Lower School News: February 6 – February 10, 2017

Guidance Lesson

Lower school students have been learning about making good choices and being model citizens through guidance lessons.


Math Lab

Second graders worked on subtraction problems. Students regrouped from the tens, hundreds, and were challenged to regroup in the thousands during Math Lab class!


Science Lab

First graders separate light into the colors of the rainbow.  We also used Prisms and flashlights to see the colors.  We learned the meaning behind ROY G. BIV.  We discussed rainbows as we conclude their unit on weather.


Second grade learned to identity types of fish found in TN rivers.  We used field guides provided by TWRA (Tn Wildlife Resource Agency).  We discussed fresh water habitats such as rivers, lakes, streams.


Third graders “mine” for natural resources.  We used chocolate chip cookies & oatmeal raisin cookies.  The resources symbolized by the chips (coal) and the raisins (gemstones) were extracted using toothpicks symbolizing mining todos.  If a mining tool was broken it was purchased at the cost of 2 gemstones. The “miners” had to mine their natural resource, either the chips or the raisin, without destroying the earth (the cookie).



1st grade

1st grade participating in 100 day senior citizen dance off. Dances include chicken dance, Macarena, everybody dance free style.


3rd Grade

Third grade students are showing their understanding of the Associative Property of Multiplication through board problems and explaining their thinking to classmates.



4th Grade

This week 4th-grade FUSE students completed the novel Inside Out and Back Again. We celebrated by trying the main characters favorite food, papaya. Not everyone loved the papaya, but all the students said they loved the story!




4th Grade PE enjoyed a fun game of Handball this week in PE.



Fifth grade students work together to create class stories while in Spanish class. This week they wrote a story about a sombrero-wearing car who went to New York to be successful. They are doing a great job demonstrating comprehension and developing creative stories!



This week in LS music time we learned to read music using picture symbols that represent the melody, rhythm, beat and lyrics of a song. Students were able to use different instruments that introduced the concept of reading music in various forms. The students enjoyed exploring reading music with these activities and it was wonderful to see them understand the concepts that were taught.



FUSE students practiced their Spelling list with a fun, hands-on number cube activity.


FUSE Social Studies students developed a budget to fund their expedition as a pioneer on the Oregon Trail. They worked with a small savings of $245 to plan the 5 month journey for their team of three pioneers.



Kindergarten celebrated the 100th day of school big today. The teachers had arranged 5 centers for the students to work through. Each group enjoyed putting together chain links of 20 to make 100, colored a 100 assortment, worked as a team to build something with 100 blocks, listened to stories about the 100th day on iPads using QR codes, and had fun counting by 10’s as they played hopscotch in the hallway.  The students did 100 exercises led by their teachers.  They dressed as if they were 100 years old and brought in 100 items to count into groups of 10 on paper plates.  These are just a few of the activities done by our 100 Days Smarter Kindergartners.


Box Tops

This is a reminder that CA collects Box Tops through our CAA.  The money raised from this project funds various school improvement projects.  Last year we raised over $2000 through the Box Tops program alone!  Please turn yours into your child’s teacher or Ms. Turnage in the front office.


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