BUES October 2023 Newsletter
From the desk of Ms. Rezendes
Tier 3 Advanced ELA and Community Based Problem Solving (CmPS) News
Grade 5 Advanced ELA
Students in Tier 3 ELA have just started our first unit on the novel Lucky Broken Girl by Ruth Behar. Students prepared to engage with the novel by making predictions, discussing the author's background and purpose, and gaining familiarity with the setting. Additionally, students identified key events in the story and discussed the initial characterization of the main characters, Ruthie, Mami, and Papi, while also exploring the cultural backdrop of Cuba. Each week, students are assigned independent reading homework in order to engage in weekly lessons and discussions about the novel. Please note the importance of completing the reading homework for the success of students and the entire class!
About Lucky Broken Girl:
Ruthie Mizrahi and her family recently emigrated from Castro's Cuba to New York City. Just when she's finally beginning to gain confidence in her mastery of English and enjoying her reign as her neighborhood's hopscotch queen, a horrific car accident leaves her in a body cast and confined her to her bed for a long recovery. As Ruthie's world shrinks because of her inability to move, her powers of observation and her heart grow larger. She comes to understand how fragile life is, how vulnerable we all are as human beings, and how friends, neighbors, and the power of the arts can sweeten even the worst of times.
Grade 5 Community Based Problem Solving (CmPS)
Students in Grade 5 CmPS started off the school year with an introduction to the world of Future and Community Based Problem Solving! We discussed the importance of divergent and convergent thinking as well as did some practice challenges to get their brains moving and creativity flowing. Students were introduced to the 6-step FPS formula for problem solving and participated in guided and group practice, working as teams to sharpen problem solving and teamwork skills. We then discussed the importance of community and mapped out the different elements and people that make up one. Students were asked to consult their friends and families about important issues in the community to continue the brainstorming process. Once we have our topic clearly identified we will continue onto the second step, Identifying Challenges.
From the desk of Mrs. Marks
Tier 3 Advanced Math and STEM News
Grade 5 Advanced Math:
To start the year, students reviewed Order of Operations (PEMDAS) and practiced simplifying expressions using order of operations. Next, they brainstormed what they knew about numbers and discussed a Real Numbers Venn Diagram, which includes Natural Numbers, Whole Numbers, Integers, and Rational numbers. They identified that fractions are rational numbers, which is the focus of our first unit. In this unit, students will apply their knowledge of fraction concepts, which include equivalencies, renaming, comparing, ordering, adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing in order to solve a variety of problems and participate in several activities.
Grade 5 STEM:
For the first class, students were reintroduced to the engineering design process to complete a challenge. They competed against each other in a timed challenge to create a cup out of one sheet of paper which could hold the most amount of water for 10 seconds. There were mixed results, and we reflected on what worked, what didn’t and why. After introducing Origami, everyone was able to make a cup that held water. Currently, students have been hired by the Pacific Ocean Liner Company to build a boat that will carry as many jewels as possible across the ocean. After testing a variety of materials to determine their buoyancy, students researched several terms related to buoyancy, which include mass, density, volume, surface area, and displacement. Next, students will design their Ocean Liners, complete a budget, and purchase the materials. Let the building begin!
4th Grade Tier 2 Math and ELA GATEWAY
The focus of 4th grade GATEWAY for the month of September has been to get our Tier 2 Google Classroom up and running. All Tier 2 GATEWAY students now have access to the Tier 2 Google Classrooms. This is an opportunity for students to receive enrichment and extension in ELA and Math. For both grades, there are topics for extending the units they are learning in class, as well as enrichment activities that are not necessarily related to their units of study. Tier 2 is not an actual class period. The tasks in the Google Classroom are optional. Students can work on the Tier 2 tasks during the instructional blocks when they finish assignments or during intervention blocks. Classroom teachers will determine the best time for working on Tier 2 assignments. The more students do in Google Classroom, the better we get to know their commitment, ability, motivation, and perseverance. All Tier 2 students are now very familiar with how to access, complete, and turn in assignments in Google Classroom.
In mid October, Tier 3 pull out groups for Grade 4 Math, ELA, FPS and STEM will begin. You will receive notification if your child is in any of the Tier 3 classes.