It was a very short week with no school on Thursday and Friday. Students celebrated Valentine’s Day on Wednesday by handing out valentines to their classmates. We also watched the movie “Shaun the Sheep” which has no real dialogue and had the students work on the literacy skills of inferencing and making connections to construct meaning. Students really enjoyed the movie as they lounged in their pajamas and ate their treat from home—a fun way to end our shortened week!
In math this week, we have continued to practice our multiplication strategies. Students learned how to multiply numbers ending in zeros, which is an important skill to know when estimating products. We also spent some time on “Prodigy” and multiplication websites. Students are encouraged to keep practicing their basic facts over the long weekend so we can continue to see progress in their “Mad Minute” bar graphs.
In science, students learned about another useful simple machine—the lever! Students learned about the components of a lever (the fulcrum, load and effort), and the three classes of levers and how they work. A first-class lever has the fulcrum in the middle between the load and the effort (ex. a seesaw & a balance scale); a second-class lever has the load in the middle between the fulcrum and the effort (ex. a wheelbarrow & a bottle opener); and a third-class lever has the effort in the middle between the load and the fulcrum (ex. a shovel & tweezers). We worked on some fun “Machine Pictograms” (see below) in our table groups. We also watched a Bill Nye video and students needed to listen carefully to complete their fill-in-the-blank questions about simple machines. Next week we will continue to look at levers and do some in-class experiments.
Enjoy your extra long weekend—see you back in class next Tuesday!
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Need extra practice? Below are math printable e-books for extra practice at home:
Patterns and Algebra
Reading and Representing Whole Numbers
Addition and Subtraction
Multiplication and Division
Length, Perimeter & Area
“Math Makes Sense” Practice and Homework Book:
Can be found at the Virtual Learning Commons under “Student Links”:
Practice Problem Solving Questions
Multiplication Interactive Games
Hour of Code
Math Facts Games
Math Fact Fluency Activities & Games
Plant Growth & Changes:
Plant Growth and Changes Glossary of Important Terms
Plants for Kids
Easy Science for Kids
Plants Elementary Science
Wheels & Levers Resources:
Wheel and Levers Glossary of Important Terms
Simple Machine Facts
Simple Machines Interactive Sites
Light & Shadows Resources:
Light and Shadows Glossary of Important Terms
BBC Light & Shadows
How We See Things
Light & Shadow Activities
Waste & our World Resources:
Waste and our World Glossary of Important Terms
Recycle City Game