Aloha Families & Happy New Year!!!
I just wanted to say that I hope you all had a great break and remind you that this Friday, 1/12/18 as well as next Monday, 1/15/2018 there is no school for students. Yes, that means they will have a four day weekend!
Aloha Families and Friends,
This week we are working on determining as well as developing main ideas using key details. As we read a variety of texts, we are asking and answering questions to clarify our thinking.
This week has been off to a great start and today we learned a little more about snowflakes. Now, we know how to make them with paper and how they form in nature!
In math, we are continuing our work with fractions but more specifically we are adding fractions with unlike denominators. Students find common multiples and then construct equivalent fractions. Tomorrow, we will extend that work to include mixed numbers.
Although we are in the midst of the end of quarter "crunch time" we are trying to remember to take some breaks and enjoy ourselves. That is why each student has created a link with an activity written on it. As we count down the days until Winter break, students tear off a link in our chain and we spend about 5 minutes doing each activity. Some students requested things like 5 minutes of a math game, or 5 minutes of drawing. Other students included riddles and one student even asked that we spend the time complimenting someone in the class! I am so thankful to have such an awesome group!
Until next time,
This week we worked on multiple skills across all contents.
We are currently working on a "Zoo Exhibit" of sorts. Students have been researching animals and organizing interesting facts about them and their habitats. This information will be displayed and used to describe the biodiversity in ecosystems. It will also serve as the evidence that students will use to write an informational text.
In math, we are currently working on adding and subtracting decimal fractions. Students are encouraged to solve problems using an array of strategies. Multi-step word problems is something that we have worked on, we are currently working on, and will continue to work on.
Finally, in Social Studies, we are continuing our inquiry about the early colonies of America and we continue to practice empathy and respect as we consider other cultures and each other.