Math – This week, students began their studies in the subtraction unit. We reviewed subtraction concepts (with and without borrowing/regrouping) and tackled various number challenges. Students participated in a Khan Academy video activity, which had them listening to directions and modeling/representing subtraction problems in three different ways. I have encouraged students to ask their parents to set up a free account on the Khan Academy website to continue their learning and understanding of mathematical concepts at home. Here is the link to the Khan Academy website, if you are interested: www.khanacademy.org
Some students struggled with borrowing across zero concepts this week. We will continue to work through number and word problems (with more than one zero) next week. I have assigned a homework task for students to complete this weekend, which will further support their learning and comprehension of skills. Students should complete all work in their duotangs for Monday.
Prodigy – Students are always encouraged to log into Prodigy at home in their spare time to brush up on their math skills and understanding of concepts. Students are currently working through an assigned Telling Time unit online. Here is the link to the Prodigy website: www.prodigygame.com/Play/
Problem of the Week – Beauty is all around us, even in the storms! It is so neat to see the snow in the trees and different areas of our city. There is also beauty in mathematics. Try to find some of that beauty this week!
There are many activities that we can do in the winter. This week's problem of the week involves four of them. Enjoy!
Estimation Station – There were 92 tiny pieces of paper in our Estimation Station jar this week. Congratulations to A.D. from 4F for her amazing estimate of 92! Bang on!
Science – We had a very exciting week in Science, as students spent most of their time exploring and learning about the following optical devices and tools: microscope, magnifying glass, overhead projector, diffraction grating, prisms and the Newton Colour Disc. Students also completed a few experiments to better understand reflection and refraction concepts. We wrapped up our learning yesterday by discussing white light and how we see colours. It was especially interesting learning about Enchroma glasses! All in all, it was a phenomenal week of hands-on learning for students. We owe many thanks to Ms. Williams for coming in to our classes to support our learning once again! Here are some photos from our week:
Flex – We are nearing the end of our Silverwing novel study! Students have been very engaged in this novel and have completed several activities in response to the events. Students are currently completing a Creative Journal task, which has them identifying and illustrating their favourite part of the book!
Upcoming Events and Important Due Dates –
Fun Lunch @ NCS - Wednesday, January 24
Grade 6/7 Science Fair - Thursday, January 25
Non-Instructional Day (school is closed for students) - Friday, January 26
4E/4F Light and Shadows Unit Test - Monday, January 29
If you have any questions about this blog post or any other learning we are doing in class, please do not hesitate to contact me.
- Mrs. Ross