Friday, May 27, 2016

Friday's Five Fabulous Finds (on Pinterest)

 I will be enjoying the holiday weekend in the great north woods.  Hoping to see some moose.  It will be nice to get away from all technology.  (no wifi or cell towers)  I have to confess I can only do it for a few days or I start to go crazy!
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Sunday, May 22, 2016

Building Materials & Simple Machines (Freebie)

Simple Machines & Engineering Unit

I had my husband put together bags of building materials:
piece of wood
piece of plastic
piece of pipe
nuts and bolt
zip tie
The students had to pick eight things that they would use to build a house from the bags.  They had to name the item, what it was made out of and identify purpose.  
  Love my fun-loving fifth graders!
 I had each group share one item and continued around the room until everything was shared.

Simple Machines

We watched a few video clips and read about the 6 simple machines.  I broke my two classes into six groups.  They created posters and shared them with their class.

Poster Requirements:
illustration or diagram
I have the wooden models of the machines that my students love to use.
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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Show and Tell Tuesday May 2016

I am linking up with Forever in 5th Grades Monthly Linky Party called Show and Tell Tuessday.  Here are a few things that I'd like Show and Tell!
 These are a few of my favorite things this month...
My teaching partner Laney
Bleeding Hearts blooming on Mother's Day
Erin Condren planners (on sale)
 Using AngLegs to teach Geometry.  
We are working on Polygons, classifying triangles and quadrilaterals.
This is one of my Donor's Choose Projects that was funded this year.
Giant poster was part of my project too.
Started our Engineering Unit.
We looked at building materials and tools.
I love dressing up!!!
 Went to Concord on our fifth grade field trip.  
Love having history in our backyard.
Yes, that is the original lamp.

Please visit Forever in Fifth Grade!

Saturday, May 14, 2016

Sir Cumference and AngLegs: Geometry

I pulled out one of my favorite math books to review some geometry terms this week.  I read "Sir Cumference and the First Round Table."  I read the book and had my students use AngLegs to create the polygons in the story.  We reviewed vocabulary including sides, vertices, angles, parallel, perpendicular, right, acute and obtuse.  

As I was reading, I remembered the tree slab my husband had cut for my science display.  I ran and grabbed it and used it as a prop for the ending with Lady Di Ameter, Radius and Sir Cumference.  My impromptu lesson was a hit!!!
I love the AngLegs to teach my fifth graders about the types of triangles and quadrilaterals.  They click together and have protractors that also click on to measure angles.  I have six bags and found that there was plenty for all of my students.  (thank you Donor's Choose)