March 28/2014 – Poetry, Geometry

We started today by listening to three students who prepared poems that they wanted to share with the class. So proud of these risk takers!

– Elise : “The Charge of the Light Brigade” by Lord Alfred Tennyson
– Owen : “High Flight” by John McGee
– Nelson : “Just To Say” by William Carl Williams
– Taylor : “Spring is Here”

We referred to our anchor chart and we identified different literary devices that the poets used to make their poems effective:

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MATH
After Gym, break & French we started to learn to construct triangles — lots of inferring going on.

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We even jumped ahead to a level 4 self-assessment strategy (if the inside angles of a rectangle 90+90+ 90+90= 360 degrees, them the inside angles of a triangle should add put to half that — or 180 degrees). We can double check our triangle construction by adding up the three angles and making sure they add up to 180 (give or take about 3 degrees to account for human error)

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Can you make three triangles that each have two 45° angles? How are they the same? How are they different?
– Here is Rohan’s answer to this question:
“They are the same shape but different sizes…they are similar triangles. They are isosceles triangles.”
They also have a right angle, so they are similar right angle isosceles triangles.

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Rohan’s also followed up on his geoboard with a different geometric creation —
How many different congruent shapes are there?
How many vertices are there?
How many triangles are there?

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BUDDY TIME
We hung out with our grade 2 buddies, getting to know each other and having fun with shape poems!

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March 26/2014 – Independent Reading, Poetry/Inferring, Geometry

We love books! Our classroom library – Nonfiction on the bottom and fiction on the top.

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More fiction/chapter books:

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POETRY

Our read aloud book “Love that dog” has poems in the back – all the poems that Jack refers to in the book (the poems that his teacher shared with his class). Today we took a closer look at the poem called The Red Wheelbarrow.

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First we “water skied across the surface” of the poem. Our feelings were: confusion, feeling puzzled and thinking that the poem is a little bit pointless and random. Then we had a great discussion!

MATH
We worked in estimating angles by sketching in benchmarks and dividing, adding or subtracting sections. Fun!

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We worked on our “angles” skills as well as classifying polygons by following the links at the top of the blog: Grade 5 Links for Learning —> Geometry. Feel free to also visit these links at home 🙂

March 25/2015 – Angles (Geometry)

We are constructing angles and will measure a partner’s angles — then assess each other’s answers…then find another partner for more practice and feedback.

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What is the most challenging thing about constructing angles?

– You have to make everything super precise and make the angles sharp
– Estimating whether it is acute or obtuse and then picking the right number on the protractor
– Making the angle correct within 1° so that I can be precise
– matching up the vertex of the angle with the origin of the protractor

Measuring angles

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Assessing our partners work & giving feedback

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