Students, please use the restroom facilities either BEFORE or AFTER our Learning Center session.
I want to remind those students who attend on Tuesdays that we will be completing the January MATH work sample this coming Tuesday, February 4th. Please know that you will NOT be penalized for any late submission for the math work sample for January. We will be taking care of this on Tuesday, February 4th.
Due to inclement weather again, classes at the Learning Center have been cancelled for Tuesday, 1/28/14.
Due to the weather situation, we will take care of the math samples next week. I am still determining how to proceed with the sample, for example, will it be an Extended Response Sample, or some other type of assessment. But I do know that we will be handling it at the LC next week. We have already taken care of the writing sample so there is no worry there.
Stay warm and safe!
In grading the extended responses for math from December, I'm noticing something quite common for all of the samples, and I want to address it here to see if I can help.
When it comes to writing out the explanation of how you solved the problem, many of you are doing a great job of listing out the steps that you took, but then stopping there. The explanations of why you took those steps are still unclear. But this is probably the most important part of the response so I want to make sure that we get it right. :)
During class the last week of school before break in December, when we were working on these in class, I showed you a sample of how I would solve a similar problem. I want to post that here.
The main thing that I want you to focus on is that in your explanation, you need to include the specifics of the problem. You need to make sure that you include the important information that you need to know in order to solve the problem. Include the what the problem is asking you to solve for. And most importantly, include how you solved the problem. Walk the reader through every step of the way. Explain all of your computations.
The problem that I solved was: Henry is building a skateboard ramp. He went to the hardware store to buy 1/4 pound of screws and 2/5 pound of nails. What is the total weight of screws and nails?
Remember: ISLAP the ISAT? The ISAT part of the acronym is for the written explanation.
I Important Information in the Introduction
S Say what you are solving for
A Always explain what you did and why
T Then answer the question in a full sentence
I = Important information in the introduction
S = Say what you are solving for
A = Always explain what you are solving for and why
Notice how for each step, I give an explanation of why I did that step. And notice for Step 5, I explain the way that I solved the actual problem. First I found the LCM that both denominators share; the LCM of 4 and 5 is 20, etc. THIS is what is missing from your work samples, and this is what the ISAT test is looking for you to know how to do.
T = Then answer the question in a full sentence
If I were to write out my response not using the guiding sheet I provide you at the back of the packet, it would look like this:
After reading the problem and underlining the important information, I know Henry bought 1/4 pound of screws and 2/5 pound of nails. I need to find out what is the total weight of the screws and the nails. First, I read the problem to understand the information given to me. Second, I found what I need to solve for - what is the total weight of the screws and nails - so I can figure out how to set up the equation. Third, I identified the important information that I need to use to solve the problem - 1/4 pound of screws and 2/5 pound of nails. Fourth, I set up an equation to solve: 1/4 + 2/5 = ?. I used addition because the problem is asking me what the total weight is. I know to find the total weight of something, I need to add the parts together. Fifth, I solved the problem by finding the LCM that both denominators share. I found the LCM of 4 and 5 by listing the first few multiples of each number and looking for the lowest number that each number shares.The LCM of 4 and 5 is 20. Once I had a common denominator, I made equivalent fractions by doing to the numerator what I did to the denominator to get the common denominator of 20. To find an equivalent fraction for 1/4. I multiplied by 5/5 and I got 5/20 To find an equivalent fraction for 2/5, I multiplied it by 4/4 and I got 8/20. I added the two numerators together (5+8) and I got 13/20. Sixth, I checked my work to make sure that my answer was reasonable and free of errors. After working out the problem, I now know the total weight of the nails and screws is 13/20 pounds.
Below is my full example of how to solve an extended response problem:
Please note: My dear students ...
As I mentioned in class when going over my example, I can appreciate more greatly how difficult this task is. I did not have to do this when I was your age. That being said, as a teacher, I understand why they are asking you to do this. But I can appreciate that this is not easy to do. We don't normally think about math in this way, and it is even less common for us to write about math in this way. I am a firm believer that practice makes perfect (or as one student put it, practice makes proficient). So we will continue to practice this skill. Keep in mind: I don't expect perfection, but I do expect that you will try your best.
Just a reminder that there are no classes at the Learning Center this week! There are also no ClassConnect sessions this week of Thanksgiving! Enjoy the break! :)
You are expected to still work out of the OLS on Monday and Tuesday. You are on holiday beginning Wednesday and lasting through Friday! You may either enjoy your time off, or work to get ahead of yourself. But you are only expected to log attendance for Monday and Tuesday.
REMINDER: You need to be finished with the November Study Island Pathways by Friday, November 29th.
I have been busy grading these this morning, so perhaps go and take a look in Jupiter.
** If you didn't earn points, I will give you ONE additional chance to look at it again and resubmit. Incorrect submissions will be listed in the comments section next to your name in Jupiter. Some challenges are "closed" - you can't post comments there any more ... feel free to post them below, under this post. Thanks!
JUST A REMINDER! Please scan, upload, and share ALL FIVE PAGES of the Extended Response Packet that your student brought home from the LC this week.
Save the date! Save the date!
The 1st Quarter Pizza Party is scheduled for the week after we come back from Thanksgiving break, December 3rd and 4th. The pizza party will be held between the morning and afternoon sessions at 11:45 am. The pizza will be all cheese, and each student will get one slice. I will have water to drink.
If anyone would like to volunteer to help, that would be wonderful! Thanks for being patient! This is a great date to have it on because Mrs. Cockerham will be able to join us! Yahoo! :)
November Work Samples are due this week!
Please upload, in one file, the following to Mrs. Cockerham:
Recap: Send ALL samples in one file to Mrs. Cockerham.
Send only the Writing and Math samples to Mrs. Claeson.
Thank you! :)
Hi 5th Grade Students and Families!
This News Bulletin Blog is where you can go to find out general information from me regarding 5th Grade in general, as well as CVCS in general. Continue to look for Math, Language Arts, and Composition specific news under the 5th Grade button as you have been doing. I hope this helps us stay connected!
Good Morning! :)
I just want to make sure that everyone is on the same page regarding the writing sample for the November Work Samples that are due next week.
Last week, you chose a piece of writing that you wrote in October (although some of you did choose to take on a new topic). I instructed you last week to take that piece of writing and expand it. See www.mrsclaeson.com under "Composition this week" for your grade level to see what the specifications are. I also instructed you to bring in a rough draft this week to the Learning Center so that you could partner with a classmate and edit each other's paper (peer editing). For next week, your final draft is due. Again, look for the parameters of the assignment at www.mrsclaeson.com under your grade level. If I have talked to you separately about these due dates, please go with what you and I have discussed. Otherwise, final drafts are due for everyone next week.
Since it is part of the November Work Sample, you will need to turn it into me, as well as your homeroom teacher, via File Share. I will not accept final papers at school. Last month, I uploaded files for math and writing because it was the first month and I wanted to help make the process easier for you. This month, and all months going forward, you will be required to upload your writing sample (the final draft of your paper) as well as the finished Math Extended Response that we started this week and will finish in class next week. I will send them home with you after our session next week so that you can upload them and share them with me as well as with your homeroom teacher, either Mrs. Riley or Mrs. Cockerham.
It is extremely important that you are here at the LC next week so that you can finish your math extended response. Remember, there are no LC classes the week of Thanksgiving.
I am looking forward to reading your final papers next week!
Hello! I just wanted to give a heads up to my Wednesday afternoon friends that I will not be there for the majority of the session. I have a meeting that I must attend. But never fear! You are in great hands! You are lucky enough to have Mrs. Biasbas, our new Head of School, filling in for me! So please be sure to give her your BEST behavior and full cooperation! And, Ms. El Jaie will also be in the room, as always, and she knows what the deal is so just go with it, okie doke? I appreciate your efforts! And I will miss you!
Hi 5th graders! Welcome to our "fruit salad"!
"Mrs. C? What is up with the fruit salad stuff?" you may be wondering. Well, I like fruit, and I like to think of everything that you are learning in 5th grade as different pieces of fruit that when put together make an incredible fruit salad! In addition to making you hungry for yummy fruit, our theme will also serve to add some color and excitement to our learning.
Each week, I would like you to come here and find out what we are going to be doing in the Learning Center. You will be able to see what topics we are going to be working on, and what assignments we are going to be doing. You will also be able to see if there are specific things that you need to bring with you to the Learning Center. Please feel free to post comments here if you have any questions, and, of course, you can always K-Mail me as well.