Friday, November 13, 2015

Grade 1 Buddies are continuing to go well. This time, the Grade 5 student council representatives talked to the class about children who do not have families, and about children in need, who don't have the love, warmth and cheer that most of us do during the holiday season. The school is involved in an Angel Tree project, collecting gifts for those special children, and today the students decorated the angels for the Angel Tree.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Student Tesselations

This week in Geometry, the students learned about shapes and patterns that fit together to form tesselations. What a great way to keep them engaged and excited about math! The photos below show some of the steps and samples of the students' work. Fun!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Skype Date with Geologist

Last  Wednesday we had a chance to Skype with a geologist graduate student who has been working in Greenland and Antartica. Ruth is the cousin of Elena, one of our students. She spent about 45 minutes visiting with us and answering our many questions. She created a google presentation of photos from her travels and shared them with us so that we could follow along with her presentation. It was a wonderful experience and I am glad that we were able to learn so much from her! If you would like to follow her here is her website and her program's blog at Dartmouth. Thanks Ruth!


Monday, November 2, 2015

Tessellations and M.C. Escher

For our geometry work today we explored tessellations and learned about the art master M.C. Escher. The students were very enthusiastic about his art and wanted to learn more. Here are some resources for learning and exploring about tessellations and the artwork M.C. Escher created.

About Tessellations

Math is Fun Tessellations
Cool Math 4 Kids Tessellations

M.C. Escher Resources

M.C. Escher Gallery
M.C. Escher Museum

How to Tessellations

Paper Cut Tessellations
Tessellation Creator
Creating Tessellations
Simple Tessellation Creator
How to Make a Tessellation


Monday, October 26, 2015

Convection Currents with Mr. Simon

Last Monday we headed upstairs and collaborated with the upper school science teacher, Mr. Simon. He invited us into the science lab for our very first science experiment. It was a wonderful experience and the students really got a good understanding of convection currents and how they move the tectonic plates. Thank you so much Mr. Simon for volunteering your time, expertise and enthusiasm!!!

If you would like to try some more experiments with convection currents, check out these videos and links below.

Home Learning: Convection Currents
Heat Convection in Liquids


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

First Grade Buddies

This year, we are going to collaborate and work with some younger students in ISL. Almost one week ago we had our first opportunity to go visit Ms. Alyssa's grade 1 class to go read to them. It was a very special time for us and we had such a wonderful time. The students were jazzed as we walked back after hanging out with the younger kids and I heard comments like "I can't believe we used to be that small!" and "I taught her something!"

I especially enjoyed it because I got to read Don't Let the Pigeon Ride the Bus... one of my favorite read-alouds. Many of you know how much I love reading to kids, but I don't often get to read fun picture books as often as I would like to.

What is your favorite picture book to read to students?


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Multiplying Decimals Three Ways

Here is a video for the lattice method:

Here is a video for the estimation method with the traditional method:

Here is one more video for the more traditional method:


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

First Read Aloud

Today we finished our first class read aloud and like every good book, I am sad to see it go. I have had this discussion in years past... "Ms. Rorey, I don't want you to finish reading, because I don't want the book to end." A great book is like a dear friend and when a wonderful comes to a close, a part of you longs for it to still be there.

Here is what the kids thought:

  • "It was a super funny and great book. I hope there is another one like The 15th Goldfish. I loved it!"- Samantha
  • "I loved it. It was so funny and very thoughtful. It was GREAT! There should be a sequel." -Elena
  • ""A funny and good book."-Paulis
  • "It was an amazing book and was so funny!"- Grace
  • "It was funny and at the same time reflective about the life cycle. I liked it very much!"- Nastia

The same can be said about The 14th Goldfish, by Jennifer L. Holm. Read aloud time is really my favorite time of day and it is because of vivid, exciting and hilarious books just like this one. I had never read it before but it was recommended to me via a fellow blogger.

The Fourteenth Goldfish Resources: Mrs. Diaz


Monday, September 28, 2015

Peacemaker Project

For our Peacemaker projects, please look at these websites to help you choose a Peacemaker to study.

1,474 Notable Peace Makers
My Hero

Here are some videos that you can use to gain more information about Peacemakers around the world and throughout history.


Mahatma Gandhi

Dorothy Day

Martin Luther King Jr. 

Dalai Lama

Mother Theresa

Cesar Chavez

Desmond Tutu

Albert Schweitzer

Thich Nhat Hanh

Aung San Suu Kyi

Nelson Mandela

Jody Williams

Rosa Parks

Ruby Bridges

Wangari Maathai

Anne Frank

Henry Dunant

Jane Addams

Joan Baez


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Kind Kids Club - project 1

This week, grade 5 got elbow deep in their first Kind Kids Club project. It was very exciting for everyone! We reused empty plastic bottles, cut the tops off and filled them with nuts and candy. The students prepared "thank you" cards for all the staff members around the school that help us clean up, fix things, organize events, talk to our parents, run the school and its divisions, drive us to and from school, as well as feed us. The best part was delivering both the card and the candy to these valued staff members. The students were so pleased and felt very awesome about making someone else's day special.... smiles all-around! :)