## Thursday, March 8, 2012

### Research!

Today's focus during science was research for our science fair projects. Since I have decided to imbed soil and plants into the science fair, we will all complete the same research as a class. Today we watched a video on plants and how they grow. The students were to make a list of ten facts that they learned from the video. After watching the video, we got into our PLC's and combined our lists into the ten most important facts about plants. We will get started on our science fair projects tomorrow!

Tests Tomorrow: Morning Math, Imagine It (Days of Digging), Mayflower passage is due tomorrow for a grade.

Morning Journal: The Iditarod Dog Race starts this weekend! Write a story about what it would feel like to be a part of the dog race. What would you do? How would you feel?

Morning Math: ALL students were to bring home their morning math sheets with the problems either circled or starred that will be on the test tomorrow.

Math: Temperature in degrees Fahrenheit. The most important temperatures for them to remember are: 32 degrees F=Freezing Temperature of Water, 68 degrees F=Room Temperature, 90 degrees F=Hot Day, 212 degrees F=Boiling Point of Water. They also need to know how you would dress in each of these temperatures and how to read a thermometer. We practiced reading a thermometer both counting by ones and twos.

Imagine It: We popcorn read "Days of Digging". We practiced drawing conclusions while reading the story and discussed different clues the author may give in the text to help us draw conclusions. Remember: clues+experience=conclusion.

Work shop: We did not have a regular work shop today, because half of the grade level was at the Polk House field trip. Instead, we read a Time for Kids article about using I-Pads in the classroom and whether or not this was an effective teaching strategy. This was a very timely article because CMS has currently allotted 10 million dollars to buying I-Pads for some classrooms in the district. Teachers have to apply for this privilege and explain how these I-Pads would be used effectively in the classroom to help our students to become 21st century learners. As soon as I find out more I will definitely apply!