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Homework update.

STATE PROJECT. Students are continuing to work on their state projects.  Everyone should have completed the state map and the first four pages of the packet (Quick State Facts, Products, Industry, and Famous People).  Friday, November 4 the next three pages are due (Tourist Attractions, Landmarks, and Big Cities).  By Monday, November 14 a short written report, picture, and cover will be due.  The short report should have four paragraphs:

Paragraph 1–Important Facts/History

Paragraph 2–Geography

Paragraph 3–Landmarks

Paragraph 4–Fun and Interesting Information

Students should also provide the sources for their information.

The students have been collecting information for the written report in library.  At a later date students will be creating a presentation using the green screen in the Kennedy Makerspace!  Ms. Labaire and I will be working with Lesley University for this exciting project.

A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP. Students are logging when they go to bed and when they wake up to calculate the total number of hours and minutes slept each night.  They are also recording their observations about how they are feeling and why they think they are feeling that way.  After a week of recording their data, students will make conclusions based on their sleep record and observations. The entire packet, including the comprehension questions, is due Wednesday, November 2.

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Bee lesson.

Our class used BeeBot robots to learn more about area and perimeter.  Each group had one student documenting on the iPad using an eBook creator through the Book Creator app.  The Lesley team helped design the lesson in conjunction with the grade three teachers to review area and perimeter.  Here’s a YouTube video to help you see the students in action: BeeBot Area and Perimeter.  The students loved the lesson and they are excited to use the BeeBot for future lessons!

Below you can see a sample of the lesson’s challenges.

Lesson: Measuring Perimeter and Area in Bee Units

Challenge 1: Measuring in Units

  1. Using a Bee Bot robot, pipe cleaners and string, show us the size of a Bee Unit?
  • Take a picture
  • Add a short explanation of how you figured it out.


Challenge 2: Find the Perimeter

Do you think these shapes have the same perimeter or different?

Circle one:

Same perimeter

Different perimeter

How many Bee Units is each side of your shape(s)?

Given this information, what have you learned? What is the perimeter for each shape?

Perimeter of shape 1: ________ (Bee Units)

Perimeter of shape 2: ________ (Bee Units)

Use your BeeBot to prove your work and double check your perimeter. You can write your code on a piece of scrap paper and take a picture once your code has been tested (and works).

Challenge 3: Finding the Area

Based on what you learned about perimeter, can you predict if the area of the two shapes is the same or different?

Circle one:

Same area

Different area

Let’s prove your thinking. Using your Bee Unit squares, how can you figure out the area of each shape?

How many Bee Unit squares did you use (take a picture):

    • Area of shape 1: ________ (Bee Units)
    • Area of shape 2: ________ (Bee Units)

Let’s prove your work. Use the measurements from your perimeter challenge to calculate the area of each shape? Show your work (formula)

Did you need to use different strategy to calculate the area for each shape? If so, what strategies did you use?

Thank you to the Lesley team for their support with this lesson!