Today started with some information about a prehistoric shark: The Megalodon! We even had a Megalodon tooth to look at and compare with a real shark tooth (thank you Owen) and our own! We then looked at the size of their jaw and talked about the math scientist had to do to figure out the size of this great shark! We learned what the word prehistoric means: they said, I hear the word history and I"ve heard that word before when talking about dinosaurs so they figured it out!
We also did more shark research today-looking up different species of shark. We played Sharks and Minnows and measured different lengths of sharks with a tape measurer and compared how many kids long that shark would be!
In math, we became real "OCEARCH" shark researchers and taggers! They pretended to be on a ship and tag sharks. They named it, kept track of data: date tagged, where it was tagged, measured it and even took blood! :) We also had a group measuring another group of sharks and ocean animals. And we have a Great White shark taped down on the floor. They measured with cubes and a tape measurer-and KIDS! ;0)
Lots of fun going on in here! Thank you so much for dressing them up and for all the support and help in making this a successful week!
Today we finished up our fraction math with Skittles and gum! Sorry I forgot to get pictures of the M&M's from last week! They really enjoyed it (obviously, there was candy) but I think it helped them visualize fractional parts too!
This morning we made shark hats and binoculars to look for sharks! We also read and wrote about sharks this morning! As well as enjoyed a yummy "shark fin" cookie treat (although we did talk about how "finning" is a huge problem for sharks).
We learned about a kid named Sean, who became a "shark ambassador" and with his persuasive writing, got a law passed against finning in his state. He is only 10 years old! They were very impressed and I told them-kids can do anything! You have the ability to do anything!
Today we had lots of cool ideas, inventions and engineering during Google Time. We had space ships with removable cock pits, ejection pods, four wing (2 for steering, 2 for gliding) and garages for refueling other space ships. The explanation was the best part-all the thinking and the imagining behind the actual product! We had an Empire State Building with floors, lobby and a balcony. We had jewelry making, donation boxes that are moveable, Rubic's Cube, creature houses, instruments! One student created an instrument that when she pulled the sticks it would identify 2 students in the class and a type of song. They had to drum a song based on the stick they pulled!
Today we worked on drawing, writing and identifying fractions. We worked on half, thirds and fourths. Some of the language we used was: half means the whole was split evenly (equal parts for all). Third-think 3, the whole is in 3 pieces. Fourths-think 4, the whole is in 4 pieces. We said you can have many parts of the whole: 1/4, or 2/4 etc. They created their own fraction books and shared them with one another!