Relaxed and cosy was the style on November 19, as we celebrated our first Spirit Day by wearing our pajamas.
Geometry has the focus of the last few weeks as we measure angles, create nets, compare triangles and sort congruent and concave shapes. Students who need to review a lesson have the opportunity to watch video lesson reviews that are recorded in the upper right-hand corner of this website. These YouTube videos have proven very popular with people throughout the world as many people have left comments. Students are reminded that if they do miss a day that they can check and see if a video was produced for that missed lesson. Below is one example of the Geometry concepts we’ve covered.
November 11: A Day To Remember. During the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month we paused as a school, to remember the sacrifices that have been made for our freedom. Grades 1-8 gathered in the gym for our annual Remembrance Day assembly in the presence of veterans, guests and interested parents. Our class contributed to the assembly by performing an Interpretive Dance to John Lennon’s, Imagine. All students also contributed paper-made poppies towards a class wreath that was carried to the front and set on display for all guests to see. Students finished our Remembrance Day posters and contributed to discussions and reflections on the meaning of the day and why it’s important.
Everyday we enter the classroom in the morning to a new problem that will get us focused and thinking for the beginning of the school day. Sometimes our problem will involve math problems, logic problems, science issues or sometimes just fun issues to solve. Can you solve our problem from Friday, November 6 that is posted here?
This week we experienced the excitement of Mystery Skyping a couple of classrooms in Delaware and Wyoming. As a class, we brainstormed some questions that would help us determine where another class is located and can be answered with either a yes or no answer. We then divide our class into four teams: 1) Communication team that will do all the talking with the other class; 2) A question team that will determine which questions need to be asked and in what order; 3) A map research team that listens to the answers the other class gives and uses our giant wall maps and atlases to determine where in the world the class could be; and 4) A Computer research team that utilizes the internet to try and figure out where the class is.
So far our class has a perfect record of determining where their class is before they can determine our location. This will be a fun and geographically educating activity that we will experience throughout the year.
As colds began to affect our class attendance in October, we conducted a little science and health experiment to drive home a point. This experiment was conducted right before we ate lunch. We took 3 identical pieces of bread from the same loaf and placed one into a Ziplock bag without touching it. A second piece of bread was passed around the classroom and touched by the students then inserted in a Ziplock bag, which was identified as “touched by everyone”. Finally, hands were carefully washed and allowed to touch a third piece of bread which was labeled, “Touched by washed hands” and inserted into a 3rd Ziplock bag. The following picture is of our experiment after 4 weeks.
Our hypothesis of “Only the bread slice touched by everyone would turn mouldy” was correct. The experiment seemed to have the desired effect as more students now wash their hands before eating and the number of colds being passed around our room has been reduced.
Halloween is always a fun time to dress up and do Drama! We all enjoyed Halloween activities as well as a Dance and activity room sponsored by our Student School Council.
In October, we invited Mr. Zondag’s grade 6 class to our class as we Skyped an Astronaut and learned about some of the latest findings from outer space. We were able to learn more about possible space stations on both the Moon and Mars as well as the possible discovery of moving water on Mars. Questions were also asked about the latest flyby of Pluto and the fact that pictures and information will continue to come in from that visit for a long time.