## Mrs. Julia Nabholz and the world's BEST class!

## Building circuits sheds light on electricity.

Our class used a shoe box, "D" cell batteries, electrical tape, christmas lights, metal brads, and paper clips materials to build a simple circuit with a switch. We built the switch and traced the path of electricity, and it was easy to see how an open circuit breaks the path.

## Science, it matters to us!

In science we became chemist as we studied a unit on matter. Our students began by classisifing matter by states, and then studied the properties of matter more indepthly. We gained experience in measuring matter and enjoyed many visual and hands-on projects. The class favorite was making a mixture that made a chemical change. Our students were amazed as they watched new matter being created.

## "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has"- Margret Mead

Our class will study both American and Japan social studies this year. In August, we had the privledge of going to a replica of a century old traditional Okinawan house. Vivian followed her mother's footsteps as a tour guide. She showed our class the unique features of the home including the pigstry (picture here).

## Everyday Math Program

__For those students__

**Expanding**__on math skills on our school continuum__

**Number and Numeration**

Counting patterns, place value, reading and writing whole numbers through 1,000,000; fractions, decimals, and intergers

**Operation and Computation**

Practicing multiplication and division facts extended to multi-digit problems; working with properties; operations with fractions and money

**Data and Chance**

Collecting, organizing, and displaying data using tables, charts, and graphs; using basic probability terms

**Measurement and Reference Frames**

Recording equivalent units of length; recognizing appropriate units of measure for various items; finding the area of rectangles by counting squares, using multiplication arrays, coordinate grids, thermometers, clocks, calendars, and map scales to estimate differences

**Geometry**

Exploring 2-D and 3-D shapes and other geometric concepts

**Patterns, Functions, and Algebra**

Finding patterns on the number grid; solving Frames-and-Arrows puzzles having two rules, competing variations of "What's my rule" activities; exploring the relationship between multiplication and division; using parentheses in writing number models; naming missing parts of number models.

__For those students__

**Fluent**with the math skills on our school continuum**Number and Numeration**

Recognizing place value in whole numbers and decimals; using exponential and scientific notation; finding factors and multiples; converting between fractions, decimals, and percents; ordering positive and negative numbers

**Operation and Computation**

Solving problems involving whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and positive and negative numbers; applying properties of addition, subtracting, multiplication and division

**Data and Chance**

Collecting, organizing, displaying and analyzing data; identifying and comparing landmarks of data sets (mean, median, mode, and range)' using probability to represent and predict outcomes and analyze chance.

**Measurement and Reference Frames**

Measuring using metric and US customary units; using formulas to calculate area, circumference, and volume; naming and plotting points on a coordinate grid

**Geometry**

Measuring and drawing angles; understanding properties of angles; identifying and modeling similar and congruent figures; constructing figures with a compass and straightedge; drawing to scale; exploring transformations of geometric shapes; experimenting with modern geometric ideas

**Patterns, Functions, and Algebra**Creating and extending numerical patterns; representing and analyzing functions; manipulating algebraic expressions; solving equations and inequalities; working with Venn diagrams; applying algebraic properties; working with ratios and proportions(Mrs. Nabholz teaches math to those students who are expanding and fluent in math skills, Mr. Phillips teaches those students who are bridging math skills.)