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Pill bugs, sow bugs and a dime!

Dear Parents,

Math:  Last week in math we studied the nickel.  The students practiced counting by 5’s while we danced the Macarena.  I told the kids that if they can count by 5’s then they can count nickels.  I paired the kids up with a partner and gave them a pile of nickels.  Each group had to tell me their total, we wrote the totals on the board, then determined which group had the most, least or same totals.  We also pretended we were going to a carnival and every group had to buy tickets to various rides.  They worked with their partner to count out the correct amount needed in order to purchase the ticket.  Many times kids get confused counting out coins; they like to say that every coin is one cent.  Please continue to practice with them at home so they can become more confident when counting money.  This week in math we will be practicing counting by 10’s….the dime!  I feel like this coin will be easier than the nickel.  We will be counting dimes up until we reach $1.00.  We will trade our 10 dimes in for a $1.00 bill.  Combining nickels and dimes together is too much at this point, but if you feel your child can do this, awesome, keep practicing with them at home.  The kids will be working with partners at the tables during their seat work.  Each group will get a bowl of dimes and a die.  They will take turns rolling the die.  Whatever number they roll, that is how many dimes they will get.  When they get 10 dimes, they exchange it for a dollar.  Whoever gets to $5.00 first is the winner.

Science:  The isopods were very popular in science class.  They were very fun to watch through the magnifying glass and even more fun to hold.  Almost everyone was brave enough to let the isopods crawl around on their hand.  We made a “KWL” chart for our bugs.  Here are the things the kids Knew: they are bugs, they have antennae, eyes and legs, they crawl and have to live in the wild.  Here are the things the kids Wanted to Know: how many legs do they have, how do they smell, do they tickle, how do they eat, are they big or small, and do they suction like snails? (Awesome questions, right?) Here are the things we Learned: They have 7 plates that overlap, they have 7 legs on each side, they have antennae and a molting carapace (shell).  After the lesson, on the parts of an isopod the students then had to draw a picture of the insect and label the body parts and write a cool fact about the insect.  We are making an isopod journal, so each week we will add our work to the journal and they will be able to take them home at the end of the unit.  This week we will be learning about the differences between our 2 isopods, the pill and sow bug.  We will be learning about body structure differences and traits.

Art:  Over the next couple of weeks we are doing a top secret mother’s day art project.  The only clue I can give you is……’s going to be super cute!


Thanks a million,

Mrs. Burks

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