Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Tuesday, May 31st

We did a review of probability during Math class this morning.  We will be having a short test on probability tomorrow.  Students are going home with a practice sheet in order to help better prepare them for the test.  I have also added some links under probability that they can practice with.

During language, we had our book club.  It was nice to see more students come prepared with notes.  This helps to add to the discussions and make them richer!  

Homework:
-reading log
-Math: probability test tomorrow - come prepared by doing your practice sheet and/or links on the blog.

Monday, 30 May 2016

Monday, May 30th

Today in Math, we looked at how to use tree diagrams to record the possible outcomes or combinations of different things.

Ex:

  Image result for tree diagram probability

In Religion class, we were fortunate to have Cathy Koss visit us on Friday and have a rosary said during class.  Today, we followed up by looking more closely at the glorious mysteries.

In Language class, students did inquiry learning about gorillas and their habitats.  I asked students to research what kind of habitat Ivan should have been living in.

Homework:
-reading log
-Book Club tomorrow: a few questions went home today.  Please make notes and come prepared tomorrow.  This is going towards your oral language grade.
Optional: students may bring in treats for their group members (group of 4)

Book Club picture taken on Friday:

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Thursday, May 26th

In Math, we looked at different types of probability word problems.  Students worked in pairs to solve some easy and not so easy type questions.  We will be consolidating our findings tomorrow morning.

In Language, students were finishing up their reading responses.  They worked as partners on this task and were to follow the success criteria for a reading response.  

Homework:
-Reading log due tomorrow
-Book Club meeting tomorrow.  Students were given each a sheet with questions on them.  I am encouraging students to come prepared tomorrow with notes.  This will be going towards their oral language grade.

Reminder:
The next Book Club meeting will be on Tuesday, instead of Monday.  Students may bring in treats for their book club members (4 per group).  The treats may be muffins, cookies, or any kind of baked goods.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Wednesday, May 25th

This morning in Math, we continued to look at probability in different ways.  We looked at spinners and predicted outcomes, using probability words.  Some practice work is going home today.  This is a review of what we did in class.

In Language, we continued to read The One and Only Ivan.  We are working on developing a good reading response and incorporating the success criteria with it.  This Friday, we will be having a book club meeting.  This will go towards the oral grade in Language.  Students will be given a list of questions for tomorrow night to preview before Friday's book club meeting.
On Monday, we will have another book club meeting.  This is the day that student's are allowed to bring in treats for their group (4 students).  This will be just like a book club, in a relaxed setting, talking about the book together.

Homework:
-reading log
-Math: practice sheet on probability

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Tuesday, May 24th

Today, we looked at the concept of probability more closely.  Students were learning how to express probable outcomes in numbers and words and as fractions.

During our Language block, we continued to read The One and Only Ivan.  I gave students a question to work on following our readaloud today.  They are getting to know the success criteria for a reading response.  I will post this criteria this week as students will be bringing a couple of questions to practice with for homework.

Homework:
-reading log
-Math prodigy practice (15 mins.)

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Tuesday, May 17th

We had our quiz on mass and capacity this morning.  This was rather a short quiz to see whether the students had an understanding of the following units: g, kg, mL, and L.  

In religion, we looked at the Gospel Value of excellence.  Students had an understanding that excellence is about putting in your best effort, to be a good role model to others by following school rules, and to show commitment by persevering to meet your goals despite challenges in the way.

In Language, we continued to read The One and Only Ivan.  Students had to write a persuasive letter to Mack from Ivan's point of view to persuade him to let Ivan free to a zoo or the wild.

Homework:
-reading log
-read 2 raz kids books

Monday, 16 May 2016

Monday, May 16th

I was away this morning at a professional development meeting.  However, students had the time to explore more about capacity.  For this area, students must know the difference between mL and L and how to convert the two.  We will be having a short quiz on mass and capacity.  I added some practice in prodigymath.com.

The following are some of the responses students used in their double entries:
Reading Responses

As a next step, I am hoping that students will put in greater detail on the right side.  This will be our next focus in reading.

Homework:
-reading log
-prodigymath.com practice about mass and capacity

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Wednesday, May 11th

This morning, we reviewed the concept of volume.  Then, we started to look at the concept of mass.  Our learning goal was to understand the differences between a gram and a kilogram.  I added a video under measurement, in case your child may have trouble with the practice work tonight.

In Language, we continued to read The One and Only Ivan.  Students did a reading reflection by explaining what they would do for one day with the main character, Ivan.

Homework:
-reading log
-Math: practice sheet on mass (I encourage students to do the "stretch your thinking".  It's a good math question to practice your problem solving skills!)

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Tuesday, May 10th

Today, we began to explore volume.  Students used cubes to measure the volume of rectangular prisms.  

In Language, we kept on reading The One and Only Ivan.  There are many students enjoying this book!  You can ask your child what the book is about.  We continue to practice reflecting on what we read.  

Homework:
-reading log  (I encourage students to read Raz Kids tonight).

Monday, 9 May 2016

Monday, May 9th

Good afternoon parents!
I hope you (moms) had enjoyed your Mother's Day present from your child.  They worked really hard on their writing and they only had one block to do it in!

This morning in Math, I gave the students an assessment in area/perimeter.  I gave them one question in order to show me what they know.  This assessment piece will be going home to be signed once it's corrected.

As for homework tonight, students should be familiar with the double-entry journal.  We did one last week, based on the same book, The One and Only Ivan.

Here is an example of an entry:

From the text:                                         My Thoughts or Reflections:
Ruby seems to be bored about                Ruby may be bored because she is used of the 
being in the mall.                                     busy schedule a circus may have.  She is coming 
                                                              from the circus, where they train for hours.  They 
                                                              are on the road a lot doing shows.  Now, she is
                                                              stuck in a cage in a mall with very little to do.

I am encouraging students to express their thinking or ideas more on the right side.
The left side is only to state what part of the text they choose to reflect on.

Homework:
-reading log
-Language: Do 3-4 double entries


Thursday, 5 May 2016

Thursday, May 5th

We read The One and Only Ivan this morning.  I introduced a double-entry journal this morning.  This will be helpful to have students share their reactions, thoughts, feelings and any questions they have about a text they've read.

Reminder:  It's open house day tomorrow morning.  Your child will show you their latest work in Language and Math.  Secondly, your child will ask you to do a fun Math activity to work out together.  Thirdly, you will be able to check out your child's castle (as part of their learning in social studies).

Homework:
-reading log (due tomorrow)


Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Wednesday, May 4th

This is just a reminder that we will be having our Open House Friday morning, from 7:45 to 9:00.  You are welcome to come by anytime during this time to visit our class.  

Homework:
-reading log
-Math: finish Minecraft (area and perimeter) for tomorrow
-Math: to finish finding the missing measurements only (do not find the area & perimeter as we will do this in class tomorrow)

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Tuesday, May 3rd

This morning, we did the school-wide Math challenge.  Students were given a picture of the following and had to figure out, using their reasoning skills, and determine the amount of cars in the circle:


You will be able to see this thinking on Friday during the Open House.  I will post them up in the classroom.

During Language, I read more pages from The One and Only Ivan.  Students also did more research about the silverback gorilla.  

Homework:
-reading log
-Math: complete Minecraft head (area & perimeter) for Thursday (see yesterday's blog for an explanation)

Reminder:
-Open house on Friday morning.  You are invited to come and pay a visit to our classroom during the following time: 7:45 to 9:00.  You may come by anytime during this time.
You will:  
-be able to see your child's recent work
-do a fun Math problem together
-take a look at the castle your child made (French)

Monday, 2 May 2016

Monday, May 2

This morning in Math class, we had a pop quiz on the times table quiz.  You will get to see the results on Open House day this coming Friday.  We also looked at the homework going home this week.  Students are asked to make a Minecraft head.  They were all provided a graph paper (in square centimetres).  They can use up to six colours.  They may also use ideas from the internet to help them.  If they make it symmetrical, it will be easier to add up the total perimeter and area for each colour.

Example:
☐  Perimeter:    Area:
-In the box, students need to colour it in.
-Beside perimeter, students need to add up the perimeter for that colour.
-Beside area, students need to multiply to find the area, then add up all the areas (if there's more than one shape with the same colour)

Homework:
-reading log
-Math: make a Minecraft head (due Thursday)