The Great Kapok Tree - introduction to the Amazon Rainforest and first 2 pages read
English Language Arts
State Report - due 5/27
EOY Writing sample
unit 33 sort
11.3 Degrees - introduction to creating angels with a protractor
Introduction to Food Bank Challenge
We get to be in school for 3 more weeks. Teachers and students are excited for summer; however, we have the opportunity to be here together for the rest of the year. I am seeing an increase in distracting behaviors that are causing a decrease in learning. These behaviors include: interrupting, questioning my decisions as a teacher, talking out, playing during independent work time, etc. I love this group of kiddos and I am so proud of how far they have come this year. We still have a lot of learning to take place and we had a conversation today on the behaviors they need to display in order to have a successful rest of the year. I am positive that we will end the year well and have a successful transition to fifth grade!
Our Lead21 literature selection has taken us to the Amazon Rainforest. The students watched a video today that helped build background knowledge on the Amazon Rainforest. We learned about the adaptations plants and animals need to have in order to survive the 4 different layers of the rainforest. We also started reading The Great Kapok Tree. In this literature selection, the students will read how the animals of the rainforest try to solve the problem of a man cutting down a kapok tree.
Making Angles with a Protractor
Students were introduced to a protractor today during our math time. The students were shown how they can use the protractor to measure angles on a paper and how to create an angle using the protractor. We all struggled at first; however, we some support from instruction and our peers, all students were able to successfully create an angle given the degrees the angle needed to have. Tomorrow, the students will continue using a protractor and will complete the practice and homework assignment with this lesson.
Food Bank Challenge
Solving problems is what we do! The students have become masters at working together in their PLTW groups to solve problems using mechanical and chemical energy. We will work on solving the problem of unloading a food bank truck with ease during the last 3 weeks of school. The students identified the problem and came up with possible solutions today. The assignment notebook code for tonight is for the students to tell you their ideas for solving the Food Bank challenge. I hope you all have a great night and I look forward to another great day of learning!