Below are two videos to assist students in science and math. The first video is on the parts of the ear. Students can watch this tonight to help with their studying for their quiz tomorrow.
Today is math, we discussed finding the LCD (least common denominator) when adding and subtracting fractions. The video below can help students with their homework tonight if needed.
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I hope that everyone enjoyed their snow day yesterday! I am so happy we did not get as much snow as expected! Snow days are fun, but summers are better!! 🙂
We will be having a quick science quiz Friday on parts of the ear and vocabulary. Students have been making flash cards and studying in class over the past week. They will be bringing their study materials home tonight. Please see pictures below to help with studying.
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Sorry everyone! The students brought it to my attention today that I never added the Dreambox link under my “helpful links” tab. The link is now below as well in the helpful link tab. Please encourage our students to use this program at home as much as possible to improve our math skills.
We have reached the end of our persuasive writing unit. Students are in groups and will be writing a persuasive letter and creating a “commercial” using a green screen application we have on the iPad. It is a great way for students to apply what they have learned in the unit, and have fun while doing it. An example of what is expected of them is below. Once the students have created the letter, they will then being putting together their commercial.
The app we are using is green screen DO INK. If possible, it would be great for students to play around with this at home! All you need is a large green sheet or green paper as the backdrop. Please see the youtube video below with more information regarding this app.
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As you know, close reading is an important skill students need to master! This week in reading and for homework, students will read complex texts independently and for a specific purpose. They will then answer text-dependent questions. Please see the picture below to help with understanding what it means to be a close reader as well as the article we will be focusing on the next 2 days.
We started discussing the Declaration of Independence! We discussed the three basic rights this document gave to men, the reasons why it was written as well as the “grievances” Thomas Jefferson had against King George III. Ms. Lynam will be in tomorrow to watch a fun lesson I have planned on the Declaration of Independence! Tonight for homework, the students need to SKIM through the Declaration of Independence and highlight 10 words they are unsure of. They do not need to write down anything or find the definitions. We will discuss this in class tomorrow. Below is a video of The Declaration being read!
Today in science, we will have 3 different stations going on. Each station will have a separate experiment. The first station will consist of using a tuning fork and rubber mallet. Students will strike the tuning fork with the rubber mallet. When we strike the tuning fork with the mallet, the tines vibrate. Students will have to answer questions such as “what does this event show about sound?”
The next station will be our bouncing salt station. Students will strike their tuning fork near our salt, and will observe what happens. What happens to the salt? Why did the salt do this?
The third station will be our can-and-string telephone station. Students will be able to understand how sound travels. They will observe and record any differences they notice with the different types of strings.
Please talk to your kids about these experiments at home.
Hi everyone, For the next few days or so, our focus in math will be multiplying fractions. King Kaird’s cousin named Luca, who lives in Genoa, Italy, learned this in his 5th grade class last year. I loved it so much, I asked him to record a video so I could share it with our kids! He emailed this to me this morning. Thanks Luca! You rock!
“Multiplying fractions, no big problem
Top times top over bottom times bottom
Dividing fractions is easy as pie
flip the second fraction then multiply,
if adding or subtracting is your aim,
the bottom numbers must be the same
change the bottom numbers using multiply or divide
but the same for the top must be applied!
And don’t forget to simplify
before it’s time to say…Goodbye!!”
Today we skyped with Mr. Sapia! We skyped about whether students believe the school day should/should not be shorter. This is part of our persuasive literacy unit. Students have read various articles on this topic. They have each taken their stance and are working on drafting their own writing piece. Students were able to debate through skype with other 5th grade students at Rippowam Middle School. It was so much fun to hear their beliefs and be able to argue their point using specific reasons with evidence. After skype, students met in their book clubs to discuss their book! We are entering week 5 in our book clubs. 3 weeks left!
Please see pictures below of our fun filled day. Thanks for reading and have a great weekend!