Today we had a record number of fourth and fifth graders coming to after school tutoring and notebook clinic. I love seeing kids take charge of their education: when they came in they knew that they wanted to review different types of clouds, the difference between physical and chemical changes, the features of the ocean floor, how to measure matter with metric measurement tools, finding the volume of irregular objects, and of course, updating their science notebooks so they have accurate notes from which to study.
Students formed study groups to analyze passages in the text, they worked independently to improve their understanding of diagrams, they received direct instruction to clarify concepts they learned in class, created problems for each other to solve, and practiced, practiced, practiced their measurement skills. We ended the day with calculating speed, which everyone loves doing!
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