LITERACY – Science (Biodiversity)
We watched part of the swearing in ceremony of our new Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau! Students were asked to pay special attention to how Trudeau and his team designed the ceremony to reflect the diversity of people & cultures that make up Canada. This connects with a future social studies unit 🙂
The ceremony also connects to our Rousseau student voice. The swearing in of the Prime Minister is like the introduction of our own Student Council Executive in October. It is the culmination of the electoral process – which is a an important part of citizenship (participating in the electoral process: running for office/campaigning, voting, respect for leaders & our electoral process).
It was another beautiful day for enjoying the day outside! We had extra time to fit in an additional game of manhunt.
MATH – Geometry
When estimating angles, it’s important to put all I thinking on paper.
Success Criteria for Estimating Angles
- dotted lines showing benchmarks
- square to show 90°
- curved lines to indicate angles
- Words and numbers to explain how we used the benchmark
We make sure that we rotate the paper as necessary to have one arm of an angle horizontal.
This answer for number 1 b) of. 84 shows all these criteria.
We came up with scenarios where the majority of people do not want a particular political party, but that party still “wins” the election because they secure more votes than any other party.
Just some of the political parties we researched in groups. This helped us to understand the different issues that government can be interested in. We also had a student vote today in Mr. Obermeyer’s. All students in grades 3,4,5 & 6 participated. We will find out the “election” results soon!
Good luck to our 5F students who will be running for student council on Thursday!
SOCIAL STUDIES – Canadian Government
A great group of active learners collaboratingbb on our government scavenger hunt!
MATH – Fractions
Exploring our Canadian Government – who is in charge of what?
SCIENCE – Structures
We counted out 100 Popsicle sticks for our bridge building….10 groups of 10!
We went on a Government of Canada scavenger hunt with online sources and a shared whole-class Google Doc!
JUNIOR SOCCER TOURNAMENT
We spent most of the afternoon participating in the Junior soccer tournament – thank you to Grade 6’s & Mr. G for organizing! We had fun! Play-offs tomorrow!
At the end of the day, we connected with the Grade 5 students in Mr. Obermeyer’s class for a joint lesson on bridge-building for our culminating task. Soon, we will be bringing home 100 popsicle sticks each for our individual bridges and white glue. We will be working in class on our designs and doing the building/gluing at home. Today we learned how to make our three-view drawing (combined Art/Science activity).
We are currently working on research of dances! We will respond to dance performance, as per the curriculum, as well as learn to perform various dances, with help from online resources, students, parents 🙂 (?) and special guests. Currently, each student is responsible for posting information about one dance in our Google Docs “database”, including a little history and links to video resources they find on YouTube. We already have two interesting entries — Scottish Highland Dancing and the German Slap Dance. In yesterday’s class brainstorming, we discussed that being familiar with dances from all over the world helps us to feel connected to people who have a different history and story to tell. Feeling connected to each other is always a good thing! Students brainstormed all sorts of excellent reasons why dance is beneficial and enjoyable. Here’s their thoughts, again, from yesterday: