May 28, 2014 – Structures (bridges), Track & Field practiceg

SCIENCE
We started with a review of our culminating task. It is important to know how to build the proper shapes. Popsicle sticks (or real wooden beams) are not very strong when they are flat. When they are on edge they are much stronger.

Our bridge deck may have flat popsicle sticks, but the supports under the deck must have the popsicle sticks on their edge (MUCH STRONGER)

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GYM
We’re preparing for Track & Field Day on Friday — running & standing long jump, triple jump, baseball throw, and various running events! Students should be sure to wear sunscreen, bring a water bottle, wear appropriate shoes and may bring a blanket or beach umbrella for shade.

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MATH – Measurement (Volume) and Algebra (variables/missing numbers)

We reviewed how to calculate the Volume of a Rectangular Prism for tomorrow’s test. students can search “volume” on our blog to review all the examples and lessons.

We were reminded that inside the formula for Volume of a Rectangular Prism (V = L x w x d) is the formula for the area of a rectangle (A = L x w)….

….that is because when we calculate the Volume of a prism, we are first finding the area if the front face. The front face is called the BASE OF THE PRISM (even though the base is facing us — it is laying on its side so we can view the bottom (BASE)

We previewed our next Math topic, which is a fun puzzle activity: Pre-Algebra (“What’s the missing number?”).

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….them we practiced with a couple more examples:

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Next, we tried a question where we know the Volume (V) and the depth (d) of the prism, but not the length (L) or width (w)

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We practiced with two more examples!

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May 27, 2014 – dance, Literacy, Art, Measurement (volume)

DPA
We started our day again with some running in preparation for Friday’s Rousseau Track & Field event, and then a fun & active game of Capture the Flag

DANCE/LITERACY/MEDIA
I have never seen a group of pre-teens so riveted by a documentary before! We are nearly finished learning the true stories of these youth sacrificing so much to earn a ballet scholarship. Lots of connections being made with our lives as active, goal-oriented people!20140527-103449.jpg

 

Elise brought her sister’s “on point” ballet shoes. We made a connection between rosin being put on the tip of the ballet shoes for grip on the floor and putting rosin on a violin bow for grip on the strings.

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SELF-ASSESSMENT (Learning Skills)
Students continued taking their turns to complete the online Google Form to reflect on their learning skills this term.

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ART
We continue to work on our class art project for the Art Auction at Fun Fair, next Thursday, June 5th  4-8pm.  Have you preorder your tickets for your family? Pre-order forms were sent home yesterday, along with a request for Fun Fair volunteers 🙂   The art auction offering from 5F will be SPECTACULAR!!

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MATH     (Measurement)
Some students worked on counting money & making change; some students worked on showing multiple ways to determine the Volume of rectangular prisms and irregular 3D shapes.

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Colour coding to help our organization — NICE!!!!

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Here is a second way to divide the shape into individual prisms — another “additional strategy”. WAY TO GO!!!!

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May 27, 2014 – dance, Literacy, Art, Measurement (volume)

DPA
We started our day again with some running in preparation for Friday’s Rousseau Track & Field event, and then a fun & active game of Capture the Flag

DANCE/LITERACY/MEDIA
I have never seen a group of pre-teens so riveted by a documentary before! We are nearly finished learning the true stories of these youth sacrificing so much to earn a ballet scholarship. Lots of connections being made with our lives as active, goal-oriented people!20140527-103449.jpg

 

Elise brought her sister’s “on point” ballet shoes. We made a connection between rosin being put on the tip of the ballet shoes for grip on the floor and putting rosin on a violin bow for grip on the strings.

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SELF-ASSESSMENT (Learning Skills)
Students continued taking their turns to complete the online Google Form to reflect on their learning skills this term.

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ART
We continue to work on our class art project for the Art Auction at Fun Fair, next Thursday, June 5th  4-8pm.  Have you preorder your tickets for your family? Pre-order forms were sent home yesterday, along with a request for Fun Fair volunteers 🙂   The art auction offering from 5F will be SPECTACULAR!!

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MATH     (Measurement)
Some students worked on counting money & making change; some students worked on showing multiple ways to determine the Volume of rectangular prisms and irregular 3D shapes.

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Colour coding to help our organization — NICE!!!!

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Here is a second way to divide the shape into individual prisms — another “additional strategy”. WAY TO GO!!!!

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May 26, 2014 – Dance, Science/Structures, Visual Art

DANCE

“First Position” – Ballet Documentary
by Matt R.

“I like this documentary because it’s so motivating and sends a message telling us that anyone can dance: both genders, people with any color of skin, and any age (depends). This really “got me” because it was very inspiring. It sent a message to everyone that if they try, they can accomplish anything!”

Later in the day we watched a bit more of documentary. We also continued dance with Mrs. Crocker for our day 5 regular period — continuing Tinicling!

SCIENCE/ART
In Art with Mr. Obermeyer, we began our drawing for our Bridge Culminating Task. We will have about 100 Popsicle sticks and white glue….and a bunch of cardboard V-shapes for stability of the joints. We will create our bridge “blueprint” in class individually and speak or write to Ms Fawcett about the different aspects of stability & strength for our culminating task mark for Science (Structures).

We will build the bridge at home and for fun, we will test the stability & strength of our bridges by testing them (and breaking them) on Mr. O’s “bridge buster”.

Here is a sample LEVEL 2 bridge design (Science mark). The design is not strong because it layers the flat Popsicle sticks of the deck onto flat Popsicle sticks on the substructure:

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[Note: The Art mark is level 3-, showing two views — although three views are required for a solid level 3, 3+, 4: top view, deck view, side view.]

We are architects! Check out our blueprints (on white paper 🙂 )

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FUN FAIR
Be prepared to be wowed at the Rousseau Fun Fair Art Auction this year – we have a great & colorful plan!

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