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March 19, 2013

March 19th

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We have been learning about the 12 math problem solving situations.  These are the take apart/ put together problem situations.  The new Common Core Standards state that we need to be able to solve problems with the unknown value in all positions of the equation.  We're getting good at it! 

The last three are the compare situations.  After conceptualizing these situations with smaller numbers, we were able to solve similar problems with bigger numbers.

This quarter in math we have really dug into measurement.  We read the book Twelve Snails to One Lizard by Susan Hightower.  In that story, animals are related to units of measurement.  We frequently refer back to these animals to remember that there are 12 inches in a foot and 3 feet in a yard. 
In reading we have been thinking about the author's purpose for writing.  We know that not all text is written the same way and we will understand more of what we read if we know what to look for.  We have looked at examples of persuasive text to get ideas for our own persuasive writing.  Our understandings about reading and writing go hand-in-hand!

In social studies we are studying the features of maps.  We learned about how to use compass roses and designed our own out of interesting magazine pages.

In art we sculpted numbers in the style of Robert Indiana.  We practiced rearranging them to change their place value and used them to create equations.