It looks, hopefully, like all of the students are now able to access the WIFI with their Chromebooks. That is an immense relief! Now that the connectivity issue has been addressed, students should have joined all of my classes in Google Classroom by now. Based on how engaged they were today, I am cautiously optimistic that this will no longer be a problem.
In math, the students explored one of my favorite concepts: Pascal's Triangle. Since today's focus was on how math is really just the study of patterns, this tied-in quite well. The three activities that they did are posted on my Math Google Classroom. The executive summary version is below:
1. Find the sum of each row in Pascal’s Triangle. Is there a pattern?
2. Shade all of the odd numbers in Pascal’s Triangle. Is there a pattern?
3. Triangular numbers are numbers that can be drawn as a triangle.
For example, 3 is a triangular number and can be drawn like this (see attached file)
6 is a triangular number and can be drawn like this (see attached file)
Find and represent the next two triangular numbers.
Can you find triangular numbers in Pascal’s Triangle?
4. Find one more pattern in Pascal’s Triangle and be prepared to share your findings with the class.
Students got to work together collaboratively. Activity 1 involved me dividing up the class into four different groups. Each group was assigned a corner of the room and their task was to work together. After choosing a group spokesperson, they shared their findings.
After specials, we did day 2 of science. While yesterday was about lab safety, today was about the scientific method. The class was taught that scientists use this method to consistently because it works. It can also be used in engineering and in fact, every other facet of life.
The Scientific Method
1. Ask a Question
3. Make a Hypothesis
4. Test With an Experiment
5. Go Over the Results
Once we did that, students played a Kahoot! to review. This activity reviewed both lab safety and the scientific method.
Literacy was about the set-up and procedures for the classroom library. Students are encouraged to read independently, both here at school and at home. A lot of the independent reading is for enjoyment. While students will be reading material throughout the day, designated reading times are for reading a text that is fun to read. It is my goal that this is something students choose to do far beyond 5th grade.
In writing, we went over the writing process and did a Kahoot review on it.