Wednesday, August 27, 2014

We're Jumping!

Once again, we had a wonderful theater class with Mr. Pratt. He was really impressed with how smart and creative our room nineteen students are. Of course, I was hardly surprised….


The students worked quite a bit on group pantomime today. These require pretty intense concentration. For example, in the jump rope pantomime, the two students holding the “rope” had to be working completely in tandem, and the person jumping had to know where the imaginary rope was at all times. Not easy! But our students did it beautifully. 


Fifth graders explored more with mixtures and solutions. They knew that a solution is a special kind of mixture and that the the material in a solution cannot be separated from water by any kind of normal filtration. They knew that that when a material - like kosher salt - is dissolved in water it seems to simply disappear. But what impact does this have on mass? Is the mass of a solution any greater than the mass of the liquid? Since the salt seems to completely disappear, it might seem like the mass of the solution would be the same as the mass of the water. The students were checking this out today.


In the afternoon, we also worked on rhythm activities, particularly doing some fun stuff with meter!

Homework:  (1) Write sentences for spelling words 11-15. (2) Do the spelling word search. (3) Fourth grade math: Do pages 34-35 and Bird Houses on the back of the answer sheet. Note that for Bird Houses some of the answers may be algebraic expressions like “s + 56”. Fifth grade math: Do pages 40-41 and "Find Those Numbers" on the back of the answer sheet. (4) Do Subtraction with Zeros. (5) Fourth grade only:  California Bodies of Water study sheet. 

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