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Welcome to my math blog! The purpose of this blog is to help you stay informed about our learning and experiences that have taken place during our math class. I have also included links your child (and you) may want to use in order to supplement math learning in 5th grade.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Eleventh Annual 1st Class Titanic Luncheon

Today we celebrated our Eleventh Titanic First Class Luncheon!  The girls were resplendent in their beautiful dresses and the boys were dashing in their suits and ties!  The First Methodist Church was decorated beautifully and the food was excellent.  The students enjoyed their 5 course meal which was served as a three piece band and the low lighting helped set the overall feel of the event.

There were many, many, many photos taken.  We will be sending information home on getting copies.

At the end of the meal, Mrs. Johnson gave some final statistics regarding the night Titanic sank and asked the musicians to play "Nearer My God to Thee."  It is said that the orchestra continued to play in an effort to calm nerves as the life boats were loaded.  The last song played was "Nearer My God to Thee," as the ship sank.

To end the luncheon, students were given an envelope that contained a copy of the front page of the newspaper that was published the morning after Titanic sank.  It also held a biography of an actual passenger on the Titanic.  Many students learned that they were seated with family members at their dining table.   The moment they opened the envelope they learned their fate, and the fate of their family members, the night Titanic sank.

Based on the information from the Titanic:

The passengers:
  • 438 passengers were women (20%)
  • 112 passengers were children (5%)
  • 1664 passengers were men (75%)
  • 324 women survived (74%)
  • 56 children survived (50%)
  • 325 men survived (20%)
Placing our 5th grade numbers into the statistics:
  • 18 of our girls (out of 24) survived
  • 6 of our boys (out of 32) survived
This really resounded with the boys and girls when we asked the girl survivors to stand and then then the boy survivors to stand.  It was very sobering.

It was a day to remember!  Thank you to the many parents who volunteered to set up, serve, and clean up!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

May 2 - May 4 STEAM Rotations (Round 5)

STEAM Rotations

STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking. The end results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process. These are the innovators, educators, leaders, and learners of the 21st century!  (http://educationcloset.com/steam/what-is-steam/)

Objective and Lesson Frame:
  •  We will work through STEAM activities in an effort to guide student inquiry, dialogue, and critical thinking.
  • I will work take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration, and work through the creative process.

Our 5th round of rotations, will include these activities:

Lego Chain Reactions
  • Funnel Ramp
  • Zigzag Ramp
littleBits Electronic Gadgets
  • Bitbot
  • Rotolamp

  • Hour of Code Website