We are starting a new math unit which started on the 21st of March. We are going to learn how to use our math mountains or fact families to make 8 different equations! We are going to continue with story problems and we are learning new symbols like a sign of "does not equal" (and equal sign with a line through it). We are finally getting into more complicated problems that mix up all the operations. So that's our new math unit. (Kendal)
One day this week a student presented Ninja-Squeezy Stress Balls. Here is how you make it.
3/4 cup of flour (depending on how big you want it)
3 or more solid color party balloons
1 black balloon
1 pair of scissors
1 water bottle
Here are step by step instructions on how to make a Ninja-Squeezy Stress Ball:
Step 1: Put the funnel in the top of the water bottle and pour in your flour.
Step 2: Take a balloon, wrap it around the top of the water bottle and shake out the flour into the balloon.
Step 3: Pinch the neck of the balloon and pull it off the water bottle, let the air out of the balloon, and cut the top off. (Pinch the balloon when the flour dust flies out.)
Step 4: Cut another neck of another balloon off and wrap it around the balloon filled with flour.
Step 5: Repeat step 4.
Step 6: Take your black balloon and cut the neck off.
Step 7: Cut a U shape in the black balloon then again on the opposite side (making two holes in the balloon).
Step 8: Fold the black balloon in half then repeat step 7 on the other side.
This is how to make a Ninja-Squeezy Stress Ball. (Owen)
Today we are going to blog about Open House and what we are doing in the classroom... we do have a surprise! We want to show our parents how we progressed from last year. (Colston/Daniel)
This is the part where Attean, a Native American leaves his village. A white boy lives in a cabin near Attean's village. The boy's name is Matt. He was left in the cabin for 10 or 11 weeks when his father said that it would take 7 weeks. The boys are friends. When Attean was going to leave, he came to Matt's cabin and gave him gifts. The gifts were snowshoes from Attean's grandfather, maple sugar from Attean's grandmother and Attean's dog from Attean. Matt gave Attean a watch. They were sad but they left. We worked hard to do it and hope you like it. (Elena)
I hope you like this! We worked really hard to make it work! Everybody had a part so you will haer your child/relative's voice in either part 3 or 4. It took a lot of organizing, work and artists to finally get this straight! I hope you like it! (Julia)
This week we finished our Unit 4 - Place Value unit. The last quiz and unit test are coming home today. Multi-step word problems have been the most difficult thing for students throughout this work. To practice for the test this week, partners were given a word problem to work on and then teach to the class.
Families, don't forget that the International Food and Fun Festival is tonight. Today, some students dressed in a way that shared their family heritage. Can you guess where these students might be from?
Students are really enjoying the Marble Run project. Today we explored levers in detail and discussed several ways students might add a level to their runs. We will do the same exploration with each simple machine (pulleys, wheel/axle, wedge, screw, and inclined plain) next week. Thanks to parents for helping their child find some "junk" to help with these projects!
Last month we learned how to write informational texts. We did a paragraph with 3 to 5 details in it. And, they all had to be about the topic. We got to edit it and we wrote definitions for topic vocabulary words. We wrote informational texts about droids, video games, the Berlin Wall, and many other topics. (Anyla)
This month we are working on writing Opinion Essays. So far we have been brainstorming ideas of things we would like to change at home, at school, and in our community. Then we learned how to write an opinion statement and how to structure two reasons to support our opinion. Some opinions we are writing about are, needing a new pet, getting locks on all the bathroom doors, and taking care of CD's properly. (Ms. Stanesa)