Cheez-It Area

Last week we learned about arrays and this weeks we are learning about area (the space inside a shape).  We used cheez-its to create arrays that have a specified number of columns, rows, and/or area.  We had a little race to see what team could make the correct array first.  Then we put all of our cheez-its into one giant array and found the area.  Finally we divided them evenly and had a yummy snack.

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Quilt Project

Our class is doing another “Project by Jen”.  This time we are working with classes around the United States to create a piece of art.  This year’s theme … Quilts.  We colored our quilt blocks that we will send off to other schools around the country.  Then we played a fun game with quilt blocks.  We had to manipulate our individual quilt blocks so that our quilt looked like the one Ms. Pjura showed on the SmartBoard.  We had lots of fun.

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Mr. Popper’s Penguins

We have been reading Mr. Popper’s Penguins and doing fun math and reading activities to go along with the book.  First we found out how much Mr. Popper earns painting houses.  Then we planned out meals for the Popper family to make sure they would have enough money for the winter while Mr. Popper wasn’t working.  On Wednesday we calculated the number of miles Admiral Drake traveled on his trip around the world.  Finally, when Mr. Popper received his “surprise” from Admiral Drake we began to research penguins to figure out what type of penguin Captain Cook is.  We came to the conclusion that in the book Captain Cook is an Adélie Penguin but in the movie Captain is a Gentoo Penguin.  On Friday, we graphed our findings.

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We learned that most penguins live in Antarctica but a close second was New Zealand.  We were wondering if Mrs. Ericsson’s class has seen any penguins in their part of New Zealand.

We also found out that the Emperor Penguin is the largest type and the Little/Blue/Fairy Penguin is the smallest.

The One and Only Ivan

Our teacher is reading us The One and Only Ivan.  It’s about a silverback gorilla that lives in a shopping mall.  Ivan was taken from his home in the jungle and transported to the United States in a crate.  For the past two days we constructed our own crate for Not Ivan (our little stuffed animal monkey).  

Here’s Not Ivan:



He is 5 inches tall, 2 inches wide, and 2 inches deep.  So our crates had to be a bit larger than those dimensions.


Most of our crates were rectangular prisms.


Who knows the volume of a rectangular prism that is 5 inches tall, 2 inches wide, and 2 inches deep?


We worked very hard to make a nice crate for Not Ivan.

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We made sure Not Ivan would be very comfortable in his crate.


We made removable roofs.


We decorated his crate and put pictures on the walls for him.




IMG_2366 Some of us made toys for Not Ivan to play with like a ball and even a swing!  


Have you read The One and Only Ivan yet?