Adam's Update 4-13-2020

posted Apr 13, 2020, 12:48 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Hello Parents and Guardians of Room 8!

By now, the students should be getting familiar with what working from home looks like. We will continue transitioning to more direct instruction of new material as our school transitions to new ways of presenting information. As we familiarize ourselves with new, cutting-edge techniques to better serve your child, we will roll out some new and dynamic ways of communicating and working. All-the-while continuing to use what works that will also help the kids feel like they are in their own class, and can continue creating meaningful bonds with their peers.

This week, I will be sending some videos just to check in with the students. I will also send a video to provide further explanation for assignments.

In the coming weeks, the students of Room 8 will be reacclimated to the math program they are familiar with.

Room 8 Weekly Work Plan

Week 3 (4/13-4/17) - 

Math - Khan Academy Lesson / Prodigy 

Reading - 30 minutes a day

Writing - Daily Journal

Cultural - Continue Early Humans Project 

Science - 75 Experiment list/Mystery Science (You choose your lesson)

Practical Life: A project that students could do is learn a new skill or practical life task to teach the class upon returning. Students can make a presentation or video to use in class. Some examples could be: Learn a new magic trick, cook a new dish that you have never cooked before, learn how to crochet, knit, paint... 

Just for fun - Watch it for fun! If you are interested, do a research project on penguins. Find the most interesting and obscure facts you can find.

Week 3 (April 13- April 17)

Math -

This week, the 6th grade will begin and complete the Arithmetic Operations in Khan Academy. Complete all tasks including the readings and videos. The 5th grade will begin and complete both the Add Decimals and Subtract Decimals units, including all readings and videos. The 4th graders will begin and complete the Addition, subtraction, and estimation unit along with the readings and videos, as-well-as the Multiply by 1-digit numbers unit.

Reading - 

Recommended at least 30 minutes a day.  Either write a summary on a Google Doc and share it with me or make a video about what you read and email the video to me.

As read-alouds have proven to be unequitable with respect to some of the connectivity issues many of us have experienced, we will be sure to send a read-aloud recording this week should the students care to follow along. I will send out the read aloud passage by Wednesday.

Writing - 

Daily Journal.  Write about how weird this time is.  What you like and don’t like about it.  Write about how you feel or how things change from day to day (or maybe they stay the same?)  Aim to write for 5-10 minutes. This is your journal, no one will read it! 

We will incorporate new writing instructions as we roll out our different subjects from now until the end of the academic school year.

Jonathan will be sending you a new writing prompt, and quote for writing tasks this week. Remember: writing rules apply for the writing prompt!

Cultural - 

Research an aspect of early humans that we have studied in class thus far. Remember the names of the early humans? Choose a research topic and meet with Jonathan and I for approval!

Be sure to contact Jonathan and myself to make sure you have some direction for your project. We will discuss a reasonable due date for this project in group this week.

Typing Practice -

20 min / week at  If you forget your login or password, let me know and I can retrieve it for you.

I hope that this communication finds everyone safe, healthy, and happy! Be sure to move around! Open windows to let the fresh air in. Take a walk, lift weights, do a strength challenge!

Thank you for your patience as we figure this all out, and thank you for supporting your child’s learning through this difficult time.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns, and please reach out to let me know how I may help to make this time a little less stressful. We are all in this together and we need each other now more than ever. I promise to continue to be here for all of you as we make our way through this quagmire. Room 8 students are the strongest people I have ever known, and I can tell you that I need you all just as much as you may need me. We will be here for you and we will make it through this weird time together!

I will see everyone very soon.