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

41 thoughts on “Our Day ~ Tuesday, May 12

  1. I think the moral of the story is to try to always keep your friends and help them when they need it.

    • Good Morning Anna,
      I like how you wrote your moral. Having friends feels happy and helping them feels happier.
      🐭Mrs. Eaves

    • Hi Edward 🐭,
      That’s a good way to put it.
      Kindness is always happy for everyone.
      Mrs. Eaves

  2. i think the moral is that care about others not you all the time and enjoy every day you have and every moment with your friends and family

    • Hi Vera 🐭,
      You share a lot of important ideas from this story. Thank you for taking time to notice them.
      Mrs. Eaves

  3. I think the moral is why be something your not when your great and a kind friend!


    • Hi Sophie,
      Your moral is very well put. I appreciate your reminder that you are great as you are.
      🐭 Mrs. Eaves

  4. I’m reading flora and Ulysses! Nothing new, but now flora is moving to her dads house!
    Piper- i miss you all! only a few more weeks till the end of school! 😀

  5. Mrs. Eaves
    I finished my mystery and I am waiting for you to post it on my blog take your time.
    From your favorite student

  6. Hey Mrs. Eves!

    I Read Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling. The setting is at Hogwarts were all kinds of kids learn how to be witches and wizards. I think the author gave this book its title because it is about a boy named Harry Potter getting ready to go to Hogwarts.

    • Hi Estella,
      I’m glad you are reading and listening to this story. It is a good one. I am listening to The Half Blood Prince now too.
      Enjoy and thanks for sharing your reading.
      📚 Mrs. Eaves

    • Hi Justin,
      Empathy is a great thing. Thinking about how other feel, walking in their shoes helps bring understanding to the world.
      🐭Mrs. Eaves

  7. I listened to Me and my cat. but i do not know oh the author is.
    In the book In the middle of the night a wich came into the little boys room to do something stang The little boy turned into his cat. And he said that the life of a cat is ruff. the next night she came back. In the morning he went to school and the teacher was acking like his dog.

    • Hi Elena,
      That sounds fun. What an interesting story idea.
      Thanks for sharing your reading.
      📚 Mrs. Eaves

  8. Chesters way.
    Chester has a best friend they do every thing the same. Then Lilly moves in. Chester and his best friend do NOT like Lilly. But one day when older kids are teasing them Lilly scares them away. And now Lilly Chester and his best friend are all best friends.

    • Hi May,
      I love that book. I like the way they have their toast and I like their Halloween costumes!
      📚Thanks for sharing your reading.
      Mrs. Eaves

    • That’s a word that could be very important. How do you think the moral would be written?
      Mrs. Eaves

  9. I am continuing to read The One and Only Bob. A big hurricane came and Bob got lost he was going home and then he slipped. He just met a family of aardvarks. He is worried about Ivan Ruby George and Julia. I cannot wait to read more tonight.
    Your favorite student

    • Hi Landon,
      Is the mall home for Bob at this point? Aardvarks, interesting. How do they help Bob.
      Thanks for sharing your reading.
      📚 Mrs. Eaves

  10. I read Calendar Mysteries July Jitters by Ron Roy and I think the author gave the book its title because the mystery is on the forth of July. It started with Polly and Pal running away. In the end, the kids found them at the petting zoo
    -Anna 📘

    • Hi Anna,
      Do the Calendar Mysteries have the same three main characters as the A to Z mysteries do? Just curious because they are by the same author.
      Thanks for sharing your reading.
      📚Mrs. Eaves

  11. Today I read Harry Potter. They went to go give Dobby his present for helping Harry then Hermione was telling the house elf’s that they don’t have to cover someone up when they sad with a blanket! Winky was really sad again! They’d feel imbarest when there friend was sad 😢 and then they covered her up. Then they got pushed out of the room. After that Hermione and Ron were fighting for a while! At breakfast the next morning the owls came and Hermione got bad letters and a potion that made your hands hurt and grow wart types things in them. She missed two classes because she was in the hospital wing. Care Of Magical Creatures was the best they have had. They each got a dog and the dog creatures were ment to go get gold so Hagrid barried gold around and there dogs would have to go find it. Whoever’s dog found the most gold would get a prize. Ron won a lot of Honeydukes chocolate 🍫.

    • Hi Sophie,
      Thanks for sharing the main actions of this part of the story. Do you know who sent the letter to Hermione? Was it meant to get her alone, or was it supposed to make Harry worried.
      I’m glad Ron got the chocolates. He certainly loves them!
      Thanks for sharing your reading.
      📚Mrs. Eaves

    • Hi Edward,
      That is the one shape you cannot make with 2 tangram pieces.
      Great job making three of the different shapes.
      Mrs. Eaves

  12. I read Zombies Don’t Eat Vegetables. There was a family of zombies and ones name was Mo. Mo liked to eat veggies and his parents didn’t like them at all, they only ate zombie food like brains. Mo liked to eat tomatoes, spinach, broccoli and kale. The moral of the story was to be yourself and be authentic.

    • Hi Max,
      It sounds like this book fits well with Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse. What part of the zombie family are you more like?
      Thanks for sharing your reading.
      📚 Mrs. Eaves

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