Let's hope this is the last blast of winter as we welcome the first day of spring next week. This also means spring break is just around the corner to refresh and recharge our batteries! A reminder that Parent-Teacher Conferences are next Thursday & Friday—please book a time to discuss your child’s progress. We enjoyed touring the grade 8 “Invention Convention” today in the gym and viewing all the creative and innovative projects. Grade 4’s were impressed with all the great ideas! Our monthly letter also went home today for you to read and discuss.
In math this week, we reviewed multiplication concepts and students wrote their test on Thursday. They will receive their test back next week to go home for a parent signature. Students had a game day on Monday and Tuesday to practice their multiplication skills by rotating through a number of games in class that included: “Multiplication Snap”, “Helitimer”, “Hangman Multiplication”, “Cover All”, “Wrap-ups”, “Fortune Tellers”, and “Four-in-a-Row.” Students should continue to review their multiplication skills and facts at home. We will start division concepts next week.
In science, students examined the inclined plane, the wedge and the screw in more detail. Students learned the inclined plane has no moving parts, and there are examples of inclined planes everywhere: in ramps, stairs, and slides to name a few. We discussed how the wedge and the screw rely on the inclined plane for them to work. The wedge is just two inclined planes put together to make a triangle, and the screw is an inclined plane wrapped around a central post. We demonstrated this by making a screw with paper and used a pencil as the post the inclined plane was wrapped around. Real world examples of these simple machines were also discussed. We also watched an entertaining video in class that showed the simple machines in action.
Have a great weekend!
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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