November 18-22, 2019

We
will continue to work on the decimal unit this week. In order to build
a strong foundation as to what decimal amounts look like, we will begin
the week with some shading in of decimal amounts. The goal is to make
something that is abstract a little more concrete. Following that,

we will work on some subtraction strategies that utilize number lines.
That will eventually lead into subtracting decimal amounts and another
problem string. The students will then work on a decimal grid as we
examine decimal place values in a picture format. This will work to
demonstrate relative sizes of the decimal place values. The students
will take part in a game where they will be challenged to make the
smallest or largest decimal amounts based on the numbers that they draw
in the game. Once we have done that, there will be a very brief, two
question quiz about decimal values. That will be done on Thursday.

With only three hours per school day, there will not be a Daily Bites or vocabulary unit this week. They will resume in December.

A descriptive writing assignment will be developed throughout the week. We began the prewriting last Friday, and this week, we will have several activities to build the skill of writing descriptively. By the end of the week, the students will be given the assignment, and we will begin the planning of the writing. The class will also be given a sample of what is expected in the piece.

With only three hour days, we will not work on the gold rush simulation this week. There will be plenty of gold rush learning through our literature book, though.

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