This week in our learning:
We've continued to explore writing with detail and description to allow the reader to visualize what is being read. We turned our attention towards the four seasons and how we could write about them in a way that makes the reader feel as though they are "in" the scene we described. We have each chosen a season to focus on and are currently in the planning phase, in which we are noting what activities we might be doing, what our 6 senses may "sense", what colours would be around, and what the weather might be like. Next week, we are going to incorporate all that we've learned about strong writing and describe our chosen season using strategies for visualization.
We've come to the end of our journey with Shadows of Disaster, by Cathy Beveridge. We found that we shared a mix of emotions throughout this story. While it was beautifully written and very engaging/suspenseful, there were moments when we felt sad or frustrated by some of the events or reactions from the characters. This made us realize that the author was quite adept at using visualizations, as we found ourselves invested in the story as though we were a part of it. For example, one comment from a student was "I was frustrated because no one really believed that anyone could time travel, and they were labelled as crazy." Another student commented, "It was good because Jolene started off shy and insecure, and after her many experiences, she was braver and wasn't embarrassed to make mistakes or be wrong."
We started a new "art heist" morning work this week. We have completed three of the literacy challenges, however, this time, Ms. Marshall is having us colour the puzzle pieces and wait to put the puzzle together until the end. So far we know that she is a Mexican artist named Freda Khalo and that she was an artist from the surrealism movement.
We have started to explore multiplication and division of larger numbers. Due to the fact that the previous unit ties so well with this one, we are treated them as one unit of study. We started with a quick review of all strategies that we've learned over the past two years to clarify what these two processes entail. We looked at the strategies for multiplying numbers with 0, 10, and 100, in which you can solve the basic equation and then add the number of zeros that were omitted. For example: 3 x 300 = can be solved by multiplying 3 x 3 = 9 and then adding the 2 zeros that were removed. Therefore, 3 x 300 = 900. Our next steps will be to look at estimating products and using models to multiply.
This Monday was the Global Day of Design and we participated as a school. To sum up our unit on simple machines, we were challenged with creative a marble maze that would last 60 seconds from beginning to end. This proved to be quite the challenge. As of this moment, we have yet to achieve the 1 minute mark, but we enjoyed every moment of the creative process and would like to spend more time making adjustments to increase the time. Using basic materials, such as cardboard, plastic cups, spoons, string, popsicle sticks, and tape, we took on this challenge head on. The morning of building went by so quickly, that many of us asked to have a little extra time to make more adjustments. The afternoon was reserved for the Design Walk in which all grades and classes were allowed to move around the school and look at other designs and building. We saw ocean cleaners, animal enclosures, bridges, city buildings, and paper mechanism. All around we had a successful Global Day of Design.
We've continued to explore the history of our province by reading about and discussing the introduction of the Métis, Francophone, and religious communities (the missionaries) into Alberta. We learned about an influential figure named Father Lacombe, who had a great relationship with the First Nations people and helped to develop schools, hospitals, and churches in our province. Father Lacombe, known as the "man with a good heart", also came up in our read aloud story The Amazing Time Travel Adventures of the Iron Crow Brothers and Bree Saint Marie. We will begin to look at the early settlers next week.
-Read at least 30 minutes daily
-Fun Lunch on May 23rd (order due May 16th)
-Field trip forms and fees due May 20th
-Health exclusion notices due by May 20th
Happy Mother's Day and have a wonderful weekend!