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Here's a look at what we covered this week:
Reading: In reading, we began looking at using internet sources when researching and reading digitally. We began by looking at internet distractions, and what fix up strategies we could use when reading text digitally. We talked about zooming into the text, ignoring external links until we are done reading, and using extensions to block ads from websites. We also spent a lot of time talking about the different criteria to use when deciding if an internet source is reliable and credible. It was great conversation, and a skill that students can be using all the time, and in all parts of their life! We finished up the week doing a comparison of text and web features.
Writing/S.S.: In writing, we brainstormed a list of topics related to Westward Expansion. We immersed ourselves in books, websites, videos, and research to decide exactly what topics to include in our informational book. We also talked about tips for taking notes, and began researching our topics thoroughly so that we can begin to flash draft next week.
Math: In Math, we finished chapter 3, and took the chapter 3 test. Students did a great job on this test. They are starting to get used to the format of the new GoMath edition. I want to remind parents that you may see a dip in math grades as we adjust to the new format of math tests. I don't want that to cause distress. If I have concerns regarding our child's progress, I will definitely reach out to you. We also started chapter 4 which has to do with decimal multiplication and division. We had some confusion around place value patterns (ten times as much or one tenth of) in relationship to decimals, so we spent Friday reviewing that.
Science/Technology: This week was computer science week, and to celebrate this, we participated in Hour Of Code. Hour of Code is a global initiative to expose students to coding and computer programming. We practiced coding by making our our Google logo, coding for a minecraft game, and used coding to design our own emojis. Students are really interested in coding, and I think we have some future computer programmers in this classroom! Students posted a video of the Google Logo they designed on SeeSaw. Be sure to check it out, there are some really creative logos! We will continue to study concepts around computer science as the year goes on. The links to some good activities is on Google Classroom.