First, she read us the book The Rainbow Fish. In this book, the wise old octopus helps the Rainbow Fish realize that sharing his scales is better than keeping them all to himself. Sometimes you don't need all the stuff to be happy. We realized that sometimes you need someone to talk to and someone to help you make big decisions. It's hard when if feels like the world is sitting on your shoulders. Luckily Miss Amy is here to help and she's only a few classroom away!
Today we had a chance to meet our new school counselor, Miss Amy. She's here to help us, she's super friendly, and we can't wait to get to know her better this year and next.
Miss Amy brought a toolbox with her to help us remember all the things she can help us with.
Today we continued to work on our class book. We're getting really exciting since we finally settled on an idea. We realized it's very challenging for 19 minds to all agree. First, we shared our ideas with just a few friends. Then, we each shared something we liked from someone else's writing with the whole group. Next, we settled on two ideas that seemed to show up in many of our friend's work. Finally, we took a vote. Now we can't wait to get started.
Once we had an idea we shared our thoughts about how that would look in more detail.
Check out these awesome ideas for turning litter into something useful, like a table.
It's been read aloud frenzy around here and we absolutely love it.
Then we celebrated our class party in style with some delicious Apple Bread. But not without a little math, of course. Check out the recipe below for a fun project at home. Sidenote--it was too delicious to take pictures of once it was done :)
We've been loving hearing our friends read aloud. It's great to hear new books and old favorites too. It's also fun because Miss Kylie's voice gets boring after a while :) First, Edy and Jadyn read us Mac Barnett's Triangle. We've heard it before, but we''ll hear it again a million times.
Mary Catherine read us a new one, Octicorn, by Kevin Diller. It had a great message about being unique and being OK with it. After all the world would be BORING if we were all the same.
We had a secret reader, Miss Jodi, Jadyn's mom. She read Louise the Big Cheese by Elise Primavera. We learned the word limelight, not the hotel in Aspen, but being in the spotlight. Louise wants the limelight more than anything, but she learns friendship is more important!
Today we did some chocolate eating and some nutrition information calculating. We learned about serving sizes and moderation. We talked about calories, fat, sugar, sodium, carbohydrates, and protein. We used our knowledge of fractions to calculate the amount of each of those nutritional components in two chocolate bars. And then we ate two pieces each :)
Check out our math work below. Some of us took it a step further and calculated information in servings for our whole class of 19 or servings per kid in our 2 squares.
Today we did a Three Act Task and it was the coolest thing to witness in the classroom! Everyone was engaged, curious, asking questions, and working together. When we all had answers we teamed up and explained our thinking. And here's the kicker...when we had a final answer, NO ONE got upset if they got it wrong. It was just a learning experience. Wooho!
Check out the video below. What do you wonder?
We wanted to know how many little chocolate squares were in the big chocolate square.
We realized we needed to know how many little squares were in each column and how many were in each row. We figured out from the pictures below there were definitely six in a column, but for the rows we had to use our estimation skills.
Here we are hard at work trying to reason our way through this tricky problem.
Turns out there are 18 little squares of chocolate. Almost enough to share...
We're thinking tomorrow we should calculate grams of sugar or calories or something even trickier. But really we just want to each some chocolate.
Today we talked about where to even get started with our inventions. We're all pretty excited about making our own things and solving our own problems, but the task is still overwhelming. We want to create meaningful things and many of us are thinking about problems that involve our planet Earth! So cool! We've started doing some research on inventions/inventors and we're learning so much. Check out these cool things you may not know about bubble gum.
One common thing we're finding is that inventors don't usually get it right the first time. Inventing takes a lot of practice. Inventors often look to nature to get inspiration and ideas.
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