2.5: December 3-7, 2018

Important Dates:

11: Science Fair Night, 6:30-7:30 pm in the school auditorium
Science Fair Information Page
17- January 1: No School- Winter Break
21: No School- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
22: No School- End of Second Quarter/Teacher Planning Day
24: Science Fair, 5:00 p.m.. changed to 1/31

The Japanese Garden Field Trip will be in May, waiting on a specific date.

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Module 3Addition and Subtraction of Fractions

Topic A: Equivalent Fractions

Lesson 1 Objective:  Make equivalent fractions with the number line, the area model, and numbers. Homework due Tuesday
Lesson 2 Objective:  Make equivalent fractions with sums of fractions with like denominators. Homework due Wednesday

Khan Academy Topic A: Equivalent fractions

Topic B: Making Like Units Pictorially

Lesson 3 Objective:  Add fractions with unlike units using the strategy of creating equivalent fractions. Homework due Thursday
Lesson 4  Objective: Add fractions with sums between 1 and 2. No Homework Due

Khan Academy Topic B: Making like units pictorially


• Independent Reading:
December’s Genre
-Classical Fiction
Some Ideas

• Whole Classroom Reading

Omnivore’s Dilemma: Young Readers Edition

Part 1: The Industrial Meal: Food From Corn- Chapters 1-10

  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • My Fast-Food Meal

• Socratic Seminar- Excerpt from the Omnivores Dilemma





Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens (December)

  • Stave One: Marley’s Ghost
  • Stave Two: The First of the Three Spirits
  • Stave Three: The Second of the Three Spirits
  • Stave Four: The Last of the Three Spirits
  • Stave Five: The End of It






Plant Biography 

• Personal Connection (why I chose this plant)
• lead or hook
• thesis statement
Paragraph One:
• Plant Needs: propagation, plant community, soil profile
Paragraph Two:
• Plant Yields: human uses, animal uses, earth/soil impact
Paragraph Three:
• Interesting facts you should know 
• Call to action: Why this plant should be understood and planted.

Science Fair Pacing Schedule
Science Buddies Link

Science fair timeline/pacing schedule for 2018-2019

Look at and seek to understand the “big picture” before you begin.
Please use apps4pps, this will allow us to work on our science fair projects at school as well as at home.
*Remember that we went through this process with our black soldier fly larvae inquiries.

Part 1: Framing the Investigation
Due on or before December 7, 2018

Set up your journal or notebook in preparation to record observations throughout all parts of the project.  Journals should include; written descriptions, labeled sketches, data tables and graphs, questions, ideas, and problems. Use it for your rough draft of all parts. Use your journal daily!
A. Background Information
What do you already know about your topic?Why did you choose your question? Where did you get the idea? What real world application does it have? What science did you learn about your project/topic through research?Conduct research from a variety of sources (i.e. experts, research articles, web pages, books). Sources must be cited i.e. (according to …).
B. Question
Your inquiry question must have a independent variable (x-axis) and an dependent variable (y-axis). note:the independent variable is the variable you change in the experiment while the dependent variable is the corresponding measurement.
C. Hypothesis and Hypothesis Graph
This is your “educated”, predicted outcome of the inquiry.  Graph your expected outcome then explain your thinking and reasoning in detail. Don’t forget the independent variable (x-axis) and an dependent variable (y-axis).

Science Inquiry
the process: design, investigate, data, reflect

graph data from boats and pendulum investigations
• Boats
• Pendulums

Permaculture Ethics and Principles
• Native Forest Garden
• Food Forest Garden

Do nothing farming– Masanobu Fukuoka
1. no need to plow
2. no need to apply fertilizer
3. no need to make compost
4. no need to use insecticide
Food Mandala- Masanobu Fukuoka

GardensTopic: Decomposers

Bacteria and Fungi working as one to make a healthy, resilient ecosystem.

• Numbers 1-99 continued
romaji (i•chi, ni, sa•n, yo•n, go, ro•ku, na•na, ha•chi, kyu•u, jyu•u) review

• kaiwa:
Introductions and greetings (review)
Asking names (review)
Apologizing (review)
Numbers to 999 (review)
School and Grade (review)
Do you understand? (review)
Age and numbers 1 ~ 99 (review)
Age, and school and work affiliations (review)
Asking about and identifying objects (review)
Describing (review)


Lesson 13 – Expressing Approval

Classroom objects and approval/disapproval. Reading practice covers the hiragana (long vowels): ああ、いい、うう、ええ、えい、おお、おう.


• katakana
Friday’s Quiz 2-5

ア イ ウ エ オ
カ キ ク ケ コ
サ シ ス セ ソ
タ チ ツ テ ト
ナ ニ ヌ ネ ノ
ハ ヒ フ ヘ ホ
バ   ビ    ブ   ベ   ボ
パ   ピ    プ   ペ   ポ
マ   ミ   ム    メ   モ
ヤ       ユ         ヨ
ラ   リ   ウ    レ    ロ