Sunday, April 19, 2009

Oreo Moon Phases

Last week worked used Oreos to create the moon phases. Students followed a lab sheet to draw a sun, Earth and number a paper plate. The students used their new found knowledge about moon phases to arrange them appropriately on their plate.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Funny Math Lesson

Watch the following video. Two men and one woman diagree about several math problems. Someone in the video is correct. Someone has a misconception. Who is right? Who is not right? Why? Explain your thinking clearly in your response.

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-Miss Russell :)

The Game of Many Changes

In math we have been working in the "Up and Down the Number Line" unit. This unit focuses on net change. Tomorrow students will learn a game called "The Game of Many Changes." Today two friends learned the game and allowed me to tape them for our lesson tomorrow. In class, students will watch this video to learn how to play the game. Thanks to the two friends who allowed me to video them. They did a great job explaining their thinking aloud. Enjoy!
-Miss Russell
Here is a sneak peek :)

The Game of Many Changes from Ashley Russell on Vimeo.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Moon Phases Are Out of this World!!

Yesterday the students were introduced to our new science unit by listening to a read aloud called Jimmy Zangwow's Out of this World Moon Pie Adventure by Tony DiTerlizzi. After reading this fictional story, students were asked to guess what we were about to study in science. They correctly concluded that we were about to study about our moon. As a class we created a KWL chart (Know-Want to know-Learned) about the moon. It seems that our class has a lot of prior knowledge about the moon and have fantastic wonderings about the moon as well. We also snacked on some moon pies! :)

Our standards say that students must learn about the phases of the moon. Students will be observing the moon every night for the month of April. (If the moon is not visible or you can't get outside, check out the moon phase tracker on the right side of my blog!) Students are also expected to know patterns of length of the day, sunrise, and sunset. In order to meet this standard, students will be recording the time of sunrise and sunset for this month as well. We are looking forward to many exciting science labs about the moon in the upcoming weeks.

-Miss Russell :)