Firstly, remember that narrative rough drafts are due Monday.
Next week your homework will be to start typing them into google docs, so you may want to get a head start on that this weekend. To do this you can set Google Drive up on your home computers and sign in with your school account and password that I wrote in your agenda. If you are working on a tablet such as an iPad you will need to download the Google Docs app AND the Google Drive app to do this.
Please return the last page of your report card signed and completed with your goals for term 2.
We have had a great week. In language we are working on two tasks. We are trying to finish up our work on narratives, while beginning work on non-fiction texts. Because we are doing a lot of work in science that relies on reading and understanding non-fiction pieces of text I have seen a need to improve students skills in this area. We have begun with learning about the THEIVES strategy.
THEIVES is a strategy for quickly scanning a non-fiction text for the important information. A valuable skill, especially with students doing more and more research on the Internet and needing to decide if a source is helpful.
Here is a copy of the worksheet that has been guiding us:
In math we have been working to deepen our understanding of perimeter and area. After lots and lots of practice and shared work on open ended problems, I think most students are now feeling comfortable with these concepts.
Here is our work on one of our open ended problems. Look at how many different possibilities students were able to find. Students found it fascinating that the design could change so much even though the area remained the same.
Another group did the same problem, but instead worked with an area of 30 square meters. Look at all of the possibilities they discovered:
In art this week we learned about colour value. There were lots of oohs and ahhs when students saw how adding white or black could change a colour.
It’s a work in progress. You’ll have to wait to see the end result, but here is our first step in working with colour value:
Well, that’s just a taste of what we’ve been doing.
Here a challenge for you (our students or other readers). You may tell us in the comments below. Choose an object in your room and tell us what its area and perimeter is. How did you solve for each?
For an extra tough challenge, find the area and perimeter of your room. Remember to use metric measurements such as centimetres and metres. So if you use a measuring tape with inches and feet, you may need to get some help looking up on the Internet how to convert your measurements to metres. Remember inches and feet are part of the imperial measuring system that is taught in the United States. In Canada, we teach with the metric system.
Have a great weekend!