March certainly came in like a lion as we participated in anti-bullying week with daily activities. The biggest highlight of the week was attending the “Be Brave” Hitmen game at the Saddledome on Tuesday. Students showed lots of Kodiak Spirit as we cheered on the home team!
As well, 4A is currently in art option this term and have already created some amazing pieces. Please visit the visual art blog below to view what your child has been working on!
In math this week, we started multi-digit multiplication by learning to use a strategy of using arrays to split up larger factors.
5 x 14 = 5 x 6 + 5 x 8
5 x 14 = 30 + 40
5 x 14 = 70
We also learned and practiced how to use expanded form to multiply 2-digit numbers by 1-digit numbers. Students practiced their multiplication skills by playing the game “Four in a Row” with their peers. They were able to choose different game boards to practice specific times tables that they felt they needed more practice in. Today we looked at vocabulary associated with multiplication word problems. Students practiced their skills by working on an art/multiplication activity in class in which they answered multiplication word problems and depending on the product they chose, it directed them what to draw and colour on their car outline.
In science, we studied the pulley in more detail this week. We read a book together and watched a short video about what pulleys are and how they make work easier. We talked about where we find pulleys at home (garage doors and blinds) and at school (the flagpole and elevator). We learned about the fixed pulley, which is used to lift lighter loads like a flag up a flagpole, and the movable pulley, which moves with the load and is useful in lifting very heavy objects. Movable pulleys provide a big advantage because they reduce the effort by one half. Students worked together in groups to build a simple movable pulley using string, a paper clip and a plastic spoon. By combining pulleys (using a fixed and movable pulley together), very heavy items can be lifted. We experimented with different kinds of pulleys by using the pulley simulator on-line. I’ve attached the link so students can continue to experiment at home (Pulley Simulation Link).
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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