# Beta

## 2nd/3rd: Week of 5/13

Visiting a castle in Texas?? Why, yes! Our little knights really enjoyed exploring, and battling, in a real life castle! Thank you parents for driving and spending the day with us at Newman’s Castle! Our feast on Wednesday was a huge success (thank you again parents!) Feasting was a very important part of medieval life for Kings in medieval times. It was a way for them to lift their own spirits and the people around them. Feasts were commonly a gathering of kings’ or nobles’ family and friends in which an abundant supply of the finest foods and drinks were […]

## 2nd/3rd: Week of 5/6

Math – Ms. Andrea’s math group began the week by analyzing and then creating our own bar and pictographs. We finished the week with 2 assessments – our graphing unit test and (part 1 of) a comprehensive that covers the scope of the entire year. They worked so hard!! Ms. Kelly’s math group started the week off with a fraction review- game style- before tackling new challenges with the exciting equivalent fractions concept! We began by comparing models, which gives a wonderful, very concrete visual, then created and plotted equivalent fractions on number lines. Literacy – In writing the Betas

## 2nd/3rd: Week of 4/29

Math – Ms. Andrea’s math group launched our graphing unit by making a T chart of our favorite weekend day, and then used our data to create a bar graph. We learned that scientists use graphs to organize information and learned vocabulary for parts of a graph. We also graphed: land animals vs sea animals, monthly Texas weather trends and numbers (< or > 1,000). The Beta 1s practiced reading bar graphs and pictographs and answering questions about their data. So many graphs!! Later in the week we took a look at some survey questions. We answered one about after

## 2nd/3rd: Week of 4/22

Math – Ms. Andrea’s math group counted piggy banks and compared collections of coins, solved money word problems, practiced balancing scales with coins and learned a new math game called “Scoop & Graph”. On Thursday they took their money unit test (ROCKED IT) and graphing pre-test. All gears are in motion to finish the year off strong! Ms. Kelly’s math group explored how to represent fractions on a number line by reviewing dividing a whole, like a circle or rectangle, into equal parts and selecting a fraction. Then, we applied this concept to a number line, dividing the interval between

## 2nd/3rd: Week of Apr 15

Math – Ms. Andrea’s math group was formally introduced to our final coin: the half dollar. We practiced identifying and counting them, along with other coins. We learned several new money math games and had a couple of game days – always a hit! In between there was a lively discussion about spending vs saving and giving to charity. Midweek, our math minds went to work solving coin riddles and money word problems. We also made a simple bar graph showing the types of shoes we were wearing and used our data to draw conclusions about the most & least