In money we continued learning about using a ledger. We finished defining several economics terms, then students completed an example ledger with expenses, deposits, and a running balance. We discussed various ways to keep a ledger-both on paper and electronically. Your child may ask you about how you keep up with your bank account. Next we will learn how to write a check!
We spent a big part of our day learning science. Students worked in groups to set up and test beams and arches for the point where they sagged 1 cm and for structural failure. They recorded data and observations, then practiced writing a conclusion. We combined all the groups' data into a Google Sheet, calculated averages, and talked about reliability of data. Lots of great connections and conclusions were made. Ask your child to tell you what he/she discovered about the strength of beams and arches. We ended with a video clip showing the same concept being tested on concrete beams and arches. It was very cool!
Next we continued our study of van Gogh, exploring his characteristics, forces that affected him, and techniques used in his art. Students examined many of his paintings in detail for these elements, then used the iTouches to explore van Gogh's letters. We ended with a slide show of more of van Gogh's paintings set to the song "Starry, Starry, Night". I loved students connections and their abilities to analyze his paintings for their common features.
Homework this week:
1. Christmas shopping: I know, it's a little early. Students will practice completing calculations in a ledger. They may use calculators!
2. Sketch what you would like to "paint like van Gogh".
3. Optional: Find out what's different about Babylonian numerals. Use one sheet of notebook paper to hold a book 2 cm off the table. See the Google Classroom for more details.