Math – In math, students have continued their studies in the multiplication unit. They learned how to use skip counting and doubles to multiply both one and two-digit numbers. Students particularly enjoyed playing a skip counting game in small groups yesterday, and would benefit from playing this game again at home with parents/siblings. I have noticed a definite improvement in 4E and 4F's comprehension and mastery of multiplication facts. I encourage all my students to continue spending 10 minutes per day focusing on multiplication skills and concepts at home. Please note: 4E and 4F's multiplication booklets will be due on Friday next week as our unit is beginning to wrap up. Up next: division!
Prodigy – Students had fun logging into Prodigy during class time today. I have been tracking their progress closely online and am observing some really great results! Keep logging into Prodigy on your own time, Kodiaks! You are doing amazing.
Problem of the Week – A job well done to all my students who continue to explore and solve our weekly problem. Let's see if you can complete this week's problem!
Estimation Station – There were 252 Tic Tacs in the Estimation Station jar this week. I cannot believe it... but K.T., for the third time, has come the closest for 4E with an estimate of 245! INCREDIBLE!
Science – In science, students spent time researching the wheel and axle. We will finish up our research early next week and will then construct balloon rocket cars! After the cars are built, students will compete in a class car race. Students have been encouraged to practice blowing up balloons this weekend in preparation. They do not need to know how to tie the balloon, just how to hold the air inside - i.e. pressing the balloon's neck tightly together in their fingers!
Flex – 4F students will be finished with the Silverwing novel study early next week. They will then write a short multiple choice/short answer quiz about the book. I have also assigned the next task for 4F students in Flex: the Childhood Stories project. Today, I modeled this project by reading my favorite childhood story aloud to students. I answered the assigned questions and also showed students a picture of myself at the approximate age I enjoyed my story. We had quite a laugh together as I have changed so much since my photo was taken in 1984! Here is the project outline I sent home with students on Thursday:
Miscellaneous – Today, students took some time to reflect on the month of February by writing in their Monthly Letter journal. You will see their letter in the front pocket of their student agenda. Please read, comment and return the journal on Monday, as usual. Thank you for your on-going support and participation with this Monthly Letter task! The students always enjoy reading your responses in class with their friends.
On Tuesday, students celebrated the 100th Day of School! They worked in small groupings to complete various challenges and activities, all centered around the number 100! Here are some photos from our 100th Day of School. We had an awesome day...
Upcoming Events and Important Due Dates –
Monday, February 26: Maker Space Monday in LC – Pink Anti-bullying Buttons (wear the buttons you've made, Kodiaks); Students can come down to Maker Space to make more buttons with Ms. Asis!
Tuesday, February 27: Be Brave Hitman Game – PINK SHIRT DAY (Shirts will be handed out to students in the morning before we leave for the game.) Students are highly encouraged to dress warmly and pack a hearty lunch on Tuesday!
Wednesday, February 28: Hats on for Mental Health ($1.00 donation to wear your hat for the day!)
Thursday, March 1: Pink Pop Sale Day ($1.00 per pop!)
Friday, March 2: Kodiak Gear Day (Students and Staff are encouraged to wear black and red!)
All funds raised during the week will go towards anti-bullying and mental health within the community!
As always, please let me know if you have any questions. I hope you have a great weekend!
~ Mrs. Ross