Friday, April 10, 2015

YES HERALD 4/10/15

This week's Bloggers:  Norah and Ella


Big numbers don't scare us. We are learning how to multiply  double digit numbers using the butterfly technique. Many parents may know this technique as cross-multiplying.  

Thanks to Ella's grandfather, Norah's Mom and Maya's Mom for helping out with Math Exploration. They showed us how to work with graphs. 

On Friday,  we had a math assessment. 


Goodbye non-fiction unit.  Hello biographies. We are reading a library series called "Who Was/Is..." that tells the life stories of many famous people. Who was Helen Keller?  Ella says she was the first deaf and blind woman to complete college. Norah read about Anne Frank, a girl who wrote a diary about her experience hiding from from the Nazis during World War II. 


The class is working really hard  to complete their expert books in time for the publishing party next week.  Parents will have the chance to read all our work stories  at the next Tuesday afternoon at 1:45. The Sound maker parade will follow outside in the school garden. 


In our science unit, we are learning how the length of an object affects  pitch. For example, We did an experiment with 5 glass bottles, each filled with different amounts of water.  When we hit them with a stick, they made different sounds. Ella says the bottles with more water had  a lower pitch. 


Mrs. March Returns!

Mrs. March, a former 4th grade teacher at YES, came to our class twice this week to teach us about poetry and marbling. She was super nice. She had us cut out hearts and fill them with things that inspire us. Ella is inspired by her family, sunsets, spring and the beach in Hawaii.  Norah takes inspiration from her family, dogs, springtime and her pet fish.  

The marbling technique involved shaving cream and food coloring. We swirled it around with a fork, wiped off the shaving cream, and voila!  A cool marble pattern emerged. 

Juggling...Not With Fire

We are working on our juggling skills with Mrs Ney's class. Mrs. Ney can juggle three balls and she's working on adding a fourth. Wow. 

Wheat Grass Fiesta

We harvested our wheat grass on Friday and used it to make smoothies.  The wheat grass wasn't that delicious all by itself, but combined with other fruits and vegetables, it was delicious!! 
Big thanks to Mrs. Sinclair for all her help with this project!

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