Our Day – Monday, May 4

Good Morning! I hope you had a great weekend.  It was fun to glimpse many of you in Brady’s birthday parade.  Thank you!

I’m thinking our graphs are too full to continue on with them, but maybe some of you will make your own and continue.  My grandfather was a horticulturist (tree and plant grower) and he kept a daily record of the high and low temperature, the cloud cover and amount of precipitation every day from 1924 to 1985.  He graphed the weather patterns of each year and each decade.  It is really cool to read his journals.  You could be starting a record like that now.  🌧🌨☀️

Morning Work – Let’s start off your learning day by picking up your gratitude rock and thinking of something new to add to your Gratitude Jar.  I don’t know if you are keeping up with this practice, but I hope so.  Taking a moment to count our blessings helps us feel happier.

Before you get started with your own work, take some time to read your classmates’ blogs and leave a comment or two. Your comments are compliments your classmates need.   Let them know you care.  ☀️😎🌞 Thanks for staying connected!

Morning Meeting–  Today we’ll read After the Fall.  Think about how having courage helped Humpty Dumpty experience something new.  We can help each other become more courageous when we offer our support.  Choose one of these sentence stems written by Dan Rockwell:

  • I appreciate …
  • I notice…
  • You’re great at…

Use it to leave Humpty Dumpty an encouraging compliment in the comments.  It might seem odd to compliment a book character, but practice makes progress.  I hope with practice, our habit of encouraging our family and friends will grow and grow.

Take a break, get a snack and move around.  If you’d like, here are two Go Noodle videos: Wishy Washy Washer Woman  and Melting. One is for moving, the other for focus and reflection.

Science and Reading

Here are the riddle answers from Thursday: #1.the temperature ,#2. the President , and #3.9 blocks .

Shared Reading –  We are shifting our reading focus from mysteries to a science topic: force and motion.  Today we’ll explore the basic concepts of position, motion, pushes and pulls and friction.  If it seems too easy, stick with it.  We are building the foundation for everyone.

Let’s read some poems together again.

Push Power by Janet Wong

I pull with my hands.                       Open the link to this BrainPop Jr

My wagon is stuck.                            about Pushes and Pulls.

I push harder with legs.                   When you finish watching,

This time I’m in luck.                         complete the Pushes and Pulls 

My wagon gets out.                            worksheet.

of the mud                                                 You can send it in an email, or 

but –                                                           post your answers on your blog.


It zooms

down the hill

straight into the lake!

Thank you, Isaac Newton by Eileen Spinelli

My bookshelf fall upon the bed.

Harry Potter bonks my head.

Spaghetti slips – splat- to the floor.

Clean-up is a messy chore.

Orange juice spills.  Socks slide down.

Hail stones ping all over town.

Acorns plunk – ouch! – from a tree.

Oh, the joys of gravity!

Take a break, go outside, run around, sing,  play a game, make some art.

Independent 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 still look great.  I am hopeful that Mrs. McCombs will meet with us on Zoom soon to teach more about what the Library has to offer.  Enjoy a great book today! (If you’re feeling like you need some new books, let me know.  I might be able to help you out!)

At the end of reading, 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  Over the next several days we will use the planning and mapping we did last week,  to guide us as we write our mysteries .  You’ve got great plans and you’re ready to begin.  Today there are directions for writing your lead.   To remind yourself what that is,  read this chart before you begin.
There are:

  • Snapshot leads that paint a picture,
  • Dialogue leads where conversation opens the writing,
  • Question leads that pique your interest through questions and
  • Onomatopoeia leads that open with sounds.

Go to our Google Classroom and look for the assignment: 1. Writing a Mystery ~ the beginning.

If you’d like to do more writing and you need a new idea, here are today’s Quick Writes:

  • Write about a perfect spring day.  Include details about the weather, where you would g and what you would do.
  • Create the top 10 list of favorite spring activities.
  • What’s the difference between spring and summer?  List as many differences as you can.
  • Pretend that you are in charge of planning a spring picnic for your family.  Plan the menu and tell about the games and activities that will be there.
  • or any other topic you’re interested in writing about.

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.  It would be fun to see some of your writing on your blog this week.

MathLast week we began studying geometry. We are learning how to describe the attributes of each shape.   Are the sides parallel or not?  Are the sides
all equal?  Are opposite sides equal?   We learned  to mark what we see.

rhombus has four equal sides.  This is how a mathematician would label the sides of a rhombus.  Look at the corners or vertices.  Are the opposite corners the same?

A square has four sides are equal AND four equal vertices or corners.  The sides are equal in length and the corners are all the same angle ~right.  This is how a mathematician would label a square.

In a parallelogram the opposites sides are equal.  The two long sides are equal and parallel.  The two short sides are equal and parallel.  This is how a mathematician would label a parallelogram. Look at the corners or vertices.  Are the opposite corners the same?

In a rectangle the the opposites sides are equal AND it has four equal vertices or corners.  The two long sides are the same length and parallel.  The two short sides are the same length and parallel.  All four vertices are the same angle ~ right. This is how a mathematician would label a rectangle.

Trapezoids always have one set of opposite, parallel lines.  But, they only sometimes have sides of the same length.  Parallel lines on trapezoids are marked with arrows. Look at the corners or vertices.  Are the opposite corners the same?

Practice using this information by name the shapes on the Naming and Labeling Quadrilaterals worksheet.  Name the shape AND by showing if the sides are equal in length or parallel.  Start looking at the corners. Are they all equal like they are in rectangles and squares?  Or are opposite corners equal like the sides of rectangles and parallelograms? Further your understanding by completing this worksheet naming the Attributes of Parallelograms.

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!

Sophie made three huge piles of books.  One had 1,567 short books, another had 2,934 picture books and the last had 3,085 chapter books.

How many books did Sophie have altogether?

She read 2,034 of the books in when she was in second and third grade.

How many books were left for fourth grade?

Van organized his Lego.

He had 245 blue bricks, 68 yellow bricks 22 white bricks and 100 red bricks.

How many bricks did Van organize altogether?

He used 142 of those bricks when he made a dinosaur.

How much did he have left?

Estella organized her craft supplies.

She had 127 beads, 68 stickers and 45 feathers.

How many supplies did Estella organize altogether?

She used 139 of those supplies to decorate gifts she was making for her family. 

How much did she have left?

Edward had a rock collection.  He had 10,473 rocks with crystals in them.  He had 3,856 that had granite in them.  How my rocks did he have altogether?

His friends gave him 5,247 rock made of agate.  How many rocks did he have then?

He used 6,024 of them to decorate the patio.

How many rocks did he have left in his collection when he was done?

Holden had a collection of 112,000 Legos before he began building his Star Wars Fleet.

He used 1,362 Legos in each of the 5 X-Wing Fighters he made.  He used 2,024 in each of 4 Tie Fighters he made.  And he used 12,457 to make the Millenium Falcon.

How many Lego did he use in all to make his entire Star Wars Fleet?

How many Lego bricks did he have left to use for other projects?

May organized her craft supplies.

She sorted and counted 327 beads, 126 stickers and 457 feathers.

How many supplies did May organize altogether?

She used 832 of those supplies to decorate gifts she was making for her family.  How much did she have left?

If you’ve worked through that, it’s definitely time for a game here at ABCya. Find a way to keep practicing your math facts in all four operations.

UA’s for today…

Art Click on new lessons and scroll down to find what Mrs. Nardone has for you to explore in Art today.  If you explore the art gallery you’ll see new artwork this week in Gallery 1 from Van, Anna, May, Edward and Sophie.  You’ll see new artwork from Van and Justin in Gallery 2 and you’ll find photographs from Anna and May in the Photograph Gallery.

Technology  You’ll find the lessons Mrs. Herlihy left here at this link open the lesson that is next for you.

I hope you’ve had a great Monday.  Thanks for staying connected and doing all you can.

🌎🌳🌻💕 Mrs. Eaves