We reviewed the box method of division then used the long division algorithm to divide. Students are encouraged to choose the method that works best for them (including the array method which we explored two weeks ago). Students also looked further into the relationship between multiplication and division by using previous multiplication strategies to check quotients.
Looking ahead: assessment, open-ended task, and a guest speaker on Tuesday re: snowflake fractals
Students signed a safety contract when working with electrical components; then they were introduced to the definitions of open and closed circuits and in drawing circuit schematic diagrams and hypothesized how to light up a bulb. They then tested these different configurations: looking for successful and unsuccessful ways of lighting it up.
Looking ahead: Lighting up >1 light bulb challenge
We have started work on poems for the students Poetry Anthology. The first poem will be a “Where I’m From” poem that relates to the students PLACE and what makes up where they are from. Students should have brought this home for discussion.
We will be moving on to a variety of poems and this unit will culminate with each one having a “published” anthology of their own poems.
Next week we will be starting the reading of “The City of Ember” in conjunction with the students exploring the electricity unit in science. We will be doing an interdisciplinary study with this novel as the students design and develop an electrical improvement for their assigned jobs as citizens of Ember. Stay tuned for the students to receive their assigned rolls as workers in the city of Ember.