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Friday, January 15, 2016

6th Grade Advanced Math

I am finishing up the students' math test grades today, including their fluency tests and Real World Experience projects. All test grades will go home on Tuesday.

The students spent the majority of the week finishing up their Real World Experience project. They also reviewed problems and brushed up on their math fluency. They took their math fluency test on Thursday. The students ended the week playing critical thinking games. On Tuesday, the students will be introduced to ratios and proportions. We will spend the rest of the week learning the first concepts from the unit.

3rd/4th Differentiated Engagement Block (DEB)

On Monday, the students were introduced to simple machines by watching videos and reading books. On Tuesday they built simple machines out of Legos. They also began planning, designing, and building their automatons. Each student is creating an automaton that represents a scene from their favorite book. Next week the students will work on building their automatons.

5th/6th Differentiated Engagement Block (DEB)

This week the students finished their design thinking inventions! We had some interesting creations! For example some creations were...a rolling cat mess cleaner, an organizational purse, and an illusion machine that convinces parents that kids are never in trouble or wrong. It was great listening to their presentations!

Today the students were introduced to simple machines. I am so excited because next week the students will begin learning about Rube Goldberg and his machines. Then, the students will plan and create their own Rube Goldberg machine! This activity will last several weeks.

Other Information

Gifted Nominations have opened! Please read below for details! This is also posted on the district website.

Gifted services are provided to identified students in grades 3-8. Woodridge 68 uses a four step process for identification which includes 1) nominations, 2) screening, 3) review and 4) placement. All students in grades 2 and 6 are automatically screened; parents of second and sixth graders will receive a letter with details in January. For students in grades 3-5 & 7, to be screened, a student must be nominated by a teacher or parent. Nominations will open Monday, January 4, 2016. Completed nominations must be received in the school office or postmarked no later than Friday, January 29, 2016. No action is required for students who are already a part of the gifted program. Review and identification for gifted services will occur in May, and letters regarding placement will be mailed this summer.

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


Have a great weekend!

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