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  • Dash (the Robot) Bulldozing Challenge!
    Yesterday, students completed a STEAM task involving coding Dash the robot. The task was to code Dash to remove as many balls as possible from a hundred's mat.

    This activity linked to the curriculum and learning skills in many ways:
    • Students worked together to complete the task, often troubleshooting together when their code didn't work as expected (LS- Collaboration)
    • Programming movement on a grid (Geometry)
    • Right, acute and obtuse angles (Geometry)
    • Area-the number of squares that contained balls compared to those that were empty (Measurement)
    • Students were told that for every 20cm they programmed Dash to travel, it would move one square on the grid (Measurement)
    • Dash pushing the balls off the carpet (Science- Forces)
    • Friction-The carpet slowed the distance Dah travelled so in fact each square measured less than 20 cm(Science-Forces)
    First we discussed what a force was (a push or pull) and I showed them some robotic videos from Boston Dynamics as inspiration.  

    Next students were presented the task.

    Then students were given grid paper that showed the layout of the balls on the mat. They were told that if they programmed Dash to move 20cm, that was the equivalent of moving one square on the grid. Students planned a route for Dash on the grid paper before coding their route on the iPad app.

    Finally, when students were satisfied with their code, they attempted the task. Students were allowed up to three attempts. This gave students the opportunity to analyze Dash's performance and make modifications to the code before the next attempt. It is interesting to note that almost every group was able to improve Dash's performance in subsequent attempts.

    Afterwards, students reflected on their Learning Skill using Google Forms. They were asked to reflecton the following cooperation skills:
    I shared and took turns coding Dash with my partner.
    I listened and appreciated my partner's ideas. 
    I showed teamwork with my partner. 
    I used kind words with my partner. 

    Posted Oct 11, 2019, 11:47 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • Meet the Teacher- Slideshow

    Posted Oct 10, 2019, 4:36 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • Seeing Numbers Visually
    This week we discussed that powerful math learning happens when we think about numbers as symbols while also visualizing and drawing the numbers.

    Students looked at the drawing below. They were asked what number did each drawing represent  (they visually represent the numbers from 1 to 21) and what did see when they looked at that number.

    We also discussed how we saw the number (for example 9 is made up of groups of 3). Students were then asked to colour code their math thinking. Many students broke down the number into factors (for example 12 as 3 groups of 4). Others saw shapes in the numbers (for example 16 looks likes 4 squares).

    We also looked at this cool website that displays numbers visually counting from 1 to 1000 and beyond!
    (Click the picture below to visit the website)

    Posted Oct 3, 2019, 12:31 PM by Patrick Johnson
  • Dreamers
    Today we read the book Dreamers by Yuyi Morales. Yuyi Morales writes about a mother and her child who immigrate to another country where she did not speak the language. This beautifully illustrated book is on the Global Read Aloud list for 2019.

    Posted Oct 3, 2019, 11:56 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • Meet and Greet-Cancelled
    Posted Oct 2, 2019, 8:33 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • Creating Bug Houses using Base Ten Blocks

    Posted Sep 27, 2019, 5:45 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • Representing Numbers using Concept Circles

    Posted Sep 24, 2019, 5:36 PM by Patrick Johnson
  • Google Accounts and Google Classroom

    This past week, students received their SCDSB Google Account login information. Using this information, students were able to login into Google Classroom. Google Classroom is a private digital learning platform where students can interact, collaborate and complete assignments using the Google Suite of Apps (for example Google Docs, Google Slides etc). Many applications, such as the stop motion app on the iPads, also export directly to Google Classroom. Google Classroom is widely used in the Junior/Immediate (and higher) Grades and I feel that they will benefit from becoming familiar with it now. Their login is written in the front of their agendas.

    Best regards,
    P. Johnson

    Posted Sep 24, 2019, 5:17 PM by Patrick Johnson
  • Terry Fox Video
    Thank-you for all of your generous donations. Below is the Terry Fox video I showed  in class. I thought it was interesting because it was an American story on Terry Fox. This led to lots of interesting and thoughtful discussions about the Terry Fox Run.

    Posted Sep 19, 2019, 11:05 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • Designing and Testing Spinners on Different Surfaces

    In Science, students design and tested their own snap cube spinners. They investigated how friction affected their spinner on different surfaces.

    Posted Sep 19, 2019, 11:01 AM by Patrick Johnson
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