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As we are near the end of Little House in the Big Woods, I thought it was time to make our own little house.  I went to the lumber yard and then Aidan’s dad cut the roof lines on 20 something little houses.  First up, we sanded the houses.  Next we will be painting followed by adding our favorite quote.   They will be finished up with a coat of old fashioned paste wax.  Wait until you see our very own Little Houses in the Big Woods.

 

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We had already gone over 4 of the properties of multiplication.  It was time for a little review, this time using a model.  The children were given 2 identical arrays.  They were asked to split the array in 2 different ways, write the new multiplication problems, and then solve using the distributive property.  If time permitted, each student could make up his/her own problem. Check out  some of our resident Math Tigers’ work.  Pretty impressive!

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Today we were preparing for our Skype visit with historian Cheryl Harness.  I first fell in love with Three Young Pilgrims.  Over the years I have never hesitated to buy one of her books and even created units of study just to use one of her books. The children worked in four groups to write questions for our visit.  Each group had a different area of focus, pilgrims, author, artist, and general questions about Cheryl Harness’ life.  Tomorrow can’t come soon enough!  We will post an update after our visit.  Add this to our list of things to be thankful for.:)

 

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We started the month with a measuring activity and created these pumpkin baskets.

As we learned about directions and reading a compass, each student made his/her own compass rose.

The littlest LCE Lions “Booed” us with a big ghost, little ghosties, and treats and we booed them back with stuffed ghosties in their cubbies!

 

Mrs. Pruden made a brick quilt using her favorite, red, white, and blue for the Halloween Haunt silent auction.

We are ready to take on November!

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We came across a problem like this: There were 48 cookies sorted onto 6 plates.  How many cookies on each plate? Is this a multiplication problem or a division problem?  We learned that we can solve it either way.

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