What I learned, 11.30.2009

Please enjoy these comments from our students.

I will try to update these weekly and you can also see some on our Twitter feed...

 Dustin:  I learned that the New England Colonies didn't have good farmlands.  Because it was further from the equator and it was rocky.  The Middle and Southern Colonies had better soil because glaciers moved soil from the New England Colonies down there.  And the Southern Colonies had the best growing season because they are closer to the equator and have a longer growing season.  The backcountry was very steep and had lots of forests.  Colonists had small farms and had to hunt and fish.
Braden:  I learned how to do division.  You have to divide, multiply, subtract, bring down and remainder or repeat the steps.  I learned about the 13 Colonies.  Some places like the New England colonies didn't have soil.  I learned about the Pilgrims, too.  They came from England and were headed to Virginia but a storm came and blew them to Massachusetts.
Chris:  I learned the steps of division, which are divide, multiply, subtract, bring down, repeat or remainder.  In the New England Colonies it's really cold because it's further from the equator.  Glaciers removed the good soil so they couldn't farm much.  The Middle Colonies are better for crops because the soil is fertile.  The Southern Colonies is best for growing plants because the soil is really good and the growing season is long.  It's closer to the equautor, too.  They grew cash crops in the Southern Colonies.  Mostly tobacco...
Carleigh:  I learned about the Colonies.  New England Colonies had poor farming because it's climate.  It's colder than where we live because it's further from the equator.  The Middle Colonies had a better climate for farming.  I learned more about division.
Seth:  I learned about the Southern Colonies.  They had a backcountry was back behind where a lot of people stayed.  They hunted, fished, and had small farms. 

Caroline:  Marco Polo was a merchant who was 17 years old when he left for China.  He stayed in China for 16 years.  When he returned he was 33 years old he told people in Europe about his journey to China and how he worked for the emporer Kublain Khan.

Breanna:"I learned that Magellan was married to his first cousin, Isabella.  After he died in the Phillipines his crew burned his first ship.  His crew circumnavigated the whole world."

Daniel:"I learned about Henry Hudson.  He was a captain on a ship that sailed to North America.  His crew set him adrift because they got trapped in the ice on the Hudson Bay." 



Jonah:"I learned A divided by B equals C.  A is the dividend, what you divide into.  B is the divisor, what you divide by.  C is the answer, the quotient. 

Dakota:"I learned that you can use pictographs and bar graphs to show data.  Like pictographs, you draw a key and use little things to show how much you have of something.  Bar graphs, you number the side then get different color bars for how much you have.  a/b=c  A is the dividend, what you divide into.  B is the divisor, what you divide by, c is quotient, the answer."

Jasmine:"I learned a/b=c.  a is the dividend, b is the divisor, c is the quotient!  I learned that haikus don't have to rhyme, they have 5-7-5 patterns."

Jordan:"I learned how to do more algebra this week.  I learned what variables are, they are letters or symbols that stand for numbers.  I wrote more than I ever did before!  A bar graph tells you how much you got by numbers.  A pictograph tells you how much you have by little pictures.  You can draw a key where you have 2 of something but if you have one you only draw half of it."

Seth:"I learned about variables.  Variables are like a, b, and c, that stand for numbers.  They can also be symbols."

Carleigh:"I learned more about about divison.  A divided by b=c.  A is the dividend, what you are dividing into.  B is the divisor, what you divide by.  C is the quotient, which is the answer.  I learned what a haiku is, it's a type of poem.  A bar graph tells you how many things you have.  It lets you compare data.  We went around the school and we gained candy from each of the class rooms.  We came back in the room.  Then we set all the candy on our desk and then we got our stickers and erasers and everything, then we made a bar graph.  I also made a pictograph.  I drew the dum dums, erasers, stickers and made a key.  Whoever was going to look at my paper could see what I was drawing and how many candy or stickers I had."

Trent:"I learned this week that n or other letters are variables.  I learned that a/b=c.  A is the dividend, the number you are dividing into.  B is the divisor, what you are dividing by, c is the quotient, the answer to a division problem.  And that's it!"

Chase:"I learned about the constellations.  I learned about Capricorn, the sea-goat.  The front part of the sea-goat is the goat and the tail is the fish part."

Dustin:"I learned how to multiply 2 digit numbers.  I learned when you did two digit multiplication you use a placeholder.  That means you are multiplying in the tens column.  As you multiply bigger numbers you have to use more placeholders.  Like in the hundreds you use 2 placeholders.  I learned what the dividend, divisor, and quotient.  They are all parts of division problems.  I learned how to paint without brushes!  I learned what a couplet is, it's two lines that rhyme.   I learned more about indents and writing stories!"

Chris:"I learned that 34x10xn=680 when n=2."

Carleigh:"I learned that when you multiply 2 digit by 2 digit number you have to put a placemarker."

Lauren:"I learned what a quotient is, it's the answer to a division problem.  A divisor is what you divide by!  A dividend is what you divide into!!!"

Dakota:"I learned how to multiply 2 digit by 2 digit numbers.  After you multiply in the ones column you add a placemarker.  You do this because you are multiplying in the 10's column.


Jocelyn:"I learned what the placeholder means you are multiplying in the 10's column.  a/b=c!  A is your dividend, b is your divisor, c is your quotient."



Age of Exploration:

Caroline:"More that 100 years after Marco Polo visited China, the Chinese explored the world!  Zheng He sailed throughout southeast Asia and all the way to Africa's east coast.  He traded gold and silk with the people he met.  Some of his ships were as large as a football field!"

Teracita:"When Marco Polo was 17 he left Italy with his father and uncle.  He stayed in China for 16 years."

Sara:"I learned about Vasco Nunez Balboa.  He sailed to present day Panama and central America in 1513."

Alexis:"Africans (and other explorers)  gained knowledge through trade with Europe and Asia."

Ivy:"They used navigation tools like a compass."

Kevin:"There's another one I can't pronounce.  It starts with astrolabe.  There, I said it!"

Linda:"The reason the compass was so important is that explorers can navigate at night or when it was cloudy."

Kevin:"In 1434 a new emporer stopped Chinese exploration.  Chinese voyagers like Zheng He's amazing travels were ended!"

Josh:"In 1324 Mansa Musa traveled to Mecca, the most holy Muslim city in Arabia.  He set up trade agreements.  The reason African trade was so important was salt and gold."

Matthew:"Developed in 1454, the Gutenberg printing press allowed them to print many copies of a book at once."

Breanna:"I learned about Marco Polo.  He traveled to China from Europe.  He stayed in China for 16 years.  He traveled the Silk Road."

Emma:"I studied about a sea route to Asia.  Merchants from Europe were looking for a trade route to Asia.  They were trying to avoid the dangers of the Silk Road."

Adrian:"I read about Mansa Musa.  He traveled to Mecca, the holy Muslim city.  He set up trade routes with cities he visited.  He was Mali's greatest king!"



Emma:"I studied about the Age of Exploration.  I learned about Columbus.  I wrote about him, too!"

Daniel:"I learned about Hernando De Soto.  He explored the Americas."

Kevin:"I learned about Zheng He.  He was an explorer and an admiral from China.  An admiral is like a general in the navy!"

Linda:"I learned about the distributive property.  It means you do multiplication and break apart the numbers.  You distribute!"

Luke:"I learned about the Silk Road.  It wasn't made of silk!  It was a series of trading routes between Europe and Asia."

Riley:"I learned about the Columbian Exchange.  Columbus made 4 journeys.  He traded with Indians and brought goods from the New World to the Old World and vice versa."

Matthew:"I learned about Magellan. He circumnavigated the whole world.  His crew made it but Magellan died along the way."

Sara:"I learned about Marco Polo.  He traveled to China from Europe.  In math I learned about Math Frenzy, which is multiplication facts."

Alexis:"I learned that Europeans didn't have many spices.  They traded along the Silk Road to get spices!  Also, trade with Africa brought salt!"

Adrian:"Europeans brought diseases to the New World.  It's called an epidemic."

Josh:"I learned that Columbus was born in 1451 in Italy. He set sail in 1492."

Matthew:"Columbus was looking for a new trade route to India."




Dustin:"I learned about capital, human, and natural resources.  We did 2 digit multiplication.  I learned some more facts when we did Math Frenzy.  I'm getting faster by working on my facts. I learned how to use a placemarker."

Johnaton:"I learned how to multiply 2 digit numbers.  I learned that you should put a business with higher population to make more money."

Chris:"I learned you need to find the states with higher populations to make the most money.  I know about human, capital, and natural resources."

Seth:"I learned how to multiply 2 digit numbers and add my placeholder, and how to get the correct answer instead of the wrong answer!"

Jake:"I learned about the Silk Road and the Age of Exploration.  The silk road wasn't made of silk, but it was trade routes between Europe and Asia."

Dakota:"I learned that it's VERY IMPORTANT to estimate first.  I learned how to multiply 2 digit numbers."

Trent:"I know how to multiply 2 digit numbers and worked on my math facts.  When you are multiplying in the 10's column you have to add a zero.  That's a placeholder."

Sam:"I learned how to multiply two digits this week.  You have to use a placeholder in tens place.  In the hundreds place you would need 2!"

Jordan:"I learned about Neptune."

Braden:"I learned about perimeter and area and how to multiply two digit numbers."

Samantha:"I learned how to multiply 2 digit numbers with Ms. Cobb's help.  Mr. Arnold is chopped liver."

Jasmine:"I learned how to multiply 2 digit numbers."

Lauren:"I learned about the perimeter and area.  The perimeter is the outside edge measurement.  The area is the measure inside and is square units."





Jonah:"I learned how to see through a door.  I also learned how to write a better story.  I wrote about Christmas and what I got and what our celebrates."

Carleigh:"I learned about the order of operations.  Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally!  I learned more about the Plains Indians.  They relied on buffalo."

Brianna:"I learned that people began arriving in the Americas about 27,000 years ago.  They crossed a land bridge between Asia and North America that was called Berengia."

Dustin: "I learned how to write a narrative story today.  I learned how to measure acute angles, which are less than 90 degrees.  I also learned about the order of operations.  I learned about transparency, translucence and opacity.  I also learned the Eastern Woodlands ate corn, beans and squash, the Three Sisters."

Lauren:"I learned about the Kwakiutl Indians.  They used shredded bark to make skirts, aprons, and waterproof hats."

Trenton:"I learned how to write a narrative story better than I could.  My handwriting is a lot better, too."

Chris:"I learned you can make a penny disappear.  If you play too much basketball it can make your arms shaky.  I learned how to draw pottery like the Hopi made.  Their staple food was corn.  They made their villages out of adobe.  They also grew squash and beans."


Caroline:  I learned how the Pueblo people made pottery.  Firing pottery makes it harder and waterproof. 

Daniela:  I learned how Pueblo people sharpened weapons and made their homes.

Kevin:  I learned the Anasazi traded for things from other tribes.

Linda:  I learned how they ground their corn and turned it into fry bread.

Adrian:  I know how the Anasazi made all their weapons and tools like arrowheads and tomahawks.

Matthew:  I learned that today, Indians have normal jobs like we do.  Some of them visit the homes they made a long time ago.

Daniel:  I learned how they made their houses.  They used stones and adobe clay.  Some of the Anasazi lived in cliffs in the mountains and grew crops on top of the mesas. 

Luke:  I learned how they used grinding stones to crush corn and make it into cornmeal.

Ana:  I learned that the Pueblo people still plant their seeds the old fashioned way.

Ivy:  I learned how they traded and used other Indians' resources to help themselves.

Sara:  I learned that the Pueblo sometimes got chased by other Indians.  They made clothes out of animal hides.  They grew corn and made it into bread.

Josh:  I learned that they built towns that could hold up to 1,000 people.

Alexis:  I learned that sometimes trading between tribes can be difficult.

Hannah:  I learned about the Indians making pottery.  They fired their pottery to make it waterproof.






Chris:"I learned how hurricanes formed and why they are named.  This was extra credit for Mr. Arnold."

Lauren:"I learned about the Kwakiutl Indians.  Their main resources were wood and salmon."

Jake:"I learned about different editing marks.  Like insert space is a carrot, but upside-down."

Jasmine:"I learned that Plains Indians' main resource was buffalo."

Samantha:"I learned about Eastern Woodlands Indians.  Their resources were corn, beans and squash, the Three Sisters.  They were farmers, not nomads."

Byron:"I learned how to multiply better.  Mr. Arnold gave me some cards to work with."

Dustin:"I learned how to measure to the 1/4 inch."

Dakota:"I learned a little more about responsibility as a student."

Julie:"I learned where the Kwakiutl lived.  It was the Northwest coast.  They ate salmon and wore masks for ceremonies."

Brianna:"I learned about Pueblo Indians.  They made their houses out of adobe.  When the Spanish came they called their towns pueblos."

Jonathan:"I learned about Native Americans.  Some tribes used dogs to pull sleds in the Great Plains."

Trent:"I learned about the Plains Indians.  They lived in tepees and followed the buffalo. I learned how to draw a horse from one of the class books."

 Seth:"I learned from my book how to draw better and make comic books."



Caroline "I learned two things.  I learned "pueblo" means town.  There can be different colors of corn, yellow, purple, blue, white, red...I learned about how to make decimals, too.  Look at the photos on our tech page."

Adrian:"I learned that the Eastern Woodlands Indians ate bear, dear, rabbit and also made syrup in northern areas."

Sara B.:"I learned that the Indians used buffalo and deer skin to make clothes and blankets.  I learned that the Hopi believed they were caretakers of the land."

Ivy:"I learned mental math, where you do math problems in your head like 20x40.  The answer is 800.  I learned that most Indians were peaceful and the Hopi Indians thought they were caretakers of the land."

Kevin:"I learned that the Hopi and Pueblo people solved ways to grow crops in a dry land.  They dug ditches and irrigated their pipes.  They didn't go to Home Depot!!!"

Daniel:"I learned you use 10ths and 100ths in decimals.  These are called rods and units.  I learned that scientists think people came here about 27,000 years ago  and the land bridge they crossed was called Beringia."

Sarah D.:"I learned that a clan is a group of related families."

Daniela:"I learned to round to the greatest value.  0-4 hits the floor, 5-9 climbs the vine."

Josh-"I learned the prefix paleo means old.  Paleo-Indians are the oldest Indians.  I learned more about decimals.  Rods mean 1/1oth, a unit is 1/100th."

Alexis:"I learned how to do decimals.  I learned that corn, squash, and beans were called the Three Sisters.  The Hopi and the Eastern Woodlands."

Breanna:"I learned that the Plains hunted buffalo!  They carved tools out of buffalo bones."





9/18  (*week of)

Sarah:"I learned you can do the Associative Property with multiplication." 

Kevin:"I learned the Associative Property has to have parentheses and that there are prime and composite numbers.  Composites are numbers greater than one that has more than two factors."

Hannah:"I learned about the Associative Property has 3 or more numbers and parentheses."

 Ana-"I learned about the Associative Property and how you use addition or multiplication with it."

Caroline-"I learned how to use bar graphs and line graphs.  Line graphs are used to show changes over time."

Linda-"I learned the parts of a subtraction problem, the minuend and the subtrahend.  The answer is the difference."

Riley-"I learned about the Associative Property.  It has to have three numbers or more and if you switch them around it's still the same sum or product."

Daniel-"I learned the parts of division, the divisor, the quotient and dividend!"

Adrian-"I learned that bar graphs are used to keep track of like, who has the most stuff."

Luke-"I learned that circle graph can be used to budget a vacation.  It shows you percentages like you can use 5% for groceries, 7% for hotel then you have to have a car so you'd have the rest of it for whatever else you wanted to do."

Breanna-"I learned that a prime number can only be divided by itself and one.  For example, 2, 7, 5, 11!"

Ivy-"I learned more about division and multiplication."

Alexis-"I learned a line graph can help you keep track of money if you own a businesss."

Chris-"I learned that some animals and humans can be born with mutations.  I learned 3 to the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th power and so on and so on.  Last night, I did 10 squared up to 10 to the tenth power!"

Carleigh-"I learned that there are more amendments than just the first 10 in the Bill of Rights.  I also learned more about decimals."

Brianna-"I learned the Associative Property.  It will have parentheses, the product or sum will remain the same when you change the grouping, it will be either multiplication or addition and it will have 3 numbers or more."

Trenton-"I learned that there are 10 amendments in the Constitution that are called the Bill of Rights.  I learned about the sixth. it's about judges and juries!"

Lauren-"I had something in my head.  I learned about...I remember now.  There's a lot of different tribes.  I learned about the Cherokee Indians.  Instead of saying "once upon a time" they say, "back when I was your age, the older ones told me...."

Jordan-"I learned more about decimals."

Jocelyn-"I learned more about Cherokee Indians and how white settlers moved them to the Trail of Tears."

Chase-"I learned that some Indian tribes respect the turtle, the racoon and the eagle.  I even put that on my Native American project."



9/17 Constitution Day

Sam-"I learned that the amendments are in the Constitution.  I learned that in the first amendment there is not a law saying you have to believe in one type of religion.  Also in the first amendment you have the right to free speech."

Jake-"I learned that there are more than 10 amendments in the Constitution, the first 10 are the Bill of Rights."

Chase-" The beginning of the Constitution is call the Preamble."

Seth-"I learned that the 4th amendment says that police can't come in your house unless they have a good reason.  The sixth says you have the right to a trial by jury."

Julie-"You need to be fair and share.  I also learned about the Constitution...because people may have to fight to protect their country they may own weapons.   The second amendment..."

Braden-"We learned about the Constitution and the first 10 amendments called Bill of Rights."

Dustin-"I started writing my own Bill of Rights.  I learned about the Cherokee Indians, too.  I learned about decimals, too."

Trenton-"I learned about the 6th amendment.  People accused of a crime have the right to a speedy and public trial by a jury."

Jocelyn-"I learned that the government can't support any religion above another.  You also have the right to vote. "

Dakota-"I learned that police had to have a good reason to come in your house and search...the 4th amendment."

Chris-"I learned the Constitution is locked up and they run tests on it to make sure it won't fall apart.  You have the right to free speech."

Byron-"You have the right to speak your mind.  I learned the Comanche Indians were Plains Indians."

Lauren-"I learned that in the 9th amendment that people have rights other than those stated in the Constitution."

Jordan-"I learned how to write my own Bill of Rights.  You have to be the best you can be to get a good job.  It starts with We the People..."

Carleigh-"I learned more about Eastern Woodlands, Plains Indians and my own Bill of Rights.  I learned about the Constitution and that everyone can practice their own religion."

Jasmine-"I learned 2 things.  About the Bill of Rights and I learned how to make different kinds of projects."

Brianna-"When I was doing my Native American project I learned that Plains Indians used buffalo bones to make weapons and sometimes to make jewelry.  I learned the first part of the Constitution is called the preamble."

Jonathan-"I learned that people do not have to allow soldiers to live in their house.  That's the 3rd amendment."

Samantha-"I learned that people have other rights than the people who wrote the Constitution.  That's the 9th amendment."





Chris-"Plains Indians resource was buffalo!  I learned that Aztecs grew crops on floating islands.  I learned that the Sun isn't really big compared to other suns in the universe.  I also found out that Francis Hillenbaum almost blew up the Mayflower."

Samantha-"I learned about rounding.  I learned another way to measure weight is a kilogram.  I knew about pounds."

Jasmine-"I learned about nomads, who move around and don't stay in one place.  I made my own book and bound it.  I learned about prime number workouts."

Sam- "I learned about the appendix.  I learned about a geodesic dome.  I learned the Aztecs had 2 temples on top of their pyramids.  One for sacrifice (which was red) the other was for speaking.  I made a most wonderful book about it."

Carleigh-"I learned about 4 different kinds of sentence.  Declarative, interrogative, exclamatory and imperative.  I read a book called "My Senator and Me".  I learned about solids, liquids and gases.

Dustin-"I learned how to make a flipper in Language Arts.  I learned that Jupiter has a lot more moons that Mr. Arnold knew when he was my age, and that Pluto and it's moon rotate around each other.  I also learned that back then the Indians didn't have electricity.  I learned the property of ONE.  I learned how to make a homemade hygrometer.  I also thought about how multiplication and division are inverses."

Cody-"I learned how to fold origami."

Lauren-"I learned that you really have to be focused in class to learn!  I also learned that you shouldn't rush through tests and quizzes, too.  I learned that a lot of people in the world live in poverty."

Jocelyn-"I learn that you shouldn't blurt out, especially if you are wrong, because then other people get the wrong stuff stuck in their head."

Jake-"I learned how to use different kinds of sentences.  Can I go to the restroom now?"

Jonathan-"I learned about the twin towers.  It's the 8th anniversary today."

Camryn-"I learned about a barometer.  It measures air pressure.  It hasn't changed that much this week."

Trent-"I learned that when you're rounding, after the place you're rounding to HAS to end in zeros."

Braden-"I learned about different sentences and rounding." 

Brianna-"I learned about the 4 kinds of sentences.  I learned about rounding.  I made a fabulous book!"

Jonah-"I wrote a book about pugs.  It was backwards and upside-down but I didn't fix it."

Seth-"I found out the Vikings came to America before Columbus."

Chase-"When small sharks swim toward shore, they are trying to get away from their parents."

Byron-"I learned how to round.  I also learned about Hopi Indians.  They lived in the desert Southwest."



 What did I learn this week  (9/4)

"I learned about what temperature and more of the clouds."-Byron

"I learned about a hygrometer."-Dustin

"I learned about humidity!"-Jonah

"I learned how to make a homemade hygrometer.  My hair is too short!"  Kevin

"I learned how the Indians got to America.  Berengia!" Chris

"I learned about the floating crop islands of the Aztecs." Braden

"I learned more about the ear and how sound is heard." Jordan

"I learned how to use the scale on a map!" Sarah

"I learned how to make millions in math."  Carleigh

"I know how to measure rain." Julie

"I learned how to make clouds with cotton balls.  My favorite type of cloud is cirrus."-Trent

"I learned more about cirrus clouds." Jocelyn

"I learned about nomad, they migrate from place to place



"I got to draw, read, find my state, write about it!" John

"I learned more about where the states are and what kind of insects there are."-Sydni

"I learned more about state capitals and it was fun."- Victor

"I learned and I was having fun at the same time."-Maggie

"I got to draw these Indians and tepees that they lived in.  When I was reading, I learned about a lunar eclipse."-Weston

"I learned how many counties there are in Georgia."-Caroline

"I learned more about the 50 states and dinosaurs, too."-Kathy

"I learned that I was really good in Science and Social Studies."-Caleb

"I learned more about creatures in the desert and read about the lunar eclipse."-Luke

"I learned that you can study and learn all 50 states."-Sierra

"I drew a dinosaur and learned about the moon."-Ana

"I didn't like some things like the paperwork but I liked other things."-Victoria



This week we learned::


"I learned about the barometer, which measures air pressure."-Lauren B.

"I learned about the meteor shower this week."-Trenton


"I learned about clouds in science."-Julie O.

"Cloud, a cloud of water vapor..."-Sam S.





"I learned about how to tell what kind of clouds are outside."-Josh

"I learned a lot more about science, including clouds and thermometer and barometer."-Drake

"I only thought there was just two kinds of clouds."-Chase

"I learned more about science."-Julie

"I learned that you can tell what clouds mean by their colors and shapes."-Trenton

"I learned about different tools of measurement."-Jake



Our first day of school! 

"Awesome!"-Jordan H.

"At first we were nervous, but now I'm smiling."-Lejla

"Educational!"-Samantha P.


"Today at school was cool!"-Maggie B.

One of the things we did today was to list tools and units of measurement.  Here are some of the student responses.