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Greetings on this spooky Friday the 13th!

This week in Math students practiced dividing whole numbers. The main lesson yesterday was focused on modeling division with base ten blocks in which the divisor is the width, total area is the dividend, and the missing length is the quotient.

This week in Science students participated in labs experimenting in potential and kinetic energy. Students dropped 4 types of balls to count bounces. Students charted and graphed the results and then stated the relationship between height and mass to see which ball returned to as close a height as the drop. Students also flung elastic bands from 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 centimeters and measured the distances using a scale of 1 square foot tile equals 30 centimeters plus remaining centimeters.




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See you next week!

Regards,

Chris


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Hello,

This week in Math students wrote numerical expressions based on written word expressions.
This involved identifying key words from our operation posters that clue us in to which operation to use. Students later solved problems using the Order of Operations. This was extended to solving within grouping brackets to organize activity over the course of a period of time like 4 weeks. Students received The October Tic Tac Challenge and submitted the Multiplication Problem of the Week. Enrichment activities were given to early finishers to stretch their thinking.

This week in Science students read and responded to 'What is Energy?' to learn about the various forms of energy and responded to comprehension questions. Students categorized pictures under each Energy Form Heading. Students watched 2 Brainpop Videos on Potential and Kinetic Energy to form a foundation of understanding for upcoming labs involving the dropping of various types of balls, and the stretching of rubber bands. Here is a catchy song to enjoy! Potential and Kinetic Energy

Have a great long weekend!

Chris

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Greetings!

This week we said goodbye to Torin who has moved to Maine. Students were very sad to see their good friend go.

In Math students practiced multiplying by 2-digit numbers using both the standard approach, partial products method, and distributive property. Students showed the dimensions for an area model to gain a concrete understanding of what the distributive property can look like. Students related division to multiplication as a counter example to 4 X 18 = 72 to be expressed as 72 / 4 = 18. Students also practiced expressing exponents in exponential form, expanded form, and standard form. Finally, students discovered patterns like 9 (8) + 9 (2)= to equal 9 (10) = 90. Quiz 1.6 - 1.8 was given yesterday with much success and the September Tic Tac Challenge is due today. The work we have done this month has been challenging, but with consistent effort and perseverance the clouds above will clear into a beautiful sunlight.

In Science students experimented with the mixture of unsociable liquids: Colored corn syrup, colored water, and vegetable oil. Students then placed into the cup a broken pencil, plastic coin, and paper clip to see them all suspended at different levels, and that's amazing! Students reviewed the 3 states of matter and transformations of each including condensation which seemed like a new vocabulary word for many students. Students created a Foldable displaying a drawn picture of each state and a written description of each along with an example. Students watched a quick clip of Mythbusters to see the creation of Oobleck, a non-newtonian liquid, where people could walk across it, but still sink into it while being still. Oobleck is a mixture of water and corn starch and is very messy so I will not be creating it in school! Finally, following some predictions I placed ice cubes on a plastic foam plate and an aluminum plate so students could see immediate melting on the 'cold' plate and a slow melting on the 'warm' plate. We then had a discussion on what is going on, and why do we think it has happened at different rates.

September is in the books and as Bill Belichick would say, "we are onto October!"

Regards,

Chris









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Greetings!

This week in Math students were quizzed on concepts regarding place value. Next, students practiced multiplying whole numbers using the partial products method. Students completed an area model to gain a concrete understanding of why we use partial products. During Zone Time students selected from a Place Value Choice Board various activities including creating their own quizzes, board games, and posters of how to teach someone else the 10 to 1 ratio of place value and how to express a number in both expanded and word form. Students also began solving a selection of puzzles to reinforce these concepts. To end the week students completed a list of Hailstones following a sequence that always simplifies to the number 1.

This week in Science students completed 2 labs: The Colored Crayon Lab in which students predicted the most dominant color in a baggie, tallied the number of each color, displayed the data in a bar graph, and stated conclusions in comparison to their hypothesis. The Colored Dye Lab in which students observed the mixing of blue and yellow droplets in cups of hot and cold water to determine a difference in the pace of mixing despite the different water temperatures. Observations and conclusions were expressed to finalize the lab assignment.

Enjoy the pictures of students working on their Choice Board Activities in addition to my friend's Patriot Missile 3 which was a Brighton Fire Department Ambulance. May the first 2 versions rest in peace!

Have a great weekend!

Chris


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Greetings!

We look forward to seeing you all during our Back To School Night Curriculum Showcase this upcoming Tuesday. Parents will visit the Assembly Hall from 6:00 - 6:45. Parents will then visit their homeroom teacher and then visit their teacher across the hall for an overview of this year's curriculum.

This week students practiced walking to the cafeteria to discuss and review procedures during lunch.
We will have a community meeting today to discuss continued expectations.

In Math students learned about place value, expressing in standard, word, and expanded form, and with powers of ten and exponents. Students created a Country Poster to practice expressing the population in forms. The Problem of the Week was collected and students have been chipping away at the monthly Tic Tac Challenge. Students will take their 1st quiz on Tuesday.

In Science students learned and applied the concepts of making observations, inferences, and hypotheses in 2 labs. Students made observations and inferences from creating fossil models using play-doh. Students tested a hypothesis as to whether a gummy bear would shrink after being submerged in a cup of water for 5 hours. Students discussed and wrote conclusions based on their data. The Science in a Bag was collected and is always a joy to view and read about.

Our 1st full week is complete and I am wiped out. Time to renew for another exciting week of learning.

Cheers,

Chris
 
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