Saturday, December 15, 2012

Geometry City

What a great week! We covered a lot of ground so that we can be ready for the holiday break. Thanks so much for sending in your recyclable shapes. They really enhanced our geometry unit. 

In reading this week we read The Mysterious Giant of Barletta. We focused on drawing inferences and following directions from the text. Some students struggled with inferring details based on contextual clues. Try asking your children to make inferences about hidden details from the stories you're reading at home.

We finished the rough drafts of our Critter Adaptation paragraphs and started typing the final drafts. We focused on using more specific verbs and understanding the difference between physical and mental verbs.

In science, we learned about the sources of electricity. The students identified different electricity sources in our classroom and we read about how to store electricity.

We started building Geometry City for math this week. Each day we added new elements to the city based on the specific geometric lesson of the day. The biggest struggle for the class has been understanding acute and obtuse angles. We'll be focusing more on them next week.

In social studies we studied the top inventions of 2012 and some key inventions from the past. We discussed their impact on society and the important role they play in our lives. 

Here's what's coming up next week:
  • Reading: Studying versions of The Elves and the Shoemaker.
  • Writing: Doing our first creative narrative on snowmen.
  • Science: Looking at the conversion of energy.
  • Math: Continuing our Geometry unit with a test on Thursday. 
  • Social Studies: Studying the highlights of 2012.
Students have the option of participating in our Secret Elf program next week, where they're assigned one person in the class and need to do nice things for them on Tuesday and Wednesday. Then on Thursday they will bring a small gift that costs less than $5. The following student's numbers represent those who would like to participate: 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 23, and 25. If your student did not sign up, but has changed their mind, please email me before Sunday night. Assignments will go out on Monday afternoon.

Have a wonderful, rainy weekend!