As we wend our way through this chilly weather, we are keeping our minds busy with geometry, paragraphing, and preparing for a round of formal speeches.
In math this week our class is looking at geometric shapes on the geoboards. We will create different types of triangles and use a ruler to determine if they are isosceles, scalene, or equilateral triangles. We will also explore the different kinds of quadrilaterals that you can make on the geoboard: parallelogram, rectangle, rhombus, square, and trapezoid. The students will spend a few days really delving in to quadrilaterals and becoming familiar with the vocabulary and the attributes of each shape.
In writing, students are busily working on completing their five-paragraph essay on their three favorite things. On Wednesday we did a little dance to help us remember to skip a line and indent each new paragraph. Our next step will be using our essays to guide the students into their first formal speech. Each student will be take their piece of writing on their three favorite things and turn it into a speech by using bullet points on note cards. Later on, the kids will use the iPods to record themselves speaking and listen back to see if they are using transition words and giving clear support for their thinking. At the end of next week, the students will present their speeches and receive teacher feedback. This will give students a great opportunity to practice what a great speech sounds like before they present their Theory of Knowledge projects in January.
Speaking of Theory of Knowledge, on Wednesday our class covered choosing a topic that is a good fit for you. I modeled the thinking process by asking questions like: “Am I interested in this topic?” “What do I already know about this?” ”What am I still curious about?” ”Do I have the necessary materials?” ”Where will I find the information I need?” Students have about 3 weeks left to complete their projects; please support them in getting started early in order to prevent the last-minute rush. Students will sign up for their presentation date this week, so you will have a specific deadline to keep in mind as you work.
Stay warm out there!