Room 8- Adam

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Classroom Updates

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