Hands on Learning Activities for the week of January 28, 2013

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This week rocked!!!! Everyone did an excellent job completing testing and did an outstanding job on our two hands on learning labs!!!!

In Science we joined our 6th grade Science class and performed a Half Life Lab. In this lab we used M&M candies to signify organic matter. We made a chart and began with all our M&M’s facing up in a box. We shook our box and took out candies that did not have the “M” face up. We charted how many were left. We performed this until there were no M&M’s left and we completed graphing our data. We were left with a really neat chart showing the half life of our object!!!! Special Thanks to Mrs. Lithgow for the amazing opportunity to join in on the learning and combine classes!!!!

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In our  6th Grade Pull Out Math Class we decided to take fractions to the next level and apply our new skills to daily life! We all LOVE to cook and bake! Today we took recipes that Mrs. Baldocchi brought in and had to convert them to decimals, add and subtract quantities, as well as multiply. We pretended we were planning dinner parties and had to convert our recipes to match the number of guests we were told were attending our event. We worked in two teams and completed the task!!!!! We then converted a recipe for Fruity Pebble Bars and made them in class. They turned out amazing and we learned skills we can take home with us!!!!!

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Room 303 Update!

Hello wonderfully talented and bright students of Room 303 (Families too)!

As you all know we have been in the season of Winter 2013 NWEA testing. We are almost done testing and everyone has done really well!!!!! I just wanted to stress that reading and practicing math everyday at home is an essential part of achieving at school – all it takes is 15 to 20 minutes in each subject to really notice a BIG difference!!!! I have TONS of free materials and web links I will be passing on to assist you 🙂

In my Reading classes we have begun our new novels- the 6th grade is reading  “Hatchet” by Gary Paulson and the 7th grade is about to begin “Forged by Fire” by Sharon Draper. Both books are excellent and we will be doing many exciting extension learning projects with these books! We have been honing our Metacognition skills as well!

We sit here to cool off, have "me" time, and to chat about our progress.

We sit here to cool off, have “me” time, and to chat about our progress.

We excavated and documented fossils and identified what type of fossils we found.

We excavated and documented fossils and identified what type of fossils we found.

Hands on Investigation for Science with Ms. B Our Focus Reading Skill "Metacognition"

Working on Percent of a number and getting it!!!!!!!

Working on Percent of a number and getting it!!!!!!!

Canada Map!!!!

Canada Map!!!!

When we have something we are grateful for we "tweet" it to our classmates!

When we have something we are grateful for we “tweet” it to our classmates!

In my math classes we have been hard at work finishing up our Geometry Unit and starting Fractions and Percents! We will be incorporating cooking and art into our math units!!!!! Stay tuned for photos!!!!

In 6th grade Science we have been partnering up with the 6th grade class and working on Fossils and Relative Age!!!! It has been exciting and we excavated our very own fossils!!!!

In Social Studies we have been studying Canada and are loving it!!!!

In social Skills news we are still focusing on our core skills and have added a “Twitter” board. The kids “Tweet” thoughts of gratitude and let each other know what they are thankful for!!! We also finished our class Mission Statement and have created a new and improved “Corner of Calm” in the classroom!

Welcome!!!!!

This is an exciting day for us! The start of our new blog! We will use this tool to learn more about technology and to share ideas, and learn to interact with technology in a way that helps us learn.

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