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February 10-14, 2020





We recorded examples of six strategies we have been using to solve multiplication problems last Friday. We also spent some time working on the standard algorithm as we read into some trouble on the homework. The week will open with the students using the strategies they have to solve word problems. Following that, we will work on estimating quotients as we prepare to see how multiplication and division are related. The students will have a math quiz on Tuesday to assess the work we have done on multiplication so far. Throughout the week, we will continue to explore some ideas about metric measurements, and on Friday, there will be a quiz on that. As we reach the end of the week, the students will work on division. We will be illustrating the process on grid paper, and the students will also work on the standard algorithm for division. We will be using word problems as the basis for that work.




We will continue to develop the idea of human decency from the books Number the Stars and Journey to Topaz. We had some great ideas going last week, and there have been some positive advances in the interactions of the students, and it is hoped that will continue. We did lose a work session at the end of Friday as we needed to discuss some trouble on the playground. The work we are doing with respect to the two books is designed to improve those issues.
  
We will begin our next literature book this week. It is called Woodsong. The beginning of the book illustrates some of nature’s dynamics, and with our upcoming environmental education trip, it fits nicely. The first three chapters are a bit gruesome as the author, Gary Paulsen, explains what he experiences in nature the way that it truly occurs. We will read chapters 1-2 this week, and there is paperwork for each of those chapters.
 
There will be no DOL or vocabulary this week. The field trip and upcoming break factor into that decision.  
  
We began the next read aloud last Friday. It is called Journey Home. It is the sequel to Journey to Topaz, and it tells of the Japanese Americans’ return to society after the Internment Camps. It will also build up this week’s field trip.
  
The work session we lost last week as our redwood session, so we did not complete the notes. That should happen on Monday. At that point, we will watch some more video about the trees to gain further information and put pictures to the ideas we have been studying. We will also strive to get more information about conservation efforts with respect to coast redwoods. We might begin to organize and prepare the start of the written report this week. 


The focus of science this week is photosynthesis. The students will be examining leaves of anacharis under microscopes. They will be illustrating what they see. We will then watch some video and the students will be able to label their illustrations. Depending on how far we get, we might be able to create a chart that outlines how photosynthesis works.
  
The students are working on learning a number of language of the discipline words for life science and our trip. Learning the words in context will make it easier to remember them. The words are literally hanging from our ceiling.





The class completed the final mining round last week, and the students were very accurate in answering the questions. This week, the final assessment will be taken; it is the same as the pretest, so a comparison of the two scores will be easy to make. The students will make their final decision of the game and play that out on Thursday. That will complete the simulation. There may be a small assignment stemming from the fates that the students got during the game. That won’t be assigned until Friday if it is assigned at all. It depends on how the week goes.






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