The Ant and the Grasshopper - in class shared reading
Genre: Drama - Your Turn page 66
English Language Arts
Personal Narrative - editing and revising entire narrative due Thursday, 11/17
2.2 digraphs - practice on Spelling City
2.12 Multistep Problems - in class discussions and practice with no graded assignment
Chapter 2 test Wednesday
Students began the second week of our Wonders animal unit today. The essential question for this week is "How do animal characters change familiar stories?" The focus of this question lies in how authors take the character traits of the animal and make them part of the fiction story. For example, E.B. White used a pig in Charlotte's Webb because the pig is used for food and is intelligent. A rabbit was used in The Velveteen Rabbit because it was common to have a stuffed animal as a rabbit and we associate rabbits as being adorable. We will continue looking at the lessons authors teach us in stories through animal characters as well as how a story was changed because of the use of certain animals.
PLTW Collision Project
I am so very impressed with the hard works of each student in our collisions unit. We have finished all of our experiments and now are on our way to designing a car that will protect a raw egg during a collision. The students have started the first part of the design process by identifying the problem, researching background for restraints and collisions, and now are designing possible solutions with their groups. We will have 2 days this week to create the cars with the collision test being the Tuesday after the Thanksgiving Break.
Our brains got a "boot-camp style" workout today during math. I have enjoyed teaching this group of students math as they constantly desire to be challenged and exceed my expectations with the challenge. The class was introduced to order of operations today during our math session. As a group, we looked at a game from the Multiple Operations STMath module. In this game, the students had to determine how many squares they would need in order to fill a given area. The students had to use multiplication, addition, and/or subtraction to solve the problem. Additionally, the students had to understand the concept of multiplying before adding or subtracting. After our game, the students were introduced to multi-operation, multi-step mathematical equations. The foundation students built during our STMath game allowed a majority of the students to quickly gain understanding of how to solve the equations. We will review these equations tomorrow as well as other multiplication concepts we have addressed during chapter 2 to prepare for our chapter 2 test this Wednesday. The assignment notebook code for tonight is for the students to identify how to solve the following problem as well as solve the equation.
7 x 45 + 689 x 3 - 12 = n I hope you all have an excellent night and I look forward to another great day of learning!