Measuring Flight Distance

This week for our enrichment activity we tried to make and modify paper airplanes that would travel the farthest distance.  We first tested out a “basic” paper airplane.  Then we researched airplanes and either made a completely new model or modified our basic model.  We added weight (paperclips and staples) to different parts of the airplane to see what that would do.  We changed the shape of the wings by cutting or folding them, and we altered the amount of “drag” by opening the middle up a little more or taping it shut. The airplane that flew the farthest traveled 26 feet (the entire length of our classroom), it would have traveled farther but it crashed into the wall.

IMG_2010 IMG_2013 IMG_2017 IMG_2018 IMG_2023 IMG_2024 IMG_2027 IMG_2033 IMG_2036 IMG_2038IMG_2008

We are 100 days smarter!

Happy 100th day of school!  The one hundredth day of school fell on the PERFECT day.  In math we switched from customary measurement to metric and we were learning that 100 centimeters equal one meter.  We had fun races/competitions throughout the day.  Our first race was to make a list of five things that were shorter than 100 centimeters and five things that were longer than 100 centimeters. Then we raced to write down ways to make 100 (number sentences).  After recess we formed six groups and competed in teams.

Our first race was putting together a hundred chart.

IMG_1982 3






The next challenge … which team can work together to build a tower of 100 cups the fastest.

IMG_1984 IMG_1987 IMG_1988

IMG_1986 3

IMG_1989 3

IMG_1985 3

Next up … building the TALLEST tower of 100 cups.

Record: 89 centimeters IMG_1992 4 IMG_1994 4

IMG_1993 IMG_1995 IMG_1996

Our third team challenge was to build the tallest, free standing straw structure (supplies: 100 straws and a pair of scissors).

Record: 73 centimeters (not pictured … Ms. Pjura’s forgetful … it was a really awesome looking structure too 🙁 sorry!) 

IMG_2001 4

IMG_1997 IMG_1998 IMG_1999And the FINAL challenge … who can clean up the fastest 😉

It was a super FUN FRIDAY!!

Measuring Unit

We are learning all about customary measurement this week.  We have learned ….

* That there are three ways to measure – length, weight, and capacity

* The units for length are (from smallest to largest) – inches, feet, yards, and miles

* The units for weight are – ounces, pounds, and tons

* And the units for capacity are – cups, pints, quarts, and gallons

To help us remember our capacity units we made a helpful Gallon Robot Guy/Gal


Ms. Pjura forgot to take pictures of us making the robots so here’s a picture of the finished products hanging the in windows of our classroom.

IMG_2003 2 IMG_2004