Class Notes for Dec. 9-13, 2013

A highlight of the coming week is an activity called The Hour of Code 2013. Sponsored by a group called code.org, The part of the Hour of Code that we are doing gets students involved in writing actual computer code using a programming environment called Blockly. We will participate with at least 5 million other students around the United States to celebrate Computer Science Education Week. Having computer coding skills is going to be an important part of a student’s education in the future. People like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, and Chris Bosh (yes, that Chris Bosh!) are/were all familiar with coding. And, as Chris Bosh says in one of the videos, (paraphrased) “My friends who know how to code have real  jobs!”

We are starting Unit Three in Math which will take us into fractions and division. That doesn’t mean we’re putting multiplication away. In fact, what we’re doing is using many of the multiplication concepts and facts we learned in Units One and Two to help us learn the language of fractions and division. One of the fun parts of  this unit is using egg cartons and yarn to learn how common fractions work.

Last week we started studying Bones and Skeletons. I have posted pictures of the first day of our exploration on the blog. There are also recent pictures of our young salmon.

On Friday morning the class will get another chance to work with Kathleen in the Lewis Learning Garden. Dress for the weather.

Once again the class will be using SpellingCity.com for spelling practice. Test scores were generally better than usual, but I don’t know if that was because there were only 15 words this time around or whether the words themselves were easier. This week’s list has 26 words because they are paired. The basic generalization is that  when adding –ed and-ing, the spelling of the base word sometimes changes: dance –>dancing, dry–>dried, stop–.stopped. Some base words are not changed: dry–>drying, watch–>watched.

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About Mr. Colvin

I'm a retired elementary teacher (classroom and music) who taught at Lewis and Woodmere elementary schools in SE Portland. I like to teach, play guitar, take photos, and ride my bike.
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