This week we are back in full swing. After some adjustment on Monday, the students got back to deep learning and participation. Take a look at this week's review from my students' voices.
Math, by Cora, Sam, Lilly and Violet
In Math this week we have done many things. One thing we have started in math this week is geometry. We’ve been working on the different types of angles like right angles, obtuse angles, acute angles, and other more complicated ones. A right angle is an angle with the measure of exactly 90 degrees. An obtuse angle is an angle with a measure greater than 90 degrees and less than 180. An acute angle is an angle with a measure greater than 0 degrees and less than 90. An zero angle is an angle whose measure is exactly zero degrees. We have been using shape blocks to measure how many degrees an angle is. We have been using the blocks in our math pages.
We also did a pre-assessment to get ourselves ready for the assessment. After we finished the pre-assessment we did a reflection sheet. The reflection sheet showed the questions and we gave the answer, and If you got the question right you put a checkmark in the box that says I can do this already, if you got it half of them wrong, you put a checkmark in I can do this sometimes, and if you got all of them wrong you put a check in I need to learn this. Once we did the pre-assessment we answered similar questions in the post-assessment, like adding with time, liters and milliliters, complete ratio tables, solve standard algorithm problems and much more.
Science, by Abby Z. Emmy and Breanna
This week in science we have been learning about PLTW (project lead the way). In PLTW we’ve been learning about waves and the properties of light. We are learning about amplitude, wavelength, crest and trough. The amplitude is the height of the wave, the wave is a triangular shape and if you put a ruler, you are measuring the height of the wave. The wavelength is measuring one wave to another. The crest is the highest point of the wave. Trough is the lowest point of the wave.
For one of the activities we all stood up and formed a circle, we made waves like in the ocean, we had to do low amplitude, high amplitude, low wavelength and high wavelength and we found out that it’s harder to do high amplitude and high wavelength.
Another thing that we have been using in science is a website called phet.Colorado.edu. This simulator can measure how long the waves are, it can also make waves, you can also change the amplitude and the frequency, the frequency changes the wavelength and makes the waves bigger.
Daily 5, by Pepper, Abby S. and Emily
This week in Daily Five we are working on Greek Mythological Allusions, and an organized Vocabulary checklist. What I mean by ‘Vocabulary checklist’ is a checklist with a bunch of word work/Vocabulary practice boxes that you need to complete and check off. You need to complete and check off all the boxes by the end of the week. The things we need to complete include; complete the vocabulary sheet (a sheet with questions about the words of the week), the cootie catcher (a fortune teller), postcard (a ‘postcard’ to Mrs. Willinski about a word of the week), the graffiti wall (a wall of sticky notes using the vocabulary words in separate sentences), POP (a fun game where you have to collect word cards by spelling and giving the definition of a word), and last but not least, writing word and definition in my journal.
In daily five we are also learning about GREEK MYTHOLOGY. In Greek Mythology we learn about Greek gods and the allusions to them. First I will talk a little about MEDUSA: Medusa was an evil gorgon. She had snakes for hair, and in some stories she had a snake-like torso. Medusa could turn a person into stone with her eyes, so when she looked at someone, that person turned into stone. The next Greek myth is ACHILLES. When Achilles was a baby he was dunked in water that provided protection for the child. His mum had held him by the heel and because of that, the water hadn’t touched his heel. One day Achilles went into war, near the end of the TROJAN WAR someone shot Achilles in the heel and then Achilles died. The last Greek myth is PANDORA. Pandora was a gift from the gods to earth. One day Zeus sent a box to earth with an instruction “Do not open”. Pandora was longing to see what was inside the chest, when Pandora opened the box evil spirits were flying out of it! After the evil, one little cloud was hanging over the chest. The cloud was hope.
Hello there this week we have learned about Mythical Allusions. We have learned that an Allusion is a figure of speech which is brief and references an event, time or place. We have learned "She opened Pandora’s box", "candy is their Achilles heel" or "that boy has the Midas Touch". Pandora’s box is a saying that means that somebody can start something that has bad consequences, but you still have hope. Achilles heel references to having a weakness, like maybe candy or playing with electronics. And Midas Touch goes to a story a wise and greedy man who was given the chance to make a wish and chooses everything he touches to become gold. That’s just some of the many allusions we have learned about and there’s probably more to learn. We all hope you like the blog!!
Hello! My name is Esther Willinski, and I am a fourth grade teacher in Massachusetts. Join us in our journey through 4th grade!