We are all excited about our Grand Opening Ceremony Monday morning and singing about our favorite things at Prescott Learning Centre!
We begin each day with our Morning Meeting and students have been sharing the things they are thankful for. Mrs. Palmer and I have been very impressed with how their focus has been on what really matters, and not material items. I know that parents would be very pleased to know how many of them mention their families, homes and love as their most important gifts. I continue to be thankful to work with them all, and touched by their thoughtfulness. It is so wonderful to start my day by finding smiles, notes and poems:
So the day begins
Cool winds blow at recess
Have a morning meeting
Oh, oohh having Music
Oh, going to Library
Read to Self is one of our favorite times of the day! Students are really showing their skills in picking just right books that hold their attention for longer periods as we continue to build our reading stamina. We continue to enjoy our read aloud of “The BFG” as well as the connections we are making with the story and new friends on Twitter!
We worked hard on our Monster descriptive paragraphs last week. They have been shared with our California partners. This week we will be using their paragraphs to draw what we believe the monsters look like. We are excited to Skype with the class next week to see the final results!
Students have been rotating in the math groupings all week. They have been working on basics review with fact families, directed Prodigy targets, data management and problem solving.
The students have been working on their numberless problem solving skills because it is essential that they understand what the problem is asking of them. Most of the time, they see numbers and automatically assume they need to apply either addition, subtraction, multiplication or division. This is detrimental when it comes to multi-step problems or problems with missing integers.
We have worked through various number-less problems last week and have started focusing on the following which ties in directly with the strand focus of data management and algebraic understanding :
Students have been working in groups and some independently to try and find a strategy to solve this problem. They are being assessed not on just the correct answer but also on the following reflection questions because communication is an area we need to work on extensively:
- Have I identified the question that I am being asked?
The question that I was asked to solve was…
- Have I chosen the best strategy to use? Was there a better one? Why or why not?
The strategy I chose to use was…
It was the best strategy because…
It wasn’t the best strategy because…
- Have I used mathematical terms/vocabulary appropriately and logically?
- Have I used diagrams, symbols, graphs etc. to support my answer?
- Have I provided several reasons/examples to support my ideas?
- Have I explained how this problem relates to other problems and/or real-life?
Students have also been working on data management:
- When working with data, you usually organize or classify the data into meaningful categories
- There are always many ways to sort or organize data
- To collect good data, you must decide on the most suitable collection method and how to best phrase questions to collect the data
They have begun to work on a data assignment for all of the grade 3-4s. and to check that they will get the information they need, students brainstormed possible answers. We began the process of sorting the data and realized that we need to categorize and label the groups for it to make sense. We are using these groups to determine the best way to format our Google Form that will be given to all the students on Friday. Once administered, we will be able to evaluate the information for next week.
Any additional at home review of basic calculations and facts is always beneficial, as well as monitored Prodigy time.
This week we will be working on our Straw Tower Challenge. Students have been challenged to build the tallest, free-standing straw tower! They must only use tape and straws to accomplish their goal. The winning tower will not only be the tallest, but also hold a ball for 5 seconds at the top. May the best group win!
We have been working in class on identifying the 7 continents – North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Antartica and Australia as well as the oceans – Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Arctic and Antarctic on a world map. We have worked on reviewing locating our Canadian provinces and territories on the map as well.
They will have a quiz on these on Thursday so any at home review would greatly help them out.
Here is a copy of what their assessment will look like, however they will also have bonus questions about adding the equator, northern and southern hemispheres and explaining what these are.