The students have finished up their basic map skills and began learning about landforms. We learned about a topographical map which shows the way the land looks in an area.
From there we began planning out our own topographical landform map. The students had to label several types of landforms and bodies of water on their plan before they could begin creating their map. It was a messy process creating the salt dough (thank you to all the parents who donated materials or time to make it happen!).
After the dough was dry, we were able to paint our maps. This made our different landforms stand out better. Next week, we will be presenting our landform maps to the class. We will also have some visitors come to our classroom in order to see our projects. The students are very proud of their work and can't wait to bring them home to show you!
A Look Ahead:
Monday - The only math lesson this week, and thus the only night of math homework
Tuesday - Students present their landforms to the class
Wednesday - Students present their landforms to visiting classes
Thursday - Community Meeting
We will be wrapping up our Map Skills unit next week. This week we created online street maps and practiced our direction and grid skills. We will continue to build on that by making topographical landform maps next week. The students are very excited! I can't wait to see how they come out!
In math we have been working on lots of different forms of measurement. We have talked about time to the nearest minute and also introduced measuring with feet. Next week we will get more precise and start measuring with inches and centimeters.
In reading, we introduced a program the students can use while at school called Reading Counts. They are able to take quizzes on most of the books they read (either at school or at home) and earn points. Unfortunately they can only access reading counts here at school. For every 10 points they get, they are able to pick from the prize bin!
They are required to try at least one quiz a week, but they may take more than one quiz if they are feeling motivated. I also allow them to take quizzes on the stories we read in class together as long as they take the actual quiz alone. The whole point is to expose them to lots of different types of questions and get them used to looking back in books to find the answers. This program is great practice for reading comprehension skills and is a lot of fun!
A Look Ahead:
Monday - We have school!
Tuesday - Creating our landform dough maps (feel free to come in and help from 12-1:15!)
Thursday - Civil Rights presentation @8:30
Painting our landform maps
This is going to be a short week for us!
There will be no spelling this week. We will have math homework on Wednesday and Thursday night. We will resume our normal routine on Monday, January 7th.
Instead, this week we are working on resolutions and doing a few neat science activities.
I hope you and your family had a safe and fun holiday!