Adam's Update 5-26-2020

posted May 26, 2020, 2:50 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Hello Parents and Guardians of Room 8!

I hope the last week was reflective and restful for everyone, and I hope you all are able to stay productive given the circumstance. It can be challenging maintaining social distancing guidelines, and we may find ourselves bored, doing things we wouldn’t do as a result. Over this past week, I undertook a building project in the yard. I was not excited about doing this. So I told myself that it would be an epic workout to help motivate myself to do the project. This resulted in a back injury that has hobbled me beyond the blow that was previously landed by quarantine. Lesson learned: Be sure to stretch and warm-up before undertaking new physical activities! 

Last week I thought I had assigned a building project that is actually scheduled for Wednesday of this week, so look out in SeeSaw for that. Continue to look for geography assignments that will be assigned this week. 

There is a new writing assignment for everyone posted to SeeSaw this week, and we will forgo the writing prompt for the time being.

Room 8 Weekly Work Plan:

Math - 

The math assigned last week is due on Monday, when there will be a new set of tasks assigned in Khan Academy.

6th grade is working on variables and expressions. There are a number of videos and articles assigned this week, which make up for a lot of the workload in Khan Academy. It is important to watch the videos and digest the reading material assigned in the unit before requesting help from teachers. It is easier to help after the kiddos have had a chance to look at the information. The videos are there as a guide to help, in addition to the teachers, but we need to access all of our resources during these times, as we are not in class together, and it can be challenging getting face-to-face help for everyone each day.

5th grade is working on multi-digit multi-digit division estimation before continuing deeper into fractions.

4th grade is finishing up equivalent fractions and comparing fractions this week.

Pay attention to math challenges in SeeSaw. As we come up with fun tasks, we will post them in SeeSaw as we create them. Look this week for extra math tasks.

Reading - 

Recommended at least 30 minutes a day.  You will write your summary in SeeSaw. It will be on the list of assignments. You will be able to write your summary in SeeSaw. You may also sumbit a video review of your reading passage.

Last week, we continued our read-aloud of Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. I read chapter 15 and posted the readings to SeeSaw.

This week, CH 16 of Born A Crime by Trevor Noah will continue to be posted. We have also posted CH 17, which is scheduled for mid-week. Next week, the read aloud is a brief history of apartheid, and about the author.

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. 

You can record the date and how much time you wrote to keep track of your journaling in SeeSaw. I would like to remind everyone that the journal is for you. You are not obligated to post your thoughts on SeeSaw. If you would like to let us know how you are doing, you may post a note with the date, and the amount of time you wrote for. That’s all.

This week, our writing assignment will have two tasks posted. One on Tuesday, and then the following day. This writing assignment is brought to us courtesy of Meridy


Build Something!- Will be posted to SeeSaw midweek as a nice change of pace!

Born A Crime by Trevor Noah read-aloud- Assignment posted on SeeSaw.

Geography Challenges- Will be updated with new material each week.

Typing Practice -

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

Whole-Class Zoom Meeting Schedule

Mondays at 12:30