Today we celebrated Roald Dahl Day! Roald Dahl is an author of some of my favourite books such as Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and much more. Since Roald Dahl's birthday was on September 13th, our class and others celebrate Roald Dahl Day each year on this day. Today, the students and I celebrated by reading Roald Dahl's "The Enormous Crocodile." First, we discussed our first reading strategy of the year: predicting. The students and I discussed how to make a good prediction. In order to make a good prediction, you have to use information from the book as well as information from your "schema." This is a word that we use to mean the stored knowledge contained in the hippocampus of your brain. We have been using our schema a lot this week! Students used their schema to make predictions about what they thought would occur in the story. As we read, we were able to use clues from the book to make some inferences about what was going to occur. You can see our notes from today in the slideshow below, which will always be on the "Language Arts," and then "Reading" page. The differences between predicting and inferring are further explained there. However, the way that I like to think about it is this: when making a prediction, you are guessing. You don't have enough information yet to know what it going to happen. So, you use your schema to guess what is going to happen. When you are inferring, the book has given you enough clues that you know what is going to happen. You have solved it or figured it out. For example, when reading "The Enormous Crocodile" today, when we got to the third clever trick, the students all knew that he would pretend to be one of the animals on the Merry-go-Round. We had seen two of his previous tricks, knew that he always pretended to be something else, etc. We had enough information to know what the crocodile would do.
We also made some Wanted Posters today for "The Enormous Crocodile," and learned to draw some crocodiles during Art. Students who are in PEAK will miss the majority of our Art lessons this year. They will get some Art when it is taught in another subject like Social or Math. However, students who miss the Art lesson can always find it here or under "Art." Want to know how to draw a crocodile? Watch the video below!
In Math today, the students and I worked together to create our own frequency diagram. Each student rolled a dice and we recorded which number each student rolled. Afterwards, we displayed our data in a frequency diagram. Then, we used the data in the diagram to make a line graph representing the numbers that we rolled. Students then completed this activity again, this time working in small groups to make their own frequency diagrams and line graphs. We will continue to review graphing tomorrow and next week, before moving on to double bar graphs and other Grade 5 topics.