Saturday, November 19, 2016
Students spent the month learning about the history of the Republican and Democrat Parties, the candidates for each party, the biographies for each candidate and how each candidate felt about issues related to our country. Students researched the issues of Economy, Defense, Taxes, Education, and Healthcare and compared each candidates views.
Using Close Reading strategies, research skills, graphing activities, and technology, students were able to develop an understanding of each candidate. From that point, we spent time learning about the difference between a popular vote and the Electoral College.
To wrap up the Election Process PBL, students participated in a mock election on November 8th. Each student casts their vote on a private paper ballot. Results were tallied, with the entire grade level present, and the result were 21 votes for Hillary Clinton and 28 votes for Donald Trump. Using those numbers students created a bar graph to compare their votes. On Wednesday, November 9th, students used a U.S. map and recorded the number of Electoral Votes per state and then colored in how each state voted.
Spending time working with students on this PBL was so rewarding. Students were able to discuss issues and concerns with each other and with their families. I even had a few parents that mentioned their child informed them that they were voting for the wrong candidate. When they questioned their child as to why they thought that, the student was able to inform them based off of the information they learned through this PBL.
I hope you enjoy the pictures below. There are a lot of them!
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Saturday, October 15, 2016
This concept can be taught at home, using any small objects (buttons, coins, cereal, etc.) Any object that can be easily used to make straight rows and columns, can be used. Students know that in multiplication, the first factor is the number of groups (rows) and the second factor is the number in each group. So, if the equation was 6 x 4, students should have 6 rows (each row is a group), with 4 objects in that row (group). If they line up their array straight, then they should easily be able to find the product. In this case, the product would be 24.
If you do not have objects at home for your child to use, they can always use this same concept by drawing arrays on a sheet of paper. The process is still the same.
I snapped some cute pictures of some of my kiddos reading during D.E.A.R Time (Drop Everything And Read). I'm usually reading while they are, but I couldn't resist snapping these! I had to do it fast or they would have gotten on to me for not reading during this time! LOL
Saturday, September 24, 2016
Thought I would share with all of you that our class blog was listed as one of 8 classroom blogs that a professional blogging company recognized as exceptional. I use items from this company to create our class blog, so this is truly an honor! Click here to see the article.