In Math today, students continued to practice division. The Grade 4 students are working on using their multiplication facts to help them to divide. For example:
Solve 15 / 3 =
Well, I know that I can count up by 3's: 3, 6, 9, 12, 15,...
Counting by 3's I can see the 3 x 5 =15
15 / 3 = 5
The Grade 5 students are continuing to practice either Long Division or the Subtraction Method to divide 3-digit by 1-digit numbers. Students are welcome to use either strategy, but students must work to master one of of these strategies. Remember, there are review videos for Long Division under "Grade 5," "Math," "Multiplying and Dividing."
In Science today, we continued to learn about batteries. Today we also talked about lightbulbs. We discussed how batteries and light bulbs work. We built a closed circuit so that we could light up a light bulb. We were able to see that a closed circuit without a light bulb caused the wire to heat up quickly. Adding a light bulb adds resistance, slowing down the movement of electrons. The wire did not heat up as quickly. Remember, you can follow all of your lessons under, "Grade 5," "Science," "Electricity & Magnetism," and even make your own circuits using the Phet Simulator Circuit Construction Kit.
We are continuing to work on learning about debating in Language Arts. Today we reviewed what a rebuttal is. Students also considered who should win in a debate. Should the most persuasive student win? The student with the most information? What makes a strong debate argument. We will continue to explore this as we start planning our own debate.
Our copy of "The Wild Robot Escapes" by Peter Brown arrived today, on it's international release date. We can't wait to see what happens to Roz next!
Agenda Language Arts: - Read 20 minutes - Spelling Test: March 23rd