- In Science, we finished our investigation of creating a model of water on earth. Students learned what is needed to create the water cycle while learning how to collect and analyze data and come to conclusions using scientific evidence.
- We launched our Word Scale Vocabulary Project. Students use online dictionaries and thesauruses to learn new words that can describe a range between two extremes, such as hot to cold or fast to slow.
- We conducted our class Geography Bee. Students answered questions about US and World Geography. Our two class finalists, Jack and Gabe, faced off in the tie-breaker round, with Jack claiming victory. Congrats to both Gabe and Jack for demonstrating their geography smarts, and to the rest of the class for trying hard and encouraging others. Jack will go on to the school-wide bee this upcoming Friday. Go Jack!
- In Reading, we learned how to summarize a story using a helpful strategy designed to focus on the main ideas. Students summarized our class read aloud, There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom.
What We Didn't Get To
Here is what didn't get covered:
- In Math, we didn't finish Benchmark Fractions, nor did we get to Renaming Fractions.
- In Science, we didn't get to Evaporation.
Upcoming Special Events
Wednesday, December 6th:
- Early Release
- 1:30pm Pine Hill Geography Bee -Go Jack!
- Winter Chorus Concert
Please see the Pine Hill Calendar for more.
This Week's Plan
- Pine Hill Geography Bee --For grades 4-5. Jack will be our class representative.
- Summarize a Text --focus on the main ideas and key details.
- Discuss Theme --explain how characters overcame conflict and learned something new and/or changed. Use teacher read aloud of There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom by Louis Sachar.
Unit: Vocabulary Development
- Word Scale Project --find unfamiliar words that can more precisely describe a degree of something, such hot and cold or big and small.
- What is Poetry? --introduce the genre and read examples.
- Noticing and Thinking in a Fresh New Way --stop and perceive things from everyday life; use line breaks and words to make readers slow down and pay attention.
- Features of Poetry --use figurative language, rhythm, and line breaks as tools for crafting meaning and expressing feelings.
Unit 3: Fraction Concepts; Addition and Subtraction
- Benchmark Fractions --use benchmarks to estimate sums and differences of fractions.
- Renaming Fractions --rename mixed numbers and fractions greater than 1 by composing and breaking apart wholes.
- Adding and Subtracting Fractions and Mixed Numbers --explore strategies and tools for adding and subtracting fractions and mixed numbers.
- Unlike Denominators --practice adding fractions with unlike denominators.
- Fraction Capture --learn a new game to practice breaking apart and adding fractions.
We take a break from Social Studies to focus on Science.
Unit: Water on Earth
- Evaporation --explain how water evaporates and the factors that speed up evaporation.
- Condensation --explain how water vapor condensates.
- Absorption and Run-off --explain how precipitation returns to earth's surface and what happens to water before it collects in oceans, rivers, lakes, etc.
- Collect Data and Analyze Results --during and after each investigation, we will learn how to record accurate and detailed data, as well as analyze the results of our investigations and apply them to real world scientific ideas.
Please see the Homework Page for more details. Students will need to do the following at home this week:
- Homework Project: I will assign a new homework project later this week called Poetry Inquiry. Students choose a poem to memorize and analyze. Job 1 is due Dec 11, the entire project is due Wednesday, December 20th.
- Reading Response Blog: Students will write back to their partners on Blog #3 by Friday.
- Independent Reading: Read 20 minutes each day, or 140 minutes total this week and log it in the planner.
- Math: There will be a math page each night.
Thanks for Reading!
So that's the plan for the week! Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or feedback.