New Year, New Adventures in 4R

Happy New Year 2015!!  It’s been awhile since we’ve had an update on our blog.  We’ve been back from Christmas break for a few weeks now, and have been hard at work learning many different things.  Our post today is going to focus

Our big push has been Math so far this month, with ISTEP testing just over a month away.  Thankfully our snow days have not been what they were by this time last year, so we’ve had a chance to get in some awesome review activities and introduce some new concepts.

To review for our big Long Division unit test, we played a little Math Football.  There were two teams, but each student solved their own problems on their own boards.  If the answer was right, they moved forward one yard line.  Once they reach an end zone, they scored a point for their team, then turned around and worked their way back in the other direction.  It was a lot of fun to see our room take on a different look for the day, and it was a great review for our test!

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We have also begun learning about Area & Perimeter.  To introduce this concept, we brought in some tasty treats to help us out!

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But, we can’t just teach Math all day long.  Just this past week, we had the opportunity to be in school on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, when other schools had off.  I say opportunity because I think it is so important that we celebrate the work of this great man, and teach our children to never take anyone or anything for granted.  It is eye-opening to many of our students to learn that people don’t always treat people fairly or equally.  If we can teach them to love and respect others now, what a great world we will live in when THEY are the adults!!  In our study of MLK, we did a few different activities, from reading various books about the Civil Rights movement to watching portions of his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, to writing our own dreams.  It was a very meaningful week.

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