Saturday, April 13, 2013

Five for Fraturday (April 12)

I know it's Saturday afternoon, but I love linking up with Doodle Bugs Five for Friday!
So, it's Five for Fraturday!

1.  We have been working on fractions in class. Our curriculum introduced equivalent fractions in a pretty awesome way, using pattern blocks!  A hexagon is a whole, a trapezoid is 1/2, a rhombus is 1/3 and a triangle is 1/6.

They played a game where they rolled a fraction die and added that amount of pattern blocks to their recording sheet to build hexagons.  We play a lot of math games with Investiagions, but this is by far my favorite one!

2. It's finally warm here, it's been in the 70's every day!  Our school is an older building so our AC never quite works right!  Well, it didn't work the first two days and it was rough.  So, to escape the heat, we spent some time reading outside.

3. We have been doing some reading test prep review, so we have been making reading fold-its to make it a little more fun.  This is a venn diagram we did this week comparing two stories.

This is one of the templates in my Fold-It Template Pack.  

4. We had Parent-Teacher Conferences this week, but they were student-led. I always love hearing the students share their learning with their parents!  They shared their published writing from the year, their reader's notebooks and their Interactive Science Journals. They also taught their parents how to play some of our math games!

To begin the conference, the students wrote a letter to their parents about their year.

You can download it from Google Docs here!

5. I've linked up with Jessica at Second Grade Nest! She is having a linky filled with Earth Day Ideas!  I've linked up my Earth Day Task cards.

Click on the picture to check out some of the other things linked up!

I'll give away one set of these Earth Day Task Cards. Leave me a comment telling me about one thing from your week!  I'll choose someone on Sunday. 

I hope you have a great weekend! :) 


  1. We finished state math/reading assessments! Free to have fun teaching again for the remaining 5 and a half weeks of school :-)

  2. I love going outside with my students too. We like reading in our prayer garden. This week was state testing and we continue into next week too. I didn't do much teaching except for my kiddos writing a biography poem. They came out great!!!! One exciting thing did happen~~I was in the Teachers Notebook newsletter!!!!!
    Third Grade Love

  3. My students told me they'd "teach me how to lie" if I'd tell them the answers to the AIMS test. It was a hilarious moment in our classroom, for sure. I think they're feeling the pressure. And we're ready to get the test over with this week!

  4. We had a crazy week, so I am not sure I could write much of it without a few choice words. How about this? It is over. Amen.

    You have the greatest task cards...and I love Earth Day, so this would be win/win in my mind!

    tokyoshoes (at) hotmail (dot) com

  5. We have been on Spring Break! I had a great time with my 2 year old son!

  6. We finally had WARMER weather this week!

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  8. My boyfriend came home after 4 long months working in another state!

  9. Student led conferences sound great! I wish we made time for them. Those task cards look awesome, Amber:)
    Fun in Room 4B

  10. My kiddos love some task cards! This week my students spent one and a half days without me while I got to go to some professional development! They did so wonderfully!

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