Our fabulous math coach found this website that has TONS of great critical thinking questions sorted by standard. I used the questions as review for our district common assessments.
Since we have common assessments this week, I decided to have a little fun with circles. This isn't a fifth grade standard, but it is a good into to polygons which is a standard. Also, it just so happens to be the week before Pi Day and it is a good reference for why we need Pi.
I introduced the vocabulary of circles by reading them Sir Cumference and the First Round Table. I love incorporating Children's Literature into my lessons!
Then, students blew bubbles and used rulers to measure the diameter of their bubble circles. They calculated the circumference of the circles and then divided the circumference by the diameter to show how to calculate Pi. It was a messy, but super fun activity!
We ended the week working on a scavenger hunt I purchased here. I can't wait for Pi Day on Monday! I think the students have a good foundation of Pi and polygons as we move forward with our unit next week!
In Social Studies, we picked up our government unit by looking at each branch of government. I started with he Legislative Branch, since the students are the most familiar with it. We watched the movie, So You Want to be President? (based off the book by Judith St. George and David Small. Students then collaborated to complete a mystery word puzzle.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.