In Social Studies, students have been learning about community helpers, such as fire fighters and police officers. This week, they enjoyed learning from a real automotive technician, Randy Scott. He visited our school and spoke to students about the important role of an auto mechanics in the community. Students were asked why people need mechanics and responded:
Mechanics need to fix cars and if there were no mechanics, crashed and broken vehicles would stay like that!!!.
During Randy's presentation, students were able to examine some of the tools a mechanic works with and had fun trying to figure out how each tool is used. Following the presentation, students wrote in the scribblers:
Mechanics need their hands to take out parts.
Mechanics use wrenches to fix cars. Mechanics also use drills to fix cars.
Mechanics need to change the battery. Mechanics use pumps to put air in tires.
How can we build a house for the elf?
Students figured out that they need shapes to build a house for our classroom elf, Vault. They solved the problem of finding the perimeter around two given rectangles that will be used to build Vault’s house. First, Ms.S modeled the process of building 4 by 6 and 5 by 7 rectangles using math blocks and traced the shapes onto cardboard. Students were asked to replicate these exact measurements using math blocks.
Using math blocks are great ways to have students create shapes. The blocks help students understand the notion of “square units” as we calculated the total number of blocks needed to create our shapes. Through this problem, some students came up with the formula for the perimeter of a rectangle.
Room 9 & 11 will be sharing their learning every Friday.