What's New in Room 200

Writing

11/06  Students have been collecting notes  for our research paper due the week of Thanksgiving.  Students were able to choose a state, country, or animal for this project.

We will have a note check for a grade on 11/07.  We will collect and redistribute the note cards so students may begin to write their papers on 11/08. 

Social Studies

11/06  Quarter two takes us into social studies.  We are currently studying geography which will be followed by the age of exploration, later in the quarter.  At the moment, students are learning the five themes of geography and basic mapping skills.  We are focused on absolute and relative location this week.  This will  be followed by "place" where we will be studying land forms and human characteristics that make a place unique.  After "place", we will be studying regions.

As part of our "region" studies, students will begin to memorize the names and locations of the 50 states, one region at a time.  Students will be tested on their knowledge of the regions and the states within those regions.

sheppardsoftware.com is a place students can go to practice learning the states by region.  Practice at home using blank maps (I can provide) is also a great idea.



Science

10/13  Our unit on sound is in full swing.  Students have been participating in exploratory labs on sound waves, amplitude, and pitch. Next week, we will begin construction of musical instruments made from recycled materials.  Students are encouraged to bring in washed items that they can use themselves or donate to others for construction purposes.  Every student designs and constructs an instrument that can be adjusted for volume and pitch.  We will have approximately five class days to work.  This will be followed by a day or two for presentations.  We will then have a review for our test on the sound unit.  Our test is scheduled for November 3.  November 6, we will be studying U.S. geography as we begin our first quarter of social studies.  Science will return for quarter three.

 

9/21 Yesterday, we began working on our Google Slide presentations on light.  Every students is working with one or more other students and creating six slides each.  This is an in class project with five periods given in which to complete the assignment.  I have been very impressed with the students' research and planning thus far.  Students will present for their classmates on 9/27. Our end of the unit review will be given on 9/28, and a short unit test. on 9/29.

Students are currently involved in our light unit in science.  We have been conducting labs and exploratory activities looking at how we see color and classifying objects as transparent, translucent, and opaque.  We will be exploring the properties of refraction and reflection very soon!


Writing


10/13  We have just completed our first essay in writing.  The personal essay allowed for student choice of topic, and thesis.  Student essays and teacher comments can be found in Google Classroom.  On Tuesday, October 17, students will begin research on an animal, state, or country of their choice that they will write about in our second unit.



9/21  In writing, students are currently involved in writing a personal essay about an important memory.  We have read short examples by different authors with very different styles.  At the moment, students are busy writing their introductory paragraphs.  We are focusing on writing a great "hook" and supporting sentences that can later be expanded into additional paragraphs.  This essay will eventually be five paragraphs in length and should convey important "messages" chosen by each student.
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