We love Reviewing Math Skills!

This week we decided that each day after our math lesson, we wanted to have a lot of new math centers that review the concepts we’ve learned this year! The Busy Class and K-5 Math Teaching Resources came to rescue Mrs. Felter and give her some great ideas! We set up new expectations for our math center time. Here are the rules we established:

Expectations for Math Centers

  1. Have a positive attitude about centers and partners.
  2. Read the directions before asking for help!
  3. Stay focused the whole time.
  4. Organize your materials and clean up when you’re done.
  5. All done? Clean up & find Mrs. F for a new center!

With these new expectations, that we created ourselves, we are having a fabulous time! Here we are hard at work.Busy Class Centers 3Busy Class CentersBusy Class Centers 5 Busy Class Center 2   Busy Class Centers 4

Rosie the Riveter Returns!

I noticed something interesting on my favorite nonfiction reading site for kids. Newsela.com is a great website that contains many current news articles written for students. When you click on the left of the site you can change the Lexile level of the article. A lower Lexile level will be easier to read and a higher level will be more difficult, probably on a middle school level. On Newsela I found this great article, The Original Rosie the Riveter had the Right Name for the Job! The article discusses the same Rosie we learned about in Andrea Beaty’s book, Rosie Revere Engineer! Take a few minutes to read and enjoy this article. Adjust the Lexile level on the left if the text seems too difficult or simple!


Here’s one of our favorite pages from Rosie Revere Engineer! (If you want to learn about powerful, smart women then check out this book!)

Another Snow Day!

Hello Antwan, Nancy, Shannallie, Karmyn, Yasmin, and Ixell!

I had a feeling you’d be visiting the blog today when you took a break from playing in the snow (please remember to where hats and mittens!) Did anyone else visit today who I didn’t list? Let me know by leaving a comment!

Here are some word problems to keep your brain working on this very cold, winter day!

1. Antwan ran 444 yards in his first game playing football for Florida State. In his next game, Antwan, threw for 156 yards. How many yards total did Antwan move the football down the field?

2. Yasmin has 6 packs of crayons and each pack has 8 crayons. The crayons in each pack are red, yellow, blue, green, orange, purple, brown, and black. If Yasmin gives Karmyn one pack of crayons, how many total crayons will Yasmin have left?

3. Shannallie, Nancy, and Ixell ran 3 miles each day last week. If next week they plan to run 5 miles each day, how many miles will they each run after both weeks?

Leave your answers in the comments and I’ll come up with more questions just for you!

Here are some of my snowy day pictures from yesterday!

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Second graders make it back to class through the Tuesday snow!

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Wow! Our playground is covered in snow!

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Pablo enjoys his first walk in the snow!

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“Hey!  I caught a snowflake on my nose!” – Pablo Cinco Felter

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Pablo was very sleepy after playing in the snow!

Decomposing a Kilogram

On Monday, we sat down and took a kilogram apart. A kilogram is a unit that is used to measure weight. Often grocery store items are measured in kilograms. We learned that:

1 kg = 1 kilogram!

By decomposing a kilogram we discovered that:

1 kilogram = 1,000 grams or

1 kg = 1 g!

We also determined that 100 grams could go into a kilogram 10 times and 10 grams could go into 100 grams 10 times! Check out these mathematicians at work!

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Thank you EngageNy.Org for the wonderful lesson idea!

Biography Research

Yesterday, we researched our entrepreneurs and inventors on the internet. We found some valuable information, but internet research is never as easy as it seems. Let’s take a step back to see what we did well and where we need support.

1. What key words did you use to do your search?

2. How many websites did you visit?

3. Did you stay on websites that were too hard to read?

4. How much research were you able to do?techies 5

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Adding up our Pennies for Pasta

In room B11 we are determine to help children suffering with Leukemia! We have been collecting pennies (and other silver coins as well) to donate to Leukemia Cancer research! We have used our Pennies for Pasta change as a big part of our math lessons this week. We realized that counting one penny at as time was not an efficient strategy! We started counting by twos, then tens. Then we realized making groups of ten, by counting the ten pennies up by twos worked best! We counted groups of tens until we had ten groups or one dollar. We are excited to help our school reached their goal of $2,000.00 for Cancer research. Which class will raise the most money and get a lunch from the Olive Garden?!

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Make it Interesting, Make it Detailed!

We are writing stories around the theme of “Holidays.” A theme is a big idea that groups things together. If “Holidays” is our theme then everyone in the room must be writing about a special holiday or celebration. We picked this theme because our writers were getting stuck so frequently in their brainstorming and saying, “I don’t have any good ideas in my life!” But, when we started thinking about holidays everyone had two or three good ideas to pick from! Below are the engaging beginnings from two of our writers. Look at how they are putting in details to make their work more interesting for their readers!

Shannallie’s Engaging Lead

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Amorie’s Halloween Lead

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Class Leaders!

On Friday, two of our classmates got to do some teaching! These students lead a science lesson in which their groups created a visual of where the sun is positioned in the sky at different times if day. They taught their groups that based on where the sun is located in the sky, the shadows will go in the opposite direction. I was so proud of how our class leaders were able to assist every student while also speaking in their respectful and motivating teaching voices!

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P.S. Maryam! We miss you and we hope you had a wonderful holiday with your family. We can’t wait to see you next week!