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  • What Shape am I?
    Students have been learning about 2D shapes. Last week students reviewed 2D shapes by guessing shapes based on clues about their properties.
    First, we looked at the What Shape Am I? slideshow below:

    Afterwards, students visited 10 different stations. They read the clues and recorded their answers. Then students received immediate feedback by checking their answers using a QR code (linked to a math dictionary website). When students completed all of the stations, they clicked on a link in Google Classroom that opened a Google Form. The Google Form allowed students to make their own What Shape Am I? Clues for the class (which we will use in a future activity).

    What Shape Am I? - Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires;
    Posted by Patrick Johnson
  • Coding with Scratch
    Last week students started coding using a programming language called Scratch. Scratch, by MIT, allows students to code animations, interactive stories as well as games using block coding.

    First, students accessed the task using Google Classroom:

    Then students watched a video to help them get started with Scratch:

    Next, students started coding and experimenting with Scratch. Students started off with a tutorial, then explored and played with the code.

    Finally, students clicked on a link in Google Classroom that loaded their exit ticket that was created using Google Forms. One of the goals of this activity was for students to identify which Learning Skills were involved. Afterwards (during the following period), we looked at the results of the exit tickets. For example, many students identified Collaboration as being important since sometimes you needed to help (or get help from) other students. Students also identified Self-Regulation as important. For example, having strategies when your code was not working and dealing with the resulting frustration. 

    Posted Feb 21, 2017, 6:16 PM by Patrick Johnson
  • Congruent Shapes
    Today students learned about congruent shapesShapes are said to be congruent if one shape can become another using reflections (flips), translations (slides) or rotations (turns). The shapes are the same size and the same shape.

    Step 1: Students played the Yes/No game (concept attainment) to try and figure out what the yes shapes had in common that made them different from the no shapes. Each pair of YES shapes were this math concept and each pair of the NO shapes were not that math concept.

    Step 2: Students used testers to see whether their prediction was correct.

    Step 3: After the testers, students made predictions of what math concept the YES pairs had.
    Some sample  responses:
    -The yes shapes are the same size
    -If you turned a shape, you can fit it over another shape
    -The shapes are the same size and same kind

    Posted Feb 17, 2017, 11:15 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • More Radio Plays!

    Posted Feb 15, 2017, 6:42 PM by Patrick Johnson
  • Subtracting with Borrowing

    Posted Feb 10, 2017, 11:31 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • Lego Stop Motion!
    Today we did a stop motion STEAM challenge. STEAM challenges are great for promoting Learning Skills: responsibility, initiative, cooperation, organization, independent work habits and self regulation. 

    Today's project really emphasized organization. Students had to come up with a plan and implement it within a particular time frame. Every body was successful at doing this! 

    Each student created their own short film, demonstrating excellent independent work habits. Students also have to be responsible with their materials (and their time), and initiate a creative project. That means they need to take initiative to see their project through from the initial brainstorm to its final product. 

    Inspiration Video: 

    Students hard at work:

    Our first Lego stop motion videos!

    Comments from our Principal, Ms. Walsh

    Hi Mr.Johnson and the Grade 3 class. Thank you so much for sharing your latest awesome project. I really think you showed lots of perseverance and discipline putting this together. I bet you had to work as a team and collaborate. What a cool thing to share with other classes and your parents. Keep up the tremendous effort. I wish I could spend more time in your class. It always looks fun - and I think you are learning lots.
    Ms. Walsh 

    Posted Feb 10, 2017, 10:21 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • Radio Play: The Baxter Birthday Almost Disaster
    Performed by our students!
    Posted Feb 9, 2017, 4:37 PM by Patrick Johnson
  • Healthy Teeth Messages- Stop Motion

    Posted Feb 8, 2017, 6:00 PM by Patrick Johnson
  • Lego Builder STEAM Challenge
    Today students constructed objects using virtual Lego. They used a web app called: Lego Builder. Students were introduced to the task using Google Classroom. Students had access to a video tutorial on how to use Lego Builder. When they finished their design, students calculated the perimeter of their object.

    Below are some samples of students work:

    Posted Feb 8, 2017, 5:58 PM by Patrick Johnson
  • Pedometers!
    This week we received our pedometers. We will be incorporating pedometers into our learning and fitness activities. Please check out the following link for more information on the pedometer program.

    Posted Jan 26, 2017, 11:14 AM by Patrick Johnson
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