Class activities for Tuesday, February 28

Spelling: None today.

Cursive: Ten cursive sentences, seven or more words each, are due on Fridays.

Reading: None today due to extra time with science.

Writing: We wrote an example paragraph about how to use a core democratic value as evidence to prove an opinion. Students also worked on drafting their persuasive letter (here’s a student example and another example). Homework is finish drafting these parts:

  1. Introduction describing a public policy problem in America (vaccines, fighting ISIS, body cameras for police officers, healthy foods for schools, etc.).
  2. Their opinion about a solution to the problem.
  3. Some kind of data to support their opinion.
  4. At least one core democratic value to support their opinion.
  5. A conclusion restating their data and opinion.

A persuasive Letter to the Editor (guidelines) about a public policy issue facing the US will be due Friday, March 3.

Resources:

Math: Today we started a small unit on algebra, beginning with writing equations using variables. Homework is to practice math for at least 15 minutes using MobyMax Math or Khan Academy.

Science: Students worked on an experiment about measuring the speed of a cart moving down a ramp. Tomorrow, we will test what happens to the speed of the cart if it is started from different positions on the ramp.

Social Studies: We used this time to talk about the complexity of DNA and molecular machines within our cells. We learned about the flagellum of a bacteria and how it takes 40 pieces to function.

Notes:

  • Our school is looking for some volunteers to help with the book fair March 7-10 during the school day. Please contact me if you can help.
  • Spring conferences are March 7-9. Here is the schedule.
  • Our class will be performing a class play in March. Here are the after school class practice and performance times. Hopefully getting the schedule early will allow everyone to work out scheduling conflicts.
  • Have you set a Daily Homework Time for your student? Consider 15 minutes of math, 15 minutes of writing, and 20 minutes of something else to make a brain smarter!
  • Check out our class calendar to stay up-to-date.
  • View links to all the websites we use in class.
  • View grades, assignments, and attendance at JupiterGrades.

Our Mission:
All students in Room 130 will do their best and get ready for 6th grade.

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