Friday, September 28, 2012

The Best Time in Class! 9-28-12

This week in science we were studying  Body Systems. We learned about how the body works in many different ways. One thing I learned from this week was that the circulatory system and the excretory systems both aid in removing waste from the body. I also learned that lungs are part of the respiratory. I have one more thing I want share which was that the excretory system includes which two organs which are the bladder and kidneys.
Also this week we did math workshop. Math workshop is these like centers we do for math. A couple of centers I love are Mucho Multiplication and compare cards. You play Mucho Multiplication by getting two small tubs of dice. Then you shake each tub and turn it over then you multiple the numbers together. After you complete the problem you check your answer with the calculator. The first person with the right answer gets a point. The team member with the most points at the end gets a pass of their choice.Compare cards are when you turn over two cards from each person and who ever has the biggest product of their two numbers gets all the cards from that hand.The one with the most cards at the end wins.

We are doing the Global Read Aloud. It starts in THREE days!We are reading The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. The field trip that we are going on goes with The One and Only Ivan. We are going to the Atlanta Zoo. We are taking a charter bus and it is going to be a lot of  fun. 


Friday, September 21, 2012

Christmas Came Early...

We are preparing to participate in the Global Read Aloud. The Global Read Aloud is where you read a book and do activities with student from all over the world. We're reading The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. It's going to be so much fun.We are going to skype and do activities with Ms. Penno's fourth grade class. We will also skype and do activities with Ms. Morgan's fifth grade class in Melbourne, Australia. This week we have been talking about going on a field trip that will go along with the book. We earn clues about the field trip when we are good. Our first clue was Charter Bus. Our second clue was Africa. Then, we got another clue which was five. We can't wait to hear our other clues.

This week we also got another class iPad. The class iPad is white like the other iPad that we had on the first day of school. Now we have two iPads. It gets even better. We also have a class iPod Touch. Christmas came early for us. We have all these amazing tools to help us learn better.

In math, we also have been working on multiple towers. It's where you have to make multiples of a certain number. For example: Make a multiple of  21. No one has finished the tower yet. We really like the tower. It's very challenging and helps us think about numbers and find patterns.

This week, there was a full page article about our class and our first day of school in the Alabama School Journal. There were even color photos of us doing our spaghetti and marshmallow activity. Today, in the mail, the news reporter sent all of us a full color page of our article. It was so cool. Many of us are going to frame it and hang it up in our rooms.
This week was a social studies week. We learned all about how the Spanish came to the Americas. They didn't tret them natives fairly, which was not right. Next week will be a science week. We will be learning all about the human body. We can't wait.

Until next time,
~J.P and K.T