March 11, 2020
Today, our Mathematics crew showed their understanding of fractions in relation to the real-world through flags of different countries. The students showed they were ready for their quiz tomorrow through their sharing of strategies for solving multiplication, division, and three-digit addition and subtraction. Such an impressive bunch!
March 10, 2020
Today, our Language Arts continued getting back into our literature circle routine and are finishing up their Art & Writing projects. We are looking forward to impressing parents and family members with our creativity during conferences this coming week!
Our Mathematics crew continued their exploration of fractions by coming up with fractions that best describe our class and their interests. We then kicked it up a notch by looking at pattern blocks seeing parts and wholes as a variety of shapes. We then ended our class with a Ms. Vaknin versus class game of Pig. Our classroom was very competitive - it was so much fun!
March 9, 2020
Today, our Language Arts crew made incredible progress on their art for their Art & Writing project while getting back into our literature circle routine.
Our Mathematics crew did some further exploration into fraction as we had a meaningful discussion about parts and wholes while cutting an apple. We then created our own fraction kits and explored how different fractions fit together to make other fractions!
March 5, 2020
Today, our Language Arts crew worked hard to solve a What's Wrong with Ms. Vaknin edit. There were many chuckles in our classroom as they realized some how many careless mistakes there were on the page... "Me masheen" was a crowd pleaser!
Our Mathematics crew had a lot of fun today with taking our fraction exploration a step further using Cuisenaire Rods. We compared various coloured rods to one another in determining how many smaller rods it would take to match a longer rod in length. Students were then challenged to think about how we could look at one of the smaller rods as a fraction of the larger rods and how they would write that in fraction notation. Check in with us next week as we kick it up a notch!
March 4, 2020
Today, our Mathematics crew were given the challenge to split pictures into equal halves without cutting through the dots in the images. We quickly realized that the only shapes we could dissect were those with even dots in the image. We then took this conversation one step further by dissecting the same shapes into thirds... These math superstars noticed the connection right away between division and fractions in our activity!
March 3, 2020
Today, our Mathematics crew created their own word problems. The only instructions they were given included making sure they used one of the operations they've learned (÷, x, +, -) and the answer must be 24. B and Y shared a word problem about their adventure to Walmart where they were given $48 to spend. They bought $6 worth of milk, $6 worth of eggs, and $12 worth of gum. How much money did they have left?
March 2, 2020
Today, our Language Arts crew narrowed down our sense-based sentences and made them descriptive by adding juicy words, strong verbs, and creative beginnings - challenging ourselves to avoid using "I" and "The" at the beginning of each sentences! Stay tuned!
February 26, 2020
Today, our Language Arts crew continued the writing portion of our Art and Writing unit. We jumped inside our paintings and wrote a number of juicy sentences about what we smell and feel whilst inside. We are so excited to share our final products!
February 25, 2020
Today, our Mathematics crew had the opportunity to practice their computational skills using the various strategies we learned in class to be successful in playing our Multiplication Memory Game. Students took turns flipping over two cards and tried to find the matches between factors and their products.
February 24, 2020
Today, our Language Arts crew had the opportunity of exploring story writing through Rory Story Cubes and came up with incredibly creative stories while rolling dice. How fun! They also played Alphabet Roll Out which involved them dividing the complete alphabet between two groups and combining the letters they chose to form words. The groups quickly learned the importance of having vowels in their letter bank!
Our Mathematics crew enjoyed proving Ms. Vaknin wrong with conjectures around Number Palindromes. They practiced adding non-palindrome numbers to their reverse to make palindromes. We worked together as a class to colour code a hundreds chart based on the number of steps it took for us to find the palindromes that each number and their reverse creates.
February 20, 2020
Today, our Language Arts crew had the opportunity to share their literacy jobs in their small groups. We were asked some thought-provoking questions by our question writers during these chats; we clearly had fun digging deep into our stories!
Our Mathematics crew challenged ourselves to beat the clock and avoid breaking the chain to complete our "I have... who has..." activity. We then played a fun round of 36 Slam Dunk to help us practice our division and multiplication strategies while understanding fact families!
February 19, 2020
Today, our Language Arts crew went on a gallery walk around our classroom and chose paintings for our Art and Writing unit. We will be recreating famous art pieces and writing about what we see, feel, hear, and smell when we jump inside our paintings. We cannot wait to share our work!
February 18, 2020
Today, our Mathematics crew had so much fun using our brand new dice shakers. We noticed that we needed some help making friendly numbers (variations of 10s) and this activity helped us become professional 10-makers. We recorded the numbers we saw on the dice and completed the worksheet by determining what we needed in order to make 10, 20, 30, and challenged ourselves further with 100. We even had a 30-second shaker dance party to celebrate our success!
February 10, 2020
Last week, our Language Arts crew spent time learning about bullying during our social justice day chat. We had a great conversation about what we can do to make a difference. Our group decided to take the initiative to make Anti-Bullying Posters and spread awareness about what we learned with others.
In Mathematics, we have been getting excited for our celebration of learning this coming Wednesday and have played many math games that we cannot wait to share. We decided to create posters to advertise the games we are excited to teach our families.