Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Technical Difficulties

Yesterday I tried to update many things:  our blog, Spelling City, and ASPIRE.  None of it worked successfully, so I will try again today. 

I divided our crew into third and fourth grade spelling groups this week to address grade level words and academic vocabulary.  When updating Spelling City I gave the students access to both sets of word list accidentally.  Please have your child focus on their grade level words.

I will try to update the Word Study List again so you can see the words on this blog.

Thanks for being understanding,

Mrs. Guzzetti

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Spelling City

Due to a very kind donation, all of my students have a SpellingCity.com account.  Your student will come home with a username and password on Monday, Sept 18.  Look for it in their backpack or homework folder.

I hope this will be a fun way to practice expedition vocabulary and word study words.

If you are dying to try out this system, you can email me and I'll send you their login information.

Petersen Park Canoe Trip

We had a great day out on the river.  We played together, beaded, listened to primary source documents, and worked as a crew to move a boat up and down the Bear River.  We connected to the river as a place the Shoshone tribe used as part of their home and for their survival.  Upon returning to school, we debriefed our work as crew, not passengers.  We had a very powerful conversation about teamwork.

I hope to get some picture uploaded soon.  In the meantime, you can see some on the Promontory School Facebook page.




Monday, September 11, 2017

Utah's Unique Geography

Today we started studying Utah's unique geography.  We studied Lake Bonneville and the shore lines that surround us.  We learned about Lake Bonneville being held in a great basin.  We now call the desert area left behind when the lake drained The Great Basin.  We identified the 3 geographical of Utah: the Great Basin, the Rocky Mountain Region (the Wasatch Front and Uintah Mountain Range) and the Colorado Plateau.

On Friday we will make maps of Utah using salt dough.  Please send your child to school on Friday with salt dough.  We will also need cardboard to hold our maps.  You can send cardboard to school any day this week and I will start cutting it to size.  

Here are two recipes:

COOKED SALT DOUGH (the best)

Combine in saucepan:
1 cup flour
1/4 cup salt
1 tsp. cream of tartar

Add and whisk until smooth:
1 cup water
1 Tbsp oil


Cook over medium heat until the salt dough is nearly set.


Remove and knead when cool.


Store in Ziploc bag or airtight container.


SALT DOUGH (without cooking)

1 cup salt
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup luke warm water


1. In a large bowl mix salt and flour.

2. Gradually stir in water. Mix well until it forms a doughy consistency.

3. With your hands form a ball with your dough and knead it for at least 5 minutes. The longer you kneed your dough the smoother it will be.


4. Store in Ziploc bag or airtight container.



Technical Difficulties

Yesterday I tried to update many things:  our blog, Spelling City, and ASPIRE.  None of it worked successfully, so I will try again today.  ...