In math we flew through adding and subtracting decimals. The kids caught on quickly to the new place values and had a lot of fun practicing during choice time this week. During this time, kids did a lot of "real life" scenarios, like ordering from menus, creating book orders, and estimating the costs of groceries as they practiced the objective. I threw in some estimation practice and mental math as well. We are starting to see the benefits of Xtramath.org as kids confidently added mutliple digits mentally in order to "beat the calculator". Ask them about it! Miss Murphy's homeroom took the test on Friday, but my homeroom is taking it Monday instead (we meet with Little Buddies on Thursday during math, so we had to make up for lost time).
This week, I also administered AIMSweb, a diagnostic assessment in math that I /Miss Murphy will discuss with you in detail at conferences. This 8 minute test collects data and compares your child's progress to National Norms... very useful information.
In week 7, we will introduce fractions.
We continued our unit on matter this week. This time, we focused on changing states of matter by investigating how water changes states. I introduced a new science website, STEMscopes.com, where kids can play games, do virtual labs and even take quizzes in Science. We had a few technical glitches, but I believe things will move forward more smoothly.
In week 7, we will discuss mixtures and solutions and review the unit by creating a "Matter Brochure". We will have a test Friday.
On Thursday we met with Mrs. Lengle's second grade class, our "Little Buddies". Together the buddies interviewed one another and created acrostic poems based on their names. It was a lot of fun and I am so proud of the role models we have in this class. We plan to meet at least once a month with our buddy class.
I am looking forward to sharing information with each of you at upcoming conferences. I have 21 out of 22 students signed up in my homeroom class! Woohoo! Just a reminder, unless requested, I will meet with only my homeroom parents. Miss Murphy will provide me with all the information on your child's progress in Language Arts ahead of time and I will present it to you at our conference. I will do the same for Miss Murphy.