We will be working on a couple of topics this week. We will be reviewing measurement on Monday, and the students will have a quiz on metric measurement on Tuesday; that topic needs a bit of shoring up. We will also review volume and shapes a little through the week, and a quiz will be given on those topics on Friday. Some students need to show proficiency on those topics, and this will be the final opportunity to do so. We will also be working on line plots through the week. That is the primary topic of our data chapter. The students will be creating line plots, analyzing data in frequency tables and line plots, and learning how to interpret information in graphs. The topic should be completed this week. We will review the material early next week, and the students will take a test on the topic on Thursday, June 1.
The Phantom Tollbooth
is the material for our literature study once again this week. We are
nearing the end of the book as we should be through chapter 17 of 20 on
Friday. The discussions have been fun, and the students are definitely
seeing the main points of the book. We have been interpreting what the
author is trying to say through his writing, and we are eliciting the
purpose for the characters that have appeared in the book. This week,
there will be a comprehension sheet, and there will be a quiz as well.
The students will keep discussing the material in class, and we are
striving for high level understanding and the ability to support ideas
with text evidence.
There will be a
vocabulary unit this week. It will be the final vocabulary unit of the
year. The words will have to do with prefixes meaning “backward and
forward”. The quiz on the words and prefixes will be on Friday.
There will be one final blog to do, and the emphasis on this one is to say a lot with a few words. That idea has been in The Phantom Tollbooth and in social studies with the telegraph. The due date for this blog is no later than Tuesday, May 30.
students learned an amazing amount of science through their work on
Science Night, 2017. They not only mastered their own topics, but they
taught each other as they worked through the other groups’ stations.
With that performance behind us, we will now work full force on our
physical science unit, which we have already begun.
Last week, the
students created their own circuits and are building an array of
switches to turn their circuits on and off. The innovation and
excitement have been fun to watch. This week, we will work on the idea
of conductors, insulators and resistors. The students will test a
multitude of materials with their circuits to determine a rule for what
makes a conductor or an insulator.