Housekeeping Items and Reminders:
Report cards went home at the end of last week. Students spent some time engaged in reflection on their own learning and ‘writing their own report card’ before taking a sneak peek at their actual report card on Friday morning. Students will then be asked to explore and compare the marks they were given and identify areas of which they are proud and areas they wish to focus on as they set goals for next term.
Conference Manager is open for booking until Thursday, November 20th. If you haven’t already signed up for a conference time, please follow this link to do so:
I look forward to meeting with parents and students to celebrate learning and set goals for the rest of our year together!
Hot lunch will be taking place this Wednesday!
There will be no school on Thursday afternoon or Friday morning
Sneak Peek at the Week:
Students have begun the pre-writing stage of their autobiographies and may have some questions for you as they go through the process of collecting information about their past and present. They may be asking about their time of birth and their birth weight and length. They have also been encouraged to ask about funny baby stories. After their pre-writing has been completed they will be composing three paragraphs. One paragraph for each their past, present and future. We will focus heavily on self-editing, peer-editing, and student-teacher editing to refine and polish our written work. Beginning in early December, students will have the oppotunity to present their three paragraphs (or more if they chose) in a presentation. They have been encouraged to start brainstorming. Need ideas? Check out the 100 Ways to Present sheet that will be sent home early this week! Also, there may be some cools links and ideas under the L.A. tab at the top of the blog.
Last week we focused on estimation skills using front-end rounding and compatible numbers to estimate differences.
For example, using front end rounding:
5 203 – 2 873 is about 5 000 – 3 000= 2 000.
To estimate 3 821 – 1 773 using compatible numbers:
3 821 is close to 3 773, so 3 773 – 1 773 = 2 000. (Or 1 773 is close to 1 821, so 3 821 – 1 821 = 2 000.
Check out the estimation lesson at
Math 5 Live
Students will be using these strategies to find sums and differences in order to check the reasonableness of their answers. (For example, Fred says he will only have 5 000 potatoes left if he starts with 9 000 and gives away 400. Is his answer reasonable? How do you know?)
Last week we completed our very first ‘scavenger hunt!’ Not only are we learning very interesting information about the Atlantic Region of Canada, our scavenger hunts are teaching us great skills in skimming for information and looking for clues to find answers. Students are understanding the importance of using titles, headings and extra features in the margins of the book (i.e. Words Matter) to help guide their search as well as reading captions and interpreting graphs, charts and maps! This week students will set out in pairs to complete a scavenger hunt through the region!
It is official! Breezy the Beaver will be hitting the road this week! We can’t wait to see where he travels to from the postcards he sends back!