Michael J. Allen

Class of 2018 - 2019

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November 5th - 16th (two-week plan)

Review

I have to say that I'm really loving this group of students! They are a really heart-warming and fun group. The dynamics between the students are pretty good. They are almost all motivated to do well in school. Most days are a pleasure!

Let's hope I'm not jinxing myself!

Here's a little map for you to help with planning your time between now and the end of December:

 

November 5th - 9th

Wrapping up Space project, including some necessary work on the phases of the moon.

November 13th - 16th

Social studies focus. Rich and Poor.

November 19th - 21st

No Homework – Thanksgiving break.

 First term grades close.

November 26th - 30th

Wrap up Social studies project.

December 3rd - 7th

Start work on two-week Project Period – Monday, December 3rd. Project period week 1. Reports out Monday, December 7th. Report Conferences week (Schedule and appointments available soon).

December 10th - 21st

Project Period week 2. Performances for parents at 6:00pm and 7:30pm on Wednesday, December 19th. Tickets and information will be available soon!  Thursday, December 20th – performances for fourth grade classes. Friday December 21st –  crash the room.

School's out at 12:00pm.

 

Google Classroom

 

This week

We're going to have a special class on how to write computer code focusing on using software called, 'Scratch'. We will be meeting with a computer coding specialist named Kate Fractal this Friday at 1:30pm.

This week we're wrapping up the Space project on Friday, and we will be moving into new areas of study. We will spend the next few weeks setting the stage for the story of America by asking the question, 'Why are some countries rich and others poor?'

The students will investigate where the world's wealth is (and is not) by looking at GDP information and correlating the information to World Maps. After finding out where the money is, the students will then begin to investigate why the pattern is that way. I will be basing the analysis on Jared Diamond's epic, 'Guns, Germs and Steel' and 'Sapiens' by Yuval Noah Harari. The students will think and talk about life in 20,000 BP. They also will be thinking, talking and debating, comparing nomadic to settled lifestyles that came about as a result of the Agrarian Revolution.

Some of the work in this area will be constructing and drawing 'Mind-Maps', a technique combining art, diagramming and note-taking principles. This includes a Mind Map comparing Nomad and Settler lifestyles and a Mind Map to summarize, 'The Race for The Riches'.

 

Morning meeting

As part of the whole-school philosophy, each class begins most days with a thirty-minute long class meeting.

The meeting is structured into four phases:

  • Message - topic of the day, often with academic angle. This week, we're back to Math practice.

  • Greetings

  • Activities - short, fun community enhancing activities

 

Language

 

Reading

Reading assessments:

I will be conducting reading assessments of the students using the Fountas and Pinnell assessment system used at the Brooks. The assessments will make it impossible for me to check the Assignment books each day. I will check the Assignment books on Friday this week.

The results of these assessments will be shared with you at our upcoming parent conferences.

 

We are going to continue reading The Wind Singer, written by award winning author William Nicholson using this story as a launch pad for various Journey's based lessons.

I will be reading chapters of the book to the students. The students will be rereading the chapters themselves then taking part in various activities including topical discussions, Reader's Theater and analysis of the text.

We will also have a regular twenty minute long private-reading experience on most days after recess.

 

Writing

Wednesday:

Mock ELA assessment - required by the District.

Planets project reading research and making Google slides show.

 

Thursday:

Planets project reading research and making Google slides show.

Review and update reading plan.

 

Friday:

Planets Project - make final presentations.

 

Tuesday:

Rich and poor part 1 - (see below)

 

Wednesday:

Life in 12,000BP

'Time travel' back to 12,000BP. Make a poster of a village from 12,000BP.

 

Thursday:

Agrarian Revolution

Domestication of Plants and Animals. Find out about the emergence of farming in the near east. Create a drama and 'mind-map' comparing and contrasting the nomad and farmer lifestyles.

 

Friday:

Nomad vs. Settler

Make a drama called 'Race to the Riches' showing the changes that the new lifestyle engendered. Find out about why Iraq and China dropped out of the fifteenth Century 'Race for the Riches'.

 

Math

 Unit 4 continues.

Don't forget to return the assessments after you sign them for the students to keep in their portfolio in school.

Thanks!

 

 

Project

The World the Way it is!

We spend this week and next looking at the World the way it is today.

We focus on poverty and wealth.

The first guiding questions we explore are:

  • What is the status of the World with regard to wealth?

  • Why are some countries rich, while other countries are poor?

  • Why did Europeans invade the Americas, not the other way around?

The students visit websites to explore basic facts about modern countries and their wealth, by comparing each countries' G.D.P.

Here are the links to the primary data we use:

Poverty and wealth data

Happiness around the World? Read these graphs and diagrams and see what scientists have found about the state of our World...

The students will then have a basic overview of the state of the planet with regard to wealth.

Working in partnerships, the students compare their lives to the lives of children in other countries. They try to put themselves into the 'non-shoes' of a poor child through a drama exercise.

Having established where the World's wealth is concentrated, we begin our journey to understand why this pattern exists.

 

Our journey to answer that question begins back through time, 20,000 years. We will try to deduce what life must have been like at that time.

The specific activities are:

  • Write diary entries. The first entry asks, 'What would a typical day look like in 20,000bp?'

  • 'Time travel' back to 20,000bp. Make a poster of a village from 20,000bp. Meet the citizens of 'the Village'. Find out more about them.

  • Domestication of Plants and Animals. Find out about the emergence of farming in the near east. Create a drama and 'mind-map' comparing and contrasting the nomad and farmer lifestyles.

  • Make a drama called 'Race to the Riches' showing the changes that the new lifestyle engendered. Find out about why Iraq and China dropped out of the fifteenth Century 'Race for the Riches'.

  • Find out about the critical importance of Ghengis Khan and the Mongol empire - design a 'talk show' to explain the points that led to Europeans setting sail for the Conquest of the Americas!


Invention Challenge 2

 

The second challenge is to design and build paper airplanes for three competitions:

  • Distance

  • Accuracy

  • Trick planes


Science-class teacher plan

This is the route to the 'Specialist Class' page.

This page is for the students and parents of Ms.Tuttle to find out about what happens during the Science class!