Psimaras Math News: Students are continuing their study of decimals. They worked on the following concepts: Base 10 place values, reading and writing decimal word names, and rounding to the nearest one, tenth, and hundredth. Students saw how decimals are displayed on a decimal grid to compare 1/10, 1/100, 1/1000, 1/10,000 visually. They learned the decimal equivalence to those fractions as well. They added decimals using a number line in their decimals packet. Students played a Kahoot, completed Student Book and Home Connection pages, and ended the week by correcting their digital Unit 3 Decimals Pretest Part 1 questions. Mark the calendar: A Decimals Test is Thursday this week during math class. If your child prefers to take this test as a printed copy, please look for an additional email with the attached test to print at home and return to school during Friday’s Materials Day Pick up. A digital copy of this test will also be an option. Students are strongly encouraged to practice specific math skills on IXL.com at least 10 minutes per day to solidify their understanding of the concepts.
Shin Math News: Look for communication from Mr. Shin.
Science News: Students completed the unit on sustainability. They compared how their ranch plans differed from a California ranch versus a ranch in an arid climate. Students made connections among the rancher’s goals, the animals’ needs to thrive, and the land’s resources. Students moved from learning about ranch planning to urban planning. Our study of sustainable practices will continue throughout the year and be integrated into the different subject areas and EE classes. We began an overview of biomes, our next unit. Please return the two science packets: Energy/Sustainability Packet and the Biome Packet on Friday’s Materials Day Pick up.
EE News: Our environmental education time last week was spent completing an informative chart about various Illinois pollinators and how they survive the winter. We also talked about the plants that they are most attracted to and other interesting facts. With collaboration, the two classes created a five page document of notes! We plan to continue this research and eventually publish our findings for you and other members of the community to enjoy.
Wednesday, December 9, 2020 – Classroom visit from Mrs. Meyer and Mrs. Gernady for Social/Emotional Learning
Friday, December 11, 2020 – Materials Pick Up 3:00-4:00 pm
Thursday, December 17, 2020 – December Natural Leader Assembly
Friday, December 18, 2020 – Early Release, 1:00 pm
Monday, December 21, 2020 – Friday, January 1, 2021 – Winter Break
Monday, January, 4, 2021 – School Resumes
Thursday, January 14, 2021 – Materials Pick Up 3:00-4:00 pm