January 29

Decimals Explained

presentationStudents have been learning about Decimals in Math.  Today we are going to start making presentations explaining decimals. Students are assigned to work either alone or in groups of 2-3 to create a presentation that explains what decimals are and how they work.

Students may choose one of the following formats for their presentation.

  • Paper slide video
  • Video presentation
  • Powerpoint presentation (self-running and recorded)
  • Web-page or Blog entry
  • Bitstrip comic
  • Poster

Presentations must be self-running (they don’t need a presenter to explain them)

Students will be marked on the rubric in the link below:

Math rubric – Universal

Check out some examples of Decimal presentations

http://www.mathsisfun.com/decimals.html (webpage)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GL87_AEVUg (video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1uETrOlSbM (paper slide video)

http://www.primaryresources.co.uk/maths/powerpoint/beginning_decimals.ppt (powerpoint presentation)

http://www.themathpage.com/arith/decimals.htm (webpage)

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January 28

Vocabulary – Science – Diversity of Life

Today students are going to take the vocabulary used in this unit to create a graphic word wall.  Each student is assigned a single word.  With that word they are to make a graphic representation of that word that includes…

  • A picture that demonstrates the meaning of the word (this might include a picture example, a comic strip, or a diagram)
  • A formal definition (this MUST be in at least 24 point font so it is easy to read on a bulletin board.
  • A personally created sentence that uses the word properly.

See the vocabulary list below:

A) class
B) division
C) family
D) genus
E) invertebrate
F) kingdom
G) order
H) phylum
I) species
J) vertebrate





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January 27

Prokaryotes Assignment

bacteriaStudents are studying the diversity of life.  We are beginning with early stages of simple life (prokaryotes).  Students are to log in to esd.discovery.ca to find their assignment.

The assignment:

  • The students are to read, watch, and listen to all the segments of the assignment.  For each segment they are to take notes.  Follow the instructions in the video below for taking notes.
  • Once they are finished taking notes they are to address the 3 essential questions:
  • What are the characteristics of prokaryotes?
  • How are prokaryotes classified?
  • What are bacteria and why are they important?

NOTE: Students will be assessed according to the rubric at the link below.

science response rubric

January 26

Quickwrite – Jan. 27

blog postChoose one of the 3 options below for a quickwrite.  Students are to complete their quickwrite and have it posted to their blog before Friday. Jan. 30.  They must also make sure to have a printed copy of their quickwrite to share with small groups on Friday.




1) A blind person has just undergone surgery to regain their sight.  Write about the experience of opening their eyes for the first time.

2) You and your friends go to a horror movie.  You are terrified beyond belief but it’s not the movie that scares you.

3) “It all happened so suddenly!”

On Friday students will use questions for peer review.  We will get into small groups, share our quickwrites and give peer revision feedback.

15.01.20 peer revising questions


January 26

Winnipeg Jets – “I Love to Read” Contest

jetsThe Winnipeg Jets are having a contest for “I Love to Read” month!  All you have to do is fill in the entry form with 5 reasons why they should come read to us in our class.  If we win we could have…

  • a Winnipeg Jet come to our class to read to us.
  • A signed jersey
  • Signed books for all the students

How do we enter?!!!!

Go to the Winnipeg Jets “I Love to Read” contest page and fill in all the important info.  All students should enter.

Info you will need to know for filling out the form:

  • School: Winnipeg Beach School
  • Phone Number of School: (204) 389-2176
  • Teacher name: Jay Ewert
  • Number of students in our class: 20

Remember: the top 5 reasons win so think up some really great reasons why they should come to our class.

January 26

Prokaryotes – A Guided Discovery

bacteriaStudents are studying the diversity of life in Science.  Today students are logging into discovery education to access their guided inquiry lesson.  Students are to watch the different segments of this lesson and then take notes that include at least one fact learned in each segment.  These work sheets will be used to help students answer the 3 big questions:

What are the characteristics of prokaryotes?
How are prokaryotes classified?
What are bacteria and why are they important? 

Download a copy of the guided inquiry notes sheet by clicking on the link below.

15.01.22 Exploring Prokaryotes – Notes on Guided Inquiry on Discovery

January 25

Gr. 4-5 Science – Habitats and Communities

Unit – Habitats and Communities

Last week of Jan.

*Jan. 23 – Students are studying how plants animals survive in different habitats.  Today we talked about what we already know about “survival” and “habitats”.  See the pictures below for the mind-webs of our classroom conversation.


*Jan. 28 – We will be watching “BBC Life – Challenges of Life” to observe how different plants and animals adapt to their environments.  Check out the video below and the assignment that we did along with it.

15.01.23 bbc – challenges of life – assignment


*Jan. 27 – We will be reviewing our previous conversation about survival and habitats by observing the powerpoints shared in the links below as well as the video (also below).

habitats (1)

Habitats for Plants and Animals