After being gone at camp Monday - Wednesday I am happy to be back with my class. Camp Champions is so much fun with the 5th graders! I can't wait to be with this bunch of kids next year! It is a wonderful educational experience that creates incrediable bonds that last the whole year. I am proud to be able to be a part of it.
Mrs. Sisk had great reports for both classes and they were very productive with her (she's one of my favorite subs!).
Students have now learned multiple strategies to solve multiplication problems including: arrays, area model (windows method), partial products algorithm and standard algorithm. These strategies emphasize the commutative and distributive properties of multiplication.
Next week, we will continue the multiplication practice, but I will introduce division as well by emphasizing that it's the inverse operation of multiplication. Over the course of the next 2 weeks they will be learning several different division methods in much the same way we did multiplication.
After daily hands on investigations last week, this week students read and discussed more about forces and mechanical energy. There were lots of class discussions to support the reading and promote vocabulary.
Next week, I will begin to introduce other types of energy.
Next week is Red Ribbon Week, which includes the Vocabulary parade on Friday. I am encouraging all students to participate in the vocabulary parade, even if that means that they only submit a vocabulary word and not dress up or participate in the school wide event. In the classroom, we will collect the words and use them like wondrous words (a regular vocabulary activity in Language Arts). I am forwarding the rest of Red Ribbon activities for next week. You can also find these recorded in your child's agenda (my homeroom).
I think that is everything! Thank you all for sharing your child with me everyday. I love to watch this little learning community in the 9th week of school be so enthusiastic about learning, supportive of each other, and proud to be part of a team. It's the best part of this job.