4A & 4C students had a great time walking to Vivo and participating in swimming lessons everyday this week. It culminated today in buying tasty treats at the food trucks, and then going for an hour free swim! We are also looking forward to decorating pysanky eggs next Friday (more information about this on the team home page).
In math, students continued our work around time concepts, and continued to review telling time to the hour and to the half & quarter-hour. This week they also learned to tell time to the five minute mark, and finally to the minute. Students practiced their skills by using the mini-clocks and working in a practice booklet to both read and record times on a clock. Ask your child to tell the time a few times this weekend using an analog clock! Students also learned about writing and reading calendar dates in numeric form, and telling time using a 24-hour clock. On Thursday, students used the laptops to practice their time skills either on provided websites, or on Prodigy where they were assigned time-related questions including elapsed time problems.
In science, students have been continuing to learn all about plants and have participated in some experiments in class. We started an experiment to do with optimal growing conditions for plants (using grass seed) and will continue to monitor this next week. Students also were able to investigate what is inside a seed when they dissected a lima bean. After looking at a dry seed and forming a hypothesis on what they thought was inside, they were then given one that was soaked in water for 24 hours. Students peeled off the seed coat and looked at the inside of the seed with a magnifying lens. We were able to see the plant embryo (the beginnings of a plant), and the cotyledon (the food supply for the embryo). We are continuing to care for our bean plants we planted last week with many having sprouted.
Enjoy the first weekend of May!
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Here's to a great year!
Need extra practice? Below are math printable e-books for extra practice at home:
Patterns and Algebra
Reading and Representing Whole Numbers
Addition and Subtraction
Multiplication and Division
Length, Perimeter & Area
“Math Makes Sense” Practice and Homework Book:
Can be found at the Virtual Learning Commons under “Student Links”:
Practice Problem Solving Questions
Multiplication Interactive Games
Hour of Code
Math Facts Games
Math Fact Fluency Activities & Games
Plant Growth & Changes:
Plant Growth and Changes Glossary of Important Terms
Plants for Kids
Easy Science for Kids
Plants Elementary Science
Wheels & Levers Resources:
Wheel and Levers Glossary of Important Terms
Simple Machine Facts
Simple Machines Interactive Sites
Light & Shadows Resources:
Light and Shadows Glossary of Important Terms
BBC Light & Shadows
How We See Things
Light & Shadow Activities
Waste & our World Resources:
Waste and our World Glossary of Important Terms
Recycle City Game