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Thinking, Creating, Reflecting: Impacting the Future

Intermediate Elementary

Ages 7 - 10

  • Date created

    March 1, 2018

  • Last updated

    December 3, 2018


Intermediate Elementary serves kids ages 7 to 10.  During their years at this level, students learn to advocate for themselves, solve in-depth problems in creative ways, and actively participate in rich interdisciplinary learning.  At the beginning of the year, students are challenged through teacher-led projects. Throughout the year, they are guided to increasing levels of independence choosing topics based on their interests.  They are taught how to ask questions, make a cohesive plan, and reflect on their progress and product. Students engage with both their classroom and school community as well as members of the community at large.

What to Expect

A balanced approach to literacy, including book clubs, journaling, reports and research, fiction and non-fiction reading, grammar, phonics, and literary round table discussions

Spelling and syntax experienced through word-study

In-depth math study through the Investigations Math program

Social studies and science explored through in-depth, interdisciplinary projects

A strong emphasis on social development

Instrumental Band offered beginning at age 9

Inside the Classroom

Intermediate Elementary: Sept. 16 – Sept. 20

Each classroom is organizing a raffle basket for the Fall Festival. The theme for our class is "animals" because we 

Intermediate Elementary: Sept. 9 – Sept. 13

We have started collecting our non-biodegradable trash to make eco-bricks! We now need water bottles. Please don't go out to 

Intermediate Elementary: Sept. 3 – Sept. 6

WELCOME! We sent out an email invite this week for In-Take Conferences on Friday, Sept. 13th via SignupGenius. Let us 

Bluestems’ Dossier: May 20 – May 24

Last lunch of the school year! Highlights from the Spectrum International lunch with Rockford University!Picnic/Hike/Land Art/Birthday S'mores/Bubbles at Rock Cut!Last 

Bluestems’ Dossier: May 13 – May 17

Field Trip on Friday, May 24 9:00am-11:00am Don Carter Lanes Last Day Celebration! Sharing and launching their Genius Hour projects!Having 

Bluestems’ Dossier: May 6 – May 10

Bluestems' Notes: - Our field trip to Angelic Organics has been rescheduled for this fall. We took advantage of a 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Apr.29 – May.3

REMINDER! If your student will be performing in Hairspray Jr this weekend, this is a friendly reminder that your students 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Apr.22 – Apr.26

Happy Earth Day! Here's ways the Bluestem class celebrate Earth Day everyday!Nonfiction Texts Learning about water conservation while focusing on 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Apr.15 – Apr.19

We are excited about the Fun Day, Run Day on Friday April 26th.😎 Our class will begin the celebration at 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Apr.8 – Apr.12

Upcoming Schedule: Monday 4/15 Interest Groups Tuesday 4/16 Interest Groups Wednesday 4/17 Interest Groups 5:30PM - 7:00PM Interest Group Sharing/ 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Apr.1 – Apr.5

We had a wonderful time at our field trip to Angelic Organics. Hope you enjoy the photos of all the 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Mar.18 – Mar.22

Snapshots of our Bookmaking Station and other activities during our Literacy Night event! Building shelters at recess on Wednesday!Forest 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Mar.11 – Mar.15

Bluestems' Friendly Reminders: We need drivers for two field trips next week: Monday - Rockford University 8:45AM - 9:45AM, and 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Mar.4 – Mar.8

IQRA Collaboration Our cultural exchange with IQRA School of Rockford continued last Friday, March 1st. This time the Spectrum students 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Feb.25 – Mar.1

Learning Japanese numbers, colors, and greetings! Ichi, ni, san, shi!Our Olive Garden lunch was scrumptious!Our newest class photo! Drawing endangered 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Feb.19 – Feb.22

Bluestems' Notes: Super exciting news!!! Our class and Early Elementary collected the most $$ during Spectrum's Pennies for Patients event 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Feb.11 – Feb.15

Bluestems' Scrum Section Genius Hour-themed Valentine boxes! Great work, Bluestems!There is some serious reading happening in our room!Valentines' Day singing 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Feb.4 – Feb.8

We finally got to use our new sleds at recess today!Drama Class During drama time with Aubrey, we are finishing 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Jan.21 – Jan.25

The Bluestems are super excited for their upcoming field trip to Forest City Gear in Roscoe on Wednesday, January 30th 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Jan.14 – Jan.18

Positively impacting the future, one day at a time... Conference Day is February 1st. Please remember to sign up for 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Jan.8 – Jan.11

2019: LET'S DO IT! SAVE THE DATE! January 23rd is our all-day field trip to Angelic Organics. Welcome to our 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Dec.17 – Dec.21

Farewell, 2018!Book Share! Dexter presenting his book share! Birthday Treats! Preparing the December birthday treats! Practice makes perfect! Putting the 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Dec.3 – Dec.7

Hello, December! Bluestem Families, Thank you for all of your kind thoughts and words during the last month.  As you 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Nov.26 – Nov.30

Wrapping Up November! Please remember to return your Processfolios, thanks! Poetry Reciting our November poetry! Personal Project Parker testing out 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Nov.12 – Nov.16

Legos & Gratitude is all you need! Bluestems' Notes & Reminders: You may or may not know that Avenlea has 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Nov.5 – Nov.9

Bluestems' News & Upcoming Dates Be sure to join us for Processfolio Night anytime between 3:00PM - 6:00PM in our classroom. This 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Oct.29 – Nov.2

Happy Halloween! REMINDERS: Remember to send in your “Pennies for Patients “ during November. Thanks in advance! November 20 - 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Oct.22 – Oct.26

This week, everybody couldn't stop buzzing about Severson Dells: what an AMAZING learning experience! Upcoming Dates: October 31st = Field 

Bluestems’ Dossier: Oct.15 – Oct.19

Enjoy this glimpse at all the work and fun that Intermediate Elementary (the Bluestems) had over the last few weeks! 

Supply List & Resources


Spelling City
Spelling City Each student has a specific sort number that works on a spelling rule or pattern.  In class, we work with students to put their words into categories to help them memorize and understand the patterns rather than just individual words.

Investigations Math

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a website that helps reinforce math skills your child is learning at school.

The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit organization with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere.All of the site’s resources are available to anyone. . The Khan Academy’s materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge.The link below takes you to an introductory video with information about setting up an account. Khan is used as a supplement to our applied math program, Investigations by Pearson.

Math Practice Links

Supply List

Please have available at school:

● One 3-inch hard cover 3-ring binder with pockets (last year’s processfolio can be reused)

● Reusable, dishwasher-safe water bottle to either leave at school or pack in a lunchbox

● Angel Soprano Recorder (model #PB6000) available at Guzzardo’s Music or​ $4 to cover the cost

● 3-prong folder for music

● Spiral Sketch Pad 9′ X 12″ 50lb. (Michael’s – I always use a 40% coupon) for Art

● Avery Permanent​ Glue Stick (Office supply store) for Art

● A pair of athletic shoes available at school (if students choose to wear these types of shoes to school on a daily basis, no shoes are needed)

● Students at this level are NOT required to bring a device to school, but if you would like to participate in our Bring Your Own Technology program, devices must have an attached keyboard. Chromebooks work best. Students who do not bring in technology are required to pay an annual $25 technology fee to use school-owned devices whenever needed.​ We usually begin using technology regularly during the second half of the school year, so it is not necessary to have devices right away.

Community Supplies

In our classroom, we use a “community supply” system where students get supplies they need from the shelves and return them to the appropriate bins when finished. Because of this, we do not need a lot of supplies this year (It may be a good idea to purchase a few items for home use while everything is on sale.). We make an effort in our class to reduce and reuse the supplies we have. You will notice students using real silverware, plates, and cups and cleaning with cloth rags instead of disposable products. Also, We have a supply of kitchen utensils in the classroom, so there is no need to send single-use plastic utensils in a child’s lunchbox. We have a passion for nature and the world around us, and love sharing that with the students!

Other ways you can help:

● We spend a lot of time outside in a variety of weather. It is a good idea to have available for your child a raincoat, rain boots or older shoes that can get wet or muddy, comfortable clothes suitable for each season, and extra sets of winter clothes to leave at school (i.e. mittens, hats, socks, and snow pants), Students who like to wear shorts or skirts to school may want to keep an extra pair of long pants in their backpacks. Our facility has acres of wooded trails, and we like to use them year-round!

● We have created two wish lists on Amazon for books that we plan to use this year. Monarch (picture books) and Bluestem (chapter books) Award nominees are titles that have been chosen by Illinois teachers, students, and librarians as excellent and varied examples of children’s literature.

Please take a look at the following link to see if there are any that you would be willing to donate to our classroom. Monarch: Bluestem: Other needs may arise as we progress through the school year, which we will send out via email.

We are excited for the school year to begin!

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