In our journals we have been talking about friendship and kindness. This tied in perfectly with kindness week at Ruth King. We each set a goal for how we would show kindness to others during the week. Ask your child what their goal was, did they reach their goal?
We started exploring non-fiction these last two weeks. We all know what makes non-fiction different from fiction now. We are also practicing using text features to read for information. To help us remember the different features and how we can use them we are creating a comic strip using the school's new iPads! Students have been working so hard in their groups to find text features in our classroom books to use in their comics. Ready for a challenge? She how many text features you can name or find in books at home!
We have continued learning about fractions in math and wrapped up our unit by showing what we know using Skittles! Who knew math could be so tasty! Everyone can now create and write fractions using words, pictures, objects and numbers! Everyone did well on their fractions test, and it shows that they are focused learners. Math tests will come home later in the month. We have just begun our new unit on geometry.
In Science we did some star gazing as we learnt about constellations and heard some legends about the creation of those constellations. We even designed our own constellations. Something an astronomer needs to be prepared for is to answer questions about outer space. We practiced this skill by interviewing each other to see what we had learned about the Earth's orbit and how we have seasons and day/night. I am very impressed by our jr. astronomers! We were able to take a virtual tour of part of the International Space Station to see what astronauts do in space. If you'd like to check it out, click on the Parents tab at the top of this page for the link to that website and a few others! While you are there make sure to check for any announcements!
We are currently learning about the planets. Each student was given a planet to research as outer space real estate agents. There job this week will be to convince other people to come visit or live on their planet! We are also looking forward to our Skype call with an astronomer from the University of Victoria on Tuesday. Don't forget to think about questions you would like to ask him!