2nd/3rd: Week of Nov 13

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Crazy Sock Day! We are so thankful for AHB and all of our families! 🥰


This week, Ms. Andrea’s math group exercised their mental math muscles and worked out word problems with…REGROUPING! We started off by modeling addition problems using manipulatives: tens rods and unit cubes to represent two digit numbers. We practiced trading in 10 cubes for a ten rod when warranted, and ended the week with traditional paper and pencil column practice of regrouping the 1. They keep saying, “it’s SOOO easy!!” ;)

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Ms. Kelly’s math group is officially finished with addition and subtraction with regrouping (don’t tell, but we are never really done 😜) And we are moving on to the much anticipated MULTIPLICATION!!!! We have taken our multiplication unit pre-test and are ready to rock and roll after break!

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In the book club world, all are pressing forward and two groups have now begun their second novel! Flora & Ulysses and Ranger In Time: Rescue on the Oregon Trail began this week. We are so proud of the great focus our readers are putting into this time of their day.

In writing we began the week by reviewing the jobs we’ve learned about in ancient Egypt. Working in groups, we listed reasons that a particular occupation was important to society, and then came back together and presented them to each other. Next, each student chose a profession that they believed to be the most important job in ancient Egypt. We dove deeper into these specific jobs, listing their pros/cons, citing reasons for and examples of their importance. Finally, we put this info into a graphic organizer that will serve as an outline as we draft our opinion piece.

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For theme we are creating life sized (paper) sarcophagi! Used to bury leaders and wealthy residents in ancient Egypt, Rome, and Greece, a sarcophagus is a coffin or a container to hold a coffin. Most sarcophagi are made of stone and displayed above ground. Ancient Egyptians believed in an afterlife, and the sarcophagus was to be the eternal dwelling place of those within it. The sarcophagi of pharaohs and wealthy residents were elaborately decorated with carvings and paintings. The earliest sarcophagi were designed for the pharaohs of Egypt and reflected the architecture of their palaces. Egyptians believed that remembering a person’s name would ensure that he or she would live on in the afterlife, so a sarcophagus also typically included the name of the person or people buried within. External decorations might also record the accomplishments of the deceased. Sarcophagi also typically included a list of food offerings, a door for the soul to pass through, and eyes so that the descendant could continue to view the world. The sarcophagus was an important part of an elaborate burial process. Ancient Egyptians believed that they would live on in an afterlife.

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