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Friday, April 20, 2012

Day 152- It looked like...

Today we got in touch with our artistic side. We spent all this week and last week with our noses to the TCAP grindstone, and we needed a break!

Ms. Payton mentioned that she was going to bring out the paints, so we did too! Of course we had a literary connection, and we practiced our writing skills as well.

We read It Looked Like Spilt Milk.

The entire story is about seeing things that look like something, but end up being something else. I don't want to spoil the story for you- you'll have to read it yourself.

After reading the story, my students were told to create a picture using 2 colors. (can you guess which 2 colors?)

When they finished, we had to let the pictures dry. In order for them to dry, we had to stay away from our tables. I guess we'll just have to do math on the carpet!

We looked at fractions with an activity and coloring page. Then we practiced our subtraction skills. I'm a little concerned with our ability to subtract- especially with TCAP being so close. (next week!) For some reason a few of my students keep adding instead of subtracting! It's enough to make me pull their hair out!

After lunch our paintings were dry. We traded pictures and had to write about what we saw on our partner's paper.

We talked about how not all pictures look the same to everyone. It's all in that person's perspective!

 A fifth grade teacher saw this picture and told me, "That is obviously a picture of an atomic bomb. Don't you see the mushroom cloud?" I told her that I'm worried about her- thinking about mushroom clouds this close to TCAPs. ;)

 My students wrote that this was a monster. It took everything in me to keep from correcting her. It's obviously a picture of a volcano! See the smoke going up and the lava flowing down?

I think my students had a good time, while still maintaining a "we're still learning" mindset.

This afternoon's activity was our TCAP Pep-rally! I'm going to write about it in a separate post.

*Check back tomorrow for Celebrity Story Saturday! It's going to be really special!*

** TCAP is next week! Get plenty of sleep and GET TO SCHOOL ON TIME!**

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