Monday, October 31, 2016

Building Bridges

For our Halloween STEAM project, we read the book Monsters Under Bridges. Next, the challenge: Build a bridge that is at least 10 inches long and that can hold at least four Matchbox cars. 
          Teams of students planned their bridges . . . 

   . . . And started building!

 They worked enthusiastically, revising their plans, trying different materials, saying things like, "We need to stabilize it." By the end of the morning, they had successfully built their bridges.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Halloween Math Games

  Playing Halloween math games helped students improve fact fluency and math reasoning. And they thought they were just having fun!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Sums of 10

    We have been using games and other activities to practice combinations of 10. We are now starting to use that knowledge as "helper facts." For example, you can figure out 8+7 by thinking: 8+2 =10. There's 5 left over. 10 +5 = 15.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Authors share their tiny books

     Authors proudly read their tiny books aloud to the class.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Where in the World?

  We began our Social Studies voyage around the world by introducing maps and globes. After we read the books Me on the Map and Where Do I Live?, students did a map quest, using a world map to answer specific questions about the continents. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Tiny Books

    After I read aloud Library Mouse, in which a mouse writes tiny books, students were inspired to create tiny books of their own. We had a "free write" session, during which students were allowed to write whatever type of book they chose.

     The students were proud of becoming authors!

Math Explorations

   At math explorations, student built structures of Base-10 blocks and then calculated how many cubes their structures were worth. . . .

. . . They used dominoes to calculate sums up to 18 . . . .

   . . . And laid the foundations for learning about area by tiling rectangles using various pattern block shapes.