Math -Complete fraction worksheets (2 pages, but only three sides) for tomorrow (Tuesday). Also practice your times tables and determining factors, they are an important part of working with fractions.
Math: Finish equivalent fractions worksheet. Remember to show your work by ensuring that your write down the operation you used to obtain the equivalent fraction.
English: Take advantage of the extra time I am offering to get your novel study duotangs caught up and completed for Monday. Everything should be complete for chapters 1-5. Remember this means basic chapter notes, quotes page (connections, thinking, questioning, predicting), and chapter summary. You should also have some information filled out in your character description and relationship organizers. Don't forget to write down those page numbers.
-Math: Finish equivalent fraction exercises. pg 290 #1-7 for Friday, Jan 25th.
-English: Finish chapter 5 summary of Everest novel for Friday, Jan 25th.
-Science: Start researching for Space Station Project and decide how you are going to show your learning (website, poster, prezi...)
Yikes! This is definitely a challenge for me keeping this blog updated everyday! :) I will try my best as we move into even more and exciting units this term, a New Year's resolution of sorts. Perhaps I need to enlist some students to help me with this task. Any takers?
An update for parents, in case your students have kept "mum" about our new learning units. In science we have started our exploration of Extreme Environments. This is an exciting unit where we get to take a look at a variety of extreme environments and consider the challenges that scientists, and adventurers, face when exploring them. Examples of extreme environments we will be looking at include: Polar regions, High Mountain Areas, Deep Oceans, Deserts, Space, Volcanoes... So far we have begun defining the terms: Extreme Environment and Technology. We have also started to consider what factors make each environment extreme and the technologies that can be used to aid survival and exploration in each environment. We are also connecting our English Language Arts content with the Extreme Environments theme by reading the novel "Everest" by Gordon Korman and will be preparing to write some "Lab Lit" stories based on their research of Extreme Environments.
Since our return from Winter Break we have also started a new unit in Math. Fractions, fractions, fractions! Doesn't everyone just love fractions??? I do, I love how concrete/visual they can be! We have so far reviewed the definition of a fraction and have been using a variety of models to help us understand the relationships between key benchmark fractions. This week we have also been reviewing the concept of equivalent fractions. One way that parents can provide support during this unit is to encourage their kids to spot the wide variety of examples of fractions that exist in our everyday lives. Ask your son or daughter to tell you about some of the examples that they might have seen in an introductory slide show to help get the conversation started.