Monday, October 29, 2012

Positively Perfect Plurals!

Mrs. Ranney's class has been working 
recently on learning to spell 
plural nouns correctly!

There are so many rules about plurals to follow!

Did you know that plural nouns never use apostrophes?
Did you know that not all plurals have an s added to them? 

 Frogger has some plural spelling rules to share with you:

1. When a singular noun ends with x, ch, sh, or s, add es
Examples: box - boxes              bush - bushes
2. When a singular noun ends in a consonant and y, change the y to an i and add es.  
                 Examples: penny - pennies         fly - flies
3. To some nouns ending in f, simply add s.
                 Examples: chief - chiefs             bluff - bluffs
4. To other nouns ending in f or fe, change the f or fe to v and add  
                 Examples: wolf - wolves            leaf - leaves
5. Some singular nouns form their plurals in special ways. There is no rule for these, so you just have to memorize them!
                 Examples: tooth - teeth               mouse - mice


Frogger challenges you to use three different plurals in a comment!
Here is Frogger's example:

Dear Class,

Yesterday three flies landed on my lilypad. I tried so hard to eat them, but they got away!  I wonder how many of you children would want to eat flies instead of candies on Halloween? 

After missing the flies, I hopped off my lilypad into the water where I saw some geese paddling by. They were carrying some leaves back to their nests. I swam along, so I could say hello to their babies!

I'm looking forward to reading your comments full of positively perfect plurals!

Ribbit and regards,

P. S. Be sure to use html code to make your plurals bold!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Hip, Hip, Array!

We have been exploring arrays!

Row x Column = Product

The multiplication for the array above is
3 x 4 = 12
because it has 3 rows of 4.

When the factors are different digits, 
the arrays are in the shape of a rectangle. 
When the factors are the same digit, 
the array are a square!

We practiced making arrays ourselves!
First, we worked with tiles and created arrays like these:

Here are a few more. Do you know what is different and special about them?



 Then we got more creative!

Some of us even made arrays at home and sent them in!

Alexandra's Headband Array

Jules' Array of Shoes

Alex's Cupcake Array  

Can you tell us the multiplication problem that goes with it?


Here's one from Frogger! Can you tell him how many
 rows and columns it has?
Do you know the multiplication problem that 
goes best with Frogger's array?



Here is a quiz about arrays!

       Rows   x   Columns on PhotoPeach

Which array is your favorite?

Do you know more factors that will make square arrays?

Do you see any arrays in your home?

Tell us about it in your comments!

Monday, October 8, 2012

Celebrating Traditions!

This week Mrs. Ranney's 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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The story for this week is "The Keeping Quilt".

 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 a 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.
 Your comment should be 4 to 6 sentences long. 
 Students: Your comment is due on Friday, October 19!