This week we completed our unit of algebraic reasoning with strip diagrams. We have reviewed all 4 operations in multi-step word problems. I really have enjoyed seeing the kids take something seemingly abstract and make it concrete by organizing the data into the diagram. This has enabled them to create equations with variables to represent the missing information much more confidently. That's pre-algebra folks! I have postponed the test to Monday officially so we can spend today reviewing and grading daily assignments. We had no math class yesterday due to the field trip.
Next week we will continue with algebraic reasoning but this time, it is embedded in input/output tables.
We discussed water distribution and the location of freshwater this week. We have fallen behind with the science fair presentations, the field trip, and our special guest speaker from Keep Austin Beautiful, so the water cycle test will also be postponed to next week, likely Tuesday.
Next week, we talk about severe weather and wrap up this unit of study.
Miss Adrienne from Keep Austin Beautiful is back this week with a lesson on aquifers and soil!
Don't forget the extra credit opportunity with Keep Austin Beautiful this Friday! Information can be found here.
Please add the following to your calendars:January 29th: Science Fair Project Viewing in-school for students & after school for parents
Feb. 16th: Student-Led Conference Day: More information will go home next week in Wednesday folders.
March 10th: Science Rocks & Minerals Field Trip to Pease Park. Chaperones Welcome! *See important info below.
March 14-22: Spring Break
March 27th: Keep Austin Beautiful Science Service Project at Bear Lake. Chaperones Welcome! *See important info below.
March 30: STAAR Writing Day 1
March 31: STAAR Writing Day 2
April 3: No School
April 21: STAAR Math
April 22: STAAR Reading
*If you would like to chaperone this year, please visit the website:http://www.austinpartners.org to do a background check. This takes 5-7 days to process and we have been told that only parents on this list are able to chaperone.