# Help Our World

Mrs Macniven and her 4th grade have been learning about John Muir and his connections to the USA. They have also been embracing his spirit of conservation by exploring environmental Issues and writing opinion essays about them in the Help Our World Challenge.

Thanks to Mrs Lima at Law Primary School who came up with this wonderful idea for primary 5 as one of the key learning tasks in the John Muir Award! Click the link below to find out more.

# Invention Convention Stateside

In Science we have been learning about Magnets and Magnetism. We applied our learning to design Inventions…

# Fun at the Fiesta Book Fair

The Book fair arrived at Sandy Ridge this week with a definite fiesta flair. All classes get to preview for 30 mins and then they shop for books at another time. It created quite a buzz in the media centre.

# Pirates Ahoy Me Hearty

In social studies 4th grade have been learning about the famous pirates who sailed the seas around the coasts of North Carolina between 1690 and 1720, including Blackbeard himself. Click the link below to find out more…

# Getting to grips with Geometry

The maths focus at the moment is Geometry which includes learning about:

• Lines – points/rays/lines and line segments
• perpendicular/parallel and intersecting lines
• Angles in polygons and circles
• Measuring angles in polygons
• Types of triangles
• but most of all looking at how these properties are related and help us to classify shapes.

Students then applied their learning to design treasure maps:

# Learning from each other…

We used knowledge we already have in things that we are interested in to teach others:

• Choosing a topic from the list of possibilities that we felt we can teach really well.
• Growing potential topic ideas in our notebook.
• One way we did this was to ask, “If I had to teach something to the other kids in this class, what would I teach?”
• Writing possible back-of-the book blurbs, thinking why those books would interest readers and how might those books go.
•  Choosing a topic and narrowing it to the most interesting aspects (focusing).
• Making bulleted lists of facts. Then writing long – expanding these facts and including our own voice. (own words
• Recording ideas as well as facts.
• Keeping a running list of difficult vocabulary words for a glossary.
• Looking for/researching specific information that was missing from our personal knowledge
• Following the process of Generating ideas, writing a first draft, revising, editing, publishing best copy and sharing our work in different ways.