Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Measuring Time

In class we have been reviewing how to tell time to the nearest 5 minutes. Students are counting by 5's to help them tell time. Counting by 5's helps us to read the minute hand on an analog clock!
We will be having a measurement review on Thursday. Students can review time, area and perimeter for homework tonight. 

For additional practice, here are the links to 2 math games we have been playing this week:

Monday, January 26, 2015

Measuring in CM M and KM

This week students are determining the best unit of measurement to use when measuring various objects. We are working on a Padlet to share our ideas on what unit of measurement we would use. Students can add more ideas from home!

Homework Question January 26-30

This week in Measurement we will be exploring and reviewing TIME. We will be focusing on how to tell time using both analog and digital clocks. In grade three, we are learning how to tell time to the nearest 5 minutes.

For homework this week, students can watch a time video to review how to tell time on an analog clock. After viewing the video, students can reflect what they know and what new learnings they have on their KidBlog account for homework.

1. Watch the TIME video below.
2. Go to your KidBlog and post a blog about what you know and what you have learned about TIME.


Monday, January 19, 2015

January 19 Homework Question

Our current math focus is Measurement. We are working on area and perimeter this week. For homework this week, students can follow the game link below and then answer a question on our class kid blog account.

Online Game:

1. Select Perimeter
2. Play LEVEL 1 only

Post on your KidBlog account: What strategies did you use to solve the perimeter problems? Write about what you know and what you have learned about perimeter after playing this game!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Math Play Day

Today our school participated in a Math Play Day. The interactive activities were organized by the grade 6 class. We were partnered with the Grade 5's and travelled together to each math station. The stations consisted of measurement activities and games to challenge us.
There was a Time Bingo station, an online math game station, a perimeter and area station and a cup stacking station.

The students were excited to participate in these math activities. We learned a lot by being partnered with the grade 5's. It allowed us to see inquiry math in action. We used team work and showed grit! Not all of our strategies worked, but working with our groups we were persistent.

While playing the cup stacking game, students made the connection between our current science focus on structures! We had to build a strong and stable bridge during our Scientist Workshop. The cup game was similar. We had to build the tallest (and most stable) tower! It took a while to find a stable tower, but students worked together to build a tower as high as they could. The tallest tower measured 71 cm high.

Here are some links to the interactive measurement games that we learned about today. Our class really enjoyed these games. They were excited to see games about perimeter and measurement since we are currently learning about them in our class.

Please follow the links to play the measurement games!




4. (an analog clock that can be manipulated)

5. (hickory dickory dock)




Videos on Measurement:


Stable Structures

In Science our current learning focus is on strong and stable structures. We are exploring how what structures are made of, what makes them strong, what structures do for us and so much more. We explored some of our learning and our structure wonders on Padlet this week. Students shared what they have been learning about structures and posted some questions they'd like to explore. Have a look at our thinking....

This week we participated in a Scientist in the School Workshop.  Students experimented with many different types of structures. We explored science terms such as support, strength, tension, force, stable, compress and more. Students participated in many experiments and concluded with a bridge challenge. We had to build a strong bridge that could support at least 3 math text books. The great news is...all of our bridges passed the test and supported 6 math text books. Well done friends!

At the end of our workshop, we consolidated our learning and came up with new words. Students worked with partners to talk about 3 things they learned....2 interesting facts.. and 1 question they still have. We posted some of our thinking on another Padlet. Students can continue to post new learning or wonders from home!

Tuesday, January 13, 2015


Our current focus in math is on Measurement. We have already explored measuring in centimeters (CM) and meters (M). Students are measuring different objects and deciding what the best unit for measurement should be.

We are now moving to recall how to estimate, measure and record the perimeter of a shape or an object. Students are playing games and practicing how to measure the perimeter of various shapes. Ask your child what they have learned about measuring using a CM ruler so far.

To begin our math lessons this week, we looked at some images and wondered what math we see. Students are discovering so much math in simple images. It is pretty amazing to see what our class has discovered so far. Have a look at some of our math discussions!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Homework This Week

This week we will begin completing homework on our KidBlog account. Each week, I will post a question, a wonder or an activity and students will need to post on their Blogs for homework.

We will be talking about taking care of ourselves during Health this week. Why do we need a good night's rest each night...and what can we do during the day to make sure that we are well rested? What can rest do for us to keep us healthy?

Students can compose a paragraph on their Blog to reply to this health question:

This KidBlog post is due Thursday January 15th!

Friday, January 09, 2015

Asking Questions

Our current reading comprehension focus is on Asking Questions. Good readers ask questions before, during and after reading to better understand what they are reading. This week we worked on questions we can ask to better comprehend the stories we read. This strategy will help us as we work towards responding to the books that we read. 

We read a story called The Stranger by Chris Van Allsburg. Students explored many questions during the story to help them understand how the stranger could be. As a class we wrote a reading response. Good readers ask questions and use evidence or details from the story to support their thinking. 

Here is what our reading response looked like after discussing why the stranger said see you next fall. The students are using details from the book to support their thinking and to extend their understanding.  Next week we will continue to respond to texts and use evidence to support our thinking. 

We are also using Questions to help us add more details in our writing. Good writers use guiding questions such as WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHY and HOW to add extra details in our writing. Ask your child to add extra details when talking about their favourite story at home.

Sunday, January 04, 2015

Welcome to January and Newsletter

Welcome back and Happy New Year! I hope everyone is well rested and ready to come back to school this week. Hard to believe we are now in 2015. I can't wait to hear about your Christmas holidays. Some students were blogging over the break...way to go friends! Please view our KidBlog website to view our blogs, to comment on a blog AND to post your own blog too!

Follow the link below to view our January Newsletter. We have so many fun activities planned for January including our Scientists in the School Workshop AND a fun Math Day planned by the Grade 6 class.