The text passages this week in reading continue to focus on the question: "How do our actions affect others?" Today, we read passages from students who were in school during the 9/11 attacks. The students focused on how the actions of the students helped others as well as discussing the importance of being grateful for the life we have the opportunity to experience. If you would like to look at the material I used during this lesson as well as other videos, visit this link. Our classroom discussion was a powerful conversation regarding our actions and how we can make choices that allow our world to be a better place. We will read 3 other books this week that look at how we can make choices that affect the lives of others in a positive way. Please look for extension activities that come home as there will be 2 opportunities for students to discuss how they can act with kindness and share their memories.
We are finally getting back to our math routine this week. Our routine was not consistent last week, thus causing a slight confusion with rounding. The students will have an opportunity to extend their understanding of rounding as well as add and subtract 3 - and 4-digit numbers.
Safety first is the theme this week for science as students continue to research the importance of restraint systems in vehicles. This week students will learn about the history of seat belts. After our research is complete, we will begin learning about potential and kinetic energy. This will be the foundation of our science experiments during this unit.
1. Using all of the books/texts we have read over the past 2 weeks, discuss how our actions affect others. Once you have had this discussion, write "Act with Courage" in your student's planner.
2. Identify one fact learned (on Tuesday) about the history of seat belts.
There are many learning adventures that await us this week!