Room 8- Adam

Classroom Updates

Adam's Update 4-9-21

Hello Room 8 Families!

Math

This week the 4th grade RED group scholars worked on converting mixed fractions to improper fractions, and vice-versa. The RED group will continue working on this skill in the weeks to come. As their work will require them to exercise this skill frequently. The 5th grade team also worked on this skill, and will be moving onto adding and subtracting mixed and improper fractions in the weeks that follow.

The 4th grade ORANGE group mathematicians worked on adding and subtracting decimals. In the weeks that follow, the 4th grader RED group will be working on adding and subtracting mixed numbers. While the 4th grade ORANGE group will be working on multiplying and dividing decimals.

The 6th grade team worked on solving one-step equations in addition and subtraction. Next week, the 6th grade will be working on one-step equations in multiplying and dividing, while solving for X.


Writing

This week, Room 8’s writers brainstormed about the differences between Fact and Opinion. The students defined each word in breakout rooms, and came up with solid examples of each. The students did a follow-up quiz after we generated facts and opinions from working off a picture that the kids could ponder over. The students were able to decipher between the two, and will expand upon their understanding of facts vs opinions by writing a 5-paragraph persuasive essay in the weeks to come.


Science

Room 8’s scientists made pH indicator strips, and tested the pH levels of different types of solutions and mixtures. This was a two-part exercise. Where the kids spent one week creating solutions and mixtures by cutting up material found around the house. The CDL kids made observations about different mixtures of materials, and made their own hypothesis. The students saved their solutions to be used at a later date in the weeks that follow. Our scientists will be using these solutions to figure pH, and what that means in the grand scheme of chemistry.


History

This week, the students put everything they have learned about the New England, Middle, and Southern colonies, and explored their differences. The 4th and 5th grade historians answered prompts using the R.A.C.E. strategy for writing and answering questions. They had a breakout room activity to help bounce ideas off one another in discussing the characteristics and differences between the original colonies before being introduced to their activity.

The 6th grade historians are working from the same information as the 4th and 5th graders, but had a different task. The team was assigned a 5-paragraph essay to discuss the differences between the colonies. They were not given prompts to complete this task, and will be challenged to use the R.A.C.E. strategy of answering questions. 6th grade historians will draw from their background knowledge of how to put together an essay that has an introduction paragraph, a three-paragraph body, and a conclusion paragraph.

Weekly Art Update

The New Upper El. Art Class Schedule:

Mon (3:00-3:30) -----> Zoom Art (B/CDL)

Tues (3:00-3:30) ----> Asynch. Art (B/CDL) - (OR alternate Zoom Class if Monday is a holiday)

Wed (anytime) -------> Asynch. Art (A/B/CDL)

Thur (3:00-3:30) -----> Zoom Art (A/CDL)

Fri (3:00-3:30) --------> Asynch. Art (A/CDL)


Notice

The Hybrid season is upon us and we are excited!


What can you and your student expect in the coming days and weeks?


Overall, the responsibility to do work and attend lessons still falls in the morning time, early afternoon and asynchronous days so the CDL students are not missing out on any lessons. In fact, the lesson schedule is mostly staying the same! Math lessons are in the morning (one day a week) and cultural lessons are in the afternoon. The only difference is there will be some students in the class during cultural lessons now. Everyone will receive the same lessons and activities as much as possible.


So, what will the Hybrid day look like for your hybrid student?


Here is a quick run down. When they arrive, they will go to their designated meeting spot. You will look for the BLUE spots on the sidewalk drop-off site along the side of building B, and check in with Jonathan. After everyone has washed their hands, we will head over to our lunch spot to eat (6 feet apart). Then we will have recess. After recess, we will head inside for a mix of social time, lessons (with the CDL kids) and there will be short work periods as we get used to being in the classroom again. We will try to spend time outside especially as the weather gets lovely throughout spring. We plan on making time for social interactions in the classroom and as much as possible with our CDL friends.


Some things to keep in mind:

-The ANNEX is no longer available as a park and walk spot.

-If you are meeting your student to walk, there are two separate pick up spots for students in Building A and Building B. They will be designated with signs.

-We will always have lunch first then recess, so if you prefer to eat lunch at home, that's great, just drop your student off at recess time (12:00 noon).


Adam's Update 4-2-21

Hello Room 8 Families!

Math

In the week before Spring Break, the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade groups were all introduced to Geometry! This week, the students joined Meridy for a lesson on how to find area by expanding upon the lesson they were given about perimeter the week before the break. They measured furniture in their rooms as a challenge to learn about perimeter, and now will use the same information to figure out the area.


Writing

In the weeks to come, the students will expand upon their understanding of how to write a five-paragraph essay by starting a persuasive essay. They have applied their knowledge of self-editing their documents to make improvements, and follow a guide as to how to score themselves. The students are becoming more aware of grammar and punctuation by virtue of their practice perusing documents, and making valuable suggestions to their peers. They have had the practice to become self-evaluators, and will continue honing this skill as the weeks progress towards summer. Next week, the students will practice their writing skills after their history lesson. Where some of the kids will be expanding on their skills in writing 5 paragraph essays on the differences, culturally and economically, between the regions. Other students will work on answering prompts with complete paragraph answers using the R.A.C.E. strategy. All of the students will also begin learning about writing a persuasive essay next week.


Science

This week, the students drew from their background knowledge of the scientific process, mass vs weight, states of matter, density, atoms, molecules, the periodic table of elements, solutions and mixtures. They used this knowledge to inform them on how to independently proceed with a carrot experiment. Where they had the opportunity to test the buoyancy of a carrot when adding elements to the water. Such as salt. The students played with salt levels to see if they could manipulate the position of the carrot in their solutions. The students then answered a series of prompts, before processing the information they have learned through conducting their experiment.


History

In the weeks before Spring Break, the students learned about the Northern, Middle, then Southern Colonies. As a whole-group, we dove into the story of the Colonies, and the cultural and economic differences between each region. We read passages together, and the kids were asked probing questions to help illicit critical thinking. This week, our kids formed breakout groups to help pour over some of the information from previous weeks to identify each colony before following up with an activity designed to encourage collaboration with a partner or a small group. The kids organized characteristics germane to each region on an interactive slideshow after writing a story that takes place in the colonies. In the weeks to come, the students will engage in further identifying the differences between the regions, through essay writing, and prompt ans

Weekly Art Update

The New Upper El. Art Class Schedule:

Mon (3:00-3:30) -----> Zoom Art (B/CDL)

Tues (3:00-3:30) ----> Asynch. Art (B/CDL) - (OR alternate Zoom Class if Monday is a holiday)

Wed (anytime) -------> Asynch. Art (A/B/CDL)

Thur (3:00-3:30) -----> Zoom Art (A/CDL)

Fri (3:00-3:30) --------> Asynch. Art (A/CDL)

Week of 3/30-4/2

Since we didn't have school on Monday (B cohort's new Art Zoom Day), I will hold Art Zoom classes on Tues. & Thurs. @ 3:00-3:30.

We'll play a drawing game in Zoom Class & there will be no lesson in Google Classroom this week.


For The Order of Business

  • Upon return, as some of you may recall, many classrooms had a change of shoes for inside and outside activities. Room 8 never had a shoe policy between outdoors and indoors. Being that there will be times when students will be required to be outside in the rain, it may behoove you to provide your kiddo with a pair of rain shoes for such occasions. The students will have a bin for their personal effects, however, that would not provide enough space for their boots. On days that there may be rain, please be sure to pack shoes that you do not mind getting wet. With that being said, please make sure that your student is provided with an outer layer for warmth, and to protect against the rain. As windows will be open and fans will be on and working throughout the school day, please make certain that your child has proper clothing that will ensure they are warm and comfortable in the classroom.

  • Temporary Staffing Changes - This year has presented us with many new opportunities and challenges and we have faced them with creative ideas and solutions. Returning to in-person learning is no exception. When students return to in-person learning there will be some changes. Jonathan will continue to support all room 8 learners in the morning during CDL synchronous learning, 8:30-11, as he has always done this year. In addition, Jenine will join the morning CDL for some of that time. In the afternoons, Jenine will be working alongside Adam in the classroom, and on occasion, as needed, Jonathan will be supporting students and teachers around the school.


We are all very excited to have students back on campus and cannot wait to hear the happy sounds of learning echoing in the building again. Please let us know if you have any questions.

Adam's Update 3-19-21

Hello Room 8 Families!

Math

This last week, the 4th, 5th, and 6th grade groups were all introduced to Geometry! In the week before spring break, the students had a whole-group lesson on how to find perimeter. They measured furniture in their rooms as a challenge to learn about perimeter. In the week after Spring Break, the students will all be moving on to ‘area’ before advancing to more complicated measurements, and resuming with addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and fraction work.

Writing

This week, the students have expanded upon their understanding of how to write a five-paragraph essay. They have

applied their knowledge of self-editing their documents to make improvements, and follow a guide as to how to score themselves. The students are becoming more aware of grammar and punctuation by virtue of their practice perusing documents, and making valuable suggestions to their peers. They have had the practice to become self-evaluators, and will continue honing this skill as the weeks progress towards summer.

Science

Last week, the students experimented with different materials to create mixtures and or solutions. The students learned how to identify the difference between a mixture and a solution. The students were assigned their own experiments, and had the opportunity to share their observations with their class via Flipgrid. The students were assigned to film themselves discussing their observations on Flipgrid after answering prompts about their experiment to help guide their video. The students completed their chemistry experiments this week, as science will resume shortly after Spring Break.

History

Last week, the students learned about the Southern Colonies. As a whole-group, we dove into the story of the Southern Colonies. We read passages together, and the kids were asked probing questions to help illicit critical thinking. The students are making connections of the bias that historians have, and are working towards questioning the written word in terms of historical accuracy and opinion. The students can see that there is a difference between fact and opinion, and are working on the skills needed to help decipher between the two. The students put themselves into the position of the colonists, and were asked to explain what it might be like to experience certain things that the colonists maybe experienced in their time period. The students were able to say that some experiences may be unpleasant based on if people came to Eugene and burned parts of it down. The kids were also able to make connections to some of their other subjects. The class made the observation that the colonists were an “homogenous” group, based on the fact that rarely were people of color represented in the colonies. The students will continue their studies of the colonies when we return from Spring Break, with breakout room activities to get help in labeling all of the original colonies, and describe what each section was known for.

Physical Education

PE plans for LAST week, March 16- 18, 2021

March 16, 2021:

- Choice Board

March 18, 2021:

- Full Body Strength: Sworkit Kids

Weekly Art Update

ART plans for LAST week March 9- 11, 2021

March 16, 2021:

- Independent Asynchronous Learning: Drawing Animals Using Shapes

March 18, 2021:

- ART Live! With Melanie and Pete

For The Order of Business

  • Upon return, as some of you may recall, many classrooms had a change of shoes for inside and outside activities. Room 8 never had a shoe policy between outdoors and indoors. Being that there will be times when students will be required to be outside in the rain, it may behoove you to provide your kiddo with a pair of rain shoes for such occasions. The students will have a bin for their personal effects that they may store in the classroom when not in use. With that being said, please make sure that your student is provided with an outer layer for warmth, and to protect against the rain. As windows will be open and fans will be on and working throughout the school day, please make certain that your child has proper clothing that will ensure they are warm and comfortable in the classroom.

  • Temporary Staffing Changes - This year has presented us with many new opportunities and challenges and we have faced them with creative ideas and solutions. Returning to in-person learning is no exception. When students return to in-person learning there will be some changes. Jonathan will continue to support all room 8 learners in the morning during CDL synchronous learning, 8:30-11, as he has always done this year. In addition, Jenine will join the morning CDL for some of that time. In the afternoons, Jenine will be working alongside Adam in the classroom, and on occasion, as needed, Jonathan will be supporting students and teachers around the school.

We are all very excited to have students back on campus and cannot wait to hear the happy sounds of learning echoing in the building again. Please let us know if you have any questions.

  • Notice:

  • -Wednesday is now an asynchronous learning day with a morning meeting to take attendance.

  • -Monday is now a full school day with Specials

  • -New Art time

  • -New P.E. time (Yes, students can attend every day! They should attend at least 2 times a week).

  • -New Cultural Studies times on Tuesday and Thursday

  • -New Cultural Studies time Friday morning

  • -New End of the Day meeting time

Adam's Update 3-4-21

Hello Room 8 Families!

Math

This week, the 4th grade RED group began work on adding and subtracting fractions with common or like denominators. The students will practice this skill this week before moving onto harder challenges and moving onto adding and subtracting numbers with unlike denominators in the weeks to come. The 4th grade ORANGE group is working on ordering and comparing decimals. We jumped into multiplying decimals by 10, 100, and 1,000 to establish patterns. In the weeks to come, the students will familiarize themselves with these skills before moving onto multiplying by whole numbers, and then eventually multiplying decimals by other decimals.

Last week, the 5th graders worked on multiplying decimals by 10, 100, and 1,000. This week, the 5th grade mathematicians worked on multiplying decimals by whole numbers. As the weeks progress, they will piggyback on this skill when we move onto multiplying decimals by other decimals. Next week, the 5th graders will begin moving into geometry before spring break, and resume with decimals and other skills in addition to geometry after the break.

In the past weeks, the 6th graders have been working on all of the operations in fractions, and last week, the 6th grade scholars reacquainted themselves with PEMDAS. As the 6th grade mathematicians have become more comfortable with orders of operations, they have expanded their thinking to solve for x. The team is learning how to isolate a variable, and solve for that variable. With PEMDAS, the students are preparing themselves to tackle equations involving multiple operations. As of now, the students have been exposed to addition, subtraction, and multiplication. They have learned the techniques required to isolate, and solve for the variable in addition, subtraction and multiplication. They have also just begun to touch on the steps to isolate the variable within a multiplication problem with addition and/or subtraction.

Writing

Last week, the students were introduced to an introduction checklist, and a conclusion checklist. As a whole-group, we edited an example document together, and applied the points on the checklists to the example introduction and conclusion. After our whole-group activity, the students followed-up by applying the skills they were just practicing, and using the introduction and conclusion rubrics to their own writing. Some of the students worked in breakout groups, while others chose to work independently. This week, the students were posed the question, “How do you feel about hybrid learning?” As a whole group, the class generated writing ideas with Jonathan, and followed up by beginning a 5 paragraph essay addressing this topic. On Friday, the students had a follow-up brainstorming session with Adam just after the morning meeting.

Science

This week, the students experimented with different materials to create mixtures and or solutions. The students learned how to identify the difference between a mixture and a solution. The students were assigned their own experiments, and had the opportunity to share their observations with their class via Flipgrid. The students filmed themselves discussing their observations on Flipgrid after answering prompts about their experiment to help guide their video.

History

Last week, Room 8’s historians began their studies of the original colonies by kicking it off with the New England Colonies. As a whole-group, we read over a prepared slideshow together to help tackle some of the burning questions the kids had. We talked about truth in history, and how some of that history can be quite skewed, depending on the presenter's motives. We talked about critical thinking, and how to apply that when reading over historical manuscripts. This week, Room 8’s historians were presented with the Middle Colonies. Our students put their critical-thinking skills to the test by putting themselves in the lives of the colonists. As a whole group, we talked about the benefits and side-effects of progress. Why progress happens. Who benefits from progress, and who pays. We made comparisons to present-day Eugene, and the progress that the students have noticed in their own towns. The students talked about challenges faced by the colonists, and how they responded to it. Room 8’s historians also worked independently, or in small groups to use some of their critical thinking to respond to the prompts we went over together as a whole group. Next week, the students will learn about the Southern Colonies, before tying all of it together after spring break.

Physical Education

PE plans for LAST week, March 9- 11, 2021

March 9, 2021:

- Cardio Kickboxing

March 11, 2021:

- This or That Workout

PE plans for the UPCOMING week, March 16- 18, 2021

March 16, 2021:

  • Choice Board

March 18, 2021:

  • Full Body Strength: Sworkit Kids

Weekly Art Update

ART plans for LAST week March 9- 11, 2021

March 10, 2021:

- Independent Asynchronous Learning: Creating Characters Using Shapes

March 12, 2021:

- ART Live! With Melanie and Pete

ART plans for THIS WEEK March 17- 19, 2021

March 16, 2021:

- Independent Asynchronous Learning: Drawing Animals Using Shapes

March 18, 2021:

- ART Live! With Melanie and Pet

Adam's Update 3-4-21

Hello Room 8 Families!

Math

This week, the 4th grade RED group dove into significantly tougher, longer division. The students are creating problems of 4, 5 and 6-digits to help them continue to solidify the division drop-down. As the weeks progress, the students will be getting into fraction work, and place-value. The 4th-grade students in the ORANGE group are studying place-value, and will continue with more difficult place-value tasks into next week, before moving onto comparing decimals.

This week, the 5th grade students worked on seeing patterns in multiplication with decimals. The 5th graders worked on multiplying decimals by 10, 100, and 1,000. In the weeks to come, the 5th grade mathematicians will be multiplying decimals by other whole numbers. The team will continue to work on understanding the importance of lining up the decimal point before working through all of the operations.

In the past weeks, the 6th graders have been working on multiplication and division of negative integers. Last week, room 8’s 6th grade team has been working on addition and subtraction equations with negative integers, and continued practicing in all of the operations. This week, the 6th grade scholars reacquainted themselves with PEMDAS, or Parenthesis, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition, and Subtraction. Or as we like to put it, “Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally.” Another popular acronym to help remember PEMDAS that the kids affectionately use is, “Please Eject My Dear Adam Sumner”. The students are now working on order of operations in equations that have multiple operations to work through. They learned how to isolate the variable in addition, subtraction, and multiplication problems, and will continue to push themselves with greater challenges in the weeks to come.

Writing

Last week, the scholars began to learn how to apply an introduction and a conclusion. As an introduction, we focused on a hook or a statement. We illustrated for the younger students that the hook, statement, or introduction is essentially talking about what they will talk about. We also touched on what a good conclusion should be stating. In this case, we broke it down to the simplest degree before introducing variety and nuance in the weeks that follow. This week, the students were introduced to an introduction checklist, and a conclusion checklist. As a whole-group, we edited an example document together, and applied the points on the checklists to the example introduction and conclusion. After our whole-group activity, the students followed-up by applying the skills they were just practicing, and using the introduction and conclusion rubrics to their own writing. Some of the students worked in breakout groups, while others chose to work independently.

Science

Last week, the students learned about different molecules. This week, the upper elementary team took part in completing phase 2 of the COVID vaccine!. As a result, science has been rescheduled for next week where the students will look at mixtures of different fluids and substances. They will make predictions about how certain substances mix with other substances or fluids. They will also record their findings after different stages of observations after science resumes next week.

History

This past week, Room 8’s historians began their studies of the New England Colonies. As a whole-group, we read over a prepared slideshow together to help tackle some of the burning questions the kids had. We talked about truth in history, and how some of that history can be quite skewed, depending on the presenter's motives. We talked about critical thinking, and how to apply that when reading over historical manuscripts. The students learned about the culture of the New England Colonies, and talked about who has been looked over in the story of the colony. Who has been misrepresented, underrepresented, or even eliminated from the narrative. The students followed-up with our whole-group activity to work on answering their own questions, and working in smaller groups to engage in pointed critical thinking by writing passages reacting to certain situations from the perspective of multiple characters living in the New England colony.

Physical Education

PE plans for NEXT week, March 9- 11, 2021

March 9, 2021:

- Cardio Kickboxing

March 11, 2021:

- This or That Workout

Weekly Art Update

ART plans for THIS WEEK March 9- 11, 2021

March 10, 2021:

- Independent Asynchronous Learning: Creating Characters Using Shapes

March 12, 2021:

- ART Live! With Melanie and Pet

Adam's Update 2-26-21

Hello Room 8 Families!

Math

This week, some of the 4th grade students continued practicing longer- division. The Red group needs to continue this practice, and also needs some multi-digit multiplication, and will soon be moving forward with decimal, and fraction work. The Orange math group had been reviewing how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions going into conferences. This week, the 4th grade Orange group has been working towards adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators, and will practice this skill with more complexity in the weeks to come.

This week, the 5th grade students continue to work on adding and subtracting decimals. They are working towards lining up the decimal point with more and more complex numbers to help solidify place-value relationships, and how they work when using all of the operations. The students have been working with decimals into the thousandths. This week, the students have been working with numbers into the thousands and ten-thousandths.

In the past weeks, the 6th graders have been working on multiplication and division of negative integers. Last week, room 8’s 6th grade team had been working on addition and subtraction equations with negative integers. After being exposed to all of the operations for negative integers, the students will now review for understanding and mastery. Going into next week, the students will hopefully be ready to move forward with graphing equations with negative integers, while using all 4 planes of the Cartesian Coordinate system.

Writing

This week, the scholars began to learn how to apply an introduction and a conclusion. As an introduction, we focused on a hook or a statement. We illustrated for the younger students that the hook, statement, or introduction is essentially talking about what they will talk about. We also touched on what a good conclusion should be stating. In this case, we broke it down to the simplest degree before introducing variety and nuance in the weeks that follow. The students escaped with the knowledge that a conclusion is basically a call to action. Or, stating what they just talked about. In the weeks that follow, the scholars will be putting together an introduction, three body paragraphs that help to substantiate their assertions, and conclude their paper with a memorable statement that closes out the essay, and convinces the reader to do further research on the topic on their own. This will be the new standard moving forward in terms of writing expectations.

Science

This week, the students learned about different molecules!

We looked at the hydrogen atom, and the kids identified its parts and their function. We also talked about when hydrogen atoms come close to one another, their electrons will share an orbit. The students learned about different types of bonds, and were able to construct their own molecule through play and exploration. In the weeks to come, the students will further familiarize themselves with atoms, molecules, and the periodic table, before moving on to mixtures.

History

This week, the students finished up their Black history biographies on Friday. We dedicated the afternoon on Thursday and Friday to complete the task. The students shared their biographies on Padlet to give their peers an opportunity to enjoy and comment on their peers' work. The students have been very engaged, and actively participated in Black History month. As the year progresses, the students will shift focus, but as a class, we will continue to celebrate the great accomplishments and contributions of Black people in our society, and the world over. In the weeks to come, the students will become more familiar with colonial life in early-American history, and will continue through westward expansion, and the civil war.

Adam's Update 2-18-21

Hello Room 8 Families!

Math

This week, the 4th grade students continued practicing longer- division. The Red group needs to continue this practice, and also needs some multi-digit multiplication, and will soon be moving forward with decimal, and fraction work. The Orange math group had been reviewing how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions going into conferences. This week, the 4th grade Orange group has been working towards solidifying their skills in adding and subtracting mixed numbers and fractions with unlike denominators. They reviewed converting mixed numbers into improper fractions, and worked on strategies on how to find common denominators, before completing their challenges.

Over the last couple of weeks, 5th grade team has been ordering decimals. They have practiced place-value over the previous weeks, and are now moving into organizing decimals based on value. These students will continue with decimal work by progressively organizing more (and more complicated) decimals, and fractions. These last weeks, the kids have been ordering decimals up to the thousandths place, but still need a bit more practice before mastery. This week, the 5th grade team has moved onto adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals, before moving into multiplication and division of fractions. The 5th grade team is working on how to line up their decimals before executing the operations. The students are organizing their equations in such a way as to immediately recognize the placement of the decimal point, as it relates to the other numbers in the operation of the equations. The homework assignment this week relates to the lining up, and execution of adding and subtracting decimals.

In the past weeks, the 6th graders have been working on multiplication and division of negative integers. This week, room 8’s 6th grade team has been working on addition and subtraction equations with negative integers. After mastering all of the operations for negative integers, the students will move onto ratio and proportion before advancing to more complicated algebraic expressions.

Writing

This week, the students resumed their writing tasks by finishing up their essays that were assigned the week before last. The scholars were tasked with coming up with at least 3 paragraphs to help substantiate a topic statement each of the students made. The topic was of their choice, and they were responsible for substantiating the claim that they made at the beginning of the writing task. This week, we spent the afternoon portion of writing day to continue with finishing the assignment. As the weeks progress, the scholars will learn how to apply an introduction and a conclusion. Before putting it all together to be able to write an effective essay that has all of the elements of a good argumentative paper. The kids will be putting together an introduction, three body paragraphs that help to substantiate their assertions, and conclude their paper with a memorable statement that closes out the essay, and convinces the reader to do further research on the topic on their own.

Science

In the last few weeks, the students have constructed atoms, have identified the parts of an atom, have compared the size of an atom to other things for context, and have been introduced to the periodic table of elements. The students are becoming aware that everything in the universe is made up of atoms, and that everything in the universe has also been listed (to our best knowledge) on the Periodic Table of Elements.

As this week has progressed, the students are drawing upon their background knowledge to help with their further understanding of the periodic table. Room 8’s scholars have begun researching an element from the periodic table. They have begun a profile for that element, which is not unlike a mini biography. The students will use their past assignments to help guide their research. They will use what they have learned about the periodic table to help fill in missing information that is germane to their subject, or element research. Next week, the students will begin to study different types of molecules.

History

This week, as we continue to reflect on the accomplishments of Black Americans, we met as a whole group to discuss biographies. The students have all chosen an influential, historic figure to concentrate their research on. This week, we defined what a biography is, and we gave examples of what that entails. We poured over all of the important information germane to the subject, and how to go about presenting that information. The students will work on their biographies until the 26th of February. When the students will finish, and present their findings to their class.

Physical Education

These were the PE plans for the week of February 16-19, 2021

February 16, 2021:

Upper Body Workout from Sworkit

February 18, 2021:

Upper Elementary - PE Choice Board

  • Dance Workout

  • Backpack Workout

  • Workout from Sworkit

  • Relaxing & Stretching Activity

PE plans for the week of February 23-26, 2021

February 23, 2021:

- Rock, Paper, Scissors Fitness

February 25, 2021:

- Balance & Stretch Workout

Weekly Art Update

• Your assignment this week is to finish up your final landscape drawing during your Independent Work Period on Wednesday.

• As you draw your landscape, try to include some of the tricks we’ve learned on how to create depth in your drawing.

• See the attached lesson under the art links for more details and bonus donut art : )

Adam's Update 2-10-21

Hello Room 8 Families!

Math

This week, the 4th grade students continued practicing longer- division. The Red group needs to continue this practice, and will soon be moving forward with decimal, and fraction work. The Orange math group is reviewing how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide fractions going into conferences. In the weeks to come, the Orange group will be working towards solidifying their skills in adding and subtracting mixed numbers and fractions with unlike denominators. Where they will work on strategies on how to find common denominators.

The 5th grade team has been ordering decimals. They have practiced place-value over the last weeks, and are now moving into organizing decimals based on value. These students will continue with decimal work by progressively organizing more (and more complicated) decimals, and fractions. This week, the kids have been ordering decimals up to the thousandths place, but still need practice before mastery. Eventually the 5th grade team will be moving onto adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing decimals, before moving into multiplication and division of fractions. Some of the 5th Grade students have already begun fraction multiplication as a side-challenge, and will continue to do so in the upcoming weeks, to help strengthen their skills as they become more accustomed to the rules involved.

For most of the year, the 6th grade team has only had 1 group, as the skills have been quite comparable. However, with the group getting too large for 1 group, we have split the groups into two. The Blue and the Purple group. This will allow for us to move forward with one group should they need. As of right now, the skills are still very comparable, and the group was only split to reduce the group sized. As we move forward, we will adjust as needed.

This week, the 6th grade team is working on multiplying and dividing numbers with negative integers. As a strategy, the 6th graders came up with the idea that every pair of negative numbers becomes a positive. Any oddball negative stays in the equation and the answer becomes negative.

Writing

In the past couple of weeks, Room 8's scholars used Venn diagrams of sorts to help organize their story statements with 'reasons why'. Last week, the students used a Graphic Organizer, which was designed to 'keep their story momentum going', while also allowing for the students to choose transition words or phrases to assist in segueing from one topic (or thought) to the next. The students then began writing their essays, and will close in on completing their stories towards the end of next week or the beginning of the following.

This week, the students did not have a writing lesson, as they are catching up with their assignments from last week, and have a shortened week to get through their already posted material. In the following week, the students will be finalizing their 5 paragraph essay on the topic of their choice.

Science

In the last few weeks, the students have constructed atoms, have identified the parts of an atom, have compared the size of an atom to other things for context, and have been introduced to the periodic table of elements. The students are becoming aware that everything in the universe is made up of atoms, and that everything in the universe has also been listed (to our best knowledge) on the Periodic Table of Elements. With a shortened week, the students have not received a science lesson, but their lessons will resume next week. When we will be researching an element that they learned about from the periodic table.

History

Last week, the students listened to a presentation from Brenda Brainard from the NATIVES Program through 4j. She shared with us her personal experiences, and how that helped to shape her perspective on colonialism, and the plight of the ancestors of this land. The students are writing thank you notes to Brenda, and we will share them with her via a virtual thank you card at the end of the week.

February is Black History Month, and the students have an opportunity to begin research on an influential Black figure. The students may make a book, do a performance, write poetry, do a slideshow, etc. We introduced this topic on Monday, but began doing research on Tuesday. The students selected a prominent figure of interest to them. We encouraged them to select a person they were unfamiliar with for a more rewarding experience. However, some students find themselves much more inspired by someone who has already taken shape within them to a great degree, and as a result, their work will be elevated as the weeks progress. The due date on this assignment is February 26, 2021.

Physical Education

On Tuesday and Thursday of this week, the students maintained their fitness with Ridgeline's PE teacher, Jeanelle, and these were the activities our scholars engaged in:

Tues - Upper Body Workout from Sworkit

Thurs - Every now and then, students will vote and pick which workout we will do together.

PE Choice Board:

  • Dance Workout

  • Backpack Workout

  • Workout from Sworkit

  • Relaxing & Stretching Activity

Weekly Art Update

This week, art class was only conducted on Wednesday as a response to the shortened week.

On Wednesday, the students met with Melanie and Pete live to work on shading, and reviewing some of the intricacies of those techniques!

For The Order of Business: Link to Conference Sign-Up

Don’t forget that we had only three days of school this week (Monday to Wednesday), so that we can hold Parent Conferences on Thursday and Friday. There is still time If you wish to sign up for a time slot on either of these two days (February 11 and 12). Please use the link below. You can also access the link from Ridgeline’s ENewsletter, and the school's website if you’d like to meet tomorrow or Friday!

Sign up here: https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/1039456774010/true#/invitation

Adam's Update 2-4-21

Hello Room 8 Families!

Math

This week, the 4th grade students worked on long-division, where they are solidifying their skills in bringing down the number. The students have also started 4 by 1-digit and 3 by 2-digit division. Some of the 4th graders began adding and subtracting mixed numbers, and will continue to do so into next week.

The 5th grade team has been ordering decimals. They have practiced place-value over the last weeks, and are now moving into organizing decimals based on value. These students will continue with decimal work before moving into multiplication of fractions. Some of the 5th Grade students have begun fraction multiplication, and we will continue next week to strengthen their skills as they become more accustomed to the rules involved.

This week, the 6th grade students have been multiplying and dividing negative numbers, and applying their recently gained knowledge of number lines and Cartesian coordinate graphs. The students will continue with this work next week, and be exposed to graphing inequalities on a Cartesian plane.

Writing

In the past couple of weeks, Room 8's scholars used Venn diagrams of sorts to help organize their story statements with 'reasons why'. This week, the students used a Graphic Organizer, which is designed to 'keep their story momentum going', while also allowing for the students to choose transition words or phrases to assist in segueing from one topic (or thought) to the next. The students then began writing their essays, and will close in on completing their stories towards the end of next week or the beginning of the following.

Science

Last week, Room 8’s scholars built atoms! The students have been studying the parts that make up an atom. Within the limits of a computer experience, they have constructed atoms through play and manipulation. This week, the students are being introduced to the Periodic Table of Elements. They worked together in small groups to identify parts of the periodic table, and are becoming increasingly familiar with how the Periodic Table is used in the sciences.

History

To close out our Pilgrims unit, the Upper Elementary team was able to secure a guest speaker. Brenda Brainard, the former Director of 4J's NATIVES Program. Ms. Brainard visited us on Tuesday, and spoke to the American Native experience. The students fielded questions, and the information and discussion proved to be a valuable learning experience for all of Room 8. Moreover, this event gave the students a real-life opportunity to apply some of their background knowledge, and pose questions to a person who may challenge previous understandings, and assist in developing the students critical thinking skills. They learned first hand about some of the history and culture of the indigenous people who have always lived, and continue to live in Oregon, and the extreme affect on their survival and existence both before and after the arrival of white settlers in the region. Ms. Brainard enlightened the class with her knowledge of Native American and US history, and helped the students understand that Native People want to be seen as good, hard-working, spiritual, and peaceful people, and not in the negative way early white settlers characterized them. Room 8 was very grateful for this learning experience, and we look forward to working with Brenda, and the NATIVES Program again.

Black History

February is Black History Month, and the students have an opportunity to begin research on an influential Black figure. The students may make a book, do a performance, write poetry, do a slideshow, etc. We will introduce this topic next week, and hit the ground running!

The students will select a figure of interest to them. We are encouraging them to select a person they are unfamiliar with for a more rewarding experience.

Physical Education

On Tuesday and Thursday of this week, the students maintained their fitness with Ridgeline's PE teacher, Jeanelle, and these were the choices they had a chance to vote for:

  • Balance & Flexibility Workout using Sworkit

  • Would You Rather - Winter Fitness Edition

Next week on Tuesday and Thursday, the students will be doing:

  • This or That Fitness (Music & Dance Edition)

  • Backpack Workout

Weekly Art Update

  • This week, Ridgeline's Art teacher, Melanie, posted a Landscape Thumbnails lesson for Room 8 to do. They had to create 6 thumbnail sketches of landscapes that show a Horizontal Line, a Foreground, a Middle Ground, and a Background.

For The Order of Business: Link to Conference Sign-Up

Don’t forget that we have only three days of school next week (Monday to Wednesday), so that we can hold Parent Conferences on Thursday and Friday. If you wish to sign up for a time slot on either of these two days (February 11 and 12), please use the link below. You can also access the link from Ridgeline’s ENewsletter, and the school's website.

Sign up here: https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/1039456774010/true#/invitation

Adam's Update 1-29-21

Hello Room 8 Families!

Math

This week, the 4th grade students continued solidifying their knowledge of division. Last week, they used Stamp Game to help them with their calculation of division. This week, they stepped up their workload by expanding to longer division. 4th grade learned about dropping down the extra number in multi-digit division. In the weeks to come, some of the 4th graders will be using Stamp Game to help them verify some of their calculations as they learn to expand their background knowledge in long division. They will use Stamp Game as a means to help with their math paperwork. The 4th grade team moved onto learning the formula for converting a mixed number to an improper fraction. In the weeks to come, the 4th grade teams will continue converting mixed numbers to improper fractions, and also learn about converting an improper fraction to a mixed number. The scholars also are learning how to multiply and divide mixed

fractions. In the weeks to come, the fourth grade students will be making some of their own materials as a means to help them solidify their understanding of math facts.

The 5th grade team was introduced to decimals and place-value this week. The scholars reviewed their understanding that every time a number is moved to the next digit, in the base ten system, that means that number is ten times the value of the previous digit, or place value. In the weeks to come, the students will move onto ordering decimals, and fractions, and also begin unit ratio, and the multiplication and division of fractions.

The 6th grade continued to work on coordinate grids, and how to graph equations. They world on those skills, while at the same time, introduced them to exponents. They continued working to expand their understanding of all four operations in fractions, while also working on their continued illumination of PEMDAS. The 6th grade students are breaking down Cartesian Coordinate graphs for further understanding of number lines, absolute value, the point of origin, and an introduction to negative integers. The students will expand upon their knowledge of negative numbers by working on equations with graphs, and dependent and independent variables.

Writing

The scholars have been practicing the R.A.C.E. writing strategy to help respond to questions, and last week, the students used a venn diagram of sorts to help organize their thoughts as it pertains to expanding upon writing ideas. R.A.C.E. stands for, “Restate, Answer, Cite evidence, Explain”.

This week, the scholars used graphic organizers to help sort their thoughts on the ideas they wrote. They used a number of different idea webs or Venn diagrams to help organize the reasons they chose their subjects. The kids were able to refine their ideas to make for meaningful engagement, in terms of the amount of work dedicated toward an independent writing assignment. The new graphic organizers the kids filled out for their writing assignments this week will help to keep them moving forward with writing momentum.

Science

This week, Room 8’s scholars built atoms! The students are studying the parts that make up an atom. They constructed atoms through play and manipulation within the limits of a computer experience, but none-the-less, gave the students the opportunity to discover through play, as-well-as trial-and-error. The students answered questions as a way to guide their own research, and worked in new groups, and also had the opportunity to choose their own groups for this work. In the weeks to come, the students will be further exposed to atoms, what they are made of, and how they help to populate the Periodic Table of Elements.

History

In the last weeks, the students worked on part of a document together called, “Making 13 Colonies: Chapter 13 and 14”. They also read, “A Journey to the New World” The students are going to close out their series on the Pilgrims with critically comparing some of the documents they have read in the past couple of weeks. In the next few weeks, the students will read more documents designed to help understand the differences between opinion and fact, and will help to develop critical thinking skills.

This week, Room 8 scholars have begun reading the last of the Pilgrim installments. They took on a substantial reading with the whole group called, “History Smashers”. We read a few pages together before going into breakout rooms and completing the readings in small groups. The students used questions as a way to help better understand the readings, and the students used the R.A.C.E. strategy to help guide how to respond to the questions.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This week, to close out our studies of Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy, and to help bring in February, we watched a speech given by Robert F. Kennedy as he addressed a hostile black crowd in Indianapolis, Indiana. As a result of Dr. King’s assassination, every major city in the United States were driven to riots as a response to their grief. Every city with the exception of Indianapolis. Which, rightfully so, is credited to Robert F. Kennedy. The kids processed the speech with Jonathan and myself, and we closed Dr. Martin Luther King’s unit with a meaningful discussion.

Physical Education

On Tuesday and Thursday of this week, the students met with Jeannelle to participate in P.E.

These were the choices that students had an opportunity to vote for:

  • Balance & Flexibility Workout using Sworkit

  • Would You Rather - Winter Fitness Edition


Weekly Art Update

This week, art was not conducted as a group on Friday due to grading. So the kids participated in a live art session on Wednesday as a whole-group with Melanie and Pete. In the past weeks, the students have engaged in meaningful artwork that connects with the spirit of the priorities of our own classroom.

Art class this week:

  • Independent art time — read through this lesson

  • Zoom class — we'll go over the lesson and draw some landscape sketches

  • Materials: Sketchbook & pencil/eraser.

Adam's Update 1-22-2021

Hello Room 8 Families!

Math

This week, the 4th grade students continued solidifying their knowledge of division. They were introduced to the stamp game for the first time this year. The students who had their own stamp game were able to use those manipulatives at home. While the other students were able to take advantage of an online version of the stamp game. Which we all learned to use together in math groups. Some of the 4th graders moved onto learning the formula for converting a mixed number to an improper fraction. In the weeks to come, the 4th grade teams will continue from converting mixed numbers to improper fractions, to learning about converting an improper fraction to a mixed number.

The 5th grade team continued with their exploration of multi-digit multiplication, and division. They were introduced to online Montessori manipulatives to help them with their division calculations. In the weeks to come, the 5th graders will be introduced to decimals, ratio, and proportion, and will continue solidifying those skills as they move onto more advanced fraction work.

The 6th grade continued to work on coordinate grids, and how to graph equations. They will continue to work on those skills, while at the same time, introduce them to exponents. They will continue to expand on their understanding of all four operations in fractions, while also working on their continued illumination of PEMDAS.

Writing

The scholars have been practicing the R.A.C.E. writing strategy to help respond to questions. R.A.C.E. stands for, “Restate, Answer, Cite evidence, Explain”. As a whole group, we worked together to help each other understand that restating a question is a response to a question. Not a re-asking of the question. We worked on part of a document together called, “Making 13 Colonies: Chapter 13 and 14”. We practiced together how to restate a series of questions. Some of which were written on their history assignment. As the weeks continue, we will work towards a greater understanding of how to answer prompts in complete sentences, and work towards some of the nuance that makes for good and interesting writing.

Science

Over the last few weeks, the students of Room 8 have been learning about the scientific method, and states of matter. Last week, our scholars learned about the difference between mass and weight, and how to verbalize or define the difference. The students did some research to figure out how much they weigh on the moon, and all of the rest of the planets in our solar system. This week, the students further explored the differences between volume and density. They learned to define volume as how much space an object takes. And learned to define density as the amount of gravitational pull or weight that object has.

The students were able to participate in a lemons vs limes vs oranges demonstration, to test each respective densities and volumes.

History

In the last few weeks, Room 8’s scholars have began studying the Pilgrims, and the original colonies of what is now known as The United States of America. The students were assigned a series of articles designed to give them some context and background knowledge. The students read articles entitled, “England in the New World” and, “New England Colonies”. This was the first set of articles the students read last week. This week, the students were assigned some articles that were written in a less-than-favorable light. Since there is so much variation as to the type of information you can get from different history books, this is an exercise in critical thinking. The students are tasked with comparing and contrasting the articles they read last week with this week. They answered comprehension questions as part of their readings last week, and were asked the same questions for their assignment this week. The difference is that the students are given a comparative question, where the students opine to the accuracy of each document. The assignment also connects some of the writing standards the students are working towards understanding, by restating, and answering the prompts critically. Room 8’s scholars will continue diving into readings that help to examine what critical thinking is, and designed to help exploit their newfound skills into effective responses.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In addition to the Pilgrims, Room 8’s scholars are diving into the life and times of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Last week, the students participated in small breakout groups to create idea webs behind some of the events surrounding Dr. King’s life. They had lively discussions regarding the Civil Rights Movement, race, Jim Crow laws, and segregation.

This week, the students are taking in this week in history with the inauguration of the new president, as well as making connections with what all of that means with respect to Dr. King. The students will watch Dr. King’s famous speech, “I Have a Dream”. Room 8’s scholars will also have some assigned articles and reflections about Dr. King’s life that will help them gain a deep understanding of the Civil Rights Movement, and Dr. Kings place in history. Our studies of Dr. King will last through January, and will transition upper elementary students into the Black History Month of February.

Physical Education

On Tuesday and Thursday of this week, the students met with Jeanelle to participate in P.E.

These were the choices that students had an opportunity to vote for:

  • Would You Rather Fitness - Food Edition

  • Dance or Move Workout

  • Wheel of Fitness

  • Jumping and Hopping Skills Workout

  • Balance & Flexibility Workout

Art: A Letter From Melanie

Hi Ridgeline Artists -

Attached is the information about the art competition I mentioned in class. I hope some of you enter - all ages are welcome!

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The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art invites submissions for the 14th annual NewArt Northwest Kids exhibition. This year’s theme, Art, Hope and Resilience, encourages students to share their own stories through words and images. Artwork can be created with a variety of media, including painting, prints, digital art, illustration, and collage.

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Submissions must include a fully completed entry form (see attachment) and be received by January 29, 2021.

Find more information here: https://jsma.uoregon.edu/NANK

Adam's Update 1-14-2021

Hello Room 8 Families!


Math

This week, the 4th grade students worked on deciphering word-problems with 2-digit multiplication. Some of the students also reviewed how to multiply a fraction by a whole number, and the rules to multiplying a fraction by a fraction. They will continue to review, as-well-as move on to division of fractions, and then going onto learning about adding and subtracting fractions with common denominators. As the weeks progress, the students will work on strategies to come up with equivalent fractions to find common denominators.

The 5th grade team worked on solidifying their division skills, and reviewed multi-digit multiplication. The students also worked on word-problems for multiplication, and will continue with division word-problems next week. The students will also be taking a deeper dive into long-division in the weeks to come.

The 6th grade continued to review fractions, and the four operations. They are doing more difficult addition and subtraction of fractions, and are learning how to convert mixed-numbers into improper fractions to execute the operations. They have also started working with Cartesian coordinate systems, and plotting points on a graph. They will continue honing these skills until we start creating visual models to express the four operations in fractions.


Writing

The scholars have been practicing the R.A.C.E. writing strategy to help respond to questions. R.A.C.E. stands for, “Restate, Answer, Cite evidence, Explain”. The kids worked in the whole group, as-well-as smaller breakout rooms to help one another dive into a document to answer questions using this strategy. The students will have opportunities to use this strategy as the weeks progress.


Science

Over the last few weeks, the students of Room 8 have been learning about the scientific method, and states of matter. This week, our scholars are learning about the difference between mass and weight, and how to verbalize or define the difference. The students did some research to figure out how much they weigh on the moon, and all of the rest of the planets in our solar system. The reason for this is to help give them a visual or an understanding of the nuances between mass vs weight. In the weeks to come, we will further our understanding of mass vs weight by comparing different citrus fruits!


History

This week, Room 8’s scholars have started studying the Pilgrims. The students were assigned a couple of articles designed to give the students some context and background knowledge. The students read articles entitled, “England in the New World” and, “New England Colonies”. The students also had the opportunity to read over this material with partners or small breakout groups. The students will continue discussing this chapter in history, while gaining critical-thinking skills by questioning some of the inconsistencies in how historians have been known to present rose-colored history through elementary and middle school curriculums of the past. As the weeks progress, the students will be afforded more opportunities to apply their new-found background knowledge, as-well-as critical thinking skills to other documents and discussions.


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

In addition to the Pilgrims, Room 8’s scholars are diving into the life and times of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This week, the students have participated in small breakout groups to create idea webs behind some the the events surrounding King’s life. They have had lively discussions regarding the Civil Rights Movement, race, Jim Crow laws, and segregation.

As the weeks progress, Room 8’s scholars will be more engaged with the history of the Civil Rights Movement, and how it may relate to life as we know it today.

Our unit on Dr. King will run into February to kick off Black History Month, and will culminate with Dr. King’s famous, “I Have A Dream” speech in early February.

Should you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to reach out and contact either myself, or Jonathan.


Physical Education

On Tuesday and Thursday of this week, the students met with Jeanelle to do the following activities:

- Would You Rather Move Activity (Food Edition) - Modified

- Favorite Character Move Workout


Art: A Letter From Melanie

Dear Room 8 families,

Hello from the art department! This is the first of weekly updates to let you know what your amazing artists are working on. This week (1/11-15) we're learning how to use facial proportion guidelines to draw a self-portrait. Next week (1/19-22) we'll honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by drawing his portrait. We'll look at the portrait of President Obama by artist Kehinde Wiley for inspiration.


Also, we've changed the weekly schedule a bit, so thank you all for your patience & understanding with this! Your student will now have Zoom Class on Fridays with the whole class. On Wednesdays, they can start working on the weekly lesson posted in Google Classroom. They should bring any work (finished or in-progress) & their art materials to the zoom class on Fridays.


Your students are doing extraordinary things during extraordinary times, and I love working with them. They make my day : )

- Melanie

Adam's Update 1-7-2021

Hello Room 8 Families!

I hope you all had a fun, peaceful and safe winter break.

Math

The 4th grade reviewed multi-digit multiplication that they were studying before winter break. They were also introduced to geometry, and a lesson in how to work out angles using a protractor. The 4th grade also reviewed the basics of the operations of adding, subtracting, and multiplying a whole number by a fraction.

The 5th grade team reviewed partial products, and practiced division. The 5th grade will continue to work towards their understanding of the four operations of fractions, and, in the coming weeks, will learn to find equivalent fractions as a strategy to add and subtract fractions. The 5th graders were also introduced to angles, and how to figure out angles with a protractor.

The 6th grade continued practicing the four operations of fractions, including adding, subtracting, dividing, and multiplying fractions by other fractions, and by whole numbers. The 6th grade scholars were introduced to angles, and how to figure out angles with a protractor. The 6th graders also were introduced to Reneé DesCartes, the inventor of the Cartesian Coordinate graph. The students learned about plotting points on a coordinate plane and number line.

Writing

Before winter break, the students learned strategies on how to write creatively, and how to generate ideas by creating plot pyramids. In addition, they also learned how to establish characters and setting. This week, the students worked on their Unconventional Journals, and wrote about the academic, personal, and behavioral goals they have for 2021. In the weeks to come, the students will learn how to write an effective and succinct 5-paragraph essay, and practice their skills in introducing a topic, concluding a topic, and substantiating their opinions with evidence lifted directly from text.

Science

Before the break, the students learned about the Scientific Method, and applied this background knowledge to test their theories. They hypothesized potential results in experimenting with non-Newtonian fluid, as well as observed what happens to matter when heat or cold is applied. This week, the students hypothesized whether or not wearing a mask helps to prevent the spread of Coronavirus and other ailments plaguing our community. In the weeks to come, the students will continue to expand their knowledge of matter, it’s different states, and further continue to study the differences between weight and matter.

History

Next week and the weeks that follow, the students will be engaging in reading activities that will expose them to a gentler version of history that paints early settlers in a favorable light. As the academic year progresses, the students will read passages highlighting more truthful realities that don’t focus on rose-colored reasoning. The purpose of a slow roll-out of information is to help the scholars come to some understanding about why the facts of history can vary wildly depending on the author, and the time period in which the passages were written. The intention is that, as the weeks progress, the students will escape with a greater understanding of the nuances between interpretations, and allow them the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills. Exposure to the inaccuracies of history books, and the background knowledge to ask critical questions leads to a crescendo of important factual information that culminates in a Q and A with a special guest, Native historian at the end of the unit.

Should you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to reach out and contact either myself, or Jonathan.

Adam's Update 12-17-2020

Hello Room 8 Families!

Math

The 4th grade met for their normally scheduled math meetings. The students were given a series of prompts to show their understanding of the material covered thus far. The math workload for this week was dedicated to catching up on work from previous weeks, and will resume their regular math schedule upon returning to comprehensive distance learning after the winter break.

The 5th grade met for their normal meeting time. They came prepared with a decent joke, and showed me what they know about the material we have covered this year during our math meeting. The 5th graders will continue to work towards mastery in all for basic operations of mathematics.

The 6th grade

Writing

This week, Room 8 dove head-first into peer-editing. They completed their final draft of their stories, after a small group of their peers edited their document with kind and helpful suggestions. The students then continued working with their groups to then edit one-another’s stories before submitting their final drafts on Thursday. Allowing the students to participate in “Fort Day” for our last day of the school year!

The students will continue working on their peer-editing skills when we return to comprehensive distance learning after the winter break.

Science

This week, Room 8 used some of their background knowledge of the scientific method, and applied those concepts to their fun activities on snowflakes, and snow! The kids had a chance to research, observe, and experiment to find out what was the best snow recipe and record their data. The scientists will continue to experiment and record data as they return to comprehensive distance learning upon completion of the winter break.

Adam's Update 12-11-2020

Hello Room 8 Families!

Math

The 4th grade continued to review multiplication through partial products. To give the students some insight, and also give them a diverse skill set to work on future math problems, the fourth graders also learned about multiplying a fraction by a whole number. We practiced some division this week, and will continue to do so in the week before the winter break.

The 5th grade worked on skills related to expanding, and solidifying their knowledge on how to execute multi-digit multiplication through partial products. The 5th grade also began multiplying and dividing fractions with a common denominator. In the weeks that come after the winter break, the 5th grade students will work on strategies to add and subtract fractions without common denominators by finding equivalent fractions with common denominators.

The 6th grade team continued solidifying their skills in finding strategies adding and subtracting mixed numbers and fractions, before moving on to using visual models, and continuing to work on all of the operations of fractions. The 6th grade will also begin to work on word problems, and how to decipher them with regard to fractions.

Writing

The week before last, the students worked on plot and conflict. To follow-up, the students created ‘Plot Pyramids’ to help decipher short stories, and to help organize their thoughts. Last week, the students used plot pyramids to write their own original stories. This week, most of the students finished their writing, and practiced peer-editing as a whole-group with the teachers. All of the students then had an opportunity to review a new document written by a peer from another upper elementary class, and edited that document with a small group. Each group edited the same story.

Next week, the students will edit original stories from peers in their class to provide meaningful feedback. We will continue working on skills that help us be kind critics who give thoughtful, and positive feedback after we return from winter break.

Science

This week, Room 8 researched the scientific method, and began applying those concepts to the Mystery Matter experiment the students could do from home. The students are using Flipgrid to post their own research questions, and their findings, and should be finishing their videos, and subsequent assignments at the beginning of next week.

Adam's Update 12-4-2020

Math

This week, the students normal math workload has resumed.

The 4th grade continued to review 3 by 2-digit multiplication. As-well-as moved on to working with 3 X 3 digit multiplication. The kids needed some review, and learned about multiplication through partial products. To give the students some insight, and also give them a diverse skill set to work on future math problems. The fourth graders also learned about multiplying a fraction by a whole number. In the weeks to come, the 4th graders will work on more division skills.

The 5th grade resumed working towards converting fractions to decimals and percentages. As-well-as reviewing 3 X 3-digit multiplication. We studied partial products as a strategy to check their work for multi-digit multiplication. In the weeks that follow, the 5th grade will work towards solidifying their understanding of division.

The 6th grade team will continue solidifying their skills in finding strategies adding and subtracting mixed numbers and fractions, before moving on to using visual models, and continuing to work on all of the operations of fractions. The 6th grade will also begin to work on word problems, and how to decipher them with regard to fractions.

Writing

Last week, the students worked on plot and conflict. To follow-up, the students created ‘Plot Pyramids’ to help decipher short stories, and to help organize their thoughts. This week, the students used plot pyramids to help develop their own stories that they began writing this week. The students will turn in their completed story to contribute to peer editing. The students will practice peer-editing with modelling from the teachers, before moving on to editing their peer’s work in small groups next week, and the weeks that follow until the beginning of winter break.

Science

The students began studying chemistry! We have begun our chemistry unit, and have started with matter. We had a lively and challenging discussion about the different states of matter, and how the state of matter may change when applying heat or cold. The students worked in groups to brainstorm how states of matter may change, and what happens when certain elements are applied to certain substances.

Adam's Update 11-25-2020

Hello Room 8 Families!

Math

The 4th, 5th, and 6th graders were given measurement challenges to test their skills, and background knowledge as to how to compare the metric system, with the standard American system of units of measurement. We used rulers and tape measures to, not only compare, but to convert in the case of the 6th graders, between the metric system, and the standard American system we have grown to understand. They made comparisons that shows them that the metric system is actually more user-friendly than the standard system we were all raised with.

All of the grades were also afforded the opportunity to play catch-up on some of the missing math work that most of the students have yet to complete.

Next week, the students normal math workload will resume. Where the 4th grade will be studying 3 by 2-digit multiplication. As-well-as continue working on division skills.

The 5th grade will continue working towards converting fractions to decimals and percentages.

The 6th grade team will continue solidifying their skills in finding strategies adding and subtracting mixed numbers and fractions, before moving on to using visual models, and continuing to work on all of the operations of fractions

Writing

This week for writing, the students have been working on plot and conflict. To follow-up, the students created ‘Plot Pyramids’ to help decipher short stories, and to help organize their thoughts. The students used plot pyramids to help develop their own stories that they will begin writing next week. By the end of the day on Wednesday, most of the students have met with Jonathan and myself for 1-on-1 meetings to discuss their plot pyramids, and have pitched their ideas. Jonathan and I helped the kids complete plot pyramids, talk about ideas for their stories, and discussed with each student, which story they think is best to write about. Please ask your kid if they have pitched their plot pyramid ideas to myself or Jonathan. The students who have not had the opportunity to meet with us will meet with either Jonathan or myself by the beginning of next week.

Culture and History

The students have all but completed their Native Nations research, and have posted their projects to the padlet, and have commented on other’s projects. Next week, the scholars will prioritize making positive comments on their peers' presentations, and will have the opportunity to gain ideas for their next projects.

The students are rounding home plate in completing their explorers timelines, and their maps. For the students who have not completed their maps, they will have the opportunity to complete their projects with their partners at the beginning of next week.

Adam's Update 11-20-2020

Math

The 4th graders learned strategies to tackle 2 X 2-digit multiplication, as well as continued to build on their vocabulary to help decipher math word problems. Some of the 4th graders also worked on decimals and place-value.

The 5th graders worked on deciphering word problems by building vocabulary words to help understand what the word problem is asking. The 5th grade also worked on dividing decimals with and without a remainder, and began converting fractions into decimals and into percentages. The 5th grade also began 3 x 3-digit multiplication, and will continue solidifying those skills in the weeks to come.

The 6th grade scholars worked on order of operations through PEMDAS, and continued with the four operations in fractions. 6th grade had practice multiplying and dividing fractions, and have been introduced to adding and subtracting fractions. We will continue strengthening the skills necessary to successfully perform all four operations in fractions and mixed numbers in the weeks to come.

Writing

This week for writing, the students have been working on plot and conflict. As a whole group, the students explored the idea that all stories need conflict. We learned that conflict helps to make stories interesting. To follow-up, the students created ‘Plot Pyramids’ to help decipher short stories, and to help organize their thoughts. The students will be using plot pyramids to help develop their own stories in the weeks to come.

Culture and History

Most of the students have completed their Native Nations projects, and have posted their projects to the NatGeo interactive map. Please ask your kids to show you, and explain what they have put together. The students have been able to see and comment on their peers work. Please ask your student if they’ve had the opportunity to do that with their groups.

The students have begun their explorers unit. For explorers, the students have partnered a peer to begin creating an explorers map. The explorers map is a timeline that will be used to help illustrate the voyage their respective explorers navigated. The students will be doing research in the afternoons, with their group mates, and will divvy out responsibilities as they see fit. Room 8 will have completed Explorers by next week. Or before the Thanksgiving holiday.

Room 8 Schedule Outline

Monday

Morning Meeting- 8:30

4th Grade Check-in- 9:00

Lunch/Recess- 11:30

Culture/History Group- 12:30

Closing Circle- 1:00

Tuesday

Morning Meeting- 8:30

5th Grade Check-in- 9:00

Lunch- 11:30

Culture/History Group- 12:30

P.E.- 2:00

Closing Circle- 3:00

Wednesday

Morning Meeting- 8:30

6th Grade Check-in- 9:00

Lunch- 11:30

Culture/History Group- 12:30

ART- 2:00

Friday for Fun: Special Edition - Wednesday!!!

Closing Meeting- 3:00

Adam's Update 11-5-2020

Hello Room 8 Families!

Math

The 4th graders learned and reviewed 1x4 1x5 and 1x6-digit multiplication, as-well-as simple division w/ remainders during their math groups this week. Next week, the students will continue to review simple division w/ remainders, and then move on to long division, that will lead to long division with remainders. Next week and the following, the 4th graders will continue work on multi-digit by multi-digit multiplication, and continue solidifying some simple division concepts and place-value in the weeks to come.

The 5th graders worked on 2x2-digit multiplication, and will continue to practice those skills in the next week. The 5th grade also worked on decimal division with a decimal in the divisor and the dividend with no remainder. They practiced with decimals to the hundredths and thousandths. Next week, the 5th grade will work on 2x2 and 2x3-digit multiplication, as-well-as fraction decimals and percent.

The 6th graders reviewed decimal operations, as-well-as addition, subtraction, and multiplication of fractions. The 6th grade scholars were also exposed to adding and subtracting Mixed numbers, while learning strategies to find equivalent fractions as a way to understand mixed numbers, and perform their operations. Next week, the scholars will work towards multiplying and dividing fractions, and continue in the weeks to come with multiplication and division of mixed numbers.

Writing

This week the students are all continuing to build on their summarizing skills. The students are all learning about descriptive writing, and how to build character traits. Which will be work that will continue into next week, as these skills will continue to be built, and expanded upon as the weeks progress.

The 6th grade class has been instructed, and started working on grammar cards online as a way to supplement an independent exercise the returning students are familiar with from in-person education. The returning students are familiar with this exercise, as they remember doing the language and math drawers that they navigated through during in-person education last school year. The grammar cards are posted as an assignment in Google Classroom where the students will be able to access independently. New activities will be posted each week. Next week, the 4th and 5th grade students will be instructed on how to do and access their grammar card activities.

Culture and History

Room 8 scholars have all been meeting with their culture groups in the afternoons to finalize their Native Nations project. Please encourage your kid to participate fully in Native Nations research. Many of the groups have had trouble communicating with their respective group mates. Please ask your student if they are participating, and then ask them to show you what they are doing for Native Nations research.

Over the past two weeks, the students have been participating in conversations about the upcoming election cycle. Leading up to election day, the students have been learning about the three branches of government, the constitution, the first amendment, and how someone becomes the President of the United States of America.

Room 8 Schedule Outline

Monday

Morning Meeting- 8:30

4th Grade Math- 9:00

Lunch/Recess- 11:30

Culture/History Group- 12:30

Closing Circle- 1:00

Tuesday

Morning Meeting- 8:30

5th Grade Math- 9:00

Lunch- 11:30

4th/5th grade - WRITING: Grammar Cards- 12:30

6th grade - Culture- 12:30

P.E.- 2:00

Closing Circle- 3:00

Wednesday

Veteran’s Day- No School

Thursday

Morning Meeting- 8:30

Independent Work- 9:00

Lunch- 11:30

Culture/History Group- 12:30

P.E.- 2:00

Closing Meeting- 3:00

Friday

Morning Meeting- 8:30

Independent Work- 9:00

Lunch- 11:30

Culture/History Group- 12:30

ART- 2:00

FRIDAY just for FUN!!! With Adam and Jonathan- 2:40

Closing Meeting- 3:00

For the order of business:

We STILL need permission/consent to film Zoom lessons from a number of our families in Room 8. If you have not done so, please fill out the questionnaire.

In order for teachers to effectively use zoom, they may need to view the students on the screen to ensure student engagement. This means that if teachers record the lesson for absent students or student review, the participating students will be included in the video.

Room 8 has students who need to have their permissions updated. If you have not yet done so, please sign the permission slip attached to this document as soon as possible. Below is a link to a Google Form that will grant permission to film your student for educational purposes:

Distance Learning Recording Consent Form- Rm 8

https://forms.gle/xKLT6HASX7qGcPai9

Thank you!

Adam

Adam's Update 10-22-2020

Hello Room 8 Families!

Math

The 4th graders reviewed 1x2, 1x3, 2x2, and 2x3-digit multiplication during math groups this week. Next week, the students will continue to review with Halloween math for the upcoming shortened week, due to conferences. The following week will resume regular math activities, where the 4th graders will begin working on 1x4, and 2x4 digit multiplication, and begin division concepts and place-value in the weeks to come.

The 5th graders reviewed 1x2, 1x3, 1x4, and 2x2-digit multiplication. Next week, they will continue reviewing 2x2-digit multiplication, and continue into division, with a stamp game next week. The 5th grade also reviewed place-value, and rounding to the hundredths. They will continue with place-value, decimal division, and rounding to the thousands in the weeks to come.

The 6th graders reviewed decimal operations, as-well-as addition, subtraction, and multiplication of fractions. Next week, the scholars will review division of fractions, and review the four operations for mixed numbers.

Writing

Over the past two weeks, the students have been working on summarizing and descriptive words. The students have worked on creative writing by creating “tastier” sentences.

Room 8 scholars worked on setting description. A descriptive writing exercise that helped the students create an interesting story out of something bland. After reading, ‘Owl Moon by Jane Yolen’, the scholars collaborated to write a description by expanding upon bland words, replacing them with better words, and brainstorming with one another to create tastier sentences. The scholars learned about “thickening the soup” to create interesting paragraphs designed to capture the reader’s attention. Next week, the scholars will continue expanding upon their writing skills by collaborating, and recreating exercises we have done together on zoom, with their peers.

Culture

Room 8 scholars have all been introduced to, and begun collaborating with their peers for their cultural group project. The students have been placed in blended grade-level groups for collaborative purposes. The 4th graders will benefit from 6th and 5th grade leadership. While the 6th and 5th graders are benefitting from being put in leadership positions. This will go towards learning about working with a diverse group of people. It is a skillset to be able to work with people you find difficult, obnoxious, unmotivated, or interesting, dynamic, and fun!

The students are doing research on Native Nations of North America, and each student is working with a small group for a specific region. The scholars are working in groups to learn about the Arctic region, the Northwest region, the Northeast region, the Southwest region, the Southeast region, the Great Plains and Plateaus region, and California. Each group will have at least one representative to take the responsibilities of researching food/clothing/transportation, spirituality/art, society/relations, and current affairs of 1 Native Nation of the region being researched.

The scholars have been meeting with their groups during independent work time, and have utilized the Hangouts platform for communication. Each group should be meeting once per day to stay on the same page, and stay clear as to their objective to each respective responsibility.

For the order of business:

In order for teachers to effectively use zoom, they may need to view the students on the screen to ensure student engagement. This means that if teachers record the lesson for absent students or student review, the participating students will be included in the video.

Room 8 still has a few more students who need to have their permissions updated. If you have not yet done so, please sign the permission slip attached to this document as soon as possible.

Below is a link to a Google Form that will grant permission to film your student for educational purposes:

Distance Learning Recording Consent Form- Rm 8

https://forms.gle/xKLT6HASX7qGcPai9

Adam's Update 10-16-2020

Hello Room 8 Families!

In our fourth week, the scholars have started their Math groups.

The 4th graders used the dice they received in their supplies package at the beginning of the year to create their own addition and subtraction problems. They also practiced multi-digit multiplication in small groups. Next week, they will review 1x3, and 2x3 digit multiplication.

The 5th graders used their dice to create their own addition and subtraction problems.

They created and solved at least 2 addition and 3 subtraction problems each day.

In addition (excuse the pun), some of the 5th graders also did 2 multiplication problems every day.

These students also used their dice and cards to create decimal problems.

The scholars recorded their work in their math notebooks.

Next week, the 5th graders will review 1x2, 1x3, and 1x4 digit multiplication. Should time permit, they will also review both 2x2 digit multiplication and division. In the coming weeks, these students will review multiplication and division with the Montessori 'Stamp Game' materials which were provided to them in their take-home packets at the beginning of the school year.

They will then parlay their knowledge acquired from the Stamp Game review to solve decimal division, remainders, and rounding decimals to thousandths.

This week the 6th grade class used dice and cards to create decimal problems. They made at least 1 addition, 1 subtraction, 3 multiplication and 3 division problems each day, and turned in their work. Next week, these 6th grade mathematicians will learn about decimal operations, and review all 4 operations with fractions. They will do the same operations the following week, but also learn about performing these operations on mixed numbers.

The class also started Cultural Studies this week, and the students have been placed in their respective class groups for this subject. The groups all consist of blended grade-levels, and the scholars will collaborate with their peers to present information on a specific American geographic region, and the First Nation people. This project will run for the next two weeks, with the students presenting their findings to the class on October 28th.

In addition to Math and Culture Studies, the class has also started Writing Curriculum this week. The class is reviewing what makes 'a setting', what makes 'a good summary', how to 'summarize a summary', and how to correctly 'head a writing paper'. The students work on writing each day, and have been assigned several activities, each designed to strengthen their writing skills and increase their writing confidence. Thus far, the students are working on 'setting', 'descriptive writing', how to “thicken the soup”, and 'summarizing'.

If you happen to have any questions regarding pace or schedule, we post a tentative schedule everyday under the ‘Stream’ tab of Google Classroom. Here you can find the schedule, along with any additional information germane to our classroom responsibilities.

Thank you for all of your positive support! Room 8 families are kind, caring, helpful, positive and driven. It takes a village, and ours is a family. We are inspired by your dedication, and are proud to work with all of you. The work we all do together will be the spark in someone that I truly believe will help to illuminate this dark world.

Adam's Update 10-1-2020

Hello Room 8 Families!

In this third week of school, we believe the students have now been familiarized with the technology tools necessary to successfully navigate the curriculum for their upcoming school year.

The students have learned how to access the online notice board Padlet extension.

Padlet can be used by students and teachers to post notes on a common page, and which can contain links, videos, images and document files.. The Padlet program offers many different ways to communicate ideas with teachers and peers, including how to express timelines, maps, and summaries. Padlet is a tool the students will utilize each and every week.

Our scholars now know how to access assignments via Google Classroom, how to see when upcoming assignments are scheduled and due, and how to turn work for credit into the classroom portal.

This week, the class has practiced writing summarizing, and can define what a summary is. They have written and shared creative stories, and have worked together in smaller Zoom breakout groups in collaboration with classmates. This has also given them the opportunity to meet and interact more closely with both their old and new class colleagues.

We have practiced using Google Hangouts as a way to connect with friends and teachers. The students are still working on remembering to regularly check their Google Hangouts in order to easily communicate with teachers, and set up meeting times with peers for group work. We are encouraging Google Hangouts as the preferred way for students to reconnect with one another, and the tool to use for attending group meetings, and learning how to respectfully both hear and communicate ideas in a group forum.

Our kiddos are now able to navigate assignments through Google Docs and Google Slides. They have learned how to respond to prompts using video producing tools and equipment found on the platforms they have been learning about. Both of these skills and tools are essential to know for the kids to complete their assignments as the school year progresses. In this third week, the students have used Google Docs and Slides as a way to answer questions about comparing and contrasting poetry, how to write story summaries, and as a forum to discuss story structure, including setting, time, and purpose.

Next week, the kids will form groups and begin working on their math curriculum. The students will have a little bit of math everyday if they choose. Each student will be assigned math problems for the week, which they can choose to complete in one sitting, or plug away a bit at a time each day. The students will also slowly ratchet up to more challenging writing prompts and assignments.

For the order of business:

In order for teachers to effectively use zoom, they may need to view the students on the screen to ensure student engagement. This means that if teachers record the lesson for absent students or student review, the participating students will be included in the video.

Below is a link to a Google Form that will grant permission to film your student for educational purposes:

Distance Learning Recording Consent Form- Rm 8

https://forms.gle/xKLT6HASX7qGcPai9


Adam's Update 10-1-2020

Happy October!

This, the second week of school, we started some larger projects and some cultural studies. Hopefully you saw your students engaged in some fun activities.

One of the biggest concerns we heard in the spring was a lack of student to student connection. One way we have seen students recreate an “in classroom feel” is by opening a Google Hangout Video and doing work side by side. It creates an environment where students can be working but still chatting at the same time, like they would in the classroom. Please encourage your students to try this. Bonus: all three classrooms are fairly aligned in their assignments so students can collaborate across rooms as well!

I would also like to stress the importance of the one on one zoom meetings. These every other week meetings are our time to connect with students. We may talk about work or what they did this weekend, just like we would make connections in the classroom. Please encourage your student to attend these one on one sessions. We find them very vital and informative.

The daily Zoom meeting schedule, including small groups, one on one, art, and cultural studies, will be posted on your students Google Classroom Stream every day and addressed in the morning meeting. If they are confused about when or where to come to a zoom meeting, have them check the stream first.

Finally, many parents have signed up for the Google Classroom Guardian feature. If you have not yet signed up and are still interested, please let me know.

Adam

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