One week from today the first science unit test will be administered. I would like to encourage you to have your child practice for it by doing the online quiz as often as possible. The questions on it (and the math one too) are very similar to what is on the test. Plus, all of the experiments that we do (or demonstrations) have something to do with eat least one question on the test. It is like that for all of the units.
Literacy was a continuation of higher-level thinking skills such as inferences and summarizing.
In math we are coming to the end of the section on adding and subtracting. I am having my students do complex and multi-step problems with and without decimals.
In science, we did the second of the three experiments for the week. Today's focus was about static electricity and how static charges on certain objects allow them to stick to other objects due to opposite electrical charges. Just like with magnetism, in electricity there are two poles only instead of North and South there is Positive and Negative. However, the same principle of opposites attract and like repels still applies.
For this, we used balloons. Students inflated and tied up balloons, rubbed them against their shirts or pants, and then stuck them to the doors of the student cabinets or my storage cabinets. Since I have 30 students, we had to be careful in the use of available space.