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.
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.
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.
We have started our Science unit by looking at landforms. We watched a video about landforms and then did a landform scavenger hunt where we had to match the picture to the definition.
In pairs we each took two landforms and created an example out of clay.
Here are our final pieces.
We read The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan. We then labelled the picture of the lost thing with noun group. Finally we turned those noun groups into descriptive paragraphs.
Here are some of our paragraphs:
Nayan (Grade 3):
The Lost Thing has tiny, hairy hands on its massive, spiky body. It has a skinny, small chimney. It has round red eyes that look quickly around. It has orange, oval flaps on top of its wiggly, metallic legs. It has big, scary claws that move slowly. It has wormy, grey tentacles and flappy, see-through windows.
Audrey (Grade 2):
The Lost Thing has a strong red body. It has tiny wriggly tentacles. It has sharp shiny claws. It has a spiky head like a dinosaur. With his metal cupboards he can make things disappear.
Kelechi (Grade 5):
The Lost Thing has six metallic legs on his red smooth body. On top of his short thin mouth is his grey stiff ears. He has a prickly semi-circle head and metallic enormous hands with curved round fingers. The Lost Thing has trouble walking with his small legs and at the same time having an oversized body. It is not able to fit enough food in his mouth because it’s too thin. Its hands are too big to hold a normal person’s hands. He is unable to hug someone because his hands squeeze too tight.
Batiste (Grade 4):
The Lost Thing has a red spiky head on the top of its body and it can open and close itself like a trap door. The Lost Thing has six tiny legs on the bottom of his humongous body. On the top of its big dark red body the thing has a small exhaust that makes smoke. It has eight little doors on its body.
Reem (Grade 4):
The Lost Thing has a strong metal hand on its left side and robot claws. The squid legs on it helps it walk slow. It has a fire wiggly eye with a funky shaped nose. The deadly spiked head is very strong and sharp.
As part of our math routine, we spend one minute seeing if we can level up on mad minute. We see if we can complete as many equations as we can in minute to reach our next target. This focuses on addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Every time we reach our target we move our rocket another space up in the race to reach the moon. We have had lots of rockets lifting off lately and those that are still on the launch pad are so close to take off. We need to keep practicing at home and during the mad minute games in class so that every student can achieve “LIFT OFF”.
At the beginning of the year, we sat down together and discussed our classroom and how it would run for the year. We first worked in groups to answer questions such as “Why do we have rules?” and “What is the teachers/students roles in the classroom?”. This led us to discussing what the expectations are of being in 2, 3, 4 and 5 grades.
Our next step was to decided upon the essential agreements for the classroom that we would all follow for the year. We worked independently and wrote down which seven rules we thought were the most important. Then we paired up and had to narrow down our fourteen rules to seven that we would both agree on. Finally we meet up in teams of four and narrowed down our rules again to seven. We brought our rules back and share them with the whole class and matched rules that we similar and turned them into positives ideas we could always follow in the classroom.
After narrowing down all our rules we decide upon three rules that would cover every situation we would find in the class room. They are “Be Respectful”, “Be Safe”, and “Try your Best”. These are the rules we think are the most important to make us independent, active and safe learners at school.
This week in science Grade 5 have been working on physical and chemical reactions. We did tons of experiments and then we had to identify if it was a physical or chemical change. For example we did origami. We folded the origami into a dog shape and we found that it was a physical change because the paper didn’t change color or smell it just changed shape so it was still paper!
Grades 4/5 are using a web site called khan academy. We use it for math but it has many subjects. It helps us work on the things we are struggling with. We have it for homework to. Our teacher can assign things so we know which skills to work on. I really like khan academy and have learned many things from it.