Students will share with you during their SLC what was surprising, how they felt, and what they still wonder.
We are in the planning stages of creating a play where Columbus and others are on trial for their acts. Students are researching a specific topic of choice to teach to the class such as the ancient civilizations of Mayas, Aztecs, Incas, Tainos, or West Indies tribes. Other students chose European persons of interest such as Christopher Columbus, Queen Isabella, Columbus' crew, and the Queen Elizabeth I.
After reading, The Legend of the Bluebonnet and One Small Blue Bead, students began creating their own historical narrative story either independently, in pairs, or small groups. Using a Story Mountain organizer, students planned out the plot of their story. Many students choose different perspectives in which to write.
We have been learning about the origins of numbers. Students have been using shells, sticks, and stones to solve word problems using Maya Math-Base 20. Students will share examples of how Base 20 works during their SLC.
We have also been thinking deeply about the place value and how each place value is "10 times as many as the previous place value" when moving to the left of the chart. We are beginning to understand how each place value is "divided by 10" when moving to the right of the chart.
We just began using the base 10 blocks to understand how decimals are formed as fractions and changed to decimals.