This week in our learning:
We've continued to follow the Silverwing colony on their migration during read aloud. Due to Shade's poor decision making, the owls are angered and they retaliate by setting Tree Haven on fire, forcing the colony to set off on their migratory path early. Along the way, Shade is swept apart from his group by storm winds and found himself over the ocean and desperately tired. Shade is finally able to find a spot to rest on a sail boat.
We've continued to learn about techniques for strengthening our writing by looking at our 6 senses (touch, taste, sight, sound, smell, and feeling/emotion) and in small groups discussing what descriptive words could be used for a particular sense. After a short time, we switched senses and added our ideas to what had already been chosen. For example, for taste, we ended up with an extensive list of descriptive words, such as, sour, savoury, bitter, buttery, chewy, minty, rubbery, fruity and many more. We will eventually have an anchor chart for each of the senses on the wall from which to refer.
We've continued our exploration of whole number to 10 000, with various techniques that can be used to sort numbers based on specific characteristics. These include the Venn diagram and the Carroll diagram. We enjoyed a warm-up activity called Esti-Mysteries, a Powerpoint presentation with images of jars containing an unknown number of objects, from which we are tasked with estimating how many there are. Included are clues that we are given as we go along to see if our estimate is close/correct. Ms. Marshall asked us to make an estimate and she wrote these on the board. As we learned more from the clues, we slowly eliminated those that didn't match. Two out of three times, one of us had chosen the exact number as an estimate. This led us to our own exploration of estimating sums of 3- and 4-digit numbers. We also had the chance to play a game of Place-Value Yahtzee, which we will share with you at conferences.
Our focus this week was on the exploration of hazardous materials that are often found in our homes and end up in our landfills. We previously learned about the four symbols used to represent hazardous materials indicating that something is flammable, explosive, corrosive, and/or poisonous. This week we learned what the definition of each type of hazardous material is and some examples for each. This weekend, we are tasked (with support from our parent(s)) to look for materials in our homes that may be hazardous and include these to a list. This is not mandatory, as parents must be willing and able to assist us on this task. We will be looking at any completed lists on Monday.
We have finally completed our ABCs of Alberta watercolour pictures. You will have a chance to see these at conferences. We now know what region we will be researching, what point of view we will take, and what final project we will create. First, we will be studying one of the following regions: Rocky Mountains, Grassland, Boreal Forest, Foothills, Parkland, or Canadian Shield. We will be looking from the point of view of an artist, a biologist, or an environmentalist. Finally, we will be creating either green screen videos, Explain Everything tourist brochures, or art work detailing the landscapes of a region.
BEAKERHEAD INGENUITY CHALLENGE:
We received a box containing rolls of masking tape and instructions for an ingenuity challenge. We've been given a month to produce a classroom project that addresses the theme: "The year 3018". To spark our curiousity and get our minds on being creative, Ms. Marshall had us complete a few challenges. The first was to take out a notebook from our desks using only our elbows. Not only was this fun, it was interesting to see how each of us faced this challenge. The second task was to go and get our coats without using our feet. We were thoroughly engaged! We then watched a few videos to help guide our work on this project (specifically techniques for building) for the next few weeks.
-Read at least 30 minutes daily
-Spelling sent home
-Science "homework" due on Monday
-Book orders due November 23rd
-Student-led conferences will be Thursday from 5:00pm - 8:00pm and Friday from 9:00am - 1:00pm (please book your time online)
-Book Fair next week
-Cookie dough orders due November 26th
Have a great weekend!