The children had such fun during our “Make-It” coin celebration on Monday.  I was impressed by their conversations, perseverance, inventions, and enthusiasm.  This led me to read more about Makerspace, which is a relatively new concept in education that supports STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math).  We did not use ‘screen’ technology, but in an earlier science unit, we learned that the true definition of technology is anything designed and created by a human to solve a problem.  This is what many of the students did – it was fascinating!  It also led me to learn more about having a Makerspace in the classroom.  Click on this article (which is really for teachers) if you want more information about the benefits of this concept in our changing classrooms.  Makerspace for Classrooms

My students are really enjoying the new math unit – Foundations of Multiplication.  They are finding it quite easy and are thrilled when they finish their Problem Sets and I have them write multiplication problems for their friends.  Of course, they are all at different levels, but even my math-challenged students are realizing that if they can do repeated addition of equal sets, then they can multiply.  Many of the errors on Exit Tickets have been not counting carefully, not reading the directions carefully, and rushing through the work, because they think it is SO easy.  Next, we will be learning about rows and columns within arrays.  Students often have trouble remembering what a row is and what a column is.  We will be having the mid-module test next week.  If you would like any extra homework sheets so your child can practice, let me know.

Our nonfiction writing unit is going very well.  We discussed the idea of staying on topic and breaking up one’s ideas into sections.  For example if the topic is soccer, the sections could be Positions in Soccer, Rules in Soccer, What to Wear When Playing Soccer, and Fun Facts About Soccer.  I was impressed that several students wrote an Introduction to their piece.  They didn’t really know it was an introduction until I pointed it out and showed several mentor text that also had an introduction.  This helps the reader know what the nonfiction book will be about, and it also helps the writer to organize his/her thinking as they plan the writing. 

Next Friday I will be out of the classroom attending an ELL (English Language Learner) Co-teaching seminar with one of our ELL teachers, Megan Graff.  Unfortunately, Katy Hoehl is not available to sub for me.  I’m not sure who will be in, but I’m sure it will be a great day! 

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