Jun 262021
 

Hello!

We are almost done! Just 2 days left next week (weird calendar). This week was pretty chill.

We finished off our kid books and comics. They are pretty good.

This week was more fun activities, such as rockets, Frisbee golf, music bingo, and our class auction.

Our field trip to Carlow park went well, lots of fun.

All our school stuff went home today.

Next Monday is our grade 5 grad at 1pm. There will be an opportunity for pictures from 2-3pm after. Tuesday is our last day of school, we will have a water fight in the afternoon, and report cards will be sent home.

Have a good weekend, stay cool, and see you Monday.

 

Jun 192021
 

Hello!

This week sure went by fast, tends to happen when we’re all having fun.

We learned about probability in math this week, with odds of ‘certain, impossible, unlikely, and likely’ for events. On Friday I taught them a fun dice game, a mix between bones and farkle; they seemed to like it.

A couple of students have finished their kids book/comic, though most are still working on it. It is our goal for next week to finish.

We finished off our country projects on friday, they are pretty interesting. They will be presented early next week.

We skipped science this week and I taught the class how to play Frisbee golf instead. It was pretty fun, and they are getting much better at throwing discs. We will have a tournament next week.

Speaking of golf, our mini golf and bowling field trip was a huge success. We had a great time, and some learned a new game. Thanks again for our parent volunteers. Our top mini golf players were Ryker, Claire, and Kaydn. Our top bowlers were Alisha and Kaleigha.

We also wore our new tie dye socks! They turned out pretty well for a 50/50 cotton blend.

We also got our artwork back from the PAC fundraiser. Our pointillism pieces.

I sent home a notice today about our class field trip to Carlow park next Wednesday. Should be a fun trip.

Have a safe and fun weekend, and see you next week.

Jun 122021
 

Hello!

We have been working through both our country project and kids/comic books this week. Each day we work on either one or the other. The country projects are looking pretty interesting.

We finished our shapes unit in math: quadrilaterals and 3D shapes. Most seemed to get the properties of each type of shape. We tried making 3D shapes out of large paper sticks, though didn’t work too well.

We finished our rock cycle and moon phase unit. Though I may add another another inquiry project next week (if we run out of things to do).

On Friday we created some tie dye socks! I felt our classes funky sock game needed to be stepped up a bit, so we made a bunch of different types. They will be ready just in time for our bowling trip and rainbow day next Thursday.

Have a good weekend and see you Monday.

Jun 052021
 

Hello!

We have had a pretty good week, though you can tell with the heat that students are ready for summer. We had to reinforce and go over the rules a couple of times this week.

In math we started looking at 3D objects. We discussed prisms vs pyramids, and looked at the different attributes of each shape: so how many faces, edges, and vertices they have. My trick is to find the 2D shape first, count the sides and add 1 for the bottom and 1 for the top (if there is one) to find the faces, multiply the sides of the 2D shape by 3 (or 2 for a pyramid) for edges, and multiply the sides of the 2D shape by 2 (or just count the side and add 1 for pyramid) for the vertices. Example: Cube uses a square 2D shape, 4 sides to a square plus 1 front and 1 back makes 6 faces, 4 sides multiply by 3 is 12 edges, and 4 corners multiply by 2 is 8 vertices. We also spent a lot of time building paper 3D shapes.

For language arts we worked on a rough copy of our story. Some of these stories are pretty entraining. A couple of students have started creating their storyboard to help organise their book. Each rough draft is on their Google classroom.

In science we learned about the moon! There were a lot of questions about the moon, Earth, and space in general. We learned about the phases of the moon, and how it affects the tides. We even created a flexogram to help us remember.

We spent all week working on a group project in social studies. Each group had to work together to discuss and create a unique country. They needed to decide the landscape, climate, natural resources, history, culture, government, economy, and any basic information. It was a good test at how well students work in groups.

We also worked on some team building exercises and games, such as the tallest straw tower (1.78m), relay bean bag island hopping race, and the tallest newspaper tower (mine 3m, students 1.6m). We will be continuing the team building activities for the rest of the month.

In art we worked on 1st point perspective drawings. It was tricky at first, but they got it near the end.

Ruth King also took part in Bike to School week, which went pretty well. Though biking all 5 days was really tiring for me…

Next week our bowling permission forms need to be handed in. Our class is also looking for a parent volunteer to walk with us from 930 to Eagle Ridge, and help supervise until 12 when the other class joins us. If you are interested send me an email.

Have a good weekend, and see you Monday.