# Fractions

This month Grade 2-5 have been learning about Fractions. Grade 2 were learning the words for fractions and how to draw them. Grade 3 were learning to compare fractions. Grade 4 were learning how to add and subtract fractions. Grade 5 was learning how to divide and multiply fractions. I really enjoyed when Ms Stacy was teaching us different ways to divide and multiply.

-Divine

# Weathering and Erosion

This month Grade 2-4 have been learning about erosion, weathering and deposition. We did experiments to investigate the different types of each process. Here is Batiste’s account of what happened:

This month Grade 2-4 have done experiments. There were four but we were only able to do three. The first experiment was to take two chalks and two bowls. So then we took one chalk and put it in a bowl. Then we poured water in it. Then we put the other chalk in the other bowl then poured vinegar in it and we found out that the vinegar eroded more chalk than the water. It was very fun.

Another experiment we did was we took a box then we put 5 pieces of sugar in it. The sugar was supposed to be soft rock. So then we took the box and shook it. When we opened in the sugar was kind of broken. Then we put 5 pieces of gravel it then we shook it and the sugar was a lot more broken. So we found out hard stone can break soft stone easily. It was fun also.

-Batiste

# Making the Fossil Record

This month Grade 3 and 4 were learning about fossils and we did a fossil record. In the fossil record there were types of sands like red, green, white and orange. So we had to come up with a kind of story using Fossil A and Fossil B. This kind of story had to make sense so we couldn’t do there was Fossil A then a meteor hit then Fossil A came back to life, that didn’t make sense. So we had to make one that made sense. The fun part that I think was when we were putting sand in the cup because it looked cool when we finished and it was like a thing I’ve never seen. But the white sand was actually sugar but maybe white sand exists. When we wanted to add sand to the cup there were stations. The meteor sand was green. After we finished we had to write down about the fossil.

-Raef

# Wonders of the World – Travel Agency

We finished our Wonders of the World unit by creating travel presentations as if we were a travel agency for that country. We found out lots of information about the country including where it is, the climate and weather, activities to do, interesting facts about the country and the wonder as well as the significance of the Wonder. Each grade member brought different information with them from the activities we did earlier in the trimester. We then created powerpoints and presented in front of the class. Many groups came dressed in the same colour to show we were part of the same company. Here is JJ’s account of this activity:

This month grade 2-5 have done a travel presentation. For example we would take the new 7 wonders and the person who had the same wonder as you was on your team. I had Avery, Adham and Mouza. First we would come up with our travel agency name and ours was called The Country Explorer. Then we came up with our logo. Then we found activities to do in our country. That was fun because there was an underwater museum. Then we put all the information into a powerpoint.

-JJ

# Water on Earth – Salty or Fresh?

We have been looking at water on Earth. Grade 2 and 5 completed an experiment showing the distribution of water on Earth. Grade 2 drew diagrams and wrote statements they found out and Grade 5 made a graph to represent the results. Here is Ibrahim’s account of what happened:

This month in Grade 5 we did an experiment with some water. The plan was to see how much supply of water we have in what category. We took a liter of water in a bottle and this was all of the water on Earth. We took some of that and put it in another cup labelled fresh water. We had less fresh water than salt. 1 drop went into water vapour and a little in ice. What was left in the liter bottle was salt water. We had more salt water than vapour, fresh and ice. The experiment was interesting even though we have tons of water we need to purify more. After that we did a graph showing how much more salt water is on Earth than the rest. What I liked about the experiment is that the result could be changed anytime so its not a permanent answer.

-Ibrahim

To work with our graphing unit we measured our shadows to find data for our line plots. We stood outside and traced our feet, then measured the height of our shadows. Grade 5 measured throughout the day to see the changes in shadows. They found that in the morning it was really long, and it got shorter until about midday when the sun was overhead and the shadow tiny. It then got long again the other direction throughout the afternoon. Here are some things Simon knows about shadows:

In the morning the light was facing in the front but in the afternoon the light was at the back. This is because the Earth turns in each hour. If the sun faces here then the other side gets black. That is called a shadow. You can’t see shadows at night.

-Simon

# Dress like a character day

We had a great day coming as a pirate, Captain Underpants, Wendy, Dorothy, King Arthur, Meggie, Little Red Riding Hood, Katniss and many more. During our Celebration of Learning Ms Leah organised a read-in where the older students got a chance to read to the younger students. It was a great success.

# Ancient Wonders

We began exploring our Social Studies topic of wonders of the world. We watched videos and learnt how to take notes about interesting facts. We filled the board with all of the facts we collected. Finally, we used these facts to write our own persuasive paragraphs about which wonder was our favourite and why.

# Peer Feedback

We learnt about how to give feedback on our writing this week. We have been working on our myth narratives and publishing them for author’s tea. We used the TAG method to give each other feedback which involves listening to someone’s story then telling them something we liked, asking them a question and giving a positive suggestion. We then used this feedback to improve our stories.

# STEM Task – Constructing machines

We tried our hand at some construction tasks this week. While looking at Ancient Wonders of the World Grade 2 and 3 discussed how they were able to lift heavy loads without the electricity and machines we have today. We then attempted to create our own crane after looking at some pictures. We had mixed success but enjoyed the process and look forward to trying again. Grade 4 and 5 specifically looked at the Hanging Gardens of Babylon and how they moved water as it was located in the desert. We experimented and created our own chain pumps to move water, which is what they would have used back then. Most of them worked.