Last week was quite a transition as we shifted to online learning. Zoom meetings were great fun and helped us maintain a connection to one another. Students (and parents) learned about how to access Google Classroom, gmail, Seesaw, and more. It was a steep learning curve for us all, but I saw steady improvement each day!
This week, we will begin Unit 7 in language arts. “Blast! Crash! Splash!” explores the guiding question of what forces can change the Earth. Students will be reading about volcanos, earthquakes, tsunamis, and other natural forces that change the Earth’s surface. This week, our spelling work (at the end of this post) focuses on words with the hard and soft c and g sounds. Our grammar topic this week is adverbs. In writing, students will investigate how using imagery and sensory detail helps the reader to envision and imagine the story. Students will be working on writing with imagery.
In. math, we will continue to investigate the relationship between multiplication and division. We will look at how facts can relate to one another, such as what happens when one factor is doubled. Students will develop strategies for using their understanding of multiplication to solve division problems.
As we continue to refine our practice of online learning, here are a few reminders and adjustments:
- Students should be using Google Classroom as the hub for all assignments.
- This week, I’ve begun naming assignments with the day/date on which it should be done. I hope that helps with finding and finishing work.
- When an assignment is complete, students should attach a photo of their work (or complete attached Google files such as a Doc or Form), and mark the assignment as complete. This will help me to locate student work more efficiently. If they aren’t able to attach the photo, have them post a comment for me and they may email it.
- Assignments that are incomplete or missing attached work will be returned.
- Seesaw works best for public presentations, such as book projects. I’d prefer that students NOT post their daily work on Seesaw as it become visible to the whole class and is more difficult for me to assess.
- Students are encouraged to contact me through email or Zoom between 9AM and 3PM. They can see on their contacts list if I am available (there is an icon by my name. If it’s a red camera, I’m in a meeting). After 3, they can email me at email@example.com.
I enjoyed seeing pictures of students’ work spaces! If you have photos of the kids doing schoolwork (or other home projects), send them to me or Mr. Hawes (firstname.lastname@example.org) and he’ll post them on the Facebook Page. I’ve moved into a work studio space at my house and have even brought in a few items from the classroom to make it feel right. Here are a couple pics or where I’m doing my work – I’ve relocated their artifact photos to my home. It’s nice to see their faces!
If you have questions or feedback, feel free to let me know. I look forward to seeing the kids at tomorrow morning’s Zoom!
Spelling: Words with Hard and Soft c, g