Announcements 2013-2014

Titanic Math

posted Jun 24, 2014, 12:29 PM by Patrick Johnson

Things We Should Say More Often

posted Jun 16, 2014, 5:01 PM by Patrick Johnson   [ updated Jun 16, 2014, 5:07 PM ]

As part of our media unit, students have been discussing messages (both overt and implied) from various videos. Today we watch the video 20 Things We Should Say More Often. Students wrote paragraphs and thoughts about what they watched and some students recorded their answers using SoundCloud (see below).

**If you don't hear any sound out of the player below, try this direct link instead**

20 Things We Should Say More Often

Other videos we have watched and responded to as part of our media unit:

Kindness Boomerang

22 Random Acts of Kindness

Arctic Sculptures

posted Jun 11, 2014, 4:59 PM by Patrick Johnson

The MacLaren Art Centre visited our class today and created these beautiful clay sculptures with our students:

P.A. Day

posted Jun 5, 2014, 11:35 AM by Patrick Johnson   [ updated Jun 5, 2014, 11:38 AM ]

Just a reminder that tomorrow, Friday June 6th, is a P.A. Day.

P. Johnson

Telling Time Problem/Task

posted Jun 5, 2014, 11:31 AM by Patrick Johnson

Telling Time: Hands Close Together - Created with Haiku Deck, presentation software that inspires

Probability Models

posted Jun 3, 2014, 1:02 PM by Patrick Johnson

Students are learning to use a probability model to solve an everyday problem. Students modeled collecting 4 different coloured action figures from a cereal box.  Our question was how many cereal boxes would you have to buy to collect all 4 action figures?

Students put 4 different coloured tiles in a bag to represent the chance of getting 1 of the 4 action figures from a cereal box. Students drew a tile from the bag and recorded the colour in a tally chart then replaced the tile in the bag. They continued the experiment until they had drawn all 4 colours. Students repeated the experiment a few times.

Our Action Task:

Students carrying out their experiment with a partner and recorded their results on a tally chart:

What we discovered:
In total, our class carried out the experiment 47 times. The mode of our results was 4 (it took 4 boxes of cereal to get all 4 action figures) but that result only happened 14 out of 47 times. Our highest number was 18 (it took 18 boxes of cereal to collect all of the action figures).

We discussed that our model assumed it was equally likely to get the actions figures in a box (for example that the manufacturer made the same amount of figures in each colour). We carried out another experiment where it was less likely to get the green action figure than the other colours. Our computer model predicted it would take 24 boxes of cereal to collect all 4 action figures!

Trying Out Opening Sentences

posted Jun 3, 2014, 7:08 AM by Patrick Johnson   [ updated Jun 3, 2014, 8:36 AM ]

Students are working on writing opening sentences for reports. Today, in daily writing, they wrote opening sentences using the following prompt:

Students recorded their opening sentences below using Sound Cloud on the iPad.

EQAO Done!

posted Jun 2, 2014, 10:33 AM by Patrick Johnson

Grade 3 EQAO testing is done for our class!!!! Students will receive their individual results in the Fall. I want to thank all of the Grade 3 students for their hard work and terrific effort during the testing. So proud of all of you!

P. Johnson

Reviewing Language and Math Using Jeopardy

posted Jun 2, 2014, 5:14 AM by Patrick Johnson   [ updated Jun 2, 2014, 5:16 AM ]

Leading up to EQAO, we reviewed a wide variety of language and math concepts using this online Jeopardy game. Students worked together in small groups to come up with the correct questions (remember Jeopardy gives you the answers and you must give your answer in the form of a question). It was a fun way to review for EQAO and prompted lots of  discussions about math and language concepts we covered this year.

The game works on any computer but also works really well on iPads (the screen shots below were taken from an iPad).

Click the image below to play Math EQAO Review Jeopardy

Click the image below to play Language EQAO Review Jeopardy

Going Fishing For An Introduction

posted May 29, 2014, 10:54 AM by Patrick Johnson   [ updated May 29, 2014, 10:56 AM ]

Today students were learning how to write an introduction that hooks a reader (for their descriptive reports). Students sorted introductions by ones that hooked their interest and ones that did not (we used a fishing activity to catch a sentence).

Example of an introduction that was a keeper:
Imagine standing at one end of a football field. Now someone is standing at the other end of the football field and they are talking to you. Do you think you could hear them? Well a shark can hear a fish moving in the water not just one but FIVE football fields away.

Example of an introduction that students tossed back and did not hook their interest:
Hello. My name is Kelly and this is my report about sharks. (sample taken from Non-Fiction Writing Power By Adrienne Gear).

Fishing for introductory sentences that hooks a reader's interest! 

Students sorted introductions between those that were keepers and those that needed to be tossed back

Our anchor chart for creating an introduction that hooks a reader.

We added our ideas about writing an introduction to our Criteria of Awesome. Afterwards students started their introductions for their reports on Snow leopards.

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