Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Happy Hierarchies



  1. a system or organization in which people or groups are ranked one above the other according to status or authority.

As we learned in math class yesterday, a hierarchy in geometry is very similar to the definition above. Except instead of talking about people (like military ranks), we are classifying shapes based on their properties. You start with a broad category at the top of the chart, like "Polygons." As you add branches, you split off to define specific properties of shapes. 

Here is the example we used in our math notebooks. In the chart below, "Quadrilaterals" is at the top of the hierarchy. As you branch off from that general term, you get more and more specific. I enlarged the chart on this page, so you can use it to complete your math notebook page, if needed.

Here is another hierarchy chart I found online. I know how you like happy shapes, so you may want to add this chart to your math notebook. That's what I'm going to do! Click on the image for a printable version. Thanks Ms. BBZ!

Awwwww... Such a cute and happy polygon family!

Here are four fun and interesting math resources that have to do with this week's math concept.

If you did not complete this week's Quick Check, please send me the answers to the 3 questions below by Friday, October 17. 

Click here for a few flashcards to help you remember the geometry vocabulary you learned in Chapter 2 and in Class Connect. 

Now, on to fractions!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Classifying Polygons


Hey kids!

This week we are continuing our study of polygons in math class. If you need a refresher as to what a quadrilateral is, check out this movie. I apologize in advance if it gets stuck in your head for, like, ever.

Woooaaahhh...Woooaaahhh... Quad-ri-later-als... Quad-ri-later-als...

During our last class we learned some important vocabulary words we could use to describe a polygon:

Plane, parallelogram, congruent, quadrilateral
to name a few.

Below you will find  our lovely Polygon Brainstorm.

As with all images on this site, click on the picture for a larger view.

Now, we will take the info we already have in our brains (and notebooks), and learn to classify polygons. Here are a few images to help you get started. 

This chart shows the hierarchy of Quadrilaterals. Cut out the shape names and glue them in the correct spot. When you are done, your hierarchy chart should make sense as you follow the branches. 

Our 5.G.3 notebook pages include vocabulary words and three handy charts. You may need several pages to fit all of the information. Check your k-mail for printable pages! Take a look at my notebook pages (above) to make sure you have everything you need. 

Check back for more info, movies and games related to Classifying Polygons after today's Class Connect!

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Math Dojo


Hey Math Ninjas!

If you need help with math this year...

Send me a k-mail and tell me what concept is giving you trouble.
I will reply with helpful resources, like tutorials, games and movies.
I will send you clever math songs that will get stuck in your head. FOREVER.
Right, Jaelynn?

If you still need help, join me on Thursdays in Class Connect.
We'll talk about math.
We'll solve problems.
We'll be awesome and work together, like this...

[Awesomeness by Mrs. Sol & Bryson D.]

It will be our very own math dojo.


Wednesday, October 8, 2014



This week we are learning about cool polygons like rectangles, quadrilaterals, and parallelograms.

Can you say "parallelogram" 5 times fast?

Didn't think so.


We added ten new words to our notebook and talked about what they mean. Check your k-mail for the printable math notebook pages.

Cut out out the words and glue them into your notebook. You will notice that some of the words do not have images. That's because you will add them yourself! You can color them too... and add happy faces.

Here is my notebook, if you'd like to see the format. You can click on the images to enlarge them.

The shapes are to be cut out and glued into your notebook as well. Glue the backside of the cutout to your notebook page, so the shape opens up. Inside each shape, write 3 new vocabulary  words to describe it.


Click through the slides below to view this week's lesson on the attributes of a polygon...


Here are a few fun geometry games too!

Thanks and see y'all next Tuesday!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Haiku Review: Henry Huggins


Henry Huggins
by Beverly Cleary
[grades 3-5]

What's your favorite Beverly Cleary book?