Crossing the River

After we had a chance to play, we reflected on the game.

We noticed it was impossible to get a 1 because there were two dices.  Even if you get a 1 on one, you still need to roll the other dice. (Delaney)

I noticed that how the mat was made, it went up to 12. Because if you have 6+6=12 it would be would be impossible for the number you rolled to be out of the numbers on the map. (Owin)

I noticed the same as Owin and Delaney, Matthew and me, because it was impossible to get 1 and it would also be impossible to get higher than 12.  (Tristan)

The number that me and Stevan mostly got was 2 and 4 because we tried to roll a 6 but we did it the opposite way that the 6 was. So we didn’t get any 1s because there’s two dice and if you roll with two dices you get 1 and a 1 on both dices so you would get 2 instead of a 1. (Chloe)

Next, we went through each dock number and tried to figure out what numbers we would need to roll to make that dock number.  Here is what we found out:

1 Impossible
2 1+1
3 1+2, 2+1
4 2+2, 3+1, 1+3
5 3+2, 4+1, 2+3, 1+4
6 3+3, 4+2, 5+1, 2+4, 1+5
7 5+2, 4+3, 2+5, 3+4, 6+1, 1+6
8 4+4, 5+3, 6+2, 2+6, 3+5
9 3+6, 4+5, 6+3, 5+4
10 5+5, 6+4, 4+6
11 6+5, 5+6
12 6+6


I noticed that every time it goes 1 bigger. (Delaney)

If you go on 2 you have 1 answer and so it’s like a growing and shrinking pattern. (Chloe)

Mrs. Ho: If you were to play this game again, how might you decide where to put your boats?

I’d put one of my boats on 7 because it has the most answers. I wouldn’t put any of my boats on 1 because you can’t get it when you roll two dices. I’d do any number higher than 1.  (Stevan)

I would put mine on 8 because it’s sort of the same as Stevan’s but it’s just one down. (Armeet)

I would do all the even numbers or I would put it on two of the odd numbers like 5 and 9 because it’s more likely that you’re going to roll an even number because last time when me and Stevan played I mostly got even numbers. (Chloe)

I’d put four on 7 because 7 has the most. I’d put two on 8 because 7 has the most and 8 is just one less. (Owin)

I think I would put it on numbers higher than 2 or 1 because 2 it has a chance but it’s very hard to get it because last time when I was against I put it on 2 and that was the only one I have left to do. It was very hard to get it. (Delaney)

I’d probably not put it on 6 or 2 because it would probably be more unlikely to roll a 6 because it only has one answer. (Parker)

A Chair for Baby Bear

Yesterday we designed and built new chairs for Baby Bear since Goldilocks broke his in the fairy tale Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  We will be exploring different characters and roles in drama using fairy tales.

Our Questions About Global Communities

Our class has been really enjoying learning about Global Communities in Social Studies!  We are exploring this Big Question:

How does where people live in the world affect how they live and meet their needs

As you might be able to tell from some of our individual wonders and questions below, we’ve already been learning about some global communities, such as countries in Africa, through readalouds and videos.  Many students in our class were surprised to discover how different daily life might be in other communities!  We’ve discussed the importance of showing acceptance and understanding when learning about different ways of life.

Based on our class’s interests and questions, we will also be adding these questions to our inquiry on Global Communities:

  • Why might some countries not have the same resources as other countries?
  • How might people in different communities make the best use of the resources they have?
  • How might we be good stewards of our global community?

Our Questions and Wonders About Global Communities:

  • I wonder how the Philippines have a smartphone? (Antonio)
  • I’m wondering how people in Africa get global warming like some parts of Africa? (Chloe)
  • I wonder how Africans live with not much water to drink and all that water is dirty. (Owin)
  • I’m wondering why we get so many things but some other parts of the world don’t get that much stuff. (Lily)
  • I wonder how people in South America like Argentina or Brazil, I wonder how big their schools are and what’s the capacity? (Stevan)
  • How do Indian people get their food? (Armeet)
  • I’m wondering what parts of Africa get the clean water and what parts of Africa get the dirty water? (Tristan)
  • In Africa, why is there not any stores that try to make cups and sell it to Africa so they can get water and sell it at stores? (Nattas)
  • I wonder why in Africa they don’t have that much houses or food. (Finn)
  • I also wonder what kids in Argentina, Brazil and Columbia and all those countries in South America, what those kids play at recess, like soccer, because Argentina is known for good soccer players. (Stevan)
  • I wonder Africa doesn’t have that much but they have a lot of good resources like oil, diamonds, food and other drinks like coffee. And my theory is that other countries buy all their stuff or travel to there to get it so it’s like theirs but it’s really Africa’s, or maybe they don’t know how to get the oil and dig all that stuff. (Owin)
  • I wonder why there can’t be a lot of houses in Antarctica and why we have a lot of houses here but they don’t have a lot of houses in Antarctica. (Lily)
  • Why don’t deserty places have technology at all? (Parker)
  • How come Africa doesn’t have a lot of money like people don’t have a lot of money? (Nattas)
  • I wonder if there is a community in Antarctica. (Chloe)
  • I wonder why in each country they have to wear different and special clothes. (Tristan)
  • I don’t know why there are most countries that are mostly poor for some reason. (Daniel)

Probability Experiment

We look at the weather forecast every morning during Morning Announcements. We used probability words (likely, unlikely, certain, impossible, equally likely) to describe the chance of different things happening.  For example, what is the probability we’ll have an indoor recess today?

Today in math we did a probability experiment.  Mrs. Ho told us that each bag has exactly 20 cubes in it.  Only one bag has exactly 10 blue cubes and 10 red cubes.  We took turns picking a bag for Mrs. Ho to draw one cube out of, and stopped at different points to discuss the possible outcomes.

Bag C is likely to have 10 reds and 10 blues because it has a blue and a red. (Parker)

It’s impossible for Bag A because it has a green. (Tristan)

I think bag B and D are also likely because there’s still red. (Chloe)


I think it’s very likely that C is going to be the one because we already have 5 blues and 2 reds on C and on the other ones there’s only 1 or 2 reds. (Student #20)

I think that C is actually unlikely and in middle of likely and unlikely [equally likely] because you pulled out 5 blues and 2 reds and you said you need to have 10 of each colour but it’s mostly been blues that have been pulled out. (Stevan)

I think D or B is the answer because we haven’t checked the whole bag yet so I think we should keep checking all the bags so we make sure because people keep picking C. (Owin)


I think it’s likely for it to be C because what we pulled out so far has only been red and blue and I think it’s impossible for it to be A because we pulled out a green there are supposed to be 10 blues and 10 reds and if you have a green there is only 9 of one colour. (Delaney)

I think likely for C to win because I saw 10 blues and there’s 9 reds. If we get one more than it is likely to C is going to win. (Daniel)

I think C because it has more blues than reds. (Steven)

 After the experiment Mrs. Ho revealed what was in each bag.  Bag C had exactly 10 reds and 10 blues.

Jump Rope for Heart

We had a great time participating in Jump Rope for Heart this morning!  We spent half an hour outside circulating between different stations.  At each station there were different activities to do, such as skipping or stretching.  Everyone in our class participated and got their heart pumping! Thank you to everyone who helped fundraise for this wonderful cause.

Jump Rope for Heart Tomorrow!

Tomorrow is our Jump Day!

     4 things to remember for tomorrow:

  1. Please WEAR RED in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
  2. Depending on the weather, we may be outside to skip so please dress warmly.  
  3. Remember to bring in your pledge collection envelope. Tonight will be the last night to fundraise!
  4. Get ready to get your hearts pumping and have some fun!

Make sure you eat well and get a good night’s sleep so you have lots of energy for our JUMP day!!