HERE'S WHAT HAPPENED LAST WEEK💡
Last week in math we finished up Chapter 8. Students reviewed the major concepts from the unit and took a brief assessment on Wednesday. From there we moved on to Chapter 9: Multiplying and Dividing Decimals. Students practiced multiplying decimals by whole numbers and 10s, 100s, and 1000s.
Our literacy time last week focused on the nonfiction text, Freedom Walkers. Throughout the week, students examined new vocabulary terms and practiced using various comprehension strategies to better understand this complex text. As we explored this story behind the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott, students learned about the lives of Jo Ann Robinson and Claudette Colvin. We practiced visualizing as we compared life in the 1950s to life today. Students also used evidence from the text to support their opinion in constructed responses.
Our Opinion Writing unit began last week, and our class seemed to really enjoy exploring this genre. Throughout the week, students read and discussed persuasive essays, and determined each author's purpose and audience. We also took a closer look at the information that's presented in a persuasive essay and the structure and organization that must be present for it to be effective.
Students continued investigating matter last week! This time we focused on heating and cooling matter, and whether or not a material's weight changes once it's heated cooled, or mixed with other substances. Through an investigation of water/ice, olive oil and tea, and glycerin soap and paraffin wax, students learned that the weight of matter is conserved when heated or cooled. Additionally, students compared separate weights of water, salt, and oil with mixtures of those materials. Through measuring, weighing, and graphing data, students discovered that the total weight of matter is conserved in mixtures.
THIS WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS📌
We will continue moving through Chapter 9 and focus on dividing decimals.
Our nonfiction study of the text Freedom Walkers will continue this week.
This week in writing we will continue moving through our Opinion Writing unit.
We will wrap up our Investigating Matter unit this week by exploring chemical reactions and creating oobleck!
Friday, 3/3: Multiplying & Dividing Decimals Assessment
**See below for our (tentative) Illinois Science Assessment and Illinois Achievement Readiness testing schedule.