Hi everyone! This is going to be a new adventure for us this week! Please read everything on this post and watch both of the videos I made.
We always do a checklist in our class each week, so think of this blog as your checklist for the week. I will add new posts every day so check in whenever you can, but don’t worry about it if you aren’t able to check the blog every day. This post you’re reading now is the most important one.
Click on the video below and I’ll give you instructions about how to navigate the blog this week. Sound needs to be on! Depending on the device you’re on, you might need to click on the popout icon in the top right corner to get it to play.
Checklist for the week of March 23-27, 2020
1. Your first job is to send Mrs. Hamman an email. Click on the video below for instructions on how to access your student email. It’s easier for me to communicate with you faster if I get emails from your student accounts, not your parents’ accounts, so I’m going to show you how to use your own Outlook account (which is filtered and safe). After you watch my video, send me a practice email to see if it works.
2. Leave me a comment on the blog. You’ve done this before (just scroll down to the bottom of this post and follow the directions). If you can’t email me, leaving a blog comment is another way of getting ahold of me, but it’s not as fast as email. Remember, all blog comments are monitored so they don’t post automatically.
3. Work on ALEKS. You knew I was going to say that, right? It really is one of the best ways to stay sharp on your math skills. I didn’t put in an assignment this week, so just set yourself a goal to work on it a certain number of minutes or a certain number of topics for the week. I’d suggest 15-30 minutes a day if it’s possible. See if you can bust through to the next level.
4. Try some SolveMe puzzles. Remember, we were trying to get to Level 200 on the mobiles puzzle! Click on any of the ones you want to try for problem-solving practice. You don’t need to sign in, you can just play as a guest. Link: SolveMe
5. Think of your own math project. Usually at the beginning of the quarter you choose a math project from a list. I’ll give you a link to the list, but I’d like you to feel free to think up your own math project if you don’t want to use any of my ideas! It just needs to be something you research and learn about that is math-related, and you need to share your learning in some way (make a game, video, Powerpoint, Sway, whatever you want). Start thinking about what you’d like to research! I’ll ask you next week for your idea. If you have any questions, email me or leave a blog comment. Here’s a link to last quarter’s list to give you some ideas: Math Projects-Third Quarter
6. I’ll post some other ideas and websites for math activities throughout the week. SumDog and Prodigy are always available and I’ll turn the house on in SumDog from time to time. Email me if you forget your login information.
7. We are still working on Journey North! The final locations will be posted on April 13, so we need to figure them out before then. I went to school and copied down our board with your guesses for hemispheres, continent, country and state/region. Here’s a spreadsheet that shows our best guesses so far. Remember, the ones in red we haven’t all agreed on yet! (Click to enlarge)
Now we need to start trying to figure out the city, which is the last thing we need to figure out the Mystery Classes! Here are Links to clues (you can look at all of them now, even the ones for future dates): Mystery Class Clues
Keep track of your guesses. Next week we’ll “discuss” them as a class using a fun method, and we’ll come up with our final guesses to submit.
8. BrainPop. I put an assignment in BrainPop for you to start learning about our fourth quarter unit on forces and motion. We’re going to do some really fun investigations, whether we do them at home or at school! Feel free to explore anything else you want to explore on BrainPop, too. If you forgot your login information, email me (I know all your notebooks are still at school so you might not remember your logins, but I have access to the login info.)
9. Brain Breaks. Don’t spend all day on screens! Here’s a link to a list of Brain Breaks I found online: Brain Breaks. Leave a blog comment if you think of any other good Brain Break ideas!
10. Video of the day. I think you’ll like this one (watch the whole thing!)
That’s all I have for you right now, but keep checking this blog for more info throughout the week. I’m sure you miss your friends and want to talk to them. I’m researching different ways that we could “meet” and talk to each other live online, and as soon as I figure out the best option I’ll post the instructions here. Have a wonderful week!