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Welcome back and I hope everyone enjoyed a fun and relaxing break. This week brings about our new unit of inquiry on “Structures.” The central idea is: communities have built features to support our needs. We will spend six weeks looking at types of structures within a community including the construction process and the function of various structures in the community (i.e. bridges, hospitals, trains, houses). We’ll also take a comparative look at structures locally and globally, and the impact of economy and environment on structures. To build on this concept (Oh boy, construction puns!), the boys will also explore how structures are made. If we have any builders or architects willing to come in to discuss the building process with the boys, please email me and we can set up a date!
Once the boys have a grasp on how structures are built, they’ll look at structures in the community. The boys will discuss what structures are needed in a community and why they are important. Each boy will also pick a structure to study for the next few weeks.
Thank you for your structures pictures from your travels abroad. Once we’ve fully explored the building process and our structures in North America, we’ll explore the globe to look at structures around the world. We’ll spend time in different continents to better understand how and why the same structure is built differently in different places.
In math, we’re continuing to review our number facts in unit six. The boys are looking at easy ways to add and subtract. They’re creating “names” for numbers and developing many creative equations to solve problems. This is also a unit where we often play skill and drill games to improve speed of recall, working towards more complex equations. The boys have impressed me with their quick recall of +/- 10 facts so we’ve increased the challenge in our speed drills to incorporate harder questions.
Unit seven is all about geometry and attributes. The four main areas of focus are: sorting attributes according to rules; extending familiarity with polygons; identifying three-dimensional shapes and exploring symmetrical shapes. This is the perfect unit to go with our learning on structures and we’ll bring this knowledge with us to discuss shape, strength, function and design.
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