After a short week of review and library time to look at various subjects they were interested in, each student has chosen what they would like to do for their research project.
They will spend next week, researching that subject, taking notes, looking up facts in both books and computers (Pebble Go, National Geographic Kids). They have books checked out from the school library and I have also checked out books for them from the public library! If you child chose a particularly tricky subject, I shot you an email to ask for some help :)
They will take notes, then in turn use these notes to write a rough draft, and then a final draft. They may also make some sort of presentation via the iPad or computer (keynote) to share a digital version of their research project. This is going to take a few weeks. I'm going to be pretty strict on conventions and writing (in the written form) and use the digital form as more of a communication grade, rather than getting picky about all the tricks/trades of the computer.
This will be a great learning experience to show their learning in different ways, research independently and communicate their new knowledge to their peers. I am looking forward to this project as are they!
In math, we will still be working on Geometry. This has proven to be both easy and challenging for the students. The hands on work is very helpful when making and building new shapes using other shapes. Being able to visualize what shape would fit doesn't always come easy so using those shapes to attempt really helps. They will learn about three dimensional shapes: rectangular prism, cone, sphere and a cube. They will need to understand the definition as well as the properties of those shapes (how many sides and how many corners). We will again, do a lot of visual and hands on work with this to ensure understanding.
Word study OW/OU will continue with more word work, focusing on writing and using these new words in sentences. They will do a few writing sheets, some smart board activities and a game of sparkle before their assessment on Friday.