2.8: January 30- February 2, 2017

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.

― Abraham Lincoln

Volunteer donation requested by fifth grade class to repair garden damage and close off unintended pathways. 
Proposal: $10.00 per student, used to buy a plant for the garden or you may donate any of the following native plants: salal, huckleberry, Oregon grape, sword fern, Indian plum, wild rose, salmonberry, flowering currant

Important Dates
 End of Quarter #2, Teacher Planning Day- No School (Change from 1/27 due to snow days)
President’s Day– No School
Dr Seuss’s Birthday- Read Across America Celebration
27-31: Spring Break- No School
Earth Day Celebration and Performance TBA

State Testing Schedule
May 8, 2017: Science
Week of May 15, 2017: Math
Week of May 22, 2017: Reading

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Grade 5 Module 3:  Addition and Subtraction of Fractions
Independent Practice/Enrichment Homework:
Khan Academy Link
Module 3:Topic C- Making like units numerically
Supports lessons 8-12
Math Homework
 Lesson 8: Objective: Add fractions to and subtract fractions from whole numbers using equivalence and the number line as strategies.
Lesson 8 Homework due Tuesday
Lesson 9: Objective: Add fractions making like units numerically.
Lesson 9  Homework due on Wednesday

Enrichment Concept: Using math (measurement) to increase understanding of the real world
Math 24 solution generator
Math 24 Cards PDF
Interactive Math


Miazaki Film: Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
Tokyo Times Article






The Watson’s Go to Birmingham-1963

  • Chapter 12:That Dog Won’t Hunt No More
  • Chapter 13: I Meet Winnie’s Evil Twin Brother, the Wool Pooh
  • Chapter 14: Every Bird and Bug in Birmingham Stops and Wonders
  • Chapter 15: The World Famous Watson Pet Hospital

Independent Reading

February’s Genre- Nonfiction: Biography/Autobiography
*Please be prepared by Wednesday February 1

Socratic Seminar:
Letter from Birmingham County Jail– Martin Luther King Junior

Systems Thinking:
The Case of the Mummified Pigs


• Imaginative: 25 years into a hopeful future
Explore a better designed future with Buckminster Fuller
Due Febrauay 24

• The Lorax Returns
Whole Class Activity:
Students will choose titles for the three scenes (may grow to five), then begin writing and doing the math and science on the five scenes. Small Group work:
Students will integrate systems thinking and permaculture principles into the story.
Each scene will have a theme that contributes to our over all goal. To be determined.(regeneration)

What would Dr. Seuss want us to do? Is the problem the solution?
• Developing a heart or core message then communicate through visual mathematics
• Use Fibonacci pattern, exponential growth snowballs, and diversity to assure resiliency
• Stock and Flow models, BOTG’s, connection circles, causal loops, and mental models
• Integrate the wisdom of Buckminster Fuller, Rachel Carson, Albert Einstein, and George Washington Carver


Dialogue and grammar (pages 1 and 2 only) 
Dialogues in hiragana (dialogue 1 only)

:すみません、えいごが わかりますか。
:いいえ、わかリません。にほんごが わかりますか。
:はい、すこし わかります。