- Donuts with dads is tomorrow starting at 7:15 AM.
- Tomorrow is diabetes awareness day. Wear blue in support of students who have diabetes. You have the option of bringing $1 for spirit day.
- We are still collecting peanut butter and jelly for Family Services. Please make sure any items that come to school are not opened and can be used by a family of 3.
I think I have finally figured out what was going on with my website so that the spelling lists can be accessed on-line again. I apologize for any confusion. The unit 10 test will not be until next Friday.
Accessing Google Docs/Google Drive at Home
Many students want to be able to access their Google Docs/Google Drive from home. The school district website has changed and the links to on our school website have not been changed. Until they are changed, I have created a Google Drive tile on the Student Corner website of my page. The students will need to click on the link and then they will be able to access their document from their Drive folder after they have signed in using the D2 Student account.
A Symphony of Whales
It has become very apparent that students have a strong desire to understand how we can protect our Earth. We finished reading how Glashka's village saved a group of beluga whales. The students saw how humans can use their resources for good in order to help out animals in need. We will be working on our inquiry research tomorrow in class. The students should be finalizing their research and starting their presentation tomorrow.
Veteran's Day Activity
It was such an honor to be able to hear the stories students shared of their loved ones who served in the armed forces. Students did a fantastic job of writing a poem on why we remember veteran's and showing their respect for all those who keep us safe. Thank you all for helping the students gain a deeper understanding of why we honor veteran's.
Peopling the United States
The United States is often called the Melting Pot. We have learned why this is the case as we read about 5 different ethnic groups in the United States. Students learned how/why the Native Americans, Spanish, Europeans, Africans, and Asians all came to the United States. I encourage each kiddo to show you their Google Drawing assignment in Google Classrooms.
Multiplying a 2-digit Number by a 1-digit Number (the old fashioned way)
Many students were so perplexed as to why us adults prefer multiplying using the "old fashioned way." It has been interesting seeing students transition their preferred method of multiplying from the standard algorithm to the algorithm that allows the students to decompose numbers. After 2 days of practice, many of the students saw the purpose of each of the methods. The students agreed that if you have paper and pencil, you can quickly do the standard algorithm; however, if you are doing mental math, the partial product/decomposing methods are much more efficient. We will continue practicing the regrouping/"old fashioned way" as we multiply 3- and 4-digit numbers.
Observing Potential and Kinetic Energy
Vroom, vroom! The students worked together this week in their PLTW groups to first build a VEX car and then test how the kinetic energy increases as the height of a ramp increases. We started an activity today using a poster board as a ramp to determine what happens when we increase the height of a ramp. The assignment notebook code is for the students to identify what happened as they increased the height of their poster board. They should mention that the VEX car went farther as the height of the ramp increased. I hope you all have a great night and I look forward to another great day of learning!