Reading students are creating a Character Island Autobiography Map. During this project we discuss symbolism, important events, and character traits in order for students to create a map that represents their lives. It's a fun, creative project the students to learn more about each other while discussing various literary traits.
Math students are trying their hand at writing their own equations to share their understanding of order of operations. They've proven they know how to solve problems using order of operations (PEMDAS) and now we're taking it a step further by having them write their own equations that have numerical answers that represent them in some way or another. This is quite a challenge and may require some work at home from time to time.
Fourth Graders:Fourth grade reading students are working on a metaphorical autobiography picture. They brainstormed ten character traits about themselves, decided on symbols that represent those traits, and are now creating a picture with metaphors of the three that describe them the best. I can't wait to get to know them better and see the finished products!Math students are working on Marcy Cook Adding Two-Digit Tiles. These tiles allow students to practice their fluency with addition, while also brushing up on place value skills and understanding. They can be quite challenging and I've enjoyed watching the students learn how to work through the challenge.
Third grade students started the year off with a STEM activity where they were challenged to build the tallest crayon tower out of a box of 24 crayons. They quickly discovered this was a very difficult task when working alone. Once we worked as a team, we were much more successful.
After their crayon towers they started a reading challenge titled Nurtz. Nurtz is a story written in symbols to represent a different language from a planet called Nurtz. I like to start the year with it because it's a fun activity that gets them thinking and makes them appreciate their ability to read the English language so easily. It's fun for them because it's written in a different language with a special code and they have to use their reading skills to decipher the code/alphabet of the planet Nurtz.
In math we will start the year off working with arrays. They will take a trip around the school to find arrays they see everyday, but might not have noticed. We will take pictures of the arrays and create a slideshow with the multiplication facts they represent.
Second grade reading students are going to start the year with a short story from our Junior Great Books titled, The Happy Lion. We'll discuss the main events in the story, how the characters develop, and learn how to use text evidence to support our answers!
Second grade math students are brushing up on their fact fluency with Marcy Cook Addition Balance Tiles. We discussed what equals really means and how to use guess and check to solve the more challenging problems.