This week, students continued working on their Fractions unit, by specifically adding and subtracting mixed numbers. Students used strategies such as a number line, the arrow method, and number bonds to show their thinking. At this point in time, students should be able to add, subtract, and multiple fractions, as well as decompose a improper fractions into a mixed number. Next Friday, April 27th, students will be taking their end of module assessment. Thursday evening, students will be sent home with a practice test, as well as an answer key to study and prepare for their fractions assessment.
This week, students continued working on their inquiry exploration of natural disasters, and how the world works by studying Volcanoes and Landslides. Students used their knowledge of mapping to plot volcanoes from the past, and see if they could find any connections amongst their locations. After some thoughtful observations, and class discussion, students realized that the volcanoes formed a giant circle that we identified as the "Ring of Fire". We also spent part of our week learning about what causes landslides, and what we can do to keep them from happening in the first place. Each student used brainstorming strategies, and Innovation skills to create a prevention method that kept communities safe during these dangerous natural disasters.
Rescheduled "Jupiter Session"
This week, we had the pleasure of welcoming Jim Higgs, from the Rose City Astronomers to our classrooms for a special presentation! Later this evening, Mr. Higgs has welcomed us to him for a telescope viewing party at West TV. Unfortunately, Jupiter is too close to the east horizon for us to be able to see tonight, but we will still be enjoying the moon, and other star constellations.
Luckily for us, Mr. Higgs has agreed to hold a “Jupiter session,” later this Summer. If you'd like to be put on the contact list for that event, please complete a sign-up list with your name and email address at the “Meteorite Station” that you will see at our star party later tonight. Mr. Higgs will later email you directly about the “Jupiter session” (he does this often on behalf of RCA and has confirmed that your email address will not be distributed or used for any other purpose). Or, you can email Mrs. Hauser saying you want to attend the “Jupiter session.” If you do that, please be aware that your name and email address will be given to Mr. Higgs so he can email you at a later time about the “Jupiter session.” The follow-up “Jupiter session” might be held a different close-by site, one not so inundated with tree cover!
Next Wednesday, students will have a Continent Club check, in which they will be tested on Africa! If you would like to prepare for this activity outside of school, resources can be found here: http://wtvptc.org/continent-club/
- Tuesday, April 24th- Reading Logs due/Vocabulary Test
- Wednesday, April 25th- Continent Club
- Thursday, April 26th- Art Lit
- Friday, April 27th- Fractions: End of Module Test
- Friday, April 27th- Wooden Nickel Party
- Friday, April 27th- Family Fun Night: 6pm
- Monday, April 30th- SBAC Testing Begins