Update

Greetings!

This week in Math students practiced dividing decimals by powers of ten and whole numbers using models and standard algorithms through 3 lessons. Students will be quizzed next Wednesday as we move on to dividing decimals by decimals. The Problem of the Week is due today. Students also interacted with the dice to multiply decimals by whole numbers. The Birthday Bash Project will be introduced on Tuesday.

This week in Science students were introduced to our Solar System Unit featuring the Moon Phases. Students were given a moon calendar that is to be filled out each day. We filled out the first few days together in class by visiting moongiant.com. Students should look outside at night to make their own observations. Some nights will be cloudy of course. Students also created a Sun, Earth, and Moon model and Moon Phase Flip Book for their own personal reference. We also read out constellations and will go deeper in this concept next week.

Thanks,

Chris

Happy Holidays!

Hello,

This week in Math students practiced multiplying decimals with zeros in the quotient. Students solved some deductive logic problems and were introduced to a holiday homework assignment about finding the missing dollar - an attempt that explains your thinking will be fine. Students created the tallest structure that could support a marshmallow with blue tape and thick spaghetti. Students then pieced together a confounding spiral.

This week in Science students created a Light Circle Book that explains and illustrates the key concepts in how light behaves.

I am happy to report that students who have been in school this week are all caught up with their graded work.

Here is a little treat from Miss Corrigan and I.

Elf Video

Enjoy the holiday break!

Chris

Update

Hello,

I missed an update last week due to being incredibly busy so here is an update for the past 2 weeks.

In Math students learned how to multiply decimals by powers of ten, whole numbers, and other decimals. Students used expanded form to break down each value and show products in area models. Students spent this week practicing standard computations and word problems. We continue to identify key words to determine the appropriate operations and whether it is a multi-step problem.

In Science students read a Light Energy Packet and summarized each section heading. Students learned what light is, its sources, man-made types, how light behaves, and how light is reflected through our eyes and transmits to our brain so we can see. Its applications in life include the work of a photographer and surgeon, and the creation of fireworks, and laser DVD's. Students saw how light bends through a lab in which students compared the view of a pencil in an empty cup, water-filled cup, and oil-filled cup. The pencil appears to be broken in cups filled with liquid, and thicker in the oil-filled cup. Students then tested various objects for transparency, translucency, and for being opaque when light from a flashlights strikes each object. Light may be reflected, absorbed, and pass through an object completely.

After school help is available Monday and Wednesday afternoon.

Thanks,

Chris

Update

Greetings!

Moving forward all assignments including today's Problem of the Week will be marked for Term 2.

This week in Math students practiced adding and subtracting money and identified patterns by calculating the difference between consecutive terms to find the missing term. Students ordered off Mr. Pitt's BBQ Menu to calculate totals and then the change from a large bill. The quiz was taken on Thursday. Students will begin Multiplying Decimals on Monday as part of Chapter 4.

This week in Science students created Circuits with batteries, wires, light bulbs, motors, and propellers. They tested objects to see if they were conductors or insulators. Students created a 4-Square featuring drawings of Open, Closed, Series, and Parallel Circuits. Students also demonstrated an understanding through answering comprehension questions.


















Update

Greetings!

Here is your update for the past 2 weeks. Things got incredibly busy for me last week.

In Math students practiced working with decimals in terms of rounding, ordering, and comparing. Students then used base ten models to display combining values and regrouping to deduct values. This week students practiced standard addition and subtraction with the focus on lining up those decimals and displaying digits in organized columns. Students cut out a food label and displayed the value in standard, word and expanded form. Students completed the Restaurant Menu Project including a lesson on calculating the tax and tip. Students used whole value and decimal dice to add 2 values and subtract the third. Students completed the 1st Half Chapter 3 Quiz.

In Science students read about Static Electricity and wrote 5 takeaways from their reading. Students applied this knowledge to discover Static Electricity with balloons, friction, and the testing of various hard and soft objects. Students also read about Sound Energy to gain background information about decibel levels, hertz, amplitude, and pitch. Students also completed the Rubber Band Banjo to apply their knowledge of creating Sound Waves. Students also completed the Slinky Lab to notice a tie in between potential/kinetic energy and sound created by vibrations.

Grades close at the end of November and IPASS is updated. Please check for missing graded work as I have been checking in with students every few days.

I am catching up on sharing pictures of student engagement in Science.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Chris












































 
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