Thursday, October 22, 2009

Hip, Hip, Array!

We have been exploring arrays!

Row x Column = Product

When the factors were different digits, the arrays were in the shape of a rectangle.

When the factors were the same...look what shape it made!

Can you name one square array that is missing?

Do you see any arrays in your home?

Tell us about it in the comments!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Are You An Expert?

The second story in our Celebrating Traditions Unit is called
"Anthony Reynoso, Born to Rope."

 This is a story of a family's tradition of Mexican rodeo roping and riding. Anthony and his family work hard and practice their skills for their exhibitions. Because of their hours of practice, they are now expert performers!

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Please share about a skill you have worked hard to learn. 
What steps did you take to master this skill?  
Was it difficult at first?
Did anyone help you to achieve this goal?

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Celebrating Traditions!

This week our class is starting a new unit in Language Arts called Celebrating Traditions! A tradition is something that family, friends, or another group of people has done for many years and continues to do on a regular basis.

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In the first story, "The Keeping Quilt," by Patricia Polacco, the author retells the story of her family's handmade quilt. In the story, a Russian immigrant mother and family arrive in the United States. She plans to make a quilt from a basket of old clothes, telling her daughter, "It will be like having the family in backhome Russia dance around us at night." The quilt is passed along from mother to daughter for four generations. It becomes a Sabbath tablecloth and a wedding canopy. It even becomes a blanket for new generations of children. "The Keeping Quilt" is heart - warming story about one family's tradition.

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In the comment section, please share a tradition your family celebrates. It can be an annual party, a holiday, or any traditional event.

Please include details about: special foods, decorations, songs, and/or activities.

Remember: Be sure to have a parent proofread with you, so your comment will be published.