Here’s the link for those who wanted it:

Red cabbage used to make an pH indicator.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I18K2upEHLc

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The word ‘simplify’ can mean many things in math class, as this post so clearly demonstrates:

Simplify! Math with Bad Drawings LINK

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Today we watched a Vi Hart video about paper snowflakes, starflakes, and swirlflakes. Then we watched it again at half speed so we could understand what she was saying, because she talks REALLY fast.

Snowflakes, Starflakes, and Swirlflakes Video by Vi Hart

Here’s the handout, due next Wednesday, February 3, 2016:

geometry playtime winter wonderland

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Today during our Compost Occupation we worked on personal projects for most of the time, and shared with the group our findings and next steps.

Next time – Thursday January 28 – Sylvia will visit our class and talk about Le Compost en français avec nous.

Be prepared! Highlight the words that ***you already know*** in the french handout given.

Here it is:

AND here’s another 2 handouts to be read for FRIDAY:

critters in the compost neighborhood

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During today’s Math class we spent some time talking about simplifying expressions by collecting like terms. Afterwards we used playing cards in a group activity that brought collecting like terms to life.

If you need the handouts, all 3 levels are here:

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Conflict is the key to any good story; it’s what moves the plot along and proves the premise. Today we talked about different ways conflict is carried through a play; not all of them are effective. I look forward to reading the conflict scenes that are created this week!

Rising Conflict Scene is due Monday, Feb 1, 2016.

Here’s the handout:

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Our Compost Occupation learned about the Nitrogen Cycle today. We watched two YouTube videos together, pausing them and talking about it and taking notes as we went. Everyone had a good understanding of the concepts by the time we were done, which is good because there’s a quiz on Tuesday, January 26!

Here are the two videos:

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Weird random science thing:

Fishsicle

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Today we explored a particularly mind-bending fractal – one that involved paper folding and some visualization for encoding and predicting future iterations.

Here’s the handout, if you need it:

geometry playtime jurassic park

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Today during Math time we reviewed some mental math – adding, subtracting, multiplying, and fraction reducing – and introduced our visiting grade 6 students to ‘Amoeba Math’ at the same time.

Now, the plan is to spend some time upgrading the portfolio sections of our binders to show what has been learned. Make sure you have excellent examples of the following items in your portfolio:

*fractions (add/sub/mult/div)

*order of operations

*venn diagrams

*exponents

*integers

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