Sunday, 4 March 2018

March 5th - March 9th

Thank you for all your support with our Lenten Project, "Change for Change." Friday is pyjama day! This is our last week of school before the March Break. 

Math - We will finish up this week with perimeter and area, and have a short quiz on Friday. I will review with students what will be on the quiz. After the March Break, the next math strand will be Number Sense and Numeration. This is a big math unit. We will be covering division (long and short), double-digit multiplication, fractions, and decimals. Students will need to be comfortable with their multiplication tables. 

Language - "Hiding Edith", and Genius Hour will be the focus for students this week. I will be giving students reading comprehension questions to go along with our read aloud. The writing journal with story starters and a rubric will also be going home on Monday. Please have students return by Friday. I have explained to students what the expectation is regarding the writing journal. After the March Break, we will be starting Book Clubs. More about this to follow.

Have a wonderful March Break!

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Monday February 26th - Friday March 2

Math - Students will continue to be learning about Perimeter and Area: estimate and measure the perimeter and area of regular and irregular polygons, using a variety of tools. 

– select and justify the most appropriate standard unit (i.e., millimetre, centimetre, decimetre, metre, kilometre) to measure length, height, width, and distance, and to measure the perimeter of various polygons.

  Solve problems requiring conversion from metres to centimetres and from kilometres to metres.

Determine, through investigation using a variety of tools (e.g., concrete materials, dynamic geometry software, grid paper) and strategies (e.g., building arrays), the relationships between the length and width of a rectangle and its area and perimeter, and generalize to develop the formulas [i.e., Area = length x width; Perimeter = (2 x length) + (2 x width)]

Language - Students are continuing with their Genius Hour Project. Students are allowed to work on this at home. The project will be completed as a Google Slide Presentation using pictures to go along with their presentation. I will also be sending home this week, a writing assignment that is to be completed at home on a weekly basis. This will be a writing response book, with writing prompts and a rubric included. Students need to practice this skill to become more confident in their spelling and grammar. Writing Prompts

I wish my teachers knew that . . .
What’s the most beautiful person, place, or thing you’ve ever seen? Share what makes that person, place, or thing so special.
Which is better, giant muscles or incredible speed? Why?
What is your most difficult subject in school? Why is it difficult? What can you do to get better at that subject? These are just a few examples.

Level 1
Level 2
Level 3
Level 4
  • I need to use full sentences
  • I need to answer the question
  • I had 5 or more spelling errors
  • I had 5 or more grammatical errors
  • I need to use punctuation marks
  • I need to use correct capitalization
  • I need to start at the margin
  • I need to write on the lines
  • I need to write neatly
  • I need to underline my titles
  • I need to stay on topic
  • I sometimes used full sentences
  • I answered part of the question
  • I had 3-4 spelling errors
  • I had 3-4 grammatical errors
  • I forgot some punctuation marks
  • I sometimes used capitals properly
  • I sometimes started at the margin
  • I wrote fairly neatly
  • I sometimes underlined my titles
  • I sometimes stayed on topic
  • I used full sentences
  • I answered the question
  • I had 1-2 spelling errors
  • I had 1-2 grammatical errors
  • I didn’t forget my punctuation (1-2 errors)
  • I used proper capitalization
  • I start writing at the margin
  • I wrote neatly
  • I underlined my titles
  • I stayed on topic
  • I used full sentences with lots of details
  • I answered the question and made a connection to the book
  • I had no spelling errors
  • I had no grammatical errors
  • I used all my punctuation properly
  • I used all proper capitalization
  • I always start at the margin
  • I wrote very neatly
  • I underlined all my titles with a ruler
  • I always stayed on topic



Monday, 19 February 2018

February 20th - February 23rd

I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful Family Day Weekend! This is what is happening this week in the classroom.

Language - We are continuing with our Read Aloud "Hiding Edith." I will also be introducing students to Genius Hour. Please have a look at the following youtube link.

Math - Measurement - Our Measurement unit will have students learning about linear measurement (mm, cm, m, and km) and converting units of measure. Students will also be learning about and working on math problems about perimeter and area. I have posted a couple of anchor charts below.
The Queen of Measurement

Sunday, 11 February 2018

February 12th - February 16th

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! Here is what will be happening in our classroom this week!

Math - Students will be having a math test on Data Management on Monday. They were sent home with a study guide on Friday. The focus of the math test will be on Mean, Median, Mode, Range, understanding and interpreting information using various types of graphs. Our next math unit will be on Measurement. The focus will be on perimeter, area, and converting units of measure. 

Language - Students have completed their Media Brochure. We are starting a new read-aloud called "Hiding Edith." This read-aloud will develop students ability to use observation and background knowledge to determine a conclusion that makes sense. This literary skill is called Inferencing. This is a non-fiction story of a young Jewish girl named Edith Schwalb who was sent to live in a safe house after the Nazi invasion of France. It is an amazing story that students will love. 

We have our Faith Assembly Monday afternoon at 1:30. There will also be a second assembly which is the launch of our Lenten Project. "Change for Change."

Sunday, 4 February 2018

February 5th - February 9th

Hope everyone had a nice weekend! 

Math-We are continuing this week with our Data Management Unit. There will be a test coming up at the end of the week. I will prepare students for what they need to know. I will also put a study guide on my blog.

Language - I hope to finish up our read aloud, "Beautiful Warrior" this week. Students are almost finished their media brochure "How to be a ...", they have enjoyed this project. The next writing activity will be Genius Hour. More to follow about this!

Our Mental Health School Initiative continues. Students have been taking part in calming activities that are so important for their wellness and mental health. The calming activities allow them to be ready and prepared for the learning to happen each block. 

Monday, 29 January 2018

January 29 - February 2

Math-We are continuing with our Data Management unit. Students created their own survey question and will be taking this information and creating a bar graph. They will also be responsible for finding the Mean, Mode, Median, and Range of the data. 

Language - We are continuing our Read Aloud "Beautiful Warrior." Students have started our Media assignment. "How to be a Genie." This information will be made into a brochure. Below is the outline that students will be following.

Page 1 - How to Be a or Turning into a…Have you been feeling different lately...

Page 2 - Questions you would ask yourself if you were turning into a..

Page 3 - All About the ____ world

Page 4 - What are your ____ ____ powers?

Page 5 You and your ______parents

Page 6 Bonus fun fact/facts information page

Sunday, 21 January 2018

January 22nd - January 26

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend! This is what is happening this week at school! Students have probably already told you about our school's Mental Health Initiative. We will be taking time at the beginning of each block to participate in a calming activity for a few minutes. I brainstormed with students what it means to be calm, and why we should be calm before each learning block. Students came up with wonderful ideas such as reading, writing, sketching, listening to relaxing music, crossword puzzles, and colouring. We want students to feel less stress at school so more learning can happen. Students will have a PD day on Friday, January 26th. 

Math-We are continuing our Data Management unit. Students have been learning about Mean, Mode, Median, and Range. We will also be working with various graphs.

Language - We will be starting a new Read Aloud called Beautiful Warrior. It is about the retelling of the legend of kung fu, Chinese history, culture, and martial arts. This involves looking at the literary strategy of Self-Monitoring. This involves the reader being active and aware as they read and setting a purpose for reading, which may involve simply thinking about why they are reading a particular text.