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Friday, December 18, 2015

6th Grade Advanced Math

On Monday the students reviewed for the unit 2 test. They took the unit 2 test on Tuesday. The buffer week will be when the students return from break. We will go over any problems that caused the students difficulty on the test, and then they will have the opportunity to fix their mistakes. Our next math unit will cover ratios and proportions.

3rd/4th Differentiated Engagement Block (DEB)

The students continued working on their design thinking project. After reading the story, The Most Magnificent Thing, we discussed the words perseverance and imagination. The students brainstormed problems they come across in their daily life and thought of ways to fix those problems. This week we discussed that the word, empathy, means to put yourself in someone else's place. The students interviewed a partner in order to understand their needs and wants. When we return from break, the students will be creating an invention to help solve a classmate's problem.


I am collecting miscellaneous items that students can use to build things, especially wrapping paper/paper towel/toilet paper rolls!

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5th/6th Differentiated Engagement Block (DEB)

On Tuesday and Thursday, our district technology specialist, Ms. Tesmer and I, co-taught a design thinking Literary Flash Lab! The students read a poem called, Jorge The Church Janitor Finally Quits. The students analyzed the character, Jorge, and brainstormed ways they could redesign his work experience to make him happier. The students put their design idea into action when they physically redesigned his work experience with classroom supplies. The purpose of the Literary Flash Lab is to get the students familiar with design thinking. After break I will read the story, The Most Magnificent Thing, and the students will participate in a week long design thinking project.


I am collecting miscellaneous items that students can use to build things, especially wrapping paper/paper towel/toilet paper rolls!

Other Information

Have a wonderful, relaxing holiday break! Happy New Year!


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

Email: wisel@woodridge68.org


Have a great weekend!

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