What happened today?

December 18
December 18, 2008, 10:59 pm
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We tried making our rectangles out of blocks and then we cut them out of graph paper. We called the game “Rolling for Rectangles”. We  looked at three different crystals under the hand-held microscopes and saw that sugar, salt, and Epsom salts have very different crystal shapes. We also made a flip book that shows all the features the Earth has. We had a guest reader come in today. Mrs. Jackson, who is a board member, came it to read holiday stories to us. We had a great time listening to her read. We also had Skylar’s dogs pay a visit. There are very pretty dogs. We found out about Skylar’s family and we read her favorite book and her parent’s poem to her. We also caught up and read Halle’s poem and favorite book! We did the snow dance before we left!

December 17th
December 18, 2008, 10:50 pm
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We worked on making rectangles again with interlocking cubes. This time we rolled dice and made our own rectangles. We found that some multiplication problems make squares, so we are trying to figure out why. We think it has something to do with multiplying the same number twice, but we want to try more to make sure! In science we looked at crystals and worked on sedimentation. We learned that pebbles settle very quickly and not far behind is sand. Soil took forever to settle and we think it is because of the organic matter in the soil. We looked at quartz crystals and salt crystals. We learned that crystals have certain shapes that repeat in a pattern. We get to grow some when we come back from vacation! We learned about what maps have in social studies. We learned that every map has a title, key, symbols, a scale, compass rose and labels. We made our own map of the classroom. We finished Sadako’s story and we looked up on the Internet a real picture of her and of the two statues there are of her. There is one in Seattle, Washington and one in Hiroshima, Japan. We took a test over the story. We walked through the test and talked about what type of question they were. We found some questions you can find the answer right in the book, but many we had to think beyond the text and make a reference. We read another memoir by Patricia Polacco called Uncle Vova’s Tree. It was a great story about family traditions at Christmas, and we talked about writing stories about our Christmas traditions in our families.

December 16th
December 18, 2008, 10:38 pm
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We worked on creating rectangles with interlocking cubes today. We learned that all multiplication facts make a rectangle. We took our science test. We also had library today. We read Sadako and learned that there is a legend that if you fold 1,000 paper cranes then you can get your wish for good health to come true. We learned how to fold cranes today, and we found out it isn’t that easy! We will try again tomorrow! We also read a book by Patricia Polacco. She is the new author we are studying. We read a book called Christmas Tapestry. She writes mostly memoirs and we talked about writing our own memoirs.

December 15, 2008, 11:32 pm
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Polar express day

Polar express day

December 12th
December 13, 2008, 12:27 am
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What a great day! We did take our spelling test this morning so we could enjoy the movie today. We also played a game of “Circles and Stars” before we headed off to art. We cleaned our desks today and progress reports were sent home. We also were paid today so we had the bank and the store. When we came back from lunch we were able to have milk and cookies provided by the student council and “Superman” bought us popcorn, too! We were able to watch Polar Express and we rang our bells when they rang their bells and we threw our hats in the air just like the movie!! We found out about Halle today. She was our MVP. We will have stockings to stuff, so we talked about what things we might need for our stockings like pencils, glue sticks and erasers!

December 10th
December 10, 2008, 9:55 pm
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We worked on regrouping with subtraction today. We used operation boards and really worked on what happens when we have to borrow or regroup to subtract to avoid getting a negative number. We also had a lab today that investigated wind erosion. This lab let the kids see how the greater the wind the more erosion occurs. We did another lab in class to help us understand how we effect our environment. We had a mock oil spill and we used a variety things to clean it up. We used vegetable oil and not the real stuff, but students were able to see how hard it is to clean up and how it effects the animals. We also worked with short a sounds as we worked with Twizzlers to practice our cursive.

December 8th
December 8, 2008, 9:13 pm
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We were very busy today working on a project to help us learn how to use a calendar with more accuracy. We also worked on regrouping with addition using Base 10 Blocks and color coded sticky notes. We used yellow  for the ones place, blue for the tens place and green for the hundreds. We did start investigating multiplication, too. We played a game called “Circles and Stars”. This is a great game to show that multiplication deals with groups of things. We started our unit on Earth Science. We investigated water erosion today. We were able to watch it melt away the sugar cubes. Please remember they have a new blue folder, and you can keep the green folder home.
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