|Soaring Through Third||
Today we began our cooperative learning penguin project. The students will be working in groups to research a specific penguin, write a short paper on penguins, and then paint a life size penguin for us to display in the hall. The students were excited for the beginning of this project today, and I think it should be pretty neat once they complete their project! Stay tuned for picture updates in the coming week.
Today we spent some extra time reviewing math standards that we have not mastered and that we have not explicitely worked on in a while. During our math lesson I asked the students to work with a partner to make sure that we were all understanding dividing a number line. Then later in day we worked on some "old" standards, and while some of it was a little hazy, I was impressed at how well the students worked to solve the problems with a positive determined attitude. I even told them I tried to trick them with a rounding problem and they said to me, "That was so easy! How is that a trick?" :)
Along these same lines, but on a slightly different note, I feel like I haven't said lately how much I appreciate these students. We have moments when things can run smoother and we may need to work on listening, but at the end of the day I sit here and think how blessed I am to have each one of your kids in my class. They get along and care about each other being successful, just like in math today they were willing to help each other find success. They are willing to work hard and are determined to do their best whether it is math or reading. They make each day a good day, and I hope they enjoy being here as much as I love having them here! Thank you for sending me amazingly talented, hard-working, compassionate students!
I forgot, but hopefully you heard anyways, that the class received a special package on Tuesday in Ms. Girard's writing class. A special delivery penguin was sent to our class to give us a special mission of learning about Emperor penguins. The students are working on their researching skills as they begin to write an informational picture book on emperor penguins! I can't wait so see their books!
Today we created model slides with a paper box lid and used a few items such as a button, sand paper, and foam down the slide. Our goal was to determine which item was the quickest down the slide. We added pennies to the items to see how that changed the results. The students had a great time experimenting with the items. Tomorrow we will discuss the word friction and which items had the most and which items had the least amount of friction on the slide.
Today we continued working on understanding fractions on a number line. I was not very confident that yesterday's lesson went well, so today we began working in cooperative learning groups to practice making, dividing, and labeling number lines. The students did a great job working together, and they had many opportunities to work through the process of building a number line. I am confident that the understanding of fractions on a number line has increased. We will continue working on building this understanding, but we are on the right track! (I have added pictures to the gallery from today's activity.)
Today we began a new lesson for math related to fractions. This is appearing to be a little more challenging for students. We are going to spend the next few days on working on breaking number lines apart and labeling each tick mark on the number line. The students just need to remember to count the equal parts between the two whole numbers to find the denominator. This is our current work in progress. :)
On Wednesday afternoons we usually have some time to work on writing a little poetry. Today we read a poem entitled What I Found in My Desk. We looked at the nouns that were in the poem, identified the rhyming words and then began writing our own What I Found in My Desk poems. This was a fun way to spend the last portion of our day today. The students worked hard to get their poems started and were creative and descriptive in writing each line. Then they eager to share their great writing with me as well as with classmates. I am in hopes that we can get these finished and then possibly share them aloud in the class.
On day 2 of fractions, we continued recognizing how to write fractions and that the denominator tells the number of equal pieces. The students were able to spend a little time today playing a fraction game identifying fractions from a picture.
Welcome to 2018! Today in class we started several new lessons. In math we are beginning to work on learning about fractions and started with the basics. Fractions are a whole cut into EQUAL parts. We also discussed the vocabulary of numerator and denominator. The denominator tells the number of equal parts.
In ready we began a new novel, Mr. Popper's Penguins. We have read the first chapter and will continue the book and supplemental activities throughout the month of January into February. What a great novel!
To go along with Mr. Popper's penguins the students created a circle map where they listed all they knew about penguins. We then watched a short 6 minute video where we learned a lot more about penguins. I would love to hear what they have to tell you that they learned.
Oh my goodness what a fun filled day! The day began with a yummy pancake and sausage breakfast and an elf movie, which was followed by gingerbread house building! In the afternoon we did do a comprehension reading of Santa's Dairy and comprehension worksheet, so the day was not totally non-academic. :) Finally we played a couple relay games, drew a Christmas Tree art project, watched Frosty the Snowman and ate donuts, and then finished the day with Christmas Trivia Jeopardy. I think all in all the day was a success and fun was had by all!