Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Determining Importance

Hi Families,

We have been busy working on studying non-fiction and learning the best strategies to read and understand these kinds of texts.

This week we started thinking about determining importance and today we decided to back up a little and instead of thinking about it with a challenging article, we thought about first in terms of what to bring on a camping trip (and with this list of 7 items, we decided the following order: food, flashlight, sleeping bag, book, deck of cards, an umbrella, and finally a tv remote).

Afterwards, kids worked in partnerships to determine importance when packing 15 different items for a trip to an unknown destination. Their conversations were so intriguing and they were still buzzing about it on the way to lunch! They were so thoughtful about their decisions.  Here are some of the outcomes:





Wednesday, February 4, 2015

You're Invited!

Hi Families in room 306,

I'm happy to invite you to our classroom at 1:45 this Friday afternoon (sorry for the last minute notice)!  We are wrapping up our motion and design science unit and will be working hard the next few days on the final design challenge.  The kids are busy thinking and working like engineers!  I asked them and they want you to be here to see them present their designs! They will be presenting in small groups and each presentation will be about 5-10 minutes long.  I suspect this will last to the end of the day, but since it is my first experience with this unit, I'm not entirely sure on time!

We are excited to have you join us for this!  Some kids are choosing/hoping to bring props and dress the part. It is sure to be a fun way to share our learning!