- Enrichment begins Mon, Jan. 23
- FAN WINTER JUBILEE: Tue, Jan. 24 5-7 pm- Come back to celebrate with DVIA families! Look in the Sunday newsletter for more info
- PIZZA/PJ DAY: Thu, Jan. 26 & Fri, Jan.27 Wear your pajamas to school. Students are welcomed to wear their slippers in class, but they need closed toe shoes for outside play. Remember to pack a water bottle and snacks for their breaks.
We watched a debate on noisyclassroom.com/primary/video/kids-can-make-a-difference-to-the-environment-debate-1.html
and discussed what the students did, how they presented their topics, and how they interjected appropriately. Then we watched a short clip of a game they used to practice debating called, "What Would You Change?" Afterwards, the students wrote topics for debates. The next day, students formed pairs, chose whether to speak on the affirmative team or opposing team, and decided which topic they wanted to debate. Working in teams of four, students agreed on a solid question to debate for the topic and began writing down their knowledge of the topic.
Next week, students will research on suggested websites by the teacher evidence to support their position.
Students were grouped into reading book clubs based on their choice list of books from our "Book Tasting" last week. Each book club decided how they were going to manage who reads, how much each person reads, and when they would stop to discuss the book. While students were reading, I was able to move to each club and listened to students reading and asking questions about what they've read so far. The students seemed engaged and eager to read with their classmates. Throughout the stories, students will be asked to focus on a specific reading skill and apply it to their story.
Students watched, "Truax" the response from the logging manufacturer's perspective of how and why trees are cut down. Then students worked in pairs to compare and contrast "The Lorax" and "The Truax" stories using a Venn Diagram. Finally, the pairs wrote their understanding of both messages and their own opinions of both books.
Next week, we will discuss the types of pollution.
Fourth graders practiced using the partial quotients strategy to divide when solving word problems. They also practiced identifying which of the four operations to use in a string of numbers on Kakooma math.
Third graders continued practicing different multiplication strategies by 9..breaking it up, distributive property (10-1) and reviewing multiplication math facts. Please review simple addition and subtraction math facts with your student to assess their fluency.
Students were very creative in designing something that relates to rain, as well as, working in teams to design something of interest to them. If you have scraps of materials: colored paper, wooden pieces, arts & crafts materials, cloth/fabric, popsicle sticks, yarn, etc to donate to Makerspace, that would be great!