The genius hour projects were a lot of fun to watch be exchanged on Friday. I learned a lot from the students about Christmas celebrations around the world. Great job! After the break, the students will be able to choose their own topics for genius hour.
SERVICE PROJECTS DUE! - Make sure to get the service project write up turned in on Google Classroom. They are due by January 4th.
Last week we focused on some of the stories that go with the Christmas story: Mary visiting Elizabeth and the birth of John the Baptist. Next week we will look at the Christmas story itself, looking for small but significant details and students will be writing about the story from a unique point of view.
This last week’s CFP lesson about the self sacrifice of the Wise Men as they visited Jesus. Be sure to see Mr. Butterfield’s email for some good discussion questions.
MEMORY - NO MORE MEMORY THIS YEAR. (Calendar year that is) Use these last two days to get caught up on missing previous weeks.
We worked very closely with double and triple digit multiplication, working some problems and then analyzing what mistakes were made. I felt the students, overall, did a nice job with this activity.
No xtramath this week until next year either! I did talk to the students about the difficulty of double and triple digit multiplication if they do not know their math facts. It is for that reason that I have been having them do xtramath each week. It is about getting the practice in each day.
By tomorrow morning (Monday, 12/19) all grades will be 100% updated. If there are any missing grades students should take the responsibility to find them or get them in by Tuesday.
TUESDAY IS THE LAST DAY FOR LATE WORK!
Please note that lessons 52 for Mr. Akerson pace and 62 for self pace are due on Monday, but I have put them in as missing just to help students remember to turn them in tomorrow. They will not be counted late if they are turned in on time at math class.
We will have one more lesson (53 or 63) assigned on Monday that will be due on Tuesday.
7th SOCIAL STUDIES
Students worked through a quick mini-unit on Japan. They did a nice job with some “speed-learning” this week. Their hard work made that activity fun for me as a teacher!
As a culminating activity for this unit, students participated in a breakout about Japan. Each class had to breakout of 7 locks in 45 minutes or less. Mr. Adler’s class got 5 locks only. So if Mr. Spangler’s class can get all 7 on Monday, they are guaranteed a victory. The prize is something that both classes would want!!!
After the break we will be studying China.
Blessings on your week and your Christmas celebrations.