Happy Friday!! We're back with a look at the week! (Can you tell we love these Linkies!!)
We are linking up with Kacey at Doodle Bugs Teaching for
and with Amanda at Teaching Maddeness for
1. We've been working on light energy in science and Stacia's class got to "play" with prisms this week. Here they are learning about how prisms separate light. They used a flashlight and the sun and compared the differences. (This pretty prism was loaned to us by our assistant principal!)
2. In math, we are still working on fractions. This week we focused on equivalent fractions. It would seem like fractions would be easy because they can use fraction strips or fraction circles, but it's still really abstract for them when they have to know how to make an equivalent fraction and why it's equivalent, especially without a picture. Here is a notes sheet that we pasted in our math journals (composition notebook). The notes on the left are already filled in for a quick paste and explanation. The notes on the right can be pasted in and filled out in small group or whole class. If you can use them, feel free to click on the picture and download it to use in your classroom. :O)
3. In Language Arts, we have been immersed in poetry and figurative language. My students are obsessed with similes, but metaphors are much harder (for me too!). We read the book Hailstones and Halibut Bones which are poems full of metaphors about colors. We worked on analyzing the poem about the color black together. Since I don't think I can type part of the book here, I'll just generalize what we talked about. One line talks about black as a feeling so we analyzed what that might be (loneliness, sadness, anger), but it also talked about how black is kind and covers up a run-down street. This was a hard one because they took it so LITERALLY and said that the pavement was laid over everything. I had to explain that we had to look at it metaphorically and that the night is black and covers the ugliness outside. So...all of the colors are in the book. Once we analyzed black together, I paired the students up to analyze a different color in partners by taking it apart and really THINKING about what it could mean and what it means to them. It challenged them, but they liked it, which makes me happy!!
4. We are learning about the causes of the American Revolution. After learning about all of the unfair taxes that were levied on the colonists (Sugar Act, Stamp Act, Tea Tax, etc.) we played a "game". It's called The King's M&M's. I have no idea where it originated from- a teacher that I work with shared it with me. Basically, a student is chosen to be king (I picked a student that I knew wouldn't be afraid to make everyone mad), 3-4 students are chosen as Parliament, and 2-3 tax collectors. The "king" and his parliament make up "laws" (example- if you are in 4th grade, you have to pay 3 M&M's- which would be every kid) and the tax collectors go around and collect the M&M's. (Don't worry, they used a cup to hold their candy and a spoon to count them out so they weren't actually touching the M&M's.) :O) I let them pass enough unfair laws/taxes to get the "colonists" feeling pretty upset. Then, the king had to pay his parliament and tax collectors (any amount of his choosing) and he got to keep the rest of the candy. From there, they reflected on the activity and then related it to how the colonists must have felt. It's obviously an exaggerated version of what happened, but it gets down on the level of the students and they couldn't believe that the king got to keep all of the candy (and yes, he really decided to keep it all!). Even though they were pretty upset and adamant about how unfair it was, they still had fun!
Here, we have the happy king with his parliament (who were also happy because they didn't have to pay any taxes, plus got paid more!)! Then, we have our sad colonists showing how they were "robbed" (I wish you could see their faces!!). I think they got the point!!
5) Last, but not least, Stacia updated the Arthur's Valentine unit that she created last year. Here is a freebie from the unit. If you like it, head to our Teacher's Pay Teacher store and grab a copy!
We hope you have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend! Let us know how your week went and if you download the freebie, let us know what you think!