Our Day ~ Wednesday, May 13

Good Morning! It is so fun to see your bridges talk to you about books and read your mysteries and other stories too.  You are taking time to do  fabulous work.  WOW! 💗🙌🏼😃

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, “Today is going to be a great day!”🌎

Take some time to read each others blogs.  Your classmates are beginning to finish and publish their mysteries on their blogs.  They may feel long, but they are amazing.  Take the time to read them all the way and give them a compliment or two. Thanks for staying connected!  It feels good to care about your friends. 👊🏻👋🏻💕

Morning Meeting–  We’re reading books this week 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 Fish is Fish!

Take a break, get a snack and move around.  If you’d like, here are two Go Noodle videos: move to Round It Up, Round It Down  and stretch with How to Salute the Sun.

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 two true stories about The Brooklyn Bridge.  In 1883, when it was built, it was the longest bridge in the world.  The first is Secret Engineer ~ pay close attention to the new engineering inventions used to create this suspension bridge.  There were many new features in this bridge and people were afraid they might not work.  Twenty-One Elephants and Still Standing is a true story of how the circus helped ease the people’s minds about crossing this record-breaking bridge.

Here’s today’s Suspension Bridge Challenge 1:

Supplies:  2 sixty-four inch lengths of string (thread, ribbon, yarn…), a ruler, 2 large books, the same weights as yesterday and a light-weight container to hold the weights. (a paper cup, a toilet paper tube, the bottom of a small box…)


  1. Cut one of the 64 inch piece of string into two 24 inch pieces and one 16 inch piece of string.
  2. Tie each of the 24 inch pieces of string around the tops of each book.
  3. Tie the 16 inch string from the two strings on the books.
  4. Cut the second 64 inch string in half, and in half again (four 16 inch pieces)
  5. Use 2 of those pieces of string to make a sling for you weight holder (save the other two for the next project)
  6. Hang it from the string between the books (balance is key)
  7. Add weights slowly one at a time
  8. Count the weights as you add them
  9. When the bridge becomes unsafe or collapses, record the number of weights the bridge held right before the collapse.
  10. Complete part 1 of the Suspension Bridge Challenge record sheet.  You can also find this in our Google Classroom if that is easier for you.





Here’s today’s Suspension Bridge Challenge 2:

Supplies:  1 sixty-four inch lengths of string (thread, ribbon, yarn…), the two 16 inch pieces of string left over from Challenge 1 and all the other supplies from before ~  same ruler, books,  weights and light-weight container to hold the weights.


  1. Remove strings from part one and discard.
  2. Tape one end of the string down securely (about 15 inches from one book tower)
  3. Put the string over the book towers still a foot apart.
  4. Tape the other end of the down securely on the other side.  The height of your books may make some of the string unnecessary
  5. Suspend your weight holder between the books
  6. Add weights slowly one at a time
  7. Count the weights as you add them ~ this is a much stronger bridge than the first one.
  8. When the bridge becomes unsafe or collapses, record the number of weights the bridge held right before the collapse. (Mine didn’t collapse.  I couldn’t fit anymore weights in the tube.  It collapsed a minute later.)
  9. Complete part 2 of the Suspension Bridge Challenge record sheet






Look at the lines of force and see how they were more balanced in the second suspension model.  Look at the different shapes in the two models.  Do you see the super strong triangles?

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.  Remember that Mrs. Oliver really wants to hear from you!

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.

Anna’s mystery, The Case of the Missing Backyard Rabbit is published and ready for you to read and comment on.  Make sure to read Landon’s mystery, The Case of Bailey’s Bubble, and  Max’s mystery, The Mystery of the Missing Cell Phone and leave comments for them too.

🕵🏻‍♂️📝You are creating such exciting mysteries.  Wow!📝🕵🏼‍♀️ I think there will be others to read tomorrow too!

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

  • Write about your favorite holiday meal.
  • What were you for Halloween last year? Describe your costume
  • Imagine that dogs take over the world. What do they make the humans do?
  • Write a story about flying to outer space and discovering a new planet?
  • 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.

Math – How did you do with the 2-piece tangram puzzles yesterday?  I hope you have fun with it.

Begin with today’s warm-up worksheets: Polygons and Time and Geoboard Polygons.

Here are all the 2-piece tangram puzzles.  Your next challenge is to choose a certain certain number of tangram pieces: 3, 4, 5, or 7 and uncover how many of each polygon you can make by combining and rearranging that number of tangram pieces.  If you choose 3 , 4 and 7 you can make at least one of each shape.  If you choose 5 you can make at least one of all the shapes but a triangle.  Here’s the recording sheet for this project: Tangram Polygons with ___ Pieces. Have some fun with this.  If we were in the classroom we’d be building a big wall chart and posting all the new discoveries on it.  Some of you may want to try all of the shapes, so I won’t post the answer until Monday so you have plenty of time to mess around and create polygons.

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!

Estella organized her art supplies.

She sorted and counted 453 crayons, 138 markers and 259 colored pencils.

How many art supplies did Estella organize altogether?

She gave 327 supplies to kids who didn’t have any.  How many art supplies did she have left?

Paul organized his Imaginext figures.

He sorted and counted 24 Jurassic World figures, 65 Sponge Bob figures and 37 DC Super Friends figures.

How many Imaginext figures did Paul organize altogether?

His mom gave him 24 new Shark Imaginext figures.

How many Imaginext figures Paul have altogether then?

There were six boxes of raisins.  Each box had 135 raisins in it.

How many raisins were there altogether when they put them in a bowl?

If Edward, Brady and May eachate 58 of the raisins from the bowl, how many would be left?

Van collected 2,384 hockey cards.  He gave 533 of them to Max.

How many cards did Van have then?

Next Van bought 5 more packs of cards.  Each pack had 16 cards in it.

How many new hockey cards did he buy?

When he put them with his other cards, how many hockey cards did Van have altogether?

Justin sorted his books. He had 1,452 books altogether.  He divided them into two equal groups to put the same amount on each shelf of his 2-shelf bookcase.

How many books did he put on each shelf?

One half of the books on just the top shelf were picture books.  How many picture books did he have?

Elena had 12,369 Legos. She divided them into 3 even groups.

How many Legos were in each group?

She used two of the groups to make an amazing building.  How many Legos did Elena use to build her building?

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…

Spanish ~ I know Señora Murphy has posted some new lessons for you to explore.

Library ~ there are lots of great resources there.

I hope you had a good day.  Thank you for sharing your thoughts, ideas and effort everyday!

✨💗👍🏻🌿🍬You are wonderful!

💕Mrs. Eaves