It was another busy week in grade 5! This week included a great day off campus where we visited both the Weaselhead and Signal Hill Library. At the Weaselhead, students observed changes to the wetland we last visited in September. It is interesting to consider the wildlife that use that ecosystem in different seasons, how they have adapted to survive and to predict the changes we will see when we return in a few months. At Signal Hill Library, students participated in a program called Math Quest (available in the evenings at most public libraries in the city) and learned how the library works, how they can check out books and where to find books they are interested in.
Thursday Jan. 25 - 5.4 to Masters Gallery
Feb. 2 - No School-PD day
Feb 5 - Fractal Snowflake Workshop (in school EXPO, could use a few parent volunteers as helpers. 5.3 in AM, 5.4 in PM).
Math:This week, we picked up our lesson on division by reacquainting students with the array model. Previously, we used it to multiply. This time, we're using it to divide. This is important to note because it shows the inverse relationship between the two operations. We used manipulatives (snap-it cubes) this week and will use an iPad app (Number Pieces)next week to show the process of division. Looking ahead: Long division and chunking division
Science:This week, our student teacher, Ms. Kwong, introduced the electricity unit to 5.3 and 5.4. They discovered things they already know about electricity, why they think it’s important, and began to touch on safety around electricity.
Humanities: We spent this week immersed in our collection of Caldecott eligible picture books. There were over 30 books available on the long list for students to examine against the Caldecott criteria. On Thursday, students voted and the top 16 moved onto the next round. In addition, 4 books will be assigned wild card spots and will move on. We will continue narrowing down the books until Feb. 6th, when we will choose a winning selection. Looking ahead, the students will begin their research on a regional issue on Monday and we will continue with Mock Caldecott.
A recap of last week's EXPO trip.