Happy last week of November! I hope your Thanksgiving was filled with fun, laughter, and food! This week is actually a full, regular schedule week!
This week in math, we are working on different strategies for dividing fractions. The four fraction division strategies are using a diagram, find common denominators, using a super giant one, and using the "invert and multiply" method. We will cover these one at a time, with the primary focus this week being diagrams and common denominators. We glued two math notes reference pages into our notebooks today, which students should look at when working on homework. We talked quite a bit in class today about how students should take home their math notebooks on homework nights and use the colored reference pages for help, but it couldn't hurt to reinforce that at home! Students will have math homework on Monday (6.1.4 Review Preview - we started this before Thanksgiving) and Tuesday (7.2.1 Review Preview). 7.2.2 Review Preview could be later this week or next week, depending on how the lessons progress. I will send out a Classtag message as well about homework this week.
In social studies this week, we are focusing on the differences between Athens and Sparta, the two main city-states in ancient Greece. Students will be reading and exploring the two city-states, then comparing and contrasting life in them. Students will have some homework this week as a review of the government and geography lessons from the previous weeks. The government page will be homework on Tuesday, but the dates for the rest are TBD.
In spelling, we will be receiving new lists and schedules, while alternating between spelling days and circle days. This week, students will make new cards, then complete a word sort and pyramid words in their notebooks. Next week, students will complete rainbow words, ABC order, and finish with a test next Friday.
Have a wonderful week!
After the crazy schedule changes last week, we are looking at another interesting week this week! Monday is a regular schedule day, but Tuesday is our Thanksgiving dinner with family. If your student has someone coming to eat with them, please make sure to return the form so we know how many to plan for! Tuesday is also our last day of school this week, as we have Wednesday-Friday off for Thanksgiving break. Enjoy the delicious food and extra time with your loved ones!
We finished our second Classcraft challenge last week! The top 10 XP earners out of the entire grade earned a pizza party today! Ask your student what level they are on, what incentives they have already learned, and how they are doing continuing to earn XP!
In math this week, we are continuing to work on the concept of division, how fractions are really just division problems, and where the standard algorithm for division comes from. We have begun to draw diagrams to represent fraction division problems and how we get a whole number for an answer when we divide two fractions. Students have 6.1.3 Review Preview Part 2 for homework today (Monday) as our only math assignment this week.
In social studies, we are working on ancient Greece! Last week, we looked at the geography of ancient Greece and how geography influenced the settlement and way of life in ancient Greece. This week, we are focusing on the rise of democracy! We will be using our social studies notebooks and TCI Lesson 26 this week.
We are not starting new spelling lists this week, but will start new lists after Thanksgiving break. Instead, we are going to do some circles and make sure we are all caught up in social studies.
Have a blessed and thankful week!
Monday, we celebrated Veteran's Day at BRIJHS! In the morning, we had the privelege of singing to and recognizing our area veterans. We were also able to listen to some of them share their stories. We thank you for your service! On Wednesday, grades 6-8 will also be participating in an assembly/program called Making it Cool to Be Kind, which will take almost our entire school day.
We have started another Classcraft challenge this week! The top 10 XP earners this week out of the entire grade will earn a pizza party next week! Students earn XP through good behavior choices, getting their assignment notebook signed, turning in homework, and working hard! Ask your student what level they are on, what incentives they have already learned, and how they are doing this week!
In math this week, we are continuing to work on the concept of division, how fractions are really just division problems, and where the standard algorithm for division comes from. We are also working with ordering fractions using a number line during our number talks. Students have 6.1.2 Review Preview for homework today (Monday) and will have 6.1.3 Review Preview homework on Thursday.
In social studies, we are getting ready to start ancient Greece! We will begin by looking at the geography of ancient Greece and how geography influenced the settlement and way of life in ancient Greece. We will be using our social studies notebooks and TCI Lesson 25 this week.
For spelling this week, we are finishing our current list! We will be finishing our rainbow word sort, working on an ABC order sort, and finishing with spelling tests on Friday.
Have a wonderful week!
It's the first full week of November! It's also the second week of parent teacher conferences. If your conference is scheduled for this week, I look forward to meeting with you! If you missed your conference time last week, please contact me to set up a new time this week. We are still working on rewards for individual students for leveling up on Classcraft, with some of the students receiving Knight Shields and coupons last week. Ask your student what coupons they chose for their reward! Please remember to also check with your student about homework and charging their chromebook each evening. Thanks!
In math this week, we are beginning to work on dividing! We are starting with a division review, work on modeling division using diagrams, and looking at how fractions are division problems. This will lead into our work with strategies for dividing fractions next week. Students will have homework Monday (5.1.4 review preview), Tuesday (6.1.1 review preview), and Thursday (6.1.2 review preview).
In social studies, our focus for the week is finishing our exploration of the four empires of Mesopotamia. We will spend the first couple days of the week finishing the lesson, then spending the rest of the week reviewing. Our test over Unit 1 will be on Friday.
In spelling, we getting back into a routine! This week, we will be working on word sorts, pyramid words, rainbow words, and ABC sorts. Spelling tests will come next week.
Have a fantastic week!