2nd graders will take their data pre-test on Wednesday, March 23.
4th graders participated in a culminating activity to demonstrate all they had learned about Colonial trades. They wrote and performed original skits to show the tools, skills needed, and other interesting facts about the trades they had researched, as well as the interdependence among different trades in a settlement. The teachers have been very impressed with how the skits turned out, and the students seemed to have a lot of fun creating them! Unfortunately, Mrs. Gaines was so entertained by the skits that she forgot to take many photos!
3rd grade math students participated in a classic STEM activity called the Spaghetti Noodle Tower Challenge. They had 18 minutes to try and build the tallest tower using only spaghetti noodles and tape. Everyone showed great teamwork and perseverance during this activity!
The next 2nd grade math units will be Measurement and Data. Standards covered on the pre-test may include:
Measure and estimate lengths in standard units.
Measure the length of an object by selecting and using appropriate tools such as rulers, yardsticks, meter sticks, and measuring tapes.
Measure the length of an object twice, using length units of different lengths for the two measurements; describe how the two measurements relate to the size of the unit chosen.
Estimate lengths using units of inches, feet, centimeters, and meters.
Measure to determine how much longer one object is than another, expressing the length difference in terms of a standard length unit.
Relate addition and subtraction to length.
Use addition and subtraction within 100 to solve word problems involving lengths that are given in the same units, e.g., by using drawings (such as drawings of rulers) and equations with a symbol for the unknown number to represent the problem.
Represent whole numbers as lengths from 0 on a number line diagram with equally spaced points corresponding to the numbers 0, 1, 2, ..., and represent whole-number sums and differences within 100 on a number line diagram.
Work with time and money.
Tell and write time from analog and digital clocks to the nearest five minutes, using a.m. and p.m.
Solve word problems involving dollar bills, quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies, using $ and ¢ symbols appropriately. Example: If you have 2 dimes and 3 pennies, how many cents do you have?
Represent and interpret data.
Generate measurement data by measuring lengths of several objects to the nearest whole unit, or by making repeated measurements of the same object. Show the measurements by making a line plot, where the horizontal scale is marked off in whole-number units.
Draw a picture graph and a bar graph (with single-unit scale) to represent a data set with up to four categories. Solve simple put-together, take-apart, and compare problems1using information presented in a bar graph.
5th graders have been diving deeply into their study of the American Revolution. Recently, students worked in groups to learn more about two battles that were important to the outcome of the war. Students read articles and took notes, and then created posters that included battle maps, battle descriptions, explanations of why the battle was important to the war, and a quote about the battle from a primary source.
4th Grade students have been learning what life was like in the early American colonies. They have studied the ways in which colonists worked and played. Students learned about a specific trade that was vital to daily life in the colonies and made a "Help Wanted" ad to demonstrate their learning.
4th Grade students read the novel Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson and created responses to demonstrate their comprehension of the novel using a variety of choices: newspapers, skits, trioramas, and illustrated timelines. We loved seeing the creativity and hard work of our students through this project!
5th Graders wrapped up their study of the novel The View From Saturday by examining how events from the novel demonstrated evidence of generalizations about cycles, a concept we introduced at the beginning of the unit.
3rd grade students have applied their understanding of multiplication and division to a project about famous buildings. Students selected either the Eiffel Tower, Leaning Tower of Pisa, Statue of Liberty, or Great Pyramid to study. They then completed calculations to determine how to depict their building using a number of toothpicks that would be to scale with the actual measurements of the building. Students also did research and presented other interesting facts about each building to the class.