Fifth graders continued work on their world maps this week. Students are finishing measuring and sketching continents to approximate their sizes. Next, they will glue continents to their maps and begin researching/labeling physical and political features. We discovered one mistake in our maps -- we didn't realize that the prime meridian is curved on the Robinson projection. We had just counted 12 lines of longitude and assumed that marked the prime meridian -- oops!
I introduced a new class-starter activity this week -- analogies. We discussed how analogies work and looked at several common types of analogies. Each week, we will examine a new type of analogy at the start of GATE class.
All grades were introduced to the Game of SET. This is a card game where students must find sets of cards based on attributes. Students quickly caught onto the rules of the game and jumped right into playing each other. Some were exceptionally quick at finding sets!