Fractions Help

Fractions can be tricky, so here are links to explanations of what we are working on in class should you have work to finish at home…or to review for a quiz!

 

 

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What’s Up in Room 207

Here are some updates about our past few days of learning.

We finished our unit on le plan cartésien and have moved on to fractions! In particular, we are learning about les fractions impropres and les nombres fractionnaires. To review what we already know about fractions, we have practiced finding les fractions équivalentes. We also learned how to find la fraction irréductible (the irreducible fraction) by using our knowledge of the PGFC (plus grand facteur commun) from earlier this year! You may find fraction  games to play at home by clicking here.

In français we have begun to write a texte informatif together as a class about our school. We learned how to write good introduction and conclusion sentences and how to use transition words. The picture below has errors in it because we will correct those as a class to practice our revising skills. Every student has started writing their own texte informatif about something that interests them. The topics range from hockey to Japan…and many more! So far, we have outlined our ideas on a web and now are beginning to write about one topic.

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The next CFOO (Créativité) will take place next Thursday, February 2nd.

Soon, you will find here our written pieces about what books we think should win the Caldecott Medal. We watched the OFFICIAL announcement today. Unfortunately, our class winner, The Night Gardener, won neither the medal nor an honour award. We will be reading the books that did indeed win together as a class over the next few weeks. We have also been finishing our pen pal letters (some students chose to type them, some wrote them by hand) and the second draft of our personal narratives.

Finally, check out our Instagram page to see what we’ve been doing in science. We are now learning about forces that allow flight to happen.

 

Fluids Test

fluids.pngStudents will have a test in science about fluids next week. For 6F5, the test will be on Monday, January 23. For 6F4, the test will be on Wednesday, January 25. Students should study the following sheets or concepts:

  • The definition of fluides.
  • The “Les 5 propriétés des fluides” sheet, with two examples of each one.
  • The chart created in class separating examples and characteristics of fluids and solids.
  • Whether rice and sand are considered fluids, and why or why not.

Good luck!

 

Le Nouvel An: Full Steam Ahead!

Welcome back and Happy New Year! Here are our learning plans for the next few weeks:

English Language Arts — We received letters from our pen-pals and Skyped with them just before the break. We’ve learned how to format a friendly letter and are currently writing back. Also, we continue to draft and revise our personal narratives. Students are excited to start our next writing genre, which includes reviews and critiques. In reading, most of us are doing very well with our 40-book challenge. We will continue to learn strategies used by readers to help them make sense of texts. We will also continue to work on the Article of the Week, which involves reading about and discussing current events. Finally, we are almost done our Mock Caldecott unit, where we vote for which book we think deserves the Caldecott Medal. So far, we have read 16 picture books together and have given each a mark out of 16, reflective of the Caldecott Medal criteria.

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In sciences humaines, we have begun to discuss immigration. Did you know the families of students in our class come from a vast array of countries? These include Portugal, Scotland, China, Iceland, Belgium, France, England, India, Norway, Italy, Greece, Ireland, the United States, Argentina, Ukraine, and Poland. We talked about why Canada is sometimes referred to as “a country of immigrants” and looked at advertisements used by the Canadian government at the time – under the direction of Clifford Sifton – to encourage immigration to Canada. Over the next few classes, we will learn about what immigrants to Canada faced upon their arrival, including discrimination and less-than-ideal conditions.

We are taking off in sciences de la nature and learning about flight! To begin, we have begun to study fluids and the five fundamental properties of fluids. From there, we will explore the forces that allow flight to occur.

In mathématiques, we continue working with the Cartesian plane. We have learned about three kinds of transformations and how they work (translation, réflexion, rotation). After this unit, we will move on to learning about fractions! We work every day on mental math and have tried something new called the number train – ask about it!

Finally, en français, we have set goals for the 2017 year using futur proche, a French verb tense. It has allowed us review our knowledge of the verb aller. Soon, Mme Galka, a literacy coach in our division, will be joining our class to help us complete an informative writing and research project. Lots of our language learning also happens in other classes, where we read, write, and speak in la langue de Molière. 

Busy, busy! If you have any questions, please ask any time.