Homework for Jan. 21-25 (Week 20)

Thank you to those who are faithfully checking the blog, pensively posting on the padlets, logging in to the various online resources, and carefully completing tasks on Google Classroom. Your efforts and engagement are appreciated!!!

    1. Read for at least 30 minutes each night. Complete the online reading log OR one on paper. (Copies are available in class).
    2. Explore some lessons on IXL.com and / or Khan Academy in the following areas:
      • *Metric Measurement*
      • *Multidigit Multiplication*
      • Logical Reasoning
      • **A Scholar has a goal: Over the break, we answered 3,732 questions and spent almost 43 hours on IXL. 
    3. Log on and “Launch” into some learning with Everyday Math. (Note: Log on information is in your planner.) **Alert: Any lessons in Unit 3 can be reviewed.**
    4. Reflect back on Week 19 and complete the “Reflection: Learning Habits” form.

    Note: Homework is due on Fridays.

    **Check back later in the week for additional homework related to in-class discussions and activities.

    Announcements

    1. Library is scheduled weekly on Mondays from 9:30 – 10:10 a.m.
      • Since we will miss our official library time this week, you will be able to check out books at another time. 
    2. P.E. is scheduled weekly on Mondays and Fridays. Come dressed to exercise – sneakers, hat, sunscreen.
    3. We will be spending time with our buddies on Wednesday at 9:15 a.m.
    4. Report Cards will be distributed on Wednesday.
    5. We will have our first elementary assembly of 2019 on Friday at 8:15 a.m.

Finishing Up with a Full Day on Friday

After a two-day break in recognition of Heroes’ Day, a Congolese national public holiday, we finished our week will a full day of learning.

We began our morning with a brief discussion about Heroes’ Day. We then completed our Compass Points activity by reflecting our our Worries (W) related to struggle and survival and also explored what Excites (E) us about this central idea. Once everyone had recorded ideas, we did a gallery walk of our compass points, reading all the reflections and recording what resonated.

         

Google Classroom: A copy of the document we used in class is posted below. A digital version is posted in your Google Classroom for you to record your ideas.

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In an effort to dig more deeply into the idea of struggle and survival, we shared a read aloud of the book The Caged Birds of Phnom Penh by Frederick Lipp. Prior to reading, we paused to make predictions about the text, based on the title and Ronald Himler’s illustrations. To guide our predictions and our ponderings, we used a summary-style mneumonic device – SWBST-F (Somebody, Wanted, But, So, Then, Finally). This graphic organizer will be used again on Monday when we revisit the text. Then, as we read, we paused after each page to peruse the pictures, ponder the plot, find figurative phrases, and consider connections to our compass point conversation.


Our discussions were deep and diverse, often diverting to delve into interesting individual incidences (here in Kinshasa, in our home countries, and from our travels around the world) that have influenced our ideas and impacted our lives. How will all these things intersect as we conduct our inquiry?

In math, we made another multiple source related to metric conversions and measurement. As we assembled our table, we applied our understanding of fractions and decimals.

Math is Fun: Common Big and Small Numbers

We also connected the final product to another multiple source in our grid book. Which one do you think it is? How can we apply these tools to solve problems?

Khan Academy: Measurement and Data (Log in to Khan Academy through your Google Classroom to learn more and track your progress).

Alert: This video is really for 8th grade thinkers, but you might be able to make some connections to what we’re doing in 4th grade.

French and P.E. got us out of the classroom and moving around, exercising both our bodies and our brains.

To end the day, the 13 problem solvers present put their problem solving skills to work in order to organize our table groups. As we considered how to sort ourselves out into sets of six, specific criteria had to be met. In addition to attending to individual learning needs, final table groups needed to include scholars who were:

  • thinkers (thinking buddies).
  • principled.
  • focused.
  • reflective.
  • self-controlled.
  • bucket fillers.

We are looking forward to testing out our new arrangement with scholars who join us next week and to seeing how we can shape and sharpen one another each day as we inch ever closer to fifth grade.

 

Making the Most of Monday

As is our routine, we began our week with a new list of words. Our discussion of the words today allowed us to elaborate not only spelling patterns but also on big ideas related to math and social studies. What ideas come to your mind when you see this week’s words? Jot down your thinking in the padlet below. (Be sure to include your secret agent number and initials with your comment.)

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Before heading to the library, we revisited our work with parts of speech and spent time adding to and revising our list or words related to our break. Finding homonyms, homographs, and homophones that fit was especially tricky. We also learned, on Google Classroom, how to “TURN IN” our documents by clicking on the “TURN IN” button in the top right corner of the document. We’re aiming for 100% completion of the recent assignments.

At library, we had an opportunity to browse the collection and check out some fresh reading material. Then, Ms. Kraft invited us to give feedback on the library. Please share your ideas by completing the Google Form below.


In music, we continued to work on composing our own songs. After writing the lyrics, which required a verse, refrain, and bridge. we are now working on composing the music using Garageband. We are grateful to Mrs. Fischer for letting us use Third Grade’s iPads for this project.

This afternoon, we practiced badminton at P.E. and had an opportunity to share our activities in French. We were excited to Madame Eale back today.

To finish out the day, we reviewed our work with decimals from Friday. Because we had a few more people today, we were excited to see some more growth mindset in action. Sure enough, a few mistakes were made, and… we learned from them. We then began to extend our thinking about decimals by connecting our hundreds grid to a number line. Then next step is to connect that to measurement. In our grid books today, we made a multiple source by creating and coloring the hundreds grid and then creating and labeling a number line. In both cases, we identified the whole as 1 meter and each square as a centimeter because 100 centimeter equals 1 meter. Another way to say it is 1 centimeter is 1/100 (one hundredth) of a meter. We will work on this concept more tomorrow, but you are welcome to check our Everyday Math Lesson 3.11 for more information and practice today.

 

 

 

Homework for Jan. 14-18 (Week 19)

    1. Read for at least 30 minutes each night. Complete the online reading log OR one on paper. (Copies are available in class).
    2. Explore some lessons on IXL.com and / or Khan Academy in the following areas:
      • *Decimals*
      • *Multidigit Multiplication*
      • Logical Reasoning
      • **A Scholar has a goal: Over the break, we answered 4,081 questions and spent almost 38 hours on IXL. That’s more time spent and questions answered than over the entire break. What a great start in the new year!
    3. Log on and “Launch” into some learning with Everyday Math. (Note: Log on information is in your planner.) **Alert: Any lessons in Unit 3 can be reviewed.**
    4. Reflect back on Week 18 and complete the “Reflection: Learning Habits” form.

    Note: Homework is due on Fridays.

    **Check back later in the week for additional homework related to in-class discussions and activities.

    Announcements

    1. Library is scheduled weekly on Mondays from 9:30 – 10:10 a.m.
      • Since we will miss our official library time this week, you will be able to check out books at another time. 
    2. P.E. is scheduled weekly on Mondays and Fridays. Come dressed to exercise – sneakers, hat, sunscreen.
    3. ASAs resume this week.
    4. There will be no school on January 16-17 in recognition of Heroes’ Day.

Pointing Us in the Right Direction

This morning, in preparation for a Compass Points visible thinking routine, we discussed the formation and purpose of a compass and compass rose. We started by labeling the four cardinal directions (north – N, south – S, east – E, and west – W). Connecting to our work with fractions, we then divided our compass into eighths, adding the intermediate directions (northwest – NW, northeast – NE, southwest – SW, southeast – SE). To challenge our brains, we then divided the eighths in half to make sixteenths. Using our detective skills, we determined how to label these tertiary directions, combining the adjacent cardinal and intermediate directions (north northwest – NNW, west northwest – WNW, west southwest – WSW, south southwest – SSW,  north northeast – NNE, east northeast – ENE, east southeast – ESE, south southeast – SSE).

As a connection to our unit on Japan and some origami done in art this week, check out this tutorial on making your own compass rose.

If you’d like to really exercise your brain, check out the following video that includes fractions, directions, and… degrees (angles), a math topic we will focus more on later in the year.

Challenge: Pointing Us in the Right Direction Padlet

  • What questions do you have about the compass?
  • How could you find out more?
  • How could a compass help us explore our area of focus?
  • How does a compass connect to our central idea of struggle and survival?

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Some of the most exciting things about today were our… MISTAKES! That’s right, we got to see, in person, how quickly neurons can grow when we make mistakes. Our beginning task in math today was to represent the number 0.2 on a hundreds chart. Of the 8 people in class, 8 people made a mistake. That’s right, eight eighths of us had an incorrect answer. he best part was, 8/8 of the class also proved they had a growth mindset because rather than giving up, they asked questions, considered different points of view, and were willing to learn. SO scholarly!

Using the grid on the Google Doc in your Google Classroom. Show how to represent 0.2 by using the fill / paint can tool.

Google Classroom: Lesson 3.10: Exploring Decimals

Alert: This next video requires you to think carefully about what makes a whole.

To close out the week, we ended where we started, talking about parts of speech. Using our Jolly Phonics book as a multiple source, we explored concrete nouns, which are things you can see, hear, smell, taste, and touch.

Scholarly Multiple Source: Concrete vs. Abstract Nouns

We also worked together to generate a list of synonyms for some overused adjectives – good, bad, beautiful, difficult, minimum. Go to your Google Classroom to create your own thesaurus for common adjectives.

Google Classroom: Making a Multiple Source: Thesaurus

 

Homework for Dec. 10-14 (Week 17)

    1. Read for at least 30 minutes each night. Complete the online reading log OR one on paper. (Copies are available in class).
    2. Explore some lessons on IXL.com and / or Khan Academy in the following areas:
      • *Fractions*
      • *Decimals*
      • Logical Reasoning
      • **A Scholar has a goal: This past week, we answered 1,704 questions during almost 11 hours on IXL!**
      • So far this year, we have answered 39, 341 questions and have spent 317 hours 4 minutes on IXL. What will be our goal for the new year?
    3. Log on and “Launch” into some learning with Everyday Math. (Note: Log on information is in your planner.)
    4. Reflect back on Week 16, and complete the “Reflection: Learning Habits” form.

    Note: Homework is due on Fridays.

    **Check back later in the week for additional homework related to in-class discussions and activities.

    Announcements

    1. Library is scheduled weekly on Mondays from 9:30 – 10:10 a.m.
      • Bring your book bag and books.
      • ALERT: ALL books must be returned for the break. 
    2. P.E. is scheduled weekly on Mondays and Fridays. Come dressed to exercise – sneakers, hat, sunscreen.
      • ALERT: The swim unit continues this week, so bring your swim suit and a towel! 
    3. Reading Assessment – Monday
    4. We will be spending some time with our buddies on Tuesday, December 11 starting at 9:30 a.m.
    5. Math Unit 3 Assessment – Tuesday
    6. We will be finishing off the first half of the year with an elementary assembly on Friday at 8:15 a.m.
    7. Winter Break will begin with an early dismissal on Friday, December 14 at 11:30 a.m.

The Making of… a Movement Movie

Today we embarked on a project that will allow us to mull over and muse about the form and causation of movement as a change agent. After reading and ruminating on a reading about earthquakes, volcanoes, and/or tsunamis, each a type of fast change experienced in Japan, students synthesized the information to share with their target audience – a team of geologists, sociologists, and artists. While that might sound like a odd combination of people, each one is uniquely affected by these types of change. It was the task of each scholarly news reporter or documentarian to determine the positive and negative implications of each form of movement and COMMUNICATE (our trait for the month) those effects clearly.

     

GRASPS Task & Single-Point Rubric

Finished products will be posted to the blog.

Trait of the Month: Communicator

Homework for Dec. 3-7 (Week 16)

  1. Read for at least 30 minutes each night. Complete the online reading log OR one on paper. (Copies are available in class).
  2. Explore some lessons on IXL.com and / or Khan Academy in the following areas:
    • *Fractions*
    • *Decimals*
    • Logical Reasoning
    • **A Scholar has a goal: This past week, we answered 2,116 questions during almost 15 hours on IXL!**
  3. Log on and “Launch” into some learning with Everyday Math. (Note: Log on information is in your planner.)
  4. Reflect back on Week 15, and complete the “Reflection: Learning Habits” form.

Note: Homework is due on Fridays.

**Check back later in the week for additional homework related to in-class discussions and activities.

Announcements

  1. Library is scheduled weekly on Mondays from 9:30 – 10:10 a.m.
    • Bring your book bag and books.
  2. P.E. is scheduled weekly on Mondays and Fridays. Come dressed to exercise – sneakers, hat, sunscreen.
    • ALERT: The swim unit continues this week, so bring your swim suit and a towel! 
  3. A PYP Parent Workshop will be held in the CAC on Monday, December 3, 8:15 – 9:45 a.m. 
  4. Be ready to show off your strokes during the Swim Gala on Friday, December 7, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. RESCHEDULED (Date TBD)
  5. STUCO will be sponsoring a disco this Friday, December 7, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
    • Cost: $5.00
    • Permission Slip Required
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