Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Daily 5 checklist

Today was the first day of 3rd quarter, and we took the opportunity to begin self-recording our Daily 5 progress onto these checklists.  Click here to check out the newly revised checklists!

As we increasingly learn to be more self-regulated in our learning, we hope to see tremendous growth in our learning by the end of the year!

Here are a few student examples, so you can see how we filled out the checklists. As you're browsing, though, keep in mind that this was the first time all of us (Mrs.Allen and students in Room 121) have implemented a checklist like this. If you look at the revised checklists linked above, you'll notice changes that have already been made. Why? Because reflecting and revising are major parts of the learning process!

Notice "Mode of Writing: pen." :)  It looks like I (Mrs. Allen) need
to do a mini-lesson soon to review the modes of writing! 

Multiplying Fractions with Brooke and Emma

Polygon Art, Polygon Posters, and Transformation Art

During math stations lately, a couple of choices have revolved around polygons: polygon art, polygon posters, and transformation art.

For the polygon art, students followed this rubrichttp://mathforthemiddle.com/Documents/Polygon%20Art.pdf, to create either an abstract picture or a recognizable picture. While we'll add more, here are some examples of a students who used at least one of the following polygons to create their pictures.

See if you can find the following polygons in each artwork below:
Brooke's polygon art

* triangle
* pentagon
* hexagon
* heptagon
* octagon
* nonagon
* decagon
Alex's polygon art

John's polygon art


For the polygon posters, students sectioned off their poster into four categories: polygons, non-polygons, concave polygons, and convex polygons. Then they drew several examples of each and wrote explanations to describe each kind. Check out a few examples below:

For the transformation art, students cut out and designed their own polygon on an index card; then they used their polygon to make various polygon transformations: translations, reflections, and rotations. 

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

2011-2012 Rube Goldberg Machines

Back in December, we used what we had learned about simple machines to create our own mini- Rube Goldberg machines in which we made up different steps using simple machines to perform a simple task. After brainstorming task ideas and deciding on which one we would attempt, each of us met with our creative team to design our machine.

When we finished drafting our machine design and writing out all the steps we expected our machine to go through (in our science notebooks), we began assembling our machines. Along the way, we recorded changes we had to make and reflected on our progress through focused free-writes. Finally, after we presented our machines to the class, we blogged about our experience.

For each of the videos below, you will find links to our blog entries where we blogged about our experiences. If you watch all the videos (which we hope you do), you will notice some of our machines did not successfully accomplish the tasks we intended. We learned that this doesn't mean we failed with our machines; instead, this just means it would have taken more time than we had during class to revise and test out the machine until we got it to work.

Machine #1
Task: Pour Cereal into a Bowl  
by Jacob, Madison, and Sarah 


Machine #2
Task: Pop a Balloon
by Brock, Brooke, and Jaclyn


Machine #3
Task: Take a Tissue out of Its Box
by Emily, Jared, and Landon


Machine #4
Task: Staple Paper

Friday, January 6, 2012

Strong Verb Vokis

Lately, we've been learning how strong verbs can greatly enhance our writing, and we've put our learning into practice by creating  "Strong Verb" Vokis. As you listen to each Voki below, see if you can identify all the strong verbs we've incorporated.

Bob by Jared

Bob's Brother by Jared

The Gingerbread Man by Madison

Grace by Brock

Dog by Mackenzie

Frosty by Brooke

Mojoe by Wesley

The Queen by Lydia

Serena the Strong Verb Cat by Jaclyn

Jacob's Voki

Alice by Alex

Jill by Kamren

The Party Girl by Emily

The Strong Verb Policeman by Haley

Dance Robot by Sarah

Chuckles by Landon

The Cat by Raven

Bob S. by John

Drake by Shana

Myka the Skeleton by Myka

On the last two Vokis, see if you can discover which one is the "Strong Verb" Voki!

Cross-Multiplying with Fractions by Landon and Emily

"Santa" Independent Clauses and Verb Tree

To learn about independent clauses, which are complete sentences that include both a subject and predicate, each of us created a "Santa" independent clause. First we wrote simple sentences on the hat; then we underlined the simple predicate (the verb), and we circled the simple subject (the noun). Later, we used our "Santa" independent clauses to decorate both sides of the door around our verb trees we made earlier in December.