Thursday, January 29, 2015

Area and Perimeter

Remember the difference between area and perimeter can get a little confusing at times. Listen to this catchy song to help you remember. 


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A Message from Ms. Flannery

Simply passing on a message from Ms. Flannery, "the entries for the 2015 Bookmark contest are due to her tomorrow." I hope we have some participants from the class!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Area and the Distributive Property?

Two days ago I was so amazed by a student's thinking about how to determine the area of a rectangle that had the length of 4 units and the width of 12 units. He decided to divide the rectangle in half so he had two smaller rectangles that were each 4 x 6. He then could easily calculate the area of each which was 24 square units and add them together to get 48 square units (the area of a 4 x 12 rectangle.)

What is even more amazing is this student recalled previous learning and could name the property that was being used--the distributive property.

We have been exploring this idea more in class, thanks to the thinking of this student. Amazing!

The video below demonstrates similar thinking and could be a good homework helper for tonight's homework!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Happy New Year!

A belated Happy New Year and thank you to all of the room 5 families. Thank you for your contribution to the class gift. We will have so much fun building our strategic thinking through the games that we received.

While we have only been back at school for just over a week, it certainly does feel much longer with all that we have been doing. We kicked off our return to school with thinking about goals and resolutions for the new year. Each student developed four resolutions that they wanted to work on. These goals included both in and out of school ideas and of course included some plans for achieving them. We shared some of these goals as we learned the more we share them with others the more we are apt to achieve them. That being said, I'm working so hard to get up a few minutes early to jumpstart my mornings with a little exercise as it's the only time I can find to fit it in. Be sure to check in with your child on their resolutions...many students created goals with family members in mind. What thoughtful children!

We have moved into the application of multiplication and addition skills through our current mathematical unit of study on area and perimeter. Watch your child's homework for a glimpse of the learning we are working on and check back to the blog for video clips that may be helpful.

We are working on using our sensory images as we read, paying careful attention to the words the authors use. As you read together you could talk about the images you create in your mind and why, be sure to have your child do the same. These images help us to understand our reading better.

Our skills as writers is also blooming as we have expanded our repertoire to think about the paragraph structure for writing and informational piece and writing thoughtful responses to prompts about assigned texts. Ask your child to tell you about the mnemonic TIDE.

Be sure to check the event page for important dates for both our class and the school.

One more thing if you happen to have an extra box of tissues that you could donate to our class, our sniffling noses could really use them. Thanks so much.

Monday, January 5, 2015


One way to add details and description your writing more interesting is by using adjectives. Remember adjectives are words that describe nouns (people, places and things). An adjective can tell how many, what kind or compare two or more nouns. Listen for the adjectives in this video.