Sees and Speaks: intro to reading

Days of the Week

Geometric Solids, Polygons

Beta

Zoology: 1 animal, many questions. Introduction to Research

Math Diagnostic

The Adjective

Timeline of Life

5 Angles

Gamma

Botany: 1 question (ex. Which plants are perennials?) many plants.

Math Diagnostic

Sentence Building2: direct object

Timeline of Humans

Plane Figures

(All)

I am America. Plants that shook the world

9-24 update:

Note: Picture Day consumed much of Monday morning. Friday was an all-day field trip.

Monday

Biology

Tuesday

Math

Wednesday

Language

Thursday

History/Geography

Friday

Geometry

Alpha

Invertebrates vs. Vertebrates

Addition with Stamp Game

The Story of the Paper that Sees and Speaks: intro to reading

Days of the Week

Geometric Solids, Polygons

Beta

Zoology: 1 animal, many questions. Introduction to Research

Adding Fractions

The Adjective

Timeline of Life

5 Angles

Gamma

Botany: 1 question (ex. Which plants are perennials?) many plants.

Golden Bead Frame: Multiplication

Sentence Building2: direct object

Timeline of Humans

Plane Figures

(All)

We have started the routine of independent reading with an introduction to genre or “We read aloud “Dizzy” by Jonah Winer as an introduction to Biography….and Bebop. We also read aloud 4,962,571 by Trevor Eissler and Ruth Chung , “ This book delightfully captures the Montessori goal of children not only coming up with questions on their own, but also figuring out how to answer them. Zach s curiosity and inventiveness, as well as his joy in his self-directed learning, are true hallmarks of Montessori education… –Marcy Krever, American Montessori Society” We used it as inspiration for setting difficult goals and working hard and flexibly to achieve our dreams.

 

Week of Sept 15th

Monday

Biology

Tuesday

Math

Wednesday

Language

Thursday

History/Geography

Friday

Geometry

Alpha

Plants Vs. Animals

Addition/Subtraction with Stamp Game.

Golden Beads

Metal Insets

The Story of Time: First Time Lines

Geometric Solids, Polygons

Beta

Zoology: Research on  1 question, Many animals (ex: Where do they live?)

Addition/Subtraction

Fractions

Noun and Article: Writing our own stories

Fundamental Needs

5 Angles

Gamma

Botany: Research on Many questions, 1 plant. (ex. Is this plant helpful or harmful to humans?)

Stamp game Multiplication

Introduction to daily Common Core Workbooks

Sentence Building: Logical Analysis Level A

Study of a Nation: USA in the World

Plane Figures

Social Justice

(All)

We are continuing our discussion of Needs vs. Wants with the topic of Freedom vs Responsibility. We read a book about the universal declaration of Human Rights from the United Nations. We finished the sentence, “Everyone has a right to….. “ This will lead to our formation of a classroom contract. So far we’ve written two drafts. We continue to share our hopes and goals for the school year as part of this process and spirit week.

All

Model of the Human Skeleton

Week of Sept 8th

Mon

Tues

Weds

Thurs

Fri

Alpha

Living vs Non-Living Things

Addition with Stamp Game

Object Boxes

Sewing1

Rainbow Boxes

Puzzle Maps

Beta

Zoology: Horizontal analysis

Adding Fractions

Noun and Article

Plant Stories

Timeline of Life

Stamp Game

Gamma

Botany: Vertical Analysis

Golden Bead Frame: Multiplication

Sentence Building

Timeline of Humans

Checkerboard: intro to multiplication and powers of ten

Social Justice

(All)

Needs Vs Wants

Conflict Resolution: The story of the two Donkeys

Everyone has a right to….. Formation of classroom contract

Self-Portrait / Hopes and Dreams

“All about Me” Poem

All

Grace and Courtesy

Grace and Courtesy

Grace and Courtesy

Grace and Courtesy

Grace and Courtesy

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