-Math Quiz on Multiplication & Division (Friday 7 May)
-pp. 114-115 . When there are several parts to a question choose alternate parts where possible ( ie: 9 a & c but not 9 b nor 9 d) (M)
-Look for the informed consent form to come home today, and if it didn't, you can print off your own below, and return it to the school for Monday
-I am also asking all students to bring to class a clean, empty yogurt container or similar, of approx. 500-700 mL size. Little individual yogurt containers (say 175 mL) are too little. Students should write their name on the outside bottom with a Sharpie. (M)
Two nights ago Brooksbank Intermediate classes hosted a Social Studies Fair from 6:30- 8:00 p.m. What a wonderful evening of sharing! Thank you for your support, encouragement, family stories, and assistance… the night was an unqualified success! Best of luck to the 15 students judged to be the best in Gr 4/5 at the District-sponsored Heritage Fair on Saturday May 1, 2010. Congratulations to all students for their hard work, and fabulous projects! We all enjoyed hearing such poised, knowledgeable young students share what they'd learned over the last month!
It is almost time to release our baby salmon back into the wild. Expect to see a notice like the one here to come home for parent signature and return to me, please. We will need parent drivers, so if you are available on the morning of Friday 7 May 2010 (from roughly 9:00 a.m. to roughly 11:00 a.m.) I’d love to hear from you! It is always a fun outing, and satisfying to see our role as salmon protectors come to a successful conclusion.
Tonight is our Social Studies "Heritage Project" evening of sharing, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in our classroom. Students from primary classes and intermediate classes got a chance to view our students' work today, and our kids did a great job of presenting their information! Our two judges were kept busy getting around to all the selected students, and tomorrow there will be an announcement with the names of the 6 finalists that will be invited to showcase their knowledge at this Saturday's District of North Vancouver-sponsored "Heritage Fair".
I spoke at length to the Band members of our class, and would like to repeat my thoughts here in the hopes that it might allay some stress. When Sutherland High School discovered they had to reschedule the Elementary Band Concert night to tonight, that unfortunately put all the elementary bank students in our class in a bind. Both events are happening simultaneously. What to do?
I told the band students today that you have to do what your family feels is right. For example, I often attend this band concert to support my students, but I personally feel that I need to be here for the Heritage showcase. In other words, I'm dong what I feel is the right thing… for me.
If students in band are able to perform in their concert, then come to Brooksbank to take part in our Heritage showcase, that would be lovely. If as a family you feel that is not desirable (for example, if an older sibling is performing later and as a family you wish to stay to be a part of the whole concert), that is perfectly understandable. We do not wish to add stress to an already busy evening by insisting that students attend one event or the other, or both! Instead we hope you will feel free to make your decisions based on what is best for your family. There is no judging of students' work tonight, for example… that was completed this afternoon.
We apologize for the scheduling conflict, and hope that the evening turns out to be a great one no matter what your decision.
Poetry continues. Students should be working on improving their first draft into a polished poem.
1) Times tables should continue with a selected times table (for example, the 6 times table) practiced for a week or as long as it takes to reach mastery. Mastery means they could do all the 6 times tables from 6 x 0 to 6 x 10 in random order with no mistakes allowing about 2 seconds maximum per question. Once mastery is achieved, your child should choose a different times table to select and learn the following week. After 3 to 4 weeks, a mini review should be done at home incorporating all the times tables learned during that period, in random order.
-we are almost finished our unit on division; there will be a division quiz next week based on unit 3 ("Multiplying and Dividing Whole Numbers") in the math text book.
Students need to have ideas on paper for what would be required in a Biosphere… a self-contained, sealed-off-from-the-world environment where, after the doors are closed, nothing can be brought in except sunshine.
Social Studies Heritage Presentations
We have made excellent progress in the class presentations. If your child has not yet presented, Monday 26 April will be the next opportunity.
Students began a poem this morning. They are welcome to take it home and work on it. Further class time will be given.
This Friday 23 April is a Professional Development day for teachers: students do not attend.
Students should complete a title page based on BC's Renewable & Non-Renewable Resources. An alternate title is:
"Garbage, Gases, Gems & "Go Fish!"
Our class presentations on Immigration continue with some excellent efforts seen. People that asked to go at the beginning have all presented, while we are about half way through the group of students who wanted to go in the "middle" or later. All students should be finished up by Wednesday or possibly Friday.
Concept Map signed (M)
Social Studies 3-panel display (M)
Social Studies speech on the country researched begins (M)
The three-panel display, and some details on the speech were blogged here on March 31, and March 26, 2010