Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Moon Seems to Change!

Today's morning journal was: What do you think the world will be like when you grow up? I know that if I look at the movie Back to the Future I am supposed to be driving around in a flying car and we are all supposed to be floating on hover crafts. The students came up with some really creative ideas and some very practical ones. Ask your child what they said in today's morning journal.

On our morning math, we had greater than and less than problems, subtraction with re-grouping, kilograms, and place value. Many of the students are still struggling with subtraction with re-grouping. Please practice this concept at home with your child.

Today was a day three, so we had double specials. The class had media and then our favorite special PE!

In Imagine It we read "The Moon seems to Change". After reading this story, some of the students realized that they had a lot of misconceptions about how the phases of the moon are formed. We practiced making connections to our story and summarizing what we have read. We will continue our study of the phases of the moon in both Imagine It and science tomorrow.

In math, we reviewed: point, line, line segment, ray, parallel, perpendicular, intersecting. We completed our flip books and the students brought them home tonight to study for a quiz on these concepts tomorrow. I introduced right, acute, and obtuse angles. A right angle measures exactly 90 degrees. An acute angle measures less than 90 degrees. An obtuse angle measures more than 90 degrees. We played a "Simon Says" game with our three angles, so the students could practice these concepts.

Please start looking at the moon outside when you have the chance and ask your child which phase is showing that day. Today it is a waning crescent. We could see it early this morning!

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