December 4th Update
Today we are beginning an all class novel unit for the book Counting on Grace. This book ties in with our Industrial Revolution unit, as it focuses on Grace, a child who worked in the mills of Vermont in the early 20th Century. We will be reading some of the book in class and students will continue the reading at home. In addition, students will have nightly reflections to do at home in Google Classroom.
In writing, we are focused heavily on producing our Wax Museum essays. We will do the bulk of the writing in class, as we teach students how to synthesize information from multiple sources to convince readers why their historical figure was influential during the Industrial Revolution era.
After a review of problem solving structures last week, students will now move into one of our largest units of fifth grade – fractions. The beginning of the unit builds off of work that students did in fourth grade adding and subtracting fractions with common denominators. The fifth grade expectation is that students are able to add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers with like and unlike denominators using a variety of strategies. Two concrete models that students should already be familiar with this year are clock models and money models. Clock models work really well for halves, thirds, fourths, sixths, and twelfths as students can visually see those pieces on the clock. Money models work well for halves, fourths, fifths, tenths, and hundredths as students can easily relate these to coins, dollars, and cents.
When students are adding and subtracting fractions visual models such as number lines, fraction circles, and fraction bars will be helpful to see “making a whole” and finding equivalent fractions. They will also learn traditional algorithms.
Today we began learning about child labor during the Industrial Revolution. This directly relates to our whole class novel, Counting on Grace. Over the next few weeks, students will analyze child labor photos and discuss how it relates to our class novel. Students will also learn about Lewis Hine, a child labor reformer. We are integrating the Industrial Revolution across subject areas as we prepare for the Wax Museum next Friday