Our Day ~ Tuesday, May 12

Good Morning! I was glad to see you yesterday in our chat.  It is cool to hear and see how you are using your games, toys and challenges to explore more about forces.  Keep on being awesome!🙌🏼☀️💕

Morning Work – Pick up your gratitude rock and think of something new to add to your Gratitude Jar.  I hope you smile and give yourself an encouraging, “I’ve got this!”

Take some time to read each others blogs and leave a comment or two.  Thanks for staying connected!  It feels as if our friends are right beside us saying “hi.”👋🏻

Morning Meeting–  We’re reading books by one of my favorite authors, Leo Lionni.  His books are very much like fables.  He calls some of them fables in the subtitles.  At the end of story, please leave a comment telling what you think a fitting moral is.  Enjoy Alexander and the Wind -Up Mouse!

Take a break, get a snack and move around.  If you’d like, here are two Go Noodle videos: move with Ryan Kerrigan in Performance Training  and relax and reflect with Find Peace.

Science and Reading

Shared Reading –  This week we’ll explore how understanding force and motion is used by engineers to design and build bridges.

Listen to Here to There and Me to You and watch this video about What Makes Bridges So Strong.

Here’s today’s Arch Bridge Challenge:

Supplies:  2 pieces of 2 inch by 10 inch pieces of paper, 2 pieces of 2 inch by 10 inch pieces of recycled cardboard, a ruler, 2 equal stacks of books and the same weights as yesterday ~ pennies, legos, washers, etc.


  1. Set up supports 8 inches apart.
  2. Place one paper between the supports in an arch
  3. Place the second piece of paper on the arch and supports to make the deck.
  4. Add weights slowly one at a time
  5. Count the weights as you add them
  6. When the bridge becomes unsafe or collapses, record the number of weights the bridge held right before the collapse.
  7. Complete Arch Bridge Challenge record sheet. This is also in our Google Classroom if that is easier for you to use.
  8. Repeat the procedure with the cardboard (I use the cardboard from a seltzer box.)



In the middle picture, the bridge is starting to fail.  The deck is lifting up off the supports and the arch is flattening some.

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.

Shannon and Dean Hall, along with illustrator LeUyen Pham have created a Princess in Black and the Case of the Coronavirus.  I thought Princess in Black fans would enjoy it.

Go outside, have some lunch, play a game,practice your recorder.  Mrs. Oliver has added a new song and is starting to teach you the song, The 50 States the Rhyme. Relax.

Writer’s Workshop  – Check out the mystery writing project in Google Classroom.  Use all that you’ve learned by listening and reading mysteries over the last several weeks to write your own original mystery.  Follow the assignments to create your lead, develop the beginning, follow your map to follow the clues through the middle and then wrap your mystery up by solving the case and connecting back to your lead.

Brady’s Mystery, The Case of the Missing Stuffed Animal Dog, Kisses is finished and posted.  Make sure you read it and leave a comment.

Landin mystery, The Case of the Missing Waffles is finished and posted too.  Make sure to read it and leave her a comment as well.

🕵🏻‍♂️📝You are all doing such thoughtful and creative writing.  Wow!📝🕵🏼‍♀️

If you’re ready for a new writing idea, here are today’s Quick Writes:

  • Write a story about a character who only knows how to say the word “Yes.”
  • Write a poem from the perspective of the street you live on.
  • A kid wakes up to find a giraffe (or any other animal you choose) standing over his bed. What happens next?
  • What is the best bedtime? Convince your family.
  • Write about your favorite blanket or toy from when you were little.
  • Other ~ what’s a story or topic or opinion you’d like to share? Write about that.

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.

MathToday we are going to continue learning about with POLYGONS.  These are any 2-dimensional, closed shape with 3 or more straight sides.

Begin with today’s warm-up worksheets: Attributes of Quadrilaterals and Polygon Warm-Up.

Today you’re going to be working with our tangrams to make different sized and different shaped polygons.  A set of Tangrams has 7 pieces.  In some of the photographs you sent, it looks like some people did not cut large triangle labeled A and B apart. Today we are going to be challenging ourselves to make squares, rectangles, triangles parallelograms and two types of trapezoids using only two of your tangram pieces in each shape.

You’ll be recording your work on a sheet like this, drawing and labeling the shapes neatly with the letters. Here’s an example of one for the square.  There are two possibilities for five of the shapes and zero possibilities for on of the shapes.Tangram Polygons with 2 Pieces Remember to flip shapes over or rotate them to see different possibilities.  Tangrams aren’t easy. 🙃

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, Brady and May eachcollect 66 yellow flowers for a project.

How many flowers did they collect altogether?

Estella, Javey, Landin and Anna each collect 115 red flowers for their project.

How many flowers did they collect altogether?

Were there more yellow or red flowers?  ___________

How many more were there?

Katherine had a collection of stones.  She had 1,473 stones that had crystals in them.  She had 856 that had granite in them.  How my stones did she have altogether?

Her friends gave her 247 stones made of agate.  How many stones did she have then?

Justin had a collection of 12,000 Legos before he began building robots out of them.

He used 2,485 bricks to make the first robot, 3,067 bricks to make the second robot and 918 bricks to make the last robot.

How many Lego bricks did he use in all to make the three robots?

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

Piper organized her craft supplies.

She sorted and counted 1,327 beads, 2,684 stickers and 857 feathers.

How many supplies did Piper organize altogether?

She used 1,950 of those supplies to decorate her presents she is making for her family. 

How much does she have left?

Max had a collection of sports cards.  He had 1,473 hockey cards.  He had 326 basketball cards.  How many sports cards did he have altogether?

He gave his friends 436 of his cards.  How many sports cards did he have then?

Sophie organized her Legos. She had 3 bins.  She put 2,436 Legos in each bin.

How many Legos did Sophie organize altogether?

She used half of her Legos to build a village. 

How many Legos did Sophie use to build her village? 

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!  You make my heart sing every day!

🌎🥏💕🦄Mrs. Eaves