Since my January routine can pretty much be summed up with the words – planning, preparing, marking, report card writing, repeat – blogging once again took a back seat. So, summarizing some of what we’ve been up to…
Math: We’ve been working on estimating, measuring, recording, and making conversions for length, mass, and capacity. In addition to generating their own wonders to investigate, (e.g. How much water do our sinks hold? What is the perimeter of the gym? How far do we walk each day in the halls?), students have also been presented with a variety of objects. We’ve had several discussions about strategies for estimating (e.g. visualizing, using previous knowledge, using a frame of reference), how to best determine the actual measurement, and how to record the measurements in different units.
Today, students predicted the length and the mass of an extension cord. Determining the length was pretty straight forward, but the cord did not fit properly on the scale to measure mass accurately. So, we had to strategize.
This week’s’ homework task is meant to reinforce the above skills in a hands on manner, as well as, encourage students to divide the task up through the week rather than wait until the last minute. Due this Friday.
Social Studies: After sharing our homework collages with each other, students are now designing a legend for the images to explain how each is significant in contributing to Canada’s identity.
Science– Continued practice with various objects, has us thinking we have definitely fine tuned our identification skills. We have also reinforced our understanding of circuit building with different tools and generating diagrams of our creations with the ipads. Scientist in the Classroom coming on Friday.
The Spectator photographer was in to take a picture of us ‘in action’ (ok, it was posed) but, we have been working on designing ads and giving each other feedback. We are supposed to be getting our ‘client’ in the next day or so, and will then begin our entries to the ad contest.
Showing Initiative: Just before Christmas, a few students asked if we could do a Secret Santa, but we decided it was pretty short notice. So recently, they have collaborated to organize a Secret Friend activity for February. After a brainstorming session at recess, the students proposed a plan to their classmates, asked for feedback and surveyed to see if there was interest. Everyone agreed to participate and filled out a questionnaire. We are just waiting for a couple of freinds who have been sick to complete the questions, and then we’ll give further information.
Skating: I have no photos, but the day went really well. I was really pleased with how supportive the class was with one another, and that many students made sure to thank Ms. Marion for organizing the school wide event. It was a huge undertaking!