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Happy holidays.

We had a holiday-themed day today!  The students were filled with excitement and energy and we utilized their positive energy for some holiday projects.

tree-challenge

The STEM Tree Building Challenge was really fun!  Every student was engaged and involved in the process.  Every team met the challenge goal!  See the finished products in the photos below.

J’s grandmother was a guest reader in our class.  She shared The Great Pirate Christmas Battle by Michael G. Lewis and Santa Cows by Cooper Edens.  The children loved the stories.  Thank you for volunteering to read to our class!

I just wanted to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for the cards, presents, and the generous classroom gift.  I appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity.  THANK YOU!  I love spending every day with the students in our class.  We have a kind, thoughtful, creative, intelligent group of children and they make each day new and exciting.  I hope everyone has a safe and fun winter vacation.  Happy Holidays!

 

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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!