Mr Weis’ Classroom Blog

May 11, 2009

Polyhedra and Politically Poignant Pictures

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In looking at the calendar today I was amazed by the fact that this is the very last week of the year that is a compeltely ordinary Monday through Friday week.  We have Monday off for the next two weeks and are then down to the final two weeks in which will have field trips and promotion activities.  Wow, we really have to make each second count!

For vocabulary this week, our roots all have to do with the elements.  They are terra, aer, astr/aster, and hydra/hydro.  Students are invited to try to find the meanings of the roots tonight by deducing a meaning from the words in the word list.  If they are having difficulty, they can check this website from Michigan State University which has a pretty good list of Latin and Greek Roots, their meanings, and some sample words with the roots. There is an option for a printer friendly version that students could print out and put in their binder, or students could go to this website and get an even more concise list that could easily keep as a reference page.

In Mathematics, we mixed in a little bit of art in the form of both drawing and sculpture.  First we did some step by step drawings of geometric solids in 3d.  While we drew, we focused on using foreshortening techniques to make the drawn objects look 3d.  After that, students were given one of 5 different patterns for a 3-dimensional geometric solid.  Upon completing their objects, we learned about the vocabulary terms prism, pyramid, and polyhedron.  You can learn about those terms as well as many others at a Maths Dictionary. (For those unfamiliar with the term Maths with an S, most English-speaking countries outside of North America use the word to refer to Mathematics.)  This is possibly my favourite (get it?) dictionary that I have found this year.  It has an easy to use interface, lots of pictures and graphical examples, nd plenty of little interactive activities.  I highly encourage you to use it for not only students in my class, but for other kids as well.


In Social Studies today we looked at some political cartoons from the time period right before the civil war.  We identified symbols and connected the images with historical people, events, and opinions of the time.  I will go into more detail and provide some links tomorrow, but for today, students are encouraged to explore the archives at the Library of Congress website.  Follow this link and take a gander.  This is a great resource for projects for students of all ages, so I encourage you to bookmark it.  Sometimes it can take a bit of searching to find exactly what you are looking for, but persistence can really pay off.

prints and photographs


  1. Social Studies: Join or Die worksheet.  Also, please sketch or brainstorm an idea for your own historically accurate political cartoon from the time period of the Revolutionary War on the back.
  2. Mathematics: Page 245 First try to guess if the shapes will make rectangular prisms, then try cutting them out second.
  3. Other: Finish Vocabulary Sort
  4. Reading: Read for 20 minutes and fill out pink reading log.

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