Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Welcome Back!!

I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing vacation!!  Although I wish vacation was a little longer, I was very excited to see the children again Monday morning!  (I'm not sure they were quite as happy to see me, though!)

I would like to thank all of you who sent in magazines and fliers!!  I can't believe how many "poured into" our classroom yesterday - and on such short notice! Thank you, Thank you!!

As a reminder, December Reading Logs are due!  If they haven't been sent in yet, please remind your child to do so ASAP!

I would just like to share a few pictures of students working during math this week!  On Monday, students worked with a partner to "hunt for" different polygons in various magazines, newspapers, and fliers.  These pictures, as well as the ones collected from students' homework, will be used to create an interactive bulletin board in the hallway!  (For more information about the homework, please visit the Homework Page/Tab above!)

On Tuesday, we learned all about 3D shapes.  3-D shapes have an extra dimension that drawings do not have – depth. Some common 3-D shapes include:
      Rectangular Prism
      Cube (a type of rectangular prism)

When we talk about 3-D shapes, we use specific, “grown-up” vocabulary.
• Face – a flat surface (AKA side), as opposed to a curved surface
• Edge – where two faces meet
• Vertex – a point where two edges meet (like a corner)
• Base – the bottom of a shape
• Apex – the “point” of a cone or pyramid

Students worked in groups of 3 or 4 to compare and contrast the characteristics/properties of two 3D shapes.  They then shared their ideas with the group for evaluation!  

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