We finished our “Sky Gazers” unit this week. We concluded that the moon changes each night, even if it is only a little bit. We also discovered that it is always there. However, sometimes it looks like it is not there. When this happens, it is usually a “new moon.” We learned that the moon cycle happens each month making it so that we have a full moon and new moon each month.
As a final project, we created moon silhouette artwork. In this piece of art, we created a watercolor background, a silhouette of an outdoor scene and a moon phase we wanted to feature. We then wrote in our Science Notebooks about the moon phase we chose, why we chose it and what it reminds us of.
Today we expanded our knowledge of geometry by partitioning squares into four equal parts using geoboards and rubber bands. We used the word “fourths” to describe these equal parts. We also made arrays using “double dice.” The outside dice stood for the number of rows in our array and the small inside dice stood for the number of counters in each row. The students had fun using these new math dice to practice this skill. They even created number models using multiplication!
Today we spent time browsing fairy tales from our classroom. We were looking for important features that fairy tales have. Some of the elements we noticed were:
Most start with, “Once upon a time…”
Have good people and bad people.
They are make-believe.
There is magic.
The animals could talk.
They end happy.
We are still brainstorming! The next step will be to figure out if what we came up with is true about fairy tales.
We have been focusing on geometry and today we created 3-dimensional shapes using: clay, marshmallows and toothpicks. The students first had to make cubes, rectangular prisms, rectangular pyramids and triangular pyramids. Then they had to figure out the number of flat surfaces, edges and vertices each shape had.
We having been making many observations about the moon. We have learned new vocabulary words that describe the different phases of the moon such as: new moon, crescent moon, quarter moon, gibbous moon and full moon. In our science notebooks, we have created the moon phases and used our own words to illustrate what they look like. Below are just a few examples of what we came up with.