Sunday, February 12, 2017

Small class party on February 14th to celebrate Valentine’s Day and friendship.  Thanks to those that volunteered to bring in juice and bagels!

No School on Monday, February 20th in honor of Presidents’ Day.

Books and Blankets:  March 3rd.  Parents are invited to read with children in the classroom from 8:15 – 9:15 a.m.

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?  Content Framing Question:  What does a deeper exploration of Brian’s thoughts and actions reveal about how Brian is learning and changing in the wilderness? Lessons include fluency practice, summary writing, prepositional phrases, relative pronouns and clauses. Students begin writing their own extreme setting narrative using the acronym ESCAPE: Establish, Setting, Characters, Action, Problem, Ending.

Writing.  Publication of opinion essay:  Should Fourth Grade Students Have Cell Phones?

Eureka Math:    Fractions.   Lessons 15 - 19 this week – using benchmarks to compare two fractions and adding and subtracting two fractions.  Quiz on lessons 12-15 on Wednesday. 

Extend understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering.

Explain why a fraction a/b is equivalent to a fraction (n × a)/(n × b) by using visual fraction models, with attention to how the number and size of the parts differ even though the two fractions themselves are the same size. Use this principle to recognize and generate equivalent fractions.

Compare two fractions with different numerators and different denominators, e.g., by creating common denominators or numerators, or by comparing to a benchmark fraction such as 1/2. Recognize that comparisons are valid only when the two fractions refer to the same whole. Record the results of comparisons with symbols >, =, or <, and justify the conclusions, e.g., by using a visual fraction model.

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.  Students have selected a mission to research.

Health.  Personal Health.

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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