The Room 15


June 5-8, 2017



We will continue to work on graphing on a coordinate grid this week. We are graphing equations, and the students figured out that the graph is essentially a picture of all the solutions to the equation we graphed. We will see more examples of how graphing equations can help solve problems in “real world” settings this week. We will complete all the required math standards for the school year.
The students will also work on a series of questions that require teamwork to solve. We will strive to find multiple methods of solving the problems, and the students will have the opportunity to show how they got their answers. These problems will require applying all that has been learned this year in math, and maybe some ideas that might not have been taught. However, the skills to solve those problems are in place; the students just need to get creative with their thoughts, and they will be successful.

Language Arts~

We completed The Phantom Tollbooth last week. There are still some ideas to discuss, and we have yet not gotten to write theme statements. The students will have their final discussion on the book; they are anxious to talk about some of the ending and share their thoughts. The students will then work in teams to be a bit innovative with respect to the book. They will create a new character and explain how that character fits into the story. That should be fun.

We will take a look at a book called Children of the Dust Bowl this week. It is an informational book about the lives of children during the dust bowl migration. The emphasis is on what happened after people fled from the dust bowl states and arrived in California. We will not complete the book, but we should be able to get some good ideas about citizenship from the it. We’ve had a couple of social situations recently, and building empathy is something that will be useful as we complete our school year. This book can do that.


We will complete the work on magnetic fields this week. The students were able to see the interaction of magnetic fields last week, and this week we will gather the main ideas about the topic. The students will then bring electricity and magnetism together and construct electromagnets. The challenge will be to create the strongest electromagnet in the class. The fourth graders will need to try multiple methods of construction, but they should figure out what works best. Lastly, we will look a the interaction of Earths magnetic field and our classroom magnets. We will complete all our science standards for the year.

Social Studies~

We will take a look at what building the transcontinental railroad did for the Big Four and examine the power and influence they ended up having in California. We will take a quick look at some of the reforms that were put in place in the early 20th century to regulate that power. We will then move to looking at the Dust Bowl and see how that influenced California during the 1930s. We will watch a video clip from The History Channel and then examine the migration of all the dust bowlers to economic and environmental literacy. We will also cross disciplines and make some science connections.

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