Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Merry Christmas!

Thanks to everyone who helped by bringing treats for today! Happy holidays from Mrs. Dickey's room!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Blast from the Past: The Oregon Trail

The Oregon Trail game is a part of my elementary school experience that I have always remembered.  I don't know if it was my whole family dying from all of the various diseases: snake bite, cholera, broken bones, etc.; or if it was just the joy of playing a game instead of doing "normal" work, but I remember loving the entire experience greatly.  Turns out, the old game still has appeal with elementary students in the 21st Century.  This website has made old MSDOS games available to play for free!  If your kids are getting bored over winter break, remind them that all they can embark on a trip to California or Oregon as long as they have computer and internet access.  While you're at it, encourage reading a book, too.  Reading is another thing that hasn't changed since the 90s.  :)

Thursday, December 10, 2015

"Snowmen at Night" Art

This is one of my favorite art projects.  We read the book, Snowmen at Night, and discussed the shading and how snowmen don't just look white when it is dark outside.  The students were instructed to include a snowman, a moon, and their snowman had to be doing an activity.  Great work, 4th Graders!

The idea (completely not my own) came from a blog of a 6th grade class on Pinterest from here:

Friday, December 4, 2015

Elapsed Time Homework Help (A Guide for Parents)

This week I wanted to blog about a helpful homework hint some of you might want to know!  I'm sure at this point in the school year, many of you have helped your students with math homework problems about elapsed time.  You may have also noticed a missed problem on a test or homework sheet regarding elapsed time as well.  This is a struggle for many students at this grade level and I really wanted to find a great new strategy this year to help tackle this issue head on. 
So, like all great original ideas... I got on Pinterest, and here is what I found:

A video:  These teachers use a little skit to show us how to use a T chart to find elapsed time.

A visual: This poster is a sample we used in class to practice what the video showed us about using T charts on two different types of elapsed time problems.

I just wanted to share our ideas!  Students sometimes need some extra tools in their tool boxes for problem solving and this is a great one.