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Thursday, 31 March 2016

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Tremendous Tuesday!

We began the day with an assembly about Autism Awareness Day!

We then had physical education with Mr. Slyk.

After Chelsea presented her family tree and symbol to the class:


Then, we began subtraction with two digit numbers using a place value mat.
We first did a question as a class: “Lizzie has 55 comic books. She gives 14 of them to her cousin, and keeps the rest. How many comic books does she have now?”
We began with 55 comic books; we put 5 ten sticks in the 10s column and 5 ones in the 1s column. Next, we need to take 14 away.  
When we subtract, writing down the number helps us to see how many 10’s and 1’s we are removing. We removed one 10 and placed it beside the one ten at the bottom and took away four 1’s and placed them beside the four at the bottom. We can still see the original 55 and the answer 41 is also clear. Students then worked on a similar problem in their math books using cubes and a place value mat in order to practice taking from then tens column and giving to the ones column in order to subtract.
Students were also given 6 questions and they needed to figure out which questions would need a trade. We figured out that we could look at the ones column to decide if we need to trade or not.
For example:
This question does not need a trade because 8-2=6

With this question, we will need to trade because we cannot take 9 from 8 (8-9). Therefore, we would borrow or trade 1 ten stick and bring them over to the ones column.
We circled the four questions that needed a trade and then figured out the answers using a place value mat.

After first recess and lunch we had music.

We then had French with Mdm. Stella.

After second recess and lunch, we began learning about how to write a proper letter. We need to make sure to include the Date (Heading), Greeting, Opening sentence, Topic sentence, Body, Concluding sentence, and a Closing. We looked at an example that Ms. Jaskolka wrote as well as a writing package that went into more detail about how we write a proper letter. After, students were given letters with mistakes and they used a checklist to figure out what was missing or incorrect.

1.    Read for 20 minutes
2.   Country Brochure information due tomorrow
3.   Summative due April 11
4.   Math pg. 165-66 and 168
5.   Last page of Report Card
-Spelling test tomorrow

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Wonderful Wednesday!

*****Tomorrow we will be celebrating Autism awareness day – students are being asked to wear blue ****

We began the day writing our homework in our agendas and then completing an assessment for Ms. Jaskolka.

We then had physical education with Mr. Slyk.

During UOI, we continued our inquiry into Easter celebrations. We read a book titled “The Easter Egg” and found out that Hoppi, the rabbit, wanted to create a beautiful Easter egg so that the Easter bunny would choose him to help hide Easter eggs. Hoppi went around to all the different rabbits and saw their amazing Easter eggs and he began to feel discouraged that he could not make one just as wonderful. He then found a baby robins egg and decided to protect and keep it warm for its’ mom. The Easter bunny ended up choosing Hoppi for his selfless act; Hoppi joined the Easter bunny and delivered treats along side of him!

We then were able to make our own incredible eggs using pastels! These will be displayed on Art’s Night.

After first recess and lunch, we had math. Students used manipulatives to better understand how to use a place value mat when adding two-digit numbers (tens and ones). We showed our understanding in our math books.

We then had French with Mdm. Stella.

After second recess and lunch, we continued to read about Flat Stanley. Once Stanley reached Japan he was met by ninjas! They were trying to fight Stanley but when Oda Nobu learned that this was Flat Stanley, he became amazed and ordered the ninjas to stop; Oda Nobu made it seem as though Flat Stanley is famous!


1.     Read for 20 minutes
2.     Country Brochure due April 1
3.     Summative due April 11
4.     Autism awareness day tomorrow – students are asked to wear blue
5.     Last page of report card
6.     Math pg. 163-164

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Watch us sing head and shoulders in Japanese!


Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Tremendous Tuesday!

Today we spent a fun and educational day at the Japanese Cultural Centre!

We learned about and were a part of a Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony:

Students taking part in the Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony:

We tasted the yummy green tea!

After we explored various Traditional Japanese Toys:

 We learned more about Japan and its' culture:

Did you know that we could fit three Japans into Ontario!!

But more people live in Japan than Canada!
 Here is Mount Fuji:

 We learned about Traditional Japanese Story telling and then we also listened to one about a crane that disguised herself as a young woman.

 We inquired more into Traditional Japanese toys, particularly Kokeshi Dolls. We also were given the opportunity to make our own:

 Some students also made spinning tops:

We played “rock, paper, scissors” using Japanese terms (“jan ken pon”)


1.    Read for 20 minutes
2.     Country Brochure due April 11
3.     Summative due April 11
4.     Spelling pg. 93-96
5.     Last page of Report Card

6.     Casual Day tomorrow