As you can see, our contributions to the Third Street Toy Drive are off to a good start.
Making students aware of their responsibilities to the less-fortunate members of our city is as important I think as helping them to learn long division or write coherent arguments. And our students have already shown themselves to be deeply compassionate people - well, most of the time - as they work with each other and younger students.
It was a pretty ordinary Monday. The students started with Journal and writing. We went over how to locate fractions on a number line, a particular obsession of modern test makers. We read another chapter, and quite a good one, of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. In our grade level blocks, fourth graders explored more about the mission era and how it ended, while fifth graders looked more about both European colonization and chemical reactions.
Homework: (1) Write the spelling words in cursive and do sentences for words 1-5. (2) Do the Lion, Witch packet for chapter 14. (3) Do the Equivalent Fractions and Simplest Form worksheets. (4) Do the Fractions on a Number Line assignment. This is taken from supplemental Common Core materials rather than from either one of the grade-level books.