This afternoon we celebrated Kyle's half birthday! We heard about how, come July, Kyle hopes to have a birthday party at the bowling alley, enjoy some Japanese steakhouse for dinner, and get some new video games. He even shared some delicious cookie cake with us. Happy half birthday Kyle!
We finished Stone Fox yesterday, and did some excellent blogging about it both last night and today. We are working to finish up our book projects which range from creative mobiles to science experiments to board games.
To end the day we got online to research about America during the 1940's. We visited this website and learned about food rationing, victory gardens, and war bonds. It was very interesting and sparked some great discussions!
Today we celebrated Julia's ninth birthday! We heard about her hopes for a plasma ball or a chemistry set and her plans for a fun family dinner. She also shared some delicious cookie cake with us! Happy Birthday Julia!
Congratulations to our level 1 and 2 strings players who put on a wonderful concert this morning!
In math today we began discussing units of customary capacity. Gallon man came in handy when converting between cups, pints, quarts, and gallons.
We started a small unit about our wax museum time period, the WWII era. Our focus is not only on understanding events of this time, but also learning strategies to summarize information. We know this will come in handy when we start to write our speeches!
Below is a video to help you practice the new Little Dribblers moves for the upcoming performance.
This Sunday Kennedy celebrated her 9th birthday. We were so happy we got to celebrate with her today! We enjoyed delicious cupcakes, listened to a story read by her mom, and heard about how she celebrated at home. Happy Birthday Kennedy!
We are half way through the novel Stone Fox, and it is getting really suspenseful! We are focusing on story elements, but also working on responding to the text in writing and using context clues to discover the meanings of unknown words. Ask us about the word Samoyed!
Last week we began a unit on customary measurement. We are working on converting measurements between feet, yards, and miles. Below is the conversion chart we used in class today.
Students are being asked to solve problems such as 18 ft. = ____ yards. To do so we are using repeated addition (or multiplication). For example: we know there are 3 feet in 1 yard. Since I would have to add 3 six times to get 18 (3 + 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 = 18 or 3 x 6 = 18) I know that 18 ft. must be the same as 6 yards. This would be a great skill to work on at home!
Today we learned a method of multiplying two-digit by two-digit numbers. The video below explains this method, which we will practice for homework tonight. Continuing to work on our multiplication facts will help us be ready when we come back to multiplication in a few weeks.
Tomorrow we will begin a new unit on customary measurement.
This morning we began our new themed unit about Courage and Heroes. To kick off this theme we will be reading Stone Fox together. Ask us about the portfolio projects we plan to complete related to this book.
Cyrus celebrated his birthday over break, so we were glad when we got to celebrate with him today! We heard about how he spent his birthday skiing in Vancouver, having dinner at the Japanese steak house, and his favorite gift of a marble track. We also got to enjoy some delicious fruit and meet his puppy Toby! Happy Belated Birthday Cyrus!
Today was the kick off of "Book Bingo." Make sure you see our homepage to find out more about this month long reading project!
Today we learned a strategy to multiply two digit by one digit numbers. This strategy is based on our knowledge of multiplying by tens, but we also need to know those facts! Below is a video of how the strategy works.
2013 got off to a great start. We began learning how to research and take notes so we can be ready when it comes time to write our wax museum speeches. We also began preparing for our unit on Courage and Heroes by delving into a brief mini unit about the government. Today we discussed the Constitution and why this document is so important to the people of our country.
We watched this video and discussed what the preamble is telling us. After reading about all the parts of the Constitution, we played a Constitution game. Check it out by clicking here: Constitution game
We ended our day with multiplication. We are learning strategies to multiple one and two digit numbers together. To do this successfully we will need to have a solid understanding of our basic multiplication facts. Don't forget to practice every night! Need help practicing? Here's a great site!
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