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