In math, we finished our factors and multiples unit and are moving into fraction equivalency. In math groups, we are focusing on shapes, angles, lines, coordinates, area, and perimeter. Groups have been going very well and students are challenged.
This unit based on leadership, challenging stereotypes, and change-bringers is coming to an end. Students will begin a final project for this unit where they create a PSA encouraging high school students to vote when they come of age. In this unit, we heavily explored voting rights in the United States, especially the women's suffragist movement.
Our next unit is "How We Organize Ourselves" and focuses on government. Our lines of inquiry are "why governments are formed?", "what is the role of government in society?", and "what are the rights of people according to their governments". We will be taking a guided tour to city council on March 21st to see the government in action.
We will be using "The Hope Chest" as a read aloud book to connect the two units.
- Students have been split into small groups for math so that every student is challenged and supported at their level. Instead of an hour and a half math block, we will have an hour long whole group math block and 40 minutes for math small groups. Students will go to two 20 minute long sessions in which they will do ST Math, Moby Max, independent or group practice, a problem solving task, or meet with me.
Reading Groups are wrapping up and students have been placed in different groups and will be reading new books. Your child will be reading one of the following books:
- Number the Stars
- The Music of Dolphins
- Because if Winn-Dixie
- Just Juice
- Ivy and Bean
The great kindness challenge was a school wide initiate that fit well into our unit. Students designed a door decoration, which was one of the challenges, that focuses on the power that someone can have when choosing kindness and rejecting stereotypes. They designed a kindness monster who is giving gifts and a kind child who chooses to befriend the monster and join in spreading cheer. From the entire school, our class won the door decoration contest. This was completely student led and went hand in hand with our unit, which focuses on who we are and who we aspire to be as individuals. See pictures of students working, the final product, and Chloe's description of the door's significance below.
We are learning about voting rights in the U.S., the women's suffrage movement, and the trial of Susan B. Anthony as we explore individuals who are change agents.
We are starting the year with a new unit, which focuses on "Who We Are". Our focus is on learning about rights, stereotypes, leadership, and action. The central idea is that the actions of one can lead to change of many. We are looking into what makes someone a leader of change and how leaders impact others.
We are learning it through the history of women's voting rights and are analyzing difficult text with rich historical language. We are reading non-fiction texts and primary sources as we study the Trial of Susan B. Anthony. Students are learning about the qualities that leaders have and are being challenged
Here are some pictures from presentations and students working on research projects.
These are pictures from November and December when students were learning about weathering, erosion, deposition, and rocks.