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  • MarioKart Math!
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    During the last week of school, students got to play Mario Kart 8 in order to collect data for a math challenge. Each student got to race in a time trial. The character, vehicle and track were all of the same (we discussed the importance of keeping the variables the same). Students raced 3 laps and the fastest time was recorded. Students rounded their time to the nearest second (which led to a lesson in rounding decimals).

    Afterwards, students worked in partners to complete the following challenge:

    Students first used paper and calculators to complete the task. Students discovered that all the races combined totaled 882 seconds or about 15 minutes. We discussed the challenges of adding large groups of numbers using a calculator. This led us to a lesson on adding numbers using Google Sheets. Students also discovered that we could use Google Sheets to order the numbers from greatest to smallest (or smallest to greatest).

    Below, students found the mode was: 58, 54, 52, 51 and 46

    Finally we used our data in Google Sheets to generate a graph of our data. We discussed the scale and the advantages of seeing the information visually.

    Posted Jun 29, 2017, 9:40 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • Mr. Johnson Selfies (as drawn by students)

    Posted Jun 27, 2017, 9:41 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • Creating 1 Line Poems using StoryBird

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    Posted Jun 27, 2017, 4:49 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • Creating a Dash Accessory that Draws!
    Today grade 3 students broke up into teams to complete the following STEAM challenge:

    A large variety of designs and creations:

    A very successful design!
    Posted Jun 26, 2017, 10:52 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • The School Fair Necklaces Problem
    Today students were challenged to solve this interesting problem from Students had to figure out all the combinations of necklaces that had 4 yellow and 4 red beads on it. Also, each necklace must be symmetrical (see picture below). 

    Students took a variety of approaches to solve this problem. Some used pattern blocks, tiles or cubes where as others represented the necklaces using coloured squares. Also one group of students represented the beads using letters (y and r) whereas another group of students represented the beads using numbers (1 and 2). Students found a total of 6 combinations. One of the strategies that students discussed was finding one combination, then swapping the colours of the beads to find a second combination. What great math thinking!

    Posted Jun 21, 2017, 6:38 PM by Patrick Johnson
  • Art Using Foreshortening
    Students created art using the technique of foreshortening!

    Posted Jun 21, 2017, 6:10 PM by Patrick Johnson
  • Geocity- Applying Geometry Knowledge
    Over the past week, students have been using their knowledge of geometry to create a city. Each student was responsible for one section of the city (tourism district, business district, public works district, city living district and many more). When completed, they put all of the districts together to create one large Geocity!

    Afterwards, students made digital posters advertising their city as well as movie trailers promoting their city.

    Posted Jun 21, 2017, 6:07 PM by Patrick Johnson
  • Healthy Lifestyle Posters
    Students created digital posters to promote healthy eating as well as to put down their devices and video games and get outside and play!

    Posted Jun 20, 2017, 10:58 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • Arctic Sculptures!

    Posted Jun 14, 2017, 5:27 PM by Patrick Johnson
  • Triple Scoop Words
    Students are learning to use good words in their writing. This week students used a variety of devices (ipads, laptops) to find synonyms for boring words using the website:

    Posted Jun 2, 2017, 5:10 AM by Patrick Johnson
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