1.4: September 27-October 1

Volunteer Opportunity (update: we have three already!)

Interested in helping with weekly art lessons? Parent  Paula Wagenbach will be starting art lessons in our classroom on Mondays beginning on October 4 and could use some extra hands.  Preparations could begin in the classroom as early as 11:45. Lessons will begin after lunch break at 12:30 p.m. and conclude at 2:00 p.m.. Send me an e-mail if you are interested.

EVENTS CALENDAR
October
8- NO SCHOOL Statewide Inservice
13- Two Hour Late Opening

November
2- Field Trip: OMSI- Cow eye dissection lab, OMNIMAX: Hurricane on the Bayou
(Drivers wanted!)
5- No School: Teacher  planning day
11- No School: Veterans’ Day
22-23- Conferences
24-26- No School Thanksgiving Holiday

This week in…

Math:
Bits and Pieces: Understanding Fractions, Decimals, and Percentages

2.1: Equivalent Fractions and Equal Shares
Students partition a candy lace for a group of hikers. Once the lace is initially partitioned, additional students continue to join the hiking group and the lace must be repartitioned to accommodate the change in group size.

2.2: Finding Equivalent Fractions
Students partition partially labeled number lines to locate fractions and then are asked to consider how to use equivalent fractions to re-label the newly partitioned number line.This helps them make sense of how a place on the number line could have more than one fraction name. Students use the patterns they discover to find equivalent fractions with denominators less than 50 and equivalent to . Students are also asked to  find distances (or lengths) between fractions on the number line.

2.3: Comparing Fractions to Benchmarks
Students use the benchmark values of 0, , and 1 to estimate the size of fractions and to compare fractions.

2.4: Fractions Between Fractions
Students explore the property of fractions that between every two fractions there is another fraction.

Humanities:

Omnivore’s Dilema part 2- Industrial Organic
Students explore some of the unintended consequences created by our food industry using the habits and tools of a systems thinker.  Our primary focus is on energy efficiency. We will also explore and discuss the benefits and short comings of the Industrial Organic system.  Our goal is to find leverage points within the system that could promote positive change.  Systems thinkers know that systems are dynamic and that their is always room for improvement and hope and through our inquiries we will gain a deeper understanding of the systems complexity and interdependence.

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Video of the Week: Sepp Holzer’s Farming with Nature