Thursday, January 19, 2012

WAXING or waning?!

I can not for the life of me remember what today's morning was for the students. I will look it up tomorrow and tell you both tomorrows and today's journals. In morning math, we worked on place value, patterns, reading a pictograph, and probability.

During Science lab, the students learned a phases of the moon song. They try to align the science lab curriculum with whatever we are doing in science. This was a great preview to our science lesson today.

In math, we went over last night's homework and the three types of angles. We reviewed right, acute, and obtuse angles. We took our quiz on the geometric terms we have learned and then began looking through magazines for examples of right, acute, and obtuse angles. We are going to paste them on a sheet of paper and describe how the picture shows these angles.

During Imagine It, I had to go observe a lesson and the students worked on their second quarter writing. They had to write about a time they forgot something and how they handled the situation. It could have been forgetting an object or something on a test. They could write about anything. It had to be three paragraphs with 5-7 sentences in each paragraph. I will use this writing to compare to the beginning of the year and the first quarter. This will tell me if they are making progress with the writing process through journaling.

Almost everyone has made their AR goal. Most of the students only have a few books left to make their goals. Tomorrow is the last day to make goals. Encourage your child to read, read, read!!

In science, we looked at the phases of the moon and discussed how the moon is in the shape of a sphere. We discussed how it never actually changes shapes, it just looks like it does. We looked at how the moon reflects the sun's light. We also discussed why it would be impossible for us to live on the moon without specialized equipment. We practice figuring out how to know whether or not a moon was WAXING (getting bigger) or waning (getting smaller). Ask your child to show you how we remember which one is which.

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