Weekly Update - Dec. 13th, 2019

Students continued with their Refugee projects this week. They should have completed and submitted both their One Pager assignment and newspaper article to their teachers. Both of these assignment outlines can be found in their Google shared folders if students are still working on them.

Beginning next week, students will be starting a new project on Provincial government that will lead them until the holiday break. 

Weekly Update - Dec. 6th, 2019

In Humanities this week, students have been further exploring and responding to the novel, Refugee, through a one-pager assignment. Students are representing character traits and theme through writing and visual representation.

Students are also using the novel to inspire ideas for their newspaper article writing assignment. Students have been given historical context for the three main characters in Refugee, and they are required to write a newspaper article that explains a historical event covered in the novel. 


Weekly Update - Nov. 29th, 2019

In Humanities this week students learned  about Fact, Opinion, and Supported Inferences. They participated in various activities such as dissecting current events identifying examples of fact and opinion. Students also learned about the structure of a newspaper article and the various parts such as the headline, byline, lead paragraph, explanation, and additional information.

All classes finished the novel Refugee and examined their specific characters traits. Students discussed how their characters have grown and developed throughout the novel. 


Ric McIver came to visit the grade 6’s on Friday. He gave a presentation to the students about his role as an MLA and Transportation Minister. Students had an opportunity to ask questions and have them answered!

Weekly Update - Nov. 22nd, 2019

This week students continued reading our “Refugee” and began discussing examples of figurative language in the text. 


Students were introduced to the “You’re the Guide” Provincial Government Project. They will be tasked to create a Tour Guide package to train new “guides” for the Legislative Building in Edmonton.



Weekly Update - Nov.15th, 2019

The students have continued with reading Refugee this week. They have started to take a closer look at the themes of the novel. One of the areas that we focused on this week was character growth and how the main characters of the novel have grown into responsible citizens and stepped into an adult role. The students reflected on time when they needed to take a more responsible role in life.

We have continued to discuss the provincial government in social studies. On Thursday we were fortunate to have Irfan Sabir, the NDP MLA for Calgary-McCall, come and speak with the students. He discussed his roles and responsibilities in the Alberta Legislature and his role on the opposition. We will have Ric McIver come and speak with the students at the end of the month. 

Weekly Update - Nov. 8th, 2019

The students have continued reading Refugee this week. We have been making connections between the characters and understanding the themes of the novel. Students will continue with Refugee next week and continue to connect with the Samuel W Shaw School and the grade 6 students there. We will be developing lessons next week that will help the students use Refugee to make the transition into newspaper writing.

We also spent some time writing some messages to Canadian soldiers this week. Students wrote short paragraphs and posted them to the Canadian Armed Forces website for soldiers to read who are currently serving overseas. You can take a look at some of the messages that students wrote by going to this website: http://dgpaapp.forces.gc.ca/en...

Weekly Update - Nov. 1st, 2019

This week in humanities, students wrote a test on government structure and roles. If a student received a "1" on this test, they will have an opportunity to learn from their mistakes and to write again. Details on this opportunity will be provided by the student's humanities teacher. 

We are continuing to read through Refugee. Students are looking for "Notice and Note" moments and will be starting vocabulary work soon. Students reflected on their Refugee Backpack assignment through FlipGrid.

Weekly Update - Oct. 25th, 2019

This week the students continued reading Refugee. We are starting to make connections to the text and the real life events that the characters are based on. We have also continued using Flipgrid to connect with Samuel W. Shaw School and the students in grade six that are reading Refugee at the same time. Many of the students completed the Backpack assignment this past weekend with their families. The students had a lot of fun completing this activity at home and connecting with what it would actually be like to be a refugee. It is important that the students continue to make these connections to the text in order to build their comprehension and make richer connections to what we read in class.

In social studies, the students continued to look at the levels of government and analyze the results of the federal election. The results of our student vote showed the same results of the actual election for our riding. The students overwhelming voted to elect Tom Kmiec as the MP for the Calgary-Shepard riding. Moving forward, the students will look at the provincial government and how it is structured.

The students will be having a test on Monday for all of the areas we have covered in social studies thus far. There are three files in the shared google folder to review for the test.

We also had a visit this week from Sigmund Brouwer, an author from Red Deer. He had a presentation for the students about finding passion in writing and helping to demonstrate a love of story telling. His inspiring presentation left the students excited about reading and writing. For more information on his books, you can visit his website: https://sigmundbrouwer.com/

 

Weekly Update - Oct. 18th, 2019

This week students continued to learn about political parties through independent research and through presentations by the grade 9 students. Students participated in Student Vote, furthering their understanding of the three levels of government and Canada’s electoral system.

We have begun reading Refugee, a book about three individuals from three different time periods and places who are forced out of their home country to find refuge in new lands. Students continued to share their thoughts on the novel with another school through Flip Grid.

A handout for “The Backpack” assignment was handed out to students. Students are asked to imagine that their family are refugees on the run and have just 10 minutes to gather items and leave their home, never to come back. A reminder that this should be completed by Monday. 

Weekly Update - Oct. 11th, 2019

This week, students learned about Canada’s six main political parties in preparation for next week’s student vote. Students also began to learn about the refugee experience, and they started to collaborate with grade 6 students at Samuel W. Shaw for the upcoming read-aloud novel study.

Weekly Update - Oct. 4th, 2019

This week in Humanities students were introduced to the three levels of government in Canadian democracy. We have begun discussing the different political parties in preparation for Student Vote on October 17th.

Students have also been working on CARS reading assessments to learn about which areas in reading comprehension they need to focus on for the year!

Weekly Update - Sept. 27th, 2019

This week students continued working on their picture prompt writing and reading assessments. Students were introduced to Notice and Note, a close reading program that prompts students to ask questions while they read in order to gain a better comprehension of a variety of texts. In Social Studies students wrapped up their “LOST” democracy projects and have started discussions on the importance of decision making as an introduction to Canadian democracy. 


Weekly Update - Sept. 20th, 2019

Students worked on writing and reading assessments this week in class. For their writing assessment, students looked at making inferences when given a picture prompt in order to help guide their story creations. They were given time this week to create their rough drafts of their stories in order for the teachers to understand where they are able to excel on their own and the deficiencies in their writing.

Here is a link to the picture prompt that the students are using for their writing. It is a picture used on a previous PAT: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1VYCtBJ7Y6i7IrOx6mmeMHkUnUBPZohle98sF2qk5gMw

While the students were writing, teachers have been reading individually with each student in order to gage their decoding, fluency, and comprehension skills. This, in combination with other assessments, will help to guide the practice for the grade 6 year.

For social studies, students have been introduced to democracy through a new discussion and reflection project called Lost. They have been divided into different island groups and tasked with different responsibilities to create a new society with leaders, laws, and other elements that a society requires. This week the students chose a name for their group, picked a leader, and discussed the laws they will put into place. This work will become the basis of our work as we move into understanding Canadian government. We will continue this work next week. 

Weekly Update - Sept. 13th, 2019

In our first full week of classes, the grade 6 team continued to prioritize building community and relationships within our team. We launched a cross-curricular project called Make a Difference that involves students identifying a problem in their local or global community, learning more about the problem, identifying organizations working to solve the problem already, and then working to raise awareness about the problem. It was great to see the students engage in the early steps of this work this week and we are excited to see where they can take their learning as the year progresses!

This week in humanities, students have self-selected reading materials from the library and began to read short class texts. Students have also made personal connections to the concept of growth mindset through a written reflection. 

Humanities

Weekly Update - Dec. 13th, 2019

Students continued with their Refugee projects this week. They should have completed and submitted both their One Pager assignment and newspaper article to their teachers. Both of these assignment outlines can be found in their Google shared folders if students are still working on them.

Beginning next week, students will be starting a new project on Provincial government that will lead them until the holiday break. 

Weekly Update - Dec. 6th, 2019

In Humanities this week, students have been further exploring and responding to the novel, Refugee, through a one-pager assignment. Students are representing character traits and theme through writing and visual representation.

Students are also using the novel to inspire ideas for their newspaper article writing assignment. Students have been given historical context for the three main characters in Refugee, and they are required to write a newspaper article that explains a historical event covered in the novel. 


Weekly Update - Nov. 29th, 2019

In Humanities this week students learned  about Fact, Opinion, and Supported Inferences. They participated in various activities such as dissecting current events identifying examples of fact and opinion. Students also learned about the structure of a newspaper article and the various parts such as the headline, byline, lead paragraph, explanation, and additional information.

All classes finished the novel Refugee and examined their specific characters traits. Students discussed how their characters have grown and developed throughout the novel. 


Ric McIver came to visit the grade 6’s on Friday. He gave a presentation to the students about his role as an MLA and Transportation Minister. Students had an opportunity to ask questions and have them answered!

Weekly Update - Nov. 22nd, 2019

This week students continued reading our “Refugee” and began discussing examples of figurative language in the text. 


Students were introduced to the “You’re the Guide” Provincial Government Project. They will be tasked to create a Tour Guide package to train new “guides” for the Legislative Building in Edmonton.



Weekly Update - Nov.15th, 2019

The students have continued with reading Refugee this week. They have started to take a closer look at the themes of the novel. One of the areas that we focused on this week was character growth and how the main characters of the novel have grown into responsible citizens and stepped into an adult role. The students reflected on time when they needed to take a more responsible role in life.

We have continued to discuss the provincial government in social studies. On Thursday we were fortunate to have Irfan Sabir, the NDP MLA for Calgary-McCall, come and speak with the students. He discussed his roles and responsibilities in the Alberta Legislature and his role on the opposition. We will have Ric McIver come and speak with the students at the end of the month. 

Weekly Update - Nov. 8th, 2019

The students have continued reading Refugee this week. We have been making connections between the characters and understanding the themes of the novel. Students will continue with Refugee next week and continue to connect with the Samuel W Shaw School and the grade 6 students there. We will be developing lessons next week that will help the students use Refugee to make the transition into newspaper writing.

We also spent some time writing some messages to Canadian soldiers this week. Students wrote short paragraphs and posted them to the Canadian Armed Forces website for soldiers to read who are currently serving overseas. You can take a look at some of the messages that students wrote by going to this website: http://dgpaapp.forces.gc.ca/en...

Weekly Update - Nov. 1st, 2019

This week in humanities, students wrote a test on government structure and roles. If a student received a "1" on this test, they will have an opportunity to learn from their mistakes and to write again. Details on this opportunity will be provided by the student's humanities teacher. 

We are continuing to read through Refugee. Students are looking for "Notice and Note" moments and will be starting vocabulary work soon. Students reflected on their Refugee Backpack assignment through FlipGrid.

Weekly Update - Oct. 25th, 2019

This week the students continued reading Refugee. We are starting to make connections to the text and the real life events that the characters are based on. We have also continued using Flipgrid to connect with Samuel W. Shaw School and the students in grade six that are reading Refugee at the same time. Many of the students completed the Backpack assignment this past weekend with their families. The students had a lot of fun completing this activity at home and connecting with what it would actually be like to be a refugee. It is important that the students continue to make these connections to the text in order to build their comprehension and make richer connections to what we read in class.

In social studies, the students continued to look at the levels of government and analyze the results of the federal election. The results of our student vote showed the same results of the actual election for our riding. The students overwhelming voted to elect Tom Kmiec as the MP for the Calgary-Shepard riding. Moving forward, the students will look at the provincial government and how it is structured.

The students will be having a test on Monday for all of the areas we have covered in social studies thus far. There are three files in the shared google folder to review for the test.

We also had a visit this week from Sigmund Brouwer, an author from Red Deer. He had a presentation for the students about finding passion in writing and helping to demonstrate a love of story telling. His inspiring presentation left the students excited about reading and writing. For more information on his books, you can visit his website: https://sigmundbrouwer.com/

 

Weekly Update - Oct. 18th, 2019

This week students continued to learn about political parties through independent research and through presentations by the grade 9 students. Students participated in Student Vote, furthering their understanding of the three levels of government and Canada’s electoral system.

We have begun reading Refugee, a book about three individuals from three different time periods and places who are forced out of their home country to find refuge in new lands. Students continued to share their thoughts on the novel with another school through Flip Grid.

A handout for “The Backpack” assignment was handed out to students. Students are asked to imagine that their family are refugees on the run and have just 10 minutes to gather items and leave their home, never to come back. A reminder that this should be completed by Monday. 

Weekly Update - Oct. 11th, 2019

This week, students learned about Canada’s six main political parties in preparation for next week’s student vote. Students also began to learn about the refugee experience, and they started to collaborate with grade 6 students at Samuel W. Shaw for the upcoming read-aloud novel study.

Weekly Update - Oct. 4th, 2019

This week in Humanities students were introduced to the three levels of government in Canadian democracy. We have begun discussing the different political parties in preparation for Student Vote on October 17th.

Students have also been working on CARS reading assessments to learn about which areas in reading comprehension they need to focus on for the year!

Weekly Update - Sept. 27th, 2019

This week students continued working on their picture prompt writing and reading assessments. Students were introduced to Notice and Note, a close reading program that prompts students to ask questions while they read in order to gain a better comprehension of a variety of texts. In Social Studies students wrapped up their “LOST” democracy projects and have started discussions on the importance of decision making as an introduction to Canadian democracy. 


Weekly Update - Sept. 20th, 2019

Students worked on writing and reading assessments this week in class. For their writing assessment, students looked at making inferences when given a picture prompt in order to help guide their story creations. They were given time this week to create their rough drafts of their stories in order for the teachers to understand where they are able to excel on their own and the deficiencies in their writing.

Here is a link to the picture prompt that the students are using for their writing. It is a picture used on a previous PAT: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1VYCtBJ7Y6i7IrOx6mmeMHkUnUBPZohle98sF2qk5gMw

While the students were writing, teachers have been reading individually with each student in order to gage their decoding, fluency, and comprehension skills. This, in combination with other assessments, will help to guide the practice for the grade 6 year.

For social studies, students have been introduced to democracy through a new discussion and reflection project called Lost. They have been divided into different island groups and tasked with different responsibilities to create a new society with leaders, laws, and other elements that a society requires. This week the students chose a name for their group, picked a leader, and discussed the laws they will put into place. This work will become the basis of our work as we move into understanding Canadian government. We will continue this work next week. 

Weekly Update - Sept. 13th, 2019

In our first full week of classes, the grade 6 team continued to prioritize building community and relationships within our team. We launched a cross-curricular project called Make a Difference that involves students identifying a problem in their local or global community, learning more about the problem, identifying organizations working to solve the problem already, and then working to raise awareness about the problem. It was great to see the students engage in the early steps of this work this week and we are excited to see where they can take their learning as the year progresses!

This week in humanities, students have self-selected reading materials from the library and began to read short class texts. Students have also made personal connections to the concept of growth mindset through a written reflection. 

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