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!
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