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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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Greetings!

We had a great week in school. Students are filling out their assignment notebooks and homework folders to be organized. All homework is posted on my site link. You will also find lesson videos that accompany each lesson.

The Fowler School Library Book Fair!
September 18-22, 2017
The fair will be open during Curriculum Night on Tuesday September 19from 5:30-7:30 pm

This week in Math students solved mixed facts, an introductory Practice Problem of the Week, 3 of their 9 Tic Tac Challenge problems which is due at the end of each month by all students, and a Paul Revere problem. Paul Revere was offered $25.00 for 32 horseshoe nails or a penny for the first and double for each additional. The total cost was just under 43 million. We also read Sir Circumference and All The King's Tens to introduce Place Value. Lesson 1.1 was taught so students could learn the place value positions and how each neighboring value is 10 times more or less. Students rolled Place Value dice and recorded the value on white boards to compare with classmates. Finally, students solved riddles for values up to the hundred nantillions. All students are logged into Front Row for our weekly computer lab visit. We also used the Kakooma App to solve addition problems. This is accessible online with hard copies in my mailboxes.

This week in Science students shared their interpretation of what Science is. How do we think like a scientist. Students read about observations and discussed the difference between qualitative and quantitative observations. Students also discovered that inferences suggest reasoning for an observation. The grass is wet. The grass is wet because it just rained, or the sprinkler was just on. We also shared elements of the Scientific Method which will be applied in the coming weeks with daily lab experiments. Students played the Silent Observation Game to separate students into 2 groups based on a trait such as all students wearing black sneakers.

Have a great weekend!

Chris

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Greetings Everyone and Welcome Aboard to An Exciting Year of Learning!

It is my distinct privilege and honor to be your child's Math and Science Teacher!

This year you will receive weekly blog updates about learning in my classroom. This will sometimes include pictures of students in action.

Our theme for the year will be based on 'Building Leadership Skills'. Today, students shared their interpretation of what makes up a leader. We also named people we value as leaders. The goal is for our students to think global, and act local. A leader does not need to be known world-wide.

In our class we do not have Rules. We do have Class Agreements. All students agreed to the following handout which will be reviewed every 2 weeks this school year. Class Agreements Document

Yesterday, students were given a packet of Forms to be filled out and returned by next Wednesday.
In addition students were given a 'Parent Input' Form to help teachers get to know your child.

Today in Math students added the corresponding values of the letters in the alphabet to show that the word 'Attitude' is equal to 100%. We played a game of risk called Skunk which called for addition of numbers. Students were surveyed online using my Plickers App regarding basic interests.

Here are 3 songs to introduce the school year:

The Quest For Knowledge Trailer

Can't Stop The Teaching!

The Greatest

We ended each class with an old song with lyrics: 'You've made me so very happy! I'm so glad you came into my life!'

All questions are welcome throughout the year! We look forward to meeting you for 'Back To School Night' on Tuesday, September 19th. 

Sincerely,

Chris

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Hello,

This week in Math students were tested on Geometry and Volume to conclude the final test of the school year. Students began working in class on their Math Carnival Games. Students learned about the law of mathematical probability and actual experimental probability. Students flipped a coin 50 times to test my hypothesis that we would fall within 1% of 50% for each outcome. For Ms. Corrigan's class the final results were 502 Heads to 498 Tails for 50.2%. For my homeroom the final results were 51.4%. The total aggregate did fall within 1%. We also pulled colored coin chips out of a bag and tallied the results for 3 colors. We used these results to predict how many of each color were in the bag of 12 colored chips. Based on 2 rounds both classes successfully predicted the actual number of colored chips: 6, 4, and 2.

This week in Science students created an Ecosystem Pyramid based on an animal which included the individual, population, community, biome, and biosphere. Students then selected another animal and researched the stages of their life cycle in the computer lab. Students also enjoyed the addition of duckweed, crickets, and fish into their Bottle Ecosystems. Thank you again to all parents who donated materials to make this project possible.

Permission slips should be turned in as soon as possible.

Regards,

Chris


 
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