Community Hero Project:
The Community Heroes Meet and Greet is just around the corner. This past week the students continued to work on writing reports using the information that was learned during the interview. Each report includes a topic sentence, a body, and a closing sentence. Also this week, students were busily designing and creating their projects. Although each child has teacher guidance, projects are completed independently. As teachers, we are here to help with the process, which could include being a sounding board while brainstorming or organizing ideas, help with creating “to-do” lists, or strategies to manage time. Each child is in charge of crafting their own project, allowing them to feel a sense of ownership and pride with the final product.
Other things we've been up to...
*Meaning of SUM - relate the term to the addition operation when working with word problems
*Continued practice with bar modeling and word problems
*Mental addition - add 3 digit numbers mentally with and without regrouping using a variety of strategies
- add the ones strategy: 253 + 6= ? Add the 3 and 6 (ones) separately and then add that sum to the tens and hundreds = 3+6=9, so 250 +9 =259
-add ten then subtract the extra ones strategy: 128 + 4 = ? The idea is that it is easier to add ten.
Know that 4 + 6 = 10
Add 10 to 128 - 128 + 10 = 138, subtract the extra 6 - 138 - 6 = 132
So, 128 + 4 = 132
We will continue to explore additional mental math strategies next week.
*Children continued working with Unit 19 words - focusing on endings of words- ed, ing, s, es,
*Language Arts Menu - opportunities for independent writing and reading
*Journal writing - Weekend News
*Finishing final drafts of hero reports, designing book covers for reports, writing facts and information to help others learn through HERO projects
Presentation by the New Bedford Symphony Orchestra:
The NBSO provided a wonderful presentation connecting the balance in nature (ecosystems) to the balance in music. The children learned about the layers in the ecosystem that we don't notice at a glance. They discussed how those microorganisms impact the well being of other living organisms much like the way a melody in a musical piece is easy to notice but depends on the support of the other instruments and components of music. They experimented with different arrangements to hear how the" layers" in music affect the whole piece.
REMINDER: Please check out the Reminders Page for important dates and notes.
Have a wonderful weekend!