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Delta Week 4!

Hi everyone!

We had an awesome time in our class this week. Our students are growing, and we are very proud of them!

 

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We learned all about galaxies and what’s inside them (eg, planets, stars, comets, meteoroids, etc.). On Monday, everybody brainstormed about what they thought galaxies contained, and by Wednesday we all knew so much more. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the Deep Impact Experiment, where we were able to show the physical impact of meteoroids on earth. We used bowls full of flour to represent our planets, and potatoes to represent our meteoroids. Here are some pictures from the Experiment below!

 

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We continued with our read-aloud of George’s Secret Key to the Universe; we are now halfway through the book, and everyone is excited to see what happens next! We also finished up learning all the Six Traits of Writing (see this great writeup for parents on the 6 Traits for more information), and are almost finished filling up our graphic organizers to outline our stories.  Once our narrative graphic organizers are complete we can begin to write our stories.  It is great to see our students seeing the value of learning how to write in the products they are creating!

 

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In Ms. Ruchi’s Math Group:
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We learned about how to scale/resize numbers by fractional value, ultimately leading up to creating a blueprint of our classroom on Thursday. In the process of learning how to do this, we reviewed concepts we covered in previous weeks (including multiplying and dividing fractions, and comparing how big fractions are relative to one another). Everyone was happy to see the application of the concepts to creating a final product. We all look forward to digging into more about fractions next week!

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In Ms. Kirsten’s Bridging Math Group:
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We practiced using drawing to solve multi-step word problems involving fractions, using letters to represent unknown values in equations with fractions (e.g.  10 – a = 6 1/2;  a = ?),  and assessing the reasonableness of our answers using number lines and cubic centimeters to test our answers.  For applied activities related to these objectives, we read Pat Hutchins book When the Doorbell Rang and for each pair of pages, mapped out the new fractional distribution of cookies that the characters were receiving (lots of fun!); spent a lot of time w/cubic centimeter blocks to ‘see’ and manipulate mixed numbers; and, lastly began a fractional word decoding mystery!  Huge progress made this week and even more wonderful to have the kids be able to articulate that themselves!

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In Ms. Kirsten’s Proficient/Connecting Math Group:
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The Stranded!  teams continued in the Design and Research phase of their A Storm is Approaching!  challenge, guided by the wonderful Mr. Scott!  The scale models are beginning to be drawn out and materials readied to begin the building of our scale models.  Each model will have to withstand wind (fan) and rain (spray bottle) as well as space (can we all fit into it?) tests when complete!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Filed January 30th, 2015.

Q3 Week 3!

 

Hello, all! Though it was a shorter school week than most, it was full of learning and fun. We suspended Theme, and instead set reasonable, attainable goals based on our Reading and Writing continua. It will be great to accomplish them by the end of Q3!

 

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We worked on our spelling and sight words (and the whole class will be having weekly spelling check-ins every Monday), in addition to continuing with delving into the Six Traits of Writing. This week we covered Traits 4 and 5 (Word Choice and Sentence Fluency). We worked on various exercises to show that we understand how to use and dissect the traits in our writing. We have really enjoyed reading more of George’s Secret Key to the Universe, and are all looking forward to finding out what happens next!

 

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In Ms. Ruchi’s Math Group:
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This week, we covered multiplication and division of fractions. The students enjoyed these topics better than addition and subtraction of fractions with unlike denominators. It was great to see everyone excited while working on a wide range of exercises, ranging from Math Mammoth to NASA Spacemath, and ultimately culminating in word problems using all operations related to fractions. We also began sharing and working on problems that students created for their PnP due this Tuesday–always interesting and fun to work on! Fractions Jeopardy should be fun for all to play for this week’s PnP. Next week, we will be working on resizing by fractional value.

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Bridging Group – We began the week with a quick check-in on what we know about Fractions to date t0 help us with both planning and assessment.  Following that we started making Fraction Towns – a main street w/various streets off it (2nd, 3rd, 4th,..) and then put houses, trees, cars, etc. on 1/2, 2/3, 1/4 and other fractional values along the various streets.  The kids had to measure, divide, and apply their fraction knowledge to the project – and all had a lot of fun figuring out both how to tackle the project and seeing it through.  Please check out their creations in the hallway by the closet next week!

Proficient/Connecting Group – We began the week with an overview of the Engineering process in preparation for our first Stranded! Design challenge which is to build a scale model of a shelter we would need to survive an impending storm on our deserted island.  We spent a couple class periods building boxes to discover the scale ratio between them and are now starting to find the scale of sides to base area to volume.  Once the work w/the nets and boxes is complete we will start on our actual scale shelter models.

Filed January 22nd, 2015.

Week 2 Delta Update

Hi all!

This week, we covered a lot of interesting material, and had a great time along the way. It was Civil Rights Week at AHB, and we did our best to integrate this into Theme, math, and ELA! We ended the week with Pies for Peace with the rest of the school, where each class (Alpha, Beta, Gamma, and Delta) got to present what the students learned in relation to Civil Rights this week. Students also got to partake in eating a variety of pies–a yummy treat for all!

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Our focus was how we see objects in space (optics, telescopes, spectroscopy). We learned about Hertzsprug-Russell diagrams (http://lcogt.net/files/styles/fourcol-image/public/spacebook/HR%20Diagram.png), which brought up a lot of great discussion among students and teachers. We did fun activities to show how light diffracts and how mirrors focus light. Thanks to Mr. Scott, we also got to play with a model planetarium and view constellations–very cool!

 

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In Ms. Ruchi’s Math Group:
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We learned how to add and subtract fractions with different denominators by multiple methods, including using the Least Common Denominator/Least Common Multiple. We continued to work on NASA Spacemath problems, and the students especially enjoyed the worksheets integrating chemistry and math. We will use this resource throughout the quarter as much as possible, since it makes math come alive for the students. Our Deltas also really enjoyed creating their own problems and exchanging them among each other to solve, so we will have a similar PnP activity due on Tuesday (since Monday is a school holiday).

 

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We began the Building Math (http://www.mos.org/engineering-curriculum/building-math) Stranded program!  First did we did a “Shipwrecked” team building activity followed by officially started the Stranded program by trying to find out where our crashed airplane landed in the Pacific and what islands our rescue raft could have landed on.  Lots of algebra, map reading, critical thinking, team work and computation was required but the teams loved it.

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In Ms. Kirsten and Ruchi’s ELA group:
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We continued our read-alouds and learning about the Six Traits of Writing (we’ve covered the first three traits so far–Ideas and Content, Organization, and Voice). It has been a challenge for everyone to integrate these traits into stories that they have written in class, but we are progressing! We also worked on spelling, vocabulary, and parts of speech–all important items to learn and master.

 

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Filed January 16th, 2015.