Thursday marked a historical moment in 4A’s learning environment… We’ve gone live on Edmodo! Students have been using Edmodo in specials with Mrs. Chang and Ms. Richardson. Now they’re using it in 4A. We conducted two simple assignments, but more is on the way. Our first project in Edmodo will be a book club. We’ll read the book “Tuck Everlasting” by Natalie Babbitt. Students will have discussions with others in the class, turn in assignments, play and practice their skills with the different apps offered through Edmodo as well as take quizzes and instantly see their score!!
Check out these videos to learn a little more about Edmodo:
Last night 4A students were assigned model drawing for homework. I bet some of you may have wondered “What kind of homework is this?” or maybe you know a little or nothing about model drawing.
There has been a lot of research, websites, tutorials about model drawing. Instead of telling you, I’d like to show a few website that we’ll use to practice model drawing. You can also check out these sites to practice on your own or with your keiki.
This site compares traditional practice,that you maybe familiar with, and the model drawing practice. Please review this information, then move on to the next steps to learn and practice. Because these pages are loaded with information, you may get lost. To help with your website navigation, I’ve included pictures with each step.
1. AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE, click this link———> “Please visit math playground”
2. Please scroll down and click on Thinking Blocks picture. It looks like this——>
3. Now, you’ll look for this picture————————-> There are tutorials of how to play the thinking block game. Click on multiplication.
4. When your done, click on the Thinking Block link at the top of the tutorial box.——–>
5. On the Thinking Block Index page, find this picture ———> and click on start button.
In the book Math Poetry by Betsy Franco, Mathematickles are like haiku. They are math problems with words and pictures instead of numbers. Writing mathematickles encourage students to deepen their understanding of math concepts and expand their imagination.
Mathematickles was a helpful way of introducing 4A students to multiplying larger numbers up to the hundreds place value.
Click here to see 4A mathematickles, and please stay tuned for division mathematickles too.
Students went on a measurement hunt to find the length of customary and metric measurements. They measured the height, width, and length of objects throughout the classroom and in the foyer. Students measured in inches, centimeter, feet, yards, and meters!! Then they shared things they noticed and learned. Here’s what a few had to say..
I learned that the USA is the only country that uses customary units to measure because I think we like being different. BuddyI noticed that centimeters are metric because I thought centimeters were customary. XianI notice that in our class, it was hard to measure things less than one inch, in feet, and in meters. this task was hard because when Paige and I measured the objects. It was either too long or too short. CherelleI learned that the top number of a fraction is a numerator and the bottom number is a denominator because on my fraction chart the numerator increased every time I added 1 to the fraction number. KahuwaiI noticed that for the feet and up a lot more people were outside because there are bigger objects. MiaI learned that different countries use different units of measurement because there is a metric and customary system. Jenny
Record measurements here!!
Aulii recording her centimeter measurement
Students finding the fractional measurement of an object
Measure around the room
Chris recording his measurement for inches
Students in search of larger objects to measure yards and meters
For the past few weeks, several students have been hard at working applying geometry and measurement skills into a 3D math project. Students observed buildings in their communities with geometric shapes, lines, and angles. Then sketch and designed a plan to build a replica of that building.
Students have encountered MANY situations. Here’s a few words from their daily journals…
This was the first day. it was challenging, everything was a struggle. Travis
I know what materials I am going to use to build my model. For example I am using air dry clay for the cement brick wall. I am going to cut a cereal box out for my temple and I am using pipe cleaners or chopsticks or popsicle sticks for the roof. Aleiya
I have a few goals in mind for my model building. First, I’m hoping to finish my roof and all of my clay laying by the end of the week. Secondly, on Monday I hope to finish m clay designs. finally I’ll finish adding things like the satellite dish and tether ball pole. These are my model building goals. Makana
Students have about a week left to finish their models, but here’s a sneak peak at what it looks like so far!!
Naniloa using clay to create her 3-D geometry model
Naniloa’s model looked a 3D object through a window!
Makana was absent, but now he’s back and doing a great job on his 3D model!
Cuinn’s blue roof is a geometric amazement!
Aleiya’s 3D model is inspired by the Pahoa Sacred Heart Church
Jake’s creativity is awesome! Come back and see what it looks like when its done
Travis using rolled newspaper and pipe cleaners to build his 4ft high tower
Building in math
Fresh off the imovie production!! Watch a quick trailer of ‘ie’ie math group presenting their 3D math models: