I thought a post or two was enough to encapsulate all the activities for October. Boy, was I wrong once I looked at all the pictures I have saved for this month. I just had so much fun with my fifth-graders! So in this post, I will include pictures of multiple activities and summarise the concepts behind the activities. October Hits refers to the best lessons for this month.
These pictures shows some students doing reports about their Science project. In teams, they had to do research about a couple of planets I assigned to them. Then, they had the option of making a brochure, Powerpoint/Prezi presentation or series of posters as a way of presenting their research. Each member had to report. I love how in these pictures, my students were all crowding around the assigned team. I was at the back, simply facilitating the discussion. The students took total control of their learning, asking questions about the information presented to them.
The above pictures show Math activities for multiplication. The first picture shows one of the center activities. In this center, they had to grade a fictional multiplication quiz answered by a fictitious character. This activity was from the resource “Teaching the Common Core Math Standards Grade 3-5″ by Judith A. Muschla et al. Taking the role of a Math teacher forced them to do multiplication step by step and see where the “student” miscalculated.
We can see in the second picture one of my kids using online manipulatives to represent multiplication problems. My students used the website, www.nlvm.usu.edu which was also suggested in the same resource mentioned above. I love this website which stands for National Library of Visual Manipulatives. It’s a very handy tool for Math teachers!
This last picture is about one of our last Science activities for October. In this last activity, the students performed the Brown Apple Experiment. In teams, students had to find out which would make a sliced apple turn brown the least: no treatment, water or lemon juice. Some of my students had a pretty good idea of the correct answer and they could even guess correctly why that is the case. After about three hours, that’s how the sliced apples looked like. My students were right! Not only did lemon juice slow down the browning of the apple, it also made our classroom smell so fresh!