As part of our continued learning with graphing the students were able to graph different colored goldfish today. They are practicing how to show data on a graph. They then counted each color for a total, as well as figured out how many goldfish they had in their cups using only the graph as a tool. Of course, they got to eat and enjoy the goldfish afterwards!
Last week while talking about Christopher Columbus' journey across the sea the students were really interested in the ships. We made little ships and tried sailing them across the ocean. Each ship bottom was the same and each mast however each student put a different amount of play dough inside to weigh it down and each student designed a different size and shape sail for their ship. We then made scientific hypotheses about which ships would sink, flip and sail. Every student got to try to sail theirs across the ocean. The student quickly learned that too much weight made the ships sink. They found differences in the shapes of the sails as well. They really loved this activity.
In math the students have begun working on solving story problems with addition. They have learned the strategy of counting on to help them solve the problems. One fun game they played to practice counting on was the dominos parking lot game. They are also using Popsicle sticks to practice making tallies.