Update

Hello,

Today, I collected the Birthday Bash Project. I look forward to correcting them over the next week.
Lately in Math students completed the unit on division of decimals. Students have just begun practicing 3rd and 4th grade fractions to re-establish a foundation prior to next week's 5th grade fraction unit. This includes benchmarking fractions on a number line, using number sense to determine if they are close to 0, 1/2, or 1 whole, and identifying parts of a whole such as 1/2, 1/4, 1/8, and 1/16. Students also practiced mixed review to show recall of past taught concepts.

Here is Mr. Duey's Fraction Song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V96_PjlrVQc

The Division of Decimals Quiz Re-take was offered today.

In Science students read about the various components of our Solar System. Students know that the Sun is a star and that many stars are much larger than the Sun. We learned about asteroids, comets, and meteors. This week students learned about the inner and outer planets. It is amazing to learn how much time passes for each planet to revolve around the sun with regard to its distance.

Students have almost completed their monthly moon calendar.

Here is the song We are the Planets! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHAqT4hXnMw

Here is a Mind Blowing Video on the Planet Comparison. https://youtu.be/1Eh5BpSnBBw

Finally, I had a great time at this year's Super Bowl. Obviously, a win would have made it supreme! Nevertheless, the pregame festivities were fantastic. The residents of the Twin Cities were so nice! My main takeaway is 'kindness'.

Cheers,

Chris

Update

Hello,

This week in Math students divided decimals by whole numbers, by decimals, and also divided decimals by decimals. Students modeled using base ten, and also multiplied divisors by powers of ten to create whole numbers.

The January Tic Tac Challenge is due on Wednesday.

The Birthday Bash Project Checkpoint is due this Thursday. Each student will need to show me a completely filled in spreadsheet of all items and their costs along with a completed table of math calculations. This will leave the invitation and cake to be completed.

This week in Science students learned about constellations based on mythology. Students created their own constellation on black paper with foil for stars and white colored pencil for the shape.
Students update their Moon Calendar and prepared for a 2nd quiz on the moon phases to test for recall. I also introduced students to popular Apps on my IPAD called Moon Globe, Mars Globe, Spacecraft 3D, and SkyView Lite. Ask them about the apps.

Thanks,

Chris

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
 
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