November 30

Pattern Blocks

We used pattern blocks which are in the shape of polygons- rhombus, hexagon, trapezoid, triangle, parallelogram, and square.  As children manipulate the pattern blocks, they are experimenting with many mathematical concepts including fractions, patterns, symmetry, and congruence.  They also develop problem solving skills and creativity.

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November 28

Polygons

We started our geometry unit with an introduction to polygons.  Polygons are flat (2-D), closed figures with three or more straight sides that don’t cross.  We sorted polygons on the Activboard.

Then we read the The Greedy Triangle by Marilyn Burns.  Bored and dissatisfied with his life, a triangle visits a local shapeshifter to add another side and angle to his shape. Poof! He becomes a quadrilateral. But then he gets greedy and keeps adding angles until he’s completely transformed. As we read the story, the children used Popsicle sticks to make each polygon.


      

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November 16

Powhatan Village

We have just completed a Powhatan village from the Eastern Woodlands region of the United States. The children worked in teams of three. Each team created a wigwam, canoe, fire pit, and tree. Then each child selected an animal and native to put in the village.

The Powhatan people lived in wigwams and traveled by foot or canoe.  The men hunted, made tools and traps, and protected the village.  The women made the wigwams, gathered nuts and berries, and farmed. Pocahontas was a Powhatan.

The children really enjoyed this hands-on collaborative activity!

November 15

Onomatopoeia

I will occasionally share literary terms that we are learning.  We spent time on alliteration and now we’ll be watching for onomatopoeia.  The children love these power words and I hope you’ll be able to reinforce the concepts at home when you read together.  Onomatopoeia is the use of sound words in writing.  I will also encourage the children to use onomatopoeia in their own writing.

November 14

Roman Numerals

The children are finding Roman numerals everywhere.
I am displaying some of their finds on our hallway bulletin board.

Do you know why Roman numerals are not used for computation?
Scratch the box below to find the answer.

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November 13

Ice Cream Celebration

When the class receives 10 compliments from other teachers or staff, we celebrate with a party.  Our first compliment celebration was an ice cream party!  Thanks to everyone who served or donated paper goods, ice cream, or toppings.