Students continued their mastery of fractions concepts in math, spending most time on comparing fractions and finding equivalent fractions. Students should now be able to compare fractions to one half as well as compare fractions to each other by changing to equivalent fractions that have the same denominator. Right before break, students began adding subtracting fractions with like denominators. In January, we will wrap up this fractions unit with reducing or simplifying fractions as well as dealing with improper fractions ("You naughty fraction!" - ask your student) and mixed numbers.
Our literacy time was used to strengthen students' skills with identifying sequence of events and making inferences. We also finished Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel. Hopefully, students will chose to read the 2nd and 3rd books in the trilogy: Sunwing and Firewing. Our librarian introduced the class to this year's Sasquatch Award nominees and the Young Readers Choice Award to prepare them for the Sasquatch Super Bowl. Teams have formed and intense reading has begun!
We continued our science and social studies work with Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association's Students For Salmon curriculum. The students are now quite familiar with the Water Cycle, with Watersheds, and with the 5 species of Pacific Salmon. We will begin looking more closely at the Salmon Life Cycle and local salmon habitat in January.
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