Our Day ~ Thursday, April 16

Good Morning! I am so grateful for you, the work you do each day and the promise your actions share with our world.

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.  You matter.  You matter A LOT!  Earth Day is next week.  What can you do today and every day to make our world better.

Check out each others blogs and leave a comment or two. You’ve been posting some creative and thoughtful things.  Thanks for staying connected!👍🏻🌱🌎

Morning Meeting –  This week I’ve chosen to share classroom favorites of celebrating differences and friendship.  This weeks books are all by Amy Krouse Rosnethal. Here’s Friendshape because “friends shape who we are.” Use your last section of paper to record this title and a sentence (or so) to name what you think the author’s message is. Turn the paper over and draw a picture of your favorite part of the story – it can be as simple or as detailed as you’d like.  Now you have four messages and images saved from the week.  Take two photographs – one with all four titles and messages, and a second of the four images.  Send them to me and I’ll put them together in one post celebrating 3E.  If you want to know about what I mean, you can go to my blog for an example.

Take a break, get a snack and move around.  If you’d like, here are two Go Noodle videos: move to the Llama Song and stretch with Maximo in Whirling Happiness.

Shared Reading –  Riddles are little mysteries that encourage you to think of things differently.  They can be challenging! I am so impressed by your efforts and your ideas! The answers to yesterday’s riddles are:  #1 C, #2 teapot and #3 Post Office.

Here are some new riddles to solve ~

Riddle #1  What kind of tree can you carry in your hand?

Riddle #2  What is so delicate that saying its name breaks it?

Riddle #3 You draw a line.  Without touching it, how do you make the line longer?

Next listen to 7 Ate 9 and then fill our theDetective Case Report. Is it easier to notice more clues, when you already know the story?  On Monday we’ll listen to the punny sequel – there are clues here for that mystery too.


Take a break. Do you have time  – 20 or so minutes – to go on a “Noticing Walk?”A noticing walk is when you intentionally stop every few minutes and take note of what you see, hear, feel and maybe even smell.  Sometimes I even make a sketchnote on an index card so I can remember.  When I get home I create a map of what I noticed on my walk.  It is a different kind of gratitude practice that joins mindfulness, movement, nature and art

Here’s my sketchnote and the Noticing Map from my walk yesterday.


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.  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 you’ve sent.  You are creative!  I admire your work!  You can also want to finalize your weather writing and illustrations.  These pieces of writing are wonderful!  It’s amazing that so many different pieces of writing began from the same topics and research.

Several of you began stories yesterday.  Please continue adding to them.  Don’t leave us in suspense.  😲Whenever you’re ready for a new writing idea, here are some more mysterious Quick Writes for today:

  • You take a book down from the shelf.  When you open it a letter with an official royal seal fall out.  You open it and begin reading.  It says:  “If you are reading this, you have been chosen…
  • You wake up to find a post-it note on your pillow.  This note leads you to another clue inside your house.  Your family says they know nothin about them, but decide to help you solve the mystery.  One clue leads to another.  Where will it end?
  • You had an amazing dream.  When you wake up, you discover you have the super power from your dream.  What is it?  How did it happen?  What will you do?
  • You recently moved into a new house.  Every day on your walk home you pass by a park and everyday you notice the same empty swing swinging.
  • or another topic you’d like to write about.

MathThe size of the unit square changes with the size of the space you are measuring. Did you have a chance to measure out and compare a square inch (sq. in.) to a square foot (sq. ft.) to a square yard (sq. yd.)?  It’s pretty striking!  Did you notice the little green square inch on the red square foot?

Which unit square would you use to measure each thing in the list below.

How would you measure the area of a…?


tennis court


post-it note

sleeping bag

a park

For some more practice with area complete this two part worksheet:  Playing with Area 1 and  Playing with Area 2

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!

Justin was building with Legos.  He had 1,468 bricks in a bin when he started building.

When he was finished there were 385 bricks left. 

How many Legos did Justin use while he was building?

Elena started a new book.  She read 47 pages.  The book has 203 pages altogether. 

How many pages does Elena have left to read? 

If Elena reads 30 pages each day, how many days will it take her to finish the book?  (On last day she’ll read more than 30 pages because she wants to finish the book.)

Max sorted his sports cards.  He had three piles.  One had 567 baseball cards, another had 1,934 basketball cards and the last had 2,385 football cards in it.

How many sports cards did Max have altogether?

He decided to give 387 of the cards to his friend.  How many cards did Max have left?

Sophie organized her art supplies.

She sorted and counted 453 crayons, 138 markers and 259 colored pencils.

How many art supplies did Sophie organize altogether?

She gave 327 art supplies to kids who didn’t have any.  How many art supplies did she have left?

Paul was making pictures for five friends.

He used three Sponge Bob stickers on each picture.

He used six crabby patty stickers on each picture.

And he used ten seashells on each picture.

How many Sponge Bob stickers did he use in all?

How many crabby patty stickers did he use in all?

How many seashells did he use in all?

How many stickers did Paul use altogether in the pictures he made for his five friends?

Piper is reading The Secret Zoo.

It has 320 pages.  If Piper reads twenty-five pages a day, how many days will it take her to finish the book? (On the last day she will only read a few pages.)

If you’ve worked through that, it’s definitely time for a game here at ABCya. If you want to try Prodigy talk to your parents.  Did anyone else find another game to recommend?  Leave the name in a comment so we can all have fun.  Did anyone else find another game you like.  Leave the name in a comment so we can all have fun.

UA’s for today…

Spanish ~ I know Señora Murphy has posted some new lessons for you to explore.

And Music ~ Here’s the link to Mrs Oliver’s Online classroom.  Remember, she’d love to hear from you and is hoping you’ll email her pictures and videos of the songs you are learning to play.  She’d like to see your recycled instrument too.  Have fun making music!

Thank you for another week full of creativity, grit and learning!

You and your effort fills me with gratitude and admiration.  You are magnificent!🙌🏼

😃🌱🌎✏️📚💕Mrs. Eaves

PS:  Thank you to Sophie and her mom for picking up and delivering books for the mystery book clubs in the next few days.  If you don’t see your name on the Mystery Book Club lists (another post made Friday) and you’d like to join a book club, ask your parents to send an email with your address.  I’ll pop the book in the mail.  Take care and be well!