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Monday, 8 February 2016

Monday, February 8, 2016

Marvelous Monday!

Happy Birthday Aanika!!

Also, Happy Chinese New Year!

Summative project: Students are to create their own mechanism using at least one simple machine. Students are to create something that does not already exist and needs to have a purpose/function for humans. These are to be completed at home and on February 17 students will present their mechanism to the class. Students are also to complete the writing portion at home. 

We began the day writing our homework in our agendas and then beginning our spelling review for the week.

Students then had physical education with Mr. Slyk.

When students returned, we focused on the wheel and axle during UOI. We discussed why wheels are round and not any other shape (ex: square).  We watched a short video to better understand how important this invention is in our world and our own lives. The wheel and axle allows us to get around easier and faster. It allows us to pick up very heavy things using a pulley (a pulley uses a wheel in order to pull up and down). Students were then given a Kleenex box and asked to imagine this was a car. Would we be able to carry a heavy load as it is? No, we need to add the wheel and axle. Students worked in partners to make a car using the wheel and axle. After, students were able to use their cars to carry around a load.

After first recess and lunch, we moved onto our new unit in Math: 3-D Geometry. Students were given a building challenge using 3-D shapes. Students worked in groups to build whatever their challenge asked of them (build a stable structure). Students quickly realized that the best shapes to use were the cube and rectangular prism because they have flat surfaces so we can put more shapes beside and on top of them, while keeping the structure stable. We cannot use a sphere because it is round and the structure would fall down. We realized we could not use any shapes with a point at the top (pyramid) because we cannot stack more shapes on top without them falling.

We then had French with Mdm. Stella.

After second recess and lunch, we learned more about Chinese New Year with a fun activity book. As a class, we read about the celebration, the importance of the colour red, the Chinese Calendar, and the Lantern Festival. We then worked on our reading comprehension by matching the event to their description (Chinese New Year-biggest Chinese celebration of the year). We found out the animals of the year we were born in and the characteristics associated with having this birth year. We then described four red things that can be found during Chinese New Year (envelopes, fireworks, clothing, and lanterns). We then answered some multiple-choice questions about the Lantern Festival. After, we answered some riddles about Chinese New Year. We then discussed what we learned from our readings about Chinese New Year. Lastly, students began making a plan for a paragraph that will be about Chinese New Year. Students were told if they completed this paragraph and the booklet, they would get 10 house points tomorrow!

1.     Read for 20 minutes
2.    Summative project due Feb. 17
3.    Registration package due Feb. 11
4.    Spelling pg. 73-76
5.    Cursive pg. 70-71

6.    Lunch forms due Feb. 19

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