October 26

Dividing Decimals Using Base Ten Blocks

Dividing decimals using base ten blocks is a tricky model, however, it can also be a fantastic way to fully understand what is happening when we are dividing with decimals.  We used this model when doing assignment 3.5 in the Math textbook.  I have looked around youtube and found a few very helpful videos for you to consider watching to help you.  I suggest that you load up the digital based ten blocks at this link, or draw them along with the video to increase your cognitive functioning in learning alongside the video.  Please ask me (Mr. Ewert) for help if you need because asking is always the first step to learning.

Watch the first few minutes of this video…

Start this one at 2:00 min. in for a great representation…

This one works too…

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October 26

Online Reading and Your Reading Journal

Some students have asked about online reading and if it can be included in their reading journals.  The answer, of course, is “yes, but”.  Yes, but it needs to follow a formula to be legitimate.  Below you will see an example shown in class.

If a student is say, reading online fan fiction on a site such as Wattpad they can apply a formula to tabulate how many “pages” they have read.  But first, the student needs to establish their reading rate.  To do this, look at the example below.  In this example Suzy read for 30 in one sitting and found that she was reading 25 pages in that 30 min. block of time. So she follows the steps below…

  • Take the amount of pages you read divided by the time it took to read them.
    • In this case that is 25/30
  • Then take the quotient as your reading rate.
    • In this case the number was 0.83…
    • This means that Suzy reads about 0.83 pages per min.
  • Then take the amount of time you were reading on Wattpad
    • Let’s say Suzy reads for 40 min on Wattpad tonight
    • Take the time you read times your reading rate.
      • In this case Suzy then takes 40 X 0.83 = 33.2
        • This means Suzy read the equivalent of 33.2 pages online tonight (or 33 pages)
  • Now record that in your reading journal

However, reading novels and other actual “books” MUST be the key focus in your reading journal.  Your goal is to read 20 books this year.  Also, please note that online reading such as Facebook, Snapchat etc. is not “reading time” as it much of it is scrolling, looking at pictures, and does not relate to the focus of reading and understanding literature.  “Reading time” is time spent sitting with fiction or non-fiction books, focusing on the craft of written language.

October 19

Diffusion, Osmosis and Osmotic Balance

As part of our studies on cells and the human body students are learning about the concepts of diffusion and osmosis to study the respiration of human cells and more.  To learn the basic vocabulary for this topic click the link below for quizlet.com


Then: We are working on a gummy bear lab to see diffusion at it’s best.  Check out all the materials below for our lab.  Note: students are filling out their worksheets association with the lab but they will also be doing a formal lab write-up which follows the 20.09.16 LAB REPORT TEMPLATE – good one and which should be the first paper in the Science section of their binder.

20.10.20 gummi bear lab 18.11.06 Gummy Bear Lab2


October 7

Cells – An Introduction

Today we are going to introduce ourselves to cells.  To get started we will watch some videos (some in virtual reality), do some online vocabulary exercises, read some material from our Science text book, and also practice labeling some animal and plant cells.

Watch this video here for an introduction on the parts of a cell


Click here to access the online vocabulary list on Mr. Ewert’s Quizlet classroom.


Click this link if you would like to permanently sign up as a member of Mr. Ewert’s Quizlet classroom.


Click here for a copy of the textbook pages received in class.

18.09.24 cell theory and structure assignment-1k8twji

Click here for a copy of the cell diagrams we practiced labeling.

18.09.24 cells organelles to label and compare-16hayw6

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