It was a very short week with parent-teacher conferences on Thursday and Friday. Ms. Clark and I enjoyed meeting with everyone and look forward to seeing students back at school on Tuesday, April 3rd.
In math this week, we started learning about division and how it is just the opposite of multiplication! We discussed what division is, and vocabulary associated with it (dividend, divisor, quotient, remainder). We watched a great video about some strategies we can use to help us with our division facts. One strategy we have worked on is multiplication and division fact families. If you know your multiplication facts, then you know your division facts too! Students worked on a group division/word problem activity in which they needed to divide fifty apples into different numbers of groups depending on how many were in each group. It was a good visual to see how groups needed to divide evenly with some remainders left over. We also played the game “Burst the Balloons” to practice our division basic facts. Students went on laptops on Wednesday to play “Prodigy” or to play the division game “Demolition Division.” If students have some extra time over the break, they should continue to practice their multiplication/division facts.
In science, we discussed building balloon rocket cars after spring break. Students watched a video about how balloon cars work and some ideas on how to build them effectively (the video is attached below for review). We will brainstorm, plan, build and test them after the break. Students were encouraged to look for recyclable materials over the break that they could use for the body of their car and for the wheels (cardboard, water bottles, lids, etc.). I will supply other materials like wooden dowels/skewers, straws, popsicle sticks, adhesives like tape, sticky tack, & glue, and of course the balloons to power them!
We also enjoyed visiting the grade 8’s on Wednesday when they led us through some science centres as they are currently studying “Light Optics” which links in with our previous unit on “Light & Shadows.” Centres included refraction, reflection, shadows, optical illusions, convex/concave lenses, and the terms opaque, translucent & transparent. This was a great review for grade 4 students and I think the grade 8’s were impressed with their knowledge!
Have a fun and restful Spring Break!
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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