Five for Friday!


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We have been learning about engineers in science, so after learning about the design process, we tried it out together! Students were put into groups of 3-4 and they were given a tray of mini marshmallows and toothpicks. Their goal was to build a free standing tower as a group. I let them work for about 10 minutes and then we had a discussion about what was working and what wasn't, and then I let them go for about 10 more minutes.  The tallest tower was 7 inches tall. Not bad for our first try. 

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We have spent the last 2 weeks learning about inventors and inventions in social studies, so to wrap up the unit, we came up with our own inventions. We used a clip from Ellen to get some inspiration. They were enthralled. 

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We squeezed in some St. Patrick's Day activities, as well. First, students chose one of the books from the Elite 8 of March Book Madness to write a shamrock book review about.

Next, we wrote about who is worth more to us than gold. I do this every year with my students and they always turn out so sweet!

The ones who push your buttons are always the ones that love you the most.

Then, during teacher table, we read a leprechaun story and wrote about the problem and solution.

Finally, in math we reviewed symmetry and halves to make these adorable leprechauns. This is another activity I do every year that the kids always love.


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Our comprehension skill this week was problem and solution, and again, we used one of our March Book Madness books to focus on (MBM is seriously AMAZING). We reread The Day the Crayons Quit and made problem and solution puzzle pieces to go with the story.

The crayons quit, seriously.

Idea from Amy Lemons. Puzzle pieces from Fourth and Ten.

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It's officially the first day of spring... AND the official start to my TWO WEEK spring break!! I love our balanced calendar! I am ready for a break, and my students clearly are too. #idontevenknow

1 comment

  1. Lots of fun learning going on in your classroom. I Love your classroom post too! I also got stability balls and a classroom carpet from Donors Choose and am so thankful!

    The Resourceful Apple