News from Room 305

Math

Students used fraction tiles and pictures to figure out the algorithm for finding equivalent fractions. Using virtual fractions on the NCTM site, students recognized that equivalent fractions are created by using multiples of the denominator. This allowed them to add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators. Students also noticed that when adding fractions, they may end up with an improper fraction, meaning they have more than a whole and need to write it as a mixed number.

If your child has not yet achieved 100% multiplication/division fact fluency, please have him/her continue to use Reflex Math nightly.

E/LA & Social Studies

Students finished crafting their Lewis and Clark section of their Westward Expansion papers. Students could chose the topic of their final subsection, though many chose to write about hardships. Writing quality topic sentences, conclusion sentences that lead to the next paragraph, and using sophisticated vocabulary of the experts has been a focus this week. Students shared how they replaced plain words such as 'many' with 'countless' or 'abundant.'

Students were shocked and disgusted by the trials the Cherokee endured. After winning their Supreme Court case against Georgia, they were still forced to leave their homes embarking on the Trail of Tears. Students, again, practiced jotting all they learned about the topic by creating a web and then sharing with classmates to add to it. Then students thought about the sequence of information being presented by numbering and creating a brief paragraph outline. After which, students drafted a paragraph or two in about fifteen minutes.

Students wrote a second summary - this time on Booker T. Washington. While writing, the summary rubric was displayed, so students could self-evaluate. We'll reflect on their progress next week.

Science

Our study of simple machines continued as students created and used levers. Early in the week, they created mini-catapults launching Cheerios across the room. Student groups moved the fulcrum to various locations to determine which would give them the furthest distance. The following day, students tested levers with pennies as weights in order to figure out where the fulcrum should be placed to lift four times the weight. Finally, they created class one levers out of rulers to lift a book. Pulling with spring scales allowed students to realize that use of the lever required less force that without one.

Next Week's Specials' Calendar

Monday, Feb. 15 - No Schools - Presidents' Day

Tuesday, Feb. 16 - Day 3: Art

Wednesday, Feb. 17 - Day 4: Library

Thursday, Feb. 18 - Day 1: Music

Friday, Feb. 19 - Day 2: PE

Upcoming Events:

February

2/12- NO SCHOOL

2/15- NO SCHOOL- President’s Day

2/18 - Papa John’s Night

2/25 - BOX TOPS ARE DUE!