Wednesday, March 30, 2011

We're Learning about Government in F3!

This week and next, we will be learning about the three branches of government. yesterday, we learned what those three branches are: Executive, Legislative and Judicial.

On Thursday next week, we will go downtown to City Hall to visit a member of the local legislative branch, Counclimember Nick Licata. We'll also visit Judge Hightower, and hopefully visit the Mayor's office (though we will not be getting a chance to visit the Mayor himself).

As we learn about what the government's jobs are, we will get smarter about the rights and responsibilities that we have in the United States!!!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Monday, March 14, 2011

Finish First

Is Finish First a fair game? A game is fair when all players have an equal chance of winning. If there is an advantage or disadvantage in being the first player, then the game is not fair.

Play Finish First with a family member or friend.

Materials: A deck of cards, using only four of each of the numbers 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 (Do not use any other cards).

Number of Players: 2

1. Shuffle the cards. Place the deck face down.
2. The player going first turns over the top card and announces its value.
3. The player going second turns over the next card and announces the total value of the two cards turned over.
4. Partners continue to take turns turning over cards and announcing the total values of all the cards turned over so far.
5. The winner is the first player to correctly announce "21" or any number greater than 21.
6. Play as many games as you can and make a tally chart for first player wins and second player wins.
Practice your math skills at the National Library of Virtual Manipulatives.

Try the virtual manipulatives for "Fraction Equivalents", or click here.

Mr. C

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

After the Boston tea Party, Britain passed the Intolerable Acts. Learn about the British reaction here.

In your centers notebook:

1. Briefly summarize each part of the Intolerable Acts.
2. The year the each act was passed.

Mr. C