3.3: February 21-24, 2017

In nature, nothing is independent; all elements are interdependent, and contribute to solving the needs of the whole system.

― Rachel Carson

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
2: Dr Seuss’s Birthday- Read Across America Celebration
17: Garden Work Party, Food Forest, 3:00-5:00
24: Garden Work Party, Native Garden, 3:00-5:00
Many hands make light work
27-31: Spring Break- No School
Earth Day Celebration and Performance, 10:00 a.m. (Morning performance only)

State Testing Schedule for Fifth Grade
May 8, 2017: Science
Week of May 15, 2017: Math
Week of May 22, 2017: Reading
Opting Out Information 

This week in…


Grade 5 Module 4: Multiplication and Division of Fractions and Decimal Fractions 
1. Khan Academy
Module 4: Fractions as Division
Supports Lessons 2-4
2. EngageNY
 Lesson 2: Objective:  Interpret a fraction as division. Homework due Wednesday
Lesson 3: Objective: Interpret a fraction as division. Homework due Thursday
Lesson 4: Objective: Use tape diagrams to model fractions as division.

3. Systems Thinking Projects: Using math (measurement) to increase understanding of the real world and to understand and reduce waste.

Math Games: Math 24- Multiplying, Dividing, Adding, and Subtracting Fractions; order of operations p.e.m.d.a.s.

Math 24 solution generator
Math 24 Cards PDF
Interactive Math


Different Mirror

  • Chapter 3: The Hidden Origins of Slavery
  • Chapter 4: The Road to Reservation
  • Chapter 5: Life in Slavery

Independent Reading

February’s Genre- Nonfiction: Biography/Autobiography
*Please be prepared every day

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 7-8 only) 
Dialogues in hiragana (dialogue 2 review, dialogue 3 review, dialogue 4 new)

△二 Review

△三 Review

△四 New

1. konnichi wa – hello (used in the afternoon)
2. hanashimasu – speak
3. jozu ni – well / skillful (when referring to “speak”)
4. Ueno – a name of a place in Japan
5. Shinjuku – a name of a place in Japan
6. eki – station
7. doko – where?
8. koko – here
9. koen – park
10. asoko – over there

一 こんにちは
二 はなします
三 じょうずに
四 うえの 上野
五 しんじゅく

六 えき
七 どこ
八 ここ
九 こえん
十 あそこ