What a week! I don’t know if I’ve ever been so happy to see Friday afternoon as I was last Friday. I’m not sure if I’ve ever been quite so wiped out! Everyone in my house, except me, has had some form of illness all week long. We’ve endured colds, strep throat, and the stomach bug hit both kids and my husband. I learned one thing through all of the fun-I was not meant to be a nurse! I absolutely admire and give my utmost respect to anyone in that profession, because that’s hard work. I also got proof that teaching does give you an amazing immune system.
Despite everything, I was able to be at school for most of the week, and I have a few pictures of some of the things we’ve done recently. I’ve been finishing up my plant and animal adaptations unit, and we have all had so much fun learning about plant and animal adaptions. We learned about camouflage, and my students decorated butterflies that were camouflaged around the room. They colored them, so that they would blend in to the background, and then taped the butterfly to the wall to see if anyone could find it.
I wouldn’t let my students climb, but I did help a few kids out!
Of course, I couldn’t resist making one too. I hid it on a ceiling tile, and if it weren’t for the black lines, I don’t think anyone would have found it.
We also did our bird’s beak experiment where students use different tools to determine which bird’s beak is best for eating different types of food. This is probably one of my top five favorite lessons for the entire year, because my students have so much fun and learn so much about adaptations through this lesson.
Within the unit, there are posters for essential vocabulary.
There are all kinds of flipbooks and folding activities that would be perfect for interactive notebooks. Since we’re not using science notebooks this year, we just did them on construction paper, and it worked wonderfully.
There are also plenty of other hands on lessons that I didn’t get an chance to take any pictures of us completing. It’s so funny that I often don’t think about taking a picture until after we’ve cleaned up!
If you’d like to see a preview of the whole unit, you can click on the picture below.
I also introduce division last week, which always makes my students think that they are The Stuff. I always start conceptually and try to make sure that my students understand the concept of partitioning numbers into equal groups. I also teach my students how to represent division through number sentences, grouping models, arrays, and repeated subtraction.
I made these worksheets to give my students a little extra practice, and you can download a copy by just clicking on either picture!