- With two snow days last week, we obviously didn't get to everything I had planned. Nevertheless, we still had a great short week!
- Students solved the weather mystery in science! Based on a set of clues, such as movie tickets, a doctor's note, a CVS receipt, and more, students determined that is was Joe Breezy who stole the weather data from the McGee Weather Company. The suspect has been apprehended and Mr. McGee sent us a thank you note praising our keen detective skills.
- We began learning about and reading memoirs. Students were enthralled by the pleasantly simple yet emotionally moving "Saturdays and Teacakes" by Lester Laminack. We learned that memoirs do not always have the same story structure as narratives.
- Estimation week is underway. Students roamed the hallways making estimates outside of each classroom based on the given challenges. We can't wait to find out what the actual answers are so we can compare our estimates.
- In math we simulated using multiple sets of parenthesis in complex number sentences by having students stand in a line and "hang out" with each other in different orders. It was a fun movement activity to show math in action.
Here is the general plan for this week:
The Winter Concert will be Monday, February 9th, first, for the school at 9:00am, then for parents at 7:30pm.
February Vacation Week is the following week. Woo!
- We continue our unit on reading Memoirs. Students will examine why authors write memoirs, what feelings, insights, or experiences are they expressing, and how authors' unique perspectives influence the telling of the memoir.
Writing and Social Studies:
- Students finished their first research report! We will try to have a cross-grade celebration on Wednesday.
- We will enter our research and writing Phase 2. We'll look at how to study primary sources for a research topic.
- Solve number sentences with parenthesis, brackets, and braces.
- Use the order of operations to solve number sentences without grouping symbols.
- Creating line plots from fractional data.
- Gain familiarity with positive and negative numbers.
- Review for an assessment on: exponents, powers of 10, grouping symbols, numerical expressions, and line plots.
- Explain the difference between weather and climate.
- Practice answering previous MCAS questions on weather.
Thanks for reading!