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Last week in Math, we were learning about shapes and angles!   Students were exploring angles around us in our classroom, and in our lives.   Then applied this knowledge to understanding the interior angle of shapes.   We concluded that because a triangle is like half of a square that if a square is 360 degrees, a triangle’s angle measurements should be half of that, 180 degrees!

After some use of the protractor, we did a photography project relating to angles!   We talked about how different movements of our camera can make a different angle in relation to the ground – some students even were able to make some fairly good estimates of what the actual angle was.   For example, having your body on the ground with your camera on the ground and taking a picture of the object on the ground = 180 degree angle!

Students had to choose ONE object and take as many different angles of the object that they could.  The result, some interesting perspectives on ordinary objects!

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The display outside our classroom with our photo collages!

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And so begins Spring Break…

*sigh* after two days of Parent Teacher Conferences I was exhausted.  While I enjoy having parents come and be a part of their child’s world for awhile, it is a long day of teaching, and then meeting with parents until the evening.   Most parents were so thrilled to see their kids’ Electricity Projects, and Visual Journals.   All of my interviews went great, and I could really sense the kids and parents felt pride in the work that was being shown.

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The last week of school for Science, students did mini-experiments which we named “Eye on the Exhibits”   After exploring and making observations, students had to create a journal page that was like a lab write-up.   

 

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In Math last week we began exploring the relationship between capacity and volume.  Students learned about displacement, and how to measure the volume of an irregular object using capacity and displacement.   Yes, the camera is waterproof!

 

It was a great last week, and although I am fortunate for the break, I am looking forward to going back to school in April fully recharged and ready for a great 3 more months of this school year.

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