Saturday, April 27, 2013

Room 8 Update

Reader's & Writer's Workshop
This week students worked really hard to complete their poetry anthologies!  They published an ode, a "show not tell" poem, "Inside My Heart" poem, and their favorite poem.  They also created a word cloud using their name and words which describe them in computer lab.  Your child will recite two poems during our Poetry Cafe on Tuesday morning--one poem he/she has written and one poem by a published author.  We look forward to sharing our poems with you Tuesday beginning at 8:45!

Math Workshop
We wrapped up Unit 9 this week.  We created a "gallon guy" to help us understand units of capacity.  We also used a spring scale, diet scale, and bath scale to explore different units of weight.  We ended the week taking our Unit 9 test.

We started our final science unit this week...Balance & Motion.  This is my favorite unit!  Students always have a lot of fun with the experiments.  This week students practiced balancing tagboard crayfish, triangles, and arches.  They balanced the crayfish on their fingers, and they balanced the triangles and arches on popsicle sticks.  Students also used clothespins as counterweights to help achieve a stable, balanced system.  They learned the counterweights need to be below the balance point in order to have a stable system.

Happy Earth Day!
On Monday I read aloud one of my favorite books, The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss.  After reading the story aloud, students completed the Visible Thinking Routine--Chalk Talk.  Each table group worked together to record their thoughts about the following quote from The Lorax: "Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It's not."  Students quietly recorded their thinking regarding this quote.  They also recorded their thinking of other students' thinking.

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