This week in our learning:
As we continue to explore how we are able to make our written work strong, we discussed how important it is to make connections between the reader and the author. Making connections with a short story or book that we read helps to enhance our understanding. A story becomes more meaningful when it triggers emotions or memories about people, places, and/or experiences. We started by making connections to ourselves. We are currently planning a written piece that we are going to call "All About Me". As a way of planning this work, we jotted down information about ourselves that described us based a few categories;
- who am I
- what I look like
- what I am like
- what I can do?
We have continued to read about Shade and Marina's attempts to escape from the artificial forest that they have found themselves in. Shade is very suspicious of the intentions of the humans that are keeping them in captivity.
This week was focused on reviewing and practicing our skills to prepare for the second part of our quiz. This Monday will be our unit quiz and we wanted to make sure that we had all our questions answered and our uncertainties clarified. Following the quiz, we are going to take part in a task with the title "Cover the Field". In the project, we roll 4 die and create addition and multiplication equations that we need to solve.
(___ + ___) x (___ + ___) = ___ x ___ =
The product becomes the number that we must use to "cover" an area of our "field". For example, if our answer was 24, then we need to decide which numbers we will multiply to create an area of 24, such as (3 x 8). We then cover the 24 square from our chart. Only a few of us have started, but all of us will take part next week. There is another more challenging version that we can try should that interest us after completing the first round. We have started with a new warm up math talk, called "Cube Conversations". An image of attached cubes in put up on the Smartboard and we need to subitize and estimate how many unit cubes are used to create the shape. We then discuss the various ways that we came to the sum total of unit cubes.
We have continued to explore the complex machinery imagined by Rube Goldberg and have watched a few videos that people have created of their contemporary versions. One was called "The Lemonade Machine", in which a very complex machines travels all the way around the house from a lemon in the kitchen to a jug of lemonade out in the backyard. It was an interesting example and was quite intelligently built. We took these inspiring examples to create our own machines in our visual journals. The next step will be to explore the simple machines that exist all around us in many forms.
We have continued to explore the many ways that the First Nations of Alberta found to use all parts of the buffalo they hunted. We have a sketch of a buffalo in our visual journals and we have been noting the uses around this sketch. We have also come to the near completion of our Learning Commons group work and will soon be sharing our projects with the other grade 4 students.
We have been learning the French words for places in the school. Such as:
- a school = une école
- the library = la bibliothèque
- the gymnasium = le gymnase
- the staffroom = la salle de professeur
- a cafeteria = la cafétéria
- the bathroom = la toilette
- the hallway = le corridor
- a classroom = la salle de classe
- the playground = la cour
- the office = le bureau
Report cards have been sent home. Please sign the envelope and return it to the school to be used in June.
- read at least 30 minutes daily
- spelling test sent home
- no school tomorrow
- math homework due Monday
- math unit quiz on Monday
Have a wonderful weekend!