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Weekly Update - June 19, 2020

This week in Math, we reviewed Improper fractions, Mixed numbers and simplifying fractions.

All the information needed can be found by opening the Math D2L shell and selecting the Content tab on the far left. Select the Last Week- Fractions tab. Several video links were provided as well as student worksheets.

The students wrote a quiz today on D2L

Thanks for a great year kids.

We hope to see you online next week during “Activity Week”

Weekly Update - June 12, 2020

This week in Math, we finished the grade 6 curriculum by spending the first three days of the week on the sum of the interior angles of quadrilaterals. The last two days were spent on the introduction of the calculator and the function of three main buttons for grade 7; square, square root and Pi

All the information needed can be found by opening the Math D2L shell and selecting the Content tab on the far left. Select the week 11- Quadrilaterals and June 11- What is Pi? and June 12 square and square roots on the center of your screen to open this page.

There are many more resources presented in this shell to guide student learning.

Here’s a few videos to help

MathAntics- What is Pi?

MathAntics- Exponents and square roots

Weekly Update - June 4, 2020

This week in Math, we built on the Algebra concepts from the previous week and introduced the kids to two-step algebraic equations. We began the week reviewing the concepts learned in one-step equations, and throughout the week, worked our way towards two-step equations. On Wednesday, we worked through some word problems with the kids. It’s important they understand how to take words, and create an equation out of it.

There was a check-in on Wednesday and a quiz on Friday. As a group, we told the kids that in order to write this week’s quiz, they have to have completed last week’s quiz. The purpose of this was to make sure they understood last week’s content and developed a good foundation moving into this week’s content.

Next week, we will split the week in two:

Thurs-Fri: Introduction to Calculators. Next year, the kids will use calculators, so Mr.Richardson will create some fun videos for the kids to introduce them to several of the functions that they’ll be using in Grade 7.

Weekly Update - May 29, 2020

This week in Math, we continued Balancing Equations (Preservation of Equality).

All the information needed can be found by opening the Math D2L shell and selecting the Content tab on the far left. Select the week 9- Balancing equations and pre algebra tab on the center of your screen to open this page
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There are many more resources presented in this shell to guide student learning.

Here’s a few videos to help

MathAntics- Balancing Equations

Algebra Basics: Solving Basic Equations Part 1 - Math Antics

Algebra Basics: Solving Basic Equations Part 2 - Math Antics

Weekly Update - May 22, 2020

As this was a short week, with Activity Day on Thursday, the Math team decided to post-pone any curricular learning until next week.

We instead focused on reviewing the PAT Part A Test. Even though students won’t be writing the PAT exam this year, we feel it’s important to not lose sight of the importance of the material covered in those tests. This week, we chose to focus on the arithmetic section, with 14 questions testing the students ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide. They were instructed to work on 2 practice tests on Tuesday and Wednesday, as well as a number of one-step and two-step word problem worksheets.

There was a quiz on Friday, which mirrored what the kids would have seen on their PAT Part A test in June.  These marks will not count towards the students’ final grade, it will however, be posted in PowerSchool for parents to see. Please remind your child about the importance of practicing these 4 math skills.

On Monday, we will get back to the curriculum, and will begin learning about balancing equations and introducing the students to algebraic equations.

Weekly Update - May 8, 2020

This week in Math, we covered What is an Integer and Comparing and Ordering Integers. The information for these topics are covered on D2L.

This information can be found by opening the Math D2L shell and selecting the Content tab on the far left. Select the week 6- Integers tab on the center of your screen to open this module.

There are many more resources presented in this shell to guide student learning.

Here is a Math Antics video to help

Negative numbers:

Weekly Update - May 1st, 2020

This week in Math, we covered Order of Operations (BEDMAS). This topic is covered on pages 8 to 17 in the math booklet labeled:

Math6SLGUnit22

This booklet can be found by opening the Math D2L shell and selecting the Content tab on the far left. Select the week 5- Order of Operations tab on the center of your screen to open this booklet.

There are many more resources presented in this shell to guide student learning.

Here is a video to help

Weekly Update - Apr. 24th, 2020

This week in Math, we covered how to make questionnaires and gather data. After collecting the data we used graphs to represent our data. These topics are covered on pages 86 to 95 in the math booklet labeled:

Math6SLGUnit21

This booklet can be found by opening the Math D2L shell and selecting the Content tab on the far left. Select the week 4- Data Analysis tab on the center of your screen to open this booklet.

There are many more resources presented in this shell to guide student learning.

Here is a video to help:

Weekly Update - Apr. 17th, 2020

This week in Math, we covered the Classification of Triangles. These topics are covered on pages 18 to 25 in the math booklet labeled:

Math6SLGUnit3

This booklet can be found by opening the Math D2L shell and selecting the Content tab on the far left. Select the 5th tab on the center of your screen to open this booklet.

There are many more resources presented in this shell to guide student learning.

Here are some videos to help

Weekly Update - Apr. 9th, 2020

This week in Math, we covered Area and Volume. These topics are covered on pages 88 to 103 in the math booklet labeled:

This booklet can be found by opening the Math D2L shell and selecting the Content tab on the far left. Select the 5th tab on the center of your screen to open this booklet.

There are many more resources presented in this shell to guide student learning. Students should have completed their practice check-in and then their quiz to end the week (available on D2L from Thursday at Noon until Sunday night at 9pm).

Here are some videos to help:

Weekly Update - Mar. 13th, 2020

This week in Science we finished our unit on flight. On Monday we reviewed all the material for the final unit test which was given on Tuesday. We will begin our new science unit on trees and forests after the spring break.

This week in Math, we continued with using the protractor, measuring interior angles within a triangle and measuring reflex angles. There’s plenty of review materials online.

Weekly Update - Mar. 6th, 2020

This week in math, we continued our study of angles. Students spent time identifying angles in our school environment, and subsequently classifying the angles as acute, obtuse, right, or straight. This week, the students also used protractors to measure and draw angles up to 180 degrees.

In science, we wrapped up our Flight unit by exploring the differences between aircraft and spacecraft. We then ended the week with a review of the unit. The students will be doing a unit test on Tuesday. Study materials are in Google Drive and the students have a sketch note that they have been doing throughout the unit.

Weekly Update - Feb. 28th, 2020

This week in Science, we studied helicopters and gliders. We made different types of paper airplanes and we will test them next week. We are using the flight unit provided by Learn Alberta (the same people who make the Science PATs). Just Google Thrill of Flight and press the Cleared for Take Off button.

Thrill of Flight - Gliders

This week in Math, we continued Ratios and Percentage. We wrapped up the concept with a test today. The students were given a pre assessment about our next unit which is angles and understanding the use of a protractor. We will continue with angles next week.

Weekly Update - Feb. 21st, 2020

In Math, we wrapped up percentages and introduced ratios. Before we explained the concept, we gave the kids a random assortment of colored tiles. We had them sort them into colors, and write down a number of ratio examples (based on what they thought ratios were).  That led us to our explanation of Part to Part and Part to Whole ratios. The colored tiles were easy to see the comparisons. On Wednesday, we grouped students into small groups, and gave each group a piece of string roughly 6 feet long. We explained to them that we all have ratio examples on our bodies. We had them estimate the ratio of wing span:height, femur:height, forearm:height, head size:height. After their estimates, they measured each of the lengths with the string, and compared to their body height. The kids really enjoyed this activity-they were quite engaged, and we believe it helped them understand the concept of ratios. We ended the week with a math project where the students drew a bird’s eye view of the interior of a plane, and the details of the interior were used as examples of ratios. Again, the kids were engaged and it was good to see them engaged in a math project. This project is due on Monday, so the kids were told that if they didn’t finish in class, it was to be completed at home.

In science, we continued with Flight. We had the kids draw a sketch of the exterior of a plane, which they used to take notes and we explained the different parts of a plane. This was a good example of visual learning for the kids. We ended the week talking about how one of the world’s biggest planes is designed and watched an informative national geographic video showing how the plane is built.

Weekly Update - Feb. 7th, 2020

In math, the students wrapped up fractions, mixed numbers, and improper fractions with a quiz on Tuesday. Many students did not complete the required review sheet so were delayed in writing and some have yet to complete the review. As teachers, we instituted this review process so that students can feel confident and prepared going into quizzes and so that they can get help on anything that they are having trouble with. The system breaks down however when students don't complete the work. We have now moved onto looking at percent and the relationship between fractions, decimals, and percent.

In science, the students finished working on and presented their "Take to the Sky" projects. Any students who have not submitted their project to their teacher should do so ASAP. The due date for this project was Wednesday February 5th.

Weekly Update - Jan. 24th, 2020

This week in math, we began our Fractions unit. The smaller groups were introduced and we felt they were quite beneficial. Our math leader worked with a number of students from our classes and after speaking with her, the feedback was very positive. In our three classrooms, the strategy of small group instruction was effective as well. We went into a thorough review of basic fraction concepts and ended the week with reducing fractions. The kids were given an equivalent fraction check-in on Wednesday, and a follow-up lesson was given on Thursday to the students who didn’t understand. We all agree that after the second mini-lesson, the majority of our students are now knowledgeable about equivalent fractions. Next week, we will continue with reducing fractions and introduce common denominators.

In Science, we began our Air and Aerodynamics unit. We began with a basic introduction of the properties of air. We then introduced Bernoulli’s principle and the concept of lift and air pressure. We went outside on Thursday and had the kids throw Frisbees to introduce the concept of angle of attack. They were instructed to throw the Frisbee at 4 different angles to observe the distance the Frisbee traveled at each of the 4 angles.   They wrote down their observations and conclusion in a scientific chart, which was collected.

We ended the week with a lesson on the 4 forces of flight. After looking at examples of each, we wrapped up the week with a fun, interactive activity from the website https://howthingsfly.si.edu/ . As a class, we looked at the 4 forces and which ones were needed to fly a plane the farthest and highest.

Weekly Update - Jan. 17th, 2020

This week in Math, we wrapped up our Multiples, Factors and Prime/Composite Numbers unit. We spent a good amount of time reviewing the concepts, and the students were given a quiz on Tuesday.  They were given a fractions pre-assessment at the beginning of the week. This was to assess the level each student is at in terms of fractions. Next week, we’ll be sending a number of students to work with Mrs. Potts (our school math coach) to continue working on the assessment. As a grade,  we will begin our fractions unit on Monday.

In Science, we wrapped up our Sky Science unit. We spent some more time talking about Mars and whether or not humans should/are able to colonize and survive on Mars. We then turned our focus to a current event, which was the wild fires in Australia. We spent a class talking about what is happening in Australia, watched some news reports on what’s happening, and finally, we discussed some of the reasons why this is happening. Afterwards, the kids were told to come up with 2 questions that they could collect data from. This will be an on-going collection, and we will re-visit this when we study data analysis later this semester in Math.

Weekly Update - Jan. 10th, 2020

This week in Science, we watched a video about the process of terraforming Mars. What the steps would be to change Mars from a red planet to blue planet to green planet. We learned how our mountain pine trees could be used on Mars due to their tolerance of high radiation and ability to grow in dry soil. The students were given an assignment of writing a reflection regarding the ethically decision if it’s right to colonize Mars or to leave it untouched. The students had to give reasons backing their point of view. We will be having a unit test on Sky Science next Friday (Jan. 17). We will have a full unit review next week.

This week in Math, we studied prime and composite numbers. We then moved on to prime factorization as we continued with multiples. On Wednesday/ Thursday the students were given a review sheet to work on in class. This review sheet must be signed by a parent/ guardian and presented to their homeroom teacher before the test is given on Tuesday.

Weekly Update - Dec. 13th, 2019

In math, we continued with long division of whole and decimal numbers. Students who had their review sheet completed and signed were able to write the quiz today. Those students who still need to do this should complete it over the weekend if at all possible.

In science, we started an exciting phase of the Mars project. The students have been placed into groups and have designed spaceships to get their chosen team of six astronauts to Mars. Students are in the process of building and will finish up Monday and present on Tuesday.

Weekly Update - Dec. 6th, 2019

This week in Science, we continued with the Mars project. We watched clips on different points of view about how we are going to get to Mars and when will we get there. The students were asked to create six separate profiles on their crew they have to chosen to take with them. Our next step is to design a rocket ship that will take them to the angry red planet. The ship must have enough supplies to last them for at least a year of travel.

How do you get to Mars?

How do you land on Mars?

This week in math, we reviewed long division. The students were given several examples from the Released Part A PAT. The questions were written out step by step on the whiteboard for the students to copy in the math binders.

Released Part A PAT sample questions:

Long Division Help:

Weekly Update - Nov. 29th, 2019

In Math, we finished the first part of our Numbers and Patterns unit. The kids were initially given a pre-assessment worksheet which gave us a good idea of what they remembered from Grade 5. Throughout the last week and a half, we worked on identifying the relationship between numbers in an Input/Output table. In Grade 5, they were able to identify the numbers within those columns, but now, the focus is on the relationship between the two columns. Through lessons, worksheets, and math games, the kids had plenty of time to work and ask questions. We told them mid-week that there will be a test on Monday, so they’re encouraged to practice over the weekend. After the quiz, we will begin working on division.

In Science, we started working on our trip to Mars project. We explained to the kids that they’re to create a crew of 6 make believe people who would make good candidates for a trip to Mars. We clarified that even though the people are make believe, their skills and strengths have to be real. At the end of the week, the goal was for each kid to have 6 profiles created, with the hope that next week, we will group the students into groups of 5, where collectively, they’ll select 6 of the best candidates to create a team Mars crew.

Weekly Update - Nov. 22nd, 2019

In Math, we began learning about patterns and relations. The students worked with Input/output tables using a given pattern rule and also figuring out what the pattern rule is for a given table. We discussed some key vocabulary such as "Expression" and "Variable."

In Science, we did a test on the Moon and the Sun. We also launched a new Mars project. We began by discussing what it would take to get humans onto Mars and the psychology behind wanting or not wanting to go on this one way journey.

Weekly Update - Nov. 15th, 2019

In Math, we finished working on our "Chance" Probability Unit. As a math team, we tried to use real world scenarios as examples for the kids to understand Theoretical Probability vs Experimental Probability. Some of the examples we used were dice rolling, coin flipping, and pulling/putting back colored pencil crayons into a bag. Our hope was that they could use those real world scenarios to make sense of both Theo. & Exper.  They were then given a quiz to test their knowledge.

For those students who completed their "Ticket to re-write" assignment, they were awarded a re-write quiz for the place value & multiplication unit.

Finally, we gave our kids their third multiplication table time test. This is a monthly routine where we can see which students have been practicing their basic math facts, and which haven't. As always, we encourage all parents to work with their children on basic facts.

In science, we kept going with our Sky Science Unit, specifically the seasons. This was the final lesson before our mid-way quiz. We worked with the kids on a lot of review- going through the previous lessons, an interactive jeopardy game. They will be quizzed on Monday. They were notified of the quiz mid-week, so we're hoping the kids do some last reviews over the weekend.

Weekly Update - Nov. 8th, 2019

This week in Science, we studied the Sun and the path of the Earth’s orbit on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Wednesday to Friday we studied seasons. The students know that the tilt of the Earth (23.5 degrees) is reason why we have the four seasons. The students are, or will be, documenting their learning on sketch note. Earlier in the week the students created a Venn Diagram comparing and contrasting our Moon to the moon Titan that orbits Saturn.

Bill Nye Seasons

Titan Website:

This week in Math, we continued working with multiplication, place values and decimals. There will be a short probability quiz at the beginning of the week.

Weekly Update - Nov. 1st, 2019

This week in Science, we studied the phases of the moon. We watched the Bill Nye Moon video focusing on the eight main phases of the moon. On Wednesday and Thursday we studied Saturn’s moon Titan. Next week we will compare that moon to or moon here on earth.

This week in Math, we continued working with multiplication using both whole 2 and 3 digit numbers as well numbers decimal numbers. The questions were presented on worksheets then within word problems. As we were working on this concept we integrated place value throughout having the students recite the numbers as we checked our work.

Weekly Update - Oct. 25th, 2019

This week in Math, we wrapped up the transformations unit. The kids were given a quiz on Monday on Rotations. One question on this quiz asked them to combine translations and rotations, so they were challenged to show their knowledge of transformations in succession. Please refer to power school to see marks.

We also began our next math unit, "Numbers." To start this unit, we talked about number place values (all the way up to millions). After two periods of instructions, the kids were given a check-in sheet to show up whether or not they understand place value. Again, please refer to power school to see these updates.

On Thursday, we moved on to the next aspect of numbers, "multiplication." This is an area where kids who know their basic multiplication facts will excel. If students struggle with their basic fact multiplications, please practice with them at home as it will help them moving forward in our "numbers unit."
In Science, we spent the week discussing the missing Malaysian Flight MH370. We went through a newspaper article and a documentary as a class, and the kids were asked to write specific notes from both to show their understanding of evidence. After the documentary was finished, the kids were asked to use their notes to complete an assignment where they chose whether the disappearance of MH370 was an accident or intentional. They were asked to use specific evidence from both the article and the documentary to support their chosen side, rather than only forming an opinion.

We will be starting our Sky Science unit on Monday.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please check PowerSchool regularly for updates on student progress and missing assignments. There are a number of students who have still not submitted their Evidence and Investigation Final Project for example. This is now almost two weeks overdue. Thank you.

Weekly Update - Oct. 18th, 2019

In math, we continued working on Shape and Space - Transformations. The students completed a summative assessment on reflections and spent the majority of the week working on rotations. There will be a summative assessment on rotations on Monday and then we will be moving on to our next unit. Students that we have identified as needing to further their understanding in one or more of the transformations topics will be given extra support and work to do in the coming weeks.

We didn't do much science this week in order to catch up on math. There are still a number of students who haven't handed in their evidence and investigation final project. This is a summative assessment that we need to evaluate student progress. Please check PowerSchool and if your child has not handed it in then encourage them to do so as soon as possible.

Weekly Update - Oct. 11th, 2019

In Math, we kept rolling with our transformations unit. The students were introduced to reflections across a "y" and "x" axis. We worked on this concept for several days, and had the kids do numerous work sheets.

On Wednesday, we quizzed the students on their knowledge of translations. We told the kids about the quiz early in the week, and it was nice to see the students who were struggling, take advantage of the extra practice sheets.

We finished the week by splitting the class into 5 or 6 different groups for a period of white board problems. It's important that the kids work together and collaborate with each other to solves math problems. This was a fun way to end the way as it gave the kids a chance to think outside the box.

In science, we continued with our Evidence and Investigation unit. We gave the kids a chance to get creative and create their own crime. After they planned it, we instructed them to create a comic strip and a crime scene picture of their crime. We're looking for the proper steps of solving a crime, as well as 2 or more pieces of evidence used to solve their fictional crimes. Students we're given ample class time to work on this, and were told to take it home over the weekend if they didn't complete it in class.

The students were treated to a guest speaker on Thursday. A member of the Calgary Police Services Tactical Unit came in and spoke to the kids about his role, and shared some cool stories. This was a great way to wrap up the unit.

Weekly Update - Oct. 4th, 2019

We were fortunate this week to be able to attend a field trip to the Police Interpretive Centre. This was a wonderful trip, loaded with rich learning experiences for the students. A special thank you goes out to Mr. Richardson for all his hard work organizing the trip. If any students missed the trip or would like to go again, the Centre is open on Friday and Saturday. Admission is free!

In science, we launched the evidence and investigation final project. This involves the students designing a crime scene based on a fictitious crime they create. From there, they will create a comic strip from the investigator's point of view to illustrate their knowledge of key topics they have learned. Please see Google Drive for the assignment description and rubric. Students should be finished their plan and have moved onto creating their crime scene diagram. The students will be doing an evidence and investigation unit test later next week.

In math, we have continued our work on Shape and Space - Transformations. We wrapped up translations and have moved onto learning about reflections. As teachers, we are working really hard to frequently update the student's progress with regards to certain key understandings that we have identified. We are checking student understanding continually and updating whether or not each student has that key understanding. These are formative assessments, meaning that they inform our teaching and student learning. If a student does not have a key understanding, we will follow up with them. A translations quiz is coming early next week! See Google Drive for some practice questions.

Weekly Update - Sept. 27th, 2019

This week in math, we focused on translations. We started out by looking at translations without using coordinates. Later in the week, the students performed translations using coordinates. Please see the Grade 6 student folder in Google Drive for some extra practice work. Also, please look in PowerSchool for up-to-date formative assessment information about translations. We have identified “Key Understandings” for this topic. In PowerSchool you will see if your student currently has the key understandings in this topic so far.

In Science, we finished our learning modules for our upcoming field trip to the YouthLink Centre next week. We studied such topics as handwriting, DNA, chromatography and more. The students are very excited for the trip. It is a great, educational day to be sure. Please ensure that the permission form has been returned to homeroom teachers and that you pay for the trip online in PowerSchool. Thank you!

Weekly Update - Sept. 20th, 2019

This week in Science, we studied an article focusing on the scientific processes of Environmental DNA and the Loch Ness Monster. Our classes started our prerequisite lessons provided by the Youth Link center. The students learned about the steps to solve a crime and the role of the Calgary Police Service in fighting crime. We focused on the four main types of fingerprints then we took a sample of our own fingerprints to identify them.

This week in Math, we started Transformations. In grade 6, the students focus on Translation (slide), Reflection (mirror image), and Rotation (spin). We began by learning about transformations in the real world. The students spent time going around the school identifying examples of each transformation. Later in the week, the students got to create their own shape to use for an art piece to represent all three transformations. This project should be handed in to teachers if it hasn't been already.

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!

The students completed a math assessment which will inform our teaching this year, giving us a benchmark of their current understanding.

# Math and Science

Weekly Update - June 19, 2020

This week in Math, we reviewed Improper fractions, Mixed numbers and simplifying fractions.

All the information needed can be found by opening the Math D2L shell and selecting the Content tab on the far left. Select the Last Week- Fractions tab. Several video links were provided as well as student worksheets.

The students wrote a quiz today on D2L

Thanks for a great year kids.

We hope to see you online next week during “Activity Week”

Weekly Update - June 12, 2020

This week in Math, we finished the grade 6 curriculum by spending the first three days of the week on the sum of the interior angles of quadrilaterals. The last two days were spent on the introduction of the calculator and the function of three main buttons for grade 7; square, square root and Pi

All the information needed can be found by opening the Math D2L shell and selecting the Content tab on the far left. Select the week 11- Quadrilaterals and June 11- What is Pi? and June 12 square and square roots on the center of your screen to open this page.

There are many more resources presented in this shell to guide student learning.

Here’s a few videos to help

MathAntics- What is Pi?

MathAntics- Exponents and square roots

Weekly Update - June 4, 2020

This week in Math, we built on the Algebra concepts from the previous week and introduced the kids to two-step algebraic equations. We began the week reviewing the concepts learned in one-step equations, and throughout the week, worked our way towards two-step equations. On Wednesday, we worked through some word problems with the kids. It’s important they understand how to take words, and create an equation out of it.

There was a check-in on Wednesday and a quiz on Friday. As a group, we told the kids that in order to write this week’s quiz, they have to have completed last week’s quiz. The purpose of this was to make sure they understood last week’s content and developed a good foundation moving into this week’s content.

Next week, we will split the week in two:

Thurs-Fri: Introduction to Calculators. Next year, the kids will use calculators, so Mr.Richardson will create some fun videos for the kids to introduce them to several of the functions that they’ll be using in Grade 7.

Weekly Update - May 29, 2020

This week in Math, we continued Balancing Equations (Preservation of Equality).

All the information needed can be found by opening the Math D2L shell and selecting the Content tab on the far left. Select the week 9- Balancing equations and pre algebra tab on the center of your screen to open this page
.
There are many more resources presented in this shell to guide student learning.

Here’s a few videos to help

MathAntics- Balancing Equations

Algebra Basics: Solving Basic Equations Part 1 - Math Antics

Algebra Basics: Solving Basic Equations Part 2 - Math Antics

Weekly Update - May 22, 2020

As this was a short week, with Activity Day on Thursday, the Math team decided to post-pone any curricular learning until next week.

We instead focused on reviewing the PAT Part A Test. Even though students won’t be writing the PAT exam this year, we feel it’s important to not lose sight of the importance of the material covered in those tests. This week, we chose to focus on the arithmetic section, with 14 questions testing the students ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide. They were instructed to work on 2 practice tests on Tuesday and Wednesday, as well as a number of one-step and two-step word problem worksheets.

There was a quiz on Friday, which mirrored what the kids would have seen on their PAT Part A test in June.  These marks will not count towards the students’ final grade, it will however, be posted in PowerSchool for parents to see. Please remind your child about the importance of practicing these 4 math skills.

On Monday, we will get back to the curriculum, and will begin learning about balancing equations and introducing the students to algebraic equations.

Weekly Update - May 8, 2020

This week in Math, we covered What is an Integer and Comparing and Ordering Integers. The information for these topics are covered on D2L.

This information can be found by opening the Math D2L shell and selecting the Content tab on the far left. Select the week 6- Integers tab on the center of your screen to open this module.

There are many more resources presented in this shell to guide student learning.

Here is a Math Antics video to help

Negative numbers:

Weekly Update - May 1st, 2020

This week in Math, we covered Order of Operations (BEDMAS). This topic is covered on pages 8 to 17 in the math booklet labeled:

Math6SLGUnit22

This booklet can be found by opening the Math D2L shell and selecting the Content tab on the far left. Select the week 5- Order of Operations tab on the center of your screen to open this booklet.

There are many more resources presented in this shell to guide student learning.

Here is a video to help

Weekly Update - Apr. 24th, 2020

This week in Math, we covered how to make questionnaires and gather data. After collecting the data we used graphs to represent our data. These topics are covered on pages 86 to 95 in the math booklet labeled:

Math6SLGUnit21

This booklet can be found by opening the Math D2L shell and selecting the Content tab on the far left. Select the week 4- Data Analysis tab on the center of your screen to open this booklet.

There are many more resources presented in this shell to guide student learning.

Here is a video to help:

Weekly Update - Apr. 17th, 2020

This week in Math, we covered the Classification of Triangles. These topics are covered on pages 18 to 25 in the math booklet labeled:

Math6SLGUnit3

This booklet can be found by opening the Math D2L shell and selecting the Content tab on the far left. Select the 5th tab on the center of your screen to open this booklet.

There are many more resources presented in this shell to guide student learning.

Here are some videos to help

Weekly Update - Apr. 9th, 2020

This week in Math, we covered Area and Volume. These topics are covered on pages 88 to 103 in the math booklet labeled:

This booklet can be found by opening the Math D2L shell and selecting the Content tab on the far left. Select the 5th tab on the center of your screen to open this booklet.

There are many more resources presented in this shell to guide student learning. Students should have completed their practice check-in and then their quiz to end the week (available on D2L from Thursday at Noon until Sunday night at 9pm).

Here are some videos to help:

Weekly Update - Mar. 13th, 2020

This week in Science we finished our unit on flight. On Monday we reviewed all the material for the final unit test which was given on Tuesday. We will begin our new science unit on trees and forests after the spring break.

This week in Math, we continued with using the protractor, measuring interior angles within a triangle and measuring reflex angles. There’s plenty of review materials online.

Weekly Update - Mar. 6th, 2020

This week in math, we continued our study of angles. Students spent time identifying angles in our school environment, and subsequently classifying the angles as acute, obtuse, right, or straight. This week, the students also used protractors to measure and draw angles up to 180 degrees.

In science, we wrapped up our Flight unit by exploring the differences between aircraft and spacecraft. We then ended the week with a review of the unit. The students will be doing a unit test on Tuesday. Study materials are in Google Drive and the students have a sketch note that they have been doing throughout the unit.

Weekly Update - Feb. 28th, 2020

This week in Science, we studied helicopters and gliders. We made different types of paper airplanes and we will test them next week. We are using the flight unit provided by Learn Alberta (the same people who make the Science PATs). Just Google Thrill of Flight and press the Cleared for Take Off button.

Thrill of Flight - Gliders

This week in Math, we continued Ratios and Percentage. We wrapped up the concept with a test today. The students were given a pre assessment about our next unit which is angles and understanding the use of a protractor. We will continue with angles next week.

Weekly Update - Feb. 21st, 2020

In Math, we wrapped up percentages and introduced ratios. Before we explained the concept, we gave the kids a random assortment of colored tiles. We had them sort them into colors, and write down a number of ratio examples (based on what they thought ratios were).  That led us to our explanation of Part to Part and Part to Whole ratios. The colored tiles were easy to see the comparisons. On Wednesday, we grouped students into small groups, and gave each group a piece of string roughly 6 feet long. We explained to them that we all have ratio examples on our bodies. We had them estimate the ratio of wing span:height, femur:height, forearm:height, head size:height. After their estimates, they measured each of the lengths with the string, and compared to their body height. The kids really enjoyed this activity-they were quite engaged, and we believe it helped them understand the concept of ratios. We ended the week with a math project where the students drew a bird’s eye view of the interior of a plane, and the details of the interior were used as examples of ratios. Again, the kids were engaged and it was good to see them engaged in a math project. This project is due on Monday, so the kids were told that if they didn’t finish in class, it was to be completed at home.

In science, we continued with Flight. We had the kids draw a sketch of the exterior of a plane, which they used to take notes and we explained the different parts of a plane. This was a good example of visual learning for the kids. We ended the week talking about how one of the world’s biggest planes is designed and watched an informative national geographic video showing how the plane is built.

Weekly Update - Feb. 7th, 2020

In math, the students wrapped up fractions, mixed numbers, and improper fractions with a quiz on Tuesday. Many students did not complete the required review sheet so were delayed in writing and some have yet to complete the review. As teachers, we instituted this review process so that students can feel confident and prepared going into quizzes and so that they can get help on anything that they are having trouble with. The system breaks down however when students don't complete the work. We have now moved onto looking at percent and the relationship between fractions, decimals, and percent.

In science, the students finished working on and presented their "Take to the Sky" projects. Any students who have not submitted their project to their teacher should do so ASAP. The due date for this project was Wednesday February 5th.

Weekly Update - Jan. 24th, 2020

This week in math, we began our Fractions unit. The smaller groups were introduced and we felt they were quite beneficial. Our math leader worked with a number of students from our classes and after speaking with her, the feedback was very positive. In our three classrooms, the strategy of small group instruction was effective as well. We went into a thorough review of basic fraction concepts and ended the week with reducing fractions. The kids were given an equivalent fraction check-in on Wednesday, and a follow-up lesson was given on Thursday to the students who didn’t understand. We all agree that after the second mini-lesson, the majority of our students are now knowledgeable about equivalent fractions. Next week, we will continue with reducing fractions and introduce common denominators.

In Science, we began our Air and Aerodynamics unit. We began with a basic introduction of the properties of air. We then introduced Bernoulli’s principle and the concept of lift and air pressure. We went outside on Thursday and had the kids throw Frisbees to introduce the concept of angle of attack. They were instructed to throw the Frisbee at 4 different angles to observe the distance the Frisbee traveled at each of the 4 angles.   They wrote down their observations and conclusion in a scientific chart, which was collected.

We ended the week with a lesson on the 4 forces of flight. After looking at examples of each, we wrapped up the week with a fun, interactive activity from the website https://howthingsfly.si.edu/ . As a class, we looked at the 4 forces and which ones were needed to fly a plane the farthest and highest.

Weekly Update - Jan. 17th, 2020

This week in Math, we wrapped up our Multiples, Factors and Prime/Composite Numbers unit. We spent a good amount of time reviewing the concepts, and the students were given a quiz on Tuesday.  They were given a fractions pre-assessment at the beginning of the week. This was to assess the level each student is at in terms of fractions. Next week, we’ll be sending a number of students to work with Mrs. Potts (our school math coach) to continue working on the assessment. As a grade,  we will begin our fractions unit on Monday.

In Science, we wrapped up our Sky Science unit. We spent some more time talking about Mars and whether or not humans should/are able to colonize and survive on Mars. We then turned our focus to a current event, which was the wild fires in Australia. We spent a class talking about what is happening in Australia, watched some news reports on what’s happening, and finally, we discussed some of the reasons why this is happening. Afterwards, the kids were told to come up with 2 questions that they could collect data from. This will be an on-going collection, and we will re-visit this when we study data analysis later this semester in Math.

Weekly Update - Jan. 10th, 2020

This week in Science, we watched a video about the process of terraforming Mars. What the steps would be to change Mars from a red planet to blue planet to green planet. We learned how our mountain pine trees could be used on Mars due to their tolerance of high radiation and ability to grow in dry soil. The students were given an assignment of writing a reflection regarding the ethically decision if it’s right to colonize Mars or to leave it untouched. The students had to give reasons backing their point of view. We will be having a unit test on Sky Science next Friday (Jan. 17). We will have a full unit review next week.

This week in Math, we studied prime and composite numbers. We then moved on to prime factorization as we continued with multiples. On Wednesday/ Thursday the students were given a review sheet to work on in class. This review sheet must be signed by a parent/ guardian and presented to their homeroom teacher before the test is given on Tuesday.

Weekly Update - Dec. 13th, 2019

In math, we continued with long division of whole and decimal numbers. Students who had their review sheet completed and signed were able to write the quiz today. Those students who still need to do this should complete it over the weekend if at all possible.

In science, we started an exciting phase of the Mars project. The students have been placed into groups and have designed spaceships to get their chosen team of six astronauts to Mars. Students are in the process of building and will finish up Monday and present on Tuesday.

Weekly Update - Dec. 6th, 2019

This week in Science, we continued with the Mars project. We watched clips on different points of view about how we are going to get to Mars and when will we get there. The students were asked to create six separate profiles on their crew they have to chosen to take with them. Our next step is to design a rocket ship that will take them to the angry red planet. The ship must have enough supplies to last them for at least a year of travel.

How do you get to Mars?

How do you land on Mars?

This week in math, we reviewed long division. The students were given several examples from the Released Part A PAT. The questions were written out step by step on the whiteboard for the students to copy in the math binders.

Released Part A PAT sample questions:

Long Division Help:

Weekly Update - Nov. 29th, 2019

In Math, we finished the first part of our Numbers and Patterns unit. The kids were initially given a pre-assessment worksheet which gave us a good idea of what they remembered from Grade 5. Throughout the last week and a half, we worked on identifying the relationship between numbers in an Input/Output table. In Grade 5, they were able to identify the numbers within those columns, but now, the focus is on the relationship between the two columns. Through lessons, worksheets, and math games, the kids had plenty of time to work and ask questions. We told them mid-week that there will be a test on Monday, so they’re encouraged to practice over the weekend. After the quiz, we will begin working on division.

In Science, we started working on our trip to Mars project. We explained to the kids that they’re to create a crew of 6 make believe people who would make good candidates for a trip to Mars. We clarified that even though the people are make believe, their skills and strengths have to be real. At the end of the week, the goal was for each kid to have 6 profiles created, with the hope that next week, we will group the students into groups of 5, where collectively, they’ll select 6 of the best candidates to create a team Mars crew.

Weekly Update - Nov. 22nd, 2019

In Math, we began learning about patterns and relations. The students worked with Input/output tables using a given pattern rule and also figuring out what the pattern rule is for a given table. We discussed some key vocabulary such as "Expression" and "Variable."

In Science, we did a test on the Moon and the Sun. We also launched a new Mars project. We began by discussing what it would take to get humans onto Mars and the psychology behind wanting or not wanting to go on this one way journey.

Weekly Update - Nov. 15th, 2019

In Math, we finished working on our "Chance" Probability Unit. As a math team, we tried to use real world scenarios as examples for the kids to understand Theoretical Probability vs Experimental Probability. Some of the examples we used were dice rolling, coin flipping, and pulling/putting back colored pencil crayons into a bag. Our hope was that they could use those real world scenarios to make sense of both Theo. & Exper.  They were then given a quiz to test their knowledge.

For those students who completed their "Ticket to re-write" assignment, they were awarded a re-write quiz for the place value & multiplication unit.

Finally, we gave our kids their third multiplication table time test. This is a monthly routine where we can see which students have been practicing their basic math facts, and which haven't. As always, we encourage all parents to work with their children on basic facts.

In science, we kept going with our Sky Science Unit, specifically the seasons. This was the final lesson before our mid-way quiz. We worked with the kids on a lot of review- going through the previous lessons, an interactive jeopardy game. They will be quizzed on Monday. They were notified of the quiz mid-week, so we're hoping the kids do some last reviews over the weekend.

Weekly Update - Nov. 8th, 2019

This week in Science, we studied the Sun and the path of the Earth’s orbit on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Wednesday to Friday we studied seasons. The students know that the tilt of the Earth (23.5 degrees) is reason why we have the four seasons. The students are, or will be, documenting their learning on sketch note. Earlier in the week the students created a Venn Diagram comparing and contrasting our Moon to the moon Titan that orbits Saturn.

Bill Nye Seasons

Titan Website:

This week in Math, we continued working with multiplication, place values and decimals. There will be a short probability quiz at the beginning of the week.

Weekly Update - Nov. 1st, 2019

This week in Science, we studied the phases of the moon. We watched the Bill Nye Moon video focusing on the eight main phases of the moon. On Wednesday and Thursday we studied Saturn’s moon Titan. Next week we will compare that moon to or moon here on earth.

This week in Math, we continued working with multiplication using both whole 2 and 3 digit numbers as well numbers decimal numbers. The questions were presented on worksheets then within word problems. As we were working on this concept we integrated place value throughout having the students recite the numbers as we checked our work.

Weekly Update - Oct. 25th, 2019

This week in Math, we wrapped up the transformations unit. The kids were given a quiz on Monday on Rotations. One question on this quiz asked them to combine translations and rotations, so they were challenged to show their knowledge of transformations in succession. Please refer to power school to see marks.

We also began our next math unit, "Numbers." To start this unit, we talked about number place values (all the way up to millions). After two periods of instructions, the kids were given a check-in sheet to show up whether or not they understand place value. Again, please refer to power school to see these updates.

On Thursday, we moved on to the next aspect of numbers, "multiplication." This is an area where kids who know their basic multiplication facts will excel. If students struggle with their basic fact multiplications, please practice with them at home as it will help them moving forward in our "numbers unit."
In Science, we spent the week discussing the missing Malaysian Flight MH370. We went through a newspaper article and a documentary as a class, and the kids were asked to write specific notes from both to show their understanding of evidence. After the documentary was finished, the kids were asked to use their notes to complete an assignment where they chose whether the disappearance of MH370 was an accident or intentional. They were asked to use specific evidence from both the article and the documentary to support their chosen side, rather than only forming an opinion.

We will be starting our Sky Science unit on Monday.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please check PowerSchool regularly for updates on student progress and missing assignments. There are a number of students who have still not submitted their Evidence and Investigation Final Project for example. This is now almost two weeks overdue. Thank you.

Weekly Update - Oct. 18th, 2019

In math, we continued working on Shape and Space - Transformations. The students completed a summative assessment on reflections and spent the majority of the week working on rotations. There will be a summative assessment on rotations on Monday and then we will be moving on to our next unit. Students that we have identified as needing to further their understanding in one or more of the transformations topics will be given extra support and work to do in the coming weeks.

We didn't do much science this week in order to catch up on math. There are still a number of students who haven't handed in their evidence and investigation final project. This is a summative assessment that we need to evaluate student progress. Please check PowerSchool and if your child has not handed it in then encourage them to do so as soon as possible.

Weekly Update - Oct. 11th, 2019

In Math, we kept rolling with our transformations unit. The students were introduced to reflections across a "y" and "x" axis. We worked on this concept for several days, and had the kids do numerous work sheets.

On Wednesday, we quizzed the students on their knowledge of translations. We told the kids about the quiz early in the week, and it was nice to see the students who were struggling, take advantage of the extra practice sheets.

We finished the week by splitting the class into 5 or 6 different groups for a period of white board problems. It's important that the kids work together and collaborate with each other to solves math problems. This was a fun way to end the way as it gave the kids a chance to think outside the box.

In science, we continued with our Evidence and Investigation unit. We gave the kids a chance to get creative and create their own crime. After they planned it, we instructed them to create a comic strip and a crime scene picture of their crime. We're looking for the proper steps of solving a crime, as well as 2 or more pieces of evidence used to solve their fictional crimes. Students we're given ample class time to work on this, and were told to take it home over the weekend if they didn't complete it in class.

The students were treated to a guest speaker on Thursday. A member of the Calgary Police Services Tactical Unit came in and spoke to the kids about his role, and shared some cool stories. This was a great way to wrap up the unit.

Weekly Update - Oct. 4th, 2019

We were fortunate this week to be able to attend a field trip to the Police Interpretive Centre. This was a wonderful trip, loaded with rich learning experiences for the students. A special thank you goes out to Mr. Richardson for all his hard work organizing the trip. If any students missed the trip or would like to go again, the Centre is open on Friday and Saturday. Admission is free!

In science, we launched the evidence and investigation final project. This involves the students designing a crime scene based on a fictitious crime they create. From there, they will create a comic strip from the investigator's point of view to illustrate their knowledge of key topics they have learned. Please see Google Drive for the assignment description and rubric. Students should be finished their plan and have moved onto creating their crime scene diagram. The students will be doing an evidence and investigation unit test later next week.

In math, we have continued our work on Shape and Space - Transformations. We wrapped up translations and have moved onto learning about reflections. As teachers, we are working really hard to frequently update the student's progress with regards to certain key understandings that we have identified. We are checking student understanding continually and updating whether or not each student has that key understanding. These are formative assessments, meaning that they inform our teaching and student learning. If a student does not have a key understanding, we will follow up with them. A translations quiz is coming early next week! See Google Drive for some practice questions.

Weekly Update - Sept. 27th, 2019

This week in math, we focused on translations. We started out by looking at translations without using coordinates. Later in the week, the students performed translations using coordinates. Please see the Grade 6 student folder in Google Drive for some extra practice work. Also, please look in PowerSchool for up-to-date formative assessment information about translations. We have identified “Key Understandings” for this topic. In PowerSchool you will see if your student currently has the key understandings in this topic so far.

In Science, we finished our learning modules for our upcoming field trip to the YouthLink Centre next week. We studied such topics as handwriting, DNA, chromatography and more. The students are very excited for the trip. It is a great, educational day to be sure. Please ensure that the permission form has been returned to homeroom teachers and that you pay for the trip online in PowerSchool. Thank you!

Weekly Update - Sept. 20th, 2019

This week in Science, we studied an article focusing on the scientific processes of Environmental DNA and the Loch Ness Monster. Our classes started our prerequisite lessons provided by the Youth Link center. The students learned about the steps to solve a crime and the role of the Calgary Police Service in fighting crime. We focused on the four main types of fingerprints then we took a sample of our own fingerprints to identify them.

This week in Math, we started Transformations. In grade 6, the students focus on Translation (slide), Reflection (mirror image), and Rotation (spin). We began by learning about transformations in the real world. The students spent time going around the school identifying examples of each transformation. Later in the week, the students got to create their own shape to use for an art piece to represent all three transformations. This project should be handed in to teachers if it hasn't been already.

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!

The students completed a math assessment which will inform our teaching this year, giving us a benchmark of their current understanding.