Since the beginning of time there was was one game called dodge-ball. Today was one game and tomorrow will be another but there could be a new winner (dun dun du!) The Warriors will take out their swords. Dynamite will explode on their way to the finish. The Cobras are ready to strike! The Hooligans will be rambunctious! The Killaz are ready to fight! The Scorpions will release the venom and the Mangoes will juice up the game. Hand made uniforms will be revealed. Face paint will be smeared all over our faces! Dodge-balls will be flying everywhere!!! Let the games begin, and may the dodge balls be ever in your favour!
In math class the first week after March break we were making 3-D skeleton models of shapes like hexagonal prism, square- based pyramid, and other prisms and pyramids.What I liked about it was that we got our hands a little messy and we didn’t do as much paperwork. What is your favourite 3-D figure or what would be your favourite? The objects we made them out of were toothpicks that were not sharp and some plastercine.
In Mrs Swift’ s class we are doing health. We got to look at ice cream boxes, pop, and cereal boxes. We tried to see which ones are healthy and which ones are not. It was really fun. We had three worksheets in total. One and two help us with worksheet 3. They were like one booklet but they were all separate. On worksheet 1 it has three nutrition facts on it. On worksheet 2 it had a fake cereal box on it. Worksheet 3 had all the answers for one and two. It was like a puzzle. It was awesome!!
In the past few weeks, our class has been creating and presenting logos we have been making. They have to have 1 line of symmetry, 7 different polygons, an acute angle, an obtuse angle, and a right angle. We have also been presenting them in two ways. One way is we present them to the class or if students wanted to, the other way is we recorded them on our class i Pod Touch. We are doing this to wrap up our 2D geometry unit. We’re giving each other “Stars and Arrows” which means stars are things you liked about it, and arrows are something you think they should work on or something you think they should remember next time they presented. We also asked questions about the logos. We had so much fun!
Have you ever made a logo? If so, please reply and tell us about it!
On Monday, March 25th we had a visit by a chicken. Noah and his brother and mother brought a chicken (actually a hen) that was a Red Sexling chicken into class near the end of the day. Her name was Big Red and she was “biggish” and red. In total, Big Red lays about one egg a day and 210 in the time since Noah and his family have had Big Red so far.
We have been making science experiments with our student teacher Mr. Sonego to learn about changes in matter. We learned about chemical change and physical change.
There are lots of different experiments with different topics. There is one about eggs in vinegar, one about chalk in Coke and water, one about apples and one about water or salt with water and a penny.
My experiment was about apples. We had to crush a vitamin C tablet and sprinkle it over the apples that were in the bag. It was really fun! The apple on the left is brown because it had no vitamin C so the right one was white becasuse it had crushed vitamin C on it. The point of Mr. Sonego was to see the change of matter over time.
At the beginning of the year we all learned about how to write a quality comment on a blog post. We created Success Criteria and then wrote some comments as a whole class to practise. Later we wrote comments with a partner and eventually wrote them alone. Lately when we gave each student a turn on the iPod Touch to write a comment, we discovered that some of the kids were a bit “rusty”. We had a class discussion about whether or not comments are important. Here are some of the things students had to say:
We write comments…
-to make the people feel good about the effort they put into their blog posts
-to show that you care about their work
-to help you ask or answer questions
-to help communicate with people in the future
-to start a conversation with the author of the blog post
-to be thoughtful to others
After this discussion, more of the students understood why commenting is so important to a blog. We reviewed the Success Criteria again and got to work on writing lots more quality comments!
What other reasons can you think of for writing comments on a blog post?
The pictures of students in the hallway are from classes since this school started! There are more than 63 pictures in the hallway. The thing I like about the pictures is they show you how the kids dressed when they were in Kindergarten to Grade 8 and what they looked like.
In Ms Swift’s class we have been using a website called TodaysMeet. On March 7th we used TodaysMeet to share our questions about the book Wonder. TodaysMeet is a website you can use that will allow you to have a private conversation with your class. You need the room title to get in which your teacher will set up. Your teacher will tell it to you and when you go on the internet to get in, you would type TodaysMeet.com/your room title. Usually when our class uses TodaysMeet we have a topic to discuss . Maybe sometime your class can use TodaysMeet to share your thoughts and ideas?
Have you ever wondered how cool it would be to write a speech? Well many people have had to write a speech and say it. You are not going to go to a computer and copy a speech. You have to write it all by yourself! I know that it sounds hard but it’s not (research helps a lot). Here are some steps to get you started…