Sunday, October 29, 2017

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Google Earth

              We are beginning to learn about the continents. At the Creation Station, we used Google Earth to explore them.

Making Tens

         We learned the strategy of making tens to help us add bigger numbers. For example, to add 9 + 5 . . . 

          . . . we slide one penny over to make 10. Now it's easy to see that 10 + 4 = 14.  With practice, we will learn to use the strategy mentally.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Mystery Science

   As an extension to our study of Pebbles, Sand, and Silt, we did a Mystery Science exploration titled "Why is there sand at the beach?" We watched a series of very brief thought-provoking videos with lots of pauses for discussions. The videos led us on a journey of exploration as we discovered that rivers bring rocks from mountains and tumble them into smaller and smaller pieces. In a related activity, students act as a river, "breaking" (tearing)  paper "boulders" into smaller and smaller pieces as they proceed downstream.

Building with Base-10 blocks

   At math time, students worked in pairs to build structures from Base-10 blocks and then calculate the number of cubes used. A fun introduction to place value!

Guest reader

    Mrs. Butterworth came to our classroom and read Arthur's Teacher Trouble. She pointed out that the book was written after Marc Brown visited Pond Cove School in 1985, and she showed the class two places where the author hid the words "Pond Cove" in the illustrations.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Setting Goals as Writers

We have been writing personal narratives and learning how to make our stories even better. Today we talked about how athletes set goals for themselves, and that writers set goals too. Students went through their stories with a partner, noticing how well they did in writing a good lead, using transition words, writing a good ending, and writing a lot. They then chose one or two of these as goals to work on in their writing.