Our Day ~ Monday, May 18

👋🏻 Good Morning! I hope you had a great weekend with lots of time outside enjoying the sun and fresh air!

Morning Work – I’m thinking we might need a boost in enthusiasm for our morning gratitude practice.  Check out these videos, the trailer for Blue Planet II  and Destination World ~ Europe. (You’ve seen one of them before.)After you watch, what can you add to your Gratitude Jar today?💗🌍💐

Please take some time to read your comments.  Thanking your commenter is thoughtful, and likely to encourage them to leave more.   Thank you for reading and commenting on each others blogs.  Thanks for staying connected!🙌🏼💕🎉

Morning Meeting is connected to the morals you wrote last week of the Leo Lionni books. This week we’ll read books celebrating you and the positive strategies you have for dealing with problems.  Listen to It’s Not Fair and Equal Shmequal.

When things don’t feel fair to you, what are some productive steps you can take to advocate for yourself?

Complete the first part this week-long Problem Solving Practice Monday here or in Google Classroom.

Take a break, get a snack and move around.  If you’d like, here are two Go Noodle videos: move to I’m Still Standing and work out with Blast Off .

Science and Reading

Shared Reading –  We’ll explore how the forces of gravity and friction impact motion

Listen to The Cut-Ups.  Mary Frances Hooley is an exceptional inventor and engineer. 😉  She clearly knows a lot about forces, design and motion.  Next you’ll be developing your own skills in the next force and motion challenge to learn about friction.

We’ll watch the video:  How Can We Go Faster Down a Slide? from Mystery Science. It’s about 10 minutes.  Next, gather your materials complete the Friction Investigation Worksheet (linked below).  Getting everything ready, conducting the experiment and answering the questions takes about 45 minutes. You can decide to get things ready today and finish tomorrow.  Doug says your teacher has some materials for you… sorry, you’ll have to find your own.  I went to our recycling and junk drawer.  I wanted to find things that were smooth and slippery and also, things that were rough.  Here’s my collection:

Here are Doug’s directions for making sliders.  I tried to make my sliders as close in size as I could.  My rectangles are 1″ by 2″.

I chose to test the surface of my sliders so I used 2 pennies on each one to make it a fair test.

Here’s Doug’s directions for making the ramp.  I used the same cardboard from the ball experiment. You can use what you had before too ~cardboard or cookie sheet.

I measured my collection of books so that my ramp would raise about 1 inch each step.  Here’s how I set that up.

Once you’ve decided on the question you most want to investigate and have prepared your sliders and ramp begin recording your work on theFriction Investigation Worksheet.

Here’s what I discovered.  I did one test with my Paper Sliders.  I did a second test with my Non-Paper Sliders.

Four of my sliders didn’t move at all: the sandpaper, the wooden disc, the styrofoam and the magazine paper.  What’s your prediction about those? Which of those four sliders will win the “Most Friction” contest and stay at the top the longest?  Which slider do you think will lose the contest, and slide down first?  Leave your prediction and reason in a comment below.  I’ll share the video with you tomorrow.

And finally, watch this  5 minute video a Soap Box Derby.  How could you use what you know about friction and gravity to win a competition like that?

Take a break, go outside, run around, sing,  play a game, make some art. Mrs. Nardone has some great new lessons for you!

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  – If you’ve got a writing project to finish, please work on that.  I know you’ve got some really exciting mysteries that are almost ready to publish.  

This week I chose a “would you rather” format for the quick writes ~ it might help you to write a more organized and logical piece if you begin with some planning.  Once you’ve chosen a question, make a pros and cons list to get your ideas flowing.

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

  • Would you rather be a detective or a pilot?
  • Would you rather go skiing or go to a water park?
  • Would you rather fly a kite or swing on a swing?
  • Would you rather dance or sing?
  • Would you rather play hide and seek or freeze tag?
  • Other ~ whatever topic you’re interested in writing about.

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.

MathI’ve put the answers to the Tangram Challenge for 3 pieces, 4 pieces, 5 pieces and 7 pieces at the very end of today’s post so you can find the answers now, or you can wait so you can have more time to challenge yourself.

Here are are today’s polygon practice sheets Finding Shapes In Bridges 1 and Finding Shapes in Bridges 2

After listening to The Greedy Triangle gather up 20 toothpicks or twigs or long legos or nails or cut 20 skinny strips for a 3×5 index card…  We’re going to make some polygons.  You can record them on Toothpick Polygons here or in Google Classroom.

Use 6 toothpicks to make a rectangle.

Use 4 toothpicks to make a square.  Rearrange them to make at least 2 different rhombuses .

Use 5 toothpicks to make a trapezoid.

Rearrange the toothpicks to make a parallelogram that is different from any you’ve made so far.

Make a pentagon, a hexagon and an octagon.

Rearrange the toothpicks to make 3 different shaped triangles.

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!

Sophie weighed 6 books and found out they were 24 pounds.  If each book weighed the same amount, how much would one book weigh?

Justin had a piece of wire 24 inches long.  He cut it into 4 equal pieces.  How long was each piece of wire?

Katherine made a 5-layer cake that was 40 inches tall.  How tall is a cake with 3 layers?

When Elena went to Donut Love there were 160 donuts.  There were the same amount of 8 different flavors.  How many of each flavor donut were there?

Paul had a collection of stones.  He had 173 stones that had quartz crystals in them.  He had 56 that had mica in them.  How my stones did he have altogether?

His friends gave his 27 stones made of agate.  How many stones did he have then?

In total, Anna put together 450 puzzle pieces last week.  They were from 3 puzzles that each had the same total number of pieces.  How many pieces were in each of Anna’s puzzles? 

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…

Art Click on new lessons Here’s what Mrs. Nardone has for you to explore in Art today.

Guest Author/Illustrator Visit: Gina Perry (This is Piper’s mom!)

Final artwork assignment: Scroll down to bottom to week 12 for final assignment.

Technology – You’ll find the lessons Mrs. Herlihy left here at this link open the lesson that is next for you.

I hope you’ve had a great Monday.  Thanks for staying connected and doing all you can.

🌎🌳🌻💕 Mrs. Eaves

Tangram Polygon Key

31 thoughts on “Our Day ~ Monday, May 18

  1. I take three steps
    1. I breathe
    2. I ask can you make it fairer ex. They have all the good players on their team I ask “Can you make it more fair“
    3. I walk away if they don’t.

  2. I read 92 pages of James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl . James has a bad life living with his two aunts. But when an old man gives him green beans his life changes. He is told to eat them. But he drops them on the way home. And they sink into the soil. But the old man said the first person they see is who they do good things for. The beans sunk into the roots of the old peach tree. Then a peach so big starts growing! That night James goes outside and he sees a door in the peach. He goes in. Then he sees a hole in the pit of the peach. And goes in. He sees five bugs. They were waiting for him. He slept over in the peach with them. the next morning they made the peach roll off to get away from James’ mean aunts. they roll for a long time then see were they are. they are in middle of the sea! And sharks are swimming around them. So James has a plan he will tie lots of string around sea gulls necks and they will carry the peach away. So he ties string around 1000 sea gulls necks and the peach is lifted off the ground! Then they are so high that they are above the clouds! And they see cloud men and the cloud men throw hail at James and the bugs.

    – MAY

    • Hi May,
      This is one of my all time favorites. I love the centipede and the earthworm and how their relationship works. I am also glad that James is with them rather than with terrible Spiker and Sponge!
      Which character is your favorite?
      🍑🐞🕷🦗Mrs. Eaves

    • Hi Brady,
      Thanks for sharing your strategies for dealing with unfair situations. I liked how the animals kept talking about it and coming up with different strategies for making fair teams. I also appreciated how effort also fits in.
      Staying calm is important. You do that very well!
      👊🏻Mrs. Eaves

    • Hi May,
      Fairness is a challenging thing – may fairness works out over time.
      Thanks for sharing your thought and ideas.
      🙌🏼Mrs. Eaves

    • Hi Landon,
      I’m not sure what you’re asking. The worksheet is a record of the experiment and a way to share what you learned in the experiment. You can share your learning in whatever way makes sense to you.
      Thanks for your time and effort!
      👊🏻Mrs. Eaves

  3. I kept reading The One and Only Bob. This was very sad Ivan was stuck in a huge pile of rubble. Ruby and Bob were trying to find him. Sara Julias mom found Bob. Medical workers are trying to get him out he got out of the rubble and was still alive Bob thinks it is a ghost. I can not wait to read more tomorrow.

    • Hi Landon,
      Yes! This is an incredibly exciting part. I can’t wait until you read tomorrow too!
      Thanks for sharing your reading!
      📚Mrs. Eaves

  4. i read stepping stones! It’s about three stepsisters and a mean and annoying dad. the main character is Jen / Jenny and her sisters (Step sisters) Andy and (i dont really know the other name). The sisters run a shop thats sells berries and flowers! Jen isn’t very good at math and she gets teased of that. at the end Andy and Jen are like best friends!
    Piper 🥳 👍

    • Hi Piper,
      Thanks for sharing your reading today. Does Andy help Jen out when she is teased? Is that how they become friend. I’m glad they have each other if dad isn’t very nice.
      📚Mrs Eaves

  5. What’s your prediction about those? The magazine paper will slide down first, then the Styrofoam, the wooden disc and the sandpaper will not move.
    Which of those four sliders will win the “Most Friction” contest and stay at the top the longest? The sandpaper
    Which slider do you think will lose the contest, and slide down first? The magazine paper

    • Hi Brady,
      Thanks for sharing your complete prediction. I’ll let you find out what happens tomorrow, but you explanation shows that you understand a lot about the force of friction!
      👊🏻Mrs. Eaves

  6. How could you use what you know about friction and gravity to win a competition like that? Make sure to keep steering straight to go faster! Don’t eat a lot that day because the lighter you weigh the better 🙂

    • Brady,
      I can imagine you having a lot of fun in a derby like that. Maybe you’ll make a soapbox car with your dad. Maybe you could convince Edward to build one and race you too!
      Do you think gravity or friction is most important in a race like that. I’m not sure.
      🏎Mrs. Eaves

  7. The Adventures of Angus the Mouse
    by Montice L. Harmon.
    In the book Angus was from the secend litter and got teased.The brothers and one sister did not like little Angus.He wanted to play with the boys but they said no and so did the mean sister. He ran into the house crying.

    • Hi Elena,
      Thanks for sharing your reading today. Seems like Angus is having a bad day. I hope someone will help him or be his friend. Seems like he’s getting picked on because he’s small.
      Not nice!
      📚Mrs. Eaves

  8. HEY Mrs. Eves!!

    I read Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone by J. K. Rowling.
    The story is about harry went to professor Snape HATES Harry Potter and I don’t know why yet and he was the head of Slytherin and he treated Slytherin so good.
    Professor McGonagall is the head of Gryffindor and she gave them a crap lot of home work.

    • 👋🏻Hi Estella,
      You’re doing a great job sharing what is happening in each part of Harry Potter as you read. Professor McGonagall is pretty strict as I recall, but she is a super fan of Gryffindor and only want the best for them.
      Thanks for sharing your reading.
      📚Mrs. Eaves

  9. I read Super Turbo protects the world and its about every classroom is making things because they’re studying and the rats that live in the walls are destroying all the things the kids made.

    • Hi Anna 👋🏻,
      Super Turbo sound pretty determined. I hope he is successful and saves the projects! Maybe he can get the rats to leave. Does he?
      Thanks for sharing your reading.
      📚Mrs. Eaves

  10. When things don’t feel fair to you, what are some productive steps you can take to advocate for yourself?

    Ignore it. Ask how to make it more fair.

  11. Today I read Brixton Brothers! There was no password so he just walked right in. The place was full of dirty looking men. The bartender looked like a gorilla in short sleeves. Steve asked for a glass of milk on the rocks!!!!! He also asked for a straw! Ha ha ha! He asked where Mr. Grabes was. Then his mustache fell off. The bar tender called Steve a detective and kicked him out. Steve grabbed a trash can and stood on it. It dented under his weight. The lamp fell and Steve tumbled to the pavement The lamp opened a secret passageway! The stairs in the passageway went to a dead end. There was a small black button, Steve pressed it. It led to Doug Grabes. He also thought that Steve worked for Mr. E!

  12. How could you use what you know about friction and gravity to win a competition like that?
    Move forward and push more forward. Put most of your force towards your head leaning forward.

  13. Sophie weighed 6 books and found out they were 24 pounds. If each book weighed the same amount, how much would one book weigh?

    24/6=4 pounds each

    Justin had a piece of wire 24 inches long. He cut it into 4 equal pieces. How long was each piece of wire?

    24/4=6 inches

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