Ugh.. It was a rough day. These new standards are kicking my tail! And my kids just aren't getting our geometry standards. Third grade focuses on classifying quadrilaterals and the new stuff is throwing a kink into everything they've learned before. For example, today we learned that a square is a rectangle, but its also a quadrilateral, a parallelogram, and a trapezoid. But a rectangle is not a square..go figure. My class has 14 ELL students in it and this vocabulary is just blowing their poor little minds. Today's math lesson was a flop..I'm guessing we will go at it again tomorrow.
On the other hand, today's science lesson went well. It too was on classification--just of rocks though. We got to investigate and test different rock samples for their color,streak,hardness,and luster. This one especially was fun when we all found samples of graphite! They were amazed when they realized it was pencil lead! Here are a few snaps of our investigation and the information we learned from it.