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Friday, 15 March 2013

Spirit Week

The students LOVE spirit week.  On Monday they wore pj's.  Tuesday was Twin Day while Wednesday was Backwards Day!  Thursday was Crazy Hair Day with some cool examples in this photo and Friday, the students showed their Spirit by wearing "Hawks" items or green and gold.
The natural progression from our practise of adding and subtracting larger numbers is to count money.  Using the special plastic coins that we have the students worked in pairs to count to each other.
They now know that money should be sorted and counted starting with the coins that have the largest value.  That means they start with two dollar coins first, then one dollar coins, followed by quarters, dimes, nickels and finally pennies.  Yes they are still practising with pennies even though Canada is no longer making them.  It will give practise for rounding up and rounding down, later in the school term.
The students loved this activity and really put forth wonderful effort!
When parents come for Student Led Conferences on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, they will be able to see the result of this concerted effort to keyboard (one finger at a time!!) the student's own original story based on the pattern of "The Mitten."  There are some very creative versions!

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