Today in English we started looking at the world of advertising. We looked at the techniques advertisers use in creating cereal boxes and drinks at this site:
In Math we have been looking at the properties of 3D shapes. Today we practiced drawing 3D shapes using isometric paper.
Click here for isometric dot paper.
Click here to make isometric pictures online.
In Math, the Grade 3s have been working on telling time using analog clocks to the nearest five minutes. The grade 4s are figuring out elapsed time using five-minute intervals and hours.
In English, we are working on writing speeches about the changes we would make to Berrigan if we were principal. Many students have finished writing their speeches and are preparing cue cards.
In Math we are looking at transformations in geometry: Flips (reflections), turns (rotations) and slides (translations). Here a site that helps keep the terms straight:
Flips, Turns and Slides
In English we are finishing up letters written from two points of view. The letter is that of a child asking their parent for an exotic pet like an alligator. The second letter takes the point of view of a parent explaining their reason why they cannot have this as a pet.
This week we read the book Hey, Little Ant by Phillip and Hannah Hoose. The story is told with two perspectives: one from a boy who is about to squash an ant, and the ant, who doesn’t want to squished. We are using the book as a way to introduce persuasive writing and taking different points of views.
What a soggy day! I hope we get to see the sun soon.
In Math we have started talking about fractions. Today we built a variety of fractions using Cuisenaire Rods. The following site has a virtual version of these manipulatives.
In English we are very close to finishing up our stories. Most students have finished writing their good copies and are working on adding other text features such as illustrations and a book cover.
Well, it looks like it will be a snowy end to March. I hope everyone enjoys their weekend.
Here’s are links to the probability games we played earlier this week:
Higher or Lower
We are continuing to look at probability. Today we played a game called “Crossing the Bridge” which involves knowing the likelihood of the outcomes you get when rolling two dice. After some discussion, we found the the most likely number to be rolled is 7 and the least likely numbers are 2 and 12.
In English, we continued working on transforming stories like “The Fox and the Crow” and the “Mouse and the Lion” into new, original stories.
In Math we started looking at probability. We conducted experiments where we designed spinners with a variety of colours with different amounts. We used probability words like “impossible”, “certain”, “likely” and “unlikely” to make predictions about the outcome. We then graphed the results.
In English we are continuing to use the who/wants/but/so/then/finally summary strategy to generate ideas for new stories. Today we worked on transforming both “The Fox and the Crow” and the “Mouse and the Lion”. We are adding additional details and information about the characters and the setting.
Welcome back! I hope everyone had a safe and relaxing March Break.
In Math we had our “Number Talk” where we discussed strategies for solving various multiplication problems. We then practiced making fact families. Finally, we worked in partners to solve problems involving division.
In English we practiced the Who/Wants/But/So/Then/Finally strategy using the story “The Fox and the Crow”. We then wrote in our journals. Today’s topic was what we did during March Break.
I hope everyone has a fun, safe and relaxing March Break! See you back in school on March 20th.