Find Someone Who

To review math concepts that students have learned, they completed a “Find someone who” activity today. Students had to find other students who could explain and/or give examples to certain vocabulary or concepts. By teaching others students different concepts and vocabulary words, they mastered the math ideas even more proficiently. The whiteboard tables are also a hit, as the students love being able to write and draw their ideas to help clearly communicate their thinking. IMG_1131


Students learned how to add negative and positive integers in math. To help them practice, they played a game called, “Baseball.” The object of the game was to be the first player to 500. Some students didn’t fair well, and even got down past -250! Below is a collage of our game in action.IMG_0976 2



Finish First

This week, students have been collecting and analyzing data, as well as exploring different ways that data can be organized. One way that students continued to deepen their understanding was by playing a game called Finish First. Students played Finish First 15 minutes each day this week, collecting data in a frequency table about how many times the player who went 1st and the player who went 2nd won. Their goal in collecting the data was to analyze the data to see if it was a fair game. After 1,407 games this week, it was evident that Finish First is not a fair game. Through the week, the player that went 2nd, won 985 times, while the player that went 1st only won 422 times. Below are pictures of the students playing and collecting data.
After coming to the conclusion that Finish First was not fair, students brainstormed how they could make the game fair by changing 1 rule. Most students either changed the target number, or increased the number of cards players could use. Students briefly tested their new game to see if it was fair, with most students coming back with a fair game. Although, we all agreed that if we could have played more games, we would have more accurate data. PhotoGrid_1423200853002

Everyday Math at Home

Everyday Math at Home is a great resource to help your child at home. The site hasĀ  each unit that we cover throughout the year. Within each unit, the important vocabulary words, with kid friendly definitions are available, as well as resources to help with homework. Please be sure to check out this resource.

Below is a picture of what it looks like.

Also, be sure to check out the Unit 6 Family Letters, which have similar information. They can be found under the “Subjects” tab.


One of the key concepts in our current math unit is converting between fractions, decimals and percents. Students have learned multiple strategies to help them convert easily, and one way that they practiced these strategies was by playing Frac-Tac-Toe.

In Frac-Tac-Toe, players have two piles of cards, the top represents the numerator, and the bottom the denominator. When it is a student’s turn, they flip both cards, to create a fraction. They then match their fraction to one of the corresponding decimals or percents on their board. First student to get three in a row wins.


Welcome back!

In math, we started our new unit, fractions. Students have been working on representing numbers greater than one as mixed numbers and improper fractions. Students used our geometry blocks to create a picture, and find the amount of shapes in their picture. Please be sure to check out the bulletin board outside our classroom to see your child’s work. 20150109-130219.jpg

In science, we started our new unit, Mixtures and Solutions. Students have have conducted a few experiments to deepen their understanding of mixtures and solutions. In the picture below, the students tried to separate the different mixtures that they had created.


In writing, we have begun to start our work on our autobiographies again. Students started to generate stories for the three most important traits that tell who they are.


We were also lucky enough to meet with our reading buddies this week. We had the opportunity to share about our breaks. Since we had written a blog post about our break, we shared our blog posts with our buddies.


Find Someone Who Vocabulary Review

Students have been studying geometry in math, which is a vocabulary rich unit. In order to practice the vocabulary, the students were given 12 words that they had to find out how to draw correctly. They needed to ask different peers to explain to them how to draw the question being asked. For example, one box might as to draw an acute angle. Another box asked to draw an equilateral triangle. This was not only good practice for our vocabulary, but also for how to correctly draw polygons and angles. Below are pictures of the students completing the activity. IMG_0642

Happy Halloween!

Students came to school today excited to share their costumes and see what others had dressed up as. Our school was transformed into quite the Halloween extravaganza and 5C’s room was no exception. Students entered a dark room, where we explored the history of Halloween, and the transformation to the costume and kid friendly Halloween we celebrate today.

In writing, students used Halloween to inspire them to write a poem. Students used a variety of types of poems to share their piece. They will be publishing their poem on their blog.

In math this week, we started our geometry unit, just in time for us to create spooky tessellations, which used Halloween images, or colors. We will also be posting these creations on our blogs.Below are pictures of us working on our poems and tessellations.

We had a fantastic Halloween, thanks to the PSA and Halloween committee. The Gecko Theater was transformed into a spooktacular space. We also had 4 fun activities that we got to partake in. Below are some pictures.


Estimation Challenge

In math, students learned about estimating, and in groups, estimated how many steps it would take to get to the Shenzhen Airport from school. Below are pictures of them working together to solve the challenge.