SNOWFLAKES, MATH, AND ART
Sometimes you just need a little art project to end the day. On this snowy afternoon, we made some snowflakes. But, these weren't just ordinary snowflakes...they were fraction snowflakes. Ask us what fraction of the snowflake we removed in the cutting process!
MORE PIECES TO THE SCIENCE PUZZLE
Will a mountain last forever? Today we attempted to answer that question as we explored rocks over time. We learned about root wedging and ice wedging. Then we had a chance to watch erosion in action with some sugar cubes. It was so much fun!
We've been focused on fraction equivalence in this math unit.
We've used number lines and multiplication (or division with common factors) to find equivalence. Check out the graphic below to see how we visualize our work.
Today we investigated lava. Did you know that cone volcanos (the exploding kind) and shield volcanos (the gentle kind) have different kinds of lava. Check it out!
During our literacy block we practice IDR, Independent Daily Reading. We read "nutritional" books. These are high quality books at our reading level...books that make us think! On Fridays, we get a little more choice, and we get to read "sweet" books. We read graphic novels, picture books, and computer books. We partner read. And of course we read our steadfast favorite nutritional books too! We look forward to reading on Friday all week long!
THE RING OF FIRE
We're collecting evidence to answer our science phenomena, how did rhinoceros and camel fossils end up at a dig site in Nebraska? Today we used coordinates to graph existing volcanoes on maps. We put them together and noticed they formed a pattern volcanologists call the Ring of Fire. This doesn't answer our question yet, but it gives us some more clues!
The Colorado Ballet was wonderful. What a fun opportunity right here in Crested Butte. We watched excerpts from three ballets, learned a few moves, got to ask questions, and had fun!
W.I.N. TIME FUN
During W.I.N. time we all go different places. It's fun to learn from other teachers and with other kids. We're working on very specific reading skills. Right now in my group, we're doing some close reading to learn more about the characters and find deeper meanings in literary symbols.
Today we had a chance to read our friends nonfiction writing. We circulated around the room, learned lot of new facts, were very impressed and shared ideas for improvement!