Friday, March 13, 2020

March 13th

This week we dove deeper into character traits with proof to support our thinking. We also read several great books including: Zara's Big Messy Day (That Turned Out Okay) and Goin' Someplace Special. Please encourage your son or daughter to read over the break. Thank you!

Writing & Science:
We finished up our science unit titled A Home for a Penguin. Each of the groups created a habitat for their penguin ice cube, and we enjoyed reviewing the results. During writing time we finished up our nonfiction books about different zoo animals. Each student made a nonfiction book, a poster of that animal's zoo habitat, and a Q.R. code with a recording of them reading their story.

We finished up our chapter about graphing. After we return from Spring Break we will begin learning about telling time.
Check out my previous blog post to see some pictures from our recent field trip to the Botanical Gardens.

Have a wonderful Spring Break!

Monday, March 9, 2020

March 9th: The Botanical Gardens

Hello everyone! We had a nice time at the Missouri Botanical Gardens today! Thank you very much to all of the volunteers that helped out today! I appreciate you all! Here are a few pictures from our field trip.

Friday, March 6, 2020

March 6th

Science: A Penguin Habitat
This week we used everything we learned about conductors, insulators, and the properties of matter to design a habitat suited for a penguin. Each team of students was given a cardboard box and some rubber bands. Next, they had to choose two materials to work with to create a habitat that fit these needs:
- Provides a way for zoo visitors to view the penguins
- Helps keep the penguins cool
- Includes a door for zoo workers 

After the habitats were designed, we placed a penguin ice cube inside and put them under the heat lamp for 15 minutes. Then we measured the amount of water that ended up in the petri dish.

Writing: Non-fiction
Our final non-fiction writing project ties in with our current science unit. Each student researched a zoo animal of their choice, and then they wrote a book about it that provided information about that animal's natural habitat, zoo habitat, and fun facts. The books are adorable!

Math: Graphing
Our next math test will be on Tuesday, and a review sheet went home today. The test will cover: tally charts, bar graphs, picture graphs, line plots, and problem solving.

Reading: Summarizing 
This week while in reading groups we worked on strategies to improve our fluency, and we worked on summarizing important information. 

Other: An Update on Coco 
Our class has been getting updates about Coco our adopted cow. We have received mail, emails, and presentations with pictures. Our class was excited to find out that at 3 months old, Coco is now 140 pounds. You can find a picture below.
Here is a writing that one of the students made from when we first found out about Coco. When she was born she weighed 70 pounds.