Well, I seem to have survived my weekend outside in freezing temperatures, so I guess it is time to think about my week. I am linking up with Mrs. Laffin's Laughings for A Peek at My Week.
We only have eight school days left until break, so we are trying to get a lot finished up. I am thinking productive thoughts to say the least!
We are finishing up our unit on main idea. This week we are hitting it hard and doing some fun activities with nonfiction text, but we also need to cover how it will be tested which is a little less fun. I have a plan though! We are going to have a partner competition. Students will get two points for answering a question with their partner and one point for answering it with my help. Anyone who earns a certain amount of points will get a prize! The prize will be something like shoes off for the rest of the day or another easy thing.
We are finishing up our unit on all operations. This week's concentration is on probability and combinations which are both a lot of fun! I just love this part of our curriculum because we can start with VERY concrete examples and move from there. Students also LOVE writing their own combination problems which is perfect for practice!
We are finishing up our stories to be published in our books. I am just loving conferencing with my students about their writing and hearing what they have to say. These books are going to be amazing and I can't wait to see them all done!
We are working on weathering, erosion, and deposition. We are relying heavily on The Science Penguin's notebook resources as well as some simple experiments that show how wind, water, and ice are agents of erosion. We also use kinesthetic movements to help remember and distinguish between weathering, erosion, and deposition.
In Texas History we are still working on the Texas Revolution. This week we are completing research projects on important people of the Texas Revolution. Students are researching Sam Houston, William B. Travis, Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie, Susannah Dickinson, and Santa Anna. They will use their information to complete a fold-up about their person. Students who finish their project early will be able to use the app MadLips to record a short blurb about their subject and place it on a picture of the historical figure.