~ We have current events on Tuesday, 1/27.
~ We will be studying the Western states and capitals this week. The quiz will be on Friday.
~ I've a few pictures from the Holiday party. I apologize for the picture quality; I only had my iPad to take pictures with.
We are starting unit 8 this week. We will be reviewing the concept of renaming fractions as equivalent fractions. Student's will also be introduced to algorithms for the multiplication of fraction and mixed numbers, and they will practice estimating and calculating the percent of a number.
This week in social studies, we will begin our investigation into The Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the 3 branches of government. The students will be looking specifically at the system of checks of balances and also how The Constitution can be amended.
Reading and Writing
We are continuing to study the elements of historical fiction. This week we will be examining how the events and struggles of the time period play into the characters' motivations. For example; Annemarie, a character in our read-aloud Number The Stars, is motivated to protect her friend Ellen because she loves her and values her friendship, but also because, by protecting her Jewish friend, she is doing her part to stand up to Hitler and the Nazis. We will be studying the difference in a character's personal motivations and the motivations of people during that particular time period.
This plays directly into what we are working on in writing. As we develop our stories, we are thinking about what motivates people to act in a particular way or make a particular choice. In historical fiction, we have to take into account the time period, as well as human nature. Students are studying the major struggles, as well as the day-to-day struggles of people during the time they've chosen. This well help them to make the conflict and solution in their stories as realistic and historically accurate as possible.
~ Reading Comp: "Spring Celebrations"
~ Writing: Students will be reading the article in Time For Kids on Noble Bell Prize winner Malala Yousafzai. After the read the article, students should write an essay on a person who is influential in their life. This can be a person they know or a famous person, dead or alive. Students must justify why they admire that person.
~ Western States and Capitals quiz on Friday