Jueves = Thursday

Here is what the kids saw and did this morning when they walked into our classroom!
Here is what the kids saw and did this morning when they walked into our classroom!

It’s Thursday and we have had an excellent week of learning – and we still have tomorrow! 🙂  While we continue to work on developing consistent routines in our classroom, we do have wonderful and learning-filled days together.  First, let me tell you what’s in this blog post.

  • Conversation Starters
  • Quotes
  • iPads
  • Math Investigation
  • Field Trip: To Be Continued
  • Gratitude

Conversation Starters:  As you may have seen in the last post, I am going to try to begin passing along conversation starters to aid in your learning about your fifth grader’s school days.  So, here you go!

  • Tell me 3 things you learned about community during your field trip to Cahokia Mounds.
  • What did you take pictures of to represent community during your field trip?  Why did you choose those things?
  • How is your classroom community similar to the community of the MIssissippians?
  • How is your neighborhood community similar to the community of the Mississippians?
  • As a mathematician, what kinds of boxes use the least amount of cardboard? (Think about what you have learned during our math time with boxes of oranges!)
  • What do parenthesis mean in a math problem?  For example, (4 x 5) x 2 =
  • What are different things that writer’s can write about in their notebooks?
  • What have you written about in your writer’s notebook this week?
  • You creatively represented a book you are reading this week.  How did you represent your book and what information did you include?
  • How have you used GRIT this week?  Why did you need GRIT at that time?
  • What is a class meeting?  What do you do during a class meeting to share your ideas?
  • How did you use your iPad to learn this week?  How was it helpful to you?

Quotes: Since the first day of school, each child has an opportunity to bring a quote to share with the class that will push their thinking.  You have probably seen some of the others on previous posts in this blog.  When each child shares a quote of their choosing, he or she writes it on the board for everyone to see throughout the day.  In addition, the fifth grader reads the quote, tells the class to think about a question related to te quote and then asks them to talk to someone about the quote and share out in our whole group.  I’ve attached are two more for you to check out.



iPads: Our iPad minis are slowly becoming a part of our learning in fifth grade.  We took them on our field trip to Cahokia Mounds.  We look forward to using our iPad minis to continue to support our learning this year.  Please know that the goal, as with any learning task, is to use methods to best demonstrate student thinking.  This means that at times, this will be with iPads and at other times this will be without iPads.  My goal is to use the iPad minis most effectively and with high quality, not as much as possible or solely for quantity.  Does this make sense?  If not, please ask me to clarify this further.

Math Investigation: Last week and this week, our class has worked on an investigation during our math time related to volume.  We have been figuring out ways to support an imaginary box factory by figuring out: 1) all of the combinations to make 24 by using rows, columns, and layers, 2) how much cardboard would be used to make each box from the previous combinations, and 3) how much the cardboard would cost for cube boxes if each square inch costs 12 cents.  Whew!  That’s a lot of work . . . and trust me, it is HARD!  Our class has continued to use GRIT and work in partners and groups to take on these tasks.  Below are posters that groups created to represent their work to share with other mathematicians.

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Field Trip: To Be Continued: As you know, we had field trip today.  I want to tell you – and really, SHOW you – more about it, but would like to take more time to do so than I have at the moment.  So, please be patient and know that more information is coming about our time at Cahokia Mounds in the future! 🙂

imagesGratitude: Thank you to the families that came to conferences this week.  I loved talking with you about your fifth grader.  Seriously.  I really enjoyed hearing about your child and how I can help to better guide learning this school year.  I also liked learning more about you and your family!  Thanks for sharing and for those of you I will see next week, know that I am definitely looking forward to it!

2 thoughts on “Jueves!

  1. I really enjoy these blogs Ms. Turken! They are so informative and I love hearing about what is going on in your classroom. Thanks for taking the time to update us.
    Teresa Rogers

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