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. Β You are taking time to do Β fabulous work. Β WOW! πŸ’—πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ˜ƒ

Morning Work – Pick up yourΒ gratitude rock and think of something new to addΒ to your Gratitude Jar. Β 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. Β Your classmates are beginning to finish and publish their mysteries on their blogs. Β They may feel long, but they are amazing. Β Take the time to read them all the way and give them a compliment or two. Thanks for staying connected! Β It feels good to care about your friends. πŸ‘ŠπŸ»πŸ‘‹πŸ»πŸ’•

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

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

Science and Reading

Shared Reading – Β 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. Β In 1883, when it was built, it was the longest bridge in the world. Β The first is Secret Engineer ~ pay close attention to the new engineering inventions used to create this suspension bridge. Β There were many new features in this bridge and people were afraid they might not work. Β 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: Β 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. Β You can also find this in our Google Classroom if that is easier for you.





Here’s today’s Suspension Bridge Challenge 2:

Supplies: Β 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 ~ Β same ruler, books, Β 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. Β 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. Β I couldn’t fit anymore weights in the tube. Β 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. Β Look at the different shapes in the two models. Β Do you see the super strong triangles?

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

Independent Reading – Keep reading each and every day!Β Find a nice quiet place to read and enjoy at least 30 minutes with a great book. Β If you’re wishing for some new book/reading options you can find some fabulous picture book recordings at Storyline OnlineΒ and recorded books here at Audible. The Elementary selections look great. Β 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,Β practice your recorder. Β Relax. Β Remember that Mrs. Oliver really wants to hear from you!

Writer’s Workshop  –Check out the mystery writing project inΒ Google Classroom.Β  Use all that you’ve learned by listening and reading mysteries over the last several weeks to write your own original mystery. Β 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. Β Make sure to read Landon’s mystery, The Case of Bailey’s Bubble, and Β Max’s mystery, The Mystery of the Missing Cell Phone and leave comments for them too.

πŸ•΅πŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸ“You are creating such exciting mysteries. Β Wow!πŸ“πŸ•΅πŸΌβ€β™€οΈ 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. Β At the end of 10 minutes you choose – are you done, do you have a different idea, do you want to keep going. Β 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? Β 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. Β 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. Β If you choose 3 , 4 and 7 you can make at least one of each shape. Β If you choose 5 you can make at least one of all the shapes but a triangle. Β Here’s the recording sheet for this project: Tangram Polygons with ___ Pieces. Have some fun with this. Β If we were in the classroom we’d be building a big wall chart and posting all the new discoveries on it. Β 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. Β See if there are two that feel like just right challenges. Β  You can solve them in your journal or on a piece of paper. Β It would be most helpful to put the color and the date the problem was posted. Β 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.Β  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.Β  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.Β  He gave 533 of them to Max.

How many cards did Van have then?

Next Van bought 5 more packs of cards.Β  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.Β He had 1,452 books altogether.Β  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.Β  How many picture books did he have?

Elena had 12,369 Legos.Β 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.Β  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…

SpanishΒ ~ I know SeΓ±ora Murphy has posted some new lessons for you to explore.

LibraryΒ ~ there are lots of great resources there.

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

βœ¨πŸ’—πŸ‘πŸ»πŸŒΏπŸ¬You are wonderful!

πŸ’•Mrs. Eaves

39 thoughts on “Our Day ~ Wednesday, May 13

  1. I think the moral of Fish is Fish is that be proud of who you are and enjoy what you have.

    • Hi Landon,
      That is a great way to share the moral. It reminds me to be mindful and grateful for all the wonderful things around me.
      Thank you.
      🐟🐸Mrs. Eaves

  2. I think the moral for Fish is Fish is that you are yourself and you should be glad that you are you.

    • Hi Anna,
      That is well put. Be the best you, you can be.
      You’re great!
      🐟🐸Mrs. Eaves

  3. I think the moral was to be happy with yourself and be happy for others because friends come in handy when you most need them!


    P.S I think this was the hardest one to find a moral.

    • Hi Sophie,
      Thank you for sticking with it and giving it the time you needed. I think you’ve written a great moral for this story. Being content to be who you are is a good lesson to learn.
      🐟🐸Mrs. Eaves

    • Hi May,
      The mystery assignments are all in our Google Classroom. Kids wrote their mysteries step by step and then published them on their blogs.
      I think the steps will help you make sure you include every part.
      We’d love to read an original May Mystery!
      πŸ•΅πŸΌβ€β™€οΈMrs. Eaves

  4. I think the moral of the story is your imagination can help you create other places in your mind even if you cannot visit them. Also, friends can help you out of some tricky situations!

    • Hi Brady,
      That is very true. We all don’t belong in all places either.
      Friends and family are very important in tricky situations.
      🐟🐸Mrs. Eaves

  5. I read I Am Pusheen the Cat and my favorite part is when it says “Scary stories for your cat” because these are the scary stories: Once upon a time there was a food bowl. It was empty. The end. Once upon a time there was a bathtub. There were cats in it. The end. Once upon a time there was a vacuum cleaner. The end. I learned the word acquiring and it means to use effort I think.

    • Hi Anna,
      I can see why that would be a favorite part. I can also see why those things would be very scary for a cat.
      Thanks for sharing your reading.
      πŸ“šMrs. Eaves

  6. Hey Mrs. Eves
    in Fish is Fish I think the moral of the story is that fish should be happy that he has a friend to tell him about it.

    • Hi Estella,
      Fish is lucky to have a friend who will come and visit. I hadn’t thought about that. Appreciating everything you have ~ even the small things in a great thing to remember.
      Thank you for reminding me of that.
      🐸🐟Mrs. Eaves

  7. The moral of a Fish is Fish! is to be grateful for who you are and you don’t need to change yourself. You are great how you are!

  8. I finished my Brixton Brothers final chapter. And because that took about 10 minutes, I read Ralph and the Motorcycle for about 20 minutes.

    Here’s what happened:

    Ralph was on a quest to get the missing pill. He dropped the pill in the elevator. So he used the ambulance so that he could carry it in the back of the ambulance. To get the pill, he made the dog in room 211 bark and that made the owner go walk the dog. He drove the ambulance into the elevator. He got stuck in the elevator after he made a really loud WEWO-WEWO and barely made in into the elevator. He got the pill and he got stuck in the elevator. Then when the guy and his dog came back and used the elevator so Ralph was no longer stuck in the elevator. Then he was quiet and then he made a high pitched WEWO-WEWO-WEWO-WEWO! When he got back into the room he said “Keith, I found it!” Keith waited for his mom and dad to see that he took the pill rather than taking it right away. Then his mom who hated mice, came in and saw that Ralph found the pill. She said, “Thank you, Ralph!”

    I think Ralph will become part of Keith’s family now because he found the only pill and brought it back to Keith and his mom saw it.

    • Hi Justin,
      Thanks for sharing your reading. This is one of my favorite chapters in the whole book. I love how Ralph get the dog to bark so his owner will take him out for a walk and Ralph can use the elevator. That’s one smart mouse!
      πŸ“šMrs. Eaves

  9. I read Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling.
    rite now Harry potter just got on the train and is sitting with Ron Weasy and Harry sees what Albus Dumbledore looks like and then they get to Hogwarts and he sees Hagrid with a lantern and then they get in bouts and start to go to the dore to Hogwarts.

    • Hi Estella,
      It would be exciting to be doing that along with Harry. I would be super nervous, but really eager to see what is coming next.
      Thanks for sharing your reading.
      πŸ“šMrs. Eaves

  10. I read Junie B. Jones is a party animal by Barbara Park
    In the book Junies mother gets a call from lucille nanna that says that she can come over to lucilles house. At 3 o’clock she got picked up by nanna and they go to lucilles house.

    • Hi Elena,
      How do you think things will go for Junie when she is at Lucille’s house? What’s your prediction?
      Thanks for sharing your reading.
      πŸ“šMrs. Eaves

  11. I read my detective book and I don’t want to Share it because I don’t wanna spoil it book for everyone else in my book club

    • Hi Sophie,
      I’m so glad you get the opportunity to work together and talk things through!
      πŸ™ŒπŸΌπŸ˜ƒMrs. Eaves

  12. I am continuing to read The One and Only Bob. A big hurricane is happening and they are in the eye of the storm. Kazooko Ivans favorite baby gorilla is stuck in the muddy water as Ruby and the other elephants help pull him to safety. Bob has still not found George, Julia and Sara as he is really hurt.

    • Thanks for sharing your reading Landon.
      This is an exciting book. I love knowing some of the characters, but not the story. I am so curious!
      πŸ“šThanks for being awesome!
      Mrs. Eaves

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    • Hi Max,
      I like the way you put that. Being able to trust people is important.
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and ideas.
      🐸🐟 Mrs. Eaves

    • Hi Sophie,
      I’m glad you had fun with that. I saw your picture.
      Thanks for sharing your thoughts and ideas!
      πŸŒ‰Mrs. Eaves

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