First things first, there was a snafu with the field trip to LBNL. It turns out the initial date set for the field trip was changed from March to April. Unfortunately, I didn’t notice this until confirming things early this evening. I sent out a phone blast to the class, but I’d like to reiterate here that the field trip for tomorrow was rescheduled to April 15th. I apologize for any inconvenience this causes you.
On the upside, we have so much to do, it will be nice to be in the classroom. I changed around current events today to focus on a specific topic and spend a little more in-depth time on that topic. I incorporated some of this week’s vocabulary as well and gave a homework assignment connected with the topic. We read part of an article about the California budget shortfall and had a great discussion about taxes. We discussed a bit about how we pay taxes to the state and what they are used for. We then focused on some specific tax proposals mentioned in the article and discussed their merits through the use of a pro/con chart. The students had some really great points on both sides of the arguments that were made and were very civil with their debating. For homework tonight, the students will pick one of the new proposed taxes and write an opinion paper where they will analyze both a pro and con argument connected to their opinion on the tax proposal. This will allow us to dabble a bit into persuasive essays which will be our final genre of the year after playwriting.
This week I will be completely revamping vocabulary and distributing packets that each student will be responsible for completing by the end of the week. The material in the packets will be similar to some of our previous vocabulary work, but it should give them a little additional practice with seeing, using, and writing the words. I will also be adding an additional advanced vocabulary packet option each week. This will be a primarily independent task that students will be able to work on in class. We will work through a variety of types of creative word use and word play, and I’m hoping that some of the students will enjoy the work and be able to find new ways to challenge themselves. I’ll keep you posted with the topic each week.
If you shift your gaze to the right side of the screen, you will see a new update to the webpage. I went and purchased a new memory card reader and was finally able to upload some pictures from the class. I’ve created a flickr page to keep you updated on the latest happenings in the classroom. You will see the latest 10 pictures that I’ve uplaoded (currently some of the puppet painting that went on today) on the right side of the screen. If you click on more photos, you will see the entire flickr page.
- Language Arts: Current Events Opinion response essay.
- Mathematics: Page 181 – Multiplication of fractions using rectangular array models.
- Other: Vivid Vocabulary Sort page – Latin roots: post, form, spect.
- Reading: Read for 20 minutes and fill out pink reading log.