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The 2nd & 3rd graders at SMMLC had visitors today.

The 2nd & 3rd graders at SMMLC had visitors today. Students from UCSB’s Ambassadors for the Environment program used “The Lorax” to teach us about the importance of trees and conservation. Students made a truffula tree and were given milkweed seeds to care for at home. The Ambassadors also left us a potted seed to take care of. They were very impressed by the 2nd and 3rd graders prior knowledge!
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SMMLC 4th & 5th Grade Quarterly Research Projects

Today, the 4th and 5th Graders at the FP SMMLC presented their first of 4 quarterly research projects! For this research project, students selected a creature to research. Students presented with an oral presentation, a visual, and an essay.

Once again, the 4th and 5th graders continue to rise to academic success with their scholarship and knowledge!

Creatures researched included:

Bearded Dragon (x2)
Cats (personal pets, x3)
Arctic Fox
Wolves (x2)
Dwarf Hamster
Ball Python
Russian Tortoise
Black Panther
Sarcastic Fringehead
Sea Turtle
Amur Leopard
Egyptian Mau Cat

Fantastic work, 4th and 5th graders!

:) Mrs. Katrina & Mrs. Cynthia
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4th & 5th Grades Learning About Early California Native Americans

Over the past two weeks, 4th and 5th graders at the FP SMMLC have been learning about Early California Native Americans. You may remember that the 4th and 5th graders previously made shelters using natural resources available to them, much like the early California Native Americans. During our learning, we learned that desert California Indians, like the Mojave, used clay pots.

With that, the 4th and 5th grade students were given clay to mold into a pot. First, we discussed the purpose of a pot--- to hold or carry something. The objective of the pot they were to create included the ability to hold or carry something. Students were quick, but meticulous, to form and shape their pots out of the clay.

After forming their pots and letting them dry, students painted their pots, much like how the desert California Indians would paint their pots.

It continues to impress all of us by the creativity and unique ingenuity each student brings to their learning!

:) Mrs. Katrina & Mrs. Cynthia
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