Saturday, September 7, 2019

Do Worms Eat Soil?

When students are posed with the question where do dead leaves go?  Many answered that worms often eat the dead plant matter in the soil. However, many students also believed that worms eat soil. 

After this engaging investigation from Mystery Science students discovered that worms prefer soil to dirt. They are not exactly eating the soil, rather the dead plant matter in the soild.

They are decomposers!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Collecting Data and Formulating Percents!

Students developed a question that they could survey their classmates on to collect data.  Today was perfect for representing the data into a percent as we had exactly 20 students present today!  Students started with the question...

Some people went a tad dark...

Then students represented how many were in favor or not in favor with percents!  Students really enjoyed this activity and saw a purpose for using math!

Practicing the names and location of the United States!

Students played a game where they had to identify and name the 50 states!  There may have been some math involved too!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Reviewing Inflectional Endings -ed and -ing spelling patterns!

Students were misspelling many words when adding the suffixes -ed or -ing when they needed to "drop the e" or "double the consonants". Word study time!

As students went to read, they were to locate and record one word that represented the spelling pattern. We sorted them and tomorrow we will have a mixed review using these words!

Thursday, April 4, 2019

1920's and 1930's Learning!

Students learn about the Dust Bowl and its devastating effects on the geography and economics of the time.

Students learn about immigration through Angel Island and explore what a "Paper Son" is.  We used this awesome book to learn more!

Learning about the Great Depression with this picture book. Students learn content-specific vocabulary while following "Rudy" travel by train across the United States. 

Students are watching mini video clips learning about some important people and ideas post WWI:

Students read two articles from NewsELA that addresses the economics of life during the 1920s. It was considered the time of "buy now, pay later". With the introduction of the washing machine, the vacuum, and the refrigerator housework was lessened and free time increased.