LITERACY – Independent Reading, Inferring Characterization……preparing for Writing
We started today reading independently as we usually do. Today’ purpose (similar to yesterday) was to infer a Character Trait about one of our characters, and give evidence from the text to support the Trait.
Today was a bit different — instead of describing exactly what the Character was showing us through
- S aying
- T hinking/feeling
- E ffects on others/others affects on them
- A ctions
- L ooks/appearance
…..we created information for “Character Trait Cards”.
- identified the trait
- described the Character information using STEAL….but described it in a general way that anyone could use to inspire them for their own characters
Thanks to our student teacher, Ms Jolink, for helping Ms Fawcett make the cards! 🙂 Here are some. We will continue to add more details about characters to give examples of how we know they have particular trait. Click on the cards to see a larger version.
These cards will be available in the classroom for any student to access for inspiration
MATH – Data Management
Comparing displays of the same data
We learned that
- Circle graphs are good for the parts of a whole — e.g. showing a category of data COMPARED TO THE WHOLE
- Bar graphs are good for showing information about INDIVIDUAL CATEGORIES/PIECES OF DATA
| BAR GRAPH
- Good for showing change over time
We reviewed these graphs from yesterday. Herman’s Graph makes the data look like a sudden & huge increase in the sale of cars. This is accomplished by spacing the years on the x-axis very close together…..and by stretching the scale – it goes up by 50 (instead of 100 on Jake’s) and each number changes across 4 squares (instead of 2 squares, like Jake’s)
We spent time creating questions that show BIAS……these questions didn’t feel “right” to us. They didn’t give us a chance to share the truth. We talked about how some questions are “leading questions” that might make people choose answers that aren’t even true. e.g. If I’m asked if I like chocolate or strawberry ice cream, I would pick one of those two (limited) choices, instead of saying that my true favourite is peanut butter & chocolate together (not even an option in the question!).
We talked about different types of BIAS in questions. The above “ice cream” example is a question that is biased because it has limited available answers to choose from…..but there are all sorts of ways that questions can be biased.
Here are some examples of BIAS (on the right), with the unbiased way in the left column.
Good luck to Chloe, who will be representing Rousseau tomorrow at the Oral Communications Festival!!