Welcome back! I hope you had a wonderful and memorable time with friends and family. Since this is the first day back after Thanksgiving break, I began the day with a morning meeting to review the expectations of the classroom, the hallways, and the cafeteria. I did this for two reasons.
The first reason was that with students returning from break, their routine has been disrupted and while it is understandable that they will not be in school-mode, I want to maximize instructional time as much as I can.
The second reason is that we have about three weeks left until the winter break. Students will be very excited about the prospect of two week break but we will still be having regular instruction. I want to make sure that students are aware of this and that expectations don't go away.
In literacy, i had the students continue working on their opinion writing pieces (Should Turkey be the Main Dish at Thanksgiving?). The prompt and other information is found on my regular Launch page.
In science, we learned about electricity and circuits. First, we had to define exactly what a circuit is. Students learned that a circuit is a pathway that allows electricity to flow from its source (such as a battery) to its output, like a light bulb or a buzzer - anything, really!
They they learned about open vs. closed circuits. An open circuit is where at least one connection is severed, or it is considered to be "off." Electricity has to flow out of one pole from its source to the other to complete the circuit. A closed circuit is just that, all of the connections are intact, the electricity can flow so it is considered to be "on." A switch is really nothing more than something to open and close the circuit - to allow electricity to flow or not.
Students then had the opportunity to explore on their own the nature of electrical circuits at their own pace: www.millersclass.com/science.html