This week in our learning:
As we continue to read from Kenneth Oppell's Silverwing, we've been introduced to three new characters: Marina (a brightwing bat), and Goth and Throbb (both vampire bats), who've just escaped from a human made artificial forest. Shade and his new friend, Marina, have journeyed to the city to find the next landmark from his mother's sound map. Unfortunately, they ran into a group of pigeons who misidentified them and tried to punish them for the wrongdoings of Throbb and Goth. We find this story both engaging and exciting. We are often disappointed when Ms. Marshall needs to stop reading and move on to other subjects. We have now completed two of our sensory detail anchor charts; one for taste and one for smell. Some of the descriptive words we chose for smell were; salty, fishy, rotten, minty, antiseptic, flowery, and strong. We will refer to these when writing to create more vivid images in the readers mind. We are now up to the capital letter "I" in handwriting. Ms. Marshall has started to hand write single words in our agenda, so that we can practice reading handwriting.
As a warm up to our math work, we have been using some of Steve Wyborney's "Esti-Mysteries" when they are available. They are getting a little more challenging with each new one he posts. We reviewed the estimation and mental math strategies for addition of 3- and 4-digit numbers, as Ms. Marshall noted some uncertainties during our conferences. After a little more discussion and practice, we feel more comfortable with the concepts. We followed this with some exploration of different strategies we can use for solving addition equations, namely; left-to-right, based-ten blocks in a place value chart, right-to-left and traditional (top-to-bottom). We have been using the Frayer Model assessments to let Ms. Marshall know how we are doing and where we may need some clarification.
We've continued to work in our Alberta Regions research groups. In each of the groups, we have been researching pertinent information for use in our projects and have been planning steps for completing them. In both Ms. Jackson's and Ms. Marshall's groups, we've also been working on scripts that will be followed for either green-screen videos, Google Slides, or Comic Life brochures. The beginning stages should start shortly.
Our focus this week has been on the brainstorming and planning of our Beakerhead "Tapigami" Ingenuity Challenge. In order to give us a better idea of how "Tapigami" works, we were given some time and some tape to experiment with. We discovered that it was not as easy as it looked, but we were completely up for the challenge. After some small group brainstorming, we've taken some time to come up with a few "big ideas" that we could potentially use as a focus. These included areas of focus such as medical/health, work/job, housing, waste removal, stores/products, natural environments, school/education and transportation. We discovered that our ideas for transportation could be used within any of the above, therefore, we removed it from our choices. After a class vote, it was decided that our focus would be on creating a display of what housing would be like in the year 3018. Many of our previous ideas will be easily integrated with this topic. Now the true planning and preparations begin.
We are now able to count from 0 - 69 and will continue to practice so that we feel more confident. Ms. Marshall noted how shy many of us were when trying to count for our parents during conferences. We also learned the days of the week or les jours de la semaine.
Monday = Lundi
Tuesday = Mardi
Wednesday = Mercredi
Thursday = Jeudi
Friday = Vendredi
Saturday = Samedi
Sunday = Dimanche
When we are ready, Ms. Marshall is going to start to write the date on the whiteboard in French. We were eager to learn the months so that she can.
-Read at least 30 minutes daily
-Spelling test sent home
-Popcorn order dues December 5
-Our class will be taking part in the "12 Days of Christmas Food Drive" and our day to bring in non-perishable food items is Tuesday, December 4th. Please bring any non-perishables or toiletries for that day.
*Student in the art focused research group have been asked to look for empty cereal or cracker boxes for their projects and bring them to class.
Have a wonderful weekend!