November 13-16, 2018
We will complete all of the
second unit this week. We are working on finding the least common
multiple and the greatest common factor. Both of those need to be found
in order to add and subtract fractions and simplify fractions,
respectively. We have found strategies to do those actions with
fractions, but now we will learn the most direct manner. The students
will work on some problem solving involving the use of the LCM and the
GCF and that will complete the unit.
The class will continue to work on the reading of By the Great Horn Spoon!
This week we will only be able to read chapters 7-8 as we once again
have a short week with a field trip as one of the days. The students
will have a reading quiz and a comprehension sheet to do this week. We
will also continue to work on vocabulary words with the book. Our main
characters will actually reach California this week, and we will
continue to use the material to find out what life was like in the
California Gold Rush.
short week, there will be no vocabulary unit nor will there be any
Daily Bites work. Those will resume after the minimum days which means,
There may be
a new blog assignment given on Friday, if all goes as planned in our
gold rush simulation. The topic will be the journey to California
during the time of the gold rush.
We will begin a writing project at the end of the week that will continue for multiple weeks. The emphasis will be on descriptive and figurative language. We will work on one prewriting activity this week.
The class will hopefully
complete the testing of the mineral samples we have been exploring.
Some students have done the work and have names for the minerals. The
goal is to get everyone to that point this week. Then, the great
mineral debate can begin as the class of geologists need to try to come
to consensus on the minerals’ identities.
students will complete the reading and highlighting of the first gold
rush article this week. We will also work on learning how to outline an
article. That work will be done in class. Following that, the students’
teams will take on the challenge of trying to get to California from
the East. Each group will need to select its method of travel and try
to get to California as quickly as possible.