We had great fun today making penguins during art and singing along to some Christmas tunes. The penguins turned out great!! 🙂
This week is Maths Week! We will be playing lots of fun games and solving problems in class. We start each day with our ‘problem of the day’ which we solve on our mini whiteboards. Then we delve into the maths topic for the week. We are learning about fractions in school at the moment. We each have a sheet in our homework folder with a fraction wall on one side. On the other side are some activities we can try at home. We have been using fraction sets in school to explore fractions. Check out the maths blog to play some fun fraction games at home.
Every Friday we do maths stations with Mrs. O’Toole where we spend 3 weeks on each station. The stations are based on the maths strand measurement;
Maths is all around us! Keep Maths Week going at home by asking your daughter maths related questions in daily routines. Use the clock and calendar, count up how much the shopping list will cost, weigh ingredients or observe shapes around you. Make sure to check out the maths blog to play some maths related activities online (with adult supervision).
We have been working hard in room 7 for the past month exploring many different topics in geography, science and history; from the lungs in science to weather and trees in geography and Amelia Earhart in history. We have also been learning about the European Union and are busy designing our front covers for our projects which we are very excited to present.
Check out some of the pictures from our nature trail and lung experiments.
During October we will be learning about the European Union and countries within the E.U.
As part of geography the girls will be presenting their first project. Each girl has been given an E.U. member country to research.
The project will be bound in school and should be presented on a4 sized pages. We have started our research in school. We have started a fact file which should be used as a guide when completing the projects. We will create the front page of our project during art.
When continuing the project at home, please be advised that this should be a simple project in your daughters own words. It should be no more than 5 pages (including the fact file completed in school). It is due Friday the 19th of October 2018.
Choose 3/4 of these example topics; Food & drink, climate, landscape (lakes, mountains etc), famous people, landmarks, animals, culture & traditions, clothes, European Union and your country
– Include pictures and maps etc. which can be drawn or printed.
Below are a number of websites you may find useful when researching at home. The public library is another great source of information.
http://www.ducksters.com/geography/europe.php (scroll down to find your country)
http://www.oddizzi.com/teachers/explore-the-world/places/europe/ (countries along the side)
*Please note: adult supervision is advised when children research projects online as external links may not be suitable.
Ps. If bringing in food for EU day, please ensure it contains no peanuts.
Keep an eye on my maths blog as I will be adding maths websites as the year continues. Please also ensure there is adult supervision when online as although the websites have been tried & tested, unsuitable advertisements could still pop-up.
https://www.khanacademy.org/ Khan Academy is a free online (American) maths resource. Can be used to revise topics or challenge oneself. 3rd grade would be mainly revision. 4th/5th grade to revise and challenge.
https://mathsframe.co.uk/en/resources/category/22/most-popular (lots of free & tablet friendly games, careful with pop-up ads)
Interactive online games and activities to make learning tables fun!
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/times-tables (lots of tablet-friendly games)
Problem solving game involving time;
Games to explore fractions;
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/maths-games/7-11-years/fractions-and-decimals (tablet friendly games)
https://www.mathplayground.com/index_fractions.html (some tablet friendly activities)
Games/activities for decimals;
https://www.topmarks.co.uk/place-value/place-value-charts (tablet friendly)
Maths challenging puzzle activities (including sudukos & magic squares)
https://www.transum.org/Software/Puzzles/ (tablet friendly puzzles)
https://www.mathwarehouse.com/riddles/math-riddles.php (challenging riddles)
Activities for division practice;
http://www.hoodamath.com/games/demolitiondivision.html (some tablet friendly activities)
http://www.novelgames.com/en/quickmath/ (tablet friendly but watch for pop-up ads)
Here are some reading questions you can ask your child before, during and after reading their library book. It is important to take the time to read with your child on a daily basis and discuss the book. Your child should read aloud to you every day. This helps with their fluency, comprehension, articulation and vocabulary skills. Please click the link to view the list of general comprehension questions.
Roald Dahl J.K. Rowling Michael Murpurgo David Walliams
Marita Conlon-McKenna Enid Blyton
(Jacqueline Wilson has some fantastic books for this age group, but do be aware that she also writes for teens and some of her books are inappropriate for primary school).
Here are some excellent books that 4th class girls have recommended;
Be aware of your own daughter’s ability when helping her choose books. Read the blurb together and discuss the choice.
Summer stars have some great tips on how to choose a book with your child, engaging reluctant readers, reading development etc.
When children come across new words in different contexts they develop a stronger understanding and a more detailed vocabulary. Try using new vocabulary from the reading in daily conversations.
Every day we will uncover a new word. Our ‘Word of the Day’ will be given as homework where the girls will use it in their own sentence. Over time we will develop our word bank together.
Here are some activities to help you practise your spellings at home. All you do is click on the PDF link below and print out these activities. Have a spare spelling copy at home and choose one of these activity cards each evening.
This is also a great website to practise your spellings through online activities and games. You have to register first for a free account (ask an adult for help with this) and then add in your list of spellings each week as you go. There is also a link for some commonly misspelled words. Practise a few a theses each evening/week using the website.
Have fun learning to spell 🙂
http://www.isfeidirliom.ie/ (can only be played on devices which support flash player such as laptops & computers)
http://digitaldialects.com/Irish.htm (also needs flash player enabled)
|An bhfuil aon deirﬁúr nó deartháir agat?||Do you have any brothers or sisters?|
|Cé mhéad atá agat?||How many do you have?|
Tá beirt deirfiúreacha agam.
Tá deartháir amháin agam.
|I have .
I have 2 sisters.
I have 1 brother.
|Níl aon agam.||I do not have any .|
|Tá níos óige / níos sine ná mé.||is younger / older than me.|
|Cé mhéad duine atá i do theaghlach?||How many are in your family?|
|Tá i mo theaghlach.||There are in my family.|
Inis dom fút féin;
…………. is ainm dom.
Tá gruaig …………………………..orm. (fionn, rua, donn, dubh)
Tá súile ………………. agam. (gorma, glasa, donna)
Tá mé ………… mbliana d’aois. (naoi/deich)
Tá mé i mo chónaí i ………………
Is maith liom ………… ach is fearr liom ………….
Project: Planets (choose a planet of your choice and write about it)
Due: Thursday 31st of May (If you are finished before this date you can be bring it in then)
Length: no more than 2 A4 pages (we will stick them into our scrapbooks in school)
Include: information on your planet that is in your own words and the you actually understand. Also include Pictures/photographs/diagrams.
Project can be typed or handwritten (neat handwriting)
Below are some websites, youtube video clips and fact cards on the different planets. Adult supervision when online. Have fun girls. 🙂
Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí!