Monday, February 6, 2017

Language Arts.  Reading and Writing from the Extreme Settings Great Minds program.   This week we continue to read Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.  Focus Question:  How does setting influence character and plot development?  Lessons include fluency practice, summary writing, prepositional phrases, relative pronouns and clauses.  Students think about writing their own narrative using the acronym ESCAPE:  Establish, Setting, Characters, Action, Problem, Ending.

Writing.  Finish draft of Opinion essay.  Should Fourth Grade Students Have Cell Phones?

Eureka Math:    Fractions.   Lessons 10 – 14 this week - explain fraction equivalence using a tape diagram and the number line, and relate that to the use of multiplication and division.  Quiz on lessons 7 – 11 on Wednesday. 

From Common Core:  Focus Standards for Mathematical Practice

“MP.2  Reason abstractly and quantitatively.  Students will reason both abstractly and quantitatively throughout this module.  They will draw area models, number lines, and tape diagrams to represent fractional quantities, as well as word problems.

MP.3  Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. …”Students explore various strategies and participate in many turn and talk and explain to your partner activities.  By doing so, they construct arguments to defend their choice of strategy, as well as think about and critique the reasoning of others.”

Science.  Energy.  Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) FOSS Energy Module. We will investigate energy, build electric circuits powered by D-cells (flashlight batteries), and explore electromagnetism, light, collisions, and waves.  Building an understanding that energy is evident when there is motion, electric current, sound, light, or heat, and that energy can travel from place to place. 

Social Studies.  Explorers in California and Spanish/Mexican California – Missions.

Health.  Personal Health and Physical Activity.

Music.  8:10 – 8:40 Tuesday

Physical Education.  Psychomotor on Monday - we need volunteers to help from 8:05 - 9:00.  Class on Wednesday from 10:40 - 11:15.

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