CONTEST TIME! Students-we have been studying the Aztecs, Incas, and Mayans. Our quarterly question is "How does a population affect the environment and how does the environment affect a population?" So how do these ancient civilizations affect their environment?
The first student to find me Wednesday and answer this question will get 3 PBIS "Think Critically" tickets and all the candy I have in my drawer. Ready....GO!!
The students continued working on Order of Operations this week. We focused on developing good habits. They were slightly annoyed that I continuously harped on showing each step, bringing down all the terms they did not use, and circling their answers, but they did a great job in the end! They worked on a domino activity to practice these important habits. I found this free activity here.
We continued our study of expressions by focusing on square roots. Students completed an inquiry lesson using Cheez-Its! Students created squares and "discovered" the relationship between perfect square roots, expanded form, and exponents. It was a super yummy way to learn!
In Social Studies, students began researching the Aztecs, Incas, and Mayas. Students are working collaboratively in groups of three to create presentations they will then share with their classmates. Our overarching questions are "Why do we care about these civilivations today?" and "How does the population affect the environment and how does the environment affect the population?" Students will use these notes to complete a 3-paragraph essay in ELA and also when they complete the "Living Museum" challenge at the end of the quarter. Look at those critical thinking collaborators!
Happy Friday STEMtastic Friends! This was a week of new beginnings! First, we started a new topic in math class. To introduce the Order of Operations, students created lists of real-world experiences that require a particular order. A common one was "getting dressed." To demonstrate, a volunteer dressed in my oversized clothing to show that "order matters." It was a funny, but impactful model.
For homework, students watched a Flipped Classroom Video about Order of Operations. You can find it by clicking on the "Flipped Classroom Videos" tab at the top of this blog page. I created the video using the "Show Me" app. Since they focused on the "knowledge" levels of Bloom's at home, we then focused on critical thinking problems and higher-level thinking in the classroom.
In Social Studies class, we started a new unit about Ancient Civilizations. I borrowed many, many books from the library about the Aztec, Inca, and Mayan civilizations and asked the students to "discover" why this civilization matters to us today. My catch phrase for the day was, "So why do we care?" Day 1 was the most difficult day because students summarized lots of information, but they were missing the critical thinking aspect. On Friday, we paused our new unit to talk about the September 11th tragedy. I asked students the same question, "So why do we care?" They can up with amazing, well-thoughtout answers. So I asked them to apply that to the Ancient Civilizations unit. I think the "lightbulb" went off!
DARE also began this week. Officer Fulton introduced the DARE Decision Making Model. The students were great participants!
Have a STEMtastic week everyone!!!!
Happy Labor Day STEMtastic Friends! This week, the fifth graders learned about the coordinate plane. We started off the standard by making a foldable that the students glued into their interactive notebooks.
Then, the students practiced plotting points by playing either Sink Cap'n K or Coordinate Plane Hangman. Sink Cap'n K was a free resource I found on "For the Love of Teaching Math" blog. Coordinate Plane Hangman was an amazing game I found in The Middle School Mathematician. I think they had fun learning!
We ended the week with students creating Treasure Maps. They received a gold chocolate coin when they completed their coordinate plane. This resource came from "Creative Learning Solutions" on TPT. Click Here to buy a copy.
The students started creating Autobiography Maps this week in Social Studies. They had full creativity on this project as long as they meet the checklist requirements. Below is the checklist I created:
Finally, during Advisory, the students began brainstorming ideas for the Great Cardboard Challenge. Watch this video to learn all about it. The ideas the students have so far are so super creative!!
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.