In math this week, students wrote their number concepts test on Monday which will go home after the weekend for a parent signature. We continued work on estimating sums and also learned some mental math strategies to utilize for addition. The strategies students learned and practiced in class were: front-end addition, break up & bridge, finding compatibles, and compensation (see the strategies below). Students are getting better at using the best strategy for any given addition equation. We will have a short quiz on rounding, estimating sums and mental math strategies on Monday, October 30th so we'll continue to practice and reinforce their skills next week. We will also be starting patterning concepts on Monday.
Both classes were also introduced to the math website "Prodigy" yesterday and were very excited to start playing in class! Students wrote their username and password into their agendas so they can also play at home. As a teacher, I can track their progress and assign them topics to work on that we are currently studying during class time.
In science, we discussed and learned all about landfills and the role they play in storing our garbage safely. Students learned we have three landfills in Calgary: Spyhill, East Calgary and Shepard Landfill. We will be visiting the latter next April for a field trip as well as visiting the new compost facility. We spent time discussing how a landfill works, and the positive & negative aspects of landfills. Students will be introduced to a home project this Monday which will help wrap up our unit and demonstrate their learning of reducing waste. Look for information coming home about their project, as well I will write a blog post with all project attachments.
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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