Welcome to our class blog. Our blog will be used as a tool to keep you updated on what we are doing in our classroom through reflections of classroom experiences, celebrations, and classroom news. Students will have opportunities to complete fun activities from the Blog that relate back to classroom learning. Please check the blog weekly as I will be using it to update you on classroom information as well!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Ending our third unit!!

We have finished our third IB unit. Here are some of the things we have learned based off of our three lines of inquiry.

Scientists communicate information through expository text.
We learned...
- scientists use scientific language.
- expository text is non-fiction
- scientists write down their new information in science notebooks/ journals
- Scientists use real information and real facts
- They can put their information in brochures, banners, tv commercials/ shows, magazines

Authors communicate ideas through the use of expressive language.
We learned...
- They sometimes write books, plays, or poems
- To express themselves they use similes, adjectives, alliteration, rhyming, and repetition
- Authors can use snail mail to communicate their ideas
- Authors can use skype to communicate
- Authors can use imagery (adjectives, similes)
- You can express yourself through free verse poetry- poetry that has no rules
- You can express yourself through humorous poetry- poetry that is funny
- You can express yourself through narrative poetry- poetry that tells a story
- You can express yourself through lyrical poetry- poetry that expresses the feelings of the author and is usually in a song- Taylor Swift

Information sharing evolves over time.
We learned that...
- We went from oral communication, snail mail, rotary phones, to email, to cell phones, and facebook
- Skype and facebook are called social networks or social media

We studied alliteration. Here are some examples we made as a class:
Darrion- Dinosaurs are dizzy from dancing.
Adam- Chuck chucked a Chucky Cheese medal out the window.
Jayden- Exciting Elizabeth eats eggrolls.
Wesley- Mr. Apple eats applesauce nightly.
Halle- Marley ate a macadamia nut and some marbles.
Adrian- Awkward antelopes ate my ancestors.
Abby- Chuck the chunk chimp ate chocolate, chicken, and cheez its.
Brandon- Sharp shaped shark teeth shock me.
Maddie- Sloppy Sally slobbers on her salad.
Karan- Batman battles the big Bain.
Paloma- Harry hopped he was happy on his birthday.
Emily F- Victor was very vicious to Velma and her friend Victoria.
Emily HT- Elephants eat lots of eggs.
Miguel- Lilly the lion loved lollipops.

BLOG BONUS!! Post or write an alliteration sentence about something you do this weekend! Make sure it makes sense!!

Friday, January 20, 2012

This week was like....

We have started our new unit and are coming close to the end. One of our lines of inquiry is that "Authors communicate ideas through expressive language". We have been focusing on poetry as we learn about expressive language. One of the things we have really enjoyed is learning about similes.

A similes compares two different objects and how they are alike by using like or as.
Example: Adrian's shoe laces were as slippery as an eel.

At the end of the day the student had a "ticket out the door". They had to write a simile about this week at school. Here is what they came up with:

Devin- Area is as easy as soccer.
Leena- It is hot like a light bulb, it is red like paint, it bursts like a bubble where there ought to be gasses. (The sun)
Paloma- Ms. Pair is as nice as a puppy.
Abby- Learning about area is as cool as a roller coaster.
Wesley- Space is as cool as a motorcycle
Brandon- Learning shapes is as easy as reading a baby's book.
Halle- Multiplication is as easy as running a race.
Emily HT- School- it's as cool as swimming in the water. It's as smart as a scientist. It's as fun as a whole bunch of kids playing.
Karan- Geometry is as fun as the circus.
Jayden- Space is as cool as video games.
Emily F- Ms. Pair's class is as loud as 1,000 canaries squawking.
Adam- School is as fun as swimming in a pool.
Darrion- Playing tag is as fun as racing.
Stephan- Geometry is as cool as skateboarding.
Maddie- School is as fun as playing in the water at the beach and as cool as a white tiger crawling in slow motion with sunglasses on.

We have also been learning about objects in space like the sun, earth, moon, and planets. A way to remember the order of the planets is to use the following sentence:

My Very Excited Mother Just Served Us Nachos

M in my stands for Mercury.
V in very stands for Venus.
E in excited stands for Earth.
M in mother stands for Mars.
J in just stands for Jupiter.
S in served stands for Saturn.
N in nachos stands for Neptune.

What new sentence can you think of to help you remember the order of the planets. Remember the planets must be in order and the word has to start with the letter that plant starts with. For example N (Neptune) could stand for noodles, Nerds. Post your sentence on the blog or bring it in to class on Monday!!

:) Have a good weekend!

Friday, January 6, 2012

A Busy New Year!

Tuesday morning we hit the ground running! We started our third IB unit. Our new central idea for our unit is "The need to share information leads to many forms of communication". We did a communication time line after we brainstormed forms of communication. We have been learning how communication evolves over time. After we discussed out timeline students brainstormed what might come next in communication technology. Some ideas were teleporting, iphone 5, robots that you can send messages to...

Another focus this unit has been "scientists communicate information through expository text". We learned that our science notebook was a form of expository text. We also came up with using graphs, charts, and diagrams. We have been using expository text to discuss and share what we have learned about the sun. We discovered that our biggest misconception was that we thought the sun was made of fire, we learned later that it is made of gas!

In math we started learning about linear measurement. Today we went to different stations to measure our feet, how far we can jump, the length of the classroom and how far we could blow a pattern block. We had a TON of fun!!!!

Be a measurement detective! This weekend measure three different things (at home, HEB, the park...etc). Tell me the object you measured, what tool you used to measure it, and what the result was.
1. I measured my shoe. I used a ruler to measure my shoe. My shoe was 10 inches long.

Post your result on the blog or bring it in on Monday for a super secret surprise!!!