I hope you enjoyed your weekend!
Thank you to everyone who submitted a volunteer form. I am putting together the puzzle of schedules and will contact you as soon as I have it figured out. :)
We are working on projects for the upcoming Digital Citizenship Week (October 19-23). In order to gather data for one of the projects, I am asking students to keep a record of their online activity for one week. I will give them a notebook tomorrow. Whenever they go online on any device (computer, phone, iPad, gaming console), they should write down the date, the name of the website, and what they did on the site (played a game, read an article, looked at pictures, etc...). More information about what we are learning will be shared with you later, but here is a link to Digital Citizenship Resources for the Home: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/digitalcitizenshipweek/home
We said goodbye to Opal on Friday. She and her family moved to Calabasas. I was moved by the things each of my scholars said to her during our goodbye powwow.
I added some new pictures to our Class Pictures page.
There are a handful of people who haven't signed up for a parent teacher conference. Please do so here: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0E4FAFAD29A4F85-october1
We will not start a new list of word parts this week. Instead, we will be using Notability and Explain Everything to make visual vocabulary cards for the word parts we learned so far. To those who did not score 100% on the Nike and Poseidon word part quizzes, I am offering a chance to retake them on Friday, Oct. 2.
This week's homework assignments, due October 5:
1. I'd Rather Read log and paragraph:
- The paragraph should be written about the book you are reading at home. Be sure to include the name of the book and the author in the first sentence, just like we practiced in class.
- Problem solving tasks 1 and 2. Read, draw, write!
- Practice sheets
3. Online Activity Log:
- Record your online activity each day for one week. Write the date, the name of the website, and what you did (played a game, watched a video, emailed or messaged your parents/friends/cousins/etc..., read an article, etc...). This includes activity on computers, smartphones, iPads or other tablets, gaming consoles.
4. Super Science:
- Read the article, "Robot Redesign" on pages 14-15. Please bring back the SuperScience reader because we will use it again.
- Complete the sheets, "Robot Redesign," "Out of Order," and "Get a Grip." You will be given two craft sticks so that you can complete the activity listed in "Get a Grip." The cardboard strip does not have to be exactly 2-foot-by-6-inches, but please measure it and record the length on your paper. You should also measure the height of the textbook. Draw a picture of your ramp and label it with your measurements. You may borrow a ruler or measuring tape as long as you promise to return it!
- Optional: Visit http://biomimicry.org/biomimicry-examples/ for more examples of biomimicry.
5. Think Like an Engineer:
- Complete the sheet. First, choose one or both questions based on the "Get a Grip" snowboard activity and think like an engineer. Use materials that you have at home to redesign your snowboards.
Have a great week,