Let's talk about some great things happening in 5E!
We just finished Chapter 6 in math. The class worked very hard on understanding the difficulty of multiplying and dividing decimals. The test went home in their Friday folders. We are moving right along and this week will tackle fractions and find out how to determine the greatest common factor and least common multiple. I don't know about you, but I haven't solved for a GCF in about 30 years, but after watching a YouTube video, (or 2), I am a pro and your kids will be too. We are also starting to practice some problems they will see on the RICAS to get them familiar with the layout and vocabulary.
For the remainder of this week in reading and social studies, the students will be doing a group Olympic project. I am loving watching the Olympics with my husband and kids and have heard from a lot of your kids that you all are loving it too! The class will be divided into 6 groups and have to create a Google Slide presentation along with an oral presentation. Some of the big questions that they will be answering are:
* Explain the significance of the fact that North Korea and South Korea marched in the opening ceremonies under one flag.
*Explain why the Olympics were cancelled in 1940 and 1944.
*Explain why the future of the Winter Olympics is in jeopardy.
*Compare and contrast reasons why a city would NOT want to host the Olympics vs. why would a city want to host the Olympics.
*Compare and contrast the facilities of the first Olympics to the facilities of today's Olympics.
*Explain why the athletes are being given a stuffed animal named Soohorang and not flowers on the podium when they win their event?
This is just one small part of their project. Each group will be assigned one of the following topics in which to research and create their presentations:
Pyeong Chang, South Korea, athletes, events, the International Olympic Committee and the history of the Winter Games.
In Science, we just completed an experiment in which the students tested to see if a solution that they created could become saturated. They were rock stars! They understood the concepts and had so many little side debates about what was happening and why. These little conversations they have with each other are the reason why I truly love being a 5th grade teacher. Some of their new science buzz words are concentrated, saturated, dilute, solution and mixture. Throw one at them and see if they can explain it! Here are a few pictures of them creating their saturated solutions!