Friday, December 4th, 2015

The students had a very busy learning week! This week the students deconstructed word problems, learned how to write, solve, and graph inequalities, as well as complete Task #2 on their Real World Experience Project.

Next week the students will describe the solution to an inequality in relation to the problem. They will also compare algebraic solutions to arithmetic solutions. Please keep in mind that the unit 2 math test will be on Tuesday, December 15th.

3rd/4th Differentiated Engagement Block (DEB)

Earlier this week the students completed their 10 Most Fascinating Inventions booklets! They had a fun time researching inventions of their choice and putting them in chronological order. On Thursday and Friday, 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 will put their design idea into action next week when they physically redesign his work experience with classroom supplies. The purpose of the Literary Flash Lab is to get the students familiar with design thinking. Next week 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. For example, I am looking for empty yogurt containers, paper towel/toliet paper rolls, egg cartons, milk jugs, soda cans, etc. I appreciate any donations!!!!

5th/6th Differentiated Engagement Block (DEB)

The students have been working hard on their public service announcements (PSAs)! Some students have chosen to use iMovie to create their PSAs, while others decided on using WeVideo. The students are responsible for finishing their PSAs by Thursday, December 10th.

The next changes unit will focus on perseverance. We will be discussing inventors and inventions, and how many inventors have showed perseverance. They will also become inventors by participating in the same Literary Flash Lab as the 3rd/4th grade DEB group. This unit will involve a lot of creating and designing, as well as persevering through difficulties that arise.

I am collecting miscellaneous items students can use to build things. For example, I am looking for empty yogurt containers, paper towel/toliet paper rolls, egg cartons, milk jugs, soda cans, etc. I appreciate any donations!!!!

Other Information

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