Math- The 4A math class has been working on some very complicated problems with area and perimeter! They continued to work those brains (I actually think I saw steam coming out of some ears) as they practiced with more problems. In the 3A class, Ms. Jennifer taught more on meters and centimeters. They worked through problems involving the addition and subtraction of measurements.
Writing- In writing class today, Ms. Bev worked with the students on character mapping. They used the Feather Tale Series books to create a character map, analyzing a single character's traits and providing supporting details. The next writing assignment will continue to work the same "formula" as the last one, but be based in fantasy instead of reality!
Science- Ms. Gail had the microscopes out and ready to go as the class took a look at live protozoa! They watched for different types of organisms, which they were able to discern the different types with help from their illustrated charts. The class then reviewed and corrected their at home assignments over chapters 6 and 7. Ms. Gail discussed with them the classification of organisms and began working on next week's material as they took turns returning to the microscope!
Social Studies- Mr. Dennis discussed the reading assignment material: The war on the Plains Indians. They the different battles of Sand Creek, Little Big Horn, and Wounded Knee. Finally, they completed a comprehension exercise over the material. Again, these reading comprehension exercises are not easy! However, they help to propel these kids not just in social studies, but across the board with all reading!
Agriculture- The class continued their adventure with "The Life of Fred". Much to the surprise of no one in the class, Fred's beekeeping business flopped. We calculated up how many jars of honey he would have to sell at $3 to repay his initial investment. He would have to sell 412 jars just to break even! The class and I discussed the pros and cons of running a small business. Fred's plan flopped because it failed to give good answers to the three questions for success:
- Why are you choosing this particular business?
- Does it make financial sense?
- Are there any obvious drawbacks?