Earlier in the week: ( be sure to check out the Nov. 26th posting, too)
In Health, we have been learning for the past 2 weeks about Healthy Eating, using the Canada Food Guide. At home, we recorded our meals in a day in order to get an idea about what our daily food choices are and what factors contribute to what we eat (the media, restaurant choices, parent choices, options at friends homes, etc.) To show our knowledge of balanced meal planning, we created designed a day’s worth of meals and organized the meals on a foldable : breakfast, lunch (nutrition breaks 1 & 2 together), dinner and snacks (for the day). We planned it out so that our meals should have the recommended total number of servings of each of fruits/vegetables, grains, milk/milk alternatives and meat/meat alternatives.
In Literacy, we are building on our paragraph writing and writing longer pieces. Our current theme looking into the holiday season is “Gratitude”. We brainstormed different areas of our lives as a whole class.
Some students are planning their writing with a list; others are drafting right away because they have demonstrated that this works effectively for them and yet others are using a Board provided planning program called SMART Ideas. SMART ideas is interactive and colourful if students wish (for organization) and the best part is that it can also “export” all the organized information from Word Web format to a point-form outline.
Grade 6 students increased their knowledge of Physical, Structural and Behavioural Characteristics and applied their knowledge to new organisms: polar bears, walrus and seals.
Friday by Lauren & Ella
Today we started with math. In grade 5 we corrected our review work from yesterday about decimals .Both grades have a decimal test on Monday. We used hundreds grids and we took up our review, colouring grids on the SMART board to show (represent) decimals. Then we took another look at rounding decimals to the nearest whole number and nearest tenth. We think it’s easier to share our work on the SMARTboard because it’s more interactive. Even if students think they got a right answer, they can easily see strategies with colour and moving things around. Colour helps students organize their thinking better because you can see the separate steps. On the SMARTboard it takes less time because there are copies of grids and things that you can use right away like cloning number as moving them around. We showed our thinking by putting an arrow under the number that we were rounding to and a circle around the number to the right that helped us to decide whether to round up or not. We showed whether the number was > or = 5. e.g. Three is less than five, so you would not round up the digit you are rounding. But 8 is greater than five, so you WOULD round up the digit you are rounding to.
[EDITOR’S NOTE: Grade 6 students completed rounding (to the thousandths column) before today and also multiplying decimal numbers by 10, 100, 1 000 and 10 000 and worked today on taking up their review. The grade 6 SMARTboard work from earlier in the week looks alot like the Grade 5 work (above) — but grade 6 student decimal numbers go up to the thousandths column. Grade 6 students also worked on adding decimal numbers and previewed dividing numbers by the decimal numbers 0.1, 0.01, 0.001, etc.]
Block 2: Junior Elecctives was a great idea! Junior students got a break from their regular class groups. Students learned new things with many students from all 3 grades (grade 4, 5, 6) in their group and each workshop was connected to the curriculum. [Editor’s note: Cooking with Mrs. Bosher involved math and health expectations (Canada Food guide); Bucket Drumming with Ms Fawcett involved music and math expectations (counting and patterning)– thanks to the Home Depot for agreeing to donate a class set of 5L buckets to Ms Fawcett for the school!; Plasticene Art with Mrs. Raymond included art expectations; Electric Cars and also Trains included science expectations as well as problem solving; iMovie included language expectations (creating media works) and also technology; Zumba included Physical Education and Dance expectations]
Here is some feedback, and then pictures of 5/6F students having fun and learning!