It has been a month of blessings, learning, and getting to know new students, a new school, and (for the class of 5P and their respective parents, a new teacher). I am quite excited to put up the first blog post of Grade 5P!
This month, we have covered a handful of topics in the many subject areas. In Language Arts, the students have been learning about many words and how to use them through our Word of the Day, in which we explore new words together as a class, and through synonyms, antonyms, homophones, and even a bit of genre!
Each day, the students are quite eager to see what I have written in “Mr. Pham’s Math Challenge Corner”. The challenges I put up often involve over 3 mathematical processes in order to solve. To my surprise and delight, a handful of students were familiar with numerals that have been squared and even cubed! In order to supplement mathematical thinking of sequences and patterns, the students were instructed to create their own tessellation patterns from one square post-it.
Our Science classes have proven to be full of motion… Both figuratively and literally. This term, we are covering the topic of Force and Motion. Whether it is pushing and pulling in a game of “Poke” (Students challenge each other, or myself, and must “poke” the other person without moving their feet from where they stand), or challenges involving getting a die to the other side of the room only using a ruler and gravity, there is always some sort of demonstration for the students in order to make Science a living experience.
As October comes around the corner, I am looking forward to seeing the students further develop their writing skills and ability to draw lessons and themes from our class novel study of C.S. Lewis’, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. I am also very excited to finalize and announce some field trips and workshops (excluding the Victoria Trip to the parliament buildings, which has already been booked and finalized!). Expect such an announcement within the week.
I wish a very blessed and restful weekend to the families at St. Francis Xavier, and I look forward to seeing everyone again after the weekend!
Mr. D. Pham.
Current Math Challenge of the Day written by One of the students… “For Fun….” (Mr. Pham rewards a successful completion of a Math Challenge with a Hi-Chew)…
600 people protest that people should get 15 km of land instead of 10 km of land. Hayden Yu (the person who would change the amount of land you get) is too busy trying to figure out how to open a zip lock bag. Everyday, 103, 018 more people protest. How many people protest by the end of 2 years?
(Mr. Pham knows the answer!)