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Schedule
  • 9:15 - 9:30 Arrival

  • 9:30 – 9:35 Announcements

  • 9:40 - 10:30 Focus/Science

  • 10:30 – 11:10 Recess/Snack

  • 11:15 – 12:05 Focus/Science

  • 12:05 - 12:40  Lunch/Outside play

  • 12:45 - 1:30 Inquiry

  • 1:35 – 2:30  Minecraft Club

SHOWCASE

December 19

Showcase/Teambuilding is usually the last Tuesday of the month from 12:45 - 1:30!

Showcase is an opportunity for students to showcase something they have done, made, learned, shared with their peers.

Tuesday (3rd - 5th grade)

URCHIN FOCUS GROUPS

Focus Groups are small groups that focus on a specific content theme. We cycle through two themes each year: Math and Literacy

Playing with Math Focus Group 1

Group 1 meets  9:40-10:30 in Classroom A with Joy.

Happy New Year!  Our last 2 classes will be spent reviewing X and Division and making Games for the Math Festival on 1/16!

12/11: Visual Math: students "built" X facts using dice and beans.

12/4: Intro to basic division/review of fact families.

11/27: Students played a dice game using multiplication, division, addition and subtraction to see who could get closest to 20.  It was challenging and really made them think!  Please continue reinforcing X skills at home.

Please see prior weeks' summaries here...more

Playing with Math Focus Group 2

             Group 2 meets 11:15 - 12:05 with Joy.

Happy New Year!

Our last 2 classes will be spent reviewing X and Division and making games for the Math Festival on 1/16!

12/11: Reviewed X and Division and played X Bingo.

12/4: Intro. to division using manipulatives to find a single digit remainder.

11/27: Students played a dice game using multiplication, division, addition and subtraction to see who could get closest to 20.  It was challenging and really made them think!  Please continue reinforcing X skills at home.

Please see prior weeks' summaries here... more

 

Making Sense of Math

Problem Solving, Puzzles, Games, Investigations, and Digging into Division and Fractions, with an emphasis on Math Practices 1 (make sense of problems & persevere in solving them) and 3 (construct viable arguments & critique the reasoning of others). 

Group meets 9:40–10:30 in the office with Deb

We're on making sense of division and on seeing the remainder. We've been playing a remainders card game, and are currently focused on the 7's. If seven kids divide up a box of _____ kittens, how many kittens do they each get, and how many are left over for Sue? Which of these numbers have the same remainder when we are dividing them among seven kids: 41, 12, 18, 62?

 

 

Math Games and Puzzles

Games of strategy, number sense, quick wits, and the four operations, along with some Marcy Cook puzzles. 

Group meets 11:15–12:05 in the office with Deb

We've been connecting the idea of multiplication to the idea of division, and playing games with remainders. 

We did some origami. Here's a Ted Talk about the math of origami. The movie Between the Folds is another treasure trove.  We made a balloon and a jumping frog.

 

Welcome Sea Urchins!
Welcome Sea Urchins!

URCHIN SCIENCE 

11/27 We watched a video about volcanoes and learned about the Ring of Fire, types of volcanoes, and some of the igneous rocks that are formed.  Students looked at different igneous rocks and used information to identify the names of each.  We then worked more on the volcanoes.

For previous weeks', go to Mary's Science Page

URCHIN INQUIRY GROUPS

Inquiry Groups for the fall are:

Technology, School newspaper, Baking & Crafts and Outside Games.

 Inquiry meets weekly from 12:45 - 1:30 except on the last Tuesday of the month which is Showcase. 

URCHIN CLUBS

Clubs extend the fun and learning. Parents interested in sharing a skill or interest with our students, please talk to Mary.

MINECRAFT CLUB!

What? In Minecraft Club we will be using Minecraft EDU, a game based learning tool that looks and feels like Minecraft, with teacher controls and guidance.  

Sign up beginning Tues, Sept. 18

When? Tuesdays, starting Oct. 2, from 1:30 – 2:30pm.  

Who? Class space is limited to 15 students and priority is given to Tuesday Sea Urchins (grades 3-5). Students in 2nd, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade can join on a space available basis.  

Where? Meet in the Science room at Ocean Alternative.  

***Note: Students must sign-up, no drop-ins please.***

PARENT PERMISSION REQUIRED! Sign-up forms will be in the office starting September 18.

Contact Justin for more info: jburrows@losd.ca