Health: Helpful / Harmful Substances

We began a helpful and harmful substance health mini-unit.

The students will:

  • learn to differentiate between medicines and harmful drugs,
  • learn about some of the bodies major organs, their function, and how to keep them healthy.
  • create a presentation about a major organ and present it to the class with their partners.
  • describing things a person can do to take good care of their overall health.
  • learn how tobacco can and other harmful substances can negatively affect the body.

Shape and Space Math Unit

Our class started a mathematics unit on shape and space. Geometric shapes are all around us, and mathematics can help your child recognize them. Understanding geometric form will help them appreciate the geometry found in art, design, architecture, and nature.

In this short unit, your child will:

  • Identify and name various shapes with 3 or more sides
  • Build, represent, and describe geometric objects
  • Draw and talk about 2-D shapes and 3-D objects

Math Unit: Data Analysis

Our class is working on a mathematics unit on data analysis. Data analysis relates to the collection, organization, and interpretation of information.

In this unit, your child will:

Collect data to find information or solve a problem.
Organize data using tally marks, charts, lists, and line plots.
Construct and label line plots and bar graphs.
Read and interpret charts, line plots, and bar graphs.
Here are some suggestions for activities you can do with your child.

Have your child collect and organize data at home to help make an important decision. For example, he or she could collect and organize data to decide the flavour of birthday cake to bake for the next family birthday. Your child should write a question to ask family members, collect and organize the results, and decide what flavour of birthday cake to bake.

With your child, look for examples of bar graphs in newspapers, magazines, or on the Internet. Have your child share 3 things that she or he knows by looking at the bar graph.

Tower Building Fun!

Today, the students are putting their knowledge of Structures and Materials to work. They are cooperating with a partner to create the strongest, most stable straw towers they can. It is nice to see them have so much fun together as we wrap up this science unit.