We collected 20 pounds of candy from our Halloween week. Thank you so much for donating to our military troops. We included a friendly letter to our military heroes. Students were driven by the idea of giving and writing for a purpose. We know the sweet treats and cute letters will touch the troops and show our appreciation for their service. Thank you to our 2nd grade buddies for helping us graph the candy. We sorted the candy and worked on a bar graph. So fun to work with our older friends to lead us in our learning.
Magic e, magic e
You are full of magic.
You spell and shout.
Till the vowel
Says its naaaame!
Of course there are plenty of rule breakers and silent e.
This week started our new focus with math tubs into “STEAM” tubs. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art, and math. There is also a version called STEAM: adding on art for the A. Each STEAM tub has a task. Students are to create, focus/engage the task with creativity, perseverance, flexibility, and cooperation.
Look at all the cool creations from our STEM tubs. STEM task--create a design with 25 shapes. This girl made a flower, so symmetrical. This boy built up his design in 3D. He had 24 pieces and then added the last green triangle to make 25. These STEM tubs are awesome for problem solving. STEM task--create a square with 10 square shapes on each side. This kid told how the chair leg was in his way, so he built up to it and then beyond it. STEM task--make the longest line using these playing cards. Day 1, students made the card side-by-side vertically. When pushed to think of another way and make it longer, students eventually rotated the cards to lay end-to-end. Day 5, students got the idea to lay or stand within their card lines.--This gives me the next STEM task idea: make an area that can fit 5 students; make an area that can fit only 1 student, etc. We had kids work on domino rally. There was a set of two kids that worked on a line of dominoes. They were waiting patiently to demonstrate it to the class. As we were finishing up our morning work, the movement of kids probably triggered the dominoes to fall. These kids not only created their domino rally (several times), they had flexibility to rebuild when it kept prematurely falling and great teamwork.