Thursday, October 27, 2016

Me Like Fractions


So, now we are moving on to fractions. Last week we reviewed simplifying fractions. You will need that skill and everything you know about multiplication to multiply fractions this week.

Moving on...

What does it mean to multiply fractions?

One way to multiply fractions is to use the Standard Method that's been around for decades! You multiply across (numerator x numerator & denominator x denominator).

Here is a video that I find very helpful and I think that you will too.

Another way to multiply fractions is to use models.

This mini-lesson will help to explain the models method...

Whether you are a fraction expert or you need a little extra practice, 
these lessons and games will come in handy...

See y'all next week!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Good Readers Infer!


Today in class we learned about making inferences. This is something we do all the time when we are reading, enjoying movies, or even watching television commercials. To infer you need to find clues in the text and look for evidence in the pictures. You also use your background knowledge and pull from your past experiences to "read between the lines."

Here's a movie about inferences to help you understand the concept.

Got it?

Okay, let's give this a try.

What can you infer from this picture?

Mrs. Sol's response: I can see the boy has a blue tongue. From my past experience, I know that kids usually have blue tongues when they are eating something blue. I infer that the boy in the picture recently ate a blue popsicle, lollipop or candy (and he's happy about it). 

Now, use the same skills to infer details from a text passage...

Why is Jacob upset?

Jacob walked out of the shopping mall with his arms full of bags and the sun shining on him. As he approached his car, he started awkwardly feeling around his pockets with his arm full of bags. He did not find what he was looking for so he transferred the bags on one arm to the other arm, which already had bags. Jacob had a lot of bags on one arm. He still couldn't find what he was looking for. Now he dropped the bags and plunged both hands desperately into all of the pockets on his jeans. With a look of despair, Jacob ran to his car. He tried to open the door, but it was locked. Then he saw something on the passenger seat of the car. He stopped looking and pulled his phone out of his pocket.

Based on evidence given in the text, why do you think Jacob is upset? What happened? What can you infer from the information you have?

Finally, here's a commercial that you may have seen.

What does the boy think when the car starts?

This commercial tells a story, but without words. Can you infer enough information to answer the question? Inferencing skills you must have, young padawan. 

Here are some fun resources to help you practice your inferencing skills.

Keep up the great work!

Little House on the Prairie: Chapters 4-6


Thanks Canada!


Our northern neighbors in Canada made us a nice video.

Check it out!

Aw, shucks.

Thanks Canada!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

X is for X-ray


We survived the Emergency Room today! We even left with a cool x-ray.

See any broken bones?

Skeletal Fun! 
(a teachable moment)

ABCya - Learn the Skeletal System
Interactive Sites

 Can you memorize the primary bones of the human skeletal system?

Turn up your speakers!

Yes, there's a School House Rock for EVERYTHING!

When does a skeleton laugh? 
When something tickles his funny bone.  
(that's humerus)


Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Little House on the Prairie: Chapters 1-3


Tuesday, October 11, 2016



This week we are learning about cool polygons like rectangles, quadrilaterals, and parallelograms.

Can you say "parallelogram" 5 times fast?

Didn't think so.


We added ten new words to our notebook and talked about what they mean. Check your k-mail for the printable math notebook pages.

Cut out out the words and glue them into your notebook. You will notice that some of the words do not have images. That's because you will add them yourself! You can color them too... and add happy faces.

Here is my notebook, if you'd like to see the format. You can click on the images to enlarge them.

The shapes are to be cut out and glued into your notebook as well. Glue the backside of the cutout to your notebook page, so the shape opens up. Inside each shape, write 3 new vocabulary  words to describe it.


Woooaaahhh...Woooaaahhh... I'm Quad-ri-later-al... Quad-ri-later-al...

In class, we learned some important vocabulary words we could use to describe a polygon:

Plane, parallelogram, congruent, quadrilateral
to name a few.

Below you will find  our lovely Polygon Brainstorm.

As with all images on this site, click on the picture for a larger view.


Here are a few fun geometry games too!

Keep up the great work!

Friday, October 7, 2016

Check your mailbox!


 Next week, we will begin our first novel study!

Lit Unit 7: Little House on the Prairie

Check your mailbox for a letter and reading materials from me!

 You'll need your own copy of Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. 

You can get it at the library or a book store. 

You can also download it to your digital device if you want!

 See y'all in CC!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Memoir Awesome-ization!


Hey there!

Wow! I really enjoyed listening to your memoirs this week. Nice work so far! Now that you met with a peer to awesome-ize your story, it's time to work on your final draft!

Don't forget to bring your memoir to life with descriptive language. 
You can do this by adding details, similes, metaphors
and strong verbs!

The following movies contain more examples of descriptive language!




Here's a look at the grading rubric I will use to score your final draft. 

Before turning it in, make sure you have everything!

I cannot wait to read your stories!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Acute, Obtuse & Straight (The Right One's Really Great!)


This week we are learning about ANGLES in our math class! 
Angles are fun to name... and measure!

There are a variety of angles...

Here's a catchy tune that includes the angles above
(well, most of them).

The right one's really GREAT!

Another cool thing about angles is that you get
to use a protractor to measure them!

Here's a 10 minute video lesson explaining more about angles...

Angle Fun & Resources!


So cute!