Math: We continued our exploration of place value and practiced writing big numbers in both standard and expanded form. For example: 482 566 (standard) can be expressed as 400 000+80 000+2000+500+60+6 (expanded). This helps build our understanding of place value and how numbers are written and expressed in math. Students did some practice using different ways of representing numbers and played a dice game which helped reinforce our understanding. Next week students will complete a check-in of this concept which will help me determine if we are ready to move on to a problem called the Deca Tree.
Mr. Sonico has created a 'database' with math curricular outcomes along with links to some practice problems on Khan Academy. These are meant as practice to supplement the work and problem-solving work that we do in the classroom. Unless otherwise indicated or told to students, they are not mandatory.
Science: In Science we began our inquiry of wetlands by brainstorming living (biotic) and non-living (abiotic) things we would find in wetlands. We also looked at similarities and differences between a western scientific perspective and an aboriginal perspective on the role and purpose of wetland ecosystems. Throughout our study we will be looking through these lenses to gain a fuller understanding of this important ecosystem. We continued by looking at the different ways in which wetlands are categorized. Next week we will head to the Weaselhead to explore the wetland ecosystem there. See information bulletin for more details.
This week in Humanities both classes got a little further with our read aloud of Tuck Everlasting. We continued working on building information about Canada and conducted some research about hurricanes. We also had our first writer’s workshop period where the students participated in a free choice writing activity. Next week we will continue our work on Canadian geography and mapping skills. We hope to reach the halfway point in our novel and will work on writing.