We hope you had a restful break. We had a busy first week back! Here is a recap:
Humanities- This week was spent exploring the vastness of Canada as we began our look into Canada’s geographic regions. The students worked on a large (13x17 ft) map of Canada that we borrowed from Canadian Geographic Education. This map showcased the C3 Expedition that has taken place over the past 150 days. Students explored map features, expedition stops and the 6 geographic regions of Canada. They started working on a presentation that showcases the voyage and the regions. We read some of the Wild Robot and connected through a padlet post, with our class in St. Louis.
Math - we have been exploring strategies for mental math using ideas like doubling, finding ‘friendly numbers’ (ie: numbers that end in 5 or 10), counting up or counting down. This will help us as we delve into multiplication in the coming weeks. We also used the giant C3 map in the Learning Commons to practice estimating and measuring distances using non-standard measurement tools (footsteps, chainlinks, snapcubes). Science - This week we worked to finish up our food chain projects. Students have been working diligently, expanding their knowledge of consumers, producers, carnivores, herbivores and decomposers as they relate to wetland ecosystems. They have been consulting the checklist and rubric to ensure that they are meeting the requirements of the assignment as well as asking for peer and teacher feedback. These will be shared on FreshGrade Monday. Ideally the work was finished this week, although there are a few students who need to finish their’s at home over the weekend. We will be coming back to our wetland unit in the spring to observe the changes we see over the seasons. Next week we will begin our exploration of weather and climate which will carry throughout the rest of the school year.