Big Idea: ADAPTATION
Change is inevitable,
nothing ever stays the same!
WHY and HOW DO NUMBERS CHANGE?
In Math we have been learning how numbers change according to what operation you are doing and also how to write and evaluate expressions using multiplication, division and variables. Students were two model problems to solve. The first problem given was the expression (10x2)X1 and students were asked to make an array using the entire class. They cooperated and persevered trying to make it, but realized they needed me to make the accurate array. The picture below shows the final product. Then students were given an expression (2x3)X3, and were asked to model it using counters. Doing these problems showed students what was actually happening when they solve this on paper. Most students mistakenly built one array showing 6 X 3, then we discussed why and how to show it correctly (pictures show the correct model!) This is preparing them for algebra.
HOW DID SOUTH CAROLINA CHANGE?
In Social Studies we again explored change. This time we focused on how South Carolina changed after the Civil War. We zeroed in on how life changed for a slave and how life changed for the plantation owner. Students read articles, presented their findings in groups and made a magic upside down flip book to show their understanding of Reconstruction in South Carolina. Our class took a field trip to the H. L. Hunley and were thrilled to learn more about the changed in South Carolina. Below is a slideshow of our adventures.
WHAT CAUSES CHANGES IN SCIENCE?
In Science, we have been exploring how matter and energy change. Students have been experimenting how these "changes" can occur and have come up with a variety of ways to demonstrate what we are learning. In the pictures below you will see some experiments we did to explore conduction of heat using soil and water. Students also explored friction using different types of tread on shoes, force was explored by trying to hit a baseball with different parts of the ball and throwing a football in two different ways and creating vibrations from loud sounds. The students love to teach these lessons to their classmates.
COMMUNITY: How can we change our behaviors to help our classroom community?
Our morning meeting activities:
-playing Scoot in ELA with antonyms using some of our Core Values perseverance and cooperation.
- sharing a healthy snack wit hour classmates. Anna made us healthy muffins after studying solids, liquids and gases in science. She thought we deserved a treat!
-Our Stingray of the Week. Getting to know our classmates better by asking them questions about their likes and dislikes.
Above are our table and reading group winners! Students earn points each day and after a few weeks the top winners get to eat lunch with the teacher. The students and I love these special moments of getting to know each other.