### Friday, September 25, 2015

This week the students practiced interpreting sums and differences of rational numbers by describing real-world contexts, applied operations as strategies to add and subtract rational numbers, and multiplied rational numbers, including mixed numbers and decimals. The picture below shows a few students participating in a cooperative learning activity called, Numbered Heads Together. The students supported or refuted the word problem statements. Then, they had to share their answers with their teammates, and agree on the correct answers.

Next week, the students will practice dividing rational numbers, review properties of operations, such as the distributive property, and complete task #2 on their Real World Experience project. I'm looking forward to another fun week of learning!

## 3rd/4th Differentiated Engagement Block (DEB)

This week the students were introduced to their yearlong learning theme, Exploration. First, the students took a pre-assessment by brainstorming things that can be explored in our world. I was extremely impressed with their unique ideas! Then, in teams the students categorized their ideas into several groups. Their work is hanging in the classroom so they can see the wide variety of things that can be investigated.

On Thursday, the students participated in a learning simulation. To get them excited and engaged in the unit, they became explorers themselves! Click on the link to The Goodrich Way blog to read about their adventure!

http://goodrichway.blogspot.com/

Next week, the students will finish their exploration simulation reflection. They will also be introduced to the explorer, Marco Polo. The students will gain an understanding of who he was, what he explored, and his accomplishments as an explorer by reading articles and stories about his life. I have some critical thinking activities planned that I know the students will enjoy!

## 5th/6th Differentiated Engagement Block (DEB)

This week the students were introduced to their yearlong learning theme, Changes. First, the students took a pre-assessment by brainstorming things that can change. The ideas they shared were so interesting and creative! Air quality, medical practices, technology, fashion trends, music, piggy banks, and beliefs are just some of the very intriguing ideas the students came up with! The students then categorized their ideas into several groups. Their work is hanging in the classroom so they can see the wide variety of things that can change in the world and in their lives.

On Thursday, the students began working on an activity called a Task Rotation, which provides students the opportunity to complete four interrelated tasks in different learning styles. This specific task rotation focuses on age. If your child has not yet brought in pictures from different stages of his/her life, please have him/her bring those in by Monday!

Next week the students will finish their task rotation. The students will also complete a short research activity on Coming of Age celebrations. Goodrich's LRC teacher, Mrs. Sayre, will be joining the class Tuesday to give a book talk. Her book talk will be given on four different novels focused on the theme, Coming of Age. As a class we will choose which one of the four books we will read for our novel study. I am really looking forward to an exciting week!

## Other Information

*****DATE CHANGE*****

The Gifted Parent Meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, October 14th @ 7PM at Jefferson Junior High.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Email: wisel@woodridge68.org

Have a great weekend!