Last Day of Target – 1st Grade Green Crew (Hicks, Schumacher, Wilson, & Hughes)

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Convergent: Students solved a logic matrix puzzle and word ladder puzzle.  We discussed strategies for solving these puzzles in class.

Algebraic Thinking:  We learned multiplication fact tips for our 0s, 1s, 2s, 5s, 10s, & 11s facts.  Students practiced solving facts in class using these tips.  For example, for 4 x 5, students held up 4 fingers and pointed to each finger as they counted by fives to get the product.  Then students took a multiplication timed test on their 5 facts for fun!  Every student was able to master their 5 facts today within 3 minutes.  Way to go!

Communication/Relationships & Connections: We read two different versions of Humpty Dumpty today in class.  Students compared and contrasted both versions.  Students used Thesaurus.com on the Ipads to find more descriptive synonyms for words in the story such as sat, put, eating, and fall.  We discussed how to use a thesaurus to find words to make our writing more interesting and descriptive. 

Evaluative/Divergent:  Students completed a STEM challenge today:  The Humpty Dumpty Egg Drop Challenge.  Students had to design a system to protect Humpty from cracking or breaking during a high fall.  Students had to brainstorm and design a system to protect Humpty as well as make a list of needed supplies such as bubble wrap, food box, paper towels, cotton balls, etc.  Students tested their systems by dropping a real egg from the large wall outside near the bus port.  We recorded our results and analyzed the data to determine which systems worked best and why.

Don’t Forget: This was our last target day this school year for Mrs. Hicks, Mrs. Schumacher, Mrs. Wilson, & Mrs. Hughes’ classes.  Target progress reports will be sent home with your child next week.  Enjoy your summer, and I can’t wait to see you in 2nd grade!!!  Summer Tip: Practice your multiplication facts over the summer (0-5 facts). There are several free multiplication fact apps you can download for your smartphone or Ipad.


Week 13- 1st Grade Green Crew (McCreary)

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Convergent: Students solved a logic matrix puzzle and vocabulary ladder puzzle today.  We discussed strategies for solving these puzzles as well.

Algebraic Thinking:  Students began practicing their multiplication facts using Ipad apps such as Multiplication Slide and Math Facts.  We learned strategies for our 0s, 1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s multiplication facts.  For example, for  4 x 5 , students held up 4 fingers and then counted by fives to get the product.  For 6 x 2, students held up 6 fingers and then counted by twos as they touched each finger to get the product. 

Communication/Relationships & Connections:  We reviewed all 3 versions of the Three Billy Goats Gruff fairy tale.  Students created a WANTED POSTER for the troll including a description of his character traits, known location, and reward.  Students had to include evidence of comprehension of the fairy tale within their wanted poster. 

Affective/Self-Reflection:  We learned about the multiple intelligences or different ways of being smart in class today.  Students sang the “Multiple Intelligences Song”.  Next students took a survey of their likes to determine their multiple intelligence strengths and weaknesses.  We recorded the data from our surveys and created a graph of our data.  This graph helped us determine our strengths and weaknesses.  Some students learned they are word smart, logic smart, and people smart.  Others discovered their weakness may be music smart or body smart.  We analyzed the results of our graph by writing about our strengths and weaknesses.

Divergent/Evaluative/Collaboration: Students continued working on the STEM challenge in small groups today: build a raft for the Billy Goats to cross the river and avoid the troll using only the materials given.  Students built a raft using only straws and pipe cleaners since the goats ate most of the building supplies!  The raft had to float in water for at least 10 seconds holding 10 grams of weight or more. We researched different ways to build a raft using pictures Mrs. Orton bookmarked on Kiddle.

Don’t Forget: get your green target tally signed by a parent, check this blog every Thursday, tell your parents what your multiple intelligences strengths and weaknesses are, bring your favorite soda/drink for yourself next Thursday for our end of the year celebration in target class, next Thursday, May 16th, is our last Target day this school year.  Target progress reports will be sent home with your child the last week of school. 


Week 14- 5th Grade Blue Crew

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Shortened Target Day Due to Gifted Testing

CONVERGENT:  Students worked on a vocabulary puzzle and Ken Ken math brainteaser.

COMMUNICATION/SELF-REFLECTION:  Students completed a 5th Grade Mock Trial Reflection in class today on Office 365 Forms.  This activity will be a communication and self-reflection grade.  Students also wrote Thank You Notes to Judge Holmes for presiding over our mock trials.

DIVERGENT: Students continue to work on their courtroom dioramas in class.  Students were given a grading rubric for this project.

Don’t Forgets: Get your TT signed by a parent, check this blog every Monday, NO EDMODO response, finish writing and print/share your Thank You note to Judge Holmes if you didn’t finish it in class today, click on the link below to play the “Make Your Case” game, bring your favorite can of soda/drink (for yourself only) for our end of year celebration next Monday.  Next Monday, May 13th is our last target day this school year!

Make Your Case Game



Week 13- 4th Grade Orange Crew

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Shortened Target Day due to Gifted Testing:

Divergent: Students continued working on a divergent thinking activity ABC box listing items for each letter of the alphabet they might take on their dream vacation.  They also added lines and details to doodles to create pictures of items they would need on their dream vacation and gave each picture a unique title. 

Evaluative/Divergent:  Students continued working on their Dream Vacation Presentations again today on Office 365. Students are creating either a Power Point or Sway presentation on Office 365 (Please share your presentation with Patricia Orton).  Students were given a grading rubric and specific requirements for their dream vacation presentation last week. These presentations are due next week as we will share them in class for a grade. 

Don’t Forget: get orange target tally signed by a parent, check this blog every Wednesday, NO Edmodo Response, finish your Dream Vacation Presentation on Office 365 Power Point or Sway. (If you don’t have Office 365 at home, you can work on your presentation in the mornings in your homeroom or Mrs. Orton’s room from 7:15-7:50 a.m. You can also work on it after school in Mrs. Orton’s room if you attend ASP. Please make arrangements with Mrs. Orton.)

Presentations are due next Wednesday, May 8th.  Next Wednesday (May 8th) is our last day of Target this school year. 


Week 13- 3rd Grade Yellow Crew

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Shortened Target Day Due to Gifted Testing in the Building

CONVERGENT:  Students completed a logic matrix puzzle and heart idioms challenge.

EVALUATIVE/REL. & CONN./COMMUNICATION:  Students continued to research various problems of the heart with a partner such as:  heart attack, heart failure, arrhythmia, etc.  Students used bookmarked websites on the class blog to do their research.  Student recorded information on a graphic organizer. Next, students began creating a Sway or Power Point presentation about their heart problem to share with the class.  We also worked on a STEM activity, The Cardio 100,  to program/code a Sphero robot to complete a race through a heart diagram created by students in teams.

DON’T FORGET:  Get your target tally signed by your parent, check this blog every Tuesday, do Edmodo Response, finish any incomplete work in front pocket of Target binder, (Optional: work on Heart Problem Presentation on Office 365 PowerPoint or Sway at home).  Next Tuesday is our last day of Target.   We are looking forward to the pig heart dissection next Tuesday.


Week 13-5th Grade Blue Crew

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The 5th grade Target students did an OUTSTANDING job on their mock trials today at the Cobb County Courthouse!  I was so impressed with all of their hard work! Thank you to Judge Joyette Holmes for presiding over our mock trials.

Don’t Forget:  Check this blog every Monday, NO EDMODO, see you next Monday


Week 12- 1st Grade Green Crew (Friday)

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Convergent: Students solved a Ken Ken 4 x 4 puzzle and word puzzle today.  We discussed strategies for solving these two puzzles.

Algebraic Thinking:  We reviewed strategies for solving harder Ken Ken puzzles as well.  Students also worked with a partner to play multiplication fact games on the Ipad.  We discussed strategies for multiplying basic facts like 1s, 2s, 5s, and 10s.  For example, any number times 1 equals that same number.  Any number times 2 is doubled.  Any number times 5- we hold up that many fingers and count by fives.  Any number times 10- we tack on a zero to the number.  These are easy tips for learning basic facts.  (Parent tip:  Download free “Multiplication Slide” app or any free multiplication facts app for your child to practice facts at home on an Ipad or smartphone.) 

Affective:  We reviewed Multiple Intelligences today by singing the Multiple Intelligences song.  We are smart in many different ways-word smart, math smart, art smart, people smart, etc.  Students completed a survey about themselves to identify their strengths and weaknesses.  They created a graph of their multiple intelligence strengths and weaknesses.  We analyzed our graphs and wrote about our strengths and weaknesses as well. 

Divergent/Communication/Relationships & Connections: We reviewed the three versions of the Billy Goats Gruff fairy tale we read in class over the past few weeks.  Students created a WANTED poster of the troll from the Three Billy Goats Gruff fairy tale.  The poster included a title, picture, description, and reward. The poster must include evidence of comprehension from the fairy tale read in class. 

Evaluative:  Students finished the STEM challenge today: build a raft for the Billy Goats to cross the river and avoid the troll using only the materials given.  Students tested their rafts in water to see if they would float for at least 10 seconds holding 10 grams of weight (and the goat).  We recorded our data and analyzed our results.  The winning team’s raft held the most weight without sinking. 

Don’t Forget: get your green target tally signed by a parent, check this blog every Thursday, finish both sides of the Ken Ken puzzle sheet (other side says “Underfoot”) if you didn’t finish it in class today, finish your WANTED poster if you didn’t finish it in class today.  (Optional:  Try to solve a 4 x 4  “easy” Ken Ken puzzle online at   www.kenkenpuzzle.com )


Week 12- 1st Grade Green Crew (McCreary)

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Shortened Target Day Due to Milestones Testing in the Building

Convergent: Students solved a Ken Ken 4 x 4 puzzle and word puzzle today.  We discussed strategies for solving these two puzzles.

Communication/Relationships & Connections: We read another version of the Billy Goats Gruff fairy tale today called, The Three Bully Goats.  Students  compared and contrasted this version to the traditional version and the Three Silly Billies version we read last time using a 3 way Venn diagram. This book was full of idioms and multiple meaning words.  We discussed the way the words were used in the context of the story.  We also discussed other meanings for each word.

Divergent/Evaluative:  Students were introduced to the STEM challenge today: build a raft for the Billy Goats to cross the river and avoid the troll using only the materials given.  Next week we’ll begin building our rafts using the materials and criteria given. 

Don’t Forget: get your green target tally signed by a parent, check this blog every Thursday, finish both sides of the Ken Ken puzzle sheet (other side says “Underfoot”) if you didn’t finish it in class today, think about how you can create a raft using only straws and pipe cleaners (Optional: you may want to do some research on how to build a raft at home.)


Week 12- 4th Grade Orange Crew

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Shortened Target Day due to Milestones Testing:

Divergent: Students completed a divergent thinking activity ABC box listing items for each letter of the alphabet they might take on their dream vacation.  They also added lines and details to doodles to create pictures of items they would need on their dream vacation and gave each picture a unique title. 

Evaluative/Divergent:  Students were given a grading rubric and specific requirements for their dream vacation presentation today. Each student will create a dream vacation presentation using Power Point or Sway on Office 365.  Students began working on their presentations in class.

Don’t Forget: get orange target tally signed by a parent, check this blog every Wednesday, Edmodo Response, finish your dream vacation packet if you didn’t finish it in class today and be ready to begin creating your final dream vacation presentation next week in class (Sway or PowerPoint).