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  • The King's Chessboard
    We showed and discussed this story today as it related to growing patterns (exponential growth). Students were surprised by how large the numbers were by the end of the story!
    Posted Dec 8, 2017, 11:43 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • Dash Coding- Pts Game- Mental Math
    Today students completed another coding activity with Dash. Numbers were written on cards and scattered on the carpet. The goal was to code Dash to travel over as many cards as possible without leaving the carpet. Each time Dash crossed a number card, the team was awarded the points indicated on the card. When the code was completed (or if Dash left the carpet) students used mental math to tally their points. 

    Teams used mental math strategies such as: making friendly numbers, using doubles and grouping place values. Students have practised these strategies during our daily Number TalksTeams were allowed to revise their code and make additional attempts.

    Below is the activity and challenges for this task. Students were also limited to a time of 1 minute or less to run the code.


    Students used a variety of coding strategies to score points. Some students coded Dash to go strait over several cards where as others coded Dash to go back and forth over 1 or 2 cards (this was particular effective when combined with the double your points card). Our top score was over 25000!


    Posted Dec 7, 2017, 12:11 PM by Patrick Johnson
  • Reading Buddies

    Yesterday was our first day meeting and reading with our reading buddies! Our reading buddies is Mrs. Gidge's  Kindergarten class. I was so proud of the leadership students displayed with the kindergartens. Students read books with the kindergartens and also modeled reading skills such as sounding out words, looking for clues in the picture as well as previewing a book. They also modeled social skills such as meeting and greeting their partner, and sitting knee to knee, elbow to elbow when reading with their partner. 

    Posted Dec 6, 2017, 11:53 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • Visit and Record with Growing Patterns
    Students created growing patterns out of blocks and cubes. Then they extended their patterns to 7 terms using a t-chart and wrote the pattern rule down. Finally, students traveled around the classroom and visited other students' patterns and guessed their pattern rules.


    Posted Nov 30, 2017, 12:16 PM by Patrick Johnson
  • Turtle Academy-Coding in the Programming Language Logo
    Today students coded with the LOGO programming language. Students learned to program a turtle to move around a grid using a website called Turtle Academy. Students discovered they were able to make all sorts of interesting patterns and shapes using the programming language.
    Posted Nov 29, 2017, 12:17 PM by Patrick Johnson
  • Growing Shape Patterns & T-Charts

    Posted Nov 24, 2017, 10:57 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • Snap Cube Spinners!
    Students designed and tested snap cube spinners on a variety of surfaces!

    First students designed their spinners and tested to make sure it worked (discussions of making the spinner well balanced as well as including colours and patterns). 

    Next students tested their spinners on 3 different surfaces (floor, carpet and a surface of their choice). They tested the surface 10 times and recorded each trial in seconds on a chart.



    Afterwards, students drew labelled diagrams of their spinners in their science notebooks and calculated the mode for each surface. Finally, students wrote in their science notebook in regards to how friction impacted the spinner on each surface tested.


    To end the lesson, we looked at the Hyperloop project (high speed transport that eliminates both ground and air friction).
    Posted Nov 23, 2017, 12:35 PM by Patrick Johnson
  • Creating Creatures that Grow in Predictable Ways
    In math, students created a small creature out of pattern blocks. Students then added the same number of blocks to simulate 7 days of growth (it grows the same number of blocks each day). Students captured their creations using stop motion video.
    Posted Nov 23, 2017, 11:59 AM by Patrick Johnson
  • Non-Fiction Text Feature Scavenger Hunt
    This week, students browsed through non-fiction books in search of text features (for examples table of contents, glossaries, graphs, maps, comparison charts, etc.). Afterwards, they presented one of the text features they found to the rest of the class and explained how it helped them understand what they were reading.


    Together, we compared text features of non-fiction and fiction books.

    Afterwards, students compared non-fiction and fiction books side by side.


    Finally, students went on a scavenger hunt to try and locate as many non-fiction text features as possible!


    Posted Nov 16, 2017, 12:45 PM by Patrick Johnson
  • Hammerhead Sharks- Researching Using Key Words & Paraphrasing
    Today we made a class book. First we read information about hammerhead sharks and students identified the key facts. Then students narrowed down that key fact to one or two key words. Next students paraphrased their idea out loud and added a detail make it more interesting. Finally, our entire class collaborated (simultaneously) on one Google Slide document to create our digital class book!

    Posted Nov 14, 2017, 1:56 PM by Patrick Johnson
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