Saturday, February 11, 2017

February Update!

      The year has been progressing smoothly, and in math we have completed our unit on dividing decimals and are now learning how to add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers. In language arts we completed our study of the book, Number the Stars by Lowis Lowry.  We used the book to study setting, plot, character and theme.  We studied the structure of a plot- exposition, rising action, climax, falling action and resolution.  We graphed the plot and used our graphs to write book summaries.  We used Venn Diagrams to compare/contrast characters.  Quotes from the text were used to highlight the various themes found in the book and provide material for written student reflections.  In writing the children have learned about what makes a good explanation and have written step by step instructions on how to complete a task.  Their finished products are in the form of "How To" Posters.  We are also currently reading MCBA books for our in school digital book reports.  These book projects will be created using the highly engaging apps Telegami and Chatterpix.

     Wendy Pavlicek and I have taught a Design Process Science Unit on Pollinators which she created. Each of the fifth grade homerooms was able to participate in this five lesson unit. I was fortunate enough to have Ms. Pavlicek take the lead in Week 1 of this unit sharing her knowledge and expertise in this area. This unit involved learning about the plight of pollinators and having students brainstorm and create their our own pollinators in class.  Students tested their pollinators by transferring pollen (baking soda) from one flower (test tube) to another.  They then recorded their results and reflected on how they could improve their pollinator designs. We are currently completing Explain Everything projects on MCAS open response questions involving the transfer of energy.

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