It’s been a short but productive week as there was no school Thursday and Friday for Parent-Teacher Conferences. Ms. Clark and I enjoyed meeting with parents to discuss student progress and learning so far. Thank-you for attending on such cold and snowy days! A reminder that ski forms and payment for our upcoming field trip in December is due this Monday.
In math this week, we continued to practice extending patterns in tables and solving pattern problems. Students modelled an increasing pattern using various manipulatives in the classroom. They then drew a table to record their data and extended their pattern to shape ten before writing their pattern rule. We also learned and practiced how to use a chart to solve pattern problems. We started our “Mad Minute” booklets to practice our addition facts for mastery. Students have one minute to complete as many of the thirty facts as they can. They then input their score onto a bar graph with the intention that they’ll see an uphill trend of improvement over the weeks ahead. Keep practicing those basic facts at home—even 5 minutes a night will make a difference! See the information below about practicing your child's mental computation skills outside of school.
In science, students wrote their waste test on Monday. The test will be brought home next week in their assessment duo tang for a parent initial. We started our new unit on “Light and Shadows.” In this unit, students will learn about light by studying its effect on things within their environment. We watched the Bill Nye video “Light and Color” which introduced some key vocabulary and concepts we will be studying in the coming weeks. Through the video, students learned how we see colours and how white light contains the spectrum of colours. For example, the reason we see a carrot is orange is because when light hits the carrot all colours are absorbed except orange which is reflected to our eyes. Students also learned that white reflects all colours, and black absorbs all colours and converts the energy to heat. In the sidebar I've added a glossary of the key vocabulary for our new unit which can be reviewed at home, as well as some websites to explore. Next week we will be looking closer at different light sources and the concept of refraction.
Have a wonderful and restful weekend!
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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