This week in our learning:
This week we started a novel study of the book Shadows of Disaster, by Cathy Beveridge. During our class readings, we use sticky tabs to mark passages that we found to be descriptive/detailed (using strategies that we've been practicing) or with which we made a connection. We then share these with each other and discuss why we chose these particular passages. We've started a personal response based on what we had read so far. We will be focusing some of our writing and art projects on this book in the near future.
This week's focus was on the concept of area. We started by looking at how we could cover various shapes using pattern blocks and how a different number of pattern blocks was needed to cover the space of a given shape. We then discovered that the area (in square units) of a given shape can be found by multiplying two of the sides together. We practiced using this strategy in a game similar to "Cover the Field" in which we rolled dice to find out the height and width of our rectangles and tried to cover the largest surface of area.
After learning all about levers and the three classes of levers, we were given the challenge of creating a marshmallow catapult using a set number of items. Each group was given one long piece of string, 5 wooden coffee stir sticks, 10 elastic bands of various sizes, 3 large paper clips, a spoon, 10 wooden craft sticks, 2 straws, 2 index cards, one marshmallow and tape/glue. With limited guidance from Ms. Marshall, we set off to plan and create the first catapult, and we will be given two more opportunities after this one. Each new trial will be a chance for us to take what we've learned and make some adjustments in hopes of improving the launch distance of the marshmallow. Our first test was today and we will take the feedback from this and make some changes for our second design next week.
This week we finished our teepees and the descriptive writing that will accompany them. We then explored what led the Europeans to come to Canada and why they traveled further west toward Alberta. We've looked at the Fur Trade and what resulted from meeting and trading with the First Nations people of Alberta.
-Read at least 30 minutes daily
-Spelling test sent home
-Student Led Conferences will take place on Thursday from 5:00pm - 8:00pm and Friday from 9:00am to 1:00pm
Have a wonderful weekend!