Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Monday, February 27, 2012
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012
http://www.speakaboos.com/ - Online Website for stories and literacy
http://www.kerpoof.com/ - Building online stories and characters
http://www.literactive.com/Home/index.asp - Online stories with downloadable material (all ranges of reading levels)
http://www.storylineonline.net/ - Stories read out loud by famous people. Great for listening to.
http://www.storyplace.org/ - The ultimate children’s digital library
http://www.cmlibrary.org/bookhive/ - Digital Library
http://www.wordgames.com/spiderman-2-web-of-words.html - Spiderman word building game! SUPER FUN!
“Math Problem of the Week”
We have been working a lot on problem solving in math class. Problem solving is a skill that is developmental for children. It takes children a lot of practice to feel confident with different problem solving strategies. Therefore, the more practice your child gets with different problem solving tasks the more they will develop as a problem solver.
Beginning this week, your child will be getting a “problem of the week” sheet to complete at home each week. Problem of the week sheets will go home on Monday and they will be due back on Friday. Please feel free to assist your child, but please do not provide them with the answer. I need to see where they are making their mistakes so that I know how to help them at school. If we simply provide children with the answers, they do not have to work through the different steps that are required to solve a problem solving question. It is my goal that with these “problem of the week” sheets that your child will gain confidence using different types of problem solving strategies.
There is not one specific way to solve a problem. There are many different approaches that your child can take to solve these problems. Please encourage them to use different strategies. Allow your child to use whatever tools they need to problem solve. Please make sure that when providing assistance to your child that you are not giving them the answer. It is important for me to see where your child is making mistakes and having difficulties.
Tips for problem solving:
Have your child identify the important information from the problem (we underline all the important information when we are working on problems in class).
* What does the problem ask?
* What words will help you solve the problem (in all, left, how many more)?
* What facts will help you answer the question?
· Have your child draw a picture that represents the problem.
· Have your child write a number sentence that shows what the problem is asking.
· Use the guess and check method.
· Use manipulatives (items that can be moved around…e.g. Pennies)
***Math 3 Under the Sea Website is great for practicing lots of the different concepts that we are learning in math. It has some really neat games and interactive sites to help kids grasp math concepts.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Monday, February 6, 2012
Tic Tac Toe homework due THURSDAY.
Spelling test on THURSDAY.
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
We will be building SUGAR CUBE CASTLES starting on Monday, FEBRUARY 6 for our building unit in science.
1) A piece of STRONG cardboard that measures 11 inches by 13 inches. Cereal boxes work well for this.
2) One or two boxes of sugar cubes (one is required for sure, but some kids like two boxes to make the walls of the castle taller).