We transitioned from Multiplying Fractions to Dividing Fractions. Of all the models that I teach, these tend to be my favorites. I really like number lines, but also showed students fraction strip models and box models as well.
Brandon helped the class transition from models to computation using the method "Keep, Change, Flip."
I am the Lead Teacher on The Literacy Lounge Project at STEM Middle. At the end of last year, my principal and I decided we needed a 21st Century Library. I recruited a few friends, teachers, and students and we spent our summer creating the space. As of today, we have spent less than $700 on the room. Thanks to recent donations from La-Z-boy furniture, The Rotary Club, and Cotner Funeral Home, we can continue with improvements. We are hoping to install a self-checkout station, add carpet on the stage, hang student artwork, and buy some high-top tables to place around the stage. In the future, we would like to change the flooring, the doors, and the lighting. Want to get involved? Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love your help!
Hello Stemtastic Friends! I hope everyone is staying warm!
The past two weeks, students have been working on their Explorer Hall of Fame/Hall of Lame Persuasive Speeches. Their challenge was to research an explorer and based on his actions and lasting effects of his contributions, decide if he belongs in the Hall of Fame or Hall of Lame. They needed to create a graphic and speech to persuade their classmates. They also had to create a map. You can find a copy of the project by clicking here.
In math class, we worked on modeling the multiplication of fractions. Have you every used K-5 Math Teaching Resources? It has great worksheets aligned by Common Core Standard. I must admit, I do not use a lot of worksheets in my classes, but I do really like their model worksheets.
I also discovered a new way to send my weekly parent emails. Smore is such a fun and easy way to publish gorgeous weekly updates! Below is my first attempt. Have an amazing week everyone!
This week was our first week back from Winter Break. We started the week off with reviewing number lines and models and using them to create equivalent fractions. We then transitioned from models to the "butterfly" method and finding common denominators. On Friday's assessment, many students still chose to use number lines to justify their answers!
We then transitioned to changing improper fractions to mixed numbers and vice versa. I'm using the flipped classroom videos a bit different this semester. Instead of students completing them for homework, I am using the videos as an intro to the topic. While students are watching the videos and taking notes in their notebooks or on their dry-erase tables, I can walk around and monitor. I caught a lot of misconceptions before they became habits. I'm still posting the videos of this site, so students can review as needed. After the videos, students practiced the skills and checked their work with a QR scanner.
In Social Studies, we began a new unit about Exploration. I wanted to get the students really excited about the topic, so I hid chocolate coins around the room and students had to "explore" to find them. We then created a list of reasons why people explored. It was a fun way for students to step into the shoes of an explorer.
Students then spent the week completing an explorer scavenger hunt, focusing specifically on why countries explored and the lasting effects of exploration. They did a great job persevering and thinking critically! It was a great start to the second semester!
Last week was Computer Science Week and the students used their coding skills to create a beautiful lights show! Here are two of our fifth graders that helped! Thank you Madeline and Malachai for making our holiday season a bit brighter!
We revealed our Secret RAK friends this week too! Students have spent the last 3 weeks performing random acts of kindness for their secret friend.
We finished up the week with Gallery Hop. Students created a business and product to sell. The Fifth Grade theme was "Seasons" and our classroom was decorated as Spring. All profits went to the United Way. Our class made over $146!! Way to go Fifth Grade!
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