Today in Daily 5 we read myths about Artemis and Apollo who are twin children of Zeus and Leto. In math, we worked on using factor trees to identify Greatest Common Factor between two numbers. This is useful when you are trying to simplify a fraction. It can also help you find prime numbers (a number with two factors, 1, and itself). Examples of prime numbers are: 3, 17, 5, 2, 11, 13, and 7. In gym, we played a new hockey game, and in social studies, we continued researching Athenian democracy.
This morning we read myths about Ares, the God of War, and Athena, Goddess of Wisdom. At lunch, we had our first floor hockey intramurals, which was great. In social studies we kept researching ancient Athens democracy. One thing that we've learned is that the Boule (pronounced boo-lee) were the leaders of the government. They met in the Bouleuterion, and we wondered if it was named after a bowl.
It was a double birthday in our classroom! In Daily 5, we are doing a work on writing challenge this week. The challenge is to make a story in less than 10 words - we've found that that's really difficult! In math, we talked about proper and improper fractions, and simplifying them.
The grade 6's listened to an presentation from the Assistant Principal and three student from Bishop Pinkham. They are a French Immersion school that the boys from ABP can go to. We learned about all the programs they have there, and were invited to an openhouse at their school this Thursday from 6-7:30.
In the afternoon, we had an amazing presentation from a wonderful storyteller named Jeff Stockton. Jeff plays the harp as he tells stories from memory and through speaking. We are going to learn some of those skills as we work with him over the next several months. Today we heard a story from Louisiana about a man who was lucky in life, but unlucky in love. The story involved a famous creature called a Boohag which was pretty creepy. Jeff challenged us to draw one thing that we imagined from the story, which we will do tomorrow!
Today we presented in an assembly about what we've been learning in science: completing circuits using Makey-Makeys. Our assembly involved using a paper controller to play pacman, and a gameshow hosted by an excellent volunteer from our class. We continued researching Ancient Athens. Some students submitted stories they wrote throughout the week, or Word Work pages they had created to Mr. Stanley for review. In gym, we continued Spartan Training.
Report cards are being sent home TODAY. Envelopes must be signed and returned to the school by Wednesday, January 17th. Additionally, a new curriculum letter is being sent home today - this is yours to keep.
Next Tuesday is our first day back at Repsol. It is a DRYLAND day for us.
Today for science we use Makey Makey's to test different items for conductivity. Something surprising that conducted electricity was a student's hair, but it was surprising that not everybody's hair conducted electricity. In gym, we used hula huts for the last time. Because the weather was so cold, we got to stay in at lunch and play barricade ball. In Daily 5, we read myths about Zeus rising to power on Mount Olympus. For Social Studies, we continued to study Athenian democracy. Men in Athens were either Citizens who COULD vote, Metics, who were foreigners to Athens and could not vote, or slaves, who could not vote and could be bought and sold by their owners. Children were entitled to the jobs their parents had.
For Daily 5 we read Greek Myths about the Titans and the creation of the world. In gym, we worked with hula hoops to make hula huts. For science, we practiced drawing circuit diagrams. In social studies we started researching Athenian democracy. Report cards go home on Friday!
Happy New Year! Welcome back! Today in Social Studies, we started looking into Athenian Democracy - check the new page on our blog for more information. In Science, we're going to begin learning about electricity. Today we used Makey Makey to complete circuits. There are lots of cool Youtube videos of projects that people have done using Makey Makey. In gym Mr. Vanderlinden set up asteroids and anklebiters which was very competitive and fun. We had a normal Daily 5, and Mr. Stanley read 3 Greek myths: King Midas and the Golden Touch, Narcissus and Echo, and Orpheus's Journey to the Underworld.
Today we had 6 amazing presentations on Most Resilient Character. Please remember to check your Gmail to make sure that you are filling in the Google Form ratings for these people's resilience. We also had our debate on the highway from Calgary to Vancouver today. Mr. Baustad joined us as a guest judge which was great. It was a very close deliberation for the Judge's, but in the end, the affirmative side won by having more convincing arguments. This week in gym we have been using scooters in different games. Tomorrow is our last day before Christmas break. Please come ready to work on the Project Room - we need to papier mache AND tidy it up.
Today we had 3 “Most Resilient Character Presentations” – they were great! We also had a guest speaker from the Calgary Public Library who taught us about the online resources the library has that are free. In gym we played with scooters. Just a reminder that we do NOT have Repsol tomorrow – our next time is in January. Three days left until left winter break!
Tomorrow we are papier macheing our model of Calgary. As such, please DO NOT wear your ABP clothes - instead, wear clothes that you can get messy. Tomorrow afternoon, we have a guest speaker coming to our classroom to speak to us about tourettes syndrome and how we can support people with tourettes. Friday is pajamas day, BUT for our class, Mr. Stanley has negotiated with Mr. Baustad to make it a Christmas Day sweater day as well.
Today we had some wonderful Grade 4's join us in the classroom. In math, we practiced drawing 3D shapes, and spent time finishing the chicken wire on the north side of our model of Calgary. In science, we continued researching for our debate, and Mr. Vanderlinden said he would be interested in judging the debate. In gym, we played Manhunt again.