Monday, Jan. 29 - Electives Report Cards emailed to parents
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).
Feb. 15&16 No School - Teacher’s Convention
Feb 21: 5.3 and 5.4 Swimming
Humanities: We spent this week dividing our time between our collection of Caldecott eligible picture books and researching regions issues. Students critically examined the 20 books they chose for this round. We will continue narrowing down the books until Feb. 6th, when we will choose a winning selection. Students also chose an issue to research and present for their final project on Canadian regions. They will finish up the research phase early in the week and begin working on their pecha kucha presentation, which they will share the first week in February.
Math: Students learned how to divide using the box method. This method is just an extension of the array method, which the students used to practice their multiplication skills. Here is a video of the method if you are interested: http://shelleygrayteaching.com/box-area-method-alternative-traditional-long-division/
Students wrote a check-in on Thursday to gauge their familiarity with the box method. Feedback will be uploaded on FreshGrade early this week.
Looking ahead: Long division algorithm (traditional method)
Parent Math Corner: I came across this article the other day and thought I’d pass it along to you for a read. It highlights the importance of a growth mindset for long-term success in mathematics
Science: Students created and signed a safety contract for the electricity unit. They then did a scavenger hunt around the school for unsafe and safe electrical practices. Lastly, we started hypothesizing on an experiment that students will be doing this week. These hypotheses were drawn using standard circuit diagrams.
Looking ahead: experimenting/building circuits to light a bulb.