Monthly Archives: October 2014

Happy Halloween!

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Happy Halloween from our haunted academy!

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Volleyball Skills

We have been learning some great volleyball skills in Gym class over the past few weeks.

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Halloween Film Festival

Please vote for the film you would most like to see tomorrow. Majority wins!

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Patterning and Algebra

Today we begin our Patterning and Algebra Unit. Patterns exist everywhere in our world. In fact Math was invented as a way for people to explain the patterns they saw in nature.

Take a look at the video. What patterns do you see? How could we use math to explain these patterns?

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Phys. Ed. Fun!

When the weather is nice we will be practicing our flag football skills. We had two exciting games on Friday.

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Ifrah’s Math Problem

Take a look at Ifrah’s math challenge she would like all submissions in by Tuesday, October 28, 2014.

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Greatest Common Factor, Lowest Common Multiple, Square Roots

Here are our goals and the criteria we can use to achieve our goals when we are working with factors, multiples and square roots.

Learning goals

  • We are learning how to generate factors and multiples
  • We are learning to identify Lowest Common Multiple and Greatest Common factor and apply our knowledge to real life problems
  • We are learning how to represent perfect squares and square roots
  • We are learning how to represent our ideas graphically
  • We are learning to communicate and share our mathematical thinking by verbally presenting or screencasting our ideas

Success Criteria

  • I can understand the difference between multiples and factors
  • I can define multiples, factors, prime numbers, composite numbers, Lowest Common Multiple (LCM), Greatest Common Factor (GCF), perfect square, square root
  • I can mentally skip count find multiples and factors
  • I can use 100s chart to help me skip count multiples that are difficult to do in my head
  • I can use 12×12 charts to help me generate factors and multiples
  • I can use a calculator or a device to help me generate multiples, factors and square roots
  • I can use blocks and grid paper to represent perfect squares and square roots.

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Problem Solving: Spaghetti and Meatballs For All?


Do you find that sometimes solving math problems can be difficult? Do you ever say to yourself where do I begin? Today we are going develop a way to solve inquiry based math problems.

Today’s problem comes from “Spaghetti and Meatballs for All,” by Marilyn Burns.

Find a way to seat 32 people at a rectangular table. How many options would you have? Today we are going to use Voice Thread to share our thinking.

Some of the questions I would like you to think about before you begin are:

1. What is the problem?

2. How are you going to solve the problem?

3. How are you going to share your solutions?

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Independent Reading at home

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Today we have launched our at home reading program. We all know that reading is an important skill to have. As we get older it becomes more important to develop skills to read texts in a variety of different ways.

Each night we are required to read at home for 20 minutes. We are also required to respond to our reading by completing our reading logs so that we can start to develop some meaningful reading strategies.

Please check out the Learning Goals and Success Criteria we created today.

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