Announcements 2017-2018

Bahamas Math!

posted by Patrick Johnson


Over the March Break, I visited the Bahamas with my family. My visit inspired the below math lesson. In particular, the system at the grocery store where you earn discounts based on the amount of money you spent.

First I showed students the slide show which included some interesting math facts from the Bahamas. Then I introduced the problem (see slide show). The problem required students to work through 2 steps. Students needed to figure out how many stamps I would earn for spending $240 and then how many discount cards the stamps would fill (12 stamps fit on each card).

Student work:

-Using a chart to figure out how many stamps are earned for spending $240 (1 stamp is earned for every $10)

-Students figured out that for every $50 spent, you received 5 stamps.

-These students used place value information to figure out how many groups of 10 are in 240.

-Students used an array to figure out how may stamps would fill up a card (each card holds 12 stamps).


Guest Speaker- Tracy Schmitt

posted Apr 12, 2018, 12:07 PM by Patrick Johnson

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Today students listened to motivational speaker Tracy Schmitt.  She delivered her message of inclusion and her amazing story of determination. Students learned that Tracy could tie her shoes before any other students in her Kindergarten class. She also was a competitive sailor as well as skis, scuba dives and even bobsleds!

7 Blind Mice- Making Inferences

posted Apr 3, 2018, 11:52 AM by Patrick Johnson

In reading, students have been working on making inferences (The Power to Inference). Today, students listened to the story 7 Blind Mice. Students listened for clues to help them determine what animal the mice were describing. The clues were that the animal was:
-as sturdy as a pillar
-supple as a snake
-wide as acliff
-sharp as a spear
-breezy as a fan
-stringy as a rope

Students guessed a variety of creatures:
-lion
-large rat
-giant fish
-other mice

Finally, students heard the story with the pictures and it was revealed that the animal was an elephant!

Looking for Signs of Spring

posted Apr 3, 2018, 11:41 AM by Patrick Johnson

As part of our Science unit on plants and soils, we took a walk around the school yard to find signs of Spring!




Yo! Yes! -Making Inferences from Texts with Few Words

posted Mar 29, 2018, 11:28 AM by Patrick Johnson


This week we read the award winning book Yo! Yes! by Chris Raschka. Our learning goal was to make inferences about the story by using the picture clues as well as clues provided by the small amount of diaglogue (the large amount of inferences from the small amount of dialogue was the reason I chose this book).

After we read the story, students created thought bubble comics using Google Slides. 

Here are a few samples:

3D Shape Stop Motion Videos!

posted Mar 26, 2018, 11:58 AM by Patrick Johnson






Dance for Primary Musical

posted Mar 19, 2018, 11:56 AM by Patrick Johnson

I am posting our class dance for the musical in order for students to listen to and watch (and hopefully practice). Our dance portion starts at 1:55 of the video.

Coding with Scratch

posted Mar 6, 2018, 11:06 AM by Patrick Johnson

This week students were coding with the programming language Scratch. Earlier this year, students explored the block coding capabilities of the Scratch language. This week students used activity cards to help build their programming and coding skills. Many of the activities reflect our geometry unit (for example, coding different types of angles).


In this activity, students coded the mouse to move and turn in right angles. Here is a link to the rest of the activity cards (if students would like to explore them at home).

Creating a Drawing Accessory for Dash the Robot

posted Mar 1, 2018, 5:22 AM by Patrick Johnson

This week grade 3 students broke up into teams to complete the following STEAM challenge. After they completed the challenge students reflected and self-evaluated their leaning skills for this activity (Responsibility, Organization, Self-Regulation, Collaboration).

Students worked together to build a structure to hold a marker. This accessory would allow Dash to become an artist!

Students used Lego and up up 4 rubber bands. Students used their knowledge about structures and stability when designing their accessory.

Students tested and revised their designs. Students used Dash to draw geometric shapes (circles, right angles, squares, hexagon). Students also coded Dash to draw using the Blocky Coding App.





Finding Angles and Making Collages

posted Feb 27, 2018, 10:59 AM by Patrick Johnson


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