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  • Rock Hyraxes- Writing $2 Summaries

    Students have been learning to find keywords in articles and to write summaries using those keywords.

    First students picked out the keywords from the article on rock hyraxes. The different parts of the article were covered up on the projector. I slowly uncovered the article. First the title, then the sub headings and photo captions and finally the paragraphs. Each time students picked out 1 or 2 keywords. Keywords are words that are repeated, that capture an important idea or are easy to visualize. 

    Time lapse video of the article being uncovered:

    Below is the article completely uncovered:

    Below is a list of keywords that a student made from the article:

    Next we started a $2 summary together. A $2 summary is a way of summarizing an article in a couple of sentences. The goal is to use as many keywords as you can but keep the summary to around 20 words. Each word you use in your sentence costs 10 cents however the topic words, rock hyraxes, were considered free to use.

    Together we wrote the first part of the summary which totaled $1.00. 

    Afterwards, students wrote their own $2 summaries. For example:
    -Rock hyraxes are small animals that hide in caves from their enemies. They eat plants and berries.
    -Rock hyraxes are small mammals that use caves for shelter from enemies.
    -Rock hyraxes are small African mammals.
    -Rock hyraxes use boulders and rocks to hide from enemies. They spend most of their time in the sun.
    -Rock hraxes live in Asia and Africa. They hide in caves. Their enemies are big cats and pythons.
    Posted Dec 13, 2017, 11:59 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • The King's Chessboard
    We showed and discussed this story today as it related to growing patterns (exponential growth). Students were surprised by how large the numbers were by the end of the story!
    Posted Dec 8, 2017, 11:43 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • Dash Coding- Pts Game- Mental Math
    Today students completed another coding activity with Dash. Numbers were written on cards and scattered on the carpet. The goal was to code Dash to travel over as many cards as possible without leaving the carpet. Each time Dash crossed a number card, the team was awarded the points indicated on the card. When the code was completed (or if Dash left the carpet) students used mental math to tally their points. 

    Teams used mental math strategies such as: making friendly numbers, using doubles and grouping place values. Students have practised these strategies during our daily Number TalksTeams were allowed to revise their code and make additional attempts.

    Below is the activity and challenges for this task. Students were also limited to a time of 1 minute or less to run the code.


    Students used a variety of coding strategies to score points. Some students coded Dash to go strait over several cards where as others coded Dash to go back and forth over 1 or 2 cards (this was particular effective when combined with the double your points card). Our top score was over 25000!


    Posted Dec 7, 2017, 12:11 PM by Patrick Johnson
  • Reading Buddies

    Yesterday was our first day meeting and reading with our reading buddies! Our reading buddies is Mrs. Gidge's  Kindergarten class. I was so proud of the leadership students displayed with the kindergartens. Students read books with the kindergartens and also modeled reading skills such as sounding out words, looking for clues in the picture as well as previewing a book. They also modeled social skills such as meeting and greeting their partner, and sitting knee to knee, elbow to elbow when reading with their partner. 

    Posted Dec 6, 2017, 11:53 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • Visit and Record with Growing Patterns
    Students created growing patterns out of blocks and cubes. Then they extended their patterns to 7 terms using a t-chart and wrote the pattern rule down. Finally, students traveled around the classroom and visited other students' patterns and guessed their pattern rules.


    Posted Nov 30, 2017, 12:16 PM by Patrick Johnson
  • Turtle Academy-Coding in the Programming Language Logo
    Today students coded with the LOGO programming language. Students learned to program a turtle to move around a grid using a website called Turtle Academy. Students discovered they were able to make all sorts of interesting patterns and shapes using the programming language.
    Posted Nov 29, 2017, 12:17 PM by Patrick Johnson
  • Growing Shape Patterns & T-Charts

    Posted Nov 24, 2017, 10:57 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • Snap Cube Spinners!
    Students designed and tested snap cube spinners on a variety of surfaces!

    First students designed their spinners and tested to make sure it worked (discussions of making the spinner well balanced as well as including colours and patterns). 

    Next students tested their spinners on 3 different surfaces (floor, carpet and a surface of their choice). They tested the surface 10 times and recorded each trial in seconds on a chart.



    Afterwards, students drew labelled diagrams of their spinners in their science notebooks and calculated the mode for each surface. Finally, students wrote in their science notebook in regards to how friction impacted the spinner on each surface tested.


    To end the lesson, we looked at the Hyperloop project (high speed transport that eliminates both ground and air friction).
    Posted Nov 23, 2017, 12:35 PM by Patrick Johnson
  • Creating Creatures that Grow in Predictable Ways
    In math, students created a small creature out of pattern blocks. Students then added the same number of blocks to simulate 7 days of growth (it grows the same number of blocks each day). Students captured their creations using stop motion video.
    Posted Nov 23, 2017, 11:59 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • Non-Fiction Text Feature Scavenger Hunt
    This week, students browsed through non-fiction books in search of text features (for examples table of contents, glossaries, graphs, maps, comparison charts, etc.). Afterwards, they presented one of the text features they found to the rest of the class and explained how it helped them understand what they were reading.


    Together, we compared text features of non-fiction and fiction books.

    Afterwards, students compared non-fiction and fiction books side by side.


    Finally, students went on a scavenger hunt to try and locate as many non-fiction text features as possible!


    Posted Nov 16, 2017, 12:45 PM by Patrick Johnson
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