Weekly Update – March 14

 

Good morning, as of this moment, schools are remaining open.  I know many of you have chosen to keep your children home, and I totally respect everyone’s rights to make their own choices for their families in this unprecedented time.  As there were only 9 students in my classroom on Friday, I know many of you are looking for ways to keep your students up to date on what is happening at school, so I am doing my best to be very thorough in the blog and weekly updates. You will also find the learning intentions listed below each subject area.  These are the curriculum that we are covering restated in child friendly language.

  

Parent teacher conferences have been CANCELLED for next week.  We will update you with any plans to reschedule once we hear more. 

 

 I have been discussing with students the importance of hand washing.  Always, but also… especially right now.  I am trying to remind them as much as possible, but it may warrant a conversation at home, as many are forgetting to incorporate this into their daily routine. 

 

Literacy

Our Guided Reading groups are in full swing.  Students have been reading in small groups, and then answering response questions designed to consider character development, theme/conflict, tone/mood and plot development.  Many students have expressed that they are really enjoying their books, and I have been thrilled to see so many of them dive into this rich literature. 

 

            Learning Intentions:

  • I can use talk, notes, personal writing and representing, together with texts and ideas of others, to clarify and shape understanding of text
  • I can identify, and explain in my own words, the interrelationship of the main ideas and supporting details
  • I can determine a rate and strategy for reading aloud
  • I can summarize texts indicating the connections among events, characters and settings
  • I can make judgements and inferences related to events, characters, setting and main ideas of texts
  • I can comment on the credibility of characters and events in texts, using evidence from personal experiences and the text
  • I can discuss the connections among plot, setting and characters in oral, print and other media texts
  • I can identify first and third person narration, and discuss preferences with reference to familiar texts

 

Social 

Students continued their exploration of stories as a knowledge source this week.  We learned about the roles and responsibilities of women in the Iroquois Society through reading the traditional stories passed through generations.  This  proved to be a struggle for many, as I “busted” several students googling “roles of women in the Iroquois.” I was pleased to see them push themselves to abandon the quick response, and build a value for the oral tradition.

 

Next week, they will be allowed to return to the use of more conventional sources of knowledge while researching the roles of men within the same cultural group.

Learning Intentions:

  • We are learning how the social structure of a society (the Iroquois) impacts its political structure
  • I have experienced oral media from a variety of cultural traditions and genres

Science

The kids were introduced to the crime that they must solve in our evidence and investigation unit. They are currently constructing an evidence board and sifting through the information of the crime. Next week we will be looking at hair and fibre evidence and looking at fingerprints.

We are:

-       Recognizing that evidence found at the scene of an activity may have unique characteristics that allow an investigator to make inferences about the participants and the nature of the activity, and give examples of how specific evidence may be used. 

-       Investigate evidence and link it to a possible source; e.g., by: 

o   classifying footprints, tire prints and soil samples from a variety of locations 

o   analyzing the ink from different pens, using paper chromatography 

o   analyzing handwriting samples to identify the handwriting of a specific person 

o   comparing samples of fabric

o    classifying fingerprints collected from a variety of surfaces. 

Math 

Ms Briannes class began work on numbers involving decimals up to the thousandths.  Using a place value chart, students rolled a number, said it aloud, and then wrote the number.  We discussed how they need to give each number a last name, using the place value chart to see which column it ends in. 

 

A review at home of how to multiply by 10’s, 100’s and 1000’s would be beneficial for many students. 

            Learning Intentions:

  • We are working on understanding multiplication and division of decimals
  • We are working on solving problems involving whole numbers and decimals

Mr. Lapierre’s math class worked on percentage concepts. How are percentages related to fractions and decimals and how can we find our percentage on a calculator. Next week we will begin to learn what ratios are and finish by weeks end. When we come back from Spring Break we will begin our final unit – measurement. We will begin with reviewing perimeter and area.

Learning Intentions:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of percent (limited to whole numbers), concretely, pictorially and symbolically. 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of ratio, concretely, pictorially and symbolically. 
  • Develop and apply a formula for determining the: • perimeter of polygons • area of rectangles • volume of right rectangular prisms. 


Weekly Update March 2-6

Literacy

This week students finished recording their crime podcasts! They were based on a famous crime podcast Mr. L and Ms. Brianne have been listening to lately, and were focused on documenting a fictional crime they committed during our evidence and investigation study in science. In addition, students were introduced to newspaper articles and how to correctly write them. The first article was on the kidnapping of Persephone. Newspaper articles account for the other half of the written format of the PATs. 

I can organize and develop ideas and information with introductions that interest audiences, and state the topic.

I can use outlines and summaries to show the relationship between ideas.

I can evaluate the appropriateness of information for a particular audience and purpose.

I can use paragraphs to separate my ideas. 

I can choose words that create a particular mood that is appropriate for a specific genre or audience. 

Math

This week in math, Ms. Brianne’s class learned about Integers.

  • I can demonstrate an understanding of integers
  • I can compare and order integers

Mr. Lapierre’s math class has been busy working on Mixed numbers and improper fractions and how the two are related to one another.

Students can relate improper fractions to mixed numbers and mixed numbers to improper fractions.


Social Studies

Social Studies involved further exploration into the Treaty agreements of the Iroquois Confederacy.  Students explored the connection between the CCRF and the Great Law of Peace.

  • I understand how the Wampum belt addresses collective Identity

Science

In science students continued learning about investigating crimes.  They discussed using our senses to make observations, and gather clues from everyday scenarios.  

Students can recognize evidence of recent human activity, and recognize evidence of animal activity in a natural outdoor setting. 



Weekly Update 24-28

Literacy

This week students prepared crime podcasts! They were based on a famous crime podcast Mr. L and Ms. Brianne have been listening to lately, and were focused on documenting a fictional crime they committed during our evidence and investigation study in science.  Look for more information about this at Parent Teacher conferences on March 19th and 20th.

We also began our Guided Reading groups.  Ask your student what book they are reading.  Sudents will be reading their novels aloud in small groups accompanied by an response task.

Math

Ms. Brianne's math class worked on solving problems according to the order of operations.  We were visited by a math strategist, and worked through a word problem designed to put our knowledge to the test. 

Social Studies

We began learning about the Iroquois Conderacy.  Students researched the wampum treaty and the Great Law of Peace, and began to make connections to modern day democracy and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. 

Science

In science students continued learning about investigating crimes.  They discussed using our senses to make observations, and gather clues from everyday scenarios.  



Weekly Update Feb 17-21

Literacy

This week in literacy we choose a constellation and researched the myths of why they came to be. We then wrote in our own words the origins of the myths associated with these constellations. Our grade 6 class also focused on how to write proper paragraphs and placing information into their own words.

The learning intentions guiding our writing are listed below. 

I can organize and develop ideas and information with introductions that interest audiences, and state the topic.

I can use outlines and summaries to show the relationship between ideas.

I can evaluate the appropriateness of information for a particular audience and purpose.

I can use paragraphs to separate my ideas. 

I can choose words that create a particular mood that is appropriate for a specific genre or audience. 

Math

This week in math students learned about the Order of Operations.  We are using the BEDMAS model, but please note, that we will not yet be covering “exponents.” Students practiced working through problems with multiple operations, and following the prescribed order to solve one operation at a time. 

Mr. Lapierre’s math class worked on how to properly read and construct fractions. We also began reviewing and building equivalent fractions.

I can solve problems involving whole numbers and decimal numbers. 

Social

Students completed their board games showcasing their knowledge of local government.  They had a chance to conference with Ms. Brianne for assessment purposes, and to share their games with each other.  Students have become quite the experts on government and are ready to move on to exploring these democratic concepts in Ancient Athens and the Iroquois Confederacy.

Science

The Evidence and Investigation unit was introduced this week! As a fun project the kids committed crimes, which were recorded, and had their mug shots taken. There criminal records will be posted in the hall for all to see!




Weekly Update Feb 3-7

Literacy

This week in literacy we finished our super hero stories that included self, peer, and teacher evaluations. They also concluded the art that went along with the stories. Furthermore, the students were introduced to their monthly book reports and have been doing work around them so they know the expectations and how they should be written.

The learning intentions guiding our writing are listed below. 

I can organize and develop ideas and information with introductions that interest audiences, and state the topic.

I can use outlines and summaries to show the relationship between ideas.

I can evaluate the appropriateness of information for a particular audience and purpose.

I can use paragraphs to separate my ideas. 

I can choose words that create a particular mood that is appropriate for a specific genre or audience. 

Math

This week in Ms. Brianne’s class we continued to focus on our learning intentions of

I can use skip counting to find the factors of a number

I can use division to find the factors of a number

We worked on applying our strategies to solve word problems involving finding factors and listing multiples.   

Mr. Lapierre’s math class worked on how to properly read decimals and fractions and where they belong on a number line.

I can solve problems involving whole numbers and decimal numbers. 

Social

This week students began designing board games to demonstrate their knowledge of local and provincial government.  Students had to write a minimum of 15 skill testing questions from their class notes. They designed rules and instructions for game play before building boards. Next week we are hoping to be able to start playing. 

Science

This week students learned about the big dipper and the different positions we see it in during the seasons. We also looked at the constellations.

Students can describe the location and movement of individual stars and groups of stars (constellations) as they move through the night sky. 

Students can recognize that the apparent movement of objects in the night sky is regular and predictable, and explain how this apparent movement is related to Earth’ s rotation. 



Blog: Jan 27 - 31

We had another busy week in Grade 6.  As some of you may have heard, word of the Grade 6’s amazing work in citizenship and community building has spread throughout the Calgary Board of Education. Our Area Director asked that we submit a short video about this work to be considered for viewing at the Board of Trustees meeting.  This week we gathered footage to document our learning.  

 

Social

Students took time to reflect upon our learning so far this year.  We discussed the impact our Twitter campaign had on the citizenship within our school community, and how the Grade 6’s are now experts at engaging with government to address their concerns. 

We also began work on designing our own board games centered around testing our knowledge of local government.  

 

Literacy

Students have been “Super Engaged” in continuing work on our Super Hero Origin stories.  They have completed their story beginnings, and have all completed a self, peer and teacher edit.  Most are now completing their stories, and we will work on illustrating our characters in the upcoming week. 

Students were introduced to their Book Report Project this week as well. They will be asked to complete 4 projects this year, the first one is due Feb. 28th.  This is a homework assignment, and we will not be providing class time to work on this project.  Please review the sheet your child brought home, and feel free to contact Brianne or Mike if you have any questions.  

 

Math

Ms. Brianne’s math class completed centers revolving around finding Greatest Common Factors, and applying strategies used to solve problems of this nature.  Each student completed 2 teacher touchpoint centers, allowing for spiraling of the curriculum to assist in developing this concept.  

 

Mr. L’s math class finished up Patterns and Relations this week.  We will begin our work on decimals and fractions in the next week.

Phys Ed

Science

This week we tracked the sun and measured the length of shadows to determine solar noon and when shadows were the shortest and longest in the day. We also look at how stars are created and the distances they are from Earth. Furthermore, we looked at what a comet is and the difference between a meteor and a meteorite is.

This marks the end of our Floor Hockey unit in phys ed.  Next up, jump rope!




Blog: Jan 20-24

Weekly Update Jan 24

Literacy

We are all very excited about our work in literacy this week.  A small project about designing a super hero has evolved into a major story writing endeavor.  Students have referenced the periodic table of elements to design a super hero, and we are now writing Origin stories to introduce our heroes to the world! We read several origin stories of familiar super heroes, and together developed a basic formula/outline to follow. Our classroom has never been so quiet and focused as students dive head first into this exciting writing opportunity.  

The learning intentions guiding our writing are listed below. 

I can organize and develop ideas and information with introductions that interest audiences, and state the topic.

I can use outlines and summaries to show the relationship between ideas.

I can evaluate the appropriateness of information for a particular audience and purpose.

I can use paragraphs to separate my ideas. 

I can choose words that create a particular mood that is appropriate for a specific genre or audience. 

Math

Ms. Brianne’s math class has continued our work on finding effective strategies to identify the factors of a number.  This week our learning intentions were,

I can use skip counting to find the factors of a number

I can use division to find the factors of a number

Students worked in small groups and played games designed to practice these strategies. 

Mr. Lapierre’s math class has continued to work on the patterns and relations unit. This week the students learned how to graph t-table charts and learned what variables are.

I can represent number patterns using variables, graphs and tables. 

Social

Students took notes while exploring an interactive website designed to understand the various services provided by local governments.  After identifying and describing each service, they had to determine all the different municipalities that would provide such a thing for their citizens. Students had to consider the cost of providing such a service, as well as how many people would benefit from it when deciding whether or not they thought it would be offered in a city, a town and or a rural community.

Science

Students continued to research planets and placed all of their information on a PowerPoint presentation which you can access online. We also learned facts about the sun and how it impacts our survival on Earth. The sundial was also introduced and the importance of it.




Blog: Nov 12-15, 2019

LA: 

- Word work (on-going)

- Senses writing

- Personification

- Novel Study work (on-going)

Social:

- Learning about the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom

Science:

- Forest succession

Math:

- Math Qs

- Multiples and Factors (Mr.L)

- Solving multi step multiplication problems (Mr.L)

Ms. Briannes math class has been working on 
- solving multi step multiplication problems
- practicing using the traditional algorithm to solve 3 and 4 digit by 1 digit multiplication problems.  
- large numbers, identifying number "families" to assist us in saying numbers out loud. 



Blog: Oct 18, 2019

LA: 

- Word work (on-going)

- Working on written work, showing and not telling. For example, what are ways of showing we are nervous rather than saying I'm nervous

- Novel Study work (on-going)

Social:

-This week in social we began our Twitter campaign.  As a class we identified a common concern about one of the many current events that we have discussed in class this year.  After learning that our Premier has been beginning public speaking engagements without acknowledging the land, we decided to share our concern as active citizens.  The social studies curriculums dictates that we are to "learn how to interact with government to bring about change within [their] local, provincial and national communities." The students have been very excited to engage in this hands on learning, and use their voice in a responsible and informed way. Please follow us on Twitter @CedarbraeGr6 to follow us on this journey.

Science:

- Researching information on 2 deciduous and 2 coniferous trees

- Water cycle

- Documenting our ecosystem

Math:

- Math Qs

- Working with large numbers (Mr.L)

- Rounding and Estimating numbers E.g. 3,859,832 to 3.9 million (Mr. L)

- Solving multi step multiplication problems (Mr.L)

Ms. Briannes math class has been working on 
- solving multi step multiplication problems
- practicing using the traditional algorithm to solve 3 and 4 digit by 1 digit multiplication problems.  
- large numbers, identifying number "families" to assist us in saying numbers out loud. 


Blog: Oct 4, 2019

LA: 

- Word work

- Finished up our writing task related to Alexander, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

- Novel Study work

Social:

- Continued our work on demoncracy

Science:

- finished up leaf classification

- documented changes to our ecosystems

- what is a leaf?

Math:

- Math Qs

- Working with large numbers

- worked on concepts and vocabulary terms - More (+) and less (-) than terms



Blog: Sept 27,2019


LA:

- word work

- novel study reading and responding

- Alexander, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day writing. We created our own version of what a horrible day would look like

Social:

- Researched the 4 pillars of democracy

Science:

- Weasalhead  field trip

- what the difference betweens trees and plants, deciduous and coniferous

Math

- We have been focusing reading large number - place value

Blog: Sept 20, 2019

It was lovely meeting with those of you that were able to attend Meet the Teacher Night. Thanks for coming.  


Language Arts:

- completed our re-tell of Weslandia

- continued word work and the development and application of descriptive language

- novel study and journal responses


Social

- explored current events revolving around immigration policies and the treatment of asylum seekers

Science

- sketching in the garden

- planned ecosystems

- vocabulary introduction

Math

- Place value

Upcoming dates:

Weasalhead Field Trip on Thursday.

Learning on the Land Friday, weather permitted. 



This week we’ve been super busy as we have finally started teaching curriculum!

Science: The kids were introduced to our first unit Trees and Forests. We began with important definitions that will be used throughout the unit and the provincial exams and learned about transpiration. 2L pop bottles with lids are still needed!

Math: We played some math games and were busy with assessment. Next week we will be starting our daily 8 math. More info to follow.

Social: Introduction to democracy and various governments around the world.

LA – We read the book Weslandia and have started working on retell writing tasks. We also started our novel studies with an emphasis on writing summaries and personal thoughts.

Up coming dates:

Sept 19 – 4:30 – 6:00 is Meet the Teacher night

Sept 20 – No school

Sept 26 – Weaselhead Field Trip – all day Volunteers are still needed for our trip





Grade 6 Team

Weekly Update – March 14

 

Good morning, as of this moment, schools are remaining open.  I know many of you have chosen to keep your children home, and I totally respect everyone’s rights to make their own choices for their families in this unprecedented time.  As there were only 9 students in my classroom on Friday, I know many of you are looking for ways to keep your students up to date on what is happening at school, so I am doing my best to be very thorough in the blog and weekly updates. You will also find the learning intentions listed below each subject area.  These are the curriculum that we are covering restated in child friendly language.

  

Parent teacher conferences have been CANCELLED for next week.  We will update you with any plans to reschedule once we hear more. 

 

 I have been discussing with students the importance of hand washing.  Always, but also… especially right now.  I am trying to remind them as much as possible, but it may warrant a conversation at home, as many are forgetting to incorporate this into their daily routine. 

 

Literacy

Our Guided Reading groups are in full swing.  Students have been reading in small groups, and then answering response questions designed to consider character development, theme/conflict, tone/mood and plot development.  Many students have expressed that they are really enjoying their books, and I have been thrilled to see so many of them dive into this rich literature. 

 

            Learning Intentions:

  • I can use talk, notes, personal writing and representing, together with texts and ideas of others, to clarify and shape understanding of text
  • I can identify, and explain in my own words, the interrelationship of the main ideas and supporting details
  • I can determine a rate and strategy for reading aloud
  • I can summarize texts indicating the connections among events, characters and settings
  • I can make judgements and inferences related to events, characters, setting and main ideas of texts
  • I can comment on the credibility of characters and events in texts, using evidence from personal experiences and the text
  • I can discuss the connections among plot, setting and characters in oral, print and other media texts
  • I can identify first and third person narration, and discuss preferences with reference to familiar texts

 

Social 

Students continued their exploration of stories as a knowledge source this week.  We learned about the roles and responsibilities of women in the Iroquois Society through reading the traditional stories passed through generations.  This  proved to be a struggle for many, as I “busted” several students googling “roles of women in the Iroquois.” I was pleased to see them push themselves to abandon the quick response, and build a value for the oral tradition.

 

Next week, they will be allowed to return to the use of more conventional sources of knowledge while researching the roles of men within the same cultural group.

Learning Intentions:

  • We are learning how the social structure of a society (the Iroquois) impacts its political structure
  • I have experienced oral media from a variety of cultural traditions and genres

Science

The kids were introduced to the crime that they must solve in our evidence and investigation unit. They are currently constructing an evidence board and sifting through the information of the crime. Next week we will be looking at hair and fibre evidence and looking at fingerprints.

We are:

-       Recognizing that evidence found at the scene of an activity may have unique characteristics that allow an investigator to make inferences about the participants and the nature of the activity, and give examples of how specific evidence may be used. 

-       Investigate evidence and link it to a possible source; e.g., by: 

o   classifying footprints, tire prints and soil samples from a variety of locations 

o   analyzing the ink from different pens, using paper chromatography 

o   analyzing handwriting samples to identify the handwriting of a specific person 

o   comparing samples of fabric

o    classifying fingerprints collected from a variety of surfaces. 

Math 

Ms Briannes class began work on numbers involving decimals up to the thousandths.  Using a place value chart, students rolled a number, said it aloud, and then wrote the number.  We discussed how they need to give each number a last name, using the place value chart to see which column it ends in. 

 

A review at home of how to multiply by 10’s, 100’s and 1000’s would be beneficial for many students. 

            Learning Intentions:

  • We are working on understanding multiplication and division of decimals
  • We are working on solving problems involving whole numbers and decimals

Mr. Lapierre’s math class worked on percentage concepts. How are percentages related to fractions and decimals and how can we find our percentage on a calculator. Next week we will begin to learn what ratios are and finish by weeks end. When we come back from Spring Break we will begin our final unit – measurement. We will begin with reviewing perimeter and area.

Learning Intentions:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of percent (limited to whole numbers), concretely, pictorially and symbolically. 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of ratio, concretely, pictorially and symbolically. 
  • Develop and apply a formula for determining the: • perimeter of polygons • area of rectangles • volume of right rectangular prisms. 


Weekly Update March 2-6

Literacy

This week students finished recording their crime podcasts! They were based on a famous crime podcast Mr. L and Ms. Brianne have been listening to lately, and were focused on documenting a fictional crime they committed during our evidence and investigation study in science. In addition, students were introduced to newspaper articles and how to correctly write them. The first article was on the kidnapping of Persephone. Newspaper articles account for the other half of the written format of the PATs. 

I can organize and develop ideas and information with introductions that interest audiences, and state the topic.

I can use outlines and summaries to show the relationship between ideas.

I can evaluate the appropriateness of information for a particular audience and purpose.

I can use paragraphs to separate my ideas. 

I can choose words that create a particular mood that is appropriate for a specific genre or audience. 

Math

This week in math, Ms. Brianne’s class learned about Integers.

  • I can demonstrate an understanding of integers
  • I can compare and order integers

Mr. Lapierre’s math class has been busy working on Mixed numbers and improper fractions and how the two are related to one another.

Students can relate improper fractions to mixed numbers and mixed numbers to improper fractions.


Social Studies

Social Studies involved further exploration into the Treaty agreements of the Iroquois Confederacy.  Students explored the connection between the CCRF and the Great Law of Peace.

  • I understand how the Wampum belt addresses collective Identity

Science

In science students continued learning about investigating crimes.  They discussed using our senses to make observations, and gather clues from everyday scenarios.  

Students can recognize evidence of recent human activity, and recognize evidence of animal activity in a natural outdoor setting. 



Weekly Update 24-28

Literacy

This week students prepared crime podcasts! They were based on a famous crime podcast Mr. L and Ms. Brianne have been listening to lately, and were focused on documenting a fictional crime they committed during our evidence and investigation study in science.  Look for more information about this at Parent Teacher conferences on March 19th and 20th.

We also began our Guided Reading groups.  Ask your student what book they are reading.  Sudents will be reading their novels aloud in small groups accompanied by an response task.

Math

Ms. Brianne's math class worked on solving problems according to the order of operations.  We were visited by a math strategist, and worked through a word problem designed to put our knowledge to the test. 

Social Studies

We began learning about the Iroquois Conderacy.  Students researched the wampum treaty and the Great Law of Peace, and began to make connections to modern day democracy and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. 

Science

In science students continued learning about investigating crimes.  They discussed using our senses to make observations, and gather clues from everyday scenarios.  



Weekly Update Feb 17-21

Literacy

This week in literacy we choose a constellation and researched the myths of why they came to be. We then wrote in our own words the origins of the myths associated with these constellations. Our grade 6 class also focused on how to write proper paragraphs and placing information into their own words.

The learning intentions guiding our writing are listed below. 

I can organize and develop ideas and information with introductions that interest audiences, and state the topic.

I can use outlines and summaries to show the relationship between ideas.

I can evaluate the appropriateness of information for a particular audience and purpose.

I can use paragraphs to separate my ideas. 

I can choose words that create a particular mood that is appropriate for a specific genre or audience. 

Math

This week in math students learned about the Order of Operations.  We are using the BEDMAS model, but please note, that we will not yet be covering “exponents.” Students practiced working through problems with multiple operations, and following the prescribed order to solve one operation at a time. 

Mr. Lapierre’s math class worked on how to properly read and construct fractions. We also began reviewing and building equivalent fractions.

I can solve problems involving whole numbers and decimal numbers. 

Social

Students completed their board games showcasing their knowledge of local government.  They had a chance to conference with Ms. Brianne for assessment purposes, and to share their games with each other.  Students have become quite the experts on government and are ready to move on to exploring these democratic concepts in Ancient Athens and the Iroquois Confederacy.

Science

The Evidence and Investigation unit was introduced this week! As a fun project the kids committed crimes, which were recorded, and had their mug shots taken. There criminal records will be posted in the hall for all to see!




Weekly Update Feb 3-7

Literacy

This week in literacy we finished our super hero stories that included self, peer, and teacher evaluations. They also concluded the art that went along with the stories. Furthermore, the students were introduced to their monthly book reports and have been doing work around them so they know the expectations and how they should be written.

The learning intentions guiding our writing are listed below. 

I can organize and develop ideas and information with introductions that interest audiences, and state the topic.

I can use outlines and summaries to show the relationship between ideas.

I can evaluate the appropriateness of information for a particular audience and purpose.

I can use paragraphs to separate my ideas. 

I can choose words that create a particular mood that is appropriate for a specific genre or audience. 

Math

This week in Ms. Brianne’s class we continued to focus on our learning intentions of

I can use skip counting to find the factors of a number

I can use division to find the factors of a number

We worked on applying our strategies to solve word problems involving finding factors and listing multiples.   

Mr. Lapierre’s math class worked on how to properly read decimals and fractions and where they belong on a number line.

I can solve problems involving whole numbers and decimal numbers. 

Social

This week students began designing board games to demonstrate their knowledge of local and provincial government.  Students had to write a minimum of 15 skill testing questions from their class notes. They designed rules and instructions for game play before building boards. Next week we are hoping to be able to start playing. 

Science

This week students learned about the big dipper and the different positions we see it in during the seasons. We also looked at the constellations.

Students can describe the location and movement of individual stars and groups of stars (constellations) as they move through the night sky. 

Students can recognize that the apparent movement of objects in the night sky is regular and predictable, and explain how this apparent movement is related to Earth’ s rotation. 



Blog: Jan 27 - 31

We had another busy week in Grade 6.  As some of you may have heard, word of the Grade 6’s amazing work in citizenship and community building has spread throughout the Calgary Board of Education. Our Area Director asked that we submit a short video about this work to be considered for viewing at the Board of Trustees meeting.  This week we gathered footage to document our learning.  

 

Social

Students took time to reflect upon our learning so far this year.  We discussed the impact our Twitter campaign had on the citizenship within our school community, and how the Grade 6’s are now experts at engaging with government to address their concerns. 

We also began work on designing our own board games centered around testing our knowledge of local government.  

 

Literacy

Students have been “Super Engaged” in continuing work on our Super Hero Origin stories.  They have completed their story beginnings, and have all completed a self, peer and teacher edit.  Most are now completing their stories, and we will work on illustrating our characters in the upcoming week. 

Students were introduced to their Book Report Project this week as well. They will be asked to complete 4 projects this year, the first one is due Feb. 28th.  This is a homework assignment, and we will not be providing class time to work on this project.  Please review the sheet your child brought home, and feel free to contact Brianne or Mike if you have any questions.  

 

Math

Ms. Brianne’s math class completed centers revolving around finding Greatest Common Factors, and applying strategies used to solve problems of this nature.  Each student completed 2 teacher touchpoint centers, allowing for spiraling of the curriculum to assist in developing this concept.  

 

Mr. L’s math class finished up Patterns and Relations this week.  We will begin our work on decimals and fractions in the next week.

Phys Ed

Science

This week we tracked the sun and measured the length of shadows to determine solar noon and when shadows were the shortest and longest in the day. We also look at how stars are created and the distances they are from Earth. Furthermore, we looked at what a comet is and the difference between a meteor and a meteorite is.

This marks the end of our Floor Hockey unit in phys ed.  Next up, jump rope!




Blog: Jan 20-24

Weekly Update Jan 24

Literacy

We are all very excited about our work in literacy this week.  A small project about designing a super hero has evolved into a major story writing endeavor.  Students have referenced the periodic table of elements to design a super hero, and we are now writing Origin stories to introduce our heroes to the world! We read several origin stories of familiar super heroes, and together developed a basic formula/outline to follow. Our classroom has never been so quiet and focused as students dive head first into this exciting writing opportunity.  

The learning intentions guiding our writing are listed below. 

I can organize and develop ideas and information with introductions that interest audiences, and state the topic.

I can use outlines and summaries to show the relationship between ideas.

I can evaluate the appropriateness of information for a particular audience and purpose.

I can use paragraphs to separate my ideas. 

I can choose words that create a particular mood that is appropriate for a specific genre or audience. 

Math

Ms. Brianne’s math class has continued our work on finding effective strategies to identify the factors of a number.  This week our learning intentions were,

I can use skip counting to find the factors of a number

I can use division to find the factors of a number

Students worked in small groups and played games designed to practice these strategies. 

Mr. Lapierre’s math class has continued to work on the patterns and relations unit. This week the students learned how to graph t-table charts and learned what variables are.

I can represent number patterns using variables, graphs and tables. 

Social

Students took notes while exploring an interactive website designed to understand the various services provided by local governments.  After identifying and describing each service, they had to determine all the different municipalities that would provide such a thing for their citizens. Students had to consider the cost of providing such a service, as well as how many people would benefit from it when deciding whether or not they thought it would be offered in a city, a town and or a rural community.

Science

Students continued to research planets and placed all of their information on a PowerPoint presentation which you can access online. We also learned facts about the sun and how it impacts our survival on Earth. The sundial was also introduced and the importance of it.




Blog: Nov 12-15, 2019

LA: 

- Word work (on-going)

- Senses writing

- Personification

- Novel Study work (on-going)

Social:

- Learning about the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom

Science:

- Forest succession

Math:

- Math Qs

- Multiples and Factors (Mr.L)

- Solving multi step multiplication problems (Mr.L)

Ms. Briannes math class has been working on 
- solving multi step multiplication problems
- practicing using the traditional algorithm to solve 3 and 4 digit by 1 digit multiplication problems.  
- large numbers, identifying number "families" to assist us in saying numbers out loud. 



Blog: Oct 18, 2019

LA: 

- Word work (on-going)

- Working on written work, showing and not telling. For example, what are ways of showing we are nervous rather than saying I'm nervous

- Novel Study work (on-going)

Social:

-This week in social we began our Twitter campaign.  As a class we identified a common concern about one of the many current events that we have discussed in class this year.  After learning that our Premier has been beginning public speaking engagements without acknowledging the land, we decided to share our concern as active citizens.  The social studies curriculums dictates that we are to "learn how to interact with government to bring about change within [their] local, provincial and national communities." The students have been very excited to engage in this hands on learning, and use their voice in a responsible and informed way. Please follow us on Twitter @CedarbraeGr6 to follow us on this journey.

Science:

- Researching information on 2 deciduous and 2 coniferous trees

- Water cycle

- Documenting our ecosystem

Math:

- Math Qs

- Working with large numbers (Mr.L)

- Rounding and Estimating numbers E.g. 3,859,832 to 3.9 million (Mr. L)

- Solving multi step multiplication problems (Mr.L)

Ms. Briannes math class has been working on 
- solving multi step multiplication problems
- practicing using the traditional algorithm to solve 3 and 4 digit by 1 digit multiplication problems.  
- large numbers, identifying number "families" to assist us in saying numbers out loud. 


Blog: Oct 4, 2019

LA: 

- Word work

- Finished up our writing task related to Alexander, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

- Novel Study work

Social:

- Continued our work on demoncracy

Science:

- finished up leaf classification

- documented changes to our ecosystems

- what is a leaf?

Math:

- Math Qs

- Working with large numbers

- worked on concepts and vocabulary terms - More (+) and less (-) than terms



Blog: Sept 27,2019


LA:

- word work

- novel study reading and responding

- Alexander, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day writing. We created our own version of what a horrible day would look like

Social:

- Researched the 4 pillars of democracy

Science:

- Weasalhead  field trip

- what the difference betweens trees and plants, deciduous and coniferous

Math

- We have been focusing reading large number - place value

Blog: Sept 20, 2019

It was lovely meeting with those of you that were able to attend Meet the Teacher Night. Thanks for coming.  


Language Arts:

- completed our re-tell of Weslandia

- continued word work and the development and application of descriptive language

- novel study and journal responses


Social

- explored current events revolving around immigration policies and the treatment of asylum seekers

Science

- sketching in the garden

- planned ecosystems

- vocabulary introduction

Math

- Place value

Upcoming dates:

Weasalhead Field Trip on Thursday.

Learning on the Land Friday, weather permitted. 



This week we’ve been super busy as we have finally started teaching curriculum!

Science: The kids were introduced to our first unit Trees and Forests. We began with important definitions that will be used throughout the unit and the provincial exams and learned about transpiration. 2L pop bottles with lids are still needed!

Math: We played some math games and were busy with assessment. Next week we will be starting our daily 8 math. More info to follow.

Social: Introduction to democracy and various governments around the world.

LA – We read the book Weslandia and have started working on retell writing tasks. We also started our novel studies with an emphasis on writing summaries and personal thoughts.

Up coming dates:

Sept 19 – 4:30 – 6:00 is Meet the Teacher night

Sept 20 – No school

Sept 26 – Weaselhead Field Trip – all day Volunteers are still needed for our trip





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