Room 8- Adam

Classroom Updates

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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