We went on an adventure today… All the way to the OJCS Makerspace!
Mr. Ray greeted us and explained some of the different leadership roles we would be able to try out today while building. We were given a bag of materials and told to get started. He reminded us that we celebrate mistakes and failed attempts! That’s how we learn best!!
Some of us figured out right away that the goal was to build a car… and some of us needed to work with the materials first. After 5 minutes of building, Mr. Ray showed us a short clip of a video to help us assemble the wheels.
We worked together, problem solved, and built cars!
“When I was making the car, the elastic band didn’t work… but it was still really really fun!”
“The hardest thing was when we put the elastic on the bottom because it kept falling off. I’m not sure how we will fix it, but I know we can figure it out!”
“I liked being the Lead Mechanic because I really enjoyed building stuff.”
Today was a day of New Year activities. We had a class discussion about what we want more of and less of in 2023. The students suggested more sleep in 2023… so feel free to bump up those bed times! We also started one of my favourite activities today; UNLOCK THE NEW YEAR! (a 10-challenge long Math activity). As we complete the challenges, we get closer and closer to unlocking the New Year!
With the new year and a new month… we have a new BINGO board!
As always, please reach out if you have any questions!
REMINDER: We will have a special PJ Day this Friday (January 13th) to make up for the missed one on our snow day in December! Please make sure your child wears a pair, and brings a pair to donate to the Pyjama Patrol!
This is my absolute favourite holiday Math problem!
I challenge YOU to work through this problem at home tonight as a family… it can be a great discussion starter over dinner or a problem to solve after lighting the candles!
Just a quick note about some important reminders for next week…
Tuesday, December 20th is our Family Chanukah Celebration! We have been practicing our big performance and can’t wait to perform! For costumes, please have your child wear a brown (or yellow) shirt to make it look like they are a latke. Upon arrival at school that evening, your child can meet me in the classroom to get ready for the big show while you find a seat in the gym.
Friday, December 23rd is PJ day! Instead of a loonie or toonie for dress down day, we are asking families to bring in a new pair of PJs to donate to the “Pyjama Patrol”.
As always, please reach out if you have any questions.
Shabbat Shalom and Chag Chanukah Sameach!
This week we took our problem solving skills and applied them to a series of Chanukah themed Math problems!
We worked on 4 different problems;
Morah Lianna made latkes for her friends and family. She fried up 72 latkes for her 18 students in 3A and all of the 35 teachers at OJCS. How many did she have left after 3A and all the teachers ate their latkes?
Morah Lianna was collecting gelt to play dreidels with. She collected 80 chocolate coins, but while she was on recess duty, Mrs. Cleveland ate 17 of them and Ms. Beswick came to take 25 of them. How many chocolate coins did Morah Lianna have left?
Morah Lianna and Cooper were getting ready to light the Chanukiah. She had 28 candles ready for the holiday, but Cooper accidentally ate 6 candles and broke 4 more. How many candles did Morah Lianna have left?
Morah Lianna was making Chanukah gift bags. She made 8 bags in total. Each bag will have 2 dreidels, 2 sufganiyot, and 5 chocolate coins. How many dreidels does Morah Lianna need to buy? How many sufganiyot does Morah Lianna need to buy? How many chocolate coins does she need to buy? What if she wanted to make 10 gift bags in total, instead of 8?
The students worked in small groups to answer their problem.
Then they all shared their thinking and reasoning in order to learn from each other! We even worked as a class to correct some of the errors we made with our Math operations (#NorthStarAlert! We Learn Better Together)
Stay tuned for next week’s Chanukah related Math problem!
Just a quick reminder that we are visiting the Scholastic Book Fair as a class tomorrow morning! Please feel free to attach instructions to money (i.e. ‘must only be spent on books’, ‘buy one English and one French book’, ‘buy something for the class from the wish list’, etc.)
Parents are able to shop during drop off and pick up Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, OR Thursday from 6:00-7:30pm and Friday 8:30am-12:00pm. Can’t make it in? Don’t worry! You can even shop online here: theojcs.ca/bookfair… SO MANY OPTIONS!
Students can also visit the book fair during recess throughout the week! I know some students brought some money in today to shop at recess time! Woot woot!
One of our November BINGO tasks was to create a poster about a hobby and present it to the class. This week, one of our students presented her poster on reading! For the privacy of the child, please do not use her name in the comments. Below is the script from her presentation.
The title is… I like reading!
You could make books about your life and you can make books into movies like Harry Potter. If you read more, the faster you get. In non-fiction books you learn facts and other people can make books about your life. Fiction books make you imagine. Reading gives us quiet time and it makes you smarter.
(Question from the class) What are your favourite books to read?
I like reading Harry Potter, The Babysitters Club, Evil Spy School, and Babysitters Little Sister.
(Question from the class) How did you get interested in reading?
When I started reading in Grade 2, I got into it a lot more. I started with the Owl Diaries books.