Here is what we have been up to this week! We thought we would start this update with a glance ahead at the next few weeks, including our upcoming EXPO week. We are still in need of parent volunteers, so please let us know ASAP if you are able to accompany us on any (or all!) of our EXPO activities. The 5.3 /5.4 students will have PE and PVA everyday next week, and should come prepared for those classes Monday.
Oct. 31: Halloween: Students are welcome to dress in costume in the afternoon. The 5s will be having a small celebration at the end of the day. Students can bring in a small treat to share if they would like (not required).
Nov. 6: EXPO trip to Weaselhead. We will be departing the school at 9:30am and returning by 3:00pm. Parent volunteers are needed.
Nov. 7: EXPO In-school exploration: Wild Robot STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) activities in the Science Lab - parent volunteers appreciated (but not needed!)
Nov. 8: EXPO Trip to Inglewood Bird Sanctuary (9:00-3:00pm) - parent volunteers needed
Nov. 9: Remembrance Day Ceremony at school
Nov. 10: Organizational Day, no school for kids
Math: This week we explored estimation strategies by looking at two different problems. The first one was “how many breaths do you take in a day?” the second was estimating the number of small dots that would fit on a piece of paper. Both questions allowed students to come up with a variety of strategies in order to solve. Students shared their strategies with the class and helped to build our toolbox of possible ways to estimate as well as why it is important to have estimation strategies. We also continued to practice mental math strategies for addition which included using doubles or near doubles to come up with our sums.
Science: This week we wrapped up our food web assignments. Students went through a self-assessment checklist and rubric. We also did a hands on demonstration using string and organisms who live in a wetland ecosystem to show the connectedness of plants and animals in an ecosystem. We also watched a short clip on how wolves changed both the ecosystem and the physical geography of Yellowstone National Park upon reintroduction in the mid 1990s (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysa5OBhXz-Q) . Students will be working on a reflection of this video bringing in their knowledge from the entire unit. We also began a cloud exploration which starts our weather and climate unit.