It was another cold week here in Barrhaven and we had a few indoor recesses, but we still had a great week.
Our week was bookended by two special events. On Monday we commemorated Martin Luther King,Jr. Day by writing and illustrating our dreams for the world. On Friday we celebrated Striker’s Birthday with a group photo, a game for spirit points and yummy cupcakes.
In gym we played two new games; corner ball and pin down. They were both a lot of fun and they really made us sweat!
In Math we have been learning about perimeter (what you walk around) and area (what you dance on). We've also been keeping our addition and subtraction skills sharp with quizzes. In Math Inquiry we got to take thermometers outside for recess. We noticed that the temperature was a lot lower -17 celsius on the thermometers out in the snow compared to the thermometers that were up against the school at -12 celsius. We were wondering if the reason was because the foundation of the school was warm and so it warmed the thermometer.
Science was so much fun this week! We finally got to build some structures and it was great! We were asked to make structures that were STRONG, STABLE and TALL. One of the structures was able to hold 25kg. That is 55 pounds! Wow! The structure is still standing so we will let you know what the final number is. We used our procedural writing knowledge to record what we used and what we did to build our structures.
In Religion we talked about how God might call us to choose a job in the future and that we should listen and look for his signs. We talked about how God called Samuel while he was sleeping and how Samuel thought it was Eli calling him.
We talked about the Catholic Education Goal for the months of January and February. The school focus is on students that collaborative contributors. We are all looking for classmates that are: team players, working on developing their God given gifts, and a person who respects the rights and contributions of others. We will nominate two students from our class.
Our class is also working on designing new “bucket notes” for the primary grades.
In Language we have been working hard on using story organizers to help us get a deeper meaning from the stories we read. We are finding out what the events, problem and solution are in fictional stories. We read a great story called, “Fire on the Mountain” where a young boy outsmarted the richest man in the village. We have also been looking for compound words. Mrs. Aubrey challenged us to think of as many compound words we could think of that begin with snow. We found snowman, snowsuit, snowstorm, snowball, snowfall, snowmobile, snowflake, snowbank, snowboard, snowplow, snowangel, snowshoes, snowcone, snowfort and snowbird. If you can think of anymore snow compound words can you please add them to the comments?
It was another cold week and we had a lot of indoor recesses. Luckily we got out snowshoeing, on Monday, the warmest day of the week.
In math we learned more about 3 different kinds of symmetry (vertical, horizontal and diagonal). We also continued to practice our subtraction facts including subtraction with regrouping.
Our language lessons focused on procedural writing. On Wednesday we even got to chew bubble gum in class! Everyone wrote down their own jot notes while they blew bubbles. Then we all wrote down instructions to teach someone how to blow a bubble. In Art on Thursday we got to make faces to add to our procedural writing piece.
It was a very busy week in science. We have been learning a lot about structures and we finally got to put some of it into action. In pairs, or groups of three, we used materials to build a structure that was tall, stable and strong. We learned a lot the first day and then got to try it again the second day. Building structures was a lot of fun.
Enjoy a great long weekend.
Happy New Year everyone!
It was very cold when we came back after the Christmas break. It was so cold (-27 with the windchill) that we had a lot of indoor recesses.
Our class celebrated the epiphany by making stars that we put together to make a big star.
In math we worked on symmetry. We used pattern blocks to make symmetrical patterns that had either a vertical or a horizontal line of symmetry, or both. We also continued to work on our subtraction skills with mad minute and by brushing up on our subtraction with regrouping.
Science and language was combined a lot this week as we learned about procedural writing while learning more about how to build a stable structure. It was a lot of fun making columns out of photocopy paper (GOOS good on one side), construction paper and heavier stock paper. We discovered that folding the paper with small accordion folds made the strongest columns.
In gym we played number soccer, practiced putting on snowshoes, and danced to songs from Go Noodle. We also did a little science in gym by trying to make our bodies as stable as we could and having our partner try to gently push us to make us lose our balance.
We had a great start to 2015. We hope you did too!