Adam's Update 2-7-2020

posted Feb 7, 2020, 12:47 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Hello Room 8 Families! 


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 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. Next week we will be solving two-step word problems using the standard subtraction algorithm fluently modeled with tape diagrams, and assess the reasonableness of answers using rounding. They will continue addressing these standards into the next weeks.


This week the 5th Graders learned to solve two-step word problems involving measurement conversions. This week the 5th graders used divide by 10 patterns for multi-digit whole number division. We are also finding equivalent fractions as a strategy for adding/subtracting fractions. The 5th graders will be working on these standards for the upcoming weeks as well.


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. In the upcoming weeks, 6th grade will be dividing multi-digit numbers using the algorithm, and converting decimal division into whole number division using fractions . 6th Grade will continue on these standards through next week.


For cultural studies, the students completed their deep dive into the civil rights movement. They will be doing 1-5 minute presentations focusing on an element of the civil rights movement their group chose at the beginning of next week. 


The class has completed their Vikings projects. There are some students who may be taking home their projects for some final details. The projects will be presented to the upper elementary cohort via a gallery walk throughout the week. Parents are invited to come to the gallery walk next Friday after school!


Report cards have been sent home with the students and should be in their backpacks!

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