It was great to get to see so many of parents and grandparents this week for conferences.
In 2nd quarter math will get a little more difficult. We will now be working with mostly new material. I will be working with students a lot on strategies to be successful. Good note taking, referring back to the notes and lesson when stuck, and being diligent about getting homework finished are some of the ways we'll talk about this week.
Both groups (self paced and Mr. Akerson paced) have math tests this week on Tuesday. We'll spend all of Monday reviewing. The rest of the week will be spent doing regular lessons
I have added our daily math menus to the math page of our class website. These are posted each day when the students walk in. I (try to) create these the weekend before while lesson planning. These are intended to help absent students, students who forgot to write the assignment down, etc. Please make sure you are on the right date and lesson. These are subject to change based on daily class circumstances.
This past week we studied Martin Luther. We first looked at his life and his 5 Solas. (5th graders should know what these are.) Then we created our own theses about what we think should change about school. Here's a video of some being "nailed" to our door.
The Islam projects came in this week and let me just say - WOW! I appreciate the time, energy and effort that so many students put into their projects. So impressive. So much creativity in both classes! I am very proud of all of them! They did a nice job defending their projects to me as well. (Some future lawyers maybe?)
We are moving on a study of Africa. The first thing to do is our map test. This week I shared with the students their list of countries, capitals and features. Africa has a lot of those! The students have map work (1st way to study) due on Tuesday (Adler) or Wednesday (Spangler). We will go over and grade those maps (2nd way to study) in class. They also have 2 quizlets shared with them in Classroom (3rd way to study). One quizlet is capitals and one will help study the countries. Another tip is study early (test is two weeks away) and study often. Take 5 minutes a night and learn 5 countries. (4th way to study) Don't save it all until the night before.
If you haven't seen it, here is the video about our Crusades
NOW WITH A SOUNDTRACK!