Announcements 2016-2017

Blasting off to a New School Year Together!!

posted Sep 5, 2017, 11:51 AM by Patrick Johnson

MarioKart Math!

posted Jun 29, 2017, 9:40 AM by Patrick Johnson

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During the last week of school, students got to play Mario Kart 8 in order to collect data for a math challenge. Each student got to race in a time trial. The character, vehicle and track were all of the same (we discussed the importance of keeping the variables the same). Students raced 3 laps and the fastest time was recorded. Students rounded their time to the nearest second (which led to a lesson in rounding decimals).

Afterwards, students worked in partners to complete the following challenge:

Students first used paper and calculators to complete the task. Students discovered that all the races combined totaled 882 seconds or about 15 minutes. We discussed the challenges of adding large groups of numbers using a calculator. This led us to a lesson on adding numbers using Google Sheets. Students also discovered that we could use Google Sheets to order the numbers from greatest to smallest (or smallest to greatest).

Below, students found the mode was: 58, 54, 52, 51 and 46

Finally we used our data in Google Sheets to generate a graph of our data. We discussed the scale and the advantages of seeing the information visually.

Mr. Johnson Selfies (as drawn by students)

posted Jun 27, 2017, 9:41 AM by Patrick Johnson

Creating 1 Line Poems using StoryBird

posted Jun 27, 2017, 4:49 AM by Patrick Johnson

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Creating a Dash Accessory that Draws!

posted Jun 26, 2017, 10:39 AM by Patrick Johnson   [ updated Jun 26, 2017, 10:52 AM ]

Today grade 3 students broke up into teams to complete the following STEAM challenge:

A large variety of designs and creations:

A very successful design!

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 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

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