Friday, 31 January 2014

Scientist visits our class: Forces

Today we had a scientist come visit our classes to teach us a bit about Forces!

We participated in a variety of activities to help us discover the forces that exist all around us. 

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Dairy Farmers of Ontario, In Our Classrooms!

Today the Dairy
 Farmers of Ontario came into our classroom to teach us all about the benefits of including dairy in our diets, dairy breeds, urban and rural communities and how dairy is farmed in Ontario!  

Friday, 17 January 2014

Angles and Colour Value, How Beautiful!

Today for art we are creating art by using black lines to create various angles and polygons. 

Next, we learned about colour value and using white and black to tint a colour

Students filled in a legend to accompany their geometric paintings. 

Check out our masterpieces!

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

The Scientific Method

We have been exploring her scientific method. We began by going through an experiment using the app Gizmos. Today we are going to use the scientific method to learn about the force of gravity. We have been discussing the meaning of several terms and today students are going to use these terms to go through and write up an experiment. 

We also discussed how to write about our observations using diagrams as well as words. 

After reviewing the scientific method, we began our science experiment. We wanted to test the force of gravity on various objects.

The students began by writing the purpose of the experiment, their hypothesis, the materials... And then the experiment began! We dropped various objects from the same height and timed it using a stopwatch. 

We recorded the times on our experiment sheet and began to analyze the results of the experiment.

Fun with pattern blocks... 2D geometry continues

Today in class we began creating pattern block designs.

We examined the attributes of each of the pattern blocks before we began. We discussed the following  terms for each shape:
- angles
- parallel lines
- number of sides and vertices
- parallelograms
- polygons
- quadrilaterals
- right angles
- lines of symmetry

One example is the triangle. It is a polygon. It has 3 vertices, sides and lines of symmetry. It is not a quadrilateral or parallelogram. It has 3 angles less than 90 degrees. 

Our activity:
We designed our own figures out of the pattern blocks and then tried to see what was the least amount of blocks needed to cover our design. Then we tried to see what was the most amount of blocks needed to cover our design. We realized that using the triangles to cover helped us see the most amount of blocks needed, and the trapezoid and hexagon were the blocks that helped us see the least amount of blocks needed to cover our designs.

Check out our work.

Inferring with Faces

To continue our inferring discussion we inferred about the facial expressions of people in various pictures. Students had to use their own knowledge and combine it with information that they found in the picture to come up with their inferences. Personal knowledge + clues from the picture = my inference. 

Students were also given some sentence starters for their inferences. 
Students were shown a picture of a woman smiling and came up with the following:

Students were then shown these other faces and independently developed inferences.