March 27-31

snoopyWelcome back to Discovery Fourth Grade!

**I am asking for students to bring their personal electronics to school.  We are currently working on a couple of different projects which may require students to do online tasks.  Students who are unable to bring their electronics may share with others so that each student has access to online resources.

This Week’s Activities

Math: This week’s math focus will be on subtraction of fractions with both like and fracunlike denominators.  We will also learning how to add fractions with 10 and 100 as denominators, and to multiply a fraction by a whole number.

Reading:  We will begin using literature circles (small group BOWDguided discussions) in guided reading to discuss and analyze our new guided reading novel Because of Winn Dixie.  We will use classes this week to practice each role in the literature circle process, and then will begin using the roles with our new novel.

genialyWriting:  We will finish studying different types of poetry this week, with Free Verse poems. Students will then have some “workshop” time to practice writing more poetry on their own before publishing their favorite three poems in a “Fourth Grade Poetry Magazine” on http://www.genial.ly.com.

Spelling: Words for the week will be 10 vocabulary words from our class novel What Was the Underground Railroad?  Along with 5 high-frequency words for fourth graders.

Grammar: In grammar this week we will be studying Greek and Latin Roots.

Social Studies: We will be finishing up our social studies unit this week with the final assessment: a narrative from the point of view of a slave escaping on the Underground Railroad.  Students will be using their experiences with both simulations done previously along with any information they learned about this period in history.

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DIRECTOR’S NOTES 

Photo Retake for the Yearbook – We will have photo re-take for those students who were not here in December 2016. This retake will be March 28 from 8:00-10:00 am at the Information Center.  The following students need to have their pictures (re)taken:

Individual re(takes) for: Emma Rojas (Nursery), Jimena Portillo (Nursery), Mia Paulette (PKB) , Elias Aguilar (Kinder) , Matias Said (Kinder) ,Victoria Argueta (Kinder), Nicolas Said (1st grade), Elizabeth Pineda (2nd grade), Noah Said (3rd), Eitan Kanai (3rd grade), Ninel Cevallos (3rd grade), Andres Aguilar (4thgrade), David Barahona (5A), Katina Di Stefano (5A), Fernando Chinchilla (7A), Luis Gustavo (9A), Oscar Vides (9A), Laura Salazar (10 A).

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READ – A- THON – This is the LAST week of our annual Read-a-thon. Our students K-5 will be asked to turn their reading logs in this Friday! Winners will be announced in our next Monday Memo, and will be going out to lunch next Wednesday, April 5.

IMPORTANT DATES THIS MONTH

February 27 – March 31
READ – A – THON
Grades K-5
March  27
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March 31
No School
Conference with Teachers
(8:00 a.m. – 12:00 m.)
Noche Beneficiosa hosted by the Juniors @KFC (Boulevard Morazán 5:00-9:00 p.m.

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Have a great week!

Ms. K

March 20-24

dollieHello everybody! Welcome back to a new week filled with lots of fun and educational learning activities to work with our students.

I want to require parents one more time permission to please let your children bring their electronic devices to work exclusively during class time for educational purposes only.

This Week’s Activities

IXL skills:      Math:  R.1      Language: F.F.1

Math: We will be wrapping up our study of fraction concepts in Chapter 9 with an exam this Wednesday.  Students will take a practice test home on Tuesday to help them study. By the end of the week students will be practice estimating sums of fractions.

Reading: In reading we will continue reading and discussing the informational text What Was the Underground Railroad?

Writing: We will continue studying different types of poetry this week, and begin writing our own examples of haikus, limericks, and diamantes!

Spelling:  Words for the week will be 10 vocabulary words from our class novel What Was the Underground Railroad?  Along with 5 high-frequency words for fourth graders.

Grammar: In grammar this week we will be practicing conjunctions.

Social Studies:  We will continue to discuss the era of the Underground Railroad in the United States using hands-on activities and additional readings.   We will also learn from participating in the “Flight to Freedom” simulation at mission-us.org!  Be sure to ask your child to describe his/her experience in participating!

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DPTO NEWS

DPTO RAFFLE- Thank you for supporting the DPTO Raffle.

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FUN RUN & WALK – The DPTO will be hosting its annual Fun Run & Walk at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Discovery School. Pledge forms will be sent home this week. Parents and students should fill them out, collect the money, and turn it in during the inscription on the day of the event. This is a fun and exciting activity for the whole family! Join us for a delicious pancake & fruit breakfast after the run/walk!

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ELEMENTARY NEWS

READ – A- THON – Grades K – 5 annual read-a-thon has begun! Students were giving a Reading Log (sheet) and a book mark last Monday. The student who has read the most pages in his/her class by March 31st. will win a lunch off campus sponsored by our DPTO. We ask parents for their support encouraging their child(ren) to read, read, read, and record their reading in their logs.reada.png

WOLVES´ NATIONAL EVENTS COMING UP

ABSH MODEL UNITED NATIONS – Ms Cara and Mr. Andrew will be traveling with 9 students to La Ceiba in order to represent the school in this competition. Students will be traveling on Thursday, March 23. We wish all of our delegates good luck!

LOCAL BILINGUAL SCHOOLS SPELLING BEE – A group of our very talented students will be participating in the Local Bilingual Schools’ Spelling Bee on March 25, at the International School of Tegucigalpa. We thank this group of parents for their support in this participation.

IMPORTANT DATES THIS MONTH

February 27 – March 31
READ – A – THON
Grades K-5

March 20, 27
Bricks4Kidz

March 23
ABSH Model UN @ La Ceiba

March 25
FUN RUN @ School
Local Spelling Bee

March 31
Noche Beneficiosa hosted by the Juniors @KFC (Boulevard Morazán 5:00-9:00 p.m.)
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Have a great week!

Ms.K

March 13-16

march calendarWelcome back, and thanks for checking in!  We have lots of learning planned for this week!  Don’t forget, this Friday is a Spring Break holiday!

This week’s activities

IXL Skills:  Math: p.3 and J.11                     

Language: IXL: RRR.2

 

Math: In math this week we will be comparing mixed numbers and applying our skills in problem-solving situations.

Reading:  In reading we will begin  and discussing on What Was the Underground Railroad? This is our new class novel that talks about the slavery era in the United States of America.

Writing: We will continue studying different types of poetry this week, and begin writing our own examples of haikus, cinquains, couplets, limericks, and diamantes!

Grammar: In grammar this week we will be learning about conjunctions.

Science / Social Studies: This week students will be wrapping up our science unit by testing the effects of air resistance on their vehicles. Finally at the end of the week, we will begin our next social studies unit on Slavery by viewing a short video and reading about the life of Harriet Tubman and her role in the Underground Railroad.

Spelling: Words for the week will be 10 vocabulary words from our class novel What Was the Underground.

 

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ELEMENTARY NEWS

READ – A- THON – Grades K – 5 will begin their annual read-a-thon has begun!  Students were giving a Reading Log (sheet) and a book mark last Monday. The student who has read the most pages in his/her class by March will win a lunch off campus sponsored by our DPTO. We ask parents for their support encouraging their child(re) to read, read, read, and record their reading in their logs

DPTO NEWS

DPTO RAFFLE- Our amazing raffle of four gourmet baskets for Father’s Day will take place on Wednesday, March 15 at 2:30 p.m. in the conference room. Parents who want to join us for the big moment are welcome to do so. Best of luck to all ticket holders!

¡Agradeceremos su apoyo a esta actividad!
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FUN RUN & WALK – The DPTO will be hosting its annual Fun Run & Walk at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at Discovery School. Pledge forms will be sent home this week. Parents and students should fill them out, collect the money, and turn it in during the inscription on the day of the event. This is a fun and exciting activity for the whole family! Join us for a delicious pancake & fruit breakfast after the run/walk!

COUNSELING NEWS

Scholastic News: Scholastic Book Club leaflets will be given out this week. This is an optional activity offered by the school, because we know you want to motivate your child to read at home.  With your purchase, our library will accumulate points to redeem more books for the benefit of your children in our school.  The due date to purchase the books online is March 27. The books will arrive to the school in one single delivery, and we will distribute them to the students according to their orders, approximately three weeks after the purchase due date.

IMPORTANT DATES THIS MONTH

February 27 – March 31
READ – A – THON
Grades K-5

March 13, 20, 27
Bricks4Kidz

March 15
DPTO Baskets Raffle

March 17
Spring Break HOLIDAY

March 23
ABSH Model UN @ La Ceiba

March 25
Local Spelling Bee

Have a great week and enjoy your long weekend!

 Ms.K

March 6-10

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Hello everybody!!!   We hope you had a great weekend. Thanks for checking in.

This Week’s Activities

IXL Skills:     Math:  P.9and P.16                             Language Arts: E.E.1

Math: In math this week we will be studying mixed numbers and improper fractions, as well as comparing mixed numbers and applying our skills in problem-solving situations. Click on the video to learn and take notes about comparing and ordering fractions.

 

Writing: We will continue to integrate our writing periods with reading in order to finish our final reading projects, along with understanding the basic elements of poetry, and will use good word choice to write descriptive words for each of the 5 senses.

Grammar: We will continue studying capitalization rules properly use in their writing and contractions as well.

Spelling: Words for the week will be 10 vocabulary words from our class science unit Motion and Design, along with 5 high-frequency words for fourth graders. As always, students may use Spelling City to practice their words.

Science:  To continue with our Motion and Design unit, students will be testing the effects of air resistance on their vehicles.  They will also be adapting their vehicles later in the week to contain a sail, and will observe the effects of the sail on the vehicle’s motion.

All the best,

Ms.K

February 27- March 3

marchHello everyone!  I want to start congratulating our science fair team for their outstanding participation in the ABSH Science Fair. Fiorella, Michelle, Tyler and Noah, I feel very proud of you all. Here’s what we envision for the week ahead!

This Week’s Activities

-We will have a very important presentation about “Manners” given by our Counselor Mrs.Marilis Zambrana, in order to firm up our kids’ values and guarantee as a school that we our offering an integral education.

IXL SKILLS:  Math: P.2, , And P.14    Language:  H.H.3

Math: In math this week we will start studying fractions, length, number lines, and equivalent fractions.

Reading:  This week in reading we will continue working on the final project of the novel Out of My Mind.  Students will create a Prezi presentation from the point of view of Melody, the main character of the story.

Writing:  Students will continue working on our final reading project. We are also going to start our poetry unit this week. The students will understand the basic elements of poetry, and will use good word choice to write descriptive words for each of the 5 senses.

Spelling:  This week’s spelling words will include vocabulary from our science unit Motion and Design along with fourth grade level sight words.  As always, students can use the Spelling City website to practice their words, which they can find on the class links page.

Grammar:  Students will continue learning about the proper use of capitalization in their writing.

Science: In science we will analyze the concepts of force and gravity and how these concepts are related. We will also study kinetic energy and the effect of rubber band energy.

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DIRECTOR´S NOTES

ABSH SCIENCE FAIRLast Friday and Saturday we had a group of fourth, fifth and sixth graders participate in the ABSH Science Fair that took place in Del Campo International School. We are very proud of our young scientists, and thank them and their parents for their hard work!

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KIDS ATHLETICS – We will be hosting our second Kids Athletics interschool meet this Friday, March 3 at the UNAH Polideportivo. Our fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth graders will be participating with students from Sunshine School, Honors Academy and Allison Bixby Stone School in a fun morning of games and activities. An explanatory note along with a permission slip was sent home today. This needs to be sent back to school (along with the fee) no later than Wednesday, March 1. Parents who would like to help out as chaperones are welcome. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Carol atcrodriguez@discoveryschool.edu.hn

ADDITIONAL FRENCH CLASS GRADES 2-4 – Starting Monday, March 6, grades two through four will receive an additional French class every week. This is in preparation for a French Festival we have scheduled for April 28.

ELEMENTARY NEWS

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READ – A- THON – Grades K – 5 will begin their annual read-a-thon this Monday, February 27. Students were giving a Reading Log (sheet) and a book mark to use during this month. If a student fills up a sheet, he/she may turn it in to his/her teacher and get another one. The student who has read the most pages in his/her class by March will win a lunch off campus sponsored by our DPTO. We ask parents for their support encouraging their child(re) to read, read, read, and record their reading in their logs.

WOLVES´ NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL EVENTS COMING UP

LOCAL BILINGUAL SCHOOLS SPELLING BEE – A group of our very talented students will be participating in the Local Bilingual Schools’ Spelling Bee on March 25, at the International School of Tegucigalpa. We thank this group of parents for their support in this participation.

DPTO RAFFLE

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IMPORTANT DATES THIS MONTH

February 27 – March 31   READ – A – THON Grades K-5
March 3 

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Kids Athletics for grades 4 to 8 

Thank you,

Have a great week!

Ms. K

February 21-24

ardiWelcome back to Discovery Fourth Grade! A couple of important announcements:

1.     I am asking for students to bring their personal electronics to school. We are currently working on a couple of different projects which may require students to do online research.  Students who are unable to bring their electronics may share with others so that each student has access to online resources. We will also be using our weekly computer period to work in these assignments as well.

2.     The math test was moved to this week on Wednesday 22nd in order to give everybody a chance to practice and study the topics covered for this chapter, especially the students who were out of school for several days representing our school in different competitions. In the meantime we will be using today’s Math period to keep practicing.

3. We also want to congratulate Adriana Lucía y Andrés, Michelle Beckmann y Andrés Gonzales who represented us at  the ABSH Language Arts in La Ceiba, last week. You guys did a terrific job. Proud of you Squirrels!!

This Week’s Activities

IXL due Sunday: Math         P.1 and P.14        Language:  H.H.2

Math: As I mentioned above we will be having our chapter 7 Math test this Wednesday cake.jpg22. This week we will begin working with fractions: reviewing what we already know, naming the parts of a fraction, and applying our knowledge to different models of fractions–sets, regions, and number lines.

Reading:  This week in reading we will continue working on the final project of the prezi-logonovel Out of My Mind.  Students will create a Prezi presentation from the point of view of Melody, the main character of the story.

Writing:  Writing lessons will be integrated with reading lessons to work on our final reading project, and will use these periods to work on drafting their presentation.

Spelling: We will continue using vocabulary words from the last chapter our guided reading novel for spelling words.  As always, students can use the Spelling City website to practice their words, which they can find on the class links page.

Grammar:  Students will learn how to use capitalization properly in their writing.

Science:  Students are having so much fun learning and creating their vehicle designs. energyThis week we will be focusing on learning how to design vehicles and systems to pull them to meet a goal. Finally we are going to study kinetic energy and the effect of rubber band energy.

 

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DIRECTOR´S NOTES

ABSH LANGUAGE ARTS FESTIVAL – We want to thank the students and parents who participated in the annual ABSH Language Arts Festival last Saturday in La Ceiba. The school is grateful for the parental support of out students’ co-curricular activities. Our wolves made us proud with their representation of our school!

We especially want to acknowledge and congratulate Sebastian Tejerina from fifth grade for winning first place in the Speech Competition. Awesome job Sebas!

Professional Development This Friday – This Friday is an early dismissal day (PM Schedule). Students will be dismissed at 11:45 a.m. Teachers must use this valuable time to work on their Scope and Sequence assignments. Teachers are encouraged to meet with teachers from a level above and below the subject areas they teach in order to assure vertical alignment. If you have any questions, please ask.

WOLVES´ NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL EVENTS COMING UP

ABSH SCIENCE FAIR –
February 24 – 25 in Del Campo International School (Tegucigalpa)

DPTO RAFFLE

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Se les recuerda a todos los padres y estudiantes de nuestros servicios en la Wolves Cafetería donde encontrarán variedad de opciones saludables:
Avena
Frutas frescas
Desayunos completos
Baleadas
Catrachas
Sándwich
Wraps
Crepas
Tostadas francesas
Almuerzos

Usted puede llamar al 9734-7235 para ordenar su desayuno ya que se preparan en el momento.

Se les recuerda a los padres que cuentan con Crédito-Prepago en la Cafetería con saldos negativos que deberán realizar su pago los 15 y 30 de cada mes.

IMPORTANT DATES THIS MONTH

February 24
Early Dismissal/Professional Development (P.M Schedule)

February 24 and 25
ABSH Science Fair in Tegucigalpa (Del Campo)

February 27 – March 31 READ – A – THON Grades K-5
March 3

March 3
Kids Athletics for grades 4 to 8

Have a great week!

Love,

Ms. K

February 13-17

love1.pngHello everyone!  Thank you for taking the time to check in for important updates on our Discovery community activities.  (Don’t forget… no school on Monday, February 20, for the President’s Day holiday!) . We are very excited to begin the week with our field trip to the movies to see “A Dog’s Purpose”, the students are very excited to see it, and be able to compare it with the book that Ms. Cristiana was reading aloud to them. I want to thank one more time to all the parents who generously support our activities and help us as chaperons and also provide their vehicles for car pooling the kids.  Since I haven’t heard any volunteers or preparation for a celebration for Valentine’s Day, if any parent still wants to send something to share with the class, feel free to do so.

IXL SKILLS:  Math: E.21     Language: T.3

Math: We will start the week by learning dividing with two-digit divisors, and then we will be reviewing concepts taught in chapter 7 to be prepared for our next chapter test on Friday.

Reading:  This week in reading we will introduce final project guidelines for the novel Out of My Mind.  Students will create a Prezi presentation from the point of view of Melody, the main character of the story.

Writing: This week, students will be introduced to sentence fluency trait form the 6+1 traits and discuss examples of good sentence fluency and bad sentence fluency. We will also be using writing periods to work on the final reading project using the writing process.

Spelling: We will have our spelling test from last week this Tuesday. No new spelling list for this week.

Grammar: We will continue working on pronouns in a sentence.

Science: We will be beginning our investigations into force and motion, and the types of energy that contribute to the movement of an object.  Students will begin designing vehicles using simple materials in order to make them move.

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DIRECTOR´S NOTES

AASCA MUSIC FESTIVAL RESULTS-
Our School Choir was awarded with the ” Most Engaging Performance” trophy for the large ensembles category at 2017 AASCA Music Festival at Lincoln School in Costa Rica.

MIDTERMS PROGRESS REPORTS – Midterm reports went home last Friday, February 10. Please read them and returned them signed by Tuesday, February.

STEM WORKSHOP
– Seven of our teachers will be attending a STEM (Science, Tecnhology, Engineering and Mathematics) training sponsored by AASCA: The workshop will take place on February 15 and 16. This is just another example of how or teachers stay current in the best practices for their class.
SUPPORING THE DPTO ACTIVITIES
THANK YOU – The DPTO wishes to thank all the families that supported the DPTO movie last Saturday at Novacentro. The DPTO works hard to foster school pride and spirit, and the support of our community is crucial to their success.
WINE AND CHEESE FOR ADULTS This Friday, February 17, the DPTO has organized a WINE AND CHEESE PARENT GET TOGETHER (activity is for adults only!).  We are inviting ALL our school parents to attend! There will be amazing RAFFLES of GOURMET BASKETS during the evening. Tickets are on sale with Ms. Ruth or Ms. Gaby at front desk.

SCHOLASTIC NEWS – Scholastic books have arrived and will be delivered to the children this week.

COMMUNITY NEWS

BAKE SALE The Senior class will have a bake sale on Tuesday, February 14 to celebrate Valentine’s Day.

VALENTINE’S DAY BALL The Senior class will be hosting the Valentine’s Day Ball on Friday, February 17 from 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. The entrance fee is Lps. 100. Drinks and food will be available for sale. Grades 5 and up are invited.

IMPORTANT DATES THIS MONTH

February 13
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February 14
Bake Sale

Friday, February 17
Valentine´s Day Ball (Grades 5 and up)
DPTO Wine & Cheese Get Together

February 17 and 18
ABSH LANGUAGE ARTS FESTIVAL (La Ceiba)

February 20
HOLIDAY – President´s Day

February 24 and 25
ABSH SCIENCE FAIR in Tegucigalpa (Del Campo) 

Thank you all,

Ms. K

February 6-10

loveHello everyone!  Thank you for taking the time to check in for important updates on our Discovery community activities.  We need volunteers for organizing a small Valentine’s celebration here in school. It would be next Tuesday 14th during lunch time at 12:25. Any parent can participate and lead the coordination of this event.

Good Luck to Adriana Lucía and Fiorella, Isabella and Alessandra, who will be representing our school in the annual AASCA Music festival this February 7, 8, 9, and 10. Go wolves!!

This Week’s Activities:

IXL: Math: E.16 and V.4          Language Arts: T.2

Math:  This week we’ll be continuing to work with division and extending our learning to divisibility rules as well as finding averages.  As always, we’ll be practicing applying these concepts to real-world problem solving.

Reading:  This week we will continue to read and discuss our class novel Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper.  We are really enjoying our discussions about the events, characters, and issues presented in the novel!

Writing: In writing this week, students will be introduced to sentence fluency trait form the 6+1 traits and discuss examples of good sentence fluency and bad sentence fluency. Students will elaborate a new piece of writing in which they are going to put into practice all the traits we have learned so far.

Grammar: The Students will demonstrate understanding the meaning and the function of a personal pronoun in a sentence.

Science: We will be beginning our investigations into force and motion, and the types of energy that contribute to the movement of an object.  Students will begin designing vehicles using simple materials in order to make them move.

Thank you all,

Ms. K

January 31- February 3

owlWelcome parents to one more week full of fun and interesting activities in our fourth grade community. I want to thank the parents who attended the Immigration play last Friday. The children did an outstanding job performing this play! Pictures to come..

Important Information

· Morning Math Review: We will continue with our math review every Tuesday, I will be reviewing with any student that wants extra help in this matter. Everybody is welcome to come. We will start our session at 7:15 a.m. (This activity will do it every Tuesday morning from 7:15-7:50 a.m.)

· Parents, please let your kid bring his/her electronic device to be able to work in some math and writing activities in class.

This Week´s Activities:

Math IXL skills:   E.1, E.12 and E.18                   Language IXL skills: None

Math:  We will continue practicing division this week and extending our learning to 3-dividigit numbers, as well as continuing to practice problem-solving skills in real-world situations.

Reading: In reading this week students will continue reading our class novel Out Of My Mind. We will also continue working in a variety of settings (independently, with partners, and in small group “book clubs”) to read and analyze the novel.

Writing:  We had integrated writing lessons with to work on our final social studies letterimmassessment. Students that didn’t present their informative speech, will have the chance to presentation the author’s chair this Monday.

Spelling: This week’s spelling words will include vocabulary from Out of My Mind class novel along with fourth grade level sight words.  As always, students can use the Spelling City website to practice their words, which they can find on the class links page.

Grammar: This week in grammar  students will form and identify prepositional phrases in a sentence.

Science:  We will be beginning our investigations into force and motion, and the types simple_machinesof energy that contribute to the movement of an object.  Students will begin designing vehicles using simple materials in order to make them move.

Have a great week,

Ms.K!