This week in our learning:
To bring us back into the mindset of writing, we wrote a response about what we did during the holidays. Many adventures were highlighted. We have official completed our learning of handwritten letters and will now continue to practice by handwriting sentences and sections of our Learning Logs. Eventually, we will be copying short paragraphs from books that we are reading. We are nearing the end of our read aloud from Silverwing, by Kenneth Oppel. When we left our adventurers, Shade and Marina had just arrived at the two mountain peaks (that looked like wolf ears), when they discovered they were not alone. The terrible twosome, Goth and Throbb, were catching up to them. So the quick thinking Shade led them to the entrance of a sewer system that was too small for the other bats to go through. While underground, they find themselves surrounded by sewer rats. Yuck! One student's prediction is that Goth and Throbb will get stuck in the sewer opening, which will give our two heroes a chance to escape.
As we continue to explore numbers to 10 000, we have learned various strategies for solving 3- and 4-digit subtraction equations. These strategies include; "friendly" numbers, counting on, and base-ten blocks in a place value chart. As we are going to divide this unit into two parts, our first quiz is coming soon. In order to prepare, we've been reviewing and practicing how to represent number in various ways, how to compare and order number, and how to sort numbers using Venn and Carroll diagrams. Part two will include all estimation, mental math, and computation strategies for addition and subtraction.
To introduce our next few topic in science, Simple Machines, Ms. Marshall introduced us to a gentlemen by the name of Rube Goldberg. He was an engineer, a cartoonist, and an all around inventor (1883 - 1970), who made a name for himself creating illustrations of complex machines to complete simple tasks. For example, multi-stage machines that would wipe your face after meals, clean the dishes, and/or pull a loose tooth. Our task was then to make a list of tasks that we perform daily in the morning, afternoon, and evening. We are going to sketch our own complex machines for these simple tasks. This is an engaging way to introduce the use of simple machines. We watched a music video that was entirely staged as a "Rube Goldberg" style sequence. It was called "This Too Shall Pass", by the band OK Go.
We had the opportunity to continue working on our Alberta Regions projects. Ms. Jackson's group will likely begin filming using the green screen next week, Ms Kuczma's group have begun using paper maché to create landmarks from their regions, and Ms. Marshall's group has begun creating their Google Slide tourist advertisements.
-read at least 30 minutes daily
-part 1 of the math quiz is on Monday = math review homework to be used to study for the quiz
-no school tomorrow
Have a wonderful weekend!