I am suspending the What We Did Today blog since students access my Google Classroom.
We returned from our two week break and got off to a good start, though today was more relaxed. Many students have traveled and are still dealing with the effects of jet lag.
In math, we used base ten blocks to show adding decimals in a conceptual manner. This was very quickly mastered and the students then spent the rest of the class period practicing this concept independently.
In science, we began the new unit called Earth and Sun. I had the students read pages 3-7 in the text book and answer the question on page 7.
This is the last week of school for the month of December and for the year 2019. Since this week is going to be anything but normal and filled up with lots of other activities, there is little academic information to be reporting. Therefore, I am going to make this one entry and leave it until we return in January.
Monday is the day of the long-anticipated Wax Museum.
Tuesday has the Student of the Month celebration in the morning and Wednesday is the Arabic Language Day.
Thursday is an early release day.
Today the students took the Skill Check for decimals.
In math, we learned (more like reviewed for the most part) about rounding decimals. Truly, as students have come to discover, math is all about patterns. Everything in math is built upon a simpler concept. Rounding is no different. I told both of my classes that if they can round whole numbers, they can certainly round decimals. I was right. There were, of course, a few errors, but I am happy to say that most of the ones who struggled at the beginning were confidently answering by the end.
Tomorrow there will be a skill check for the decimal place value unit tomorrow. I am happy to say that it will be on paper!
I did create a practice quiz so students can prepare for it. It is on the Google Classroom (both classes) and below.