We have been busy learing about the Universe. Needless to say, that is quite a large realm to begin to understand. Although our fifth graders will not be responsible for learning every part of the universe, we did take a look at models of how big the universe might be and size comparisons between several different objects. Below are a link and a video animation of two of the models we explored!
Click on the picture below to visit the Scale of the Universe!
This week we have been talking a little bit about the Hour of Code program happening around the world, which is focused on increasing awareness of computer science at a young level. As a part of this movement, our students have been involved in learning about coding and are going to move forward in our understanding by teaching first graders how to code using a game set up through the Code.org website. Tonight I have an optional homework assignment. Click HERE to find the activity we will be teaching first graders tomorrow. See if you can get all the way through!
Please click HEREfor a short video explaining today’s homework problem.
And here is a little help for the last question!
On Friday we started a new read aloud book: Revenge of the Shadow King by Derek Benz and J.S. Lewis. This book was a gift to me from a student some years ago from the book fair. I have read it to different classrooms over the years and it is a great read with an awesome first page that grabs the attention of readers right away. On Friday afternoon, I tweeted one of the authors to share that we are excited about reading the book. I was surprised to see a response almost immediately! Check it out below!
@DerekBraman Awesome to hear. Thanks so much!
— Jon S. Lewis (@jonslewis) November 8, 2013