Sunday, January 15, 2017

Area, looking at commas, NYT exercise, Thinking about the wisdom of Dr. King and the connection to "The Bear that Wasn't"

Math Antics guy looking serious about Area

A useful exercise for understanding the idea of Area:

This is a cool thing.  I need to scout around on the third floor to find some concrete Geoboards.  They can be used for measuring Perimeter and Area:
In the later afternoon, we began to discuss some of the findings from last week's Math investigation.  A recurring theme was the idea of "1/2" squares and using this to help with creating the 3 4 shapes.

We will pick up on this idea, tomorrow
We will pick up on this idea on Tuesday and begin to look at some of the technical parts of formulas by taking a closer look at 3 of the 4 shapes we created.  For those who are eager, I did post some links on the right-hand side of the blog that explores these ideas more.

Commas...some aspects

From the Pinterest page of "The Importance of Commas" comes a couple of hilarious examples of why using commas is very important.

So, we will spend a little time looking at some of the basic rules of using commas and then attempt to apply them to our writing.  This will be a part of our Spelling/Technical section of the Writing strand.
I know this was a book I read before, but I think a review of it will be wise.

We are at a point in the year where we will be doing a lot more writing.  These funny stories will help put some of the rules into context.

This are a few examples of the homework for the handout on some of the rules relating to comma use.  The rules were photocopied from Writers Express.  For each of the rules, the students are responsible for writing an exmple.

New York Times & MLK

It has been a while since we worked on a New York Times exercise from the paper.  Here is the image:

We live in Canada, but Martin Luther King Jr. remains a powerful figure for any people across the world.
I was trying to think of how to make a connection between some aspects of Dr. King that many are not familiar with and the story & video of The Bear that Wasn't.  First, we came up with a list of things we remembered about Dr. King:

From the video and story, we came up with the idea that:

- people were trying to label the bear
- it is important to define who you are
- it reminded some people of Handsome and Majestic and the struggles and discrimination Milan faced (Stereotypes, Bullying, Transphobia)  Check out the story from the CBC:

Probably, the most insightful comment came from David.  He said, "If people constantly tell you that you are something you are not, you might become that person.  You may not like it at first, but you may become it."


- Spelling final dictation on Thursday
- 12 comma rule examples in Language Arts notebook