Mrs. Mercer's Weekly Update
Monday, December 2, 2019
December is starting already?! It seems like we just got to school in September! Well, I hope everyone enjoyed time celebrating Thanksgiving and survived the crowds of Black Friday!
We'll be finishing up our division unit this week and have a test early next week. It's difficult for some of our learners to remember the steps of long division, so it's important to practice as many problems as you can! The more we practice, the easier it will get. Later this week, we'll lookat different word problems to interpret the remainder. Sometimes, you don't need the remainder and sometimes your remainder is your answer! Other times, you need to bump your answer up to make sure everyone can be included!
We will start reading a class novel this week, The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo. This is one of my favorite books because there's such good vocabulary. We're also able to make meaningful connections with the two main characters, Rob and Sistine. I can't wait to read and discuss together!
We will be going back to Science this week, learning about the states of matter - solids, liquids, and gases. We'll learn how the particles in each state behave and how things change states of matter.
Lastly, in writing, we will start learning about a literary analysis task. This is one of the writing types we'll see on the NJSLA test in May. The LAT helps us to take information from a text to answer a question. It also gives us a great opportunity to take notes and organize information.
Let's make it a wonderful week!