Please email your preference for a 30 minute period for student-led conferences no later than 5:00pm, Sunday, March 5.
During this time your child will share some of their learning with you and reflect on their goals for term three. Ms. Allan, Mrs. Weiss and/or Mr. Woelders will also be available to discuss any questions you have, but the goal is to have parents meet with students.
After the conferences, we can schedule an alternative meeting with teachers if you feel it is required.
Reminder: On March 8 and 9, students will be dismissed at 1:30pm each day.
Wednesday, March 8 (Ms. Allan/Mr. Woelders)
Thursday, March 9 (Ms. Allan/Mrs. Weiss)
This week we are trying to understand fractional value better, with the aim of identifying equivalent fractions and adding fractions.
Math Problem of the Day
How many different fraction values can you show using these shapes?
Division 4 students are researching the First Peoples of Canada in order to help students at our school understand and appreciate the unique characteristics and cultural diversity of the First Peoples whose traditional territories reside inside the modern borders of Canada.
PROJECT ASSESSMENT TOOLS
- LEARNING GOALS (Social Studies 4-5)
Below are some links that will help you get started. Be careful with names of First Peoples groups. Some names have been changed back to the traditional names, so there could be confusion.
Great Lakes/St. Lawrence lowlands
*Indicate there may be many different groups included in this people.
RESEARCH INQUIRY QUESTIONS
research-proposal: Complete and hand in January 20
research-notes: Complete one for every source you use.
- Students can use these questions to guide their research and note taking, or you can generate some of your own. The questions above were created by students, about the things they wanted to find out about.
- Use at least 3 or 4 of these questions to research in detail. You may use as many as you find necessary to communicate expert knowledge about the peoples you are learning about.
- What are the beliefs of the First Peoples group I am researching? How do they share their beliefs and pass them on from generation to generation? How are they similar or different from other First Peoples?
- How do these First Nations people pass on important knowledge and values to the generations? What was the role of stories and oral tradition? What was the role of art?
- What was here in Canada before Europeans arrived? What was the traditional territories of this First Nations people like? How did it change?
- How has this First Peoples group struggled for their rights and land? Provide examples. Have they been successful?
- What do these First Nations believe about their origins? How do they explain how they got here? What other evidence or theories are there about how North America was populated?
- How did colonization by Europeans affect or change these First Peoples?
- What kinds of technology did these First Nations people adopt? How did it work?
- How did the First Nations people adapt to their geography (surrounding landscape)? How did they use the resources around them to survive?
- What kind of settlements or homes did the First Nations people develop?
- What are the unique customs and cultural practices of this First Nations people?
- Were there wars and conflict between First Peoples before Europeans arrived? How was warfare conducted? For what kinds of reasons did warfare or conflict break out between First Peoples?
- What do these First Nations people understand about medicine and healing?
HOW DO WE COMMUNICATE OUR LEARNING?
- Students must choose an effective format (report, illustrations, models, art, essay, stories, info chart posters etc.) to communicate their learning. It must be able to present to the school by being posted in a hall. The format is up to you.
Math Problem of the Day
Sorry division 4! I completely forgot to post this yesterday afternoon. There is still time in the week to have a math conversation with your parents or someone else.
The following kind of problem caused some issues on our math review. Here’s a tutorial to help with corrections at home.
Create a 3D perspective drawing using two point linear perspective. Draw a house and yard, a city scene or street scene.
- Draw a light horizontal line across the middle of the paper for your horizon line.
- Draw two vanishing points on the horizon line at opposite sides of the paper.
- Use the vanishing points to align all your guidelines.
- Draw your guidelines using a ruler. Draw them very lightly so they can be erased.
- Use pencil shading to show depth, perspective and light/dark contrast.
- Use a fine liner to outline the drawing.
- Make concessions to other areas of learning (math)
- Carefully plan out and measure distance and depth?
- Did you use ruler for guidelines?
- Do all guidelines align with one of the two vanishing points?
- Develop and improve techniques.
- Did you use very light guidelines?
- Did you clearly identify two vanishing points on the edges of the paper?
- Did you erase guidelines when no longer needed?
- Did you effectively use a fine liner black pen to outline and shade?
- Did you effectively use vanishing points to show depth and perspective?
- Adapts learned skills for new purposes and audiences.
- Did you carefully use shading techniques to show depth, detail and light/dark contrast?
- Is the drawing well presented? Is it well positioned on the drawing surface?
Fractions to decimals
Any fraction can be changed to a decimal by multiplying the numerator and denominator by the same value. It helps to multiply by a number that gives you 10, 100, or 1000 on the bottom of the fraction.
THE FRANKLIN EXPEDITION: Historical Heroes or Epic Fools?
DOWNLOAD ASSIGNMENT ORGANIZERS: disc-franklin-expedition
One of Canada’s great historical mysteries is close to being solved. In 1845 the Franklin Expedition left England on a quest to map the elusive Northwest Passage through the Arctic Ocean. The entire crew was lost and the ships disappeared until their recent discovery made possible by the testimonies provided in Inuit oral histories. The Erebus was discovered in shallow waters in 2014 and last summer, the Terror was finally found. Once the contents of each ship is examined, we might learn more about what happened to Franklin’s crew.
But we have our own mystery to solve. European explorers from Cabot, Champlain and Cook, to Mackenzie and Franklin are often remembered as remarkable men. They are celebrated in our history books and documentaries. But are we telling accurate stories about such men? Were they heroic and remarkable?