Thursday, February 28, 2013

February in Jamestown

Earlier this month, we went to Fort Christmas.  We learned about life in Early Florida...
We learned about the History of Florida Flags


King of the Tomahawk Toss!

Our first camp was all about weaponry!

A real Sioux...his great grandmother was born into the Sioux tribe.

...Valentine's Day...
Graphing Candy Conversation Hearts

February 26th is National Pink Shirt Day.  I learned this from Runde's Room.  She has a fabulous activity for talking about bullying from different perspectives...the bully, the bullied, and the bystander. We followed her plan and had discussions in groups, wrote an "I am" poem, and designed our own pink shirt.  Here is the link to the story behind National Pink Shirt Day and Ms. Runde's activity:

My students had wonderful conversations, and did a fabulous job with the poems and t-shirts.  I am hoping this is a visual reminder of how we should treat each other.  

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Social Studies...Florida History

Students worked in teams to create a video explaining their part of Unit 3 Florida's Early History:

The Adams-Onis Treaty

The Florida Territory

2nd Seminole War

3rd Seminole War

Saturday, February 2, 2013


We began studying decimals this week in math.  Thanks to Success Maker, a computer program used by our school, most students have already been introduced to decimals.  I can't teach decimals without fractions!  So to start off, we drew number lines on our desks that were labeled from 0 to 1.  We marked off lines in between so that we could label 1/10, 2/10...10/10 on the top of the number line.  On the bottom of the number line we labeled the same marks 0.1, 0.2....1.0.  It's a good visual AND since students created their own number line, it sticks a little better than me just showing them.  We then did the same thing between 0 and 0.1...of course we had to "magnify" that part to be able to label with 1/100 and 0.01...10/10.  I got the idea from pinterest, of course.

This is a picture from the homeschool-ninjas blog!  I didn't think to take a picture of my students doing this.  We use dry erase markers on our desks and they work nicely.  Students LOVE it!  Just use black or fancy colors.  I use a Clorox wipe to get them clean.

On Friday, we played a Fraction/Decimal SCOOT.  I found this fabulous Task Card set on Teachers Notebook...

...and printed the cards out on card stock.  As a whole class, we completed the first four cards together.  Then, I had my kids get up and away from their desks.  Cards were placed face down in order around the outside desks.  Students worked in pairs.  I gave them 1 minute to complete the task card together before calling time and allowing them to move on.  1 minute was too long!  We had a "Half Time" snack, then I reduced the time to 30 seconds...which was perfect!  My students loved it and said how much fun it was!  I will use these in a center maybe later for practice, but it seemed that they really "GOT" the concept!

Continuing with the Super Bowl theme on Friday, we made our predictions based on what we had heard about both teams and what two of our students who follow the NFL closely could tell us about the players.  The Super Bowl Buddy was also found on Pinterest.  If you have not tried Pinterest, I highly recommend it!

We didn't use the whole body of the player...just the head and hands, but they still turned out cute.  We also just made score predictions rather than writing a paragraph.  These were only done if we finished our work for the week!

I don't really have a team in this game (GO BRONCOS!!!  OK, really GO PEYTON!!!) but I'm pulling for Baltimore!