12/7 - Barnes & Noble Night
12/8 - Happy Belated Birthday MT Cookie Decoration
12/20 - ANTS classroom visit from 9:30 - 10:30
12/25-1/2 - Winter Break
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Students who have chosen to take part in the first project of kindness will be working throughout the month of December on 2 kindness trees. The videos above were shown during our lunch work time to discuss the idea of generosity. We discussed the importance of being generous and not expecting anything back in return as a way to make our community a better place. The students will spend the rest of this week writing inspiration quotes and/or phrases on sticky notes. We will then use these sticky notes to make 2 Kindness Trees in our school. The hope is for students who are needing a little pick me up to take one of the sticky notes as a way to help have a better day.
This week we begin unit 3 with a focus on how our actions and choices impact our community. The focus question for this week is: How can you make new friends feel welcome? Students will analyze and evaluate this question as we read 3 fantasy pieces about how others are welcomed into a new community.
LONG DIVISION TIME!!!! I have had students asking me for months when they get the chance to start long division. Today was the first day we were able to start on that adventure together. The lessons this week will look at how we can use multiples to help make an estimate, gain a deeper understanding of remainders, and divide multiples of ten. If students are not fluent in their multiplication facts, they will struggle with long division. Please, help students mastering their facts by practicing nightly.
Lions, tigers, and bears, OH MY! Okay, we really will not be researching these common animals; however, the students will choose an uncommon animal to research for our animal reports. Students will spend at least 2 weeks researching their animal based on a set of given questions. After students research their animals, students will spend time writing a 5 paragraph report that includes at least 2 different types of text features. Students will also be responsible for collaborating with another partner to create a presentation for the class.
Our first PLTW energy unit will come to a screeching halt on Tuesday after. Students will present their presentations on their test as well as spend time review all of the information we have learned in class regarding energy collisions. Students will show their understanding of energy collisions in a quick check in assessment on Tuesday. We will then begin learning about types of energy and how energy converts from one form to another.
1. Review kinetic energy, potential energy, inelastic collisions, and elastic collisions.
2. After Wednesday, students need to share their animal and one fact they learned from their research.
I look forward to the many learning adventures we get to go on this week in our classroom.