# Notes from The Learning Lab

## Readers Take a Closer Look at Texts

Over the past couple of weeks, readers have experienced close reads by analyzing Grandma Dowdel from A Long Way From Chicago and by reading a short story in groups from Junior Great Books. In both reading experiences, there were similar goals- mark up a text to understand it, to notice important details that help answer questions, and use text evidence to support ideas in forming a theory. Each student created a response to show his or her thinking.

## Narratives are Memories

Writers have been working so hard on writing small moments about a memory from their lives. We have looked closely at strong beginnings and endings, adding thinking and feelings, and stretching out scenes to make a picture in the readers' mind. Readers have been revising using sticky notes and writing in the margin, and have given other writers advice in small groups. Every narrative will be displayed in the hallway during parent teacher conferences and will be accessible using a QR reader. Your child will walk you through the process after your conference. Write on!

## Math Workshop

5th Grade (Kimmel)- Students have been working hard over the past several weeks on computation (adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing) with accuracy. Mathematicians have also been studying geometry and specific vocabulary associated with the topic. Words like: point, ray, line, adjacent angles, opposite angles, and so on have been drawn and identified. Protractors have also been a tool that has been important to the study of angles and rules associated with them.

6th Grade (Jones)- Mathematicians have been studying very small (decimals) and large (past the millions) numbers over the past few weeks during math workshop. We have examined place value of both types of numbers as well as how to write these numbers in various forms (expanded, standard, number and word). Students have also been studying scientific notation and have been looking closely at positive and negative exponents to describe numbers. Traditional long multiplication and division have been learned and practiced as well. The test over Unit 2 will be on Wednesday.

## Unit Study- From Native Americans to Ecology

We have transitioned from learning about Native Americans and how they live to thinking about the way nonliving and living things work together in life (ecology). Students showed their knowledge of Native Americans by using a tool of their choice- Keynote, imovie, Minecraft, ExplainEverything, and Book Creator to share their understanding and knowledge about native cultures. This research was all brought together with our trip to Koteewi.

In Ecology, students have created a notebook about important words and ideas related to Ecology including the definition of ecology, populations, communities, limiting factors, ecosystems as well as the names of nonliving (abiotic) or living (biotic) organisms. This week our scientists will experience the transfer of energy of an owl by completing a dissection and more!

## Fun Run

We are so proud of our runners for putting in lots of laps to raise money for our school!