This week in our learning:
-We continued to follow the Hatcher family adventures in Judy Blume's book, Superfudge. Peter's younger brother, Fudge, has just received his own pet myna bird, named Uncle Feather. Already Uncle Feather is creating problems.
-We have also continued to explore handwriting with the letters "x" and "p". With 5 more letters to go, we are looking forward to start handwriting short sentences for practice.
-We have been comparing two story styles, the walking story and the climbing story. A walking story is usually about one topic that is described in detail and there is no problem to solve. A climbing story is one that has a main character(s) and a problem(s) to solve. After this we will be exploring writing techniques that will help us create strong and engaging written work.
-We are fully engaged in our "Read...Give it a Shot" home reading program, where we are trying to collect 24 Canadian Geographic cards that highlight animal species in our country. These animal cards include the caribou, the beluga whale, the polar bear, the lynx, and many more.
We have come to the conclusion of our exploring patterns unit, although we will regularly revisit this topic throughout the year. We completed a step-by-step review which gave us the opportunity to see what we felt comfortable doing and where we might want some more practice. This week we started a more formal version of the "Number Talk", which encourages us to use mental math strategies to solve problems, communicate our strategies and understanding, and listen to our classmates to try and understand their perspective. Our first talk was an intricate pattern that led to a discussion about colour and shape patterns, how many total squares could be seen, the number of triangles used to create the pattern, along with what varied strategies we use to come to our conclusions. For our first formal talk, we did very well and were thoroughly engaged.
We continued to explore waste and our world with a discussion on where our garbage goes once it is no longer in our hands, which brought us to the landfill. We learned that there are 3 active landfills in Calgary and we learned how the sites are chosen, how they are created, and how they are run safely. We learned all about how large a landfill site should be, what is required to protect our ground water from pollution, and how landfills are used once they are considered full. Did you know that a layer of clay or plastic is placed at the base of a landfill to protect our ground water from leachate (the liquid material resulting from rain, snow, and the broking down or decomposition of waste)?
We've been working on completing a Google Doc page(s) about our Blackfoot Nation knowledge during our Learning Commons time with Ms. Jackson. To accomplish this, we've learned how to change the font, size, and colour of the text, how to center text, and how to include images. Because this is a Google Doc project, we are encouraged to work on this from home, as we have access to it from anywhere. We have also come to the near completion of our "A,B,Cs of Alberta", with just a few more of the more difficult letters to search for (letters q, x, and z).
This week we've learned how to name classroom objects in French. We've practiced asking the question "Qu'est-ce-que ç'est?" and responding with the answer "Ç'est _______". Some of the objects we've learned to say are: a computer → un ordinateur, a pencil → un crayon, a student desk → un pupitre, and a notebook → un cahier. We also learn how to say many Halloween's symbols or images such as a cauldron is un chaudron, a black cat is un chat noir, candies are des bons bons, and a witch is une socière. To provide an entertaining visual, Ms. Marshall showed us a video called "Ç'est L' Halloween". We may be singing this often this weekend. Ms. Marshall apologizes in advance.
-read at least 30 minutes daily - let's keep collecting cards!
-Fun Lunch is on October 18th
-Book order are due October 25th
-Beakerhead Ingenuity Challenge form sent home. Please look it over.
Have a wonderful weekend!