This week in our learning:
We completed our six sensory details anchor charts for writing. They are on our wall and will be for the remainder of the year, so that we are able to refer to them when we are writing. We continued to follow Shade and Marina on their journey to find his colony in our read aloud story, Silverwing. They have recently met two large, meat-eating bats, named Goth and Throbb, who have a sinister plan to use them for their knowledge before taking them as slaves to the jungle. We have followed the alphabet in our handwriting practice with the letters "L", "M", and "N". We will soon be able to practice handwriting full sentences.
We practiced our skills with strategies for solving 3- and 4-digit addition questions. We enjoyed the posting of two new "Esti-Mysteries" and are looking forward to the final two. To bring a little festive cheer, Ms. Marshall introduced us to a fun holiday activity titled "Crime Scene Investigation". Santa's sleigh had been stolen by an unknown suspect and the holidays were nearing. Eight characters were considered suspects and mathematical investigations were required to eliminate each suspect. Some of our math tasks included multiplication with a "hidden message", multiplication/addition in "magic to fly", fractions in "snowmobile fuel", and finally adding money in "bribing the guard". We were thoroughly engaged in this investigative challenge. The thief was found to be Mrs. Clause. We were shocked!
We struck up a conversation about water dispersal and conservation in Calgary. We filled our a survey, answered a true or false questionnaire and learned the amount of water used for simple, everyday tasks, such as showering/bathing, flushing the toilet, brushing your teeth both with and without turning the tap off, garbage disposal use, using a lawn sprinkler, and washing your hands with and without turning off the tap while lathering soap. We were quite surprised by how much water is often wasted throughout the day.
We finally completed our 3018 futuristic Tapigami home. After a slow start, we really got the hang of using tape for creating and collaborating with each other and that help the process move more smoothly. We were proud of ourselves for our creative ideas, our collaboration, our patience, and our engagement in the challenge. Ms. Marshall took a video of our final product and we wrote up a description of the process. Both were posted on the Beakerhead Ingenuity Challenge site gallery. We took some time to look at some of the other submissions and discussed some of what we liked about them. This was an incredible challenge that we were sad to see come to an end.
We have now learned how to say the days of the week and months of the year, which means that Ms. Marshall now writes the date on the board in French. We have also learned many Christmas/holiday themed words, such as:
Christmas = Noël
Father Christmas (Santa) = Père Noël
a snowman = un bonhomme to neige
a chimney = une cheminée
a light = une lumière
-read at least 30 minutes daily
-spelling test sent home
-Pajama Day on Friday, December 21