A Week in Review

Another week has passed and it was chocka-full of exciting learning!

We’ve spent the week investigating Variables (like last week) in Science except this time we’ve been investigating whether the variable of capacity affects the number of passengers a boat can hold.  Our prediction was that yes, capacity does affect the number of passengers and we thought that the bigger the capacity the more passengers could be loaded.

Watch the video below to see just how we were doing that.

We’ve also been learning about standards and two-point co-ordinate graphs!

In Writer’s Workshop this week, we’ve been working hard on a piece of writing that we’ve decided is worth making a commitment to – polishing it until it is the best writing we can do.  Techniques like writing across the page, zooming in to the heart of the story, creating strong leads and powerful endings, are things we’ve been practising.  Keep an eye out for those pieces of writing on our own individual blogs (filed in the Writer’s Workshop category).

Reader’s Workshop focus has been the importance of “Choosing Just Right Books” and recording our reading accurately in our reading logs.  Remember that it’s vital that at least 30 minutes of reading happens every day at home.  There’s been lots of testing taking place over the last week (DRA’s) so that students know exactly what their just right level is.  Don’t forget that if you’re not sure what the level of your book is, you can use the level wizard on our class wiki.

Number Puzzles & Multiple Towers Investigation 1 is now complete with our class learning about multiples and factors of numbers plus using multiple combinations to solve number puzzles.  Investigation 2 has begun with everyone designing a poster to show how to solve 35 x 28.  We’ll be posting our posters on our own individual blogs later next week (posted under the Math category).  Everyone is signed up for the Student Handbook online now – so check it out – see this blog post for instructions on how to log in and use this fabulous resource!

Please feel free to leave us a comment on our learning, any questions you may have or something you might want to see posted on our blog.  Remember – this is your window into our learning in Room 231!

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