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Show – Don’t Tell! Problem Solving

05 Nov

In English today we started to revise our Adventure stories.  We talked about using adjectives to make our writing  more descriptive and exciting for the reader.  

Here is a sample from Roald Dahl’s book, The Twits:

“If you looked closer still (hold your noses, ladies and gentlemen), if you peered deep into the moustachy bristles sticking out over his upper lip, you would probably see much larger objects that had escaped the wipe of his hand, things that had been there for months and months…”(1980, p.7)

The students’  job was to revise some of their story to include more descriptive language about the characters and the setting.

Here is the video on adjectives we watched:

We also talked about long vowels with our spelling patterns and will be having regualar dictaion spelling tests every Friday.  A note about the spelling and wordwork and home reading program will go home tomorrow.

Division Problem Solving!  Written by Kaitlyn & Anna L.

Today in math class we had to solve a problem using the 4 Step Problem Solving Method:  

The distance from Winnipeg to Lake Louise, travelling west on the Trans-Canada Highway through Calgary, is 1550 km. From past experiences, Ben and Jen know that they can bike an average of 95 km/day. If they cycled at this speed, how many days will it take them to complete the trip?

Our class had many different ways to solving this problem and some were the same as others.We used addition,subtraction,mutiplication and we tried long division but some of us forgot how to do the repeated step.

Here we are doing the math question in class:

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Now this is a video of Rebecca and Angelica.B presenting their solution on the BANSHO wall.

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2 Comments

Posted by on November 5, 2012 in Math, Uncategorized, Writing

 

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2 responses to “Show – Don’t Tell! Problem Solving

  1. caitlin 5T

    November 7, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    hi we are learning about roaldahl too my favourote book is Matilda 🙂

     
  2. Mr Talbot

    November 7, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    We are working on the Twits too!
    Here is a link to a very interesting video which will help you with your character descriptions

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/roald-dahl-the-twits-extract/3984.html

    Mr Talbot
    Year 5 teacher
    Birmingham
    England

     

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