Monday, October 16, 2017

Week of October 16th

What have we been up to?

It sounds like everyone had a nice Thanksgiving! I hope you enjoyed seeing the students' pumpkins that came home as decoration for your home!

In Language we have been learning how Making Connections helps us as readers to remember details and understand texts in a deeper way. We read the Great Kapok Tree and practiced making
text to world connections about the story.

In Science we have continued to study simple machines and students explored inclined planes in our everyday world. We also had our chance to build inclined planes of our own and use spring scales to see how they lessen the work!

This week we have no spelling words because we have our field trip to Duntroon Highlands on Thursday and because of the PD Day on Friday.

In Math we continue to study Data Management, with a focus on bar graphs this week. We are learning how to write a good survey question, record the responses and then make a bar graph about the survey. We will be having our unit math test on Tuesday October 24th.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

First week of October!

Parents and guardians, I look forward to meeting you all this Thursday at Meet the Teacher Night from 5-6:30. There will be pizza for sale for $2/slice or $10/pizza if you are interested.

This week we have been talking about the upcoming holiday, Thanksgiving. Below are some of the things we are working on:

In addition, here is an example of a shared reading passage. Every two weeks, we have a new shared reading poem that we talk about, read and do activities with.

In Math, we have begun our studies on Data Management. We have been discussing, sorting, attributes, pictographs and bar graphs.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Apples, apples and more apples!

What a hot, but fun afternoon it was picking apples! To continue the apple fun, Wednesday was our apple day, apple math, writing, science and tasting!
In Math, we continued some of our number sense skills and learning in the work shown below:

In Language we read about eating a rainbow of foods and the different nutritional values in all the different coloured foods. We also wrote the procedure for making applesauce:

And yes of course, we also had to sample some of the applesauce!

In Science, we learned about the experimental method and made a hypothesis, performed an experiment on apple oxidation and tomorrow will make our observations and conclusions.

Finally, we share some of our apple pointillism art!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tuesday, September 19th

Please note that today the QSP fundraiser began. All information and forms are in your child's agenda. Also, we are going walking to Kennedy's Apple Orchard for apple picking next week. Please return the form asap.

Students have a new list of spelling words with a focus again on number words this week. Test is Friday.

We are learning to write Recounts in Language and below is the success criteria for a Recount:

In addition, students finished their Best Part of Me writing. See some examples below:

In Math, we continue to look at comparing, ordering and representing numbers. Today we focused on expanded form of a number. For example: 43 = 40 + 3. Below are some of the things we have worked on:

In Science, we are learning about simple machines and learned about Levers and students had a chance to make a 'Lion Lifter' a lever to lift a lion.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Wednesday, September 13th

This week we have read the book The Best Part of Me, 
through which we have been making connections to the
book. Students had a writing task of choosing the best part
of them and writing about why that is the best part of them. Stay tuned to see some examples of our work!

In Math, we continue to practice representing a number using base ten blocks, tallies, words and other ways and below are some examples of our work. In addition, we are learning how to place and compare numbers using a number line this week.

And now for my are some finished products of an art project we have been working on. These are "Reflections of our Summer" portraits in which students made a self-portrait and then in the sunglasses, put pictures of things they did this summer!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Monday, September 11

In Language today we read the book the Name Jar by Yangsook Choi after which we talked about the examples of friendship displayed in the book.
Students have a spelling list in their agenda with number words to eight and they will have a test on these words on Friday.

In Math, we are learning how to represent a number  in different ways. Students chose a number between 10 and 50 and represented the number in words, numerals, base ten blocks and more ways. Below is an example of some of our work:

Friday, September 8, 2017

End of Week 1

What a fantastic start to the year! It has been so wonderful getting to know all of the students this week.
We read several stories that recounted fictional summer events such as:
and How I spent my summer vacation:

Students wrote in their journals three things that they did this summer in their own summer recount.

During our Science classes this week, students were challenged to build an 'Apple Annihilator' out of materials found in the class in groups. Here are some examples of what we made below. We ended up using golf balls instead of apples, as the apple we had was much too heavy. Students showed excellent problem solving skills and cooperation while working in groups.

Next week in Math we will begin our study of Number sense with a focus on representing, comparing and ordering numbers, as well as, reading and printing numbers. Students will have their first spelling test on Friday and the numbers will be words from one to ten as this connects to our Math focus.

Please note Library day is Day 3 and Gym days are 1 and 5.