This week in our learning:
We continued to follow Jolene and her grandfather on their time travel adventures in Shadows of Disaster. Jolene got to experience what it was like to go to school in 1903 and was surprised by how very different it was. She needed to be very careful of what she said or did because no one would understand that she was from the future. We also continued to read from our read aloud book The Amazing Time Travel Adventures of the Iron Crow Brothers and Bree Saint Marie. Max is currently on a vision quest in hopes of finding the knowledge that would help his younger brother Johnny's incurable disease.
We've been learning about visualization and how it is used for both reading and writing. Visualizing is a strategy used by readers to help them see in their minds what is unfolding within the pages of the text. For example, we use visualization to get a picture of what is being told in books that do not have illustrations. As writers, we need to be aware of this and enhance our choice of words to create a better image for the reader. We were given the chance to practice visualization by describing an apple that was not, in fact, in front of us . We used our senses to describe this apple to someone who may never have seen an apple before. Each of us wrote what we would hear, taste, smell, touch, see, and feel when we have an apple. We brought our grown up descriptive writing to a class meeting and shared what we had written so far. Our classmates gave us compliments and suggestions that we could take back to our writing when we get to the editing stage.
We've begun two units that we will be exploring simultaneously. We begin by looking at geometry and the features that shapes have in common and how they differ. We've learned about 3 dimensional shapes and what characteristics each one has. As this is mostly hands on exploration, we use these as warm ups and then move to our second unit, exploring multiplication and division. Our first strategy for multiplying is using doubles. For example, if you wanted to solve the multiplication sentence 8 x 6 =, you can use the your knowledge of other facts and double them to find the product.
- 2 x 6 = 12
- 4 x 6 = 24
- 8 x 6 = 48
We will continue to explore other strategies for multiplying and how to transfer this knowledge to division.
We have been thoroughly enjoying exploring simple machines using Lego. We have Lego educational sets for many of the simple machines that we are learning about; levers, wheels and axles, pulleys, and gears. Each kit suggests two different creations that illustrate how each simple machine is used in everyday life. For wheels and axles, we built a tractor and a conveyor belt, both of which demonstrate how wheels and axles can work. We've also continued to monitor our Tomatosphere plants. As of today, we have 22 "M" plants and 23 "L" plants that have germinated. It was interesting to note that the "L" plants took longer to start growing, but have now "outgrown" the "M" plants.
We have been exploring The Fur Trade and the impact this exchange had on our country and our province. We completed a web that explained the
who, what, where, why, when and how of this influential time in our history. A connection was made between the First Nations and the European voyageurs to exchange beaver pelt/fur for materials such as fabric, weapons, pots, metals, and so on. This exchange of goods eventually led to more visitors to Alberta and eventually the beginning of settlers making their homes in our province.
We are now able to express what the weather is like outside in French.
- il pleut = it's raining
- il neige = it's snowing
- il fait du soleil = it is sunny
- il fait froid = it is cold
- il fait chaud = it is hot
- read at least 30 minutes daily
- spelling test sent home
- no school tomorrow or Monday
- Family Dance this evening
Have a great weekend!