The New Ipads Have Arrived
I have been waiting for quite some time, now, for a mobile lab full of iPads to arrive. The cart contains 30 new iPads that we share with three other fourth grade classes and four third grade classes. We use the tablets to complete tasks under the heading of iHoggatt, discovering interesting information about a topic each day, learning new vocabulary, challenging ourselves with math word problems, thinking about a different number, and writing to a selected prompt each day. These are exciting times!
Study this method for an easy way to find the least common multiples:
Electric Circuits: Filament
When we added a second battery, a third wire, and some to the circuit, and create a filament of nichrome wire, and we discovered light and heat.
Measuring Up: Equivalent Fractions
We've been using some special rulers to help us "see" equivalent fractions. These "Master Rulers" have some overlapping plastic pieces that separate the half-inches, quarter-inches, eighth inches, and sixteenth inches. These plastic pieces "stack" on top of each other, and help us to understand the equivalencies between fractional measurements.
Outside the Window
Most of the work is being done on the inside of our new safe room and gym. A lot of work has also been performed over our heads, sounding at times like an elephant paddock has been relocated to our rooftop (with the occasional death fall of one of the regal animals). It looks as if the outer doorways are in the process of being framed and prepared for complete enclosure. Since this photo, work has also been done on blocking the inner walls and hiding support poles.
Bonus Video: Hung Out to Dry
Here are some short snippets into the student engagement
during our clothes-drying activity from earlier in the week:
Hung Out to Dry
So much laundry, and no clothes dryer! What else could we do but hang it out to dry? The trouble is, I'm pretty picky about how my laundry is hung: I like it to be in a particular order according to the labels. That is, I prefer the laundry to be placed in order on the line from least to greatest according to the number or the answer to the equation on the label of each piece.
Teams discussed particular strategies for solving this dilemma before trudging ahead into the task. We quickly identified flaws in their strategies and hopefully learned from their mistakes and adjusted their plans. Even with squares and square roots included, the Hoggatteers cleaned up with this one.
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak;
courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”
Students are often called upon to read "chorally".
That is, they read together simultaneously as a group.
Repeating this practice assists young readers with reading fluency -
the speed, accuracy, and inflection of oral reading.
Why not, since it's called "choral" reading anyway, actually read the chorus of a song?
Infographic: Olympic Mascots
"[S]ome people without brains
do an awful amount of talking,
(Scarecrow, Wizard of Oz)
The Joplin Olympics: Uniforms
The folks at Mental Floss show us the uniforms of several Winter Olympics teams (Click on the Mental Floss link for the article.):
Now it's our turn! What would an athlete from the "Joplin Olympic Team" look like?
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