We just finished The Thing About Georgie by Lisa Graff. Today, we started a new book called How to Steal a Dog by Barbara O'Connor. One thing we are learning is the importance of previewing. Previewing and thinking before we read helps us better understand the story we are reading. Today, we previewed the book and captured our thinking on a Corkulous board. We had a great conversation about the things we already knew based on the preview. We also had lots of questions that we think will be answered as we read. Here is a screenshot of our thinking from today's preview.
We went to the Technology House. Our class and Miss Wenningís class went. We got there by bus. When we got there, we went to the main room. There were computers and seats. The people who work there and some visitors were there.
We learned about Google Glasses. You can take pictures with them. The glasses are like little TV screens. They have a square that you see. There is something in the back that helps you talk and hear.
The class did Angry Bird mazes. You had to use the codes to move the Angry Bird or the Zombies. You had to think about how you were going to put the codes together. If there was a pattern, you could press the repeat button. If you made a mistake, it made you run into crates and then you had to try again. You can skip levels without playing all of them.
Scratch is a cool website we went to. You can make holiday cards with it. There are people or animals and you can make them talk if you use code.
Hour of Code was a great way to learn all about code. If we didn't do it, we wouldn't know what code was. It was codepic (a word we made up today-- code+epic).
This week we learned a lot of stuff. We learned stuff that was really, really fun. This is what we celebrate from this week:
We got new seats. We sit at different tables and with different people. We get to know people better. We like to move around. We like to sit in new places.
We went to the Dublin Library. We walked over in the rain. We learned about mythology from Miss Val and we got to check out 2 free choice books and 1 mythology book! We also got a bookmark.
We are reading a new book in Read Aloud. It is called Where the Mountain Meets the Moon! It’s a Chinese Folktale by Grace Lin. We think Minli is going to meet the Man of the Moon. It is really exciting because we wonder how Minli will get to the Man of the Moon.
Our principal, Mrs. Rinefierd, came in to talk to us about her reading life.
In Art, we are making clay animals. We are using real clay and we learned about a famous artist from Mexico who carves animals out of wood.
Mrs. Burkins came in and we learned new ways to use technology with science and math. We found shapes on the internet to use to help us with a tables and chairs problem. We used Baiboard, Explain Everything, Notebook, Pixie, Pages and more!
We did rock observations. You can see all of the rocks and you can see what’s inside of a rock if you look closely! Some are glassy.
We learned a new math gamed called Sumoku. There are 2 games that you can play. Speed Sumoku and Regular Sumoku. We like this game because you can learn mental math.
This week in school we did an experiment from SOLVE IT YOUR WAY. We had to find out which ball rolls the farthest. We started planning it out on a piece of paper. We decided who would bring in cardboard, balls and other materials. We were having fun and learning while we were planning. We were working with a team. We had to test out several different ways before we decided which we would use.
All of the groups did a different thing. Some groups made cardboard ramps. Other groups even used the playground slide. Some groups needed chairs to tape their ramp on. Some groups held up their ramp. One group used a measuring tape to measure. Some groups measured with chalk. Some people left balls where they landed. One group used cones to mark where the ball lands.
Group 1 did a cardboard ramp. The ball that won was the kickball. Nobody thought the kickball would win. They all thought the golf ball was going to win.
Group 2 made a cardboard ramp. First we decided to do it inside then we decided the balls would roll more outside. We first wanted to make it out of bottles, then we did it with cardboard. The foam golfball rolled the farthest. We had fun.
Group 3 made a cardboard ramp. We used three kind of ball-spikey ball, tennis ball and plastic ball. One person brought the stuff. Another person brought the cardboard. The cardboard and tape measure was useful. We drew our plan on a paper.
Group 4 We put cardboard on the side because the ball would have rolled out of the ramp. We made our ramp higher so it would go faster.
Group 5 made a ramp with cardboard and put it on the bottom of the playground slide so the ball kept rolling. We put tape on the cardboard.
Group 6 discovered that our first ramp did not work. It was too small and it felt flat once we put the balls on it. We built in a new ramp to tape on a chair. We are measuring how far each ball can go with cones.
Group 7 used cardboard and tape and string. We taped string on the cardboard from somewhere to make it so it doesn’t go off the track.
We learned that a lot of balls can roll far. Since groups are using different balls, we can’t tell which ball rolls farthest. We’d have to use the same balls and the same ramp.
We accidentally forgot to write our results on paper. Next time we do an experiment, we need to remember that.
We were having a lot of fun doing the experiment. When we were done, we looked at other people’s results on SOLVE IT YOUR WAY to see what they did. We realized that we forgot to write down our results. Some of us forgot to keep track of measurements.