We have had a positive start to PY6 maths with the students beginning the year discovering through digital media, games and puzzles, that there are multiple ways of looking at maths problems in order to solve them. We can train our brains to create the pathways of maths understanding. We are now looking at number; in particular, the different types of numbers we have and concepts related to them. The balloon game was helpful in developing understanding of operations with positive and negative integers. Students have been looking at patterns with these operations. We are also developing an understanding of the difference between factors and multiples.
Here, one group presenting their new understanding of the hailstone sequence to the class. The other is a partnership playing the balloon game.
We have started our unit of inquiry: Where We Are in Place and Time.
Our central idea is: Human migration is a response to challenges, risks and opportunities.
Our lines of inquiry:
*The reasons why people migrate
*Migration throughout history
*Effects of migration on communities, cultures and individuals
We had some interesting discussions around migration that came out of a "Chalk Talk" activity where students were asked to write their thoughts and ideas about 5 questions. This was done quietly and students could react to each other's ideas resulting in a conversation on paper. This helped us build on to our prior knowledge and develop our thinking about human migration.
We continued with story writing during Writer's Workshop and broadened our stories to include our own personal experiences as well as fictional narratives. As part of this week's homework, students were asked to decorate their Writer's Notebook with photos, pictures, drawings, or personal items that help provide memories or inspiration for writing. I have offered to help with printing as needed. The homework tasks for this week also included reading for 20 minutes Monday - Thursday, mathematics, and Norwegian.
We also practiced daily oral language and focused on homophones while editing sentences for correct punctuation, capitalization and grammar. We also played Kahoot for some fun teamwork and practice with homophones.
We visited the school library this week and our class library time is scheduled for Thursday afternoons 14:15-15:00. Students may borrow up to 3 books at a time.
Focusing on organizational skills, students have used their planners this week to help schedule and record their SAIL workshops for next week. You can see the workshops they have signed up for in their planners (periods C and D). Students also completed weekly reflections in their planners to help drive their SAIL workshop choices.
Photo Day for PY6 is Monday, September 3rd
Vaccinations for PY6 - Wednesday, September 5th
Primary and Middle school curriculum evening - Thursday, September 6th