Last week the students read many texts regarding how our actions affect others. In reading Miss. Rumphius, the students discussed how we can make our world a better place. I introduced the students to the Random Acts of Kindness (R.A.O.K) calendar. It is our goal to have one R.A.O.K. every day of the month. Students had many great ideas and we are off to a great start to making our world a better place.
We continue our journey in place-value as we build a strong foundation in addition and subtraction. Students have identified they are struggling with regrouping, especially in subtraction. We will continue building upon our addition and subtraction skills this week in order to take the place-value chapter knowledge demonstration towards the end of the week.
The focus this week in reading is looking at how people can overcome natural disasters. Students will look at the text structure compare and contrast as we look at how natural disasters change our landscapes. Additionally, students will review the importance of rereading a text to find text evidence to answer a question.
Students continue gathering information regarding energy in order to solve the problem of designing a car seatbelt system that will safely protect an egg. This week students will gain a deeper understanding of kinetic and potential energy. Students have discussed potential energy as stored energy that gives an object the potential to move. Furthermore, kinetic energy is an object in motion.
Students are to choose either the Skatepark Simulation or the Rollercoaster Simulation. As they show either simulation, students are to explain how potential and kinetic energy are shown during the simulation.
The second piece of this week's code is for the students to compare the slow process and fast process of how landscapes change. Students should mention a slow changing landscape occurs through erosion and a fast changing landscape happens mostly through natural disasters.
We have had a wonderful start to our week with many more learning adventures to come!