Friday, March 6, 2015


(Ed. Note: this is a week late. Editor's fault. This week's will be out soon!)

This week's Bloggers: Samantha & Maya


We are into the second week of Lego Wedo. These are mechanized Legos we program to follow simple directions. Some of us built goalies that moved back and forth to defend an imaginary goal. Other programmers built monkeys that beat a drum. If only we could build a robot to do our homework!  

Our multiplication skills improved tenfold this week. That's because Mr. Abbott taught us how to multiply by tens. 


We read "The Weird and Wonderful Octopus."  Is it Octopi, or is it Octopuses?  Octopuses have three hearts and they're actually quite smart. Cephalopods like to play games.

To help organize our thoughts, we are learning to make boxes and bullets.  See Maya's video for a better explanation of this technique. 


By now, all students have chosen topics for their expert books.  Samantha is writing about skiing and Maya will share her expertise on soccer.  This week we learned how to write a table of contents, an introduction and a detail web. 


We continued to work with  sound chambers this week with an experiment called Drop Box Code. To do this experiment, a series of objects were assigned letters. One student dropped objects and without looking, our partner had to guess what object dropped and write down its assigned letter. If we did it right, the sequence spelled a word. 


Elijah's Big Adventure

Our classmate Elijah is about to move to Ocean City, CA. He will make the cross country trip by bus and we made the virtual trip with him by tracking his upcoming journey on a map. We also celebrated his birthday. 

The short, sweet saga of Mr. Bubbles

It was with great joy that we welcomed a beta fish into the classroom this week. After a heated and competitive naming process we named our friend Mr. Bubbles. Sadly, Mr. Bubbles wasn't long for this world. He died two days later.  There are several theories circulating about his demise.  1) He got stuck under a rock. 2) He ate too much. 3) He starved to death. 4) Students who didn't like his name murdered him!  What do you think happened?  


We tied together the end of our geography unit and the start of our science unit with a Bagpipe concert.   Ryan Cowell's grandfather came into Mrs Gautreau's class to teach us about Scotland and play the bagpipes.  We learned that bagpipe players led soldiers  into battle and psyched out the enemy with their loud music. As such they were often targeted. That's why they all carried knives in their socks. 

And last but not least, this week's bloggers!

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