Balance in the Wild- NWEAs/SRI testing took longer than anticipated. We will work on this tomorrow.
Scholastic News: Snake Invasion
Book Club/Reading Log- If a student did not make it into the book clubs, they will be expected to do their reading log this week. If a student earned enough points, they were given their book today. We will start book clubs tomorrow.
English Language Arts
State Reports- everything due 5/27
unit 32 list - test on Thursday
Introduction to Finding and Drawing Lines of Symmetry
Treehouse Challenge- final testing tomorrow
It was so refreshing to see and hear the excitement for book clubs today. The students were very eager to get their books and many of them desperately wanted to start reading. The students will be assigned the pages they are to read along with the talking points to discuss during their group book club time. Based on what the students accomplish during class, they may or may not have pages to read at home. The bonus to book clubs will be no Reading Log entries required. Students will only need to stay on task and read the book they chose. I cannot wait to hear all of the discussions that will occur based on the books that were chosen.
Monster Snake Invasion
The students used their background knowledge regarding Everglades National Park today as we discussed how the Burmese Python has become an invasive species to the park killing many of the natural animals that live in the Everglades. The students read how the park has competitions among the rangers to see whom can catch the most Burmese Pythons in order to eliminate the threat they have on the natural species that exist in the park. We had a great conversation about the impact of the python on the Everglades and how people can help eliminate this threat.
Finding Lines of Symmetry
Last week we became masters at identifying if a line on a figure showed a line of symmetry. Today, the class discussed how we can find lines of symmetry using a virtual geometry board. The students created a given shape and then used lines to determine how many lines of symmetry the given shape had, if any. It was so very exciting to hear students discussing the patterns they observed as we progressed through the activity. The assignment notebook code for tonight is for the students to summarize one of these patterns. Students started to notice that some figures have the same amount of lines of symmetry as the number of sides on the shape. For example, an equilateral triangle has 3 lines of symmetry and a square has 4 lines of symmetry. The assignment notebook code is for the students to identify how many lines of symmetry a regular octagon (8-sided) figure would have. I hope you all have a great night and I look forward to another great day of learning.