Feb. 15&16 No School - Connect Teacher’s Retreat
Feb 21: EXPO Swimming
Feb 27: EXPO Military Museum and MRU MakerSpace (will need 6 parent volunteers)
On Monday we had a guest speaker, come and talk to students about the wonderful and interesting math behind snowflakes. Students constructed their own snowflakes with their knowledge of fractals, fractions, angles, proportions, etc. Look for these on display in the grade 5 hallway over the next few weeks. In addition to this, students completed another division check-in. Feedback will be posted to FreshGrade early this week. Both classes also began a geometry exploration by creating ways of classifying/sorting the many types of quadrilaterals.
Looking ahead: Students will create graphs to represent data coming out of the Winter Olympics results and…. more quadrilaterals!
Students constructed more series and parallel circuits, adding different loads such as motors. Next week they will add switches to their circuits and continue to analyze the differences between circuits and how the electrons flow. Students also drew jobs for their City of Ember interdisciplinary project.
Looking ahead: With these jobs, students are to design and construct something that is electrical (using their growing knowledge of circuits and electricity) and that can/will help them do their jobs in the City of Ember.
This was an emotional week in Humanities, as we had to eliminate so many books from our Caldecott contenders. In the end, there can be only one winner. When we looked at each book, alongside the criteria, some of the favourites were not the best match. We had to vote with our heads and not our hearts. I think the top favourites were probably, “After the Fall,” or “The Wolf, the Duck and the Mouse,” but the medal was awarded to “Blue Sky, White Stars.” On Monday, we will watch the results of the real Caldecott medal. We have no way of knowing what books the committee looks at, so the winner is always a surprise. When we weren’t talking about books, we were talking about issues. This project is taking longer to wrap up than initially planned. Finished or not, students will be assessed on the work completed on Wednesday. Many of them will only be able to submit a completed planning document. This will allow me to assess their ability to inquire into a topic. We will work on this on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in class, but some students may need to spend some time at home if they wish to complete it by Feb.14th. Students that are finished will work on a self directed Olympics project. We also drew our jobs for the “City of Ember” project. We are looking forward reading more of this book next week.