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    Parents, Ms Weitzel will need volunteers to help with the book fair this week.  It will run from Tuesday the 3rd through next Tuesday.  

     

     

    Khan Academy link to Equivalent (simplifying) Fractions

     

    Please be aware during this new cold and flu season of what happens when you send your child to school sick.

    -The medication you gave him before he left will wear off in 4 hours and they will be feeling miserable, their fever will come back, their sinuses will re-erupt, their throat will begin to hurt again, their cough will be shared with everyone in the classroom....

    - the 23 kids in the room with them, escpecially the 3 or 4 kids sitting right next to them will share pencils, papers, pens, crayons and the flu and cold germs they are bringing in today....

    - The teacher in the room with severe asthma, the one who has to go to the ER every time a child shares an upper respiratory infection with them...... yeah, they have to get a substitute.

    If Junior is showing signs of the flu or a cold....  fever, aches, sore throat, a cough or troubled sinuses....  keep them home till they are better.  Email your teacher and they will send home work to allow Junior to stay current.  Most curriculum is online and easy to get to.

     

     

    Shortcuts to success.....?

     Shortcuts in life rarely lead to success.  Too many students seek out short cuts in problem solving BEFORE they have mastered the skill.  Don't get me wrong, short cuts save time and money in many cases, but if you are not a master of that skill you have no business short cutting the process.  Imaging your doctor, dentist, mechanic, contractor, lawyer or butcher short cutting.....  it might get ugly really quick.  The essay below is focused on this short-cutting in math class.  

     SYW

    When you look at your child's work and you see the letters SYW you may take pause and wonder, "what does 
    SYW mean?"  SYW is a classroom prompt I use to remind students the importance of   Showing Your Work.  For instance, when we are looking at our math work from the previous day, and I ask, "How did you do that (which I do almost every time)?" You'll be able to quickly recount HOW you worked through that problem.  If I ask, "Did anyone do this differently?"  You'll be able to describe your alternate solution strategy.
     
    The most important reason for 
    SYWing comes to light when you miss a question.  What did you do wrong?  Where did I make my error, because I set up the problem correctly?  How do I explain this issue to the teacher?  None of these can occur, if you don't know what you did EXACTLY.

    I remind the class every time we get a test or quiz back, that I can't see how to help you if you don't 
    SYW.  I can't give you partial credit on a question if I don't see that you had that problem set up correctly, or that you did the first 2 steps properly but made a mistake on the 3rd part.  I can give partial credit if you do do those things.

     

     

     

    Math

    Chapter 7 will be about Multiplying Fractions and Chapter 8 will cover Dividing Fractions.

    We will start chapter 7 before we leave for Thanksgiving and finish up the week after.  I do not plan to hit every lesson in the chapter as much of it confuses a simple concept.  We'll finish both of these chapters before Christmas Break.  In January we'll circle back to chapter 6 on Adding and Subtracting Fractions.

    In ThinkCentral, on the lesson page in the student edition, look for the icon The graph Icon

     

    Think like a scientist... work like a scientist

    Unit 6 is about Forms of Energy.

    We will be doing lesson 5 this week. When we return from Thanksgiving we will test on unit 6.  That'll be Tuesday, 12/3.

    Unit 7 is on electrical circuits and is only one lesson, so the timeline on that should conclude the week of Dec. 9.

    After that it's the unit on forces (8). 

    From there We will skip back to units 3&4 later in the year and spend the majority of the Spring on Life Sciences and Environmental Sciences.

     

     

     

     2 great math sites that have REAL math at the core...

    https://gregtangmath.com/index    Check out the games "kakoomba" and  "Numtanga"

    https://www.khanacademy.org/

     
     
     Students can access both Think Central and ED ​ at school and at home now.  This is where they will find all their resources for math and science.  To get to it at home they need to go to the Conley student portal, near the top right corner of the page, look for where it says class link, and from there students log into their account using these credentials:

    Username- their171ID#@edu.leonschools.net
    Password- 5digitlunchPIN#

    Once they do that, they should gain access to their applications page.  Select think central and use the same login information if needed.  Over time the server will recognize your home workstation and streamline the login process. 
     
     
     
     

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    SYW

    When you look at your child's work and you see the letters SYW you may take pause and wonder, "what does 
    SYW mean?"  SYW is a classroom prompt I use to remind students the importance of   Showing Your Work.  For instance, when we are looking at our math work from the previous day, and I ask, "How did you do that (which I do almost every time)?" You'll be able to quickly recount HOW you worked through that problem.  If I ask, "Did anyone do this differently?"  You'll be able to describe your alternate solution strategy.
     
    The most important reason for 
    SYWing comes to light when you miss a question.  What did you do wrong?  Where did I make my error, because I set up the problem correctly?  How do I explain this issue to the teacher?  None of these can occur, if you don't know what you did EXACTLY.

    I remind the class every time we get a test or quiz back, that I can't see how to help you if you don't 
    SYW.  I can't give you partial credit on a question if I don't see that you had that problem set up correctly, or that you did the first 2 steps properly but made a mistake on the 3rd part.  I can give partial credit if you do do those things.

    SYW ... if you're not doing it, you're doing the math wrong.

    SYT... in science, it's Show Your Thinking.  With our focus on Claims/Evidence/Reasoning this year, I will be continually asking your children to EXPLAIN their thinking.  One word answers aren't enough to explain the thought process behind scientific claims.  Our focus for the first part of the year will be to learn the differences and connections between observations (the key to doing science), and claims.  Along the way we'll dig deep into putting voice to the thinking (reasoning) needed to move from observation to making claims that can be tested. 
    SYW
      & SYT, Two vital skills
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