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!

33 thoughts on “Our Day ~ Thursday, April 16

  1. Thank you Sophie and Missy for helping Mrs. Eaves with the book club books. May and I are looking forward to the delivery and the chance to see your faces!

    • You are good. How did you think of the last one? It is so unexpected and unusual.
      What were the steps of your logic?
      I am curious to know.
      Thanks for explaining.
      Mrs. Eaves

  2. I am still reading Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Jack Will and Justin are the two character parts I read. Jack Will’s Part was about the war that was started by Julian because Jack Will punched him he said at his holiday party that Jack Will had emotional problems but the war has not ended.
    Justin’s part was about how he felt when he met Auggie and the family. He was not used to a family who cared. He was also shocked to see Auggie even though Via had told him.

  3. ~Riddles~

    #1 I didn’t know before seeing Landon’s. Palm
    #2 was NOT trying to be a copy cat but silence
    #3 Friendship

  4. I read to my cat Junie B. Jones Aloha ha ha by Barbara Park
    In the book Junie arrived at Hawaii. And when they got there they rented a car and they drove to the hotel. And when they got there they got there room and slepped till morning. And when Junie woke up she tried to wack up her parents they got up and went to breakfast and then they went to the pool but Junie spoted somthing that she really wanted .And then her Daddy bot it for her. And then she went swimming!

    • Hi Elena,
      Thanks for sharing your reading. What was the something? Was it important for her to get it before she went swimming?
      Has she run in the grouchy old ladies again?
      🌺Mrs. Eaves

  5. I read the odd 1s out book two! It’s like the first one with different stories! It’s a fun book. Maybe you can order it online. And if you watch YouTube then watch theodd1sout videos first! ( there animations and it involves art thats why i like his channel )
    ✍🏼 Piper

    • Hi Piper,
      I followed you suggestion and checked. Is there a special way to just look at the animation, drawing videos. Some of the ones I watched made me realize why you suggested that kids talk to their parents first before viewing.
      The drawing their friends video where they recreated picture they’d created as kids was fun.
      Thanks for sharing your reading.
      📚Mrs. Eaves

  6. Today I read Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire. It is about a wizard boy who is the only one in wizard history who hasn’t died from Lord Voldemort. Harry Potter lives with Aunt and Uncle who hate magic. Harry got invited to Hogwarts a school of witch craft and wizardry. At Hogwarts he has made 2 other friend’s named Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger. This year he just want’s to be a normal 4th year. This year is the Yule Ball, which is a dance, and he want’s to go with his crush Cho Chang, a quidditch seeker.

    The main character’s are named Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, and Ron Weasley. Harry and Ron are always getting into trouble. Hermione LOVES school, rules, and books, AND homework, she is always trying to keep the boys out of trouble.

  7. I read The One and Only Ivan. It is a story of a gorilla in a mall. He has 2 friends at first. Bob the dog and Stella the elephant. But then he loses Stella. Then the mall gets another elephant. Her name is Ruby. The mall has a really long name. They have shows. Ivan was taken from his family. Same with Stella.

  8. I read Snow Day from the Black Lagoon and it’s about a boy named Hubie and he doesn’t like snow days. He says a snow day, means a no day. Even though he doesn’t like snow days he still goes outside and makes a snowman, and then his friends stay for a while because it’s still snowing. My favorite part is when Eric calls Hubie because Hubie thinks that Eric thinks that a circus is coming to town instead of a blizzard.

    • This sounds funny. It is from the chapter book series of the Black Lagoon, or the picture book collection?
      Does Eric really think that or is Hubie confused?
      Thanks for sharing your reading.
      📚Mrs. Eaves

  9. I would measure a…
    Table Cloth = sq. ft.
    Tennis Court = sq. yd.
    Magazine = sq. in.
    Post-it Note = sq. in.
    Sleeping Bag = sq. ft.
    Park = sq. yd.📏

    • Hi Anna,
      That makes a lot of sense. Can you imagine how long it would take to measure a park with square inch tiles. And how would you keep them for overlapping of sliding apart and leaving gaps!
      🤪Mrs. Eaves

  10. Emoji time!! 😀 🙃 ⚽️ 🏀 🏈 🎮 my last but not least favorite 🇷🇺. (No offense I hope.)

  11. Some of my math
    Tablecloth sq.ft
    Tennis Court sq. yd
    Magazine sq. in
    Post-it-note sq. in
    Sleeping bag sq. ft
    A park sq. d

    • Hi Sophie,
      Looks like you nailed! I can tell you totally understand how to measure and find area, and that you understand how to use the labels to let us know which square unit would be most appropriate of each space. Can you imagine cover a tennis court with 1 inch tiles to find the area! Yikes!
      Thanks for sharing.
      ▪️▫️▪️▫️Mrs. Eaves

  12. table cloth sq. ft.
    tennes court sq. yd.
    magazine sq. ft.
    post it notes sq. in.
    sleeping bag sq. yd.
    a park sq. yd.

    • Hi Katherine, Thanks for sharing your math thinking. What would you use to find the area of a regular piece of paper? Would you use a square inch or would you use a square foot? Let me know what you think. I am wondering how big you imagine a magazine being.
      Thanks for all your effort and thinking things through.
      Mrs. Eaves

  13. tablecloth- sq ft
    tennis court-sq yards
    magazine-sq in.
    post it note-sq in.
    sleeping bag-sq ft
    park-sq yards

    • Thanks for sharing. It is clear that you understand which square units you would use to appropriately measure the area of different sized things.
      Your thinking shows.
      🔢Mrs. Eaves

  14. I’m still reading The Mouse and the Motorcycle.

    Ralph after he rode his motorcycle wanted a snack and it was the morning so he asked the kid if he could get him a peanut butter sandwich. Keith, the name of the kid, that’s a funny thing to have for breakfast.  So Keith brought him a peanut butter sandwich and left it in the mouse hole. Keith said, “NO RIDING THE MOTORCYCLE!” and Ralph promised he wouldn’t.  Then Ralph went to get the motorcycle and then the people who clean the rooms came and Ralph was under the bed.  One of the cleaners vacuumed under the bed and the attachment came off and almost sucked Ralph into the vacuum cleaner, but he used the motorcycle to get out of the suction.  It worked!  Ralph was free!  And then someone came into clean the room and they spotted Ralph and they did not care so they started to clean the bed.  Ralph bit through the fabric to get to the top of the bed.  He lost the motorcycle in the bed.

    • Hi Justin,
      Thanks for sharing the next part of the book. It was scary when Ralph almost got sucked up by the vacuum. And now that he’s had to chew his way out of the sheets and bedding, you know something bad is going to happen – even worse than losing the motorcycle.
      Poor Ralph. Poor Keith.
      I look forward to reading about the next part of the book in your thoughtful response.
      I appreciate your time and effort to share your thoughts and feelings.
      📚Mrs. Eaves

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