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Friday, 14 December 2018

Friday December 14, 2018

Fantastic Friday!

We began the day with math. We worked on important mathematical skills that will help us throughout this unit on fractions and decimals. We reviewed how to multiply by 0.1, 0.01, and 0.001; add, subtract, multiply and divide and comparing and ordering decimals. We practiced these skills as a class and on our own.

Then we had French.

After first recess and lunch we discussed chapters 18 and 19 of Tuck Everlasting. 

Then we watched the Powtoon that each of us created on an Aboriginal group of our choice. 

After second recess and lunch we were given time to work on our homework.


1.    Read chapters 20, 21, 22, 23 of Tuck Everlasting 
2.    Math sheets (many students finished in class)
3.    Dress Rehearsal Monday – students are asked to wear a green/red/white shirt, black/dark jeans and a Santa hat
4.    Trip form due Thursday 

5.    Bring back IB binders 

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Thursday December 13, 2018

Tremendous Thursday! 

We began the day with math. Today we focused on subtracting fractions. 

List multiples of the denominators if necessary. If the denominators of your fractions aren't the same, you'll need to make them the same. List the multiples of each denominator so you can find a number that both denominators have in common. For example, if you're doing 1/4 - 1/5, list all the multiples of 4 and 5 to find 20. 
·      Since the multiples of 4 include 4, 8, 12, 16, 20 and the multiples of 5 include 5, 10, 15, and 20, 20 is the lowest number they have in common.
·      If the denominators are already the same, you can skip straight to subtracting the numerators.

Multiply both the numerator and denominator to get like denominators. Once you've found the lowest common multiple for your unlike fractions, multiply the fraction so the denominator becomes the least common multiple. 
·      For example, multiply 1/4 by 5 to get a denominator of 20. You'll also need to multiply the numerator by 5, so 1/4 becomes 5/20.

Make equivalent fractions for all of the fractions in the equation. Keep in mind that if you adjust 1 of the fractions in the problem, you'll need to adjust all of the fractions so they're equivalent. 
·      For example, if you've adjusted 1/4 to become 5/20, multiply the 1/5 by 4 to get 4/20. The original problem 1/4 - 1/5 becomes 5/20 - 4/20.

Subtract the numerators and keep the denominator the same. If you started with denominators that were the same or you made equivalent fractions with the same denominator, subtract the numerators. Write the answer and then write the denominator underneath it. 
·      Remember not to subtract the denominators as well.
·      For example, 5/20 - 4/20 = 1/20.

Simplify your answer. Once you have your answer, check to see if you can simplify it. Find the greatest common factor of the numerator and denominator and divide both numbers by it. For example, if you had an answer of 24/32, the greatest common factor is 8. Divide both numbers by 8 to get ¾. 
·      Depending on your answer, you may not be able to simplify it. For example, 1/20 can't be reduced further.

Next, we had French.

After first recess and lunch we discussed chapters 18 and 19 of Tuck Everlasting. 

Then we continued working on our Powtoon about our chosen Aboriginal group.

After second recess and lunch we had physical education. Some of us chose to stay behind to continue working on our Powtoon. 


1.    Read Chapters 18 and 19 and complete pages 48-51
2.    Math Sheets
3.    Finish Powtoon 

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Wednesday December 12, 2018

Wonderful Wednesday!!

More student tips on using Powtoon:

  • your voiceover for an individual slide can be a max of 21 secs
  • you can record a voiceover for all the slides at once rather than individually
  • you can put music in the background of your slides by going to the sound categorey and clicking add music

We began the day continuing with fractions. 

A fraction like  34 says we have 3 out of the 4 parts the whole is divided into.


14 + 

Step 1. The bottom numbers (the denominators) are already the same. Go straight to step 2.
Step 2. Add the top numbers and put the answer over the same denominator:
14 + 14 = 1 + 14 = 24
Step 3. Simplify the fraction:
24 = 12





... and do you see how 24 is simpler as 12 ? (see Equivalent Fractions.)


13 + 16
Step 1: The bottom numbers are different. See how the slices are different sizes?


We need to make them the same before we can continue, because we can't add them like that.
The number "6" is twice as big as "3", so to make the bottom numbers the same we can multiply the top and bottom of the first fraction by 2, like this:

× 2
right over arrow
13  =  26
right under arrow
× 2

Important: you multiply both top and bottom by the same amount,
to keep the value of the fraction the same
Now the fractions have the same bottom number ("6"), and our question looks like this:

The bottom numbers are now the same, so we can go to step 2.

Step 2: Add the top numbers and put them over the same denominator:

26 + 16 = 2 + 16 = 36

 Simplify the fraction:

36 = 12

In picture form the whole answer looks like this:



Another example: 

Success Criteria for today:

Success Criteria:

-I can add fractions by using equivalent fractions using the same denominator 
-I can use my knowledge of LCM to find the same denominator
-I understand that equivalent fractions need to have the same denominator 

We also practiced for the Christmas concert.

After first recess and lunch we had a classroom conversation about chapters 11-15 of Tuck Everlasting.

Then we continued working on our Powtoon about our chosen Aboriginal group.

After second recess and lunch, Ms. Alysia and Ms. Alessia put together a party for us to celebrate having their wonderful help during this term. 


1.    Novel Study: Chapters 16 and 17: pages 43-47
2.    UOI: finish slides for Powtoon and begin script

3.    Math sheets