Class Notes for January 12-16, 2015

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The passengers of Room 24 set sail for the New World this week. It’s going to be a long trip, so everybody needs to pack everything needed for the journey across the Atlantic. There will be no stopping at trading posts or going back if something is forgotten. In this simulation students will choose a name (“Charity Wright,” for example), draw a portrait of their person, and come up with a backstory that goes into the reasons they are leaving the Old World. Before those activities, students will work on map skills by designing a country of their own making.

In math, we continue our study of geometry by analyzing the attributes of triangles (angle size and the length of sides) and categorizing them as obtuse, acute, equilateral, scalene, and isosceles triangles. We also move into sorting and classifying quadrilaterals near the beginning of the week.

Please have your child continue to work on the Geometry section of Front Row Math. In case your child forgot the class code, email me and I will get it to you. This is a great site for exploring and learning 5th-grade and beyond topics in math. The elementary section tops out at end-of-the-year material that all 5th graders should have mastered by June. It also has a section on middle-school math for the more adventurous.

Front Row Math is completely aligned with the Common Core math standards and is best done with a “guide on the side” nearby when an unfamiliar topic comes up. There are also short videos linked to some of the problems, but a real person explaining a concept is far better. There are free iPad and Android tablet apps in their respective stores, but it works quite well on any computer. As I mentioned last week, I would like everybody in the class to complete the 21 modules in the Geometry section by the end of January. At this point, 14 students have finished that section.

Next Wednesday, Jan. 21 is a late-opening day as well as PJ Day. Come to school in comfy flannel! Also, mark your calendar for Friday, Feb. 2o, when the Lonesome Teacher Trio plays for the Lewis Family Dance starting at 6:30. This is a fundraiser for Science Camp, so tell your neighbors to mosey on down and do a few square, circle, and line dances with us. It kind of fits in with our geometry unit, right?



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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