Thursday, November 26, 2009

New Month, New Unit!

Dear Grade Fives,

So we have just finished our unit on addition and subtraction of decimals. You guys did great! You should be really proud of all of your accomplishments and hard work in this unit.
The next unit we will be starting is all about probability. Probability is all about chance, like the "probability that it will rain tomorrow."

By the end of this unit, you will be able to:
1. use probability language to describe how likely it is that an event will happen
2. design and carry out probability experiments
3. compare the probability of two outcomes

So here is your first question for this unit:

Do you think you could better predict the outcome of the roll of a 6-sided die or the flip of coin?
Explain why you think so. Don't forget to sign your comment!

After you have done this, try out these probability games below:

Have fun!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Grade 5s - Thurs. Nov. 19, 2009

Hi kids!
I hope you guys are having a good day. I am at doctor appointments today (ugh!) so Mrs. Brown and Miss Janzen are going to be teaching you today.

I would like you to answer the questions below in a comment - don't forget to write your initials or first name so I know who posted!

When you finish answering the questions, you can play any of the math games on Miss Freel's Grade 5 Links - do not move off these games please.

Here are your questions for today:

1. Estimate to place the decimal point in each difference below.

a) 10.5 - 6.77 = 373

b) 45.67 - 28.77 = 1690

2. Why is it useful to know more than one way to subtract decimal numbers? Use the example 6.0 - 1.75 to explain.

3. Write your own subtraction word problem using decimal numbers. Write the answer to your problem as well.

That's it!
Have a great long weekend!

Hi there Grade Three!

Hello my lovely Grade Three class. I hope you are having a wonderful day.

Today, I would like you to think about the following question:

Who is your favourite character in The Magician's Elephant? Explain your choice in at least three sentences.

When you are done your comment, you can watch the video of Kate DiCamillo discussing her new book by clicking on the link below. Make sure you wear your headphones when you watch the video!

After watching the video, you can play any of Miss Freel's Grade Three links.

I hope you have a wonderful long weekend!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Hello Grade Fours!!!

I bet you thought Miss Freel was going to post the questions for today...guess again! It's Miss Janzen! I will be posting questions to the blog for your Math class too!

Do you remember how we have been working on subtracting numbers up to 10000? Here are some questions for you to practice your skills. (post a comment with your answers, and don't forget to sign your initials!)

Question #1:
Kelsey took a trip to the Calgary Zoo with her Grade 4 Math class. She saw grizzly bears, tigers, penguins and a hippopotamus with her calf.
The zookeeper said that the hippopotamus weighed 519 pounds. The hippopotamus's calf is only 3 months old, but already weighs 98 pounds!

How much more does the mother hippopotamus weigh than her calf? Explain how you got your answer.

Question #2:
During summer vacation, Jimmy and Laura each took a trip with their families. Jimmy's family drove in their car from Calgary to Winnipeg. They travelled a total of 1324 km. Laura's family also travelled from Calgary and flew on a plane to Cancun, Mexico. They travelled a total of 4078 km.

How many more kilometers did Laura travel than Jimmy? How did you figure it out?

When you are done you can check out the Base 10 Blocks Website:

Complete 2 questions, recording your answers on a sheet of paper. When you have completed 2, show me your sheet and you can explore Miss Freel's Mathematicious Links!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Hello Grade Threes!

I. Love. Kate DiCamillo.

Grade Threes, you know this is true. She is easily one of my favourite authors, and her newest novel, The Magician's Elephant, does not disappoint.

One thing I particularly love about this author is how she uses deals with "big ideas" in her books - themes like trust, true love, forgiveness and the grey area between good and evil.

Your question for today is:

What similarities do you see between Kate DiCamillo's The Magician's Elephant and The Tale of Despereaux?

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Adding Decimal Numbers

Good morning Grade Five!

We have been working on adding decimal numbers in the past few math classes. Please answer the questions below in a comment. Read the questions carefully so you know what you need to do.

1. Estimate to place the decimal point in the sum below. Explain how you know.
0.49 + 5.55 = 604

2. Create a word problem that can be solved by adding two numbers with three decimal places. Solve your problem and write the answer below.

Remember to sign your name on your comment!