Monday, May 28, 2012

Area, Plants & Nutrition!

I think this has been the longest I've gone without posting! I hope you have missed me!

Not only have I neglected this little blog for the past week, but I haven't pinned, blog stalked, or even turned on my laptop since Thursday!  I was so busy all of last week, and I made sure that I enjoyed my long weekend!  I hope everyone else did the same thing.

Let me update you on our week at school. At least what I can remember of it.  (It was one of those weeks....)

1. Remediation.  That's all I'm saying about that.

2. Area & Perimeter

Since we are switching to Common Core next year, my little ones would go to fourth grade without learning area and perimeter.  I didn't want them to go on with a gap, so that's what we did in math this week. Seeing as I've never taught area and perimeter before, I went to Pinterest!  We used Cheez-its to learn about area and perimeter of rectangles and squares.  Area was easy because it is pretty much just an array, but we had some trouble with perimeter...


When they finished, they created their own figure on the back.

I couldn't find the original pin anymore. :(

The lovely Molly posted about Area Robots. I knew I had to make them! These were so fun!  



3. Plants 
We have been learning lots of fun things about the life, needs and uses of plants.  One of my favorite things to do is actually from one of our Science Kits.  We soak lima beans, take off the seed coat, open it up and examine the baby seedlings inside. 


The kiddos love seeing the baby plants!  It's so funny how much you learn as a teacher.  Before I taught third grade, I never ever thought about a baby plant being inside a seed.  (Wait, does that make me sounds like an idiot?)

4. MyPlate
We are also learning about Nutrition in Health and one of the biggest things about the new "MyPlate" over the Food Pyramid is emphasizing 1/2 of your plate should be fruits and veggies. So, since we are already learning all about plants, I decided to ask parents to send in different vegetables.  


Here was our veggie spread!  They predicted what part of the plant each veggie was from.  Then it was time to try the different veggies!  Some of their reactions were hilarious!  Kids are so funny.  A lot of them tried new vegetables and most of them actually found one they liked!


Here is the recording sheet we used, if your interested! 
 

Speaking of MyPlate, be sure to check out MyPlate.gov.  


You can download and order FREE resources including posters and activities! It said that mine would arrive in 4-6 weeks, but it came in 4 days!  I love FREE!

Well, 9 More Days. 9!  I can't believe it!  So much to do, so little time!  
Have a great Monday! 

7 comments:

  1. You know, with as much junk food as I know most of my kiddos eat, I may have to do some fruit and vegetable sampling next year. Perhaps I can break some of those habits!

    Laura
    Will Grade For Coffee

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  2. Love all of your ideas! AND, I definitely missed you during your absence. =) Have a great last nine days of school!

    Ms. Smith
    Adventures of Ms. Smith

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  3. I am with you...9 more days for me too! I love the Area Bots. They came out so cute!

    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  4. Don't feel bad about the seed. Earlier today I had a whole conversation with my hunny explaining to him how a potato grows.

    Buzzing with Ms. B

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  5. I love how you're keeping the learning going in the last few days. Good luck with your push to the end! :)

    Jenny
    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

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  6. Thanks for all the great resource ideas!! I went over there and downloaded a bunch. Unfortunately the link to all of the mailable resources wouldn't work! :(

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  7. You have so many fun activities to teach math. I am defiantly going to do the area robot and cheez it lesson next year. Thanks :)

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