Friday, October 30, 2015

First party of the year

Relay Races

Awesome Storytelling by a grandparent 

Pre-party meeting with our buddy class!

Getting ready for the Branches of Government

Students will be transitioning to the Branches of Government and the US Constitution in November. How are we helping students with researching while using an iPad? We use a Padlet where all resources are curated and Internet searching is limited.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Saying Goodbye to Mr. Gabel

Students attended an all school assembly where we had some fun and did a final send off for Mr. Gabel. Mr. Gabel, our current Assistant Principal, will be leaving us to move to South Carolina. We will greatly miss him!

Investigating the pattern of shadows

Students are learning about the observable patterns of shadows.  We will represent this data in a graph to reveal patterns of daily changes in length and direction of shadows. 

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Public Service Announcements

Students have been completed their work with Earth Systems. To complete this unit, many students created a PSA on how to protect the Earth's Systems.  Students were expected to include information, suggestions or tips to help, or resources to direct the viewer for further information. Here we go!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Welcome to my Queendom!

Earlier this week, we learned about the French and Indian war. Students learned that while the British "won",  the ever-changing map of the times keeps on changing! We also concluded that things were getting quite tense around the colonies in 1763.

Meet my King! King George III (photo courtesy of

Students "drew" a card to discover if they were a 

Colonist, Tax Collector, or a Parliament member.

Students were provided with 30 "coins" 
for the day. Here is the "tax structure" for Day 1.

Within 30 minutes of the simulation, students were ready to revolt!  See how wonderful it is to be the Queen?!

          Day two's "tax structure" was even more
costly. Students definitely felt frustrated while
being reminded that someone has to help England 
build up their reserves. Students concluded that there are two sides to every story. We also realized that someone's else's solution can become someone else's problem!

Friday, October 9, 2015

Moving Remainders

Students play a game designed by Laura Candler. Students solve division equations that gave remainders. You move forward the number of spaces equal to the remainder. 

Students used a calculator to check the quotients.

You can get a copy of this game at 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

A visit from our favorite volunteer!

Today, a parent volunteer that helps in our class each week shared
some photos from Boston, Massachusetts. We are about to 
get knee-deep into learning about the American Revolutionary war and 
it was so engaging to listen to the stories of Colonial times!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Preparing our Public Service Announcements

Help protect our Earth! 
Students are researching, writing and synthesizing information to prepare for their public service announcements.