This week in our learning:
We've continued to explore making connections through our written work by looking at connections we have with certain adults in our lives. We were given a questionnaire to use to gather some background information about our chosen adult to guide our writing. Some of the information we were researching included: physical features, what role they play in our lives, what their hidden talents and hobbies are, and what smells, sounds, tastes make us think of them. Next week, we will use the gathered information to create writing that describes our connection with our special person.
We've continue with our novel study on Shadows of Disaster, by Cathy Beveridge. Each time we read from the book, we are marking passages that are particularly descriptive or we've made a strong connection with. Jolene has discovered that she shares a strange gift with her grandfather: travelling through time, using time creases. She and her grandfather have already travelled to the city of Frank (Alberta), in the year 1903. This is the year when the disastrous Frank's Slide occurred. Jolene has chosen to masquerade as a boy in 1903, as she feels that boys (like her twin brother) are willing to take more risks. We are excited to find our what happens next.
We've also begun a new read aloud book, titled The Amazing Time Travel Adventures of the Iron Crow Brothers and Brie Saint Marie, by Rob Lennard. This is a piece of historical fiction, that includes many characters, settings, and events from Alberta's history (for example; Chief Crowfoot).
We've continued our exploration of measurement and are near finished. We looked at estimating the areas of polygons that do not cover a full square unit, as well as the various ways you can represent a certain area. For example; there are 9 different rectangles that can be made with an area of 36cm².
- 1 x 36, 36 x 1,
- 2 x 18, 18 x 2,
- 3 x 12, 12 x 3,
- 4 x 9, 9 x 4,
- 6 x 6.
We are currently working on reviewing what we've learned by completing our "show what you know" work. As inspiration for our number talks this week, we've been using Estimation Clipboards and Cube Conversations.
This week we had the third and final opportunity to make changes to our catapults and test our marshmallow launch. The majority of our catapults demonstrated creativity, thoughtfulness, inquisitiveness, and collaboration. This was illustrated by the consistent growth the distance of our marshmallows travelled (in cm) between our 3 attempts. Through trial and error, we developed our understanding of simple machines (levers) and their effectiveness.
In preparation for a future unit focused on plant growth, we are taking part in a scientific inquiry that examines the effects of the space environment on the germination of tomato seeds. From a program call "Tomatosphere", we were sent two packages of tomato seeds. They are mysteriously labelled as samples "L" and "M". We have not been told which of the seeds went to space and which have not, and we are going to be watching the growth over the next few weeks to compare the samples. We will be making daily observations and noting how many have germinated (a seed is considered to have successfully germinated when 2 distinctly separate embryonic leaves can be seen) from each sample.
We've started to create a visual time line to represent our learning of Alberta's history. We are beginning the time line with an unknown start date (due to varied opinions) to about 1750, with a picture and notes focused on the First Nations communities and their beliefs/traditions. Each time we've learned about another important/influential stage, we will include them to our time line.
-read at least 30 minutes daily
-spelling test sent home
-"special grownup" homework due Monday, April 8th
-Family Dance ticket orders due April 17th (the dance is the following day)
-book orders due April 25th
Have a wonderful weekend!