Math and Science

Weekly Update - January 23, 2021

In math grade six has been working on fractions and converting mixed fractions to improper fractions and learning strategies to determine how to make fractions equivalent. We will continue to work on expanding their knowledge of transformations and as well explore ratios and percentages.

In science we are culminating our sky Science unit with some neat Bill Nye videos that explore the vastness of the universe and the similarities and differences between all the objects in space.  


Weekly Update - January 15, 2021

This week in Math, we have been working converting improper fractions to mixed numbers.

 Here’s a few videos to help

 MathAntics- Mixed numbers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qk2oP6FZ6HA

 This week in Science, we continued studying our Sky science unit. We watched and discussed Bill Nye’s; Outer space, Comets and Meteors and Space Exploration

 

Bill Nye

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OUD6BrP5Hmk


Weekly Update - January 8, 2021

This week in Math, we have been working online to make a Transformation art piece that involves all three transformations (Reflection, Rotation and Translation) in the grade 6 math curriculum. This project is due on Monday, Jan. 11th.

 Instructions, examples and the rubric are on all six grade 6 Google Classroom pages.

 This week in Science, we have started our Mars profiles assignment. The students were asked to watch a documentary on terraforming Mars and who they would choose to take with them for this difficult mission. This project is due on Monday, Jan. 11th.

 Instructions, examples and the rubric are on all six grade 6 Google Classroom pages.

 Mars Terraforming documentary

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_50N5QoQoc4


Weekly Update - December 18, 2020

This week in science we focused on the different planets in our solar system. We discovered some interesting facts about each planet and had some fun making posters and brochures about one of the planets. Some classes did some review and completed a unit test on sky science. 

Wonder why Pluto isn't a major planet anymore? Check out this video!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTI_n-EERj8


Weekly Update - December 11, 2020

This week in Math, we have been working on reviewing proper fractions from grade 5. We are going to move on to Improper fractions and Mixed numbers next week.

 Here’s a few videos to help

 MathAntics- Fraction videos

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CA9XLJpQp3c

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDc_-GTipBk

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=17IgK9b6P2M

  This week in Science, we have continued in our Sky Science unit and most classes are getting ready to write our unit test before the break. Study notes can be found on Google Classroom. After the break we with spend some time focussing on Mars.

 Here’s a series of Mars in a Minute videos.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXhqNUx2EsE&list=PL9TFrgFq7557nWqmfuVngU22OhTpUE9gg

 

Weekly Update - December 4, 2020

Grade 6's have focused on identifying the x and y axis of coordinate graphs and plotting points on them. We have been reviewing appropriate ways to achieve data (questionnaires) to create tables of results and graph the data in different ways. They then formulated questions to demonstrate their knowledge of how to interpret a graph. We will be moving into the fraction's unit next week.

 In Science the students studied constellations and their formations and learned the neat stories of how they came to be and how they got named. Some amazing artwork was created using a variety of materials such as marshmallows, toothpicks, string, paint and more. We are now comparing the characteristics of other planets in our solar system to Earth, and the different moons that exist. We even figured out our age and weight on other planets. Here are some very cool websites we have used for information:

https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/solar-system/our-solar-system/overview/

https://nineplanets.org/

https://theplanets.org/age-on-planets/


Weekly Update - November 27, 2020

This week in science we learned about constellations and why we can only see certain constellations at specific times of the year because of how the Earth revolves around the sun. We even made our own spinners that show us which constellations are visible each month. We are now looking more closely at a specific constellation of our choosing to learn the story behind it and some of us have completed some pretty amazing art work to go with it as well!

 Math

In math we have been focusing on grids, graphs and coordinates. To start off, we played battleship and practiced locating items on a grid using different coordinates. We then looked at what happens when we plot patterns on a grid and how this can help us predict which points may be on a line and which may not. We have now begun discussing different types of graphs and fair vs. bias questions.

Try practicing your grid skills with a game of battleship!

http://www.mathematicshed.com/uploads/1/2/5/7/12572836/battleships.pdf


Weekly Update - November 13, 2020

This week in Math, we have been working on graphing and some have started probability. In graphing the students are plotting points from a table onto the Cartesian Plane.

 Here’s a few videos to help

 MathAntics- Plotting points

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Uc62CuQjc4

 This week in Science, we have started studying the sun. After learning about what the sun is and how it works we will study how the tilt of the Earth causes four seasons.

How the Sun works (Some of the information is above grade 6 level but the visuals from this video are amazing and give a good picture how the sun works)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HoTK_Gqi2Q


Weekly Update - November 6, 2020

This week in science our focus was on the moon. We looked at the different phases of the moon, how it may appear in the sky at different times of the month, how the moon affects the tides and how it rotates around the earth. We had some great discussions and thought up some even better questions. It was a fun week to kick this off with our blue moon that happened on Halloween night!

 

Mr. Lee’s Phases of the moon rap

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79M2lSVZiY4

 

Brain pop- Phases of the moon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94uOsFrBog4

 

In math, we continued to look at different patterns and how we can use variables to make solving patterns easier. We have looked at increasing patterns that start at zero, as well as patterns that do not start at zero. We discovered it is a lot easier to use a variable and find the rule than to try and continue our pattern using a chart and/or repeated addition!

 

Challenge yourself to see if you can find the answer

https://youtu.be/PhFhnUJIhw0

 

Also continue to use these websites to improve speed and accuracy of the 12 x 12 basic fact table.

Auto correcting multiplication

https://www.multiplication.com/quiz/multiplication-self-correcting-quizzes

Multiplication games

https://www.mathplayground.com/index_multiplication_division.html

 

 Weekly Update - October 30, 2020

This week in Science, we wrapped up the Trees and Forests unit and started the Sky Science unit. 

Royal Astronomy Society Calgary

https://calgary.rasc.ca/

Mr. Lee’s Phases of the Moon rap

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79M2lSVZiY4&ab_channel=tfashady410

This week in Math, we continued to work on Input/ Output machines and how to take information from those tables to make a graph. 

MathAntics Plotting coordinates on the Cartesian Plane

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Uc62CuQjc4&ab_channel=mathantics

Also continue to use these websites to improve speed and accuracy of the 12 x 12 basic fact table.

Auto correcting multiplication

https://www.multiplication.com/quiz/multiplication-self-correcting-quizzes

Multiplication games

https://www.mathplayground.com/index_multiplication_division.html


Weekly Update - October 23, 2020

Grade 6’s worked hard in math this week to understand the true value of numbers, the Order of Operations and integers. They are starting a new unit on patterns which will explore the relationship between factors and multiples and how they relate to patterns. We are using the concept of input and output machines to identify and create their own increasing and decreasing patterns using more than one operation. 

In Science we concluded our unit on Trees and Forests, and will be starting a new unit next week, Sky Science. We will be exploring the cycles of the moon and talking about the Full Moon/Blue Moon that will be happening on Halloween!  

Weekly Update - October 16, 2020

This week in Science we continued to work on our trees and forest unit and explore how humans and animals impact our ecosystems. We dug deeper into some issues such as deforestation, clear cutting and controlled forest fires. Through research and discussion, we are developing informed opinions about these topics. Check out one of the issues that some students explored about the ruling in Lake Louise about the cutting down of trees!

https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/reckless-judge-fines-lake-louise-ski-resort-2m-for-cutting-endangered-trees-1.4199859

 https://www.theweathernetwork.com/news/articles/lake-louise-resort-fined-millions-for-cutting-down-endangered-whitebark-pine-trees-banff-alberta/117977

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGCLhZ_F3Mw

 

This week in math we wrapped up our unit on integers. Students should now be able to identify what an integer is, place it on a number line, compare two integers and represent it pictorially, symbolically, and numerically. We are also beginning on unit on patterning and representing patterns using variables. We strongly encourage students to continue practicing their basic facts up to 12x12.

 For extra help with multiplication, the students can visit the following websites:

Auto correcting multiplication

https://www.multiplication.com/quiz/multiplication-self-correcting-quizzes

Multiplication games

https://www.mathplayground.com...

Try Zombie Math,

https://ab.mathgames.com/


Weekly Update - October 9, 2020

In math, the grade sixes have been exploring numbers and breaking them down into composite and prime and finding their factors, common factors and prime factors. They have been doing factor trees and have now started to explore integers as well. Our next unit will be focussing on patterns and then graphs and data, and interpreting them.

In Science we are almost finished with the unit on Trees and Forests. We have had some deep discussions about issues that affect the forests in Alberta and we have talked about the different opinions and perspectives that come with issues such as logging and preserving ecosystems and parks. Students have been very engaged in this unit, and have been identifying the various tree species we have in the school yard when they come in from lunch! They enjoyed writing about the life of a tree cookie and studying various tree cookies to determine what events may have happened to it. 


Weekly Update - October 2, 2020

This week in Science, we continued with the Trees and Forests unit studying tree cookies and how to read them to determine the life of the tree.

Wonderville interactive site (From Learn Alberta)

http://www.learnalberta.ca/content/wontg/html/index.html

Kananaskis Tree guide

https://albertaparks.ca/media/3337/tracktre.pdf

 

This week in math, we continued to work on Prime and Composite factors. Next week we will begin studying Integers and how to put them on a number line.

MathAntics- Negative numbers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OAoLCXpao6s&ab_channel=mathantics

 Also continue to use these websites to improve speed and accuracy of the 12 x 12 basic fact table.

Auto correcting multiplication

https://www.multiplication.com/quiz/multiplication-self-correcting-quizzes

Multiplication games

https://www.mathplayground.com/index_multiplication_division.html

Try Zombie Math,

https://ab.mathgames.com/

Weekly Update - September 25, 2020

This week in Science, we continued with the Trees and Forests project. We looking and the qualities of both coniferous and deciduous trees. If you haven’t passed in your Trees and Forests booklet please do so on Monday.

Bill Nye Forests

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iTl-ahesO7M&ab_channel=GraskicRoki

 Kananaskis Tree guide

https://albertaparks.ca/media/3337/tracktre.pdf

 

This week in math, we continued to explore both composite and prime numbers.

Here’s an awesome video regarding Prime and Composite numbers

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGbOiYhHY2c&ab_channel=mathantics

 For extra help with multiplication, the students can visit the following websites:

Auto correcting multiplication

https://www.multiplication.com/quiz/multiplication-self-correcting-quizzes

Multiplication games

https://www.mathplayground.com/index_multiplication_division.html

Try Zombie Math

https://ab.mathgames.com/

 

Weekly Update - September 18, 2020

This week in Science, we continued with the Trees and Forests project. We looking and the qualities of both coniferous and deciduous trees. The students were asked to collect needles or leaves that were on the ground and try to find which tree they came from. We have many native varieties on our school grounds. The very soft Larch tree was a popular choice as well as our provincial tree the Lodge Pole Pine.

Kananaskis Tree guide

https://albertaparks.ca/media/3337/tracktre.pdf

 

This week in math, we continued to review our basic multiplication facts and learned the terms multiples and factors. Each student was given a 12 x 12 multiplication chart for their binder. We will be testing their knowledge on these facts in the next few weeks. For extra help the students can visit the following websites:

Auto correcting multiplication

https://www.multiplication.com/quiz/multiplication-self-correcting-quizzes

Multiplication games

https://www.mathplayground.com/index_multiplication_division.html

Try Zombie Math, I like that one LOL

https://ab.mathgames.com/


Weekly Update - September 11, 2020

In math, the grade sixes have been getting back into the swing of things with some fun Ted-Ed puzzles and Ken Ken math games to get their brains thinking about math again. We’ve been talking about their thoughts and feelings about math and making graphs and working on changing our attitudes and realizing how interesting math can be! We have generated some great math vocabulary words as well.

In Science, our first unit is Trees and Forests. We have gone on a Nature Walk to explore the different trees and plants that can be found on our very own school property. We have made some sketches and are taking notes to study the trees for their similarities and differences and will work on grouping them into coniferous and deciduous trees. We have also talked about the value of trees and forests and the reasons they are so important and vital to our quality of life on Earth.

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