Did you hear that we have been doing an experiment in Science?
We took three apples. We left one apple with the skin on it (unpeeled). We peeled one apple but kept it whole. Then, with the last apple, we chopped it into chunks.
Why, did we do this?
We wanted to find out if the changes we made to the apples would effect the amount of moisture that would leave the apple. In a nutshell...would one of the forms of the apples dry up faster than an apple in a different form?
These are pictures of the apples after a few days...
We weighed the apples for five days...not sequentially, because we forgot one day and we had a weekend. But, we learned that scientists use all their information and just make notes about any abnormalities (unusual events) that occur.
We found out that the chopped apple lost the most moisture over the other forms that the apples were in. We concluded that the amount of surface area exposed to the air directly impacted the amount of moisture that left the apple.
Students also made a bar graph and a point line graph with each set of data from each day that the apples were weighed.
Often, teachers are asked by a parent or caregiver, "How can I help my child get better at reading?"
There are many ways to answer that question but the first might be to have them read more and more. Ask them to read aloud something from the cereal box in the morning.
As they read a book, stop them from time to time and ask, "What is happening in your story right now? Is there a problem the characters are facing? How do you think they will solve the problem (if there is one) or What do you think will happen next?"
The next question to pose is, "What words in the story make you think that?"
Reading is like a puzzle. We take it a part to read the words. Then we put it back together to get the meaning. Be sure to FINISH books. This shows students that there are many types of endings and that what we thought was going to happen maybe doesn't.
Another great way to increase your child's reading skills is to read to and with your child regularly. Pick fun books to read together: Boxcar Children books, E.B. White's books, Patricia Polacco books, your own favorite books from your childhood...and the list could go on and on.
Just enjoy reading together and talking about the story.
Well, well, well! We did it! Every student has passed at least one of our Mad Minute Math computation tests. One student has passed 4 tests. The first 2 are addition, the second 2 are subtraction, and tests 5 and 6 have multiplication facts for speed. All students continue to study their multiplication math sheet for their level each night. Some are ready to pass that test, too!
On Thursday, October 15th, we took a picture with Hippy Frog. Each flat base-ten block that represents the number 100 also represents one Mad Minute test that was passed. The 21 Third Graders have passed 34 Mad Minute tests! WOW! Way to go, class!!!