Our Day – Tuesday May 5

Good Morning!  I know Mrs. Snyder said that there would be no new work assigned today, but it seems like we are in the middle or just starting several things.  So here is today’s post.  Do what you can.  I will not be at my computer as much as usual this morning.  Be patient, there will be wait time between questions and comments today.

Morning Work – Start off your learning day by picking up your gratitude rock and thinking of something new to add to your Gratitude Jar.  Remember, if you can’t think of something to add today, take out your strips and read what you’ve already collected.  I hope that makes you feel happier.

Take some time to read each others blogs and leave a comment or two. Your comments are encouraging compliments for your classmates. 🌸🌺🌼 Thanks for staying connected!

Morning Meeting–  Today we’ll read Let the Children March.  Think about how the courage of those children and their families changed the world.  We’ll continue to practice helping others feel more courageous by offering supportive words.  Choose a different sentence stem written by Dan Rockwell:

  • You’re great at…
  • Thank you for… (be specific)
  • I’m impressed with

Use the sentence stem at the beginning of the compliment you leave to those children in comment section.  It might seem odd to show appreciation to book characters, but practice makes progress. I hope by practicing your habit of encouraging others will grow and grow.

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 practice with How to Spin a Basketball on Your Finger.

Science and Reading

Shared Reading –  We’ll continue to learn more about force.  We’ll begin by sharing a new poem.

Friction by Sara Holbrook                        

Speed bumps in the parking lot.

Gravel under my wheel.

Brakes on a subway train                                      For the Hopper Popper

screeching out a squeal.                                          I used recycled cardboard

My eraser tearing at paper.                                   from a popsicle box and it worked.

My father’s weekend beard

on Monday pulling at his razor.

A thumb against a finger

when it makes a snapping sound.

Whatever takes off in a hurry,

Friction slows it down.

Today you’ll watch the first Invisible Forces Mystery to explore balanced and unbalanced forces.  It is called, “How could you win a tug-of-war against a bunch of adults?”  The video is about 20 minutes long. (The watermelon section is wild!) There is an activity at the end. I hope you’ll be able to do it. It does take about 45 minutes, so do it when you have time. It’s fun! It’s helpful to print these guides, but not essential.

Here is the Make-It image if you can’t print it out. The cardboard rectangle is 3″x6″.  Lines A and C on the make is guide are 3/4 of an inch from each end.  Line B is at 3″.

Make It – Launch Pad

High Hop Scorecard


Ask for some help to gather the supplies and to do the final “hopping” step. Later yesterday, after our Zoom chat, I realized I could cut the “too strong” elastic in half.  It worked when I made it thinner. You can do that too.

At the end of “hopping” step, Doug suggests that you may want to make some modifications to see if you can make your Hopper Popper go even higher.  That’s an option. Here are some Tips for Modifications if you need them.

In the activity section of the video, it offers a mid-way stopping point if you don’t have time. You decide do it all at once or, start today and finish tomorrow.

As you’re working with your popper, think about where the pushes and pulls are and when they are strongest.







It would be really cool if you could share a picture or video of your popper hopping. 😃

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 look great.  Enjoy!

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’ll work, little by little, to craft the mysteries you planned last week.  Go to our Google Classroom, review the lead you wrote yesterday.  You may want to revise it with the feedback you received. Next open the assignment: 2. Writing a Mystery ~ developing the beginning.  Follow the directions you find there to keep developing your mystery.

If you’d like a new writing idea, here are today’s Quick Writes. They come from ThoughtCo.:

Snappy Travel. Imagine you could snap your fingers and be anywhere else in the world. Write about where you’d go.

Perfect Party. Describe what the ultimate birthday party would look like if you could do anything you wanted.

Kindness Counts. You’re given $100 to do random acts of kindness for others. What do you do?

Book Bound. If you could be the main character from your favorite book, who would you be? Write about an adventure you might have.

Lost. Have you ever been lost? Write about your experience.

Other – a topic of your choosing

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.

Math Workshop – I notice from looking at the work shared, there is still some confusion about parallel lines and parallelograms.  The picture below shows a set of parallel lines.  No matter how long they are, they will always be equally apart.  They will never cross.  


The middle set are intersecting lines.  If the lines continue they will eventually cross.  The last set of lines are perpendicular.  The cross and make right angles.

A parallelogram is a 4-sided shape where both sets of opposite sides are parallel. Rectangles, squares and rhombuses are all ALSO parallelograms.

Let’s practice some more with Types of Quadrilaterals and Naming and Labeling Quadrilaterals

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 used 342 Lego to make a car, 657 to make a garage and 574 to make a house.

How many Legos did Justin use altogether while he was building?

He decided to make four more cars that were exactly like the first one.  How many Legos did he use to make those four cars?

Max has 21,850 crayons. Elena has 17,039 crayons.

How many more crayons does Max have than Elena has?

Sophie has 2,258 more crayons than Elena has. 

How many crayons does Sophie have?

If Max, Elena and Sophie put their crayons altogether, how many crayons will that be?

Piper has 10,000 balloons in total.  2,126 of the balloon are blue.  3,486 are red.  2,029 are green.  The rest of the balloons are yellow.

How many of the balloons are yellow?

600 of those yellow balloons are star shaped. 

The rest are round. 

How many round, yellow balloons does Piper have?

Landon baked 115 muffins.

Katherine baked 4 times as many.  How many muffins did Katherine bake?

Katherine baked some blueberry muffins and some apple muffins. 

If 200 of Katherine’s muffins were blueberry, how many of them were apple?

Javey had 212 Legos.  He lost 31 of them.  How many Legos did Javey have then?

Van brought 169 Legos and added them to what Javey had so they could build a tower.

How many Legos did Javey and Van have to build the tower with?

Holden was helping a friend build a pen for some goats.

The pen had to be an unusual quadrilateral and they needed to know how much fencing to buy.

One side was 134 feet long.

Another side was 86 feet long.

The third side was 142 feet long.

And the last side was 95 feet long.

How much fencing did Holden and his friend need to buy to build the goat pen?

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…

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!  We’ve got this when we all work together!

🍃🤟🏽💕🦋Mrs. Eaves