Friday, March 1, 2013

Peek At The Week

What a great winter break! It was relaxing, but we got right back to working hard this week!

In Math, we started Unit 4 about data collecting and graphing. We played Guess My Rule in our class using features and attributes of our classmates such as striped shirts vs. no stripes or boots vs. no boots. Then they learned about strange creatures called “Yekkis.” They look like aliens from another planet. The students used a Venn Diagram to play Guess My Rule with a partner. They really liked it!
         We also took some quick math fact tests. The students did well with addition, but many need more practice with subtraction facts, so please help them practice these at home and have them continue to use XTRA math.
         We also learned about tally charts and bar graphs. We compared who writes with their left and right hands in our class. We also made a tally chart and bar graph showing our favorite season. We’ll do more fun data collecting and graphing next week.

In Science, we began our unit on wonderful weather. We discussed what we knew about weather and read some great books. We learned about the 3 parts of the water cycle which are evaporation, condensation, and precipitation.  We made a water cycle wheel, learned a great song about the water cycle sung to the tune of “She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain”, and we watched a video called All About the Water Cycle.   

In Writing, we started writing persuasive pieces about a pet we really want. I read a story called I Wanna Iguana to start.  The boy in the story writes letters to his mom to try and convince her to get him a pet iguana. Next, we chose a pet we want to have and brainstormed ideas. The students have begun writing friendly letters to their parents to try and convince them to give them the pet they want. Be on the lookout for these letters soon! J

Our field trip to The Discovery Museum was awesome! We had so much fun and there was so much to see! Check out the Fun Photos!

Also, the Memorial Wine Tasting Fundraiser is coming up and we have a “Snack Attack” basket for our class. If you could send in a snack item that would be great! I have four snacks so far, so we’re on our way!

I hope you all have a great weekend!
-Mrs. Farrand J