Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Home Learning Week 28: I Spy; Subtraction of Numbers Larger than 19, without and with Regrouping; Spelling "ee"; Frustrated; Ancient Greece; Nunavit; Quinoa Veggie Salad; Cat Whiskers; Dog Biscuit; Butterfly Cage; Baby Alive Food DIY

April 10-14, 2017

Visual Memory - I Spy Eagle Eye

Find an object in the game board that matches one on the card
Developing visual discrimination, observation and memorization
I did it once and I did not like it. This time I liked it because I did better than before.

Math - Subtraction of Numbers Greater than 19, without Regrouping

Andrew: What is the most important rule? Build the second number with blocks from the first number - that's the trick to getting subtraction. Start with the ones.
Using Cuisenaire rods to subtract numbers greater than 19, without regrouping; using calculator to check answers
I've got a feeling we're going to do some math.

Ladies and gentlemen: I'm going to be writing down "checked by calculator"!

Mental Math: +/- 1

Adding or subtracting one without using number line, manipulatives, etc - all in the head; paying attention to operations sign
Listen to the minus, listen to the plus - that's simple!

Spelling - "ee"

Becky: When two vowels go walking the first one does the talking - except in this case the two vowels are the same.
Figuring out the spelling pattern (ee); writing the spelling word, as dictated; giving an example sentence
Don't forget to keep your lunch box.
Bedtime is for sleep.

Social and Emotional Development - Frustrated

Processing, recognizing, discussing and developing language for emotions; fine motor: colouring
It feels red inside. Like doing homework - I just want to stop and play on my tablet. Go in a different room. I still feel frustrated - I don't want to explain it; it's terrible.

Stress Sponge Technique - relaxation exercise to get rid of frustration, or to get to sleep:
Becky: Tighten your muscles: start with your toes, then let them go. Now do the same thing with your legs: 1-2-3, let go. Hold your breath when you do it, and let go. Now your stomach muscles. Then we're going to do our arm muscles.

AZ: It's hard. 

Becky: And then your whole body - and if you do it really hard your face turns red. Are you feeling relaxed now, AZ? Relaxed enough to do some writing? 

AZ: Yeah, but I'm not done colouring.

Mind Map for Sentence Writing - Ancient Greece

The Usborne Internet-Linked Children's Encyclopedia
Using encyclopedia page to stimulate ideas for mind map; writing sentences
We are going to read this book? I like this book! I'm going to find something that looks nice for us to read. 
Mind-mapping based on encyclopedia information
Hold on, get a big mind map and make a big bubble.

Writing sentences based on mind map information
Ancient Greece was a group of cities. (I know how to do an "s" - hold on!) The greatest city was Athens.

Canadian Geography - Nunavit

Look how much writing I had to do! There's enough writing already.

Cost of Drinking Water - Nunavit vs BC
Comparing cost of bottled drinking water in Nunavit and BC, using Cuisenaire rods
"Explore Canada's Arctic"? Canada doesn't have an Arctic! Antarctica has an Arctic!

Detour: Arctic vs Antarctica
Discussion: Arctic and Antarctic, polar bears and penguins; finding Canada, the Arctic, Antarctic on a globe
Maybe if we're really lucky we can look up Nunavit polar bear pictures, 'cause they're really cute-looking.

Occupational Therapy Assessment

Assessing fine and gross motor skills
It's hard for me to do a triangle. I'll try my best to do this one. 

Two-year-olds can't do this.

Made-Up Recipe - Quinoa Veggie Salad

Choosing ingredients that go together; measuring, mixing, tasting, evaluating, adjusting flavours
Mm - so, so good. Mom, try some! Taste it! Oh my god - so, so good! Three thumbs up - that's how much I like it - my foot came up, too!

This does not look edible, but trust me: it is edible. Omnivores can eat it too!

Simmer 15 minutes:
1 cup quinoa
1cup pineapple juice
1 cup water
1tbsp turmeric

In a large bowl combine:
1/4 cup garlic chives, chopped
1 stick celery, chopped
3-4 mushrooms, halved then sliced
1/4 cup orange or red pepper, chopped
1/4 cup canned pineapple, chopped
3 strawberries, halved then sliced
1/3 long English cucumber, quartered lengthwise, seeds removed and sliced
1 tomato, diced
10-12 kalamata olives, halved

Whisk together: 
1/4-1/2 cup juice from canned peaches
(Come on mustard, come on! That should be enough.)
1 squirt mustard
(Look at you - making your own recipe. That's going to be so flavourful! Look how flavourful that's going to be.)
1/2 tsp thyme
1 mashed, canned peach slice
1/2 cup feta, crumbled
2 tbsp lemon juice

Toss together and enjoy!

Best lunch I ever had! It's so good I want more - how about you, Mom?

Physical/Social Activity - Beach and Playground with Kate

Walking, playing, chatting, visiting, relaxing, having fun in the sand and on the playground, enjoying the outdoors
If you hold on with one hand you'll go flinging! Fast, OK? I like fast!

Internet Research/Science - Cat Whiskers

Why do cats have whiskers?
To make them look cute? No! It's not to make them look cute - it helps them feel what's around them. It shows when they're curious and they're allowed to be picked up when they're curious, 'cause they just want to explore around you.

Physical Education/Focus Break - Indoor Laps

Running laps to break up time spent sitting; elevating heart rate, moving the body, waking up, chasing, having fun!
The laps are to make me more awake - right? My heart is beating fast!

We have 10 fingers in total - did you know about that?

Social Interaction/Gift Giving - Dog Biscuits

Thinking of others, giving a little gift
Isolde is a chihuahua. You probably don't know them, but she is Cori and Kate and Ben and Davis's. These are treats that I gave to Isolde, from a pet equipment shop. It was pretty funny! That dog went crazy for those treats. It's so funny and tempting for the dog, right? That biscuit.

Butterflies/Recycling/Sewing - DIY Butterfly Cage

Using recycled materials (old curtains, elastic bands, hook, cardboard from cereal boxes); pinning; stitching with sewing machine and serger; correctly holding fabric while stitching; cutting thread with scissors
Next week we're going to get our butterfly larvae. And we are going to go and see those olden days stuff in Fort Langley. We're going to have baby butterflies.

Auditory Processing - Following Directions

Listening to and following multi-step directions
Improvement: October, 2016: Level 1 instructions (right), with many repetitions
April, 2017 - Level 2 instructions (left), often with no repeats
It's hard to remember because you bring me a lot of information!

Math: Subtraction of Numbers Larger than 19, with Regrouping

Andrew: The only thing you can do is your best.
AZ: Yeah, exactly.
Regrouping when subtracting numbers larger than 19
Andrew: Alright, AZ, so today's the big day. ... Here it is - this is it: I need every iota of attention focused on what's happening here. Stop thinking about Easter, ice cream, elephants... Clear your mind. This is like Jedi training.

Andrew: ...Simply replace this 10 with your stack of ones. If I need more ones than I have when I am subtracting I replace one 10 block with a column of ones. It's still 52 - I haven't changed the number. Now build the second number using the blocks from the first number. Start with the ones.

AZ: There!

Andrew: What's the answer?

AZ: 38?

Andrew: No, 38 is the second number. What's left over from the 52?

AZ: Don't know.

Andrew: You were concentrating so hard on building the second number, you forgot the answer is right here.

AZ: 14! Can I get a pencil and write the answer down before I forget?

Reading - Junie B., First Grader (at Last)

Reading for pleasure and to pass the time; giving opinion about story, character, illustration
This is so, so funny!

Recipe/Social Activity - Baby Alive Food DIY

Following recipe; measuring; TBSP vs TSP;  taking turns, agreeing on colour (defending opinion); sharing; problem-solving; cooperating
You mix; I'm going to count to 13. Look - look how awful it looks! Oh my god, Connie, this is so exciting! 


You've got to admit - paper towels are not a good idea!

Other Home Learning Posts

Home Learning, Day 1, Grade 4 - Smoothie, Recycling Rigid or Soft Plastic, Transfer Station, Compost
Home Learning - Week 2 Chai, Fruit Fly Trap, Garden Kiosk, Albinism
Home Learning - Week 3 Apple Taste Test, Gymnastics, Back Brace, Subtraction
Home Learning - Week 4 Subject/Predicate, Squash, Mint/Calendula Face Mask
Home Learning - Week 5 Slugs, Radish, Mushrooms
Home Learning - Week 6 Thanksgiving, Earthquake Kit, Soaring Eagle
Home Learning - Week 7 BC, +/- 1, Braces, Bees, Rain Water
Home Learning - Week 8 Pizza, Alberta, Halloween
Home Learning - Week 9 Dogs, Earrings, Adding White
Home Learning - Week 10 Christmas List, Cupcake Face Mask, Green Poodle
Home Learning - Week 11 Mango Lassi, Saskatchewan, 10 Partners, Cat
Home Learning - Week 12 Bees, World Book, Lip Balm, Seeds
Home Learning - Week 13  Memory, Sewing, Back Brace Adjustment
Home Learning - Week 14 Snow,  Salad, SPCA, Manitoba, Bison
Home Learning - Week 15 Christmas, Manure, Evil Sister
Home Learning - Week 16 Gerbil, Slime, Hummingbirds, Cocoa
Home Learning - Week 17 Ontario, Apple Taste Test, Denim Purse
Home Learning - Week 18 Thank You Notes, Math Without Help, Term Two Reflection
Home Learning - Weeks 19+20 Nerd Outfit, Quebec, Birthday
Home Learning - Week 21 Emotions, Ordering Numbers, Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Soaring Eagles #4
Home Learning - Week 22 Valentine's Day, Science World, New Brunswick
Home Learning - Week 23 Worried, Adding Tens, Nova Scotia, Science World #2, DIY Lip Gloss Soap
Home Learning - Week 24 Real-Life Math, Nap, Lonely, Wolfdogs, Spring, Chocolate-Covered Strawberries
Home Learning - Week 25 Schedules, Yukon, Pysanky, Bank Machine, Regrouping, Loved, Term 3 Reflections, Soaring Eagles #5
Home Learning - Week 26 Rotten Food, Embarrassed, Newfoundland and Labrador, Can Opener, Skating, Teacher Screecher, Rain Water, Slugs, Word Search
Home Learning - Week 27 Cheer, Fish, Digit Sequences, Spelling "ea", Sad, Spring 2, Matching Pictures, Butterfly Books, Math Review, Private Questions 2
Home Learning - Week 28 I Spy; Subtraction of Numbers Larger than 19, without and with Regrouping; Spelling "ee"; Frustrated; Ancient Greece; Nunavit; Quinoa Veggie Salad; Cat Whiskers; Dog Biscuit; Butterfly Cage; Baby Alive Food DIY
Home Learning - Week 29 Kitchen Scraps, Northwest Territories, Butterflies, Fort Langley, Bike Riding, Estimation, Helpful, Banana Orange Smoothie
Home Learning - Week 30 Watermelon, Money, Tired, Butterflies, Handsome Warren, Catnip, Water Measurement, OT Assessment 2, Rounding, Contractions, Silly, Soaring Eagles 6
Home Learning - Week 31 Ella Enchanted, Butterflies 3, Money, Story of Life 1, Watermelon 2, Sweet Pea, Tomatillo, Disappointed, Visual Memory, Adding Tens, Garden Beds, Muffins, Thank You to Carol, Contractions 2, Butterfly Cage, Ken
Home Learning - Week 32 Encyclopedia Brown, 41st Ave., Money, Chrysalides, OT Assessment 3, 600 Million Years, Mishka, Related Tens, Round-Offs, QE Park, Mother's Day Card, Acting and Dancing
Home Learning - Week 33 Butterflies, Estimating Sum and Difference, Thailand, Money Book, 600 Million Years 2, Library Holds, Mara the Meerkat Fairy, Soaring Eagle 6
Home Learning - Week 34 Castles, Planting Veggies, Long and Short "a", Butterfly Release, Banana Smell, Estimating Sum and Difference, Drawing v Colouring, Horrid Henry, Poppy Seed Pasta Salad, Pond Water 2, Trike Planter, Lush Gift Card, Beekeeping
Home Learning - Week 35 Money, 600 Million Years 3, Long and Short "e", Cirque de la Symphonie, Farm Visit, Sharks, Appropriate Questions, Microscope, Pandora, Telling Time, Estimation, Cheer


  1. Hey Az, why are paper towels not a good idea? I don't get it. That quinoa salad looked awesome. What was the best thing in it? I'm thinking about making it for Hugh and Oona- do you think they'd like it too?

    1. Because they hurt the environment - they are made out of trees. We should use rags, instead, and wash them.

      The strawberries and the thyme are the secret ingredients. I think your kids will like it.