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Read Aloud: Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart
I cannot recommend this book enough. The story takes place in Washington state in 1890 and the protagonist is a 12 year old named Joseph Johnson. The post-it notes mark what we call ding-ding-ding moments. This book has ding-ding-ding moments in spades. It is beautiful, poignant, funny, moving and gripping. Joseph and his traveling companion Ah-Kee teach us so much about honoring your family members, loyalty, perseverance, integrity, loss and friendship. I totally recommend parents read it and have book club discussions with their children.
We're working on: Mixed Numbers, Renaming Fractions, Adding & Subtracting Mixed Number with Like Denominators.
4.NF.3 Understand a fraction a/b with a > 1 as a sum of fractions 1/b.4.NF.3a Understand addition and subtraction of fractions as joining and separating parts referring to the same whole.
4.NF.3b Decompose a fraction into a sum of fractions with the same denominator in more than one way, recording each decomposition by an equation.
4.NF.3c Add and subtract mixed numbers with like denominators, e.g., by replacing each mixed number with an equivalent fraction, and/or by using properties of operations and the relationship between addition and subtraction.
4.NF.3d Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions referring to the same whole and having like denominators, e.g., by using visual fraction models and equations to represent the problem.
4.MD.2 Use the four operations to solve word problems involving distances, intervals of time, liquid volumes, masses of objects, and money, including problems involving simple fractions or decimals, and problems that require expressing measurements given in a larger unit in terms of a smaller unit. Represent measurement quantities using diagrams such as number line diagrams that feature a measurement scale.
Today we did some St. Patrick's Day related word problems involving multiplication, division and fractions. Students were asked to share four problems that showcased their exemplary work. Together we defined exemplary work: Use of a visual model, labels, units or units of measure (e.g. 7 inches, 362 marbles), thinking clearly demonstrated. The work was posted on the board and students noted which work they consider exemplary and justified their thinking–why specifically they thought this work is exemplary.
As a class we studied these Greek & Latin roots this week:
phone (voice, sound)
Many students are done with their informational text. Some have finished their poems. Yesterday and today we've all been working on the artwork for this project. We watched "Austin's Butterfly Building Excellence in Student Work Models Critique and Descriptive Feedback" and talked about soliciting peer feedback. Instead of asking someone, "What do you think?" instead saying, "How can I make this better?"
Students are using photos as visual references to sketch their animals/organisms. We're painting the drawings with gouache paint.
- personal expression (stereotypes, being true to yourself, wearing what you want, doing what you want)
- raising the bar; going above & beyond what is expected
- intrinsic & extrinsic rewards