Sunday, April 20, 2014

Week 32- Decimal Review in Math

This week in math we were reviewing decimals. Here is my Blendspace that I created to share videos with my students.

My class had fun playing all the games I found to review decimals. 

I found Decimal Destruction in Jersey Teacher's TpT store to help my students review comparing decimals. We used colored circle tiles to mark the spaces. 

My students also competed in a math relay race at the beginning of class each day. 

Each table worked together to complete the relay race. I found that most of the time the first one finished wasn't correct. 

This helped remind my students to slow down and check their work before turning in their paper. I really liked this because each problem depended on them getting the previous answer correct. 

My homeroom started working in groups to learn about the branches of government. Each group is learning about one branch and then they will present their findings to the class. 
Here is the resource I found with these activities:

Finally, I wanted to share this gem. :) Today is my birthday and my mom gave me a basket of gifts to open all week. One of the gifts was books she kept of me growing up. This is one from my birthday book. It is a picture of me when I was in 5th grade.

STUDENTS: Would you rather play games or do worksheets to review math? Why?

Friday, April 11, 2014

Week 31- Volume & Final Chemistry Experiment

This week we tackled volume! I found these great cubes my students cut out and folded. We taped them together and they used base 10 blocks to fill the cube. 

Want a set too? Paper Volume Cubes

Since I wanted them to understand that you can count the blocks or multiply l x w x h to calculate the volume this was a perfect activity. 

Each group worked on a set of 5 cubes and most groups asked me if they could just multiply to find out the volume. I was so happy that they came to that conclusion on their own! 

During small groups I taught the kids a new game! Each card has a topic and a list of words. The students can read the topic aloud to the group but they can't say any of the words on the card. The goal is to get your group members to guess a word on your card. They had fun playing this game!

We finished our chemistry unit this week. We have been studying physical and chemical changes so we made elephant toothpaste. 

Then they got to create a chemical change in a bag. They mixed calcium carbonate and baking soda in a large bag. 

Then each group added some phenol red in a cup and put it inside the bag. Once the bag was sealed they tipped the cup and watched what happened. 

They saw gas produced, color change, and felt heat from the bag. These are all indicators of chemical change. 

We also watched this video.

We talked about how younger students look up to them and decided to post positive notes on work displayed in the building. Each student created 2 post it notes that said things like "Great Job" or "Your work is outstanding!" 

We walked around the building and they added their positive notes on work throughout the building. 

STUDENTS: Which experiment was your favorite during our chemistry unit? Why was it your favorite?

Friday, April 4, 2014

Week 30- Fraction Review, 3D Shapes, & Leadership Day

This week we started with a review of fractions. Each table played a game as a team. Every table worked the problems and could "steal" the points if the table who selected the problem had the wrong answer. I loved seeing my students synergize and help each other find the mistakes they made. 

The Fraction Review Game Show, found on TpT, was a great resource and my kids were excited to solve the problems. 

Then we used QR code task cards to learn about 3D shapes. I gave each table a set of cards and they took turns scanning the code to learn about several shapes. Each student had their own chart to complete and add to their math interactive notebook.

This week we spent time preparing for our Leadership Day. Each grade level sang at our assembly and then there were student lead tours. Some students stood in the hallway to share with visitors about how we are using the 7 habits. Others shared their leadership notebooks.

This is the 5th grade display where the students wrote about their favorite habit. 

We have been making video newsletters and this is our first one with the green screen. 

I recorded our students singing our song for the MES Leadership Day. Thought I'd add the lyrics so you can sing along with us!

STUDENTS: What is your favorite habit and how do you use it often?

Friday, March 21, 2014

Week 29- Area, Perimeter, & Mixtures

This week in math we learned about area and perimeter. I had a lot of fun, hands on activities planned for my students. I taped some shapes on the floor in the hallway with painters tape. I assigned each group a shape and they had to calculate the area and perimeter of their shape.

Then I found the great activity using Post-It notes: Sticky Note Area and Perimeter. I gave each group a design they had to recreate with post it notes on their chart paper. Then they had to calculate the area and perimeter of the shape on their poster. I had them rotate to each of the posters to check their work. I love that this activity taught them how to calculate area of irregular shapes. 

Then we used Cheez-Its to create shapes. I gave each student 10 Cheez-Its and they had to create as many different shapes they could and calculate the perimeter of those shapes. 

At the end of the week, my students made Area/Perimeter robots. Here is the file from TpT: Perimeter and Area Robots.They are given dimensions for each section of the robot. 

I told them the robots could reflect their interests. I was amazed with the results!

For science this week we were learning about mixtures. So we created a mixture of our own using salt, sand, iron filings, and beads. Since a mixture can be separated each group had to create a plan to separate their mixture. 

They had to write a plan and have it approved before they started working. 

I overhead several students talking about how they would have to synergize to get this done. Each group worked together to develop a plan and they used information from other things we had done this week to help them come up with their plan. 

They took the beads out with their hands, used a magnet to remove the iron filings, and then mixed the salt/sand mixture with water. They knew salt would dissolve in water so they used the water to pick up the salt. Then used a filter to filter the sand from the water. We left the cups to sit so the water will evaporate and leave the salt behind.

It was another fun week and next week is spring break! Hope all my students and followers have a great week.

STUDENTS: Which area/perimeter activity was your favorite and why?