We read and discussed the Scholastic News edition The Fox That Shocked Scientists. It featured an intrepid arctic fox that made an amazing journey from Norway to Canada. Ask your child about it (as well as what the word intrepid means)! The boys and girls completed activities related to main idea/key details, vocabulary, comprehension, and text evidence. They also learned more about foxes from a National Geographic Kids Reader. I showed them a quick fox craft, but we ran out of time for it today. Tomorrow is another day!
Today's math lesson began with our hundreds chart. We reviewed the horizontal and vertical patterns found on it. Then, we solved puzzles like this. before moving on to three digit numbers. The students identified numbers that were 10 more, ten less, 100 more, or 100 less than other numbers.
One of the problems we solved together was the following: ____ is 10 less than 948 and 10 more than ____. Many students correctly wrote 938 in the first space, but then wrote 958 in the second space. We looked at why this did not make sense. We tried other versions of the same problem that required the same understanding of place value. Think: ____ is 10 less than 40 and 10 more than ____.
During social studies, we revisited the fox papers from the morning. Together we looked for evidence in the text. The students underlined sentences in the article to use in their responses to questions. We also prepared our passports with stickers and stamps from countries in Europe.
The specials class of the day was P.E. Ms. Whiting also returned to teach us more about harvesting the worm compost and making worm tea. We will not drink this tea, but our plants will be happy to do so! Ask your child how to make worm tea!
We have received more mail from Flat Stanley. We will have a Flat Stanley mail session tomorrow morning!