Remember that next Monday and Tuesday are parent teacher conferences so there is no school on these days. I hope all of you have set up your conference and look forward to seeing you to discuss your student. They are a continued manner the school uses to keep the home - school connection open. I also like them as it allows me to take the temperature of the class and where we are headed.
We are well along with our writing unit on feature articles. We have spent some time this week researching biomimicry, nature, innovation and innovation in biomimicry. We have also looked at 4 videos and gathered more information and evidence of innovation through nature. Next week we will move on to the outline phase of the writing as we get ready to actually take all this information and write about it. The final outcome is a feature article about innovation through nature. We will be posting these on an online website I have set up for this assignment. Students will also Seesaw this and reflect on the process and the product.
Although I have no Jedi Jugglers in my room this year, I do want to let you all know that next Friday, October 27th is the annual Jedi Jugglers show. I am sure it promises to be quite a spectacle. The students always enjoy this show every year.
Our math has taken us to multiplication of 2x3, 2x4, 3x3 and 3x4 digits. These are large numbers and for some students it is taxing their basic facts. By this time I hope students understand the necessity of basic facts up to 9 x 9 = 81 and the division reverse. It will help them as we continue to explore multiplication of whole numbers and move into decimals up to thousandths. If they are a bit rusty, saying the times table out loud is a fantastic way to quickly bring it to mind. we spent time this week proving our standard algorithm with tape and ribbon diagrams as well as area models. As your students about these as they should be able to tell you and also decompose the numbers for them.
That is it for this week. As always, if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me and I will gladly set up a time to meet.
This week started with a new math unit (multiplication and division of decimals), a new unit of inquiry (Innovations Through Nature - Biomimicry) and a new writing unit (Non-Fiction Articles). We have laid the foundations for all three and are on the move to more and impressive learning in all three areas. While not a new unit, our book clubs takes on a new book and genre as well (Pedro's Journal - Historical Fiction).
The new reading book is about a cabin boy to Christopher Columbus. It takes place during the initial voyage of Captain Columbus to the new world. Pedro is the boy who is assigned to Christopher Columbus to take on the duties of journaling, time keeper and chart keeper. As an educated boy, and this was a rare skill back in these days, the book is written through his lends of history. We do spend a lot of time with the historical aspect of the story so the students will have some background to what they are reading.
Our Innovations Through Nature is a unit we we look at how nature has inspired us to invent new and more sustainable products and structures. We spent this week looking at what is nature and how nature has already helped us. we are keeping an Inquiry Journal for our work for this unit. As we move along we will spend a lot of time look at the innovations that have come about as a result of studying nature.
Our Non-Fiction article work is going to use the inquiry unit as its basis for topics. We will look at how to research for this kind of article and if the internet works for us, all this will be published on a website of the students design. We will also look at how to properly research both in documents and books as well as the internet.
It is important that everyone keep reading at home each night. No time on his, just a time set aside to read is all that is needed. Please continue to help your student make this a reality.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me. I will gladly set a time aside to meet with you.