daw.com - October 20
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.
Posted by H.Daw