On the same subject of Math, we started an investigation into our new unit in Algebra. It combines some elements of Measurement by looking at the formula for the area of a triangle. The students were tasked to create 4 different shapes, all with area of 36 units squared. Here are some shots of them at work, along with the completed items:
Stereotyping & paragraph skill development
I will have to continue to work on the entries, but I have a very interesting link to a story I read to the class called The Bear that Wasn't. It relates to the Health/Language assignment on Stereotyping. That assignment was due today. Here is the story on YouTube:
|As Isabella and I were conferencing (talking) through her idea for her essay on Stereotyping, she wrote this quote up on the board. The idea for the essay came from her.. Isabella's topic sentence was being developed with the red marker.|
In addition to the story about the bear, written by Frank Tashlin, I was searching for appropriate video items that might broaden our discussion of Stereotyping. One concerned Disney's 1992 film, Aladin and the other was from a famous experiment, captured by ABC news in 1970, with Jane Elliot, called Eye of the Storm.
As I mentioned to the class, each one of these items is a construction. Someone decided to put the ideas together and it comes from a particular perspective and point of view. Being aware of these points of view is key to becoming a more critical thinker.
As part of the assignment, we have spent a fair bit of time talking about paragraphing. The other day, we were working on developing concluding sentences for a particular paragraph. I looked them over and added some commentary/feedback. We will take a look at each one of them as we continue to explore writing that involves us constructing paragraphs.
odds & ends
|We obtained a new light for our display cabinet. It looks better in the photo. I am trying to think of a way to tone down its intensity. Still, it is the first time the light has been on in 4 years.|
|We made it through the first week!!|