April 29, 2014 – Science (structures), 3D Geometry, Literacy

We started today with a science/math/literacy activity: word sort!

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Peer & self-assessment: How did we do? How do our answers compare?

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Getting ready to present our K’Nex structures
– students brainstormed some questions they would like to answer about their structures

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April 14/2014 – Poetry, 3-D Geometry, Science (Structures)

LITERACY -Poetry
We reviewed the rhyming poetry from Friday and talked about the difference between exact rhymes and “near” rhymes.

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We worked on using the criteria and some feedback from conferencing to revise our poetry.

The pictures that we used Friday and today as prompts for our writing are from the Harris Burdick mysteries.

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MATH
We continued our review of 3D geometry.

We practiced making our thinking visible (specific, step by step, etc.)

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SCENCE – Structures
For science today, Mr. Obermeyer’s grade 5 students joined us and we did a think-pair-share in order to share what we know about how structures can be made to be stable. Using our background knowledge, we started a list of ways that structures can be made stable. We also brainstormed definitions for important vocabulary like “stable” and “load“. We also added words such as beam, foundation, anchor, platform and I beam.

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Using just one piece of paper and eight textbooks, we were challenged to create a suspended bridge that could hold 10 plastic tiles. We will have more pictures and reflections tomorrow when we continue, but here are some reflections and observations for now:

“At first we put the paper bridge on top of the books and it stayed still the way we wanted it to. But when we added the load, the paper bent down. We noticed that we had to put books on TOP of the ends of the paper, too, so it would not move under the load.”

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April 3/2014 – DPA (spring!), Math (2D geometry)

DPA Is a great start to the day – soccer, basketball, manhunt. On the field before it thaws gets muddy!

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MATH

We practised constructing polygons on square dot paper.


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CONSTRUCTING POLYGONS – Key Learning from today

  • all vertices of the polygon must be on a dot

  • we measure INTERIOR ANGLES only

  • we need to measure & label all angles to get it right

  • we need to use a ruler

  • we need to draw clean, thin lines in pencil

  • thin lines make for “sharp” vertices that are easier to measure correctly

 

Oral Communication Festival – CONGRATULATIONS, ELISE!

Congratulations to 5F student Elise for her success today at the HWDSB West Cluster Oral Communication Festival! Elise delivered her speech on “The Importance of Losing” — and won the “gold” medal! Elise will be advancing to the next level of the HWDSB Festival on May 5th!


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