In math, we started the week with some work on Mathletics. Please remember to keep practicing at home, as there are sometimes assigned tasks based on student need. We explored doubling and halving. Students looked for connections between the two concepts. We also played several math games, which reinforced these concepts and reviewed odd and even numbers. Please continue to work with your children at home on doubling and halving. This will be important as we move into money. Students participated in the thinking routine called, 'Chalk Talk'. There were 4 tables, each with a different question or statement. Students worked silently to respond to each other's questions and comments and then recorded their own ideas in their math journal before sharing with the class. Students responded to:
* Money is...
* Money is important because...
* Questions and wonderings about money
* How does money connect to our new unit of inquiry?
We also looked at various coins and recorded our thoughts about what we noticed. Next week we will continue examining the value of coins and work to create equal amounts.
In literacy, we continued exploring complete vs. incomplete sentences and recognised sentences could be long or short, but needed to have a subject and verb. Students went on a work hunt to locate verbs in books, and then used these verbs in their own sentences. Next week we will look at verb tenses, as well as simple vs. complex sentences. Most students are able to identify the needed components for a complete sentence; however, many students are unable to apply this knowledge consistently in their writing yet.
When investigating our central idea, groups worked together to use a dictionary to find the definition of a certain word: exchange, systems, help or community. We learned that dictionaries can help us learn how to spell a word and they can also help us learn what a word means. Students used the Chrome Books and Slides to capture their thoughts and ideas about the central idea. We will continue to add to this project throughout the unit. Students also participated in a 'book walk', exploring various books that connected to our unit. They identified pictures, words and topics that they thought might relate to our unit.
As a part of our Unit 2 Inquiry, we are exploring exchange systems. We will be having a "Swap Shop" in late October. Over the holiday break, we would like for students to bring an item or two that they might like to swap with another student. Items that be brought in are ones that don't get played with anymore or don't seem to have a use anymore. They could also be things the student has made. We ask that the students bring their item(s) by 26th October.
Thursday afternoon, we practiced the parade of nations in preparation for International Day on Friday. Friday was filled with fun, as the middle and high school students worked to share information in fun ways with the students through various workshops. We also rotated through classrooms where we learned about Japan, the United States of America, and Greece. It was a fun filled day, which ended with the fabulous food buffet.
We will not be giving homework over the holidays, but please continue to read with your child. When we return to school after the holidays, our first day back is on the 21 October (a Wednesday). World Maths Day is on Friday, and as we will be doing various math activities on this day, our normal routines for this first week back may be altered - Words Their Way will begin again the following week on the 26th.
Please remember to send your child to school with cutlery, as we are working to save the plastic and recycling the containers. Students who have a decent amount of lunch left over are being encouraged to take it home, in case they want to finish it later or share with their family. We also ask that students bring in their own headphones or earbuds, if they haven't done so already. These can be kept in their cubbies and used when we need sound on the Chrome Books.
Have a relaxing break,
We are 7 and 8 year old students who live in Singapore. Our teacher, Ms. Luttrell, will be helping us write blog posts throughout the year!
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