This was day 2 of our very short three day week. Literacy was about the guided notes for the new Caesar's English roots and finishing up JA Biztown stuff. Students spent one last day in their groups finishing up everything and getting it finalized.
In math, we are focusing on division with interpreting remainders. What does that mean? I will show a sample problem to illustrate its purpose:
A hotel is hosting a banquet in one of its meeting rooms. There are 345 registered attendees. Each table can hold 7 people. How many tables will the hotel need to make sure each attendee has a seat?
To solve it, you first divide 345 by 7. The quotient is 49 with a remainder of 2. Since we are supposed to be problem solving, simply writing 345 R2 is not going to suffice. Why? Each table holds seven and 345 people can be seated. What about the other two? Thus, the hotel needs to add a table to accommodate everyone. So, not all tables will have an equal number but that isn't important. The important thing is how many tables in all will be needed so that everyone gets a seat. In real life things don't always split up neatly and evenly so that is why teaching interpreting remainders is essential.
In science, we simulated metamorphic rock and sedimentary rock. We used Hi-Chew and Tootsie Roll candy since both are very gooey and easy to use. We placed them in layers to simulate sedimentary rock and then mashed and twisted them into something new. Changed rock means metamorphic rock!