Announcements 2016-2017

The School Fair Necklaces Problem

posted Jun 21, 2017, 6:36 PM by Patrick Johnson   [ updated Jun 21, 2017, 6:38 PM ]

Today students were challenged to solve this interesting problem from Youcubed.org. 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!





Art Using Foreshortening

posted Jun 21, 2017, 6:10 PM by Patrick Johnson

Students created art using the technique of foreshortening!



Geocity- Applying Geometry Knowledge

posted Jun 20, 2017, 11:37 AM by Patrick Johnson   [ updated Jun 21, 2017, 6:07 PM ]

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.





Healthy Lifestyle Posters

posted Jun 20, 2017, 10:55 AM by Patrick Johnson   [ updated Jun 20, 2017, 10:58 AM ]

Students created digital posters to promote healthy eating as well as to put down their devices and video games and get outside and play!


Arctic Sculptures!

posted Jun 14, 2017, 5:27 PM by Patrick Johnson


Triple Scoop Words

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

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: http://www.thesaurus.com/


Take Apart Day!

posted May 24, 2017, 8:42 AM by Patrick Johnson

Today, our Grade 3 class helped our Kindergarten Buddies with Take Apart Day. Students helped their buddies use tools such as screwdrivers, to take apart a variety of electronic devices. Afterwards, our Grade 3 students reflected on their Learning Skills.






Probability Experiment using 2 Number Cubes

posted May 23, 2017, 1:30 PM by Patrick Johnson

Students conducted a probability experiment by playing a game. Students placed their marker on a number from 1 to 12. If they rolled that sum using 2 number cubes, they moved their marker up the game board. Students quickly developed their own strategies for placing their marker. They realized that it was impossible to get the sum of 1 using 2 number cubes so they did not place their marker there (some students even crossed the number out on the game board). Students also realized it was unlikely they would roll a 12 since there was only 1 way to make that sum using 2 number cubes. Most students placed their markers on the middle numbers since those sums could be made in a variety of way (6 could be made by rolling a 3 and 3, 4 and 2, 5 and 1). 

After students played the game, we discussed their strategies and the probability of each sum occurring. To further demonstrate this, we used a probability website to simulate rolling 2 number cubes 132 times. It generated the tally chart below which validated students observations from the game.

Simcoe Museum Field Trip

posted May 10, 2017, 5:15 PM by Patrick Johnson

What a great day we had at the Simcoe Museum! Students learned about early pioneer life in Canada and Simcoe County. Special thanks to our parent volunteers: Mrs. Skory and Mrs. Peters.

Math Arrays

posted May 8, 2017, 10:14 AM by Patrick Johnson



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