Thurs., Dec. 13, 2012 – Math, Art

MATH

In grade 6 we tried to infer how to find the area of a parallelogram.

One group tried to divide the parallelogram into separate shapes (good thinking!) — a rectangular shape in the middle, and also 2 triangles on the sides. Steven figured out that the two triangles might be equal in side to the shape in the middle. But we weren't sure what the dimensions of the middle shape would be.

 
In another group, Carys and Katelyn started to thinking about moving the triangle off the left side of the parallelogram to make a rectangle….but then the group went in another direction….

In our Reflect & Connect session, Ms Fawcett showed us that Carys and Katelyn were right — with a big cut-out paper parallelogram and movable triangualr end. Then she drew a diagram on the SMARTboard to show how the rectangle can be made. The parallelogram base becomes the base of the rectangle…..the parallelogram height is the same size as the height of the rectangle. (The tricky part is that the diagonal adjacent side is not used to calculate the area….but it might show up on a question to trick us. The adjacent side SHOULD be used though to calculate the perimeter.)

 

So we can make a formula for the Area of a Parallelogram:

 

In Grade 5 we took up work on calculating perimeter, and as always, show our work in more than one way for Level 4.

Then we got to work on figuring out the dimensions of a polygon when the Area is a given value and we don't know the dimensions (length and width).

 

DPA

Dodgeball! We have a new rule, though…students must aim for below the waist. Any hits above the waist will result in the the thrower being “out”, not the person that was hit.

 

ART

We brought home some of our art today from Mr. O's class — water colours! Here are some examples.

 
On any given day there is random art happening in the class as well — this cool collage,,,,,
…..was created from assembling cut outs!

 

Tues, Dec, 11, 2012

by Holly & Madeline

Today We started with a bit of silent reading. After that Gr.6's looked over and finished our science tests that we started on Friday. When we finished we did our math – we looked at how in perimeter you can make a formula. If a four sided shape has two pairs of equal sides, instead of doing

P = l + l + w + w

you can do P = 2 x l + 2 x w

OR

P = (l+w) x 2

We worked independently on questions. Gr.5's continued perimeter work from yesterday and worked independently, too.

Then we had French! The people who hadn't presented their pizza's presented. Everyone did great!

After break, we went to the computer lab to work on our speech organizers. We continued to use SMART Ideas to organize our facts. We are reading books or articles at home (or doing interviews) and creating a fact list at home that we can bring to school. Tomorrow, everyone will have facts for their word webs. We are keeping our fact sheets and printed off word web (plus updates each time we add to it) and our sub-topic rough draft pages in zip-up folders that Ms Fawcett labelled for us.

Then we had a MAD SCIENCE assembly! It was so cool!

After second break, we finished our math! And for last period, we had GYM with Mr. Obermyer. Fantastic day

TTYL

 

 

Tues, Dec, 11, 2012

by Holly & Madeline

Today We started with a bit of silent reading. After that Gr.6’s looked over and finished our science tests that we started on Friday. When we finished we did our math – we looked at how in perimeter you can make a formula. If a four sided shape has two pairs of equal sides, instead of doing

P = l + l + w + w

you can do P = 2 x l + 2 x w

OR

P = (l+w) x 2

We worked independently on questions. Gr.5’s continued perimeter and area work from yesterday and worked independently, too. They are using colour and labels and dividing up shapes to find perimeter and area in more than one way.

Then we had French! The people who hadn’t presented their pizza’s presented. Everyone did great!

After break, we went to the computer lab to work on our speech organizers. We continued to use SMART Ideas to organize our facts. We are reading books or articles at home (or doing interviews) and creating a fact list at home that we can bring to school. Tomorrow, everyone will have facts for their word webs. We are keeping our fact sheets and printed off word web (plus updates each time we add to it) and our sub-topic rough draft pages in zip-up folders that Ms Fawcett labelled for us.

Then we had a MAD SCIENCE assembly! It was so cool!

After second break, we finished our math! And for last period, we had GYM with Mr. Obermyer. Fantastic day

TTYL

 

 

Mon., Dec. 10, 2012

By: Katelynn Smyth & Victoria Galvin in Grade 6 🙂 😛

Today we worked on our Sub-topics for our speeches using our printed out word webs that we made last week using SMART Ideas. We ordered our Topics into first, second and so on. We wrote an opening sentence for each subtopic. Each subtopic is being written on its own page at this point. After that we had music. In music we sang the song “Holiday Blessings” that was in the grade five music book. Then we had Break. Then we had Math. In Math the Grade 5’s and 6’s had a lesson that was a review to the 6’s and new to the 5’s on measurement. The 6’s were assigned a word problem that reviewed and extended grade 5 area and perimeter gave an introduction to working on area of a triangle (grade 6). They worked on in groups and volunteers Mr and Mrs Davies facilitated the groups. The grade 5’s had a lesson on using grids to find an area of a rectangle and also worked in their textbooks (showing their thinking in more than one way to aim for level 4). After Break our class had gym, in gym we played some fun games, such as Octopus,Safari, Net dodge ball and then to end our gym class we played Ultimate dodge ball. When we got back from gym we sang “Theres Something bout’ december” with 6G before they left from their music class. To end our day, we went to the lab with Mlle Rankin to work on literacy/social studies. The 5’s are front-loading about Ancient Civilalizations and the 6’s are front-loading about pre-contact First Nations in Canada. We had a great day and are very excited to come to school tommorow for another great day!

INTRODUCING AREA WITH A GRID

USING A FORMULA & USING A GRID

 

GRADE 5 PRACTICE:

 

GRADE 6 APPLICATION:

We worked in groups on problem solving. From our Grade 6 Reflect and Connect

WHAT DID WE LEARN ABOUT TRIANGLES?