It was another busy week at NCS! Students were excited to meet Kenneth Oppel Tuesday afternoon as we have been greatly enjoying his book "Silverwing" in class. It was interesting to hear how Mr. Oppel came up with the storyline, his characters, and real places that inspired scenes from the book! Students also wrote their monthly letter home today so please review it with your child this weekend.
In math this week, students received their number concepts test back on Monday which went home in their assessment duo tang. Parents are asked to initial any tests/quizzes, rubrics, etc. that come home in the duo tang and students will return them to school where they will be stored. We also started work on patterning concepts and realized that patterns are all around us! In their math journals, student worked on the question "What is a pattern? Show some examples." We watched a Bill Nye video called "Patterns" and worked on some "What do you think?" questions around patterns and then discussed them as a class. Students worked on identifying different patterns using hundred charts and then stating the pattern rules. We used the laptops on Thursday to go on the website "Prodigy" for students to practice their math skills. We learned about symmetry, asymmetry, and the line of symmetry before working on an art activity today in which students needed to draw the other half of a spider. A good activity as we look forward to Halloween next Tuesday! Students will have a quiz on Monday to demonstrate their understanding of rounding, estimating, and mental math strategies. Students were encouraged to take home their marked practice sheet from this week to review over the weekend.
In science, students received their waste home project on Monday (see the previous post below with all the attachments). I was able to connect with students today to check-in on how their project is going and offer suggestions as they move forward. Students are reminded to fill in their logbook regularly as they work at home. Projects are due on Monday, November 6th along with the question sheet and logbook.
We also discussed items that are sold with excessive packaging and how wasteful this is! Students shared stories of items they had seen in stores that had too much packaging and they discussed ways packing materials could be cut back. We read the article "The Packaging Explosion" which discussed the history of where packaging goods originated from. Students answered questions about the article and thought of ideas to reduce packaging in products. We also looked at our banana peel experiment one month after we last observed it. It was covered in mold but was still there which demonstrates how slowly items decompose when sealed in plastic. Students were shown a banana peel from the same experiment from September 2012 and it was still in there (but a lot smaller). We made comparisons between our banana in a plastic bag and garbage sealed in a plastic liner at a landfill. The lack of air, movement, and decomposers can greatly delay or stop the decomposing process. We'll keep the banana peels in the classroom and observe them throughout the year.
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