This week was a very special week as the students got some great neighborhood walks and swimming lessons in. It was a great opportunity to enjoy the weather and brush up on swimming skills before summer.
As we juggled schedules to balance swimming, we still got plenty of practice with creating and organizing schedules. Who would have know that making a monthly plan would have so much mental math in it. Take a look at one of the problems we had to work through!
We continued to review telling time with a clock and how to use a clock to accurately. Students should continue to practice these skills at home as these are essential skills, as students get older. This link has many great games that will be great practice:
In science students were learning about the importance that plants play in our world. Your child should be able to explain at least 5 reasons why plants are important. Do your reasons match theirs?
More information on the matter can be found here:
Our own plants are growing quite well. Most of us have our plants growing roots and a stem. We will hopefully see more rapid growth in the next week or so. Take a more in-depth look at the life cycle of bean plants with this link:
This week students started fresh with two new topics. In math, students worked on estimating time and how to read a clock. Students had discussions around when to use different lengths of time to measure time periods accurately and efficiently. Using seconds to measure how long it takes to get to Edmonton will get too confusing. Can your child provide you an example of when they would use each measure of time?
Students do not need to be exact with their estimations. For example, how long does it take to finish math class? About an hour is an estimate compared to 55 minutes.
Students learned what each hand on the clock means and why both hands move continually throughout the day. They had multiple days of practice on this process and will need continual practice. These websites are a great start:
Another great strategy is to starting working in telling time into their daily routines. The class talked about the importance of telling time, as you get older. Having them read you the time is great practice and only takes a second.
In science students are working towards growing a plant through a full life cycle. They will take a seed and hopefully create more seeds by the end. Each day, students have been researching what plants need to grow properly and the parts of a seed and plant. Hopefully with a little time and bit of support we can turn our seeds into bean plants. The students have been researching this week and should be able to explain:
What a plant needs to grow
Parts of a plant
Parts of a seed
These links will help out:
We were very lucky to have a trip to visit Shepard Landfill and Compost facility this week. We learned lots about the creative ways to recycle items and the processes the landfill goes through to help keep our environment clean. If you want to review some of what we learned you can watch this City of Calgary Link:
Students also completed both a math assessment and a science assessment this week. This concludes our work with computations. We will be moving into telling time and different forms of measurement. Please continue to work on computing numbers at home. A few questions a night can really help students remember their strategies for when they get to Grade 5. The students know they also need to be practicing their mental math strategies at home. Being fast and accurate is important. If you want to get a jump-start on time, take a look at these links:
In Science, students gave a final presentation on their crane designs and did a problem solving assessment. They brought home their duo tangs to show off their results to these assignments. We will now be moving into plant growth. Want to get started on the learning? Check out these great links:
Another busy week has come and gone. The students have been extremely busy in both their math and science classes. In math, students have continued to explore division. They have learned multiple strategies for dividing triple digit by single digit numbers. The latest strategy being the traditional long division process. The students will have a final division check in on Thursday of next week. They will be assessed on their mental math processes for division, computation strategies and problem solving abilities. They should be reviewing each of these sections as they prepare. Any of the division sites posted in the earlier blogs are resources that can help.
In science, students built an operational crane that needed a functional pulley system attached. To communicate their ideas effectively, students will be giving presentations demonstrating their crane’s abilities and also explaining their building process. To finalize our building units, the students will be doing a science problem solving assessment on Tuesday.
Things they should study:
-Types of levers
-What happens when you move a fulcrum on a lever?
-Gear systems (what is gearing up and gearing down?)
-Remembering the Venn diagram for comparing ideas
-Lifting and moving a variety of objects
All these ideas can be found in their science books or through Googling the topic
On Wednesday April 25th we will be going to visit Shepard Landfill and Composting facility. Please make sure you dress for the weather and bring a bagged lunch that does not need a microwave. Do a little research before our trip.
Students spent the week testing their rubber band powered airplane with great results. Students increased the flying distance of their planes substantially from the first design. Students learned how to measure in meters and convert meters into centimeters. To combine all their learning, students had to create a Venn diagram relating their balloon powered car to the Rubber band power plane. We really worked towards ensuring to use scientific words and examples to PROVE scientific understanding of concepts.
Website to help with converting meters to centimeters is:
Using a Venn Diagram links:
In math, students brought home a division assessment. The students have explored the more traditional algorithm (long division) for solving triple digit by single digit equations. Students do need more practice as they are still trying to increase their accuracy and efficiency for solving division questions. The links provided last week can be used again for more practice. Next week students will be working through word problems where they need to decide if they need to multiply or divide to find the correct answer.
The students came back from Spring Break in full swing. Even with a shorter week they were busy in both math and science. In science this week students built paper airplanes. This process is to help them understand the scientific method and another simple machine that moves. Next week they will be using their airplane, with a rubber band launcher, to test the distance their plane travelled. Students will also be comparing their two planes for pros and cons of each. Please remember to bring in your field trip forms with the $6.50. We have a good collection starting already.
If you want to explore more amazing planes, checkout this link. It has a great video on different types of airplanes.
In math students began working through larger division questions. They learned a strategy this week that will lead them into long division. A Powerpoint can be found below to help explain the strategy. Your Child should be able to explain the steps to you and demonstrate the process with some accuracy so far. With any computation process, practice is needed. Students should be doing math equations at home throughout the week. Revisiting adding, subtracting and multiplying is also important so they do not lose their skills.
A site with division questions can be found at this link:
Students started two new concepts this week. In math, the students have started division. They started with understanding what division looks like. Understanding that the answers to division questions will be smaller is an important process for students. They learned two strategies for this. There is an example below. The students also learned that in division sometimes you cannot make perfect groupings and that is when you have a remainder. This is a difficult concept and we will keep practicing it throughout our division lessons.
Students also learned how there is a strong relationship between division and multiplication. If you can multiply up to 9x9=81 then division from 81÷9= is quite easy. Please continue to practice your mental math strategies at home to make these equations easier on yourself. These links will help with that:
In science, students were focused on perfecting the wheel and axle system as they were building balloon-powered cars. Students had to use the building process to create and refine their vehicles. More information about our simple machines unit can be found at these sites: