This is what we were up to this week. Please visit the home page for a few pictures of Weaselhead and Dot Day.
Math: This week we learned about representing large numbers in multiple ways and explored the app called Number Pieces which gives us a visual representation of numbers We also tackled a small problem called “Build it Up” and uploaded it to FreshGrade for teacher feedback. Students completed a small place value check-in which will be uploaded to FreshGrade early next week.
*Parent Math Corner* YouCubed is a great resource that is compiled by Stanford University professor Jo Boaler and is grounded in current research on math education. I use it for my own professional growth and it has a great section for parents as well. https://www.youcubed.org/resource/parent-resources/
Science: On Tuesday we headed to the Weaselhead and explored the wetland area adjacent to the Elbow River. We were greeted by many large dragonflies and a small group of female mallards. Students had the opportunity to examine the living (biotic) and non-living (abiotic) components of a wetland and complete a few activities in their wetland journal. We also did some observations of what the ecosystem looks like in the fall. Thanks again to our parent volunteers - we couldn’t do it without you! We will revisit in each season to observe and predict the changes we will see. Back in class students chose a specific type of wetland to research and will report back to their group next week on what they learned. This research has also been uploaded to FreshGrade.
Humanities: The students started the week by examining the impact the hurricanes had on Florida last weekend. We have moved on, and the students began their research on a Canadian Province. They are working with a partner to become an expert on one province. They will then create a presentation so their research can be shared with the class. We will all learn a bit more about the provinces that make up our vast country. Students should expect to be sharing their understanding by Sept. 27th.
Dot Day: Around September 15th educators around the world celebrate the book, “The Dot” by Peter Reynolds. Today the grade 5 classes enjoyed the story and participated in several dot day activities. We “made our mark”, as we worked together to solve clues to open a breakout box, create dots that came to life with Quiver, and build a dot mosaic.
Camp Sweet: 5.4 leaves for camp Monday morning. We depart shortly after 9, so an early arrival isn’t required. Students will need to be dropped off, as gear doesn’t fit on the busses. We will return Wednesday. We should be back to the school right around 3:00PM. Please follow the packing list, and send a warm sleeping bag and clothes that can be layered. The mornings are quite cool, so your child may want gloves and a toque. If the days are warm we will spend time in the water, so water shoes, a swim suit and towel should be included. We do not need a white shirt (as stated on the packing list) that was only for the grade 7 camp.