What happened today?

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.

November 20th
November 20, 2008, 9:00 pm
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Today we played another version of Base 10 Bingo. Students had to use clues to figure out which number they could cover. We did not have a cursive paper today…we used Twizzlers instead! We read about acid rain in our science books and then we did this cool experiment to show how acid rain effects buildings and statues. Your child may bring home what is left of their statue. We looked up where the endangered species are in the world and created an ABC book of endangered species. Levi the Reading Dog was here today, so many students were able to read with him today. We read another chapter of The Courage of Sarah Noble. We only have 2 chapters left! Students have been completing a historical fiction journal as we have been  reading the book. We were able to play word games with Mrs. Swaisgood and write in our NaNoWriMo Journals as well.

November 19th
November 19, 2008, 9:21 pm
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We played “Place Value Bingo” today! This is a great way for students to see the different ways to represent a number. We are learning that their a 5 ways numbers can be written. The 5 are: place value form, base10 model form, standard form, word form, and expanded notation. This is a concept we will continue to work on! We learned about acid rain in science lab today. We tested several liquids with litmus paper to test for acidic conditions. We learned that acid rain can effect animals, plants and buildings. We also watched a movie called, Auntie Litter.  This movie had 3 parts that taught us about the difference between garbage and trash, what it means to reuse and recycle, what litter is and what is a landfill. Students did have to answer questions on all three parts. We also had music today and the students are working hard for their performance on December 2nd. We read another chapter of The Courage of Sarah Noble. We are now on chapter 9. We are still working on when we capitalize letters. We made a flip book with example of names, geographical names, titles, and beginning sentences. We also wrote in our NaNoWriMo books. Larissa’s parents wrote an awesome letter telling us how awesome she is, but…we already knew that!!