This week in our learning:
As a class, we completed our "season" writing, where we used visualization strategies to try and create strong mind pictures for our readers. We began a new novel study of a book called Ticket to Curlew, by Celia Barker Lottridge. It is a wonderful story about early settlers who came to Canada to start a new life of farming. We were introduced to literature circles, where each of us has a roll to play in contributing to the collective development of our reading fluency and comprehension. These rolls are:
- Discussion Director: is responsible for leading a discussion about the text during the literature circle time.
- Incredible Illustrator: is responsible for picking a scene to draw from the section of the text.
- Word Wizard: is responsible for finding difficult, tricky, or unusual words from the section of the text and define them.
- Clever Connector: is responsible for making connections from a section of the text to self, other, media, or world.
- Passage Picker: is responsible for picking quotes or paragraphs from a section of the text to share with other members .
- Super Summarizer: is responsible for creating a summary of the section of the text that was read.
We started a new unit exploring division of larger numbers. We learned a few strategies for solving for quotients of 3-digit by 1-digit division. The include using arrays, base ten blocks, and using subtraction. We have also learned how to solve using the more tradition strategy to compare with the ones we were learning. We learned that there is an order that must be followed to solve traditional long division questions, and that they can be remembered using the letters D - M - S - B. Ms. Marshall told us that we could think about these as Dad, Mom, Sister, and Brother and showed us a silly song about division that has stayed in our heads ever since. This was followed by exploring division with remainders. This is the first time where we are looking at division with numbers that cannot be divided equally.
We have continued to explore Alberta's history by learning about some of the Mavericks; men and women who had an influence/impact on the paths taken that led the province as we know it today. We started with the creation of a police force know as the Northwest Mounted Police or N.W.M.P. (now know as the Royal Canadian Mounted Police) to bring order to a developing province. Then we looked at the introduction of the Canadian Pacific Railway and the struggles that came from building it's rails across such as diverse landscape. The need to build a railway, led the Europeans to destroy many of the buffalo who roamed the lands, and to create Treaties (6, 7, and 8) in order to have access to the land for farming. As we learned about these historical moments, we added them to our visual time line of Alberta.
As we continued to explore light and shadow, we discussed how and why our shadows change in shape and size throughout the day, and created tin foil figures to explore shadows throughout the day. We discussed the difference between materials that are opaque, transparent, and translucent and what each does when light hits it. We then looked at the reaction of light when it touches a prism and discussed the colours that are combined to make the white light we typically see.
We had a chance to visit Shepard Landfill and compost facility, which was fascinating to see the processes and concepts that we've explored earlier in the year come to life. We took a tour of the landfill and composting facility, as well as took part in a few activities that helped us to see that reducing our waste production is the most important part of the whole process. If we create less, there is less space, money, and time needed to take care of it. We learned so much about waste and our world.
-read 30 minutes daily
-no school on Monday, June 3rd (PD DAY)
-Heritage Park field trip on June 11th (forms and fees are due by June 7th)
-Math test review work must be handed in by Tuesday the latest
Have a wonderful weekend!