Adam's Update 1-23-2020

posted Jan 24, 2020, 10:21 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Hello Room 8 Families! 

Over the past week, the students have been studying the civil rights movement as it pertains to the life and times of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We read Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” speech together as a class. We watched a National Geographic video called “ Martin Luther King Jr: A Marked Man“ and used the note-taking model we learned about this week to help digest some of the important details of the video, and shared them as a class. We read about the civil rights movement in small groups with round robin reading, and discussed the impact of Dr. King’s influence on the movement. The students then focused their attention on researching an element of the civil rights movement to learn more details about the topic.

For writing, the students worked on a writing prompt about an historic figure they admire. They then compared that figure to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. They compared and contrasted their similarities to their differences. This exercise was a creative writing exercise with a goal in mind, which helps to address comparative writing. In writing groups, we are focusing on the comparison between space debris and pollution on earth. The students worked through a packet that focused on different types of pollution, took two-column notes, and answered questions to facilitate in populating an essay they began to write this week.  We worked specifically on introducing a topic, and making effective comparisons. Next week, the students will focus on the body of their essay. The following week we will work on conclusions, and finish up with space debris versus pollution on earth.

For math, the 4th Graders used place value understanding to decompose into smaller units using the standard subtraction algorithm, and apply the algorithm to solve word problems using tape diagrams. Next week we will be using place value understanding to fluently decompose into smaller units multiple times in any place using the standard subtraction algorithm, and apply the algorithm to solve word problems using tape diagrams.

This week the 5th Graders used fraction and decimal multiplication to express equivalent measurements. We will use the information we learned this week to solve two-step word problems involving measurement conversions the following week.

The 6th Graders learned about fraction multiplication and the products of decimals, and will transition to learning about the sums and differences of decimals and the distributive property next week.

The Friday of next week is grading day, which will be a day off for our students.