In Science classes today we talked a little bit about the compost bins we built the day that we observed our (short-lived) earthworms. Tomorrow Mrs. Schonberg will take some of our class time to teach both Rooms 12 and 15 how to write a Science essay, in this case one about composting and how worms help it take place.
No homework tonight for either class. In Math class we had another go at the Mid-Chapter Quiz for Chapter 4, then briefly talked about multiplying a decimal by a decimal before the bell rang.
Students in both Rooms 12 and 15 worked on their "worm posters" today. They're almost done, and students did a lot of good research to find facts about our favorite invertebrates to include in their work.
In Math I'm giving students a second opportunity to take the Chapter Midchapter Quiz. My impression after grading everyone's quizzes was that my three days' absence last week adversely affected students' ability to feel prepared. So tonight, Room 15 students who scored below an 80 on the quiz have a review worksheet to do, while those who scored above that mark have a problem solving challenge to try.
Room 12 students have a different kind of review sheet, "Free Throws."
Today in Math, both classes reviewed for a quiz, then used the "Mid-Chapter Checkpoint" in the Go Math book for a quiz grade. It'll be the first mark for Term 2.
Room 15 didn't have Science, but Room 12 got to work on their worm posters. There wasn't any homework in either subject.
Today Room 15 worked a little more on their worm posters for Science. This will be the first quiz grade for the second term. Because all team members don't always work the same amount, each person will receive a separate grade according to how much of their team's poster they completed and how well they participated in the project.
Both Rooms 12 and 15 had a review of Chapter 4 today, up to the point where the substitute teacher left off last week. Room 12 has a worksheet to do tonight for homework, but Room 15 didn't get that far.
Students in both homerooms took their Science tests today, so there was no written homework assigned in that class. I gave everyone a break from Math homework for the weekend, too. We worked hard in class on our multiplication of decimals, so that was that.
We had good participation in the Spirit Day (stripes and polka dots). I've got to remember to remind everyone more often about these thing the day before.... we probably would have had a lot more participants!
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