Saturday, November 25, 2017

Thanksgiving Break Post

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Thanksgiving gathering. Students had a great time putting everything together. I have included some pictures from gathering.

I still have pictures and video from our Immigration Simulation. I'm still working on putting these together.

Science / Expert Projects - Just as a reminder, expert projects are due Tuesday, December 5th. We will have a share fair sometime in the afternoon. As soon as I have more details such as time, I'll let you know (it will most likely be in the afternoon). Our share fair will most likely also have our undergraduate science buddies who are also participating in the same expert project.

When we return from Thanksgiving break, we will begin feverishly working on our expert projects. Starting Monday, we will spend the mornings gathering information while the afternoons will be about putting our posters and writing together. Remember, the dioramas are to be done at home.

Reading / Writing - We are working on how to summarize pieces of fiction. Summarizing a story can be difficult so I use format to help in this area. During reading, we are reading picture books and summarizing the story using a "Somebody - wanted - but - so - then" format. Somebody represents the main character. Wanted represents what the main character wanted to do or their goal. But represents the problem in the story that keeps the main character from their goal. So represents the solution to the problem or how the main character reaches their goal. Then represents the ending of the story. The format is good for helping students narrow down the information that should be in a summary.

Social Studies - We are finishing up the Gilded Age / Progressive Era and moving into WWI. Students usually enjoy this period because students are curious about this period in time (kids seem to know more about WWII).

Math - We are moving away from long division (though students will practice this at home) and start moving into decimals and fractions.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Immigration Simulation / Ecosystem Expert Project

The immigration simulation will take place next Monday, November 13. We will probably start around 12:00 or 12:30. This will run to about the end of school.

Students have chosen their identities for the simulation. Students are either an Ellis Island processor or immigrant. This week students will do some research about their character, make their name tags, look up some words to help them get into character, and study the characteristics of their character.

We have also started discussing our Ecosystem Expert Project. Today we spent time going over the requirements for the expert project and putting in important dates into their agenda books. There are three components to the expert project: students must make a diorama of their ecosystem, then they must make a poster explaining their diorama, then students will write a short narrative about their ecosystem. All parts of the Ecosystem Expert Project are due Tuesday, December 5th.

Students have due dates in their agenda books and will use these books to keep track of their assignment. I will also be sending home the requirements for each part of the expert project.