5th graders have been delving into the novel The View From Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg. They have come up with some thoughtful interpretations of each character in the novel. Students created "graffiti wall" images by choosing an important quotation for a character and then creating 3 - 5 symbols to represent that person.
Third graders studied a story from Junior Great Books called "The Fisherman and His Wife." We uncovered important lessons through a Socratic Seminar about whether the author of the tale thinks it is wrong to want more than you have. Students came to a consensus that you should be grateful and content with what you have and not try to gain more than you need. Afterwards, students displayed their understanding of the color imagery in the setting of the story by creating sequence strips to show the main events of the story.
3rd Graders kicked off their study of tall tales by discussing characteristics of heroes. They listed many different types of heroes, created categories for each one, created names for the categories, and then listed ideas of people that are/were not heroes. From there, our students created generalizations, or general statements that are true about a concept. We were very impressed by their ability to create these statements! Finally students wrote examples of each generalization from stories and books they have read. As we read more tall tales, we are adding more examples of each generalization to our list. We noticed that for one of the generalizations, "Heroes have an impact on society," students were unclear about what that meant. As a result, we had a Socratic Seminar to discuss that question, and now students have a much better understanding about how a person can have an impact on society or on the world. We are looking forward to seeing our Tall Tale heroes come to life on stage in a month!
2nd Graders began the year by studying how poets can create new and interesting images in our minds by using comparisons. They read poems comparing the moon to various objects, and then created moon poems of their own.
3rd graders read biographies about famous people who had experienced "The Dip," or a setback during their life, and learned about what they did to recover and move forward to accomplish great things. Our students then made a poster to teach the class what they learned about perseverance from studying these famous people.
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.