We started one of our biggest math standards this week: Fractions. To introduce this topic, I gave each student a chocolate bar, then we worked through the slides on Chocolate Fractions using our delicious manipulatives. I think the students really enjoyed the yummy lesson and now truly understand the meaning of a fraction compared to a whole.
Vocabulary is so important in any subject area. I have a magnetic word wall so I can adjust the words throughout the year. Students have vocabulary notebooks where they record the words and definitions and I refer to the vocabulary daily. We also play games with our word wall. My favorite is creatively named "Word Wall Game." One student chooses a word from the word wall and holds it above a second student's head. This student chooses people who give him/her clues about the word so it can be guessed. The students love this game!
Our Random Act of Kindness this month is "Be Thankful." Each time the students share out or I catch them doing the RAK for the month, I add a leaf to our tree! I thought it might be fun to create a video we can share with our friends and family. Check it out! Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Relax, have fun, and be safe!
Last week, we had poet John Gibson teach our class Pantoum poetry. It was a truly an eye-opening experience for the students and they had an awesome time listening to Mr. Gibson's poetry, writing their own poetry, and sharing it on stage!
What is the relationship between patterns and daily life? This is our Quarterly Question that needs to be answered!
Students - Using any of your math and/or social studies knowledge from this quarter, can you "comment" on this post and answer this question? The top 3 answers get a chocolate bar! :)
What a STEMtastic week! On Monday, I introduced data analysis. Students created a foldable, built towers and recorded their data, analyzed the data, and then did a Think-Pair-Share activity. Some pairs wanted to share out using "ELMO" our document camera!
ELMO was actually donated to me by the wonderful staff at one of my previous schools. I'm so lucky to have so much support from past and present coworkers!
We had an informal day on Tuesday. Several students just weren't mastering measurement. I did everything I could think of. So I decided to create peer pairs and see if that helped. Students who did master the standard worked with students who were struggling. The results were amazing! So many students mastered the measurement standards after this collaboration!
Thursday, we used Skittles to practice calculating mean, median, mode, and range. I love using food in class! The engagement level is so high! I found this free resource here.
In social studies, we continued our Econ Unit. Students made pancakes to distinguish the difference between Human Resources, Capital Resources, and Natural Resources. The following day we watched a newscast about raising the minimum wage and students had a good discussion about how that would affect business owners and their resources.
Friday night, fifth and sixth graders had an activity night. They could go to a dance, eat pizza, sing karaoke, buy a Polaroid at the photo booth, and write on the grafitti wall. It was super fun!
This quarter, we are trying to answer the question, "What is the relationship between patterns and daily life?" In math this week, we focused on functions tables and graphing functions. Freddie the Function Machine made his debut! Pairs of students created functions and used Freddie to present them. The class had to complete their input/output tables and guess the function. It was super fun!
Students then applied their knowledge to answer and graph challenge questions. I found these challenge problems on K-5 Math Teaching Resources.
In Social Studies, we are studying the patterns in the economy. To introduce specialization, assembly lines, and division of labor, students created Nuttie Buddies. First, they created them independently, then in pairs, and finally as an assembly line.
I introduced a new game this week as well! After looking over the Quarterly Assessment data, I realized we needed to focus on using our vocabulary to answer short answer and extended response questions. Have you ever played the game Taboo? I found an editable math version that I then adjusted to cover our math topics. Students loved the game and I loved their use of math terms!
Students who earned a 70% or better on their Quarterly Assessment, earned an ice cream party! It was a yummy and fun way to end the week!! Have a STEMtastic weekend everyone!
After a 3-day weekend, we jumped right into the second quarter! In math, we started our new volume unit. To introduce the topic, we created cubes using nets and then filled them with with centimeter cubes. This was a great way for students to discover that they could count cubes or multiply the length, width, and height to find the volume. I used this free resource found here!
This class really caught on to volume, so they worked on challenge stations. I found activities on two of my favorite sites: Yummy Math and K-5 Math Teaching Resources. The students were critical thinkers and collaborators! I was so proud of them!
In Social Studies, our focus this past quarter was "How does the environment affect the population and how does the population affect the environment." Students did a great job demonstrating how ancient civilizations and Native American regions interacted with their environment during the Living Museum. I'm a very proud teacher!! Great job STEMtastic Students!!!!
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