Science fun!! Motion makes all the things go ‘round’. When we think of motion, we often think of cars, bicycles, kids running, basketball bouncing and airplanes flying. But motion is so much more. It is important to our lives and impacts so many things that we do. Motion can be defined as the changing of location or position but it requires a force to cause that change. What is force? Force is just a fancy word for pushing or pulling. If you push on something or pull on something, then a force is being applied on it. Force makes things move or makes thing change their motion. Two natural forces are the force of gravity and magnetic forces. These two forces can be applied from a distance and direct contact between the objects is not required to function. Gravity produces a force that pulls objects toward each other, like a person toward the ground. It is the force that keeps the earth revolving around the sun and it is what pulls you towards the ground when you trip.
The purpose of the activity below was to provide students an opportunity to learn and apply science process skills and conceptual understanding of forces and motions, and work in cooperative groups to problem solve. They built a roller coaster and explored how energy can be stored as height. In the activity, they investigated how hills give roller coasters energy by experimenting with a model “bumper coaster.”
MathOur essential questions that we have been exploring in Math are What does multiplication and division mean?, What is the importance of patterns in learning multiplication and division?, What strategies can be used to learn multiplication and division facts?, and How can multiplication and division facts with smaller numbers be applied to larger numbers? Students are also now applying their knowledge of multiplication and division to properties and equations. We stress that using models to represent these operations will help students more easily solve problems that require abstract reasoning.
Why are we teaching multiplication and division together? Because right from the start we can save time and tears. Who would turn down such a bargain? It’s like buying one and getting one free. Or getting two for the price (in this case, the effort) of one. Learning multiplication facts and immediately applying that knowledge to related division facts is one step on the path to success in getting the facts memorized. The sad fact that so many students do not have basic facts at their command speaks to the problems that exist. The way basic facts are traditionally taught obviously is not effective for a large number of students. Teaching multiplication and division together right from the start helps to avoid those erroneous paths of thinking. Some students inherently grasp this similarity in basic multiplication and division facts, and for them memorization is a breeze. The fact that many children do not possess this inherent ability has nothing to do with intelligence or lack thereof. It has to do with learning styles. Everybody can learn and learn well. That’s part of what makes teaching so exciting!
In the pictures below students are creating multiplication posters showing that they know all the ways to complete a multiplication problem. We have now working on the meaning of multiplication and division!
In ELA we have been exploring why authors write. We have learned how to identify writings written to persuade, inform, and entertain and we have been able to write with different purposes on our own! We have engaged with fiction and nonfiction texts and have been learning the characteristics of each.
In our reading groups, we have been working on restating questions and supporting our answers with evidence from the text. We have been exploring with "right there questions" and "author and me questions" that require us to make inferences using the text as well as what we already know. We have been analyzing character traits by identifying internal and external characteristics based on what the characters say or do in our stories.
In the pictures below students learned about Fictional Narratives and started their writing brainstorm on their main character and setting keeping in mind their writing goal and classroom rubric.
In Social Studies we are studying the new colony of South Carolina, the Lord Proprietors and the pirates who sailed the seas off the coast of South Carolina. Students have been learning about life in colonial South Carolina, including Charles Town and the Back Country. We have discussed how the colony affected the Cherokee and the condition of slaves. We spent a lot of time comparing the slaves and plantation owners' lives and tried to put ourselves in their shoes.
Thanksgiving Lunch with our parents! What a special lunch and so much to be thankful for!
Our Grade Level Play SQUIRM Students worked hard memorizing lines and learned about stage presence, songs and dances.
We went on a field trip to see Madagascar at USCB! The students loved it!
Portfolio Night! Great night to spend with family and show off the amazing work we've done in the classroom.