We began our day finishing up our turkeys so we could get those hung and enjoy them before Thanksgiving rolls around. We also took care of our morning routine during this time. Vets were taking care of Bobo, the treasurer was checking agendas for me, our secretary was taking care of lunch count and attendance and everyone else was handing in papers, getting organized for the day, and working on SPICING UP their writing by adding some colorful adjectives to a few sentences. We wrote about things like POWERFUL dragons and BRAVE knights! The kids came up with some pretty good sentences!
Next, we dove write in to working on our BOOK! We took our brainstorming a step further today and began mapping out just exactly what we wanted to put on OUR OWN pages. I modeled this first, and then gave them a good 15-20 minutes to work on their maps! They did a GREAT job with this! I am SUPER EXCITED about this project. Our manuscript has to be in the mail by November 17th so we are learning ALL about deadlines! YIKES! :-)
Once this was finished we broke out the cheese-its and used them to review area and perimeter! I was AMAZED at how well this helped those of them that stayed focused on the lesson! Sometimes we can get a bit distracted by the food we are using, but if we can keep our mind headed in the right direction we get to eat the food as soon as we finish the lesson! I really tried to stress today how important writing an array is. We looked at the difference between a 3 by 5 and a 5 by 3 array. This is a tough concept, but by the end of the lesson they were ALL starting to understand it.
After lunch is when I think I may have worn down a bit! LOL! We build mini volcanoes out of the play dough we had made earlier this week and then watched them erupt like crazy! After this excitement we headed straight outside and made elephant toothpaste which was another eruption. This time we were able to talk about the elements, hydrogen and oxygen and about the exothermic reaction that took place! GREAT SCIENCE vocabulary was being tossed around all over the place! Next, to see an even bigger eruption we added a package of mentos candy to a two liter bottle of diet coke! WOW! The kids did a really GOOD job! We did have to talk about the importance of following directions an experiment gives us if we want to arrive at the results we are hoping for. But what a GREAT way to end the day!
For homework they may have had to finish:
-an adjective morning work page
-a journal page over area
-some of them were planning to take home their story maps and work more on those
-a few of them needed to take book cover samples home to finish
Now that I have had a chance to catch my breath, what an AMAZING day! I think they ALL were having fun and learning at the same time which is what my goal is! Have a great rest of the evening!