Reading students are finishing a novel study with the book, The Old Willis Place. While reading this book we worked on lots of 5th grade reading skills: determining word meanings based on context clues, using text evidence to support our answers, and summarizing. We will wrap up the book study the week of November 18th and start our State Santa Research Project. For this project, students will choose a state in the United States to research. Once research is complete, they will create a Santa to represent the state. The rubric can be found at the link below. The rubric will be used to grade the projects! We will do most of the work on this project at school over the next few weeks. The final projects will be due December 16th. Please do NOT work on these at home right now. We will research at school all of next week and the week of Thanksgiving. Then we will start writing the paragraphs and I will help edit them during class. The only part that should need to be done at home is decorating the poster and maybe typing the paragraphs once they have been edited. This is a fun project where students learn a lot about a state in the United States, how to use google as a research tool, and they get to be creative in writing the paragraphs about the new Santa based on the state they research.
Math students have also been super busy this year! We are currently finishing a digital breakout that allowed students to review multiplying decimals (this is a 5th grade skill that we learned during 4th grade AIG math), area and perimeter, and adding decimals. They also had to divide decimals which was quite difficult at first because they hadn't learned it yet. They've had a lot of fun doing it, but it's definitely made them think and has been quite challenging!
Fourth Graders:Fourth grade reading students have been hard at work learning about NC Agriculture! Students worked with a partner to research various agricultural products in NC. Once research was complete, we worked as a class to create a google slideshow about the crops. As we were sharing the slideshows we talked about how to make our presentations better and how some of us got a little off track in researching because we were supposed to focus on NC agriculture but some lost focus and researched ag in the US instead. This was an excellent learning experience because it allowed us to talk about what we need to do differently in the future to stay on track while researching a topic. On Monday of next week students will work on a calendar picture of something they learned about NC agriculture. Once these pictures are completed, we will mail them to the NC Agriculture calendar contest in hopes that one of them will be selected as a winner and printed in the calendar for 2020-2021.Next in reading we will learn about The Lost Colony through reading passages. After we learn a little about what the Lost Colony was, students will participate in a colony simulation. They will read about various people from that time period and how they applied to go on the journey to the new world. Students will take on the role of leader of the crew and they will choose which people should go and which should not. Students will be asked to justify their decisions based on the text. After choosing the crew for the journey, we will participate in an online activity titled, Journey to Jamestown. This is a fun simulation where students answer questions about settling when they get to the new world and the simulation tells them if they survive and how well they did or didn't do.Math students have been hard at work with all things Marcy Cook! Marcy Cook is the inventor of sets of task cards where students apply knowledge they have of various math topics to complete a task card. We've worked on the 2 digit addition set, GCF/LCM, and Beyond 1000 Place Value set this year. Students have learned a lot and practiced numerous skills through these cards. Next we will start our Holiday Shopping Unit. This unit integrates LOTS of math standards as students learn to multiply decimals, add and subtract decimals, calculate percentage off, calculate sales tax, and even balance a checkbook. It's a lot of fun, but can be super hard if they get behind. Please ask them each day if they have anything to complete in their checkbook for AIG.
Third grade students are reading the novel, Bunnicula. This is a great book with excellent vocabulary to practice inferring definitions using context clues and to discuss character traits. It's also quite entertaining and we always enjoy laughing at the antics of Harold and Chester.
In math we are finishing up a Halloween math digital breakout. This breakout allows them to brush up on their addition and subtraction skills while also using logical thinking to figure out the clues to escape. They've had a lot of fun and I've enjoyed watching them work through the hidden challenges to escape.
Second grade reading students are researching superstitions. With this task, they are reading higher level text through their research, learning to use gmail, learning to use google to conduct research, and will even learn how to create a google slide to share the information they found.
Second grade math students are solving multi-step addition and subtraction word problems.
In reading we are working on finding evidence in the text to support answers and using context clues to define unknown words.
Math students are practicing addition facts and trying to memorize them for math fluency.