We end the month of November and begin the first of the three days of reteaching or enrichment followed by the retest on Friday. Due to the sheer numbers of students who scored at least a 90% on the test, Ms. Apoldo and I will both be doing enrichment. My focus will be on dividing by a two-digit divisor.
In science, the students took notes.
Since the second math common assessment was administered today, there are no warm-ups or lessons posted.
The math common assessment consisted of 30 questions and students were encouraged to do the following:
To ensure that students took their time, I would not allow them to turn in their tests until at least 45 minutes into the class period.
Overall, I am very happy with the performance on the tests. I again had a LOT of students who scored a 90% or above so my enrichment class will be pretty crowded tomorrow and Thursday. I will be doing long division with two-digit divisors; for example: 3,456 ÷ 13.
We did not get to science since many students took up most of the time allotted in the math/science block, I decided to do notes tomorrow. I thought it best to allow them the maximum time for the math test.
We return to a full week after Thanksgiving Break. I hope everyone's Thanksgiving was one that was filled with joy and happiness! This week will be a normal week in the sense that we will have five instructional days. This will be the first of three weeks like that. The final week of 2016 is December 19th through the 23rd though we will be in school for only three of those days. The last day, Wednesday the 21st, will be for the class parties so I am not anticipating a lot of meaningful work.
Tomorrow is the second math common assessment so today was devoted to review and preparation. I reviewed place value through interpreting remainders in long division.
For my second block class I reviewed long division but instead of remainders we did decimal quotients. For example, 5,672 ÷ 6 = 945.33 instead of 945 r2.
In science, we began a new unit, Energy: Conservation and Transfer. Tomorrow the students will be taking notes unless the math test takes more time than anticipated. If that is the case, then I will simply shift the plans over one day.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Break!!!!
Thanksgiving break is upon us! Today was the second day of our short two-day week and while there was instruction going on, it was at a more relaxed pace. In math, we continued practicing long division. When we return from Thanksgiving Break, we will spend one day on an overall review. Tuesday is the big math test to see where everyone is and where they need to go.
In science, we did an activity reviewing the rock cycle with Mobius Strips. A Mobius Strip is a loop with one twist in it. The interesting thing about it is that no matter where you begin, if you trace over it long enough you will return to the exact place without ever once lifting the pencil. Here is a link to a video I made last year: http://www.millersclass.com/try-this-at-home.html
Lastly, the weekly email was sent out. Though this week had only two school days, I still want to maintain the weekly email habit.
That is all for today! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and safe travels if you are going out of town. Below are the day's math lessons and materials.