2016-17 Classes are in full swing. 5th grade is reading Across Five Aprils. This is a novel about the beginning of the Civil War and it ties in nicely with their Social Studies lessons. In this story we see how the national conflict affects people at a personal and family level. It has been quite the challenge for the students and we have had to regroup and take a step back from our reading to talk about why the novel is so difficult. It has become a lesson in perseverance and tackingly challenges.
4th Grade is reading the Homework Machine. This story tackles how you define cheating and friendship. It is written in an interesting way that allows the students to see one story from a variety of perspectives. In math we have been working on using problem solving techniques to understand word problems.
3rd Grade is underway! It is always so exciting to form the new group and begin our learning adventures together. We will begin our journey by discussing what APEX is all about, our learning styles and how to make our brains grow by struggling with difficult challenges.
The Mock Election was a huge success. APEX did a great job running the polling center and helping the younger students with the process. I was very proud of them.
Our Field Trip to the University of Tennessee Pediatric Center is Monday, November 14th.