Adam's Update 2-3-2020

posted Feb 3, 2020, 10:18 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Hello Room 8 Families!

This last week, the kids participated in the Walama Restoration Project. Our scientists had the opportunity to learn about cold stratification. The kids crushed coconut fibers and soaked them in water with seeds, put them in a bag and deposited them into the refrigerator. This process helps with softening seeds that eventually turn into starts for the garden. .

Room 8 had the pleasure of welcoming Sarah Stanley for a lively presentation on the life and history of bees! We had a wonderful treat of apples and honey and the students got to see and touch honeycombs. Thanks so much to Sarah for her time and generosity!

In writing groups, we have been 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. Most of the students were challenged in creating a descriptive introduction, so we slowed our lessons down for most of the class. We brainstormed about opening sentences, using facts to further inform and draw in the reader, as well as anecdotes used to inspire interest for the person who reads. The 4th and 5th graders solidified their understanding of first, second, and third-person perspectives. Next week, the introductions will be complete, and we will focus on the body of our essay before tackling the conclusion.

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. They will continue addressing these standards into the next weeks.

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 5th graders will be working on these standards for the upcoming 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 6th graders will continue on these standards through next week.

For cultural studies, the students will be doing 1-5 minute presentations focusing on an element of the civil rights movement their group chose. The groups read through a rundown of the civil rights movement, and have been taking a deeper dive into research in order to present additional information to their peers.

To finish up their Vikings unit, the students will group together to formulate and answer a 3-pack of questions each day next week. The questions will guide the students to ask the essential question that will be presented on a presentation board. By the following week, the students should be ready for their gallery walk to share with their Upper Elementary cohort.