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LITERACY/SCIENCE – Biodiversity/Summary
We worked on summarizing a nonfiction article from the Hamilton Spectator about non-native, invasive plant species that are a problem at the Royal Botanical Gardens. This ties in perfectly with our biodiversity unit, as we are beginning a short inquiry into the effects of human action on the bio diverse city in our community.
PHYSED & FRENCH
6F students can comment below and tell us about their learning goals in phys ed and French.
GIFT DRIVE/MATH – Number Sense (adding, subtracting/whole numbers & decimal numbers)
Last week, classes throughout our school took him instructions for this year’s annual gift drive. We are supporting a family of three people in the Lancaster area. Together, students notice that we may need to be organized in our gift efforts so that we do not duplicate items. Students suggested that families donate $10 if they can, more if they wish. A 6F parent has offered to purchase the items – which we are going to research as a class.
This tied in nicely with our number sense unit – adding, subtracting, multiplication and division of whole numbers and decimal numbers. With a minimum budget of $320 (32 students x $10 each, on average), and a possible maximum budget of $640 (32 students x $20, on average), we explored how many items we could purchase for our family in need.
Students had some questions about families in need requesting luxury items, like Starbucks gift cards. We had a lively discussion about the dignity of people, and their need to feel fully part of society, which can include enjoying luxury items out in the community just like anyone else. Miss Fawcett taught students through another example – Minimum wage (which does not cover the minimum length requirements, even if a person works 40 hours a week at that wage) vs. Living wage (A wage cut more likely covers basic living requirements) vs. Participation wage (The wage that covers basic needs, plus the ability to participate in society: signing kids up for lessons, going out for coffee, going out to see a movie, etc.
Students were very engaged with the virtual shopping activity — we will continue tomorrow. Students are expected to show all of their calculations: multiplication, adding, subtracting, and division in their notebooks. A Google doc will include their items for the $320 budget and their items for the $640 budget.