Today in Math we conducted two probability experiments. In the first experiment, we had a bag. In the bag we had 1 yellow, 2 blue, 2 green, and 7 red marbles. We selected a marble out of the bag without looking and recorded our results in a graph. We conducted 50 trials for this experiment! Our results were very interesting. We selected 27 red marbles, 8 blue marbles, 8 green marbles, and 7 yellow marbles. Our results matched our predictions. We predicted that we were likely to select red, and unlikely to select green, blue, and yellow. We were equally likely to select blue and green. In our second experiment students worked on their own or in pairs. Students were flipping a coin to see if it would land on heads or tails. Students were flipping their coin 40 times. We can predict that it is equally likely that we will flip heads or tails. However, our results didn't always match. Some students found that they flipped 15 tails and 25 heads. Other groups had even bigger differences. Remember, each time we flip a coin, it is a brand new event. There is always a chance that it can be heads or tails. The coin has no memory of our previous trials. As Manish said, there is a small chance that we could have flipped all heads! However, the longer we conduct the experiment, we are likely to see that we flip approximately the same amount of heads and tails.
We also played Kahoot! today to finish our review of the 8x and 9x tables. Many students found today's Kahoot! more challenging than in the past. Don't forget that it is important to practice your multiplication facts at home EVERY day. I give students time each morning to review as part of their Board Work. Students should go over their facts again each night. The only way to learn them is to practice, practice, practice. Practice skip counting while driving in the car, have a parent/adult quiz you, but practice! You can also look under "Math" at the "Fact Practice" page for more ways to practice at home.
In Language Arts today we added strong concluding sentences to our paragraph books. To write our concluding sentences, we used our topic sentences. By taking our topic sentence, changing the word order, and changing some of the words and expressions, we can get a concluding sentence that summarizes the topic, is interesting, and doesn't sound too similar to our topic sentence. Next, students put all of their sentences (topic, body, and concluding) together into a first draft. Tuesday, we will continue our POWER Writing (Plan, Organize, Write, Edit, Revise) process with some further editing and revising. Stay tuned for how we are going to be publishing these paragraphs! You can always follow our progress by checking out our digital paragraphing book on the "Writing" page under "Language Arts."
Today was Flashlight Friday! Students were able to read using flashlights today. It sure looked cozy underneath some of the blanket forts. We also had a fire going (on the board). Thank you to everyone who was willing to share flashlights and blankets. We will definitely have to have Flashlight Friday again this year. Today was also the day that we write and share our Fri-yay Reflections. Remember, students need to share their reflections with a parent or adult for homework. To find them, visit the "Links" section and select "Fri-yay Reflections." Students and parents are welcome to add more to the reflections page but it might take a day or two for your comments to appear; the comments are pending my approval to make sure that what gets posted follows THINK.
Agenda Language Arts: - Read 20 minutes - Fri-yay Reflections (share with a parent/adult)