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31 days... Lots of Learning!

Compare and Contrasting By: Maggie Schoeny & Sarah Grace Brown

We have been working on comparing and contrasting this quarter. We have used many different diagrams to help us to do it. For example a Venn diagram is when there are two circles to contrast and they overlap in the middle for comparing. Another diagram is a T-chart. The T-chart has 2 sides to contrast. The bottom of the T-chart is for comparing. Some of the key words for comparing are: alike, similar, both, same, and too. Some of the key words for contrasting are: on the other hand, however, but, unlike, and whereas. That was a little bit about comparing and contrasting.

Compliment Jar By Max Tramontana and Sarah Bridge

In this quarter we got a compliment jar. At the beginning of the quarter we read Donavan’s Word Jar and we created a compliment jar. The compliment jar is a jar that if we get a compliment then we write it on a piece of paper and put in the jar. When we get 10 compliments, we can give them away or trade them for a game like speed ball. Anyone can give us compliments but students, people like teachers, secretary, Dr. Stewart, and Mrs. Vaughan. Mrs. Vaughan signal for when we get a compliment is thumbs up shake um and smile. We’ve already emptied the jar once for a game of speed ball. And we have seven complements right now. That’s what our complement jar is.

Green Acres By, Ryan James and Aparna Krishnan

We went on a field trip to Green Acres to learn about fossils. First we made fossils (that are fake) with plaster of Paris. Next we traveled in time and we learned about things that are now extinct. Then we went down to the creek to find some fossils to study. The word fossil is a Latin word .Fossil means: to dig. 90 % of living things that ever lived on earth died out and became fossils. Fossils are the hardened remains of animals or plants that lived on earth long before there were any people.

Reading Poetry By Dwight and Maddy

We learned what poetry is. What we did was that we entered the world of poetry and

We never left. We put a poster on desks and we put post it notes on the poster. We brainstormed who writes poetry, why they write poetry, and why we read poetry. We selected our favorite poems and shared them during morning meeting.

Rounding in Math By Leah Goldstone and Alex Pheng

In math we did rounding to the nearest place value. The first thing we did was listen to a song called We Will Round You. The song We Will Round You words are Find your place. Look next door 5 or greater add one more. All digits in the front stay the same. All digits behind 0 is your name. We will, we will ROUND YOU. We will, we will ROUND YOU.

Then we did the number lines to round to the nearest 10,100,1,000s place. Then we did many different strategies to solve subtraction problem within 1,000,000. One strategy that used rounding was ballpark estimation.

We Will Round You

Summarizing Fiction By: Cooper Wyler and Amanda Bansil

There are many ways to summarize fiction. One way is to do somebody, wanted, but, so, then. Somebody means the main character. Wanted is what they want. But is the conflict/problem in the story. So is the climax. Then is the solution in the story. The wrap up/conclusion is the end of the story. When we finish any book we have to do a reading response. Some of the reading responses are story map, roller coaster, timeline, and a conference with Mrs. Vaughan. After we do a reading response we get to put stickers on our reading iPod.

The Musical By McKinley, Marianna, and Maggie O

We are practicing the musical. The songs that Mrs. Vaughan’s class are doing are A Kid’s Life and A Ghost Story. We are still learning the songs, dances, and the lines. Everyone who wanted a part got a part. There are solos and speaking parts. The musical is in the end the end of November. There are going to be two more classes with us. We think the musical will be fun.

Fossils By Sam Rhoad and Bella Carson

We learned a lot about fossils last science quarter. We watched many videos including a very funny series of small movies called “science court”. Science court taught us about how fossils were made, how they were preserved and how and where we can discover them.

In our science binders we had lab sheets. In our lab sheets we answered many different questions so that we could ask ourselves the question then then look for the answer.

We learned fossils don’t have to be animals, though the fossilized part has to be somewhat hard, such as teeth and bones. The soft parts of the organism decay or rot away. It is very rare that the soft parts would be preserved over the time needed to fossilize. Fossils can be preserved in amber, like in Jurassic Park.

We learned a lot in science about fossils.

Front End Estimation By: Carter Heekin and Kate Mangan

Front End Estimation is a math term that involves finding the highest point in a number. Then you find the next number and see if it is 5 or greater. If it is, you add one more to the highest place value.

Here’s an example:

500,632,153 people where in Cincinnati for Halloween. 486,713,409 went Trick-or-Treating because of the rain. How many people DIDN’T go Trick-or-Treating?




000,000,000 about 0 people

This is not a good time to use front-end estimation because the number is too big.

A better time to use front end estimation would be with this word problem:

45,042 people went to a Halloween party. 13,137 people dressed up as zombies. How many people dressed up as something different?


- 10,000


40,000 about 40,000 people

Factors and Multiples By: Emma Dunahoe, Nick Pirozzolo

First off, we are going to talk about unit 3. One thing we talked about is factor ninjas (big FAT F.) The big fat f means to find the factors of a number. The first line of the f means one factor. The second line means the matching factor that makes up the product. At the bottom of we put the product that equals the two factors. One thing we also do is I can statements and this is one of them: I can identify all factor pairs for a whole number.

The teachers also dressed up as factor ninjas for Halloween. Next we are going to talk about monster multiples. The definition for monster multiples is an answer you get by multiplying factors. Multiple monsters keep multiplying.... They go on and on forever.