Changes Unit- Enduring Understandings:
-All life is interdependent and interacts causing change
-All things change over time.
-Patterns and interactions change over time and help us learn about our earth and its culture.
This second trimester, students will study the changes in power, economy, industry and our earth's features. Through the course of our studies, they will discover how natural and human processes change societies and our environment. They will make connections between technological advancements and changes within society and will analyze how human activities can impact watersheds and oceans. Ultimately, the students will gain a deeper understanding of how humans interact with the environment causing change which can effect our industry, economy and our natural environment positively and negatively.
ELA...As we began our second trimester of learning, we are focused on the theme "Changes." In ELA, students will start reading their second novel story based on the unit. We will continue to build our comprehension by making connections, discover points of view of characters, practice main idea/details and making inferences. Students will be working independently, with a reading buddy, in centers and with the whole group throughout this book. Students listen closely to the comments of others, thinking critically for themselves. They formulate thoughtful responses by using supporting evidence from the text by finding quotes or actions. They will be able to analyze diffferent types of textual structures.
In Writing, we are also working on improving our Spelling and grammatical skills while also starting to write expository pieces. Students will learn the format of this type of writing and practice this throughout this trimester.
Another trimester of learning is upon us and we are focusing on the big idea of "Changes." Students are working hard to understand and master the different concepts and patterns of change in number operations. For instance, what changes have to occur for a number to increase, decrease, or become equivalent? We will continue to analyze these patterns as we begin to explore common factors, common multiples, greatest common factors, least common multiples, least common denominators, and multiplying and dividing fractions.
Whether students are working independently, in partner pairs, or in a group, the perseverance, cooperation and mindfulness they are showing in the classroom has been impressive. Over the last few weeks they have been practicing divisibility rules and long division which can become quite frustrating but they are rising to the occasion and doing their best work. I am so proud of them and love watching the changes and growth in their learning that occurs on a daily basis! Keep up the fantastic work!!
Students have been exploring the idea of "Changes" by investigating how watersheds and oceans can change over time. In this unit, students created models of watersheds to show how fresh water travels through a watershed and changes the landscape.
In addition, we learned about the features of the ocean floor and how scientists use sonar to map the bottom of the ocean. Students simulated this technology on a small model of the ocean floor, and created mathematically accurate graphs of the depth at various locations.
We also learned how waves, tides, and currents can create changes along the ocean shore zone, and students conducted an inquiry lab to explore how these natural processes shape the coastlines of the world.
Finally, students explored the question, "How do humans impact oceans and watersheds?". Each student chose a human activity that impacts an ocean or watershed, performed research, and presented their findings to the class.
We learned about how mail order helped those in rural areas by allowing them to order some of the items they previously had to make by hand. Students look through a 1942 Aaron Montgomery Ward catalog and are amazed at the styles of the offerings, as well as the costs!