Thurs., Feb. 25, 2018 – point form research, area of a triangle

LITERACY – Writing 

Students are writing speeches over the next week and a half. Students have chosen one of the follow:

  • Competitive Speech (Reading/Research mark + Writing mark + Oral Communication mark…….follows HWDSB Oral Communication Festival guidelines —- research is mandatory & ALL WORK IS DONE IN THE CLASSROOM)
  • Non-Competitive Speech – optional research  (Writing mark + Oral Communication mark) follows regular Ministry’s guidelines for assessment & evaluation —— anything marked is done in the classroom…….Reading/Research can be done at home as long as the end result is a point form list of facts/no sentences or organization….ALL ORGANIZATION/WRITING OF SENTENCES/PARAGRAPHS IS DONE IN THE CLASSROOM
  • Non-Competitive Speech – no research/just use background information  (Writing mark + Oral Communication mark) follows regular Ministry’s guidelines for assessment & evaluation —— anything marked is done in the classroom….ALL ORGANIZATION/WRITING OF SENTENCES/PARAGRAPHS IS DONE IN THE CLASSROOM

These excellent examples of point form notes were created by students at home who are researching & writing NON-COMPETITIVE SPEECHES. [Non-competitive speech writers who want to know more about their topic may read articles & books at home, bring back a list of unorganized facts (words & phrases, NOT sentences). They will earn a mark for writing in class (= organizing their facts into subtopics, writing a rough draft, revising and then editing their rough draft, publishing a good copy of their speech) & will earn a mark for their Oral Communication of that speech (oral communication practised in class & at home).]


MATH – Area of a Triangle

Jan23 2018 – Math (Median), Summary Writing

LITERACY/Science (Flight) – Reading Comprehension strategies, Summaries

We’re focussing our reading expectations  on making meaning of our science texts (Flight).

Yesterday, I We did a modelled/shared summary of the first paragraph with these modelled steps:

  • read part of the text(eg paragraph)
  • read it again and think about it & what it means
  • COVER THE TEXT, and write what you learned from the text (without looking at it), including important main ideas, vocabulary and some details
  • go back a read the text again if you didn’t understand it

Our summary:

The summary has has important details AND the sentences are our own – worded differently (except for necessary science words) & even in a different order of information.

TODAY students wrote a summary of the SAME paragraph independently….as well as the next few pages from the text book.


We had a VERY productive work environment today!!! 


MATH – Median (+ Mode, Mean review) — ALL are types of “averages”

We reviewed Mode & Mean and learned about Median in more detail compared to last year (some classes touched on it in grade 5). We focussed many of our discussions on “cause & effect” —- what happens to a Mean or Median when the data is changed? What kind of data (close together, spread out, etc.) is best described with Median? with Mean? 

We even looked at “outliers” (a very large number or a very small number that doesn’t seem to match the rest of the numbers) and discussed how they can change the Mean and the how they can changed the Median.

We’re having a quiz on Thursday! It will also include Place Value/Ordering whole numbers.



Reflecting on finding the Median number in a set  of data 

  • We notice it is easiest if there is an odd number of pieces of data (e.g. 5 numbers, 7 numbers 9 numbers, 11 numbers, etc.) because the physical middle is one of the actual numbers in the list
  • We notice it is more difficult if there is an even number of data….because the “middle” of the set is actually TWO numbers. To find the middle of these two numbers, we have to find the mean of those numbers (add the numbers and divide the sum by the number of numbers — or divide by 2)   if there is a small gap between the TWO middle numbers , we can add and subtract the same number to and from the TWO middle numbers 
    • e.g.  If the TWO middle numbers are:   6   and 10   Then we can count up and count down the same number    6,  7,  8,  9,  10……..I count up two from 6 and get 8….I count down two from 10 and get 8. So then I know 8 is the median.



SCIENCE – Flight

We have learned a lot about how LIFT is created as the result of a PRESSURE DIFFERENCE above and below an airplane or bird wing or helicopter propeller.  we have made paper airplanes (previous post) and two types of helicopters.

Making helicopter propellers on a pencil:

Jan. 12, 2018 – Comprehension strategies,

 This blog post is a work in progress – please be sure to check back later, too 🙂

LITERACY – Reading Comprehension Strategies (Visualizing)




MATH – Place Value



We welcomed Mrs. Deans from the HWDSB Innivation Centre into the classroom to work with some students.