March 2nd was Dr. Seuss' birthday and we had an all-school assembly where the fifth grade students read to the younger students. What a fun way to star the day!
We had a visit from the Bamidele Dancers and Drummers last week. They were so talented! Some of our own classroom got a chance to drum and dance with this talented troupe.
We have had a few guest readers come to visit. Thank you to Mrs. DeBiase and Mrs. McIntosh. As the month goes on, we look forward to more visits!
In science, we are studying rock formations and what makes the layers that we see. Students first looked at pictures of the Grand Canyon. Then, they looked at an ice core sample to try to figure out what had caused the different layers.
We had a visit from Mrs. Putnam and the STEM cart. After we read Oh The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss, we designed shoes that could take us there!
We have started our poets in residence! We met as a whole grade for the kick-off. More will follow!
Meet Rudy! Our newest member of the class arrived the first week of February. He has made friends with the students and we enjoy taking him out of his cage and letting him roam in his rollerball!
Math Night was a big success! Thanks to all who ventured out on a busy Monday night to listen to a number talk, discuss how to help at home, and play a bunch of math games.
In math, we have been reviewing partial products and lattice multiplication. Here are the promised links for how to do these operations. (Cut and paste links)
We had a really fun visit with our first grade buddies to make valentines.
On Valentine's Day, we reviewed equivalent fractions using hearts!
Students presented their posters on the Midwest. They had a fun time researching their topics.
On Wednesday, we had a fun time opening and sharing valentines.
On the Thursday before vacation, we had a visit from the Lowell Mill Girl aka Sharon Kennedy. Sharon talked for over an hour about how her family came to the Boston area in the 1840's made their way to Lowell. It was a terrific historical representation of what life was like so long ago.
Finally, we ended the long week with Fun Fort Friday! The students enjoyed setting up cozy spaces for sustained reading. they did a great job!
I am sure that you heard from your child that our beloved hamster Rocky passed away this week. I feel strongly that having a classroom pet brings a sense of home and humanity to the classroom. Here is Rocky in a maze that students created for him last year. I have adopted a new friend for the class. I will post a picture once we choose a name and he settles in.
In math, we have been continuing to learn about fractions. We have been adding fractions with unlike denominators, identifying improper fractions, and simplifying to the simplest form. Our next step will be to learn about multiplication of fractions.
We have been busy in science exploring the internal and external structures of plants and animals. After identifying attributes that would enable a bird to live on or near the water, students worked to design a water bird. They named their birds and then took turns defending their choices to the class.
After working with and designing birds, students looked at the internal and external attributes of different vegetables, noting differences and discoveries in their science notebooks.
In language arts, in writing, students have been working on a slide show to become familiar with the different aspects of Google Slides. They are enjoying making a short presentation on a subject that interests them. This is being paralleled in Library/Tech where they are making a presentation on one of the southeast states we have been learning about in social studies.
On Friday, everyone wore their Patriots' gear to support our home team in the Superbowl. Here are students from both classes playing a game of Apples to Apples during an indoor recess.
We have been looking at fractions. Students played a fraction adding game with fractions with a like denominator. Later in the week, we learned about fractions with different denominators. Students are showing their understanding in writing, adding, and drawing.
This week, we had a visit from Sue Stibel, elementary language arts coordinator. She shared a passage with the students and encouraged their thinking with a reading passage from The Great Gilly Hopkins. The class responded well to her probing questions and were able to organize their answers.
This past week students have been exploring the transfer of information. We took a look at alphabets in Braille and in semaphore flags. Students decided in groups which alphabet might be useful for what types of situations. They were able to defend their decisions in writing. Next, students looked at picture cards of a cell phone, computer, two-way radio, telephone, and telegraph. As a group, they had to rate the technology from most to least effective and then defend their decisions in front of the class.
On another day, students created a code with a partner. Then, they wrote a coded sentence about information transfer for another pair to decipher. They had a blast creating and solving codes!
During this last very busy week we worked and played really hard! We enjoyed the Hamilton School of Dance. Emily and Lyla both performed for us!
In social studies, we have been researching the states of the southwest. Students created movie trailers to highlight their chosen topic.
In math, we have begun working with and exploring fractions. Students are already seeing the relationship between equivalent fractions!
In science, we have been exploring light reflection. Using cardboard tubes, mirrors and tape, the students created a periscope to view a word and objects over a wall. They had fun working together to solve the problem.
On Thursday, Mrs. Putnam paid us a visit with the STEM cart. Students worked with a partner from the other class to construct a Christmas tree that could was at least 1 foot tall and could stand unsupported for one minute.
We also enjoyed the Buker Read-a-Thon and a visit from Mr. Doser.
After the Holiday Concert, parents and students came to our room where I received a lovely donation to the Northeast Animal Shelter and a beautiful ladybug plate!
I just want to remind you to dress your child in snowpants, warm jackets, mittens, and boots if there is snow. We do not allow children without boots to play in the snow.
It is also helpful to have a change of shoes for when we come inside.
What better way to spend an hour on a Monday than in our reading groups? Students spent time this morning reading and discussing their reading group selection. As you can see, there was a great deal of reading and writing happening!
There is so much science happening in 4G! This week, we learned about waves. Students experimented with jump ropes to map out wave length and amplitude. We are keeping notes in our science journals. It's so exciting to see a scientist refer back to a former page of notes or experiment to support their scientific claims.
Our second experiment, involved creating a seismograph using chairs, a marker, and paper. Students set up three increasingly strong earthquakes to find the difference in wavelength and amplitude. They were not surprised to find that their predictions were correct - the bigger the earthquake, the bigger the waves.
Students then transitioned into their groups to construct a structure that hey thought would withstand an earthquake. All scientists were able to defend their designs as to flexibility as well as durability. As always, they did an incredible job presenting the information!
In math, we have begun long division. So far, we have looked at the standard algorithm (how we learned), and at the end of the week, I introduced partial quotient division. The students enjoyed solving the division problems making good guesses at what numbers would add up to the dividend.
The day before the Thanksgiving break, we spent a very enjoyable hour with our first grade buddies discussing what we are thankful for and making colorful turkeys. What a great way to end a short week!
When we returned from the break, we worked on several science experiments. Students investigated waves and amplitude by first dropping objects into tubs of water. The second experiment involved students making a beach in their tub and investigating how waves affected the beach and how waves affected the course of a boat in the water. Students made predictions and then defended their findings in writing.
To end our week, we met with Mrs. Aikins' class and students worked to build pyramids out of Solo cups. Working as a team, they used pieces of string, a rubber band, and cups - but were not allowed to touch the cups with their hands. They had a great time and learned a lot about team work!
We began our week with an experiment about the motion of waves. Using a slinky and 2 rulers, students explored how different motions create different wave patterns. Everyone got a chance to try.
Later in the week, we dropped a penny, a marble, and a tennis ball into a container of water to see how the different objects created disturbances on the water's surface.
Although we had a very rainy day, we found some fun activities to do during indoor recess!
And finally, on Friday, we began to work on a personal narrative that we have been prepping for. students worked on a "hook"or lead sentence that will grab their readers' attention. Next, we worked on adding detail. Our next steps will be to begin to write and revise our work.