Thursday, 1 October 2015

Patterns with Nature

 Today we went outside and enjoyed the beautiful, crisp fall air and collected natural objects from our school yard. 

We brought our collection inside and began to organize our objects in different ways according to their attributes. 

Students then has to organize their objects into patterns with at least two changing attributes. Check out our patterns!

Thursday, 23 April 2015

Ontario is beautiful!

We are so fortunate to live in a province that is so diverse and beautiful. We have such a variety of land and soil, climate, communities, industries, wildlife, and jobs. 

To take a closer look at our wonderful province, we watched a commercial about how "there's no place like this."

Next, students labelled their landform region maps. 

Finally students were given cards with a variety of discussion points about landform regions. 

We LOVE Ontario!

Monday, 20 April 2015

Our first problem of the week!

On this rainy Monday morning we started something very exciting, problem of the week!

Students first had to "wrestle with the problem" and work independently for five minutes. 

Next, students had the opportunity to see what strategies their classmates used to solve the problems. 

Finally, we sorted the problems by strategy.

We are excited to continue this activity weekly!

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Mapping, Jolly Christmas Style

Students have started working on their maps for the Jolly Christmas postman project. They have learned how to use the index at the back of an atlas to look up a city's name. 

Next, they look for the page number and the alphanumeric grid coordinates to find their city. 

We looked at a variety of different kinds of legends and created some symbols for a class to use for our maps. 

Students began labeling their own maps with large cities, Capital Cities, bodies of water and other interesting details. Take a look!

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

The Jolly CHRISTMAS postman!

Christmas is in the air and we have started a project based on the award winning books by Janet and Allan Ahlberg The Jolly Postman and the Jolly Christmas Postman. 

Students are going to create their own books with the theme of Christmas in another country as their setting, and take on the roles of researcher, author, illustrator and publisher. 

We have started step 1 where students are busily ( and excitedly) researching their chosen country. We have learned so many new facts about international Christmas celebrations!

Stay tuned for updates and watch our stories take shape!