Saturday, April 23, 2011

Read to Self

This last week my students did an exceptional job during Daily 5. I was extremely pleased with their focus and stamina during read to self.

It's nice to see the fruit of the labor I've pored in to them teaching procedure so that during conferences and small group work I can trust my kiddos to keep practicing what I'm teaching independently.

Does weight affect the speed in which a car travels?

Does weight affect the speed in which a car travels? This is the question that puzzled my students over a week ago now. We did an experiment together to find the results.

The first thing we did was weighed the cars using a balance scale to find out the order of weight from lightest to heaviest. We had five cars' weights to determine.


My students' predictions contradicted themselves. When talking about heaviest and lightest they thought the heaviest car would go fastest. But when presented with the actual cars, their predictions varied between the lightest and second to lightest cars.


We recorded the experiment on video. And I would have loved to post it, but the camera in the hands in the first graders resulted in none of the videos actually showing what happened. At the end of the experiment first graders wrote their findings on die cut cars which I hung outside in the hallway around this yellow poster of our experiment.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Hotwheels Physics - Ramps and Cars

I know, I know ... it's been a long time since I've posted anything. How do I expect to attract any new followers if I don't actually blog. Good question? It's just been really busy lately ... I'm sure everyone else knows how it is too. The last couple of weeks have been the end of the quarter report cards and then conferences. The next few weeks aren't going to get any better. This next week we only have four days due to Good Friday. Then we have standardized testing the next week. The following week is the week of our Spring Program which means lots and lots of rehearsals. In four weeks we have Spirit Week of which I coordinate for our school. I've got to get busy with planning that! But that's another story. Then only two more weeks of school. So much to do and so little time. To make up for my lack of blogging, today I'll share my best lesson of the year. It went so super well! And my kiddos really enjoyed it! Two of my groups worked together better than the others. One group was through with the experiment before I even had a chance to check on them because I had to sit with one group for a while to get them started. The natural leader in the group didn't understand what they were supposed to do and the children who did understand what to do didn't have the patience to work through in explaining what was happening to the natural leader of the group. Oh well ... we live, we learn. Photobucket A student measures the length the car rolled. The car actually rolled farther than the measuring tape so we had to learn how to add double digit numbers.
Photobucket Here three students watch as the their car rolls down the track. This group had much less friction than the other groups and actually had to add track.
Photobucket Two students watch as the car rolls down the track. Photobucket A second group works together to measure the length their car rolled. Photobucket My third group was already recording their findings by the time I got over to "help" them.
I'll post another one of my lessons from my forces and motion unit soon. Maybe if I post the things I finish, it will be easier to keep up rather than posting things I'm working on while I'm working on them.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Mrs. Patton's Patch Give Away

I wish I would have read through all of my dashboard before posting that last give away. Seems there are many give aways to be had right now. Mrs. Patton has just reached 300 followers and is celebrating by giving a give away. Click on the button below to find out details and to register.

Curls and a Smile GIve a Way

Ms. Mogart over at Curls and a Smile has reached 100 followers and she is having a drawing for a give away. Head over to her blog and follow the directions to enter to win a copy of her new pirate unit. Photobucket