Sunday, February 21, 2010

Bar Models

Bar models are another tool we can use to understand how to solve problems. They help us see the part-whole relationship.

Saturday, February 20, 2010

The Four Operations

Now that we've learned the four operations, let's review what we know.

Science: Investigating Balance - Triangle and Arch Continued

Further exploration of balance.

Science: Investigating Balance - More Arch and Triangle

The investigations continue.

Science: Investigating Balance - Triangle and Arch - Part II

The students continue their investigations into balance.

Science: Investigating Balance - Triangle and Arch

Today we did more exploration of how objects can be balanced using counterweights.

Blending -- The "Hawk" Sound Spelled au

The focus of these blending lines is the aw sound, spelled au.

Blending -- The "Hawk" Sound Spelled aw

This week's blending lines focus on the aw sound, spelled aw.

Decodable - "Claude the Tiger"

This week's decodable focuses on the aw sound, spelled aw and au. Also, pay attention to the dialogue and where the quotation marks are placed.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Blending -- The "Cow" Sound & Long O Spelled ow

This second set of blending lines includes the Long O, spelled ow.

Blending -- The "Cow" Sound - Spelled ow and ou

This week's blending lines focus on the ow sound, spelled ow and ou.

Decodable - "The Frowning Clown"

This week's decodable focuses on the ow sound, spelled ow and ou.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Monster Pizza

Someone didn't get all of the bubbles out of their pizza dough!

Brian Makes a Pizza

Watch a pro at work!

The First Pizza


Roxana, Kaylee, and Yasmin Make Pizza

We went on a walking field trip to Papa John's Pizza, where Mr. Hector Ortiz, Yesenia, and Raul graciously taught 21 students (and me) how to make really great pizza! Thank you!!! And thanks to Kimberly's parents for putting me in touch with Mr. Ortiz, thereby making this trip possible!

Monday, February 8, 2010

Blending -- The "Foot" and the "Goo" Sound - Spelled OO

This second set of lines includes the "goo" sound, spelled oo. Practice, practice, practice!

Blending -- The "Foot" Sound - Spelled OO

This week's blending lines focus on the oo sound you hear in the word "foot."

Decodable - "Clare's Secret"

Here is this week's decodable. The focus is on consonant blends and the Foot sound, spelled oo. Practice a lot so you can read all of the blends flawlessly!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Division and Multiplication: The Inverse Relationship

Remember the connections we discovered between addition and subtraction? We can make those same connections between division and multiplication. Arrays help us see these connections more easily.

Division: Remainders

Sometimes we can't divide into equal parts, we have some objects left over. The leftovers are called remainders.

Division: Grouping to Form Equal Parts

When you group things into equal parts, that's dividing, too.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Division: Equal Sharing

Anytime you share something equally with someone, you're dividing!

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Multiplication: Arrays

I love arrays! They're such a neat and orderly way to model problems.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Multiplication: Equal Groups

When we have equal groups we can use repeated addition or we can multiply to find the answer.

Science: Investigating Balance - Part II

Explain to a family member how we used counterweights to balance the crayfish.

Science: Investigating Balance - Part I

Explain to a family member what you learned today about balance.

Mama Demonstrates Camouflage

Remember that camouflage means blending in with the environment. Look how closely Mama's orange fur matches her surroundings.

Blending -- Consonant Blends and Digraphs/Review II

Here are more consonant blends and digraphs to practice reading. And notice the prefixes in Line 4. Do you remember what they mean?

Blending -- Consonant Blends and Digraphs/Review I

Notice how much time we're spending on consonant blends and digraphs. Knowing how to read them will really improve your fluency.

Decodable - "Sootfoot and the Book"

This week we're learning the Foot Card sound spelled oo.