Friday, April 24, 2015

Fractions, Fractions, Fractions

3rd grade was deep into all things fractions in April.  Learning how to write, graph, compare, and find equivalent fractions was all part of the unit of study.  Teachers got creative with their class work and review to spark brains and keep interest high.

Mrs. Knipper's class had a review day.  They got with partners (and Miss C) to play a game with all things fractions.  It was a pretty fun Math class.

Mrs. McCauley's class had warm up work each day to review previous fraction skills.  This particular day, they had to move around the desk groups and compare the given fractions with unlike denominators.  They place the fractions on number lines and completed the comparrison.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Socratic Seminar: The Odyssey

Mrs. Butcher has been working on the IDOE High Ability Reading Unit of study with 5th grades for Trimester 3.  They have been diving into Greek mythology and learning about the Hero's Journey.  After read The Odyssey Parts 1 and 2 by Mary Pope Osborn, the students had to prepare for a Socratic Seminar.  Mrs. Butcher, through the use of Google Classroom, gave students the discussion questions ahead of time to prepare for the day of the seminar.

The students had great discussion during their Socratic Seminar!  Mrs. Butcher has two circles working.  The inside circle has the discussion, while the outside circle critiques a buddy.  After the current discussion dies down, the circles swap and a new question is presented.  Once the questions have all been addressed, they have a short whole-group discussion.  It is a great way to get students engaged and observe them as a teacher.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Protect the Peeps!

Mrs. Hays put a new twist on STEM work in her room and combined it with the Easter season.

Protect the Peeps was a great STEM project for students.  They were given supplies and had to build a raft or boat to protect a Peep from the water.  Designs varied as you can see below. 

There was much anxious anticipation on the test day!  Students placed their Peep on their flotation creation.  Gently they placed the creation in the water in hopes that their Peep would remain dry.  What a great way to generate teamwork and excitement!