Sunday, February 2, 2014

E is for Energy

Hi there parents and students,

I hope you've had a wonderful weekend. We certainly had many accomplishments last week. We set small goals about skills we wanted to improve during the week and reflected periodically on how we were practicing those skills.

In Math we continued to work on fractions. We spent an extra day going over equivalent fractions, which has pushed our topic test back to this upcoming Friday. This concept is still challenging for most of our students, but as mentioned previously, mastery isn't expected this year.

We were working on the skill of revision in writing last week. Students wrote paragraphs about the branches of the federal government. They then reviewed their own writing for overused words and phrases.

For reading we practiced the skill of citing information from a text in our Martin Luther King book and our science text. We discussed how a complete response to a question includes an explanation of how you know the answer. We also continued to practice text connections.

Science was a lot of fun this week. We looked at energy transfer on a small scale. Students got to interact with motors, batteries, solar panels, and many other exciting tools in the STEM lab. We also read about different types of fuel and how they produce energy.

This week in social studies we completed our discussion and review of the systems of government. Next week we will be discussing the idea of a settlement and how that concept applies to Los Altos.

Let's make it a great week!

Mrs. Andersen