It has been such a fun year with this great group of kids! They will go on to do such amazing things! We had a wonderful time celebrating the end of the year with an AWESOME party! I will treasure the book that was given to me that has pictures from throughout our year together!
We were lucky today to have Mr. DeRee come and help us shoot off bottle rockets using water and air pressure!
WOW! What a turn out! Thank you so so much for those who were able to join us today for this celebration. We also had many classes stop by and several staff members. Your kids received lots of compliments today on the AMAZING work they have completed!
Today we built and launched rockets! Students had to construct a rocket out of a rectangle and circle piece of paper. The divided the circle into fourths, cut out a forth and made a nosecone to be the tip of the rocket. Then they wrapped the rectangle piece of paper around an old film canister and added wings to the bottom. The taped the nosecone and cylinder together to create the rocket. To get them to launch we filed the canister halfway with water and then dropped an Alka-Seltzer tablet in and quickly snapped on the cap. Students then measured how many inches did their rocket travel.
To check out an insane version of this experiment that was featured on Ellen head to this video and fast forward to about the 2 minute mark:
Today we read a book titled Chicks and Salsa to go along with our chicken theme! Kids did a craftivity that tied in with the text. Then we did some data collection on our class by taste testing different kids of salsa with tortilla chips. Below are the results! And FYI - The chickens should hatch on May 27th!
We investigated different areas of our playground to see which force - push or pull - we needed to use to get in motion!
The kids are able to identify and match halves and fourths now so to deepen our understanding we have worked on representing and explaining halves and fourths. The kids pretended to call one another and order pizzas and then drawing representations of the pizza that was being ordered. They had to label the parts of the pizza with what fraction of the pizza was covered with what toppings were ordered. Then they got to construct a pizza of their own choosing and explain their fractions through word form (whole, halves and fourths) and number form (1, 1/2, 1/4).
We compared different forms of fractions to see what they had in common to help us develop the understanding of dividing groups of items or one item into equal parts. The kids then created play food out of play dough and divided them into fractions. We got into a conversation about how the top number of a fraction talks about the part and the bottom number means the total equal parts.