What happened today?

March 30th
March 31, 2009, 5:24 pm
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Today we used Dot Candies to investigate fractions. We learned also figured out the range, mean, mode and median of the boxes we had in our classroom. We were amazed that they were all 6! It is not often the data is this easy to work with. In science we looked into how light can reflect and refract. We used our Michigan relief maps and added the great lakes and the Underground Railroad Routes. We continued to investigate folktales and fairy tales. Today we looked at another version of Cinderella. We then listed the items we needed to have to make it a Cinderella story. We worked on creating our own version of this tale. Some interesting ideas were shared. The weekely newsletter “Alford’s Articles” was sent home along with spelling words for this week. There was a note sent home aboutcool ideas you can do inthe summer through Genesee Parks and Rec.

March 27th
March 31, 2009, 5:15 pm
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Today was wear your Pj’s and Read Day. We had the bank and the store as well. We did clean desks and the weekly progress report was sent home today!

March 25th
March 25, 2009, 8:53 pm
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We made our own fraction bars today by folding and cutting our paper. We then tried to see how many different ways we could make one whole. Interesting combinations were found! We will be using these for some of our fraction games. We also got a pizza box we had to fold and make into the box to house all of our cool manipulatives. We get to take all these games home at the end of the year! In science we looked into shadows. We learned that a shadow gets larger when the light source is closer. We also learned that a shadow can change by the angle and the position of the light. They are always black, even when we shine a red light on it. We reviewed for the sound test that is tomorrow. We knew many of the answers and Miss Alford said if we get a class average of an A we get Jets Pizza….so study!!! We worked on our books and read more folktales.

March 24th
March 25, 2009, 8:45 pm
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Today we investigated fractions by sharing “brownies” with people. We also culminated our sound unit by making instruments. Boy did we have fun. Each child had to explain what was making the sound and many found several ways to make different sounds on the same instrument. We talked about the different pitches we heard in the same instrument. We decided that size is not the only thing that can change the pitch! We think that what the object is made out of effects the pitch, too! What great scientists I have this year!! We continued on the vowel sound search. We were perplexed to see that that ou team can make a short u sound like in trouble. Weird! We are trying to figure out how that happened and if there are more words like that. We read another legend. We are pretty sure that legends are stories that explains how something came to be like an island, flowers or the sun. We are looking at these folktales to see what we would like to write for our very own folktale.

March 23rd
March 23, 2009, 8:37 pm
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We used Hershey Candy bars to investigate fractions. We learned what equivalent fractions are. We made drawings of all the fractions we could find. We went to science lab and we learned that light has many colors. We see white light and really it is red, orange, yellow, green. blue indigo and violet. We learned that the primary colors of light are red, green and blue. Megan brought her dog Tank in for a visit. That is an appropriate name for the dog. It is huge!!!! The nonfiction reading groups finished thier posters. We are working on traditional literature. We are reading legends, fables, fairy tales, and folktales. We are trying to find the differences between them. The vowel teams we are working on this week are not true vowel sounds. We are looking at the oy and oi sounds and the ue and ew sounds that we call the “refrigerator vowel sounds”. We also have the “band aid vowel sound” that you hear in the word ouch. We are on a scavenger hunt for words with these sounds. Spelling words and the Alford’s Articles went home today.

March 20th
March 20, 2009, 8:12 pm
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We celebrated the first day of spring with cinnamon rolls. They were yummy! We worked on our math using tangrams. We also conducted an experiment using chopped up cookies as rocks and cookies and cream ice cream as a glacier. We studied how rocks from the Upper Peninsula ended up in the lower peninsula. We had bank and store today. We took our spelling test and chose new word for next week. We are still stiking with words that have the long i sound. An order form for Spirit Wear went home today, progress reports went home, all the sound science papers should be in the backpack with all the other work, and I send some notes to help you study for the sound test.

March 19th
March 19, 2009, 8:47 pm
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Today we used tangrams to investigate fractions. We used “thumper tubes” to study sound. Students tried to play popular songs with them first and tomorrow we will try to make our own music. We watched The Magic School Bus and the Sound Museum. This was a great review for our sound unit. We wrote in our journals and many are publishing a second nonfiction book. We read another legend and we are starting to see a pattern with the legends. Our Nonfiction groups got together and many finished their posters today!

March 18th
March 18, 2009, 9:03 pm
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We worked with pattern blocks again today to investigate fractions. We started our unit on light and found out that there are objects that are opaque, translucent, and transparent. We took the sound tubes out and played with them. We found the faster they go the higher the pitch. We continued to look at traditional literature. We read a legend today and we noticed it was different from the fairy tales. We also worked on our nonfiction books. We looked into long i words. We had a note that went home today warning parents about another stranger danger report!

March 18, 2009, 8:57 pm
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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! The kids were dressed in green today! We worked with pattern blocks to learn about fractions. We also cut up fake cookies to see what a fraction in and how we write them. In science we used the SMART Board to do some review for the sound test. We are looking into traditional literature and we were reading a parody- a book that makes fun of a fairly tale. Students are working on their nonfiction books and they are doing a great job on them. We played boggle with our partners and Chris and Dan came in to play word games. Grandma Pat came in to read Megan’s favorite book because she is our MVP this week!

March 16th
March 18, 2009, 8:52 pm
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I was out today for SMART Board training. Students did have spelling words that should have made its way home and an Alford’s Articles. We did go over the study guide for the sound unit and we decided the test should be postponed until the 26th! We all felt we needed more time:)