October 22, 2014
One of our Math lessons this week was to help students understand the need for a standard unit of measurement. First 4 students walked heel to toe across the width of our classroom while their classmates counted the number of steps. They were all different because the length of their shoes were not the same.
To find an average shoe length, 16 students placed one foot onto an adding machine tape. This was then folded to produce 16 sections. This gave us the average shoe size. Students will measure items in the room with the Class Shoe Size as we move toward using units such as inches, feet, and yards.
Here are some of the arrays built by students this week. Students will soon be documenting some of their learning onto our Kidblog site. At a future date, parents may get an opportunity to view their child's blog posts and comment on their entries. What a great way to connect!
Owen enjoys watching the arrays change as he builds them. What's another way to put 18 beans into an array? 3 rows of 6 beans....
Brooke says, "There! I made another one! Arrays are fun! I wonder if my parents ever did this when they were in school?"
Each student took at least 2 pictures of their arrays for future publication to Kidblog.
In Math this week we worked with a set number of beans and tried to see how many different arrays could be made with them. Did you know that a 1x18 array looks different than an 18x1 array? We discovered that together.
We also learned which were rows and which were columns in our array. Ask your child how the picture below helps them to know the difference. It was a fun learning day in room 111.
Week of October 20, 2014 - This week students had an opportunity to share a favorite entry from their Writer's Notebooks. This is where we gather ideas, WOW words, and journal short stories to use in classroom assignments. Each Monday for homework, students write with a different set of directions. One topic was to pick 3 nouns and write a story with those as main components. The example was: a frog, a fishing pole, and flippers. Sounds fun, huh?
Bailea enjoys sharing her writing! After each student shared, the class applauded - as you would for any author. Then, the budding author called on 2 classmates to respond to the piece she/he shared. Each classmate started their response like this: I liked the part where you.... Very affirming!
Kora shared her favorite piece. The students were excited to share what they liked best about her writing.
You would have been proud to see our third graders BEAM!!! All smiles!
October 19, 2014 - Have you heard? This week is College Go Week at Wayne Center! Follow the guidelines on the flyer and have a "cheer-ful" week cheering on your commitments and goals to work hard and reach for a higher education!
(Wednesday - our classroom's college is IPFW. Their college colors are blue and white!)
September 28, 2014 - Twenty-seven students have passed 63 computation tests! This is an increase of 6 from the end of August. The challenge is...can we increase at least by 10 tests passed by the end of October? Reach for your personal best!
October 1, 2014 - Wednesday - One station we visited on our visit at Huntington University was "Tree Identification." Students got to hold leaves from various trees and learned many facts. One tree they learned about was our state tree, the tulip tree. A professor at the college led the station.