March is here!
We have been very busy in our class since our trip to Kandalore. We have finished up our biome project, TED Talks, our social studies inquiries, and our math unit on measurement.
Below, you will find what we have been working on in the different subject areas:
This week, we began our unit on geometry. So far, we have looked at classifying angles (acute, right, obtuse, straight), measuring angles using a protractor, and constructing angles. We have examined different triangles, and through exploration, have realized that no matter what type of triangle we are working with (equilateral, isosceles, scalene) that the sum of the angles always adds up to 180 degrees. Very interesting! We also talked about the properties of trapezoids (quadrilaterals with one set of parallel lines), and through that, we talked about what a right trapezoid might look like.
In literacy, we have been working on “writing on demand”. Students have been given different topics and have been working on organizing their thoughts using graphic organizers and writing multi-sentence, structured paragraphs, that are directly related to the topic.
We have also begun a media unit on “The Kindness Diaries”. We have been watching short video clips about the adventures of a man named Leon Logothetis. Leon used to work as a broker in the financial industry. He made a lot of money in his career, but was overworked and tired of all the negativity he saw around him. He decided to leave that life and travel around the world. There was only one catch. He would not bring any money with him on his journey. He would only bring his vintage motorbike, which he named Kindness 1. His goal was to travel around the world, relying completely on the kindness of strangers.
At first, the students in the class thought that it would be impossible for Leon to make the journey without any money for food, shelter, or gas. After a few days, they quickly realized that the random acts of kindness from strangers that Leon received along the way, would ultimately take him around the world. The best part, is that every so often, Leon meets a kind stranger that he wants to present with a gift of his own. The gifts that Leon gives to these strangers have the potential to change their lives forever.
The students in our class have been using The Kindness Diaries to work on writing summaries, make deep connections, inferences, and examine perspective, point of view. Eventually, we will be working on our own class kindness project. Leon Logothetis has his own kindness blog. Check it out!
In addition to The Kindness Diaries, we are also about to begin a new independent novel study. Students will be asked to choose their own book to read. Through the reading, we will work on several reading comprehension activities, including summarizing, finding the main idea, looking at the features of text, making connections, inferencing, predicting, point of view, and responding to reading using evidence from the text.
We are finishing up our unit on biodiversity, by talking about the problems associated with invasive species. When this is finished, we will move on to our unit on space.
Our inquiry projects are complete, and we have now begun a new unit on Canada’s interactions with the world. We began the unit by playing a fun trading game, where students were given certain supplies as well as a list of supplies that they needed. Some groups had more than what they needed, while others did not have enough. By the time the game was over, the students made the connection that this game relates to the status of different countries in the world. Some have more than what they need, and others do not have enough resources to sustain the population. This is why trade and foreign aid is so important!
Overall, we have been very busy and have been having lots of fun!
Have a great weekend!
Mrs. Strampel 🙂