Nov 302019
 

Hello!

It was really cold this week, don’t forget to bring your winter clothing and the temperature continues to drop.

In math we looked at the relationship between multiplication and division. How division is breaking a large number into smaller groups, and multiplying smaller groups will give you the large number. Everyone did well with the quiz on Thursday.

In language arts, we are working on creating fictional stories to explain why we have certain rules. An example would be: wash your clothing, or they will wake up and eat you. Next week we will write a couple more stories, and choose one to publish.

In social studies, we looked at mining and logging as natural resources. For mining, we mined for chocolate chips out of cookies. This helped us learn about the negative effects of mining.

As you can see, mining can lead to deforestation and lost of animal habitats.

In science, we discussed energy input and energy output, and went on an energy scavenger hunt around the school. We also had an energy quiz, though some students did not study and will have to do a retest next week. Remember to know about potential and kinetic energy, that energy cannot be created or destroyed, only transformed, and the different input and output energy forms.

In french, we learned about french numbers to 75. We played french bingo, and one student won’t both times, so we will have to play again soon.

IXL forms went home this week. It is an online math program we will be doing in class. Get those forms in quick!

Next week we will start looking into simple machines for science, multiplying two digit numbers in math, discuss fisheries and fish farms in social studies, and continue working on our funny rule stories.

Have a good weekend, and see you Monday.

 

Nov 222019
 

Hello!

It was good to see those who could make it to the parent teacher interviews on Thursday night. I feel like we have set some nice achievable goals for the next term. Because of the short week, we only focused on a couple of small things.

In math, we learned a new strategy for multiplying numbers, by breaking up one of the factors. An example is 7X8. So 7 can be broken up into 5 and 2. 5X8 is 40, and 2X8 is 16. Add 40 and 16 back together, and you get 56, which is 7X8. I really like this strategy as it helps with multiplying really large numbers later on. Our quiz on Thursday showed almost everyone has gotten the strategy down.

In science we described a couple of energy experiment. One experiment that supposed the students was bouncing 2 balls, and having the energy transfer from 1 ball to the other, causing it to bounce really high. Our Coke and Mentors experiment was kind of a dud, as there were a couple of technical difficulties.

In social studies we discussed what energy resources BC has, and worked in groups to research them.

We also went over the guidelines for our Natural Resource booklets, and started our Energy project. Lots of projects about wind farms so far…

For art this week we used pointillism to paint random drawings. They really enjoyed this activity. The art is on display outside our room.

We also looked at the days of the week and months of the year in french. We will now start writing the french date on the board every morning (as long as I don’t forget…)

Next week we will look at arrays for math, and play a couple of games with them. For language arts, we will finally get into doing a journal, to write on Mondays. We will look into mining and forestry for social studies, as well as mine for some chocolate chips in an experiment. We will go on an energy scavenger hunt around the school, trying to find different forms of energy.

Next week is the handball jamboree at Royal Bay. Tuesday for girls, Wednesday for boys. Should be a lot of fun. Pizza day is also Friday.

Have a good weekend, and see you Monday.

 

 

 

Nov 162019
 

Hello!

Parent teacher forms went home on Wednesday, asking if parents had specific times they could make it. I have recieved half of the forms back. Make sure you get those in if you have a preferred time.

In language arts this week we wrote a synopsis on our Goosebumps novel study. After we started proof reading and editing 3 of our other past writes, in preparation for writing up a good final copy. I am looking for proper punctuation and paragraph format with their writing samples this term.

In math we started our multiplication unit with a skip counting strategy. We worked with hundreds charts, skip counting and finding out the answer to difficult multiple questions. We already played a mult game to try and get 3 in a row.

In science we looked at 2 categories of energy: kinetic and potential. Kinetic is movement, and potential is stored. We also looked at some types of energy, such as mechanical, light, gravitational, and and thermal.

On Friday, as a reward, the class made our own ice cream. We completed a scientific method worksheet on the steps involved to make ice cream. We added our ingredients in a bag, surrounded it with ice, and shook it for a while. It was a lot of fun, and not too difficult. Very tasty at the end too!

We finished off our Regions work this week, and our brochures look great! Lots of good information, and many were very well layed out.

Next week we will look at breaking up numbers to help us with multiplication. We will finish off our good copies of our past writing work. We will perform a couple of experiment involving energy. We will start our natural resources unit in social studies.

Next week is also the book fair, as well as parent teacher interviews on Thursday. It’s going to be a busy week!

Have a good weekend, and see you on Monday.

 

 

Nov 092019
 

Hello!

It was very interesting going from Halloween straight into Remembrance Day, but we rocked it.

We spent most of the week preparing for our Remembrance Day readers theater and poem. 11 students were brave enough to speak in from of the entire school, and did a very good job during the assembly. We also wrote about what Remembrance Day is.

We also created giant poppies to showcase the poem In Flanders Field. It is displayed outside our room.

We finished our Goosebumps novel study this week! We have been working on it for about a month. On Tuesday we will be writing a synopsis about our book.

We finished our whole number, place value, estimation, and addition/subtraction work this week with a final unit test. Most students did very well, and have shown me we are ready to move into multiplication.

We watched Bill Nye in science this week as an introduction into Energy. Next week we will discuss potential and kinetic energy, as well as different types of energy.

We have been researching different Canadian regions this week, and are making travel brochures for a specific region. They have to display physical characteristics, wild life, vegetation, resources, tourism, and how the region was formed. Most students are working on their good copy.

Remembrance Day on Monday, enjoy your long weekend, and see you Tuesday.

 

Nov 012019
 

Hello!

I hope everyone had a good Halloween night, it was good to see most of the students back Friday morning.

In math this week we worked on estimating differences and working on subtracting large numbers. Some learned about how to borrow from the greater place value. By the end of the week most were adding and subtracting machines! Rounding still need some work though.

In language arts we finished off our horror stories. Many of them were well written, with only a few punctuation errors. Some needed heavy editing to make the story flow. A couple made no sense at all and had too much filler. But for our first opportunity with using computers to type our work, it turned out well.

We did much better with our government re-test. Everyone’s mark improved. Here is hoping the next time we come more prepared and have our notes organized for the test.

In science this week we build catapults! We had a catapult contest on Friday. The winning catapult shot it’s projectile 750 cm.

On Halloween we carved some pumpkins. It was a lot of fun, and some students first time doing it.

Next week we will finish our novel study. We will practice reading poems and readers theater for the Remembrance Day ceremony. In math we will finish off our estimation, place value, and addition/subtraction unit with a review and final test. We are starting our regions of Canada unit for social studies. In science we are also starting our look into different types of energy.

It is going to be a busy week, can’t wait. Have a good weekend, and see you on Monday.