The students are heading full speed into the final week of May. This week the students were extremely excited to begin building floor plans for a variety of homes in math. The students have been working on understanding surface area and how this concept has direct connections to mental math processes that we worked on throughout the year. If you want to review surface area this link is a great place to start:
Hopefully the students are beginning to see that they cannot escape practicing how to add, subtract, multiply and divide. I have been explaining during class they need weekly practice on each computation process so they stay comfortable with each form of question. You can create your own questions or the links I have posted previously.
In science the students have been studying how and why seeds need to travel. They were part of an adventure to follow a seed around the world. The link we explored was:
The students also brought home their bean seeds. They were getting to large for our classroom window. We hope at that their homes we can really start to see some maturity in our plants. Please let us know or send a photo if yours starts growing actual beans!
Read about the life cycle of a bean from this link:
Want to know how to care for your plant?
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: