To parents and adults at home,
Over the last few weeks, your child’s class has started a mathematics unit on fractions. Children will build upon their real-world experiences of “fair shares” to recognize a fraction as an expression that relates a part and a whole.
In this unit, your child will:
- Find fractions of a whole.
- Compare fractions with the same denominators.
- Solve fraction problems.
We use fractions every day in many different situations. Encourage your child to recognize the use of fractions in daily life, for example, when filling a glass half full, measuring ingredients for a recipe, or sharing an apple.
Here are some activities you can do with your child to help reinforce the concept of fractions.
- When you serve your child food, such as a sandwich or an orange, cut it in half (or thirds, or fourths, and so on) and challenge your child to name the fraction for each part. After some is eaten, have your child name the fraction for the parts that are left.
- Provide your child with opportunities to divide food items into equal parts. Have your child tell the fraction name for each part.
- Play a game of “fraction concentration.” On index cards, write fraction symbols, such as , 1/2 , 1/3 ,1/4 …, 1/12 . Prepare a second set of cards, on which you draw pictures to illustrate each fraction. Shuffle the cards and arrange them face down in a grid.
To play, take turns turning over two cards.
If the fraction picture matches the fraction symbol, the player keeps the cards. If not, the player replaces the cards.
Play continues until all the cards have been matched.
The Warman Elementary Bike Safety Rodeo was a huge success. The students had a fun time sharpening their bike safety skills. Thank you to all of the volunteers that made this event possible.
During this art project the class read the Tsimshian legend, The Loon’s Necklace. In this legend, an old man’s sight is restored by Loon. As a reward, the old man gave the bird his precious shell necklace. That is why the loon has a white collar and speckles on it’s back. The students used various paints and construction paper to complete this project. These are currently on display in our classroom. Enjoy!
To Parents and Adults at Home…
Your child’s class has started a mathematics unit on geometry. Geometric shapes are all around us, and mathematics can help your child recognize them. Understanding geometric form will help your child appreciate the geometry found in art, design, architecture, and nature.
In this 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
Encourage your child to look for geometric shapes and objects around the home and neighbourhood, and talk about them. Here are some suggestions for activities that you can do at home:
Look for geometric shapes in buildings and street signs. For example, a stop sign is the shape of an octagon, and a yield sign is the shape of a triangle.
Look around the house for geometric shapes. Talk about the shapes you find. As you do, look closely at the corners and sides of the shapes. Count the corners and sides with your child.
Look for 3-D objects around your home, such as a fridge, stove, table legs, and so on. If possible, ask your child to count the number of corners and edges. Talk about how the object’s shape is related to its purpose.
Look through magazines with your child to find as many different 2-D shapes and 3-D objects as you can find.
Thursday May 9th – Fine Arts Night
Tuesday May 14th – Bike Rodeo (Bring your bike and helmet to school if you can.)
Wednesday May 15th – Hot Lunch
Friday May 17th – No classes for students
Monday May 20th – Victoria Day: No School
Thursday, June 6 – Grade 3 Track
Thursday, June 13 – Grade 3s are going to the spray park in the pm
Wednesday, June 19
- Grade 3s are going bowling in the morning
- Grade 3s are going to the spray park in the afternoon
Friday, June 21 – Family Picnic
Wednesday, June 26 – Last day of classes
On Tuesday some presenters from the Warman Collective Garden came into our classroom to teach us about Earth Day, reusing materials, and composting. Here are some pictures of the fun time we had. Thank you to our two special presenters!
Here are some pictures of our field trip from the other week! We learned about good bugs and bad bugs, plants, composting and more! I hope you all enjoy the lovely tomato plant each student got to bring home. We had a great day! A big thank you to Agriculture in the Classroom for providing such a great opportunity.
Monday, April 15
- Students will reflect on ways they can help the earth
Tuesday, April 16
- Warman Community Garden is coming to our classroom to present us a lesson!
- Turn it off Tuesday – to conserve energy, the school will power down some lights throughout the building
Wednesday, April 17
- Waste Free Wednesday – students are encouraged to bring a garbage free lunch to school
- SCC Hot Lunch
- SCC Spring Fling Family Dance 6:30 – 8:00
Thursday, April 18
- Thankful Thursday – Classes will participate in a school-wide garbage clean-up. Please send you child to school with some gloves for the clean-up
Friday, April 19 – Good Friday (no classes)
Monday, April 22 – Easter Monday (no classes)
Tuesday, April 23 – Friday, April 26 – Easter Break (no classes)
Monday, April 29 – Classes resume
Thursday, May 9 – Fine Arts Night
Tuesday, May 14 – Bike Rodeo
Wednesday, May 15 – SCC Hot Lunch