Our Day – Tuesday, April 14

Good Morning! Happy Sunny Tuesday!

Morning Work – Start off your learning day by completing your weather graph, note the temperature on the section of the graph you color in and the type of cloud you see.  Use the symbols on the cloud finder.

Pick up you gratitude rock and think of something new to add it to your Gratitude Jar.  If you can’t think of anything, read through your strips, check through your blog comments.  Your friends have left some kind words there over the past few days and weeks.  You matter.  You make me smile every day.  My world is so much better with you in it.  Thank you.

Check out each others blogs and leave a comment or two. It feels great to be noticed.  Thanks for staying connected!🙌🏼☀️💕

Morning Meeting –  Here’s the second classroom favorite of celebrating differences and friendship.  This weeks books are all by Amy Krouse Rosnethal. Today we’ll share Chopsticks and explore “the importance of sticking together – and standing on your own.”

Yesterday you folded and cut a piece of paper into fourths.  On the second section write Chopsticks and one sentence (or so) telling what you think the author’s message is.  That would be naming the theme of the book.  What did the Chopsticks learn?  Turn it over and draw a picture of your favorite part of the story – it can be as simple or as detailed as you’d like.  Put it in a safe place with yesterday’s picture – the plan/hope is that we’ll share your thoughts and pictures on Thursday.

Take a break, get a snack and move around.  If you’d like, here are two  Go Noodle videos move to Pop See Ko and Stretch with Maximo.

Shared Reading –  We’ll keep practicing solving riddles and mysteries.  Thanks for sharing your thoughts and ideas yesterday.  Riddles aren’t easy!  I have to say, you are much better at them than I am.  Here are yesterday’s answers:  an egg(Your ideas of peanuts and silence fit too!), a candle and all the months.

Here are some new riddles to solve ~

Riddle #1  What gets wet while drying?

Riddle #2  What goes up, but never comes down?

Riddle #3  What question can you never answer yes to?

Next listen to this new mystery, Grandfather’s Teeth. This one is tricky. I had to read it a few times the catch all the clues.  When you’ve finished, try to the story complete the Detective Case Report.  In Piggins yesterday, he was the detective, because he used the clues to catch Lord and Lady Rastby.  Inspector Bayswater was a distraction.  Mysteries can be complicated.  Do you think you could plan and write an original mystery story of your own?

Take a break, go outside and try a Spring Scavenger Hunt Nature Walk. I wonder how many items you can find today?  I wonder if it will change in a week’s time.  Sing a song,  play a game, make some art.

ReadingKeep reading each and every day! Find a nice quiet place to read and enjoy at least 30 minutes with a great book.  If you’re wishing for some new book/reading options you can find some fabulous picture book recordings at Storyline Online and recorded books here at Audible. The Elementary selections look great.  Enjoy!

At the end of reading today, choose two or three things from the Book Talk Questions grid when you leave a comment about what you read today on the blog.

Go outside, have some lunch, play a game, practice your recorder.  Mrs. Oliver has added some new songs. Relax.

Writer’s Workshop  – Take this time to finish up any writing projects you are in the middle of  – country inquiry/travel journal or finishing the souvenirs.  Thank you for so many great souvenir pictures yesterday.  You can work on your weather writing or illustrations and submit that piece when you’re done.

Whenever you’re ready for a new writing ideas, here are the Quick Writes for today:

I know it’s spring when…

When everything turns green, I think about…

The best game to play outside in spring is…

If you could plant a garden of anything, what would be in it?

When I see baby animals, I think of…

For a quick write you read the prompts, think for a minute or so, choose a topic and write for a full 10 minutes without stopping.  At the end of 10 minutes you choose – are you done, do you have a different idea, do you want to keep going.  When you feel like your piece of writing is done, you can decide to keep to yourself, or to publish it.

Math – What is area?

Area is an amount.  Four classmates made an estimate about the area of rectangle Z. The estimates were: 21 sq. in., 10 sq. in., 15 sq. in and 18 sq. in.  (One dad thought it might be 18 sq. in. too.)


I am aware of four classmates who calculated the area of the four rectangles.  The area of rectangle A = 9 square inches. The area of rectangle B = 8 square inches.  The area of rectangle C = 12 square inches. And the area of rectangle D = 12 square inches.

When people measure area, they find out how many square units it takes to cover a shape with no overlaps or gaps.  We are going to use 1 inch paper squares to measure the area of different rectangles.

Gather together three common rectangular objects like a book, a journal, a box of pasta or rice, an envelope or a card.  Don’t choose anything much larger than a chapter book.  Why – because keeping the unit squares in line is challenging. Once you’ve selected your three objects, record your work here.  Write the name of the three objects, record your estimate in square inches, cover each object to find that actual are in square inches. Finding the Area of Common Objects







Look at this picture and read what to do if there is a remainder.

When I covered the book with square inches, there was a remainder at the bottom of the book.  The area of the cover is 48 sq. in.  But I think that the remaining part is a half inch in each row.  That means six half inches would be three inches.  So the total are of the book cover is 51 sq. in.

If you find you had a remainder in the objects you choose, decide what would me most accurate and you record the area of your three common objects.

Finish your math warm up with this Area and Multiplication Practice

Next, here are today’s problems to choose from.  See if there are two that feel like just right challenges.   You can solve them in your journal or on a piece of paper.  It would be most helpful to put the color and the date the problem was posted.  Thanks!

Edward raked leaves.  He raked up three piles.  One had 1,567 leaves, another had 2,134 leaves and the last had 2,385 in it.

How many leaves did Edward rake up altogether?

2,482 of the leaves were from a maple tree and the rest were from an oak tree.

How many were oak leaves?

Brady went for a walk in the woods.  He kept track of the trees he saw.  He counted 250 trees altogether.

There were 38 beech trees, 16 pine trees, 86 oak trees and 22 hemlock trees. 

The rest were maple. 

How many maple trees did he see and count?

May collected shells on the beach.  She found 1,568 white shells, 2,374 yellow shells and 2,019 speckled shells.

She used 2,465 of her shells to decorate a box. 

How many shells did May have left?

Estella was making her souvenirs.  She worked for 25 minutes for 5 days in a row and 45 minutes for the next 3 days in a row to finish them.  How many minutes did Estella spend creating her souvenirs?   How many hours and minutes is that?

Javey was building with Legos.  There were 1,105 bricks in the bin when he started.

There were 328 bricks left when he finished. 

How many Legos did Javey use while he was building?

Landin has 2,850 crayons.  Anna has 1,739 crayons.

How many more crayons does Landin have than Anna?

Van has 1,258 more crayons than Anna has.  How many crayons does Van have?

If Landin, Anna and Van put all their crayons together, how many crayons will that be?

If you’ve worked through that, it’s definitely time for a game here at ABCya. Seven classmates have given Prodigy a try.  They say it is a lot of fun and a just-right challenge.  Talk to your parents to get your login information if you want to give it a try too.  Did anyone else find different game  or activity to recommend?  Leave the name in a comment so we can all have fun.

UA’s for today…

Challenges and Phys. Ed.  Here is the link to their website if you need some suggestions for how to stay active and fit.

I hope you had a great day!  You’ve got this!


💕Mrs. Eaves