The class did a fun activity in science with Mrs. McQuesten when they made a batch of yummy cookies. The students were learning about how rocks are made up of minerals, so they experimented with putting different kinds of candy sprinkles, chocolate chips, nuts, coconut, and raisins into their cookie dough to represent minerals in rocks. It was great fun with a tasty outcome!
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To wrap up our Hearing and Sound unit in science, students were invited to gather materials and create their very own musical instrument! Here is a look at what we did from the planning and developing stage, right up to the finished product.
|Photo album made with Smilebox
This week marked the official half-way point in our school year. How can that be? I am so pleased with how well we are doing as a class, and with how far we have come as learners. This group makes it so enjoyable to come to work each day. 🙂
This week we researched a few specific details about the Middle Ages. We drew and labelled the parts of a castle (do you know what a crenel is?), we learned the names of a variety of medieval weapons (apparently that is “totally awesome”), and we found out the steps involved in becoming a knight. We made our musical instruments in science and recorded information about the process and the final product in a mini-book. We still need some time to share our instruments in class next week, but then they are ready to come home for your enjoyment. We learned about online safety and what makes a website a “green light site”. We also learned how to bookmark favourite sites (such as our Kidblog site). As bloggers, we focused on how to effectively write a post (title, detailed topic, ask a question), and had the chance to read and respond to our friends’ posts with appropriate comments. Please click on the Kidblog tab above to access our Kidblog site. Students (and parents) are more than welcome to post from home!
Happy New Year! New year = new things to learn about! This week we began several new units of study including our second poetry mini-unit in language arts, a unit on fractions in math, and a science unit on “Hearing and Sound”. We also reviewed our anchor charts in Daily 5 literacy so that we could exercise our “muscle memories” and recall the correct ways to work independently in reading, writing, and word work activities. 14 new words were posted on the word wall over the break, and we practiced spelling them and relating them to many other words that use their spelling patterns. We were especially excited to welcome our inline skating instructor to our gym classes this week, and we look forward to having another skate time with Kenny next week. Thank you to all the families who came out to enjoy our “Family Inline Skate Night” on Friday!
We recently wrapped up our Rocks and Minerals unit in science. We loved all of our hands-on activities, such as making “rock cookies” with a variety of candy “minerals”, exploring many kinds of rocks, and going out to investigate different types of soil. But the best part of our unit may have been our walk to the local rock store!
Please enjoy our Smilebox photo album:
(If some of the photo boxes are empty on your first viewing, please click the replay button in the bottom left corner of the Smilebox album.)
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After our turkey feasts over the long Thanksgiving weekend, we got back into the swing of things with a busy short week. On Tuesday, local firefighters chatted with classes about fire prevention. We walked to the mall on Wednesday for Silver Cove’s “Rocktoberfest”. There were so many rocks, minerals, and gemstones to examine as a wrap-up to our Rocks and Minerals science unit. In math, we have been studying polygons and working on improving our basic addition facts. We have mastered ten and a half minutes of stamina as readers AND writers in Daily 5, and we are looking forward to adding to this time next week. We are also finishing up our Robert Munsch language arts theme, and we have really enjoyed blogging about our favourite Munsch stories.