April 3, 2018 – Biodiversity, 3D isometric drawings

LITERACY – Science 

We I ntroduced our biodiversity unit with a video from Bill Nye. A Jenga game or a game of Pickup Stix was used as a metaphor for biodiversity. All students have homework tonight – to reflect on today’s discussion.



We previously practiced drawings of 3-D irregular shapes on isometric dot paper.

Today Ms Fawcett put this picture of an irregular shape on the SmartBoard and we drew it on paper independently.  To follow up we used the iPad as a document camera and Ms Fawcett demonstrated how to do the 3D drawing. We also learned how to draw the  top view, side view , and front view on grid paper



Student independent designs:


Mon., March 26, 2018 – Oral Communication, Autumn Peltier – water protector; Math

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




When we learned the formula we understood EXACTLY why it works….because the formula for volume is the area of the prism face (a rectangle) multiplication lies by the height of the prism.

So the formula has to be applied in a particular way:

V = length x width x height

where the length x width is the area of the rectangular face


We noticed that we can calculate volume of a rectangular prism from two (2) points of view….here we have highlighted two rectangular face views.

AGAIN, the order of numbers in the formula are important and apply directly to the order: length x width x height of the prism


Another example:


Our next step was to work in groups of three to under how we would find the volume of a TRIANGULAR prism. We’ll take a close look at those tomorrow.


Ties., March 20, 2018- Surface Area


Surface Area – What makes a good answer? (Successfully Criteria co-created with the class)



Ms Fawcett presented us with the answers to homework last night….chose our  partner ….and we gave a partner feedback on how well they met the success criteria!

Finally….We completed an assessment question independently. Tomorrow we will sit in a circle and pass the work around (without names) and moderate each other’s work using the success criteria!