This week we began to think about the book Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, which we will begin reading very shortly. The students were given the task of researching five different aspects of the book to better understand the story. The students learned about Gary Paulsen, heart attacks, small planes, Canadian wilderness, and survival skills. The students presented their research in a final google slides presentation. We were able to use the Chromebooks to research, create, and present. The students did a great job of sharing their learning with the rest of the class.
As we begin to really tackle a math review, the students have been subdivided into 5 groups per class to work in a math workshop format. Each student took a pretest to be able to work with students who are at their same academic ability. Within the group the students rotate through 5 different centers. Each center provides a blended learning opportunity. The students work on hands on math activities, talk through problem solving word problems, review already taught content, learn in small groups with the teacher, and practice independently at their seats. This format allows each student to be challenged within their comfort zone as well allowing more individualized instruction.
The first week was full of back to school activities. There were lots of getting to know each other activities, but also a little bit of learning too. We shared a lot about ourselves and even began our Shoebox Autobiographies. The students in the class shared pictures, artifacts and even money (from around the world). In Language Arts, we discussed picking appropriate books and what it means to be a reader. In Math, we began by surveying our classmates to learn about how many people in their household, how long it takes them to shower, and how long their foot is in inches. We used that data to create line plots and stem and leaf plots. Next week, we will begin the writing process in Language Arts and review multiplying and dividing with fractions.