Toss the Barbie!

Last week we played a great game to review chapter 5 in math. Toss the Barbie involves 4 teams, math questions, trash receptacles, and extra points for tossing the Barbie. A team would answer a question. If their answer was correct, someone on their team got a chance to Toss the Barbie. There were a few mishaps, some very close calls, and some points were earned! I have not corrected the chapter 5 tests yet but I feel optimistic that our review game reinforced everyone’s knowledge.

Statistical Landmarks

Last week we practiced finding the mean, median, mode, and range of data. The picture below explains all of these terms. Everyone has a copy of these notes in their math notebook.  We worked in small groups using dice to generate three digit numbers. Our numbers had to meet some criteria before we could use them. Here is a slideshow of all of our work.Mean, Median, Mode, and Range on PhotoPeach

Grammar and Wonder

This week in grammar we are working on verb tenses. The tense of a verb in a sentence tells the reader when the action takes place. The most common tenses are past, present, and future. Here is a link to a game that will help you practice using past, present, and future verb tenses.

Today we read more of Wonder by R.J. Palacio. After reading, we spent a few minutes writing on our desks. We shared our deep thoughts and thoughtful questions about the story.  as well as our ideas about how Jack and Auggie become friends. Everyone enjoyed moving around the room to see what others were thinking.

   I noticed that almost everyone mentioned that they are enjoying Wonder. When you comment on this post, include at least one sentence comparing Auggie’s school to our school.

Some Great Work + Silliness

Our vocabulary word of the week is congregate. It is a verb that means to gather together. Everyone created a cartoon to show the meaning of congregate. Several people did great work. Check out the pictures below.

Thanks to Abbey T, Alex, Justus, and Olivia for their creativity!

Last week we took a few silly photos of our class.


Time to Freshen Up!

The other day, as I was driving to school, I decided that spring is a great time to refresh our blog. Ryan B. echoed my thoughts later that same day. I can’t wait to share our adventures and to hear from everyone again!

Outside of my house, the wind is howling and snowflakes are mixing with raindrops. About 6 miles down the road, Cape Cod Bay is crashing through the dunes of one of my favorite places. I’m worried about the erosion being caused by this long-lasting spring storm. Here is a picture of the beach I am concerned about. This image was taken just after the blizzard.   Hopefully this storm will not be as damaging as the blizzard. I’m wondering if any of you are thinking about the possible negative effects of this nasty weather?

In school we are reading a remarkable book. 

When you comment on this post be sure to write about Auggie. What kind of person is he? I’m curious what you’re thinking of Julian? Do you like him or not? Why or why not?

Brooks Free Library Field Trip

Last week our class, Mrs. Babb’s class and Mrs. Kane’s class took a walking field trip to Brooks Free Library. We learned all about what the public library has to offer. Fifth graders are allowed to take the bus or walk to the library after school. While searching for music to add to my slideshow of our trip I came across a wonderful video about libraries and books. After watching the video, check out the slideshow of our trip.

Brooks Free Library 2012 on PhotoPeach

Sample Book Talk

Next week our class will begin presenting book talks. The purpose of our book talks is:

  • to share a really good book
  • to share information about an exciting author
  • to share unfamiliar books/authors
  • to give/receive recommendations for reading lists
  • to receive feedback from others
  • to inspire others to read the book
  • to practice oral presentation skill

I expect that we will all be adding to our Books We Want to Read Lists!

Here is an audio example of a great book talk for the book Because of Winn-Dixie.