Today Jeff Stockton came back to the school and we heard the continuation of the story of Grendel and Beowulf. We also finished our storyboards, and Jeff was happy to see them. He's asked us to spend some time with them every day to create a mnemonic device by using our fingers to remember parts of the stories that we are telling. In gym, we started doing Olympic sports including ski jump, and biathlon.
For science, we continued working on blueprints for scaffolding, and circuit diagrams for c-train lines. In math, we continued working on a visual journal page about fractions. We also multiplied and divided fractions. In Daily 5, we read a myth about Pegasus, and the next story coming up is about Heracles.
Mr. Vanderlinden is asking for dart-style Nerf guns to be donated to the gym for some Olympic events. They will be well taken care of, but they should be ones that you are willing to not get back in perfect condition, just in case.
Today we had a indoor lunch and recess which was boring for some, and fun for others. We had a substitute teacher in gym and we played Dr. Dodgeball. In science, Mr. Baustad introduced us to pipes and clamps so that we can design a scaffold over the project board. You usually that type of scaffolding near large construction projects.
Most of us finished our storyboards of Greek Myths today - which is good, because Jeff Stockton is back tomorrow and Wednesday.
A reminder for grade 6's: the form package for the conference is due tomorrow to Ms. Jacobi. Payment must be included in the envelope.
Today skating was unfortunately cancelled due to bad weather and snow on the rink. A group of boys went this afternoon with Mr. Vanderlinden to help clear the rink, so we will be skating tomorrow morning. Please bring your equipment if you did not bring it today.
In math, we were going over the fractions booklet from last week. We also spent more time working on our essay - Wednesday is now the last day to work on them in class, and in Daily 5 we read a myth about Zeus turning into a white bull and carrying Europa to Crete. There is a white cow in this story, and we suspect that that may have been Io, which is unfortunate because the cow was sacrificed.
Tomorrow is also another Repsol day. We are swimming tomorrow, so bring your swim gear.
At the end of the day we went to the learning commons to do some speed stacking. It was amazing and marvelous!
Today in gym Mr. Vanderlinden set up two games of floor hockey because we'd been really awesome in gym last week. Also, one of the students shutout all three teams he played against which was awesome. For math, we are trying to make a system that will let us work above the project board without having to step on it. We had to measure ladders, the height of the project board, and the width of the project room so that we can figure out how to get this done. In social studies we continued on our Athenian democracy essays, and in daily 5 we started working on storyboards of Greek Myths for Jeff Stockton.
Tomorrow is Repsol, and we are back in the pool. Please make sure to bring your swim gear!
Today in science, we were using LED lights, AA batteries, and speaker wires to create series and parallel circuits. We found out that two AA batteries and one small LED was able to light up, while two large LEDs in series with two AA batteries did NOT work. After a lot of work to collect notes and research, we finally started writing essays on "to what extent was the democracy practiced in ancient Athens fair and equitable." We talked about what makes for a good essay starter - we start general with background information before getting more specific by starting to share our ideas about the topic with supporting evidence.
Jeff Stockton is coming back to the school to work with us tomorrow and Wednesday - we're really looking forward to it!
Skating forms went home today. These must be completed and returned to the school no later than January 25th.
Finally, if you have not yet returned your report card envelope, please do so ASAP as these are now overdue.
Today in gym, we continued spartan training. Mr. Vanderlinden said that there's a chance we might be bringing out the climber soon, which would be amazing. In Daily 5, it was our last chance to finish our writing challenge of writing super short stories. The grade 4's presented in an assembly. They've been learning about the upcoming Pyeonchang winter Olympics and how athletes need to be resilient. In social studies, it was our last chance to finish up notes on Athenian democracy. Starting next week, we'll be writing about the question "to what extent was Athenian democracy fair and equitable." This is a good question because it makes us think critically about an important time in history.
If you have not brought back your signed report card envelope, it MUST be back to the school by Monday.