Make your Writing more Interesting! Similes and Metaphors

This week we have been looking at figurative and literal language. We said that reading English text can be confusing because writers like to “spice up” their writing by adding in special language like similes, metaphors, personification, idioms, and more! Here are some examples of figurative language we discovered while reading this week!

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Perimeter vs. Area

Area and Perimeter games!

This site explains area and perimeter if you need more information:

Build an airline:

Find the area and perimeter of shapes:

Need more help? Try this interactive game:

Design a Party:

Happy Birthday Dr. King!

Yesterday, we finished reading the interactive e-biography of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and today, January 15th, is Dr. King’s birthday! Our interactive biography contained the entire “I Have a Dream” speech that Dr. King gave in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. We have been badly wanting to hear the speech, so here are some of the greatest highlights from Dr. King’s speech.

What is the world made of? Matter!

Matter is everything around you. Matter is anything that has mass and takes up space. If you are new to the idea of mass, it is the amount of stuff in an object. Most of the time matter comes in three forms: Solids, Liquids, and Gases.  Click on the video below to learn about matter and see some great examples!


The Fifty Nifty United States!

Our blog has been visited by 36 of our amazing 50 states! We have been marking our blog visitors on a map on our wall. We are still waiting for visits from the following states: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, West Virginia, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Montana, Wyoming, New Mexico, Hawaii, and Alaska! (Why isn’t the mid-west visiting our blog?)

mapWe realized some of these state’s names are hard to say and even harder to read. The following song is a great way to memorize the states’ names to make them easier to attack when we read articles!

We have also had many visitors from planet’s other countries!

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Civil Rights: Mrs. Rosa Parks

As we continue our study on the Civil Rights Movement, we move away from North Carolina and head south west to the state of Alabama.

Just like in North Carolina, citizens in Alabama fought to end segregation by sitting down, and then by refusing to sit… ok this is getting confusing! Check out the life of Rosa Parks below, the woman who started the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Leave a comment below:

1. Why was it hard for Mrs. Parks to go to school?

2. What is a boycott?

Civil Rights: The Greensboro Sit Ins and Perseverance!

“Do not give up!” is a phrase we hear Mrs. Felter say all the time. Things are going to be hard sometimes, we all know this is true. We have to decide what we are going to do when things get tough. Are we going to say, “This is too hard, I quit!” Or are we going to say, “This is hard but I can do it!” Imagine if the four men who started the Greensboro, North Carolina Sit Ins had said “This is too hard I quit!”


Rounding and Estimating

This week we have been rounding and estimating! We know that when estimating you need to find the closet decade or landmark number. Sometimes these numbers with the “big fat mama zeroes” in the one’s place, can also be called benchmark numbers. When estimating by tens, on a number line, any number with 5 in the one’s place is called the midpoint number because it is halfway between two decade numbers. For example 85 is the midpoint number between 80 and 90. Today we are going to begin rounding by 100s. On a number line, the midpoint number when rounding by 100s would be any number that ends in 50. Watch below to learn more about rounding by 100s.

Civil Rights: The Greensboro Sit-Ins

An amazing thing happened in our state of North Carolina in the decade of the 1960s- people stood up for what they believed in! Actually, they sat down. Like we have studied this week, the schools in the Southern states were segregated. But other places like restaurants and buses were segregated as well.

Many people wanted this separation to end. In Greensboro, North Carolina some citizens found a creative way to protest segregation.

Watch this video below to learn how the people of Greensboro, North Carolina fought back against segregation. What did they do to show they didn’t want to live with segregation any more? Do you think their actions were effective?