I am going to make today's entry shorter since this is the last day before break and there is little to write about. I was under no illusion that any real academic work would be done today.
For today was the day of our class parties. I want to thank both my room mom and all of the parents who helped put it together! Event planning is NOT my fortè so I cannot thank them enough for making this party a great success!
I also want to take the time to thank everyone for the amazing gifts! You have truly made me feel appreciated and I am very grateful for everything.
With that, I want to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and break. I will see you in January!
Today was day 2 of our three day week and likely the last academic day of the month since tomorrow is devoted to class parties. I will likely take my class out for an early recess to give them the chance to get some exercise and release some energy before lunch.
Today I did a review in math of prior material and had the class do some problem solving activities.
Today is the first of our three day week on the eve of winter break. Today and tomorrow will still be devoted to the academic since I want to keep my students as engaged as possible. There is still so much to learn so I want to minimize the regression over the break.
Wednesday is devoted to class parties and mine is from around 1:30 to 3:00. After we quickly clean up, the students head to specials.
In science I did I few demonstrations of heat energy. The first one was the ball and ring experiment. I have a brass sphere connected to a handle and a ring of roughly the same diameter as the sphere. At room temperature, the sphere can be inserted in and out of the ring very easilly. When the sphere is exposed to a flame such as a blow torch, the sphere will expand due to thermal expansion - the atoms and molecules vibrate more rapidly causing them to spread out. The solid matter thus expands. When placed in cold water or ice, it quickly contracts back to its original size.
The other experiment was a demonstration of a hand boiler. A hand boiler has colored water in a sealed glass container. When the bottom is encased within a person's hand, the heat causes it to rise to the top chamber. Placing the hand over the top chamber causes the liquid to return to the bottom.
We end another week and the last full school week of December. Next week has only three school days and Wednesday is for the class parties. Mine (homeroom) is from roughly around lunch until 3:00 when I take them to specials.
The weekly parent email has been sent home and I have attached a copy of the energy unit study guide.
In math, I reviewed a lot of content such as multiplication along with area and perimeter during 1st block followed by the weekly warm-up quiz and exit ticket. Since this is the last day on the exit ticket, it has been averaged and sent home with the other graded work.
In second block, I extended their knowledge of area and perimeter by doing a lesson on area of right triangles. All they do is multiply the two numbers (base x height) and then divide by two since right triangles are half the size of a rectangle.
I also went over the area of "L"-shaped figures. The trick for solving that is to split it into two separate rectangles (or squares), calculate the areas of each, and then add them up. A run-down of it is in the second video.
In science, I did a few demonstrations of some of the properties of light and one experiment. We tested to see which type of prism, glass or acrylic, produced the brightest and clearest rainbow. The glass was the clear winner.
Below is a few shots of me demonstrating how light travels in a straight path. I used a green laser and beamed it through a clear acrylic rod.