June 17-21

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

I want to thank parent council again for our staff appreciation lunch this afternoon! It was amazing and it was a great way to end off the school year! Thank you again!

Monday June 24th will be Sports Day.  Our whole school (Kindergarten to grade 6) will be heading outside in the morning from 8:30 - 9:45am to participate in various ‘Active living’ activities set up around our school. Please dress your child for the day; sunscreen, hats, good running shoes and bug spray.

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We made 3-D bees in science”

“We made a city or a robot using 3-D shapes in math”

“We did some writing activities”

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their skills by participating in a building activity with 3-D shapes. Grade 2 students had to a choice between a robot or a city. Students who choose a city wanted to challenge themselves. Students in grade 3 had to build a city. Firstly, students had to sketch their robot or city before gathering the nets of the 3-D shapes. Throughout the building activity, students gathered their shapes as they needed. Students then started creating their 3-D shapes and made a city or a robot. Students have come up with many great ways to build their robots and cities using a variety of many shapes. They are looking fantastic! Ask your child to explain their designs at home!

Making blueprints of our cities and robots

Making their cities and robots

Finished product 

Literacy:

Students finished their nonfiction bee booklets and they are amazing! Students put a lot of time and effort into these booklets and it has certainly shown! Students were also introduced to another writing activity based on our read aloud. Students had to pick their favourite character from Wonder; August, Via, Summer, or Jack Will and come up with a word list that describes the character. As a class, we brainstormed words for each character and then students had to come up with words individually. It was a great conversation and their artwork reflects the hard work they have put into it.

Completing nonfiction bee booklets

Class rubric for our booklet

Brainstorming our list of words for characters

Science/Social Studies:

In science, students continued learning about small flying and crawling insects. Students finished off their 3-D honey bees and added legs, eyes, wings, and an antenna. They are amazing! Ask your child to explain the activity at home! In social studies, students continued to continued learning about the Inuit Community. Students learned the importance of storytelling and various Inuit games children played. Students also learned about igloos and how people stayed warmed. Students watched various educational videos about Inuit games and how igloos are used.

3-D honey bees

Story telling by Michael Kusugak

Upcoming Events:

June 24 - Sports Day

June 26 - Last day of classes - early dismissal @ 12:15pm

June 26 - Report cards go home

June 27 - Non-instructional Day - no school

June 28 - Non-instructional Day - no school

Looking Forward:

Next week, students will participate various writing, math, and science activities to end the year off.

June 10-14

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We started making 3-D honey bees”

“We continuing with our nonfiction bee booklets”

“We did lacrosse in gym”

“We made inukshuks out of clay for social studies”

“We started 2-D and 3-D shapes in math”

Friday, June 21nd is Ethel M. Johnson’s Annual Sports Day.  Our whole school (Kindergarten to grade 6) will be heading outside in the morning from 9:00- 11:00 am to participate in various ‘Active living’ activities set up around our school. Please dress your child for the day; sunscreen, hats, good running shoes and bug spray.

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their skills with 2-D and 3-D shapes. Some new vocabulary words students learned were polygons, quadrilaterals, hexagon, pentagon, and octagon. Student explored the school and their classroom and determined that these shapes are everywhere! Students also watched various educational videos about these shapes and created anchor charts to use as a reference if they needed. Students also participated in various activities about 2-D and 3-D shapes. Activities included, geometry scavenger hunt, polygon parade, peter polygon, and tangram exploration. Students also discovered that many shapes create new shapes! Ask your child about these activities at home!

Anchor chart



Students participating in various math activities

Literacy:

Students are now working on completing the table of contents, glossary, and index of their bee booklets. We are working together and reviewed as a group the proper way of completing these sections. We will continue next week with completing our nonfiction bee booklets. They are looking amazing and cannot wait to see the finished product!

Students working on their table of contents

Completing their glossary

Science/social studies:

In science, students continued learning about small flying and crawling insects. Students are creating their own 3-D honey bee out of newspaper. Students have created a head, thorax, and abdomen for their body and have started painting the body parts of their bees. Students will then add legs, wings, eyes, and antennas to make their honey bee look more realistic. In social studies, students continued learning about the Inuit Community. Students learned about inukshuks and why they are important to the Inuit culture. Students then created their own inukshuk out of plasticine and wrote a paragraph describing their inukshuk. Students did a fantastic job creating and explaining their inukshuks.

Completion of our KWL chart

Creating 3-D honey bees

Upcoming Dates:

June 20 - Fun Lunch - Subway

June 21 - Sports Day

June 26 - Last day of classes - early dismissal @ 12:15pm

June 27 - Non-instructional Day - no school

June 28 - Non-instructional Day - no school

Looking Forward:

Next week, students will finish their nonfiction bee booklets and be introduced to a writing activity that's based on our read aloud; Wonder. Students will also enhance their learning with 2-D and 3-D shapes by participating in various math activities, complete their 3-D honey bee, and enhance their learning about the Inuit community.

June 3-7

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We played doctor dodgeball in gym”

“We had the volunteer tea”

“We are creating nonfiction bee booklets”

“We had a presentation on building different things”

“We did an Inuit painting in social studies"

Students in grade 3 welcomed a guest speaker today and learned about the strength of various materials for building. Some examples included; testing the strength of popsicle sticks and cantilevered beam.


Math:

Students continued to practice and build their skills in measurement by participating in various measurement activities. Stations included; balancing objects (mass), measuring length, height, distance around (perimeter), building structures using different manipulatives, and applying their understanding with number patterns (counting by 2’s, 3’s, 5’s, and 6’s). Students rotated through each station until they completed all of them. Students were using their knowledge of measurement and relating it to real world applications!  Ask your child to explain these stations at home!

Discovering/creating number patterns

Measuring height and length

Balancing various objects to figure out the weight

Building a structure and accurately measuring it

Literacy:

Students finished up their research on honey bees and now are working on completing their booklet as a final project. Students have been working on each section of their booklet and creating 3-5 sentences with an illustration. Headings include; appearance, habitat, life cycle, food, and interesting facts of honey bees. The booklet will also include a title page, table of contents, glossary, and a index as part of our nonfiction writing unit. The booklets are looking amazing and students are excited to read them!

Students working on their bee booklets

Science/Social Studies:

In science, students continued learning about small flying and crawling insects. Students learned about the life cycle of a honey bee and the four stages it goes through. Students were shown an educational video and had to draw and write 3-5 sentences as part of their nonfiction booklet in writing. Students learned how honey bees collect pollen and nectar from various flowers and bring it back to their hives. Students also completed the KWL of what they learned about bees. In social studies, students were introduced to a new unit; Inuit Communities. As a group we had a discussion about the Inuit community. Students created a visual journal page and divided their sheet up into four sections; life, landscapes, food, and seasons. Students drew and wrote a sentence about each section and watched two educational videos about the life of Inuit people. We also read the story “A Polar Bear’s Son” together to show students how people live in these communities. Students then created a painting using water colours to design a landscape for the Inuit community.

Drawing and writing about the bee life cycle

Learning about pollen and nector

Inuit water colour landscapes

Upcoming Events:

June 10-13  - All library books are due

June 10&11 - Lacrosse Residency

June 20 - Fun Lunch - Subway

June 21 - Sports Day

June 26 - Last day of classes - early dismissal @ 12:15pm

June 27 - Non-instructional Day - no school

June 28 - Non-instructional Day - no school

Looking Forward:

Next week, students continue with writing their nonfiction bee booklets, introduce a new unit in math; 2-D and 3-D shapes, continue their learning in science; small crawling and flying insects, and enhance their learning about the Inuit community.

May 27-31

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We are designing a new EMJ logo”

“We started measurement centres”

“We had little caesars for fun lunch”

“We went to studio bell for a field trip”

**Tuesday, June 4th is ride to school day. There are over 84 Schools participating in Calgary this year, and we are so excited to be part of this awesome day to support healthy lifestyles, and outdoor engagement! 

Please take a look at the website: http://calgarybiketoschool.weebly.com/

**All Sport One Day is a great opportunity for children 6-12 years old to try out a new sports activity for free.  There more than 70 events all over the city, and kids can sign up for 2 different events and it is all FREE!   

Please take a look at the websitehttps://www.sportcalgary.ca/all-sport-one-day

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their skills in measurement and learned new vocabulary words such as distance around, perimeter, mass, and weight. In our whole group discussions, students shared and explained what they knew about these terms and how they are related to real world applications. Students were then introduced to measurement stations giving them opportunities to apply their knowledge and learning. Stations included; balancing objects (mass), measuring length, height, distance around (perimeter), building structures using different manipulatives, and applying their understanding with number patterns (counting by 2’s, 3’s, 5’s, and 6’s). Students will rotate through the stations until they all have them completed. Ask your child about these stations!

Students participating in measurement stations

Literacy:

Students have started a research project on honey bees and will complete a nonfiction booklet for their end project. Students are gathering information about bees on google docs and will use these notes to form a proper paragraph under each heading. In the booklet, students will create headings; appearance, habitat, food, lifecycle, and interesting facts about honey bees. Once students have completed their research they are to write 3-5 sentences under each heading with an illustration. The booklet will also include a title page, table of contents, glossary, and a index as part of our nonfiction writing unit. I am very excited to see the finished product of these booklets!

Bee vocabulary list

Science/Social Studies:

In science, students continued learning about hot and cold temperatures. Students learned new vocabulary terms such as insulators and conductors. We discussed how insulators were important in our home and as well for animals who are living in cold temperatures. Students came to a conclusion that by insulating our home will help keep us warm in the winter time. Students also explained that animals have blubber that help keep them warm in cold temperatures. Some animals we looked at were birds, polar bears, penguins, and whales. Students also started a new unit; small flying and crawling insects. Students were introduced to various insects and had to draw the 3 main parts of an insect (head, thorax, and abdomen). Students also created a KWL chart about what they already know and what questions they still have bees. At the end of the unit, students will write what they learned from the unit and add it to our KWL chart.

Students writing down their ideas of why insulators are important

KWL Chart

Upcoming Events:

June 6 - Volunteer Tea @10:15-11:00am

June 7 - Grade 3 Science Presentation @10:15-11:00am

June 10&11 - Lacrosse Residency

June 20 - Fun Lunch - Subway

June 21 - Sports Day

June 26 - Last day of classes - early dismissal @ 12:15pm

June 27 - Non-instructional Day - no school

June 28 - Non-instructional Day - no school

Looking Forward:

Next week, students will start writing their paragraphs for their bee booklets, continue learning about measurement (length, height, mass, capacity, and distance) and participate in centres, continue to enhance their learning in science; small crawling and flying insects, and start learning about the Inuit community.

May 13-16

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We finished our own countries in social studies”

“We researched our favourite topics”

“We finished our bee patterns in math”

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their skills with number patterns. Students participated in pattern activities; I have… Who has the number pattern.., pattern bingo, and roll and dice game. These games are to help students practice their skills with increasing and decreasing number patterns. Ask your child to show you some number patterns! Students were also introduced to a new unit called; measurement. Students were exploring vocabulary words such has, distance, length, height, centimeters, meters, and inches. For an activity, students arranged themselves from shortest to tallest and they did great!  To practice with measuring students measured various items in our classroom and school to further their understanding.


Brainstorming and making an anchor chart

Practicing number patterns

Measuring various objects in our classroom

Literacy:

Students have now finished off researching their favourite topics and wrote a complete paragraph for each topic. Students wrote 5-6 complete sentences ensuring that their punctuation, grammar, and spelling were accurate. Students have also been working with a partner which allowed them to converse ideas together to write the best paragraph they can. Students have also added pictures and a caption to help capture the reader's attention. Students will finish off completing a second self and peer reflection on the work they have done.

Researching favourite topics in writing

Science/Social Studies:

In science, students continued learning about hot and cold and how it relates to our bodies and structural buildings. We had a discussion that the human body temperature is relatively constant and normally a change is body temperature signals a change in health; fever or hypothermia. We also discussed ways to changing temperature in our homes and buildings; changing thermostat, opening a window, or using a space heater. In social studies, students completed their own countries. Their countries have demonstrated a lot of creativity and are looking fantastic!

Drawing a diagram of ways our bodies change temperatures

 

Circling ways objects to make our hme cooler or warmer

Brainstorming as a group on ways to cool and heat our homes and school

Upcoming Dates:

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - no school

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 24 - Grade 2/3 Bee Presentation

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart Event @ 11:30am

May 28 – Grade 2/3 to National Music Centre

May 30 – Fun Lunch – Little Caesars

June 10&11 - Lacrosse Residency

June 20 - Fun Lunch - Subway

June 26 - Last day of classes - early dismissal @ 12:15pm

June 27 - Non-instructional Day - no school

June 28 - Non-instructional Day - no school

Going Forward:

Next week, students will be introduced to a new research project for nonfiction writing, continue learning about measurement (length, height, mass, capacity, and distance), and continue to enhance their learning in science; hot and cold temperature. 

May 6-10

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We started pattern bees”

“We continued skipping in gym for Jump Rope for Heart”

“We started coding club and five lucky people got chosen from our class”

“We continued with our read aloud”

"We started a new unit in science, hot and cold"

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with patterns by creating decreasing patterns of their choice with using and 2-3 attributes (colour, shape, size, position, and direction) discussed in class. Students continued to participate in pattern word problems and showed various ways to demonstrate their learning. To enhance student understanding, students have been introduced to a bee pattern project and must create various patterns (repeating, increasing, decreasing) on their bees. Students are very creative and have done a fantastic job so far on them!

Making decreasing patterns

Pattern word problems

Students making their bee patterns

Literacy:

Students continued to research their favourite topics with a partner by using the steps we have been working on with nonfiction writing. Students are gathering facts on their topic and typing out the important information on google docs. Once students have gathered their information they are to write a complete paragraph about their topic. Students have been working on making sure their spelling is correct as well as having capital letters and periods in their sentences. Students are also incorporating pictures and writing captions about the picture. Students are also doing a self and peer reflection on the work they have done. Students are loving this project and I am looking forward to reading all about their favourite topics!

Science/Social Studies:

In science, students were introduced to a new unit; hot and cold temperature. As a class we brainstormed ideas together and watched educational videos on various things that were hot and cold. Students created a chart in their visual journals of things that they knew were hot and cold. Students had to draw and then label their items. Students also learned about the importance of temperature and how it can affect their daily skills. For example, body and weather temperature can affect various activities. In social studies, students continued with creating their own country. Their countries are looking amazing! Students have great detail and love explaining their countries with their peers.  

Hot and cold charts

Learning about temperatures

Students making their own thermometers

Creating their own countries

Upcoming Events:

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - no school

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 24 - Grade 2/3 Bee Presentation

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart Event @ 11:30am

May 28 – Grade 2/3 to National Music Centre

May 30 – Fun Lunch – Little Caesars

June 10&11 - Lacrosse Residency

June 20 - Fun Lunch - Subway

June 26 - Last day of classes - early dismissal @ 12:15pm

June 27 - Non-instructional Day - no school

June 28 - Non-instructional Day - no school

Looking Forward:

Next week, students will continue to research their favourite topics and edit and revise their paragraphs with their partners. Students will continue to practice number patterns by participating in different activities and finish their bee pattern project. Students will also be introduced to a new unit in math; shape and space, continue to enhance their learning in science; hot and cold temperature, and finish their own countries.

April 29-May 3

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

On Friday, May 3rd we had a kick off assembly for Jump Rope for Heart. Our special guest explained to our students the importance for this fundraiser event, heart health and healthy eating. Each student received an envelope and a parent letter about the fundraiser. We will be fundraising for EMJ’s Jump Rope for Heart event which will be held on May 24th.

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We had a Jump Rope for Heart Assembly”

“Ms. I did some skipping during the assembly”

“We learned about the different parts of our ears”

“We had the spring concert yesterday!”

“We researched our favourite topics for nonfiction writing”

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with patterns. Students practiced making increasing patterns using various shapes/objects with a partner as well as creating their own increasing patterns using 2-3 attributes (colour, shape, size, position, and direction) we discussed in class. Students were also introduced to pattern word problems and did a fantastic job showing and explaining their patterns! To enhance student learning with increasing number patterns, students participated in an activity called, “I have… Who has the number pattern..” it was a great activity to help students practice increasing number patterns. Ask your child about the activity!

Students creating their own increasing patterns 

Students working on pattern word problems

Literacy:

Students continued to research their favourite topic of their choice with a partner by following the steps we have been working on with nonfiction writing. Students are gathering facts about their topic and typing out the important information on google docs. Students are sharing their document with their partner so they can work together at the same time. Once students have gathered their information they are to write a complete paragraph about their topic. Students have been working on making sure they have capital letters and periods in their sentences. Students are also incorporating pictures and writing captions about the picture below.


Students researching their favourite topics with their partners

Science/Social Studies:

In science, students continued their learning with hearing and sound. As a class we discussed the importance of our ears and how our ears work to hear various sounds in our world. Students watched an educational video and filled out a sheet of the important parts of the ear. Students learned the different functions within our ears and how they all connect to our brain so we can hear sounds. We also discussed the differences and similarities between human ears and animal ears. Students learned that animal hearing can hear beyond human hearing. Students created a list of which animals they thought have better hearing than humans. Students also participated in discussions about loudness and how amplified sound can cause damage to the ear. Students also came up with ways to protect our ears while playing and/or working around loud sounds.

Students filling out the different parts of our ears


Students coming up with animals that may have different hearing senses then humans

Students had to hear different sounds and write down the pitch noise (low, medium, high)

Upcoming Events:

May 6 – Vaccinations in PM

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - no school

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart Event @ 11:30am

May 28 – Gr 2/3 to National Music Centre

May 30 – Fun Lunch – Little Caesars

Looking Forward:

Next week, students will continue to properly research important information on the internet with a partner. Students will also continue to enhance their math skills by participating in various pattern activities; decreasing patterns (shapes, objects, and numbers), start an new unit in science; hot and cold temperature, and creating their own country.

April 23-24

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We made guitars in science to hear different pitch noises”

”We are learning about patterns in math”

“We did mathletics in math”

“We started a read aloud”

“We had the spring carnival last night”

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with number sense. Students were introduced to a new unit in math this week; patterns. Students did a great job at remembering various patterns; repeating (AB, ABB, AAB, AABB, ABC), increasing, and decreasing patterns. To apply their learning, students created their own patterns through exploration using snap cubes. Students were coming up with many different patterns! As a class, we also came up with a list of where they saw patterns in our classroom and in our world! Students had the opportunity to show and explain their patterns on the whiteboard to their peers. Students were also introduced to new terminology called, pattern cores and pattern attributes. Pattern cores is the smallest part in a pattern that repeats and attributes consist of shape, colour, size, position, and direction. Students were pretty excited to show their own patterns using cores and attributes on the whiteboard.

Various patterns

Patterns in our classroom and world

Pattern cores/attributes


Exploration of Patterns

Making their own patterns

Literacy:

Students continued to learn about non-fiction writing and have discussions about the different components a non-fiction book has; table of contents, glossary, fact box, index, diagram (labels), and a picture caption. We then practiced again as a class and researched another topic on tarantulas. We created a list of facts together and students sketched a picture of a tarantula in their visual journals. We then created a paragraph that had 5 sentences, capital letters, and periods. We also discussed the structure when writing a proper paragraph as well. Students are now working on researching a topic of their choice with a partner and will follow the steps to proper non-fiction writing and record their information on google docs. 


Creating paragraphs on non-fiction writing and making revisions

Science/Social Studies:

In science, students continued their learning with hearing and sound. As a class we had a discussion about the properties about sound and the meaning. We specifically focused on the property called ‘pitch’. Students were shown educational videos the different pitch sounds; low, medium, and high. To apply their learning, students designed and created a guitar of their own and used various thicknesses with elastic bands to determine the pitch sound.The guitars are great! Students also learned that a placement of a ruler on the guitar determines the pitch sound. In social studies, students continued to create their booklets of their own country. Students must come up with a country name and write down the geography, weather, food/drinks, schools, jobs, maps, flags, and other interesting facts about their country.

Making guitars

Applying their learning

Creating our own countries

Upcoming Dates:

April 29-May 2 - Scholastic Book Fair for students

May 2 – Scholastic Book Fair during Spring Concert

May 2 – Spring Concert

May 3 – Jump Rope for Heart Assembly 11:15am

May 6 – Vaccinations in PM

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - no school

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart Event

May 28 – Gr 2/3 to National Music Centre

May 30 – Fun Lunch – Little Caesars

Looking Forward:

Next week, students will continue to practice non-fiction writing and the steps to properly research important information on the internet with a partner. Students will also continue to enhance their skills in number sense by engaging in various pattern activities and participating in various hearing and sound activities.

April 15-18

We are still in need for some more shoe boxes for our science experiment next week. If you have any extra boxes please send as many as you can to ensure that all students have a chance to participate. Many thanks!

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We started hearing and sound in science”

“We started computer research in soft start”

“We started arranging fractions on a number line”

“We are learning about sounds”

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with number sense. Students continued to practice fractions by designing and creating fraction pizzas. Students had to use proper terminology such as, denominator, numerator, half, fourths, and eighths when writing their fractions. Students also learned how to properly put fractions on a number line. We reviewed number lines regularly this week by watching an educational video and participating in various activities. Students in grade 3 also were engaged in fraction stations to help enhance their learning while grade 2 students participated in small group by working one “Today’s Number.” Their numbers were "73 and 107." Students had to show the various ways to represent these numbers. Students were showing addition/subtraction equations, tally marks, place value, and money.

Completing our fraction pizzas

Final product of our fraction pizzas

Practicing putting fractions on a number line

Literacy:

Students were introduced to non-fiction writing. We had many class discussions about the different components a non-fiction book has; table of contents, glossary, fact box, index, diagram (labels), and a picture caption. As a class students were introduced to a website called “pebble go” and together we researched polar bears. We discussed the important information to pull from websites and conducted a list of facts about polar bears. Students also sketched a diagram of a polar bear. Students then collected all their facts and created a paragraph. In writing, we have talked about how a paragraph must have at least 5 sentences, capital letters, and periods.

Our class chart of what non-fiction writing is

Students writing down facts and drawing an illustration of Polar Bears

Science/Social Studies:

In science, we started a new unit called; hearing and sound. As a class we created a KWL chart on what they already knew and would like to know about sound. Students watched educational videos on sound and the properties; pitch, loudness/softness, and quality. Students also actively participated in two experiments about vibrations and its importance. In social studies, we had the privilege to welcome a guest speaker, Michael Kusugak, an author and storyteller to share his experiences and stories with our students. Students enjoyed listening to Michael share his story of where he grew up, listening to his grandmother’s stories, and playing with toys made out of seal bones his community caught to help them survive. It was amazing and the students thoroughly had a great time!  

KWL/Properties of Sound Charts

Participating in science experiments

Guest speaker, Michael Kusugak

Upcoming Events:

April 19 – Good Friday – no school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day - no school

April 25 – Fun Lunch – Edo

April 25 – Spring Carnival 6-8pm

April 29-May 2 - Scholastic Book Fair for students

May 2 – Scholastic Book Fair during Spring Concert

May 2 – Spring Concert

May 3 – Jump Rope for Heart Assembly 11:15am

May 6 – Vaccinations in PM

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - no school

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart Event

May 28 – Gr 2/3 to National Music Centre

May 30 – Fun Lunch – Little Caesars

Looking Forward:

Next week, students will continue to practice non-fiction writing and the steps to properly research important information on the internet. Students will also continue to enhance their skills in number sense by participating in various pattern activities and number activities, participating in various hearing and sound activities, and creating their own country.

April 8-12

We are hoping to begin a new science unit on Hearing and Sound. Each student will need a sturdy show box for a fun activity in the up coming week. Please send as many as you can to ensure that all students have a chance to participate. Many thanks!

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We had swimming lessons this week”

“We are learning fractions in math”

“We started badminton in gym”

“We had our science test on magnets”

Math:

Students in grade 2 continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with number sense.

Grade 2 students continued to participate in money math activities. The activities included; Nickels to None, Dizzy Dimes, Word problems, and Money Dominos. Ask your child to play these games at home!

  • Nickels to None

    • Player 1 turns over one card from the deck and takes the appropriate number of coins.  

                                    Example: turns over a 3, player takes 3 nickels and counts

                                                                  “5 + 5 + 5 = 15”

    • Once player 1 has counted they cross off “15” on their game board.
    • If player 1 turns over the same card that had been played already player 1 misses their turn and player 2 goes.
    • Players continue until one players crosses off all their numbers.
  • Dizzy Dimes

    • Player 1 turns over one card from the deck and takes the appropriate number of coins.

                                 Example: turns over a 3, player takes 3 dimes and counts

                                                               “10 + 10 + 10 = 30”

    • Students participated in various word problems using money.

    • Students had to either use addition or subtraction strategies to solve the word problems.

  • Money Dominos

    • Make groups of 2-4 players. Hand out the domino cards equally face-down among group members.

    • If there is a left over card, put that card face up in the middle of the playing area. That card will be the first card.

    • The next person tries to put a domino card on the table that matches one of what’s already there. If the player can’t, they skip a turn.

    • Players continue to rotate around trying to match up the cards. The player that loses all their cards first is the winner.

  • Word Problems

    • Students participated in various word problems using money.

    • Students had to either use addition or subtraction strategies to solve the word problems.

Grade 3 students continued to enhance their learning with division and participating in various math activities. The activities included; Divide by 7, Find the unknown number, Don’t Duck Division, Crazy Birds - Find a line! Ask your child to play at home!

  • Divide by 7

    • Each player uses a different colored pencil. Players take turns to color two squares – a division and the matching answer.

    • When all squares have been colored, the winner is the player with the longest line of their color around the edge of the rectangle.

  • Find the Unknown Number

    • Spread out the missing number game cards.

    • Players take turns picking a card and telling the unknown number.

    • The player keeps all cards correctly answered & writes the equation as both a multiplication & division equation on their recording sheet.

                                                          Example: 4 x 7 = 28   28 ÷ 4 = 7 4.

    • If the player answers incorrectly, the card is placed back in the pile.

    • Play until all cards are picked and the player with the most cards wins.

  • Don’t Duck Division

    • Decide who plays first. Player with the shortest name starts. Decide how long the game will last.  

    • The Player 1 draws a card, reads the division problem and calls out the answer.

    • The other player checks Player 1’s answer. If his answer is correct, Player 1 draws a line segment on the game board. If the answer is incorrect, he does not draw a line and his turn is over.

    • Player 2 takes a turn using the same method.

    • Continue to play.  The player who draws a line that finishes a 4-sided box writes his initials in that box.  When a player completes a box, he also gets to draw an extra line on the game board.

    • At the end of playing time, players calculate their score by adding up how many boxes they have.  Each box with a duck inside is worth 3 points. Each box with initials only is worth 1 point. The player with the most points wins.  (I modified the points to 10 points for a regular box and 25 points for a duck box).

  • Crazy Birds - Find the Line!

    • Players take turns to color a line of 3 numbers that can make a division equation.

    • The line must be 3 numbers beside each other in a row or column. NOT DIAGONAL

    • A player could color 36, 9 and 4 for 36÷9=4. The numbers can be in any order.

                                                     Example:  36, 9 and 4       9, 4 and 36

  • The last player who can color a line of 3 numbers is the winner.

Students were also introduced to fractions with week! Students watched two educational videos about fractions and how they are used everyday in our lives! Students were also introduced to strategies and rules for fractions by making a reference sheet in their visual journals. Students also participated in a various fractions activities to help enhance their understanding with fractions.


Strategies and Rules to Fractions


Fraction Pictures

Fraction Pizzas

Literacy:

Students have now finished their own picture books. Students designed illustrations for their book using a variety of art materials; charcoal, pastels, clay, and paints! Students created a beginning, middle, and end for their stories. I am very excited and cannot wait to read everyone’s stories! Students are also very excited to read their stories to their classmates. 

Science/Social Studies:

In science, students finished up the magnetism unit.  Students actively participated and explored magnet stations throughout the unit and demonstrated their knowledge and learning in various ways. In social studies, students finished researching their two countries of their choice (Ukraine, Peru, India, and Tunisia). It was fantastic to hear conversations between their peers on now similar and different each country is. Students also started creating their booklets of their own country. Students had to come up with a country name and write down the geography, weather, food/drinks, schools, jobs, maps, flags, and other interesting facts about their country.

Students creating their own countries

Upcoming Dates:

April 16 – Guest Speaker RMs 12,14,15 and 7 in afternoon

April 17 – Class photos

April 19 – Good Friday – no school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day

April 25 – Fun Lunch – Edo

April 25 – Spring Carnival

Looking Forward:

Next week, students will be introduced to non-fiction writing and the steps to properly research important information on the internet. Students will also continue to enhance their skills in number sense by participating in various fraction and number activities, start a new unit in science; hearing and sound, and creating their own country.

April 1-5

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

"We did division stations in math"

"We learned more about magnets"

"We are finishing our picture books"

"We went to Aggie Days!"

Math:

Students in grade 2 continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with number sense.

Grade 2 students were introduced to four new math activities using money. The activities included; Nickels to None, Dizzy Dimes, Word problems, and money dominos. 

  • Nickels to None

    • Player 1 turns over one card from the deck and takes the appropriate number of coins.  

Example: turns over a 3, player takes 3 nickels and counts

“5 + 5 + 5 = 15”

  • Once player 1 has counted they cross off “15” on their gameboard.

  • If player 1 turns over the same card that had been played already player 1 misses their turn and player 2 goes.

  • Players continue until one players crosses off all their numbers.

  • Dizzy Dimes

  • Player 1 turns over one card from the deck and takes the appropriate number of coins.

                                   Example: turns over a 3, player takes 3 dimes and counts

“10 + 10 + 10 = 30”

  • Once player 1 has counted they cross off “15” on their gameboard.

  • If player 1 turns over the same card that had been played already player 1 misses their turn and player 2 goes.

  • Players continue until one players crosses off all their numbers.

  • Money Dominos

    • Make groups of 2-4 players. Hand out the domino cards equally face-down among group members.

    • If there is a left over card, put that card face up in the middle of the playing area. That card will be the first card.

    • The next person tries to put a domino card on the table that matches one of what’s already there. If the player can’t, they skip a turn.

    • Players continue to rotate around trying to match up the cards. The player that loses all their cards first is the winner.

  • Word Problems

  • Students participated in various word problems using money.

  • Students had to either use addition or subtraction strategies to solve the word problems.

Word Problems

Money Dominos

Grade 3 students were introduced to four new math activities using money. The activities included; Divide by 7, Find the unknown number, Don’t Duck Division, Crazy Birds - Find a line! Ask your child to play at home!

  • Divide by 7

    • Each player uses a different colored pencil. Players take turns to color two squares – a division and the matching answer.

    • When all squares have been colored, the winner is the player with the longest line of their color around the edge of the rectangle.

  • Find the Unknown Number

    • Spread out the missing number game cards.

    • Players take turns picking a card and telling the unknown number.

    • The player keeps all cards correctly answered & writes the equation as both a multiplication & division equation on their recording sheet.

                                                               Example: 4 x 7 = 28   28 ÷ 4 = 7 4.

    • If the player answers incorrectly, the card is placed back in the pile.

    • Play until all cards are picked and the player with the most cards wins.

  • Don’t Duck Division

    • Decide who plays first. Player with the shortest name starts. Decide how long the game will last.  

    • The Player 1 draws a card, reads the division problem and calls out the answer.

    • The other player checks Player 1’s answer. If his answer is correct, Player 1 draws a line segment on the game board. If the answer is incorrect, he does not draw a line and his turn is over.

    • Player 2 takes a turn using the same method.

    • Continue to play.  The player who draws a line that finishes a 4-sided box writes his initials in that box.  When a player completes a box, he also gets to draw an extra line on the game board.

    • At the end of playing time, players calculate their score by adding up how many boxes they have.  Each box with a duck inside is worth 3 points. Each box with initials only is worth 1 point. The player with the most points wins.  (I modified the points to 10 points for a regular box and 25 points for a duck box).

  • Crazy Birds - Find the Line!

    • Players take turns to color a line of 3 numbers that can make a division equation.

    • The line must be 3 numbers beside each other in a row or column. NOT DIAGONAL

    • A player could color 36, 9 and 4 for 36÷9=4. The numbers can be in any order.

                                                   Example:  36, 9 and 4       9, 4 and 36

  • The last player who can color a line of 3 numbers is the winner.

Students will continue to participate in these activities next week to enhance their skills with division and money. Ask your child to play at home!

Don't Duck Division

Find the Unknown Number

Literacy:

Students have continued and are finishing up their own picture books. Students have created amazing illustrations using various art supplies; charcoal, pastels, clay, and paints! Students had to include a beginning, middle, and end along with pictures that represent their writing. I cannot wait until they are all completed! Students are also very eager to share their stories with their classmates.

Students working on their picture books

Science/Social Studies:

In science, students have started a new unit; magnetism. Students participated and explored various activities using magnets. Students also participated in a school tour on where they see magnets in their own school. We also had a class discussion on where magnets are used in their own homes! Students came to a conclusion that magnets are everywhere! Students were also introduced to vocabulary terms such as, magnetic field, north and south poles, repel, and attract. Educational videos were shown to students to help them understand the meaning and where in our world magnets are used. In social studies, students continued to research two countries of their choice (Ukraine, Peru, India, and Tunisia). It’s amazing to hear students engage in conversation with their peers on how these countries have similarities and differences. Starting next week, students will create and design their own country and display their learning in the same way they did for the four countries.

Materials students will determine if they have a magnetic field

Students writing their observations down

Students finishing up their research

Upcoming Dates:

April 8-12 – Swimming K-3 and PLP

April 9 – School council meeting 6:30pm

April 16 – Guest Speaker RMs 12,14,15 and 7 in afternoon

April 17 – Class photos

April 19 – Good Friday – no school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day

April 25 – Fun Lunch – Edo

April 25 – Spring Carnival

Looking Forward:

Next week, students will be introduced to non-fiction writing and the steps to properly research important and safe information on the internet. Students will also continue to enhance their skills in number sense by participating in various math activities, engaging in magnetism activities, and creating their own country.

March 11-15

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

We practiced money word problems”

“We learned how to properly count money”

“We learned new games in gym”

“We experimented with new art supplies for our stories”

“We finished our lapbooks in science”

“We started our stories”

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with number sense. Students were introduced and participated in various activities using money. Some activities included; race to $1.00 and dixie cup value. Ask your child to play these games at home!

  • Race to $1.00

    • 1. Place coins into the paper bag and shake the bag.

    • 2. Start the game by having one player pick a coin from the bag. Each player will then draw this coin on their sheet of paper.

    • 3. Next, all players continue to draw coins on the paper until they have reached $1.00. The first to $1.00 accurately wins the round.

    • 4. Continue having each player pick a coin and draw coin combinations until there are no more coins in the bag.

    • 5. The winner is the one who has won the most combinations.

  • Dixie Cup Value

    • 1 .Start the game by having one player pick a dixie cup from the stack.

    • 2. One player will draw the coins they picked in their math journal that adds up to the amount on the dixie cup.

    • 3. The first player to draw and show the amount wins the around and collects 1 point.

    • 4. Continue playing until all dixie cups are done.

    • 5. The winner is the player who has the most dixie cups.


Dixie Cup Value Game

Race to $1.00 Game

Students also created a money flip book to help them understand the quantity of cents and practiced word problems using money. As a class we discussed the different types of money and how money is shown; bills and coins.

  • Coins - 0.05, 0.10, 0.25, $1.00, $2.00

  • Bills - $5.00, $10.00, $20.00, $50.00, and $100.00

We discussed as a class where we see money in our world. Students came up with fantastic answers! We will continue to use money throughout the year in our math discussions.


Students working on their money flip books

Literacy:

Students have started a new project in writing. Students are to design and create a picture book of their choice using various art supplies to design their illustrations. During our soft starts, students have experienced with art supplies such as; paints, charcoal, pastels, and clay. They are to create scenes and characters to use in their own stories. Students are also to create a beginning, middle, and end that relate to their illustrations. They are doing a fantastic job and are so creative! I cannot wait to see the finished product!

Acrylic Paint/Ink Example

Water Colour Example

Clay Example

Students exploring various art supplies

Science/Social Studies:

In science, students continued to participate and engage in activities about rocks and minerals. Students learned about how to make soil from rocks! We watched an educational video to explain how this process was done. We also continued to add definitions to our vocabulary words! To end this off unit, students wrote a test on rocks and minerals and used their lapbooks to help them out. Students are so excited to take their lapbooks home! Ask your child to explain them to you! In social studies, students started researching about the four different countries they are to learn this year (Ukraine, Peru, India, and Tunisia). Students are to only research two of countries of their choice and compare the similarities and differences between the two countries! While researching students had to write about the geography, weather, food/drinks, schools, jobs, maps, flags, and other interesting facts they found about the country. For an end project, students will create their own country and display their learning in the same way they did for the four countries.

Students working on their lapbooks

Students researching countries of their choice

Upcoming Events:

March 21 – Early dismissal @ 12:15pm

March 21 – Parent Teacher Conferences @ 4-8:oopm

March 22 – Non-Instructional - Parent Teacher Conferences @8-1:00pm

March 25-29 – Spring Break - no school

April 1 – Classes resume

April 4 – Evening CPS presentation 6:30

April 4 - Grade 2/3 & 3 Classes; Aggie Day Field Trip

April 8-12 – Swimming K-3 and PLP

April 9 – School council meeting 6:30pm

April 16 – Guest Speaker rms 12,14,15 and 7 in afternoon

April 17 – Class photos

April 19 – Good Friday – no school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day

April 25 – Fun Lunch – Edo

April 25 – Spring Carnival

Looking Forward:

Next week, students will continue to design and create their own picture books with exploring various art supplies (paints, pastels, clay, pencil crayons, etc.) they would like to use for their illustrations. Students will continue to enhance their skills in number sense, math talks, magnetism, continue to research two countries of their choice (Tunisia, Ukraine, India, and Peru) and compare the similarities and differences between the two countries they choose.

March 4-8

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We had our dance concert this week!”

“In gym we did hip hop”

“We continued to practice word problems in math”

“We practiced writing stories for Mock Caldecott”

“We did mad minutes to practice our basic facts”

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with number sense in addition, subtraction and multiplication. Students were introduced to mad minutes this week and did fantastic! Students have requested to practice these skills in math regularly. Students were also introduced to “how many ways?” where they were given a number and had to show the various ways to represent that number using addition and multiplication. Grade 2s have practiced learned and practiced the various addition and subtraction strategies. Students showed repeated addition, using rows/columns, number lines, various equations that equaled the number, and other strategies for those operations. Grade 3s have learned, practiced, and showed repeated addition, arrays, number lines, and equations using multiplication.


Students showing "how many ways?"

Student practicing problem solving

Literacy:

Students continued their literature circles about Mock Caldecott and rated the books they read. Students rated each book based on specific criteria; 1 = not at all    2 = a little bit    3 = mostly   4 = absolutely. Students had to rate the books based on the different lenses (colours, sounds/silence, symbols, and facial expressions). Students then watched a electronic book that won the Mock Caldecott Award and had to write a story using a beginning, middle, and end. Students will use the skills learned when writing stories to help make it theirs more interesting. Students edited and revised their work with a peer and gave constructive feedback. At the end of this unit, students will create their own picture book and write a beginning, middle, and end using different art mediums to design their illustrations.

Students rating Mock Caldecott books

Students writing their beginning, middle, and end of their stories

Science/Social Studies:

In science, students continued to participate and engage in activities about rocks and minerals. Students learned about how to properly examine various types of rocks based on their grain (fine-grained, medium-grained, coarse-grained) and how these rocks were formed. Students also learned how soil isn't just dirt and how it is combined with rock particles. Soil is composed of: air, water, organic material (decayed/rotted plant) inorganic material (sand, clay). As a group, we continued to add definitions to words we learned throughout the week. In social studies, we reviewed vocabulary words such as, rights, responsibilities, citizen, and global citizenship and how they relate to other countries around the world. Students then watched educational videos of the environmental concerns Canada and other countries have in common. Students came up with examples of ways that could change some of those concerns. Students also were introduced to three different international organizations that help other countries in need (Red Cross, Unicef, and Doctors without Borders).

Students adding to their rocks and minerals lapbook

Students learning about the environmental concerns

Upcoming Dates:

March 11 – Second visit AHS Dental (K-Gr. 2)

March 12 – School Council Meeting     

March 14 – Fun Lunch – Boston Pizza

March 21 – Early dismissal @ 12:15pm

March 21 – Parent Teacher Conferences @ 4-8:oopm

March 22 – Non-Instructional - Parent Teacher Conferences @8-1:00pm

March 25-29 – Spring Break - no school

April - Classes resume

Looking Forward:

Next week, students will begin writing their own picture books. Students will have opportunities to explore various art supplies (paints, pastels, clay, charcoal, pencil crayons, etc.) that they would like to use for illustrations in their own picture book. Students will continue to enhance their skills in number sense, math talks, rocks and minerals, and research two countries of their choice (Tunisia, Ukraine, India, and Peru). Students will have an opportunities to compare the similarities and differences between the two countries they choose.


Feb 25-28

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“I learned lots about the rocks from soft start. I learned lots in mathletics”

“I learned you should not bully!”

“I learned times and multiplication”

“I learned about pink shirt day”

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with number sense in addition, subtraction and multiplication. Grade 2’s continued to practice with addition and subtraction by participating in various math stations. Math stations included:

  • Kaboom

  • Walmart Shopping; students had $100 to spend a Walmart, they choose items from the flyer and had to cut/glue them on a sheet. Students then had to add all their items together to ensure they did not spend over $100.

  • Classroom Supplies; students had figure out how much Ms. Ireland spent on classroom supplies for each student and how much she spent on the entire class.

  • Price Comparisons; students had a chart with various prices from three different stores. Ms. Ireland needed new supplies for the classroom, but had a budget of $200 and could not go over. Students had to make sure Ms. Ireland dad all the items on her list.

  • Home Alone; Kevin was home alone and students had $100 to spend on food for Kevin. Kevin needed breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner. Students had to pick food items off the chart and add all items together. Students had to also figure out how much money was remaining from the $100.

Students have now completed their stations and enjoyed solving these math problems. Students have stated they have more confidence with adding and subtracting! Ask your child about the math stations and continue to play at home! Grade 3s continued to practice their multiplication skills by participating in various math stations too.

  • Multiplication Towers; multiplication sentences are one dixie cups and when students get the correct answer they are to create a tower by stacking the cups on top of one another (they are to use up all the cups). The first person to get the most points wins.

  • Dominoes 500; students use dominoes and multiply the 2 numbers shown on the dominoes (ex: 5 dots and 2 dots).  When the dominoes are multiplied correctly, the student gets to collect this as his/her points. For example, 5x 2=10, so that would be 10 points.  The first person to reach 500 points, wins the game.

  • Multiplication Rock Paper Scissors; students put up fingers instead of rock, paper, or scissors. The first person to multiply the two sets of fingers together and call out the product collects the points. The second part of the game is that each student must keep track of their points and the first person to 100 points, wins the round.

  • In the Dog House; students roll two dice and create a multiplication sentence (ex. Rolls a 3 and 5-  3 x 5= 15). The first number is “how many doghouses” and the second number is “how many dogs in each house” Each student must fill out the recording sheet.

  • 5 in a Row; Directions: 1) Place a hundreds chart between you and your partner. 2) roll two dice and multiply the numbers together. 3) With your crayon, color in the product of the two digit cards on your hundreds chart. 4) The first person to color in 5 squares in a row (horizontal, vertical, or diagonal) wins.

  • Mastering Multiplication Paragraph; In their math journals, students need to write 1 paragraph describing the best strategies they have found to help them ‘master” multiplication.  They can describe mental math tips that help them to calculate multiplication problems quickly.

  • Multiplication War; students place one card down and multiply the the numbers together. The first person to multiply receives the points. The first person to get to 200 wins.

  • Multiplication Battleship

  1.  Students fill out their “ships” using the guide on the grid

  2. They practice saying the multiplication sentence to see if they get a “hit” on their opponent’s ships.

  3. They go back and forth with this exchange.

  4. If they “hit” their opponent’s ship, the colour in the grid square with a red pencil crayon.

  5. The goal is to sink each other’s ships. The first person to sink the ships, wins!

Students finished up their stations and have demonstrated their excitement throughout! They are doing a fantastic job and love multiplication! The learning is ongoing in our classroom! Ask your child to practice and continue these skills at home! Students also participated in our math talks to explain their knowledge and strategies using addition, subtraction, and multiplication.

Addition, subtraction, multiplication math stations

Literacy:

Students continued to learn more about Mock Caldecott and the different lenses (colours, sounds/silence, symbols, and facial expressions) illustrators use to create picture books. Students also participated in literature circles by reviewing various books that represented these different lenses and collaborated their ideas together as a group. At the end of this unit, students will create their own picture book and are to write a beginning, middle, and end using different art supplies to design their illustrations.

Literature circles

Science/Social Studies:

In science, students continued to participate and engage in activities about rocks and minerals. Students have brought in their own rocks and love sharing them with their peers! They are so knowledgeable! Students added types of rocks, the rock cycle, and layers of the earth to their lapbooks. Students watched different educational videos about each topic to help increase their understanding. As a group, we added definitions to words they learned throughout the week. In social studies, students were introduced to vocabulary words such as, rights, responsibilities, citizen, and global citizenship and why it is important to learn and understand. Students had to create a chart called “Bill of Students Rights” and list all their rights and responsibilities as a citizen and present it to their peers. It was wonderful! As we continue to learn about global citizenship, students will research two countries of their choice (Peru, India, Ukraine, and Tunisia) and learn about the rights and responsibilities in those countries and how they compare to Canada. Students will also create their own country and display their learning in a booklet form.

Rock Classifications


Students sorting out rocks

Students lapbooks


Students making their "Bill of Student Rights"

Upcoming Dates:

March 1 - Non-Instructional Day - no school

March 4-8 – Sound Kreations Dance Residency

March 11 – Second visit AHS Dental (K-Gr. 2)

March 12 – School Council Meeting    

March 14 – Fun Lunch – Boston Pizza

March 21 – Early dismissal @ 12:15pm

March 21 – Parent Teacher Conferences @ 4-8:oopm

March 22 – Non-Instructional - Parent Teacher Conferences @ 8-1:00pm

March 25-29 – Spring Break - no school  

April 1 - Classes Resume

Looking Forward:

Next week, students will present their posters of the different lenses to their classmates in their groups. Students will also have the opportunity to rate each book we have read from their favourite to least favourite book. As part of the learning process students will write their own Mock Caldecott book with a peer. Students will also continue to enhance their skills in number sense, math talks, rocks and minerals, global citizenship around the world and their environmental concerns, and the importance for international organizations.

Feb 19-22

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We started rocks and minerals in science”

“We started lapbooks in science”

“We started Mock Caldecott in writing”

“We played treasure island in gym"

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with number sense in addition, subtraction and multiplication. Grade 2’s continued to practiced their skills with addition and subtraction by participating in various math stations. Math stations included:

- Kaboom (addition and subtraction version)

Walmart Shopping; students had $100 to spend a Walmart, they then choose items from the flyer and had to cut/glue them onto a sheet. Students then had to add up all their items together to ensure they did not spend over $100.

Classroom Supplies; students had figure out how much Ms. Ireland spent on classroom supplies for each student and how much she spent on the entire class. 

Price Comparisons; students had a chart with various prices from three different stores. Ms. Ireland needed new supplies for the classroom, but had a budget of $200 and could not go over. Students had to make sure Ms. Ireland had all the items on her list.

Home Alone; Kevin was home alone and students had $100 to spend on food for Kevin. Kevin needed breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner. Students had to pick food items off the chart and add all items together. Students also had to also figure out how much money was remaining from the $100.

Grade 2 students working on Home Alone and Price comparisons

Students are really enjoying these math problems and are doing so amazing! Ask your child about the math stations! Grade 3s continued to practice their multiplication skills by participating in various math stations too.

Multiplication Towers; multiplication sentences were done on dixie cups and when students got the correct answer they were to create a tower by stacking the cups on top of one another (they are to use up all the cups). The first person to get the most points wins.

Dominoes 500; students use dominoes and multiply the 2 numbers shown on the dominoes (ex: 5 dots and 2 dots).  When the dominoes are multiplied correctly, the student gets to collect this as his/her points. For example, 5x 2=10, so that would be 10 points.  The first person to reach 500 points, wins the game.

Multiplication Rock Paper Scissors; students put up fingers instead of rock, paper, or scissors. The first person to multiply the two sets of fingers together and call out the product collects the points. The second part of the game is that each student must keep track of their points and the first person to 100 points, wins the round.

In the Dog House; students roll two dice and create a multiplication sentence (ex. Rolls a 3 and 5-  3 x 5= 15). The first number is “how many doghouses” and the second number is “how many dogs in each house” Each student must fill out the recording sheet.

5 in a Row; Directions: 1) Place a hundreds chart between you and your partner. 2) roll two dice and multiply the numbers together. 3) With your crayon, color in the product of the two digit cards on your hundreds chart. 4) The first person to color in 5 squares in a row (horizontal, vertical, or diagonal) wins.

Mastering Multiplication Paragraph; In their math journals, students need to write 1 paragraph describing the best strategies they have found to help them ‘master” multiplication.  They can describe mental math tips that help them to calculate multiplication problems quickly.

Multiplication War; students place one card down and multiply the the numbers together. The first person to multiply receives the points. The first person to get to 200 wins.

- Multiplication Battleship

  1. Students fill out their “ships” using the guide on the grid

  2. They practice saying the multiplication sentence to see if they get a “hit” on their opponent’s ships.

  3. They go back and forth with this exchange.

  4. If they “hit” their opponent’s ship, the colour in the grid square with a red pencil crayon.

  5. The goal is to sink each other’s ships. The first person to sink the ships, wins!

Students are doing a fantastic job with multiplication! I love seeing all the learning happening in the classroom! Ask your child to play some of these games!


Grade 3 students playing Multiplication Towers and In the doghouse

Literacy:

Students were introduced to Mock Caldecott, where illustrators are recognized and awarded for their pictures in books. Students learned some of the different lenses (colours, sounds/silence, symbols, and facial expressions) illustrators use to create picture books. As a class we read and discussed each book and students had write and draw specific illustrations based on the book they read using the lenses they are learning. Students also rated each book based on specific criteria; = not at all  2 = a little bit 3 = mostly 4 = absolutely. 

Students will continue to practice these skills and rate various books based on the lenses they have learned in class. Students will also create their own picture book for their end project.


Ms. McKay introducing students to Mock Caldecott

Students' illustrations

Science/Social Studies:

In science, students were introduced to a new unit; rocks and minerals. Students are so excited about this unit! Each student will create a lapbook that will have various sections about their learning on rocks and minerals. Students first created a concept map, which introduced them to some vocabulary words they will learn throughout the unit. Students also learned about the different properties of rocks and minerals, Mohs Scale of Hardness, and how light relates to various rocks. In social studies, students created a concept map of important terms they will be learning about in this unit. Students will research two countries of their choice (Peru, Tunisia, India, and Ukraine) and gather information about the countries. Students will research the geography, weather, jobs, education, activities, flag, map, and other interesting facts that make the country unique. For an end project, students will create their own country and display their learning in a booklet form.


Introducing rocks and minerals to students

Students working on concepts maps for social studies vocabulary

Upcoming Dates:

February 28 – Fun Lunch – Jugo Juice

March 1 - Non-Instructional Day - no school

March 4-8 – Sound Kreations Dance Residency

March 11 – Second visit AHS Dental (K-Gr. 2)

March 12 – School Council Meeting       

March 14 – Fun Lunch – Boston Pizza

March 21 – Early dismissal @ 12:15pm

March 21 – Parent Teacher Conferences @ 4-8:00pm

March 22 – Non-Instructional - Parent Teacher Conferences @ 8-1:00pm

March 25-29 – Spring Break - no school

Looking Forward:

Next week, students will continue to review, rate, and write about various books based on the illustrators for Mock Caldecott. Students will enhance their skills in number sense, addition and subtraction stations (gr.2s), multiplication stations (gr. 3s), number talks, learning more about rocks and minerals, and learning about global citizenship. 


Feb 4-8

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We made are bridges in science”

“We started drumming and had a concert!”

“We started yoga in gym”

‘We continued practicing multiplication in math”

“We are practiced our subtraction skills in math”

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with number sense using subtraction and multiplication. Grade 2’s continued to practiced their skills in subtraction by participating in various math activities. Some activities included subtraction war, kaboom, close call: subtraction, and 1-2 Nim. Students also were introduced to two more subtraction activities; one-less dominoes and one-less cards. I am thrilled to see the progress students are making with subtraction! Grade 3s continued to practice their skills by first filling out a multiplication chart. As students were filling in the chart, students were noticing the various patterns. Students were making comments with how they were skip counting when filling out the chart. To enhance their skills, students participated in two activities; multiplication squares and multiplication fish. Students are very enthused about learning multiplication!

Multiplication Squares

Literacy:

Students continued to practice their skills with story writing with new partners; oral retelling, organize main ideas (graphic organizers), write the story, revision, and edit. Students choose a new book and began reading the story to their partners. Students then organized their ideas using various graphic organizers learned in class. Student were using webs and storyboards as a graphic organizer to formulate their ideas. Students began writing their beginning, middle, and ending paragraphs with using adjectives and adverbs to make their stories more creative. As students finished their stories, their partner would make revisions to help make the stories more detailed. We will continue to practice these skills and each student will create their own story using the skills they have learned in writing.

Steps for writing creative stories

Science/Social Studies:

In science, students designed and built a bridge using various recycled materials. Their task was to build a bridge that had a span of 30cm. Students will test their bridges to see who will hold the most weight next week in class. Students had to explore various materials and choose materials they thought would be the strongest. Students were so creative and did an amazing job with building their bridges. In social studies, students had to draw and colour the flags of the four different countries they will be learning about this year; Peru, Tunisia, Ukraine, and India. As we continue to explore more about the four different countries, we will discuss the importance for flags and their meaning. Students will create their own country for an end project and design their own flag to represent their country.

Student bridges

The four different flags students will be learning

Upcoming Dates:

February 11 – Rocks and Rings (All)

February 12 – Rocks and Rings (Div 2)

February 12 – School council meeting 6:30pm

February 14 & 15 – Teacher’s Convention - no school

February 18 – Family day – no school

February 19 – Gr 4 Artfelt Studio (in school field trip)

February 28 – Fun Lunch – Jugo Juice

March 1 - Non-Instructional Day - no school

Looking Forward:

Next week, students will continue to practice the phases of story writing; oral retelling, organize main ideas (graphic organizers), write the story, revision, and edit. Students will enhance their skills in number sense, addition and subtraction activities (gr.2s), multiplication (gr. 3s), problem solving, number talks, testing their towers and bridges and increasing their knowledge with directions (N, S, E, W).

Jan 28-31

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We wrote our own stories using no word picture books”

“We built towers in science” 

“We did mapping skills in social studies”

“We started mission impossible in gym”

“We started new soft start stations”

“Grade 3’s started multiplication”

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with number sense. Grade 2’s practiced with their skills in subtraction by participating in various math activities. Some activities included subtraction war, kaboom, close call: subtraction, and 1-2 Nim. Students also participated in our usual math talks. Students were given a sheet and had to create as many subtraction equations as they could based on the amount of dots on the paper. Students also practiced their subtraction skills by using base ten blocks/mats. Students were given an equation and had to show the equation using the base ten blocks. The purpose for these activities is to help students understand regrouping in subtraction and why we borrow. Grade 3’s were introduced to multiplication and used various strategies to learn their basic facts. Students first had to come up with as many words as they could and write them on stickies. As a group we organized and discussed the stickies together. Students were also introduced to arrays and how they are related to multiplication. It’s amazing to see how excited students are about learning multiplication!

Introduction to multiplication

Practicing our basic facts in multplication

Practicing using arrays

Practicing subtraction using base ten blocks/mats

Literacy:

Students continued to practice their skills with story writing with a partner; oral retelling, organize main ideas (graphic organizers), write the story, revision, and edit. Students choose a book and read the story to their partners. Students then organized their ideas using various graphic organizers learned in class. Student began writing their beginning, middle, and ending paragraphs by placing adjectives and adverbs in their stories. Students are also properly inserting capital letters and periods in their stories. We will continue to practice these skills with making exciting and interesting stories for our audiences. By the end, each student will have had created their own story using the skills they learned in writing.

Reading their stories

Planning/writing our stories

Making revisions and editing our stories

Science/Social Studies:

In science, students designed and built a tower using various recycled materials. Their task was to build a tower that was 50cm high without falling over. They will test their towers to see who will hold the most weight. Students choose materials based on their knowledge from the previous unit; testing various materials. Students were so creative with their towers! In social studies, students were introduced to mapping skills. Students were shown a world map and globe and had to discuss the similarities and differences between them. Students were also introduced to various terms, such as continent, globe, equator, legends, symbols, and geography. Students were discussing the importance for legends and symbols on maps. In conclusion, the purpose for learning mapping skills is to understand where things are located around the world. Students will create their own country for an end project and design their own map using the mapping skills they have learned in class.

Students building their towers

Final product of students' towers


Learning about mapping

Upcoming Dates:

February 1 – Non Instructional - no school

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 5 - Winter Walk 

Ethel M. Johnson School is planning on participating in the Alberta Winter Walk Day Wednesday, February 6 2019.  Walking is a great way to enjoy a beautiful winter day.  Students are asked to dress for the weather to enjoy the fresh, crisp Alberta air (i.e coats, mitts, boots and snow pants).

February 8 – One world Drum Assembly @8:30am & 10:30am

February 11 – Rocks and Rings (All)

February 12 – Rocks and Rings (Div 2)

February 12 – School council meeting 6:30pm

February 14 & 15 – Teacher’s Convention - no school

February 18 – Family day – no school

February 19 – Gr 4 Artfelt Studio (in school field trip)

February 28 – Fun Lunch – Jugo Juice

Looking Forward:

Next week, students will continue to practice the phases of story writing; oral retelling, organize main ideas (graphic organizers), write the story, revision, and edit. Their story writing is so amazing! Students will enhance their skills in number sense, subtraction activities (gr.2s), multiplication (gr. 3s), problem solving, number talks, building different bridges using various materials, and mapping skills.

Jan 21-25

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

"We did gymnastics centres and training"

"We did science experiments with marshmellows"

"We are starting mission impossible next week!"

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with number sense by engaging in different math activities. Students continued to practice their subtraction skills. Some math activities were called  subtraction war, kaboom, dominos; one less, close call; subtraction, subtraction equation game, and 1-2 nim. These activities are to increase students’ skills with subtracting 2-digit and 3-digit numbers. Students also participated in our math talks. Students were given a sheet and had to create subtraction equations based on the amount of dots on the paper. Students love to share their way of thinking with their classmates when we come together as a class and discuss our strategies we used.

Practicing subtraction using Mathletics

Literacy:

Students are doing amazing and working very hard to beat their last reading, writing, and buddy stamina record. Students continued to practice their skills with story writing; oral retelling, organize main ideas (graphic organizers), write the story, revision, and edit. Student are starting to use more adjectives and adverbs in the stories to make it more interesting for the audience. We will continue to practice these skills with making a exciting and interesting story. By the end, each student will have had created their own story using the skills they learned in writing.

Revising and editing their stories

Science/Social Studies:

In science, students finished making their cubes out of toothpicks and marshmallows. Students then tested both their cubes (plasticine & marshmallows) and determined which cube held the most weight and recorded their observations on their sheet. Students are starting to make comments to what materials are strong and what materials are weak. Students were also introduced to new unit; building with a variety of materials. In partners students were given a variety of pictures of various buildings and bridges around the world. Students had to categorize the pictures based on purpose or design. For example, some students categorized their pictures by bridges or towers. Students had to use their knowledge from the previous unit; testing materials and designs, to build different structures using various materials. In social studies, students wrote a diary to how life would be in pioneer time. Students had to answer the question “would you want to grow up in pioneer time?” Why or why not? Students had the opportunity to share their diary with their classmates. They were amazing!

Testing their cubes



Organizing their pictures based on purpose or design

Upcoming Dates:

January 28-Feb 1 – Mission Impossible

January 31 – Report cards go home

February 1 – Non Instructional

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 8 – One world Drum Assembly @8:30am & 10:30am

February 11 – Rocks and Rings (All)

February 12 – Rocks and Rings (Div 2)

February 12 – School council meeting 6:30pm

February 14 & 15 – Teacher's Convention

February 18 – Family Day

February 19 – Gr 4 Artfelt Studio (in school field trip)

February 28 – Fun Lunch – Jugo Juice

Looking Forward:

Next week, students will continue to practice the phases of story writing; oral retelling, organize main ideas (graphic organizers), write the story, revision, and edit. Students are really excited to write their own stories! I am excited and can’t wait to read their stories! Students will continue to improve their reading, writing, and buddy stamina, enhance their skills in number sense, addition/subtraction activities (gr.2s), introduce multiplication (gr. 3s), problem solving, number talks, building different structures using various materials, and mapping skills.

Jan 14-18

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We built cubes out of plasticine in science”

“We started subtraction in math”

“We started reading no word books”

“We started using benches in gymnastics”

“We did comparison charts between Canada's past and present in social studies”

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with number sense. Students were introduced to subtraction and first had to come up with words that were related to subtraction. As a class we then categorized all words that were on the stickies. This strategy is to help students learn about other words that are related to subtraction when helping them solve problems. Students also learned some strategies for subtraction. Students then were engaged in different subtraction math activities. Some math activities students played were called; equation card game (subtraction version), close call subtraction, subtraction war, and dominos 1 less. Students even requested subtraction problems to practice their skills with regrouping during activity time! Students were engaged and excited when they understood the steps of solving subtraction problems.

Subtraction Organization Sticky Chart

Practicing our skills with subtraction

Literacy:

Students are still working very hard to increase their reading, writing, and buddy stamina. They are still working to beat their last record in each of them! Students were introduced to the phases of story writing; oral retelling, organize main ideas (graphic organizers), write the story, revision, and edit. Each day, I modeled each phase and showed students the steps to properly write a story. Students also learned about adverbs and adjectives and how implement them in their writing to help make their stories more interesting to their audience. We will be working on this for the next few weeks to give students opportunities to practice these skills. By the end, each student will write their own story using the skills they learned in writing.

Web - Graphic Organizer

Beginning Paragraph

Middle Paragraph

End Paragraph


Science/Social Studies:

In science, students participated in two new experiments; supporting pillars and method of joining toothpicks. Students had to hypothesize and test to see how much strength one pillar and four pillars could hold using various materials in the classroom. In the second experiment, students created cubes using toothpicks and plasticine. Next week students will create cubes using toothpicks and marshmallows. Students will then test both their cubes and determine which was more sturdy. In social studies, students did comparison chart between Canada’s past and present using their knowledge learned about quality of life.


Upcoming Dates:

January 24 – Fun Lunch – Little Caesars

January 28-Jan 31 – Mission Impossible

January 31 – Report cards go home

February 1 – Non Instructional

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 8 – Friday One World Drum Assembly @ 8:30am & 10:30am

February 11 – Rocks and Rings (All)

February 12 – Rocks and Rings (Div 2)

February 12 – School council meeting 6:30pm

February 14 & 15 – Teacher's Convention - No school

February 18 – Family day – No school

February 19 – Gr 4 Artfelt Studio (in school field trip)

February 28 – Fun Lunch – Jugo Juice

Looking Forward:

Next week, students will continue to practice the phases of story writing; oral retelling, organize main ideas (graphic organizers), write the story, revision, and edit. Students are very excited to write their own stories! Students will continue to improve their reading, writing, and buddy stamina, enhance their skills in number sense, engage in subtraction activities/problem solving, number talks, continue with testing various materials, building different structures, and writing a diary in social studies.


Jan 7-11

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We started gymnastics this week!”

“We’re building bridges in science”

“We reviewed expectations for our classroom”

“We learned about smilies and metaphors for writing”

“We started a new exercise in the mornings”

“We presented our quality of life posters”

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with number sense by engaging in different addition math activities. Students practiced their addition skills by playing games called; equation card game, close call addition, and bigger/small numbers using dominoes. Students were to create addition equations using either the cards or dominos. Students had to record their answers in their math journals. Students really enjoyed these games and have asked to play these games during their lunch! By the engagement in the classroom, students were having fun, but most importantly understanding the correct process of adding 2-digit and 3-digit numbers together.


Literacy:

Students are still working very hard to increase their reading, writing, and buddy stamina. They are still working very hard to beat their last record! Students did a final copy of their “Nope” stories. They are amazing! Students started to add many details to their writing. Students used the various graphic organizers taught to organize and plan their stories to ensure they have characters, a setting, a conflict, and a resolution. Students also reviewed the different types of figures of speech; smilie and metaphor, authors use when they write. 


Science/Social Studies:

In science, students were introduced to a new unit; testing materials. Students will create mini structures (buildings/bridges) and test how much weight can they can hold using various materials. Students built and tested their bridges using paper this week. Students had to use blocks as their weight and record their observations. In social studies, students presented their posters on quality of life to their classmates. The posters were amazing! Students did a great job researching information about their topic. Many students drew pictures to help explain their writing! Students had to do an exit slip writing about what they have learned so far about quality of life and ask a question that they are still wondering about with quality of life. Next week, we will have a class discussion and answer all questions together. 


Upcoming Dates:

January 24 – Fun Lunch – Little Caesars

January 28-Feb 1 – Mission Impossible

January 31 – Report cards go home

February 1 – Non Instructional

Looking Forward:

Next week, students will go through the different phases of story writing; oral retelling, organize main ideas (graphic organizers), write the story, revision, and edit. Students will create their own stories, which they are very excited about! Students will continue to improve their reading, writing, and buddy stamina, enhance their skills in number sense, subtraction activities, problem solving, and number talks, continue with testing various materials in science, and create a comparison chart between Canada’s past/present.

Dec 10-14

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We made snowflakes out of shapes”

“We had fun performing in the winter concert”

“We started playing floor hockey”

“We had the book fair”

“We did new problems in math”

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with number sense by engaging in different math activities and number talks; number of the day and dot/dice addition equations. Students continued to practice open-ended problems and will continue working on these types of problems throughout the year. These particular problems give students opportunities to think about pairs of numbers and their sums. Student are also learning that problems can be solved in different ways and not just in one way. Students worked in small groups and collaborate their ideas together as well as a whole group allowing students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding. In our number talks, students were given another number of the day and had to show all the different ways to represent that number. Students presented all the different ways that they came up with! Many students again used the addition strategies learned in class. Another number talk we did was dot/dice equations, where students were given a variety of dots on a sheet and had to show all the addition equations for the total amount of dots on the paper. It was fantastic to see all various ways students were adding up the dots.


Literacy:

Students are still working very hard to increase their reading, writing, and buddy stamina. They are still very eager to beat their last record! We continue with our writing of “no picture books” of Nope and students wrote the middle parts of their stories. We reviewed the different ways to organize our thoughts; web, graphic organizer, storyboard (pictures), and storyboard (words) and modeled a middle paragraph. It has been amazing to see the different ideas/thoughts students have come up with for their middle paragraphs. Student have now picked their favourite beginning and middle paragraphs for their Nope stories.



Science/Social Studies:

In social studies, students continued their research project about quality of life. Students were partnered up and had to research one component of quality of life; education/employment, healthcare, safety/freedom/security, shelter/clothing, and food/water in Canada’s past and present. Students has to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding through writing and pictures specifically based on their component of quality of life.


Upcoming Events:

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 – Last day for winter break

December 24-January 4 – Winter Break

January 7 – classes resume

January 8 – School Council Meeting 6:30pm

January 8 – Start Gymnastics

January 24 – Fun Lunch – Little Caesars

January 28-Feb 1 – Mission Impossible

January 31 – Report cards go home

Looking Forward:

Next week students will start to write their endings of their stories of Nope. Students will again use their imaginations to create their endings. Students will continue to improve their reading, writing, and buddy stamina, enhance their skills in number sense by learning new addition strategies, number talks, open ended problems, review and write about their learning on buoyancy and boats, and present their posters to their peers. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on their learning for quality of life in Canada.

Dec 3-6

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We are performing in the winter concert next week”

“We played a new game in gym called Pirate Hockey”

“We are going to play hockey tournaments in gym next week”

“We continued to do experiments in science and built boats”

“We did are doing posters on quality of life in Canada”

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with number sense by engaging in different math activities, mathletics, and number talks (number of the day). Students were introduced to open-ended math problems giving opportunities to think about pairs of numbers and their sums. Student were also learning that problems can be solved in various ways and not just in one way. Students were able to work in small groups and collaborate their ideas together. In our number talks, students are given a number of the day and show ways to represent that number. Students presented their answers to the class on the ways they showed the number! Many students used the addition strategies learned in class.


Literacy:

Students are still working very hard to increase their reading, writing, ad buddy stamina. They are very eager to beat their last record! This week, students began writing different beginnings for the illustration book called “Nope.” This book has only illustrations, where the author allows students to use their imaginations while exploring the book. We began by discussing different ways to organize our thoughts; web, graphic organizer, storyboard (pictures), and storyboard (words) and modeled examples. In further detail students were shown three models (web/storyboard-pictures/words) and created alternative beginnings for “Nope.” It has been amazing to see the different ideas/thoughts students have come up with for their beginnings. When students have finished they are to pick their favorite beginning that they want to use for their own story of “Nope.”


Science/Social Studies:

In science, students learned about keels and hulls and why they are essential for boats. Students watched videos and then designed their own sailboats made out of corks, strayfoam, straws, and toothpicks. Students learned that keels are essential for a boat because it helps it from tipping over (stay balanced). Students also learned that hulls are the shape or body of a boat (helps it sail smoothly). In social studies, students started a research project about quality of life. Students were put into pairs and had to research one component of quality of life; education/employment, healthcare, safety/freedom/security, shelter/clothing, and food/water in Canada’s past and present. Students are creating/designing posters based on their research.


Upcoming Events:

December 7 – Non-Instructional day

December 10-13 – Scholastic Book Fair

December 11 – School Council

December 13 – Winter Concert @ 9:00am & 6:30pm

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 - Pajama Day (Students are allowed to wear their PJs to school)

December 21 – Last day before Winter break

December 24-January 4 – Winter Break

January 7 – Classes Resume

Looking Forward:

Next week students will continue with their stories and begin to write the middle parts of “Nope.” Students will use their imaginations to create the middle sections. Students will continue to improve their reading, writing, and buddy stamina, enhance their skills in number sense by working on addition problems, write abut what they have learned about buoyancy and boats, and continue to research the different components of quality of life in Canada. The grade 2’s will explore the past and the grade 3’s will explore the present.  

Nov 26-30

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We played scooter tag in gym”

“We started soft finish”

“We started the a compliments chart in our classroom”

“We learned two more strategies for addition”

“We started mathletics this week”

“We tested our plasticine boats in science”

“We learned the different parts of quality of life”

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with number sense by engaging in different math activities, mathletics, and math talks. Students learned two more addition strategies for their strategy booklets followed by participating in various math activities using the strategies learned in class. The purpose for this booklet is to introduce students to various strategies and use when solving addition problems. We have also continued to practice our math talks in our classroom by reviewing the different ways we can talk about math. Students were given a “number of the day” and had to show different ways to represent that number. Students had the opportunity to show and discuss their responses with the rest of the class.

"Number of the day"

Math activities using our addition strategies learned in class

Literacy:

Students are excited to increase their reading, writing, and buddy stamina and are working hard to beat their record! Students are showing excitement and engagement towards the various picture books by asking questions and retelling events that occurred throughout the story. They are also doing an amazing job with showing their knowledge and understanding about character traits. The students continued to design characters, write completed sentences, create venn diagrams, and charts to show their understanding about characters and specific traits they have.


Science/Social Studies:

In science, students tested their plasticine boats and recorded their observations. Students had to determine whether their boats would sink or float. Students also had to add materials to see how much weight it could hold before it sank. In a class discussion, we talked about why some boats sank and why some boats floated by adding weight. We also discussed how size is a factor to when it comes to how much a boat can hold. In social studies, we continued our deep discussion about quality of life, the different components that make up quality of life, and how it changes around the world.

Testing our plasticine boats

Upcoming Events:

December 6 - Adopt-A-Family (last day for donations)

December 7 – Non-Instructional day

December 10-13 – Scholastic Book Fair

December 11 – School Council

December 13 – Winter Concert @ 9:00am & 6:30pm

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 – Last day before Winter break

December 24-January 4 – Winter Break

January 7 – Classes Resume

Looking Forward:

Next week students will be introduced to “no word picture books” which are books that only have illustrations and no words to tell a story. Students will use their imaginations to create their own stories by using the illustrations within the text. Students will continue improving their reading, writing, and buddy stamina, enhancing their skills in number sense, working with addition problems, learn and explore more about buoyancy and boats, research the different components of quality of life in Canada. The grade 2’s will explore the past and the grade 3’s will explore the present.

Nov. 19-22

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“In science we made plasticine boats!”

“We played a new game in gym called British Bulldog”

“We started our addition strategy booklets!”

“We finished sorting our classroom number line”

“We changed up our soft start centres”

“We are learning about quality of life in social studies”

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with number sense by sorting out the rest of their classroom number line; 501-1000. Students also started an “addition strategy booklet” that will list different strategies to help students understand addition easier. In the booklet, students will have the strategy name, an example, and a definition on the strategy to use as a reference at any time if they need to. The end goal, grade 2’s will have a completed booklet for addition and subtraction and grade 3’s will have a completed booklet for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Students will participate in various activities using the strategies learned in class.


Literacy:

Students have kept their reading stamina to 34 minutes and 8 seconds and their writing stamina to 40 minutes. Students have also reached a goal in buddy reading to 22 minutes and 23 seconds. It’s amazing to see all the hard work students are doing to accomplish their goals! We have continued to build our character study knowledge with reading various types picture books and characters authors have created. Over the past week, students have designed characters, written completed sentences, created venn diagrams/charts to show their understanding about characters and specific traits they have. The end goal is to create a favorite character that was read to them and create it out of plasticine (clay).


Science/Social Studies:

In science, students participated in other various experiments about whether a placement of an object affects the ability of it either sinking or floating. Students also created 2-3 different types of boats made out of plasticine. They had to design and predict whether their boats would sink or float. Students will test their boats in water and add weight with different materials to see which boat will float last. Students will continue to explore/test various materials they will use for their final boat creation project. Students will have to test their boats to see who's will float the longest. In social studies, we continued our discussion about quality of life in Canada and other countries around the world. We will continue our rich discussion about quality of life next week!

Upcoming Events:

November 26-29 – Grade 6 Outdoor School

November 27 – Grade 5 Weather presentations with Andrew Schultz

November 29 – Fun Lunch

November 29 – Gingerbread night @ 6:30-8:00pm

December 6 – Staff Meeting

December 7 – Non-Instructional day

December 10-13 – Scholastic Book Fair

December 11 – School Council

December 13 – Winter Concert @ 9:00am & 6:30pm

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 – Last day before Winter break

December 24-January 4 – Winter Break

January 7 – Classes Resume

Looking Forward:

Next week we will continue with our character study learning, continue with improving our reading, writing, and buddy stamina, enhancing our skills in number sense, continue with our strategy booklets, enhance our learning in buoyancy and boats, and continue learning about quality of life and how it affects our everyday lives in social studies.

Nov. 12-16

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We finished our number lines”

“We are starting to put up our number lines”

“We had a new gym teacher, his name is Mr. O”

“We know our new passwords for our laptops, that we will have next week”

“We played this new game in gym called British Bulldog”

“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory books are on display outside our classroom”

“Today we had a substitute teacher named miss H”

“We started playing centers in the morning”

“In science we used straws and plasticine. In science we also “we saw what floats and sinks”

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with number sense by working on their classroom number line. Students have now completed their all of their numbers for the number line. This week, students sorted out numbers from 1-500. Next week, students will sort the remaining numbers 501-1000. Ms. Ireland has been putting up the number line in the classroom and students are really excited to their number cards on the wall. We also have been continuing our “math talks” in our classroom to help students build mathematical understanding and knowledge in math. Students are starting to use the proper vocabulary words for our math talks!


Literacy:

Students have reached to 34 minutes and 8 seconds for their reading stamina and are so excited! Students have also increased their writing stamina to 40 minutes! It’s amazing to see all the hard work students have done! Students have also completed their Charlie and the Chocolate Factory chapter books! They are published and displayed on our documentation board for everyone to see! The students have worked so hard the last two months and are eager to share their learning with you all! This week we have started our character study, however, instead of having students create their favorite character in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Ms. McKay and I are reading various texts of picture books to students to show different types of characters authors can create. They are to draw and write sentences describing the characters in the books we read. We do this as a whole group and students are having a fantastic time with this. The end goal is to get students to create a favorite character that was read to them and create it out of plasticine (clay).



Science/Social Studies:

In science, students completed two more experiments about why some objects sink and why some objects float. Students worked together in groups and had great conversations around this topic. In social studies, students were introduced to quality of life in Canada and how it differs or relates to other countries around the world. We also talked about how quality of life in Canada was back in the day; settler time. It was an amazing discussion about this topic!


Upcoming Events:

November 20 – Grade 1 Teacher’s Pet

November 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

November 22 – Parent Teacher Interviews 4-8pm (please book an appointment)

November 23 – Parent Teacher Interviews 8-1pm (please book an appointment)

November 26-29 – Grade 6 Outdoor School

November 27 – Grade 5 Weather presentations with Andrew Schultz

November 29 – Fun Lunch

November 29 – Gingerbread night

Looking Forward:

Next week we will continue with our character study with different picture books, continue with improving our reading and writing stamina, enhancing our skills in number sense, learning addition and subtraction strategies by creating strategy booklets, continue our learning in buoyancy and boats by students participating in more experiments, and continue learning about quality of life and how it affects our everyday lives in social studies.

Nov. 5-9

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We had the Remembrance Day Assembly to help remember the people who fought in the war”

“We started basketball and learned some new skills”

“We started mindful meditation”

“We started editing our Charlie and the Chocolate Factory chapter books”

“We continued to practice our math talks”

“We sketched prairie landscapes”

“We started a new unit in science called buoyancy and boats”

Math: 

Students continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with number sense by working on their classroom number line. Students are working on numbers from 501-600, 601-700, and 701-800. The number line is really coming aline and students are doing an amazing job with it! We are so excited to put it up in our classroom when it is completed. This week we have been practicing our “math talks” to help students build mathematical understanding and knowledge in math and will continue to do the math talks weekly!


Literacy:

Students are still continuing to practice their reading stamina. They have been working very hard to get to 25 minutes and are very excited to have reached their goal. Students are near the end of completing their Charlie and the Chocolate Factory chapter books and they are all looking amazing! Once they are all completed, they will be displayed on a bulletin board outside our classroom.This will give students opportunities to discuss their novel with their peers, teachers, and parents when they walk by. Next week we will start our character study; students will pick a character from the novel and create and write about their favorite character from the novel.

Science/Social Studies:

In science, students were introduced to a new unit; Buoyancy and boats. Students watched a video that explained why some objects sink and why some objects float. Every student came up with a different object and as a class we predicted if it would sink or float. Next week, students will experiment with these objects and new objects and determine if they will sink or float. In social studies, students were shown different photographs of prairie landscapes. Students had to explain where these landscapes were located. Students then had to draw a prairie landscape of their own using their sketching and shading skills.


Upcoming Events:

November 13 – School council Meeting 6:30pm

November 20 – Grade 1 Teacher’s Pet

November 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

November 22 – Parent Teacher Interviews 4-8pm

November 23 – Parent Teacher Interviews 8-1pm

November 26-29 – Grade 6 Outdoor School

November 27 – Grade 5 Weather presentations with Andrew Schultz

November 29 – Fun Lunch

November 29 – Gingerbread night

Looking Forward:

Next week we will finish off our Charlie and the Chocolate Factory chapter books, start our character study, continue with improving our reading and writing stamina, enhancing our skills in number sense, learning addition and subtraction strategies by creating strategy booklets, continue with our learning in buoyancy and boats with students participating in experiments, and learning about quality of life and how it affects our everyday lives in social studies.

Oct. 29-Nov. 2

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“Today we did Remembrance Day art!”

“We had a Halloween party!”

“We finished reading Charlie and the Charlie Factory”

“We learned about math talks in math”

“We continued with our classroom number line”

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with number sense by working on their classroom number line. Students are currently working on numbers from 301-400 and doing an amazing job with representing their numbers in many ways! Students were also introduced to “math talks” this week and learned new math vocabulary words; revoicing, repeating, representing, adding-on, waiting, and turn and talk. The purpose for these math talks is to give students opportunities to talk about math with their peers and to build mathematical understanding and knowledge. We will continue to do our math talks weekly!


Literacy:

Students were so excited to have reached their goal of 25 minutes for their reading stamina this week! We have completed Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and students are working very hard with completing their chapter books. Students are to create an alternative ending to their stories by using their imagination to how they would want their chapter books to end. Students and I are very excited to see the finished product. Once their chapter books are completed and we will start our character study; students will design and create their favorite character from the novel and write about their particular character.

Science/Social Studies:

In science, students learned about the three states of matter; gas, liquids, and solids. Students had to draw a diagram, explain the differences between them, and how they changed from each state. Students learned that water does not just come in liquid from, but can be in a solid or gas form. Students also learned about the water cycle and how it affects our planet. Students drew their own water cycles in their visual journals with a definition of each word that makes up the water cycle; evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and collection. In social studies, students completed their prairie statements using descriptive and interesting words that describe prairie communities.


Upcoming Events:

November 6 – Photo Retake day

November 8 – Grade 4 to Heritage Park

November 9 - Remember Day Assembly 9:00am (everyone is welcome)

November 13 – School council Meeting 6:30pm

November 20 – Grade 1 Teacher’s Pet

November 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

November 22 – Parent Teacher Interviews 4-8pm

November 23 – Parent Teacher Interviews 8-1pm

November 26-29 – Grade 6 Outdoor School

November 27 – Grade 5 Weather presentations with Andrew Schultz

November 29 – Fun Lunch

November 29 – Gingerbread night

Looking Forward:

Next week we will finish off our Charlie and the Chocolate Factory chapter books, continue with improving our reading and writing stamina, enhancing our skills in number sense, practice with our math talks, start a new unit in science called; Buoyancy and Boats, and create an art piece of a prairie landscape in social studies. Students will also create and display their Remembrance Day art in the gymnasium for the assembly on Friday November 9th.

Oct. 22-25

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We are doing a classroom number line up to 1000”

“We continued to work on our Charlie and the Factory chapter books”

“We are doing a pumpkin carving contest”

“We did more science experiments”

“We had fun lunch”

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with number sense by creating a number line that will be displayed in our classroom. The number line will go from 1-1000. Students will work independently and with a partner. Each student will create parts of the number line and will write numbers and draw a picture representation of that number (1-100). Numbers from 101-1000, grade 3 students will pair up with a grade 2 student and work together to create the rest of the numbers in our number line. Students and I are very excited to see the end product of their number line!

Literacy:

Students have stayed the same for their reading stamina with the goal of 23 minutes and 4 seconds for this week; however, we are still practicing to reach our goal of 25 minutes. Students are also still working very hard on their Charlie and the Chocolate Factory chapter books! They are looking fantastic! We are almost done the novel and will do a character study soon after. Students will design and create their favorite character from the novel and write about that particular character.

Science/Social Studies:

In science, students participated in two more experiments; discovering different liquids and absorbency testing. In the first experiment, students had to explore other liquids and explain how they are the same and how they differentiate from water. In the second experiment, students had to figure out which materials absorbed or repelled water. In social studies, students were introduced to prairie communities in Alberta. We read the book “If you are not from the prairie…” and talked about what prairie communities looked like. Students then had to create their own prairie statements using interesting words that described prairie communities.

Upcoming Events:

October 30 – Vaccinations #1 – Any grade as needed

October 31 – Halloween - Party in the afternoon (students are welcome to bring some treats/costumes)

November 6 – Photo Retake day

November 8 – Grade 4 to Heritage Park

November 13 – School council Meeting 6:30

November 20 – Grade 1 Teacher’s Pet

November 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

November 22 – Parent Teacher Interviews 4-8pm

November 23 – Parent Teacher Interviews 8-1pm

November 26-29 – Grade 6 Outdoor School

November 27 – Grade 5 Weather presentations with Andrew Schultz

November 29 – Fun Lunch

November 29 – Gingerbread night

Looking Forward:

Next week we will continue our read aloud of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, improving our reading and writing stamina, enhancing our skills in number sense, continue working on problem solving, introduce states of matter and the water cycle in science, and continue our discussion on the prairie communities in social studies.

Oct. 15-19

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We went to the Halloween Dance last night!”

“We played some catching and throwing games in gym”

“We continued with our Charlie and the Chocolate Factory story books”

“We started guided reading this week!

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with number sense by learning various skip counting interactive activities. To start our math lessons this week, we played the skip counting game and students continue to enjoy it every time! Some activities we did involved whiteboards; where students had to demonstrate their understanding with skip counting by 2, 5, 10, 25 and 100s using a number line. Students had to use the “hopping method” and show what number they were skip counting by with holding their whiteboards up in the air when completed the task. Students had to pick and place various numbers on a number line correctly and demonstrate skip counting. Students were also introduced to interactive skip counting songs to build their understanding. They had to find a space in the classroom and follow along with the music video. We also continued to stretch our knowledge with problem solving. We reviewed vocabulary terms learned last week and practiced our skills with addition and subtraction problems.



Literacy:

Students have reached their reading stamina goal and made it to 23 minutes and 4 seconds! They were very excited about this as they have been working so hard to reach their goal. Their goal is to continue with increase their reading and writing stamina. We are coming close to completing our chapter books of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Students are really coming a long way with their individual pages. They are looking amazing! We are also continuing with students taking chances in school. Every week students are writing the chance they took that particular week. Next week students will have the opportunity to share their chances with their classmates.

Science/Social Studies:

This week in science, we completed our second water experiment called “Penny Magic.” Students had to place water droplets on a penny and figure out why only certain amounts of water are able to stay on the penny.  This experiment allowed students to be introduced to other vocabulary words that they may have never heard of before; surface tension. Students also were exploring various hardcover books about water. They were to review different books and write down interesting facts and questions about water. We will come together as a class and review the information that was gathered. In social studies, we continued our discussion about communities within Canada. Students designed their own Canadian Flag and coloured in a Canadian map. Students were also introduced to new vocabulary words such as; urban, suburban, and rural communities.


Upcoming Events:

October 23 – Grade 2 to Heritage Park

October 24 – Grade 5 to Military Museum

October 25 – Fun Lunch -

October 26 – Non Instructional day

October 30 – Vaccinations #1 – Any grade as needed

October 31 – Halloween

November 6 – Photo Retake day

November 8 – Grade 4 to Heritage Park

November 13 – School council Meeting 6:30

November 20 – Grade 1 Teacher’s Pet

November 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

November 22 – Parent Teacher Interviews 4-8pm

November 23 – Parent Teacher Interviews 8-1pm

November 26-29 – Grade 6 Outdoor School

November 27 – Grade 5 Weather presentations with Andrew Schultz

November 29 – Fun Lunch

November 29 – Gingerbread night

Looking Forward:

Next week we will continue our read aloud of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, improving our reading and writing stamina, enhancing our skills in number sense, introduce other liquids and how they compare with water in science, and discuss the prairie communities in social studies.

Oct. 9-12

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We learned about Free Choice Friday’s!”

“We learned a new game in gym called Garbage using our bowling skills”

“We did our first experiment in science with water droplets”

“We played a new math game called circle of skip counting”

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with number sense by reviewing important terms such as, “greater than, less than, and equal to.”  Students were also introduced to skip counting and why it is important to learn in school. Students learned a new interactive game with skip counting. Students were told told to try the game with their family; grade 2’s (2s, 5s, 10s) and grade 3’s (5s, 10s, 25s, 100s). It’s a game that we will continue throughout the year as it helps students with number sense. Students also filled out either a 100’s chart (grade 2) or 1000 chart (grade 3) demonstrating skip counting. Students had to use different colour pencil crayons to represent the number they were skip counting by. For example, 2’s (red pencil crayon), 5’s (blue pencil crayon), 10’s (yellow pencil crayon). As students were filling out their charts they were noticing the different patterns.


Literacy:

Students have increased their reading stamina and reached to 15 minutes and 48 seconds! Their goal is to reach 17 minutes next week! Students have been working on their their writing stamina to pass 10 minutes! Everyday students are coming along with their Charlie and the Chocolate Factory chapter books. Every student has done an amazing job so far! I am very excited to see the finished product of their chapter books! Students have also been introduced to a book called “what do you do with a chance?” and every week students are to write in the writing journals what chance they took that week. It’s to remind students that it is okay to take risks in school; whether it’s becoming more confident in mathematics, asking more questions in school, taking a chance with reading chapter books, etc. We will review frequently as a class some chances students have made throughout the year.

Science/Social Studies:

After exploring water centres last week, we discussed as a class what they have learned about water. Our discussion was amazing as all students were participating and explaining what they have learned. I also asked students if they had any questions about water that they wanted to learn more about and I wrote down all their questions on chart paper. As we continue to learn more about water many of their questions will be answered. Over the next two weeks, students will be participating in water experiments to help deepen their understanding with liquids. In social studies, we continued our discussion with a compass rose and the directions that are associated with it (N, NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, NW). To further their understanding, we created a map of our classroom. Students had to plan and figure out exactly where to put certain items that are in our classroom on the map.



Upcoming Events:

October 15&16 – Dental Hygiene AHS K-2

October 18 – school Dance 6:30

October 23 – Grade 2 to Heritage Park

October 24 – Grade 5 to Military Museum

October 25 – Fun Lunch -

October 26 – Non Instructional day

October 30 – Vaccinations #1 – Any grade as needed

October 31 – Halloween

Looking Forward:

Next week we will continue our read aloud of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, improving our reading and writing stamina, enhancing our skills in number sense, introduce strategies for problem solving, perform water experiments in science, and discuss/review what a community is in social studies.

Oct. 1-4

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“I had fun learning and exploring water centres ”

“We started science and social studies this week”

“We started bowling in gym”

“I love our read aloud of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”

“We created our own number lines!”

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with number sense. We discussed as a class about what they already know about numbers and where they see numbers in the “real world.” This is to help students understand that numbers are not just used in school, but everywhere! Students were introduced to terms, “greater than, less than, and equal to” when comparing numbers. Students created their own number line for a tool they can use for the remaining of the year; grade 2’s (0-100) and grade 3’s (0-1000).


Literacy:

Students have increased their reading stamina and reached 15 minutes and 41 seconds! They are excited and want to reach 17 minutes. Students have also increased their writing stamina to 10 minutes! Students are coming along with their Charlie and the Chocolate Factory chapter books and they are looking amazing! I am eager and excited to see the finished product of their chapter books!

Science/Social Studies:

Students were introduced to two new disciplines this week; science and social studies. In science, we discussed their knowledge of what they already know about water and explored water centres using different materials (pop bottles, beakers, plastic tubing, funnels, eye droppers, straws, in tubs of water). Students are to come with questions next week and what they discovered about water. In social studies, students listened to the book “Follow the Map” and created a compass rose to increase their understanding about locations. Students will learn and explore the different communities within Canada and international countries around the world.


Upcoming Events:

This week your child brought home order forms for ADmazing Savings Ticket Packs and the Halloween Dance in a large brown envelope.

The ADmazing Savings Ticket Packs school fundraiser directly supports students at our school and helps support special school events throughout the year. For each book you sell, Ethel M. Johnson school receives $10.50. Order forms are due back to the office by October 25, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact the office. Thank you for your support!

Order forms for our upcoming Family Halloween Dance and Fundraiser are due by Friday, October 12, 2018. Please send the form and cash with your oldest child attending our school. If you are able to volunteer please sign up here.

October 8 – Thanksgiving Day – no school

October 9 – Photo day

October 9 – School Council Meeting 6:30pm

October 15 & 16 – Dental Hygiene AHS K-2

October 18 – school Dance 6:30

October 23 – Grade 2 to Heritage Park

October 24 – Grade 5 to Military Museum

October 25 – Fun Lunch

October 26 – Non Instructional day

October 30 – Vaccinations #1 – Any grade as needed

October 31 – Halloween

Looking Forward:

Next week we will continue our read aloud of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, improving our reading and writing stamina, enhancing our skills in number sense, continue our learning with water in science, and delve more into Canada in social studies.

Sept. 24-28

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We learned a lot about Terry Fox”

“We had fun running for Terry Fox!”

“We learned a new math game called place value yahtzee”

“We created a number line out of beads as a tool for math”

“We had fun creating new chapters of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for our chapter book”

Math

Learning objectives: Grade 2

    1. Describe order or relative position, using ordinal numbers (up to tenth).

    2. Representing and describe numbers to 100, concretely, pictorially, and symbolically.

    3. Compare and order numbers up to 100.

    4. Illustrate, concretely, and pictorially, the meaning of place value for numerals to 100.

Learning objectives: Grade 3

    1. Represent and describe numbers to 1000, concretely, pictorially, and symbolically.

    2. Compare and order numbers up to 1000.

    3. Illustrate, concretely, and pictorially, the meaning of place value for numerals to 100.

Students continued to practice their understanding with place value, comparing, and ordering of numbers. Our wonderful math coach, Ms. Hillier, introduced students to different mathematical activities that entailed place value and comparison of numbers. Students learned a new game called “Junk it!” which students had a blast with! We also did many interactive activities on the smartboard using number lines, from 0-1000. Students had to demonstrate their knowledge by showing where numbers are placed on line.

Learning about number lines!

Literacy: 

Learning objectives: Grade 2

     1. Connect personal experiences and knowledge of words, sentences and story patterns from previous reading experiences to construct and confirm meaning

     2. Use own and respond to others’ ideas to create oral, print and other media texts

     3. Model own oral, print, and other media texts on familiar forms

     4. Preview book covers and titles; look for familiar words, phrases and story patterns to assist with constructing and confirming meaning

      5. Identify main characters, places and events in a variety of oral, print and other media texts

Learning objectives: Grade 3

       1. Apply a variety of strategies, such as setting a purpose, confirming predictions, making inferences and drawing conclusions

        2. Experiment with ways of generating and organizing ideas prior to creating oral, print, and other media texts

        3. Tell or write about favourite parts of oral, print and other media texts

        4. use headings, paragraphs, punctuation and quotation marks to assist with constructing and confirming meaning

        5. Include events, setting and characters when summarizing or retelling oral, print or other media texts

Students are excited to announce that they have reached 14 minutes and 45 seconds in their reading stamina. Their goal by the end of next week is to reach at least 17 minutes. Students have now started to create their own story book of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We are currently on chapter 6 and students have their demonstrated excitement and are eager to see the finished product of their own book!

Learning about Terry Fox!

Upcoming Events:

Oct. 1 - Orange Shirt Day

Oct. 5 – No School for Students - Non Instructional Day

Oct. 8 – No School - Thanksgiving Day

Oct. 9 - Photo Day

Oct. 9 - School Council Meeting - All Welcome - 6:30 pm

Oct. 18 - Halloween Dance - 6:30 pm

Oct. 26 - No School for Students - Non Instructional Day

Oct. 30 - Vaccinations (For students who have missed previously)

Oct. 31 - Halloween

Looking Forward:

Next week we will continue our read aloud of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, improving our reading and writing stamina, enhancing our skills in number sense, and start learning/exploring water and our country, Canada.

Sept. 17-20

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at this weeks learning! 

Highlights of the first two weeks from voices of students:

“I really liked designing a room in math”

“We learned a new math game, Kaboom”

“I am enjoying Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"

“We started our own chapter book of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”

“We played a new game called Shark Island”

Math:

Learning objectives: Grade 2

    1. Describe order or relative position, using ordinal numbers (up to tenth)

    2. Representing and describe numbers to 100, concretely, pictorially, and symbolically

    3. Compare and order numbers up to 100

    4. Illustrate, concretely, and pictorially, the meaning of place value for numerals to 100.

Learning objectives: Grade 3

    1. Represent and describe numbers to 1000, concretely, pictorially, and symbolically

    3. Compare and order numbers up to 1000

    4. Illustrate, concretely, and pictorially, the meaning of place value for numerals to 100

Students continued to practice their knowledge and understanding with place value, comparing, and ordering of numbers. Students were introduced to many new math activities to help enhance their mathematical skills. For example, students had to design a room of their choice (kitchen, bedroom, living, etc). They then had to map out exactly where all of their furniture laid in their room. They took newspaper and cut specific items they required and glued them on their sheet. As each item had a price, students then had to place that number on a number line on their sheet.

Literacy: 

Learning objectives: Grade 2

     1. Connect personal experiences and knowledge of words, sentences and story patterns from previous reading experiences to construct and confirm meaning

     2. Use own and respond to others’ ideas to create oral, print and other media texts

     3. Model own oral, print, and other media texts on familiar forms

     4. Preview book covers and titles; look for familiar words, phrases and story patterns to assist with constructing and confirming meaning

      5. Identify main characters, places and events in a variety of oral, print and other media texts

Learning objectives: Grade 3

       1. Apply a variety of strategies, such as setting a purpose, confirming predictions, making inferences and drawing conclusions

        2. Experiment with ways of generating and organizing ideas prior to creating oral, print, and other media texts

        3. Tell or write about favourite parts of oral, print and other media texts

        4. use headings, paragraphs, punctuation and quotation marks to assist with constructing and confirming meaning

        5. Include events, setting and characters when summarizing or retelling oral, print or other media texts

Students have continued to build their reading and writing stamina and are very excited to have reached to 13 minutes and 25 seconds of complete silence in their reading! Their goal is to reach at least 15 minutes next week. Students were also introduced to the novel “Charlie and the Charlie Factory” and our wonderful Assistant Principal, Mrs. McKay, modeled a read aloud to them. Students are able to sit anywhere in the classroom and participate in the interactive read aloud. Students are to design a picture and write about that specific chapter to then create their own chapter book of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Read Aloud of Charlie and the Factory


Students building their reading stamina

Upcoming Events:

Sept. 24-28 Bring a Toonie for Terry Fox

Sept. 27  - Fun Lunch

Sept. 28 - Terry Fox Assembly (9:00am) and Run (9:30-10:00am)

Oct. 5 – No School for Students - Non Instructional Day

Oct. 8 – No School - Thanksgiving Day

Oct. 9 - Photo Day

Oct. 9 - School Council Meeting - All Welcome - 6:30 pm

Oct. 18 - Halloween Dance - 6:30 pm

Oct. 26 - No School for Students - Non Instructional Day

Oct. 30 - Vaccinations (For students who have missed previously)

Oct. 31 - Halloween

Looking Forward:

Next week we will continue our read aloud of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, improve our reading and writing stamina, practice our skills in number sense, and learn about Terry Fox.

Welcome to Room 14 (Sept. 4-12)

On this blog you will find information about what your child is learning in school, what events are coming up, and what we will be learning the following week.

The past two weeks we have been doing "Getting to Know Me" and team building activities, teacher-lead and independent writing activities, engaging math activities and challenges, and building reading and writing stamina.

Highlights of the first two weeks from voices of students:

“Going to a new school!”

“I liked learning new words in books I read”

“I liked reading new books!”

"We wrote stories about whatever we wanted"

"We played treasure island in gym"

"Our teacher told us stories"

Math

Learning objectives: Grade 2

    1. Describe order or relative position, using ordinal numbers (up to tenth)

    2. Representing and describe numbers to 100, concretely, pictorially, and symbolically

    3. Compare and order numbers up to 100

    4. Illustrate, concretely, and pictorially, the meaning of place value for numerals to 100

Learning objectives: Grade 3

    1. Represent and describe numbers to 1000, concretely, pictorially, and symbolically.

    2. Compare and order numbers up to 1000

    3. Illustrate, concretely, and pictorially, the meaning of place value for numerals to 100

Students will be demonstrating what they have learned from Grade 1 and 2 and using that knowledge to extend their learning by comparing, ordering, and determining place value of certain numbers. Below are some examples of student work. Students were creating posters by representing a number and displaying it concretely, pictorially, and symbolically. 


Literacy

Learning Objectives: Grade 2

    1. Use own and respond to others’ ideas to create oral, print and other media texts

   2. Model own oral, print, and other media texts on familiar forms

Learning Objectives: Grade 3

    1. Experiment with ways of generating and organizing ideas prior to creating oral, print, and other media texts

    2. Tell or write about favourite parts of oral, print and other media texts

Students have been working on their reading and writing stamina to help construct meaning of text and to generate ideas through different text.

Upcoming Events:

Parent Teacher Conferences

  • Sept. 20th – Early dismissal 12:15 pm

  • Sept. 20th Conferences from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

  • Sept. 21st Conferences from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Terry Fox Assembly and Run - Sept. 28th, 9:00 am

Fun Lunch Available to Order - September 27th (Edo)

No School for Students

  • October 5 – Non Instructional Day

  • October 8 – Thanksgiving Day

Photo Day - October 9

Looking Forward:

Next week we will start a read aloud, improve our reading and writing stamina, storytelling, and continue to increase our knowledge of place value. We will also begin comparing and ordering numbers.

If you need to contact me, please email me at: jlireland@cbe.ab.ca

I look forward to a fantastic school year with your child!

Ms. Ireland

June 17-21

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

I want to thank parent council again for our staff appreciation lunch this afternoon! It was amazing and it was a great way to end off the school year! Thank you again!

Monday June 24th will be Sports Day.  Our whole school (Kindergarten to grade 6) will be heading outside in the morning from 8:30 - 9:45am to participate in various ‘Active living’ activities set up around our school. Please dress your child for the day; sunscreen, hats, good running shoes and bug spray.

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We made 3-D bees in science”

“We made a city or a robot using 3-D shapes in math”

“We did some writing activities”

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their skills by participating in a building activity with 3-D shapes. Grade 2 students had to a choice between a robot or a city. Students who choose a city wanted to challenge themselves. Students in grade 3 had to build a city. Firstly, students had to sketch their robot or city before gathering the nets of the 3-D shapes. Throughout the building activity, students gathered their shapes as they needed. Students then started creating their 3-D shapes and made a city or a robot. Students have come up with many great ways to build their robots and cities using a variety of many shapes. They are looking fantastic! Ask your child to explain their designs at home!

Making blueprints of our cities and robots

Making their cities and robots

Finished product 

Literacy:

Students finished their nonfiction bee booklets and they are amazing! Students put a lot of time and effort into these booklets and it has certainly shown! Students were also introduced to another writing activity based on our read aloud. Students had to pick their favourite character from Wonder; August, Via, Summer, or Jack Will and come up with a word list that describes the character. As a class, we brainstormed words for each character and then students had to come up with words individually. It was a great conversation and their artwork reflects the hard work they have put into it.

Completing nonfiction bee booklets

Class rubric for our booklet

Brainstorming our list of words for characters

Science/Social Studies:

In science, students continued learning about small flying and crawling insects. Students finished off their 3-D honey bees and added legs, eyes, wings, and an antenna. They are amazing! Ask your child to explain the activity at home! In social studies, students continued to continued learning about the Inuit Community. Students learned the importance of storytelling and various Inuit games children played. Students also learned about igloos and how people stayed warmed. Students watched various educational videos about Inuit games and how igloos are used.

3-D honey bees

Story telling by Michael Kusugak

Upcoming Events:

June 24 - Sports Day

June 26 - Last day of classes - early dismissal @ 12:15pm

June 26 - Report cards go home

June 27 - Non-instructional Day - no school

June 28 - Non-instructional Day - no school

Looking Forward:

Next week, students will participate various writing, math, and science activities to end the year off.

June 10-14

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We started making 3-D honey bees”

“We continuing with our nonfiction bee booklets”

“We did lacrosse in gym”

“We made inukshuks out of clay for social studies”

“We started 2-D and 3-D shapes in math”

Friday, June 21nd is Ethel M. Johnson’s Annual Sports Day.  Our whole school (Kindergarten to grade 6) will be heading outside in the morning from 9:00- 11:00 am to participate in various ‘Active living’ activities set up around our school. Please dress your child for the day; sunscreen, hats, good running shoes and bug spray.

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their skills with 2-D and 3-D shapes. Some new vocabulary words students learned were polygons, quadrilaterals, hexagon, pentagon, and octagon. Student explored the school and their classroom and determined that these shapes are everywhere! Students also watched various educational videos about these shapes and created anchor charts to use as a reference if they needed. Students also participated in various activities about 2-D and 3-D shapes. Activities included, geometry scavenger hunt, polygon parade, peter polygon, and tangram exploration. Students also discovered that many shapes create new shapes! Ask your child about these activities at home!

Anchor chart



Students participating in various math activities

Literacy:

Students are now working on completing the table of contents, glossary, and index of their bee booklets. We are working together and reviewed as a group the proper way of completing these sections. We will continue next week with completing our nonfiction bee booklets. They are looking amazing and cannot wait to see the finished product!

Students working on their table of contents

Completing their glossary

Science/social studies:

In science, students continued learning about small flying and crawling insects. Students are creating their own 3-D honey bee out of newspaper. Students have created a head, thorax, and abdomen for their body and have started painting the body parts of their bees. Students will then add legs, wings, eyes, and antennas to make their honey bee look more realistic. In social studies, students continued learning about the Inuit Community. Students learned about inukshuks and why they are important to the Inuit culture. Students then created their own inukshuk out of plasticine and wrote a paragraph describing their inukshuk. Students did a fantastic job creating and explaining their inukshuks.

Completion of our KWL chart

Creating 3-D honey bees

Upcoming Dates:

June 20 - Fun Lunch - Subway

June 21 - Sports Day

June 26 - Last day of classes - early dismissal @ 12:15pm

June 27 - Non-instructional Day - no school

June 28 - Non-instructional Day - no school

Looking Forward:

Next week, students will finish their nonfiction bee booklets and be introduced to a writing activity that's based on our read aloud; Wonder. Students will also enhance their learning with 2-D and 3-D shapes by participating in various math activities, complete their 3-D honey bee, and enhance their learning about the Inuit community.

June 3-7

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We played doctor dodgeball in gym”

“We had the volunteer tea”

“We are creating nonfiction bee booklets”

“We had a presentation on building different things”

“We did an Inuit painting in social studies"

Students in grade 3 welcomed a guest speaker today and learned about the strength of various materials for building. Some examples included; testing the strength of popsicle sticks and cantilevered beam.


Math:

Students continued to practice and build their skills in measurement by participating in various measurement activities. Stations included; balancing objects (mass), measuring length, height, distance around (perimeter), building structures using different manipulatives, and applying their understanding with number patterns (counting by 2’s, 3’s, 5’s, and 6’s). Students rotated through each station until they completed all of them. Students were using their knowledge of measurement and relating it to real world applications!  Ask your child to explain these stations at home!

Discovering/creating number patterns

Measuring height and length

Balancing various objects to figure out the weight

Building a structure and accurately measuring it

Literacy:

Students finished up their research on honey bees and now are working on completing their booklet as a final project. Students have been working on each section of their booklet and creating 3-5 sentences with an illustration. Headings include; appearance, habitat, life cycle, food, and interesting facts of honey bees. The booklet will also include a title page, table of contents, glossary, and a index as part of our nonfiction writing unit. The booklets are looking amazing and students are excited to read them!

Students working on their bee booklets

Science/Social Studies:

In science, students continued learning about small flying and crawling insects. Students learned about the life cycle of a honey bee and the four stages it goes through. Students were shown an educational video and had to draw and write 3-5 sentences as part of their nonfiction booklet in writing. Students learned how honey bees collect pollen and nectar from various flowers and bring it back to their hives. Students also completed the KWL of what they learned about bees. In social studies, students were introduced to a new unit; Inuit Communities. As a group we had a discussion about the Inuit community. Students created a visual journal page and divided their sheet up into four sections; life, landscapes, food, and seasons. Students drew and wrote a sentence about each section and watched two educational videos about the life of Inuit people. We also read the story “A Polar Bear’s Son” together to show students how people live in these communities. Students then created a painting using water colours to design a landscape for the Inuit community.

Drawing and writing about the bee life cycle

Learning about pollen and nector

Inuit water colour landscapes

Upcoming Events:

June 10-13  - All library books are due

June 10&11 - Lacrosse Residency

June 20 - Fun Lunch - Subway

June 21 - Sports Day

June 26 - Last day of classes - early dismissal @ 12:15pm

June 27 - Non-instructional Day - no school

June 28 - Non-instructional Day - no school

Looking Forward:

Next week, students continue with writing their nonfiction bee booklets, introduce a new unit in math; 2-D and 3-D shapes, continue their learning in science; small crawling and flying insects, and enhance their learning about the Inuit community.

May 27-31

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We are designing a new EMJ logo”

“We started measurement centres”

“We had little caesars for fun lunch”

“We went to studio bell for a field trip”

**Tuesday, June 4th is ride to school day. There are over 84 Schools participating in Calgary this year, and we are so excited to be part of this awesome day to support healthy lifestyles, and outdoor engagement! 

Please take a look at the website: http://calgarybiketoschool.weebly.com/

**All Sport One Day is a great opportunity for children 6-12 years old to try out a new sports activity for free.  There more than 70 events all over the city, and kids can sign up for 2 different events and it is all FREE!   

Please take a look at the websitehttps://www.sportcalgary.ca/all-sport-one-day

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their skills in measurement and learned new vocabulary words such as distance around, perimeter, mass, and weight. In our whole group discussions, students shared and explained what they knew about these terms and how they are related to real world applications. Students were then introduced to measurement stations giving them opportunities to apply their knowledge and learning. Stations included; balancing objects (mass), measuring length, height, distance around (perimeter), building structures using different manipulatives, and applying their understanding with number patterns (counting by 2’s, 3’s, 5’s, and 6’s). Students will rotate through the stations until they all have them completed. Ask your child about these stations!

Students participating in measurement stations

Literacy:

Students have started a research project on honey bees and will complete a nonfiction booklet for their end project. Students are gathering information about bees on google docs and will use these notes to form a proper paragraph under each heading. In the booklet, students will create headings; appearance, habitat, food, lifecycle, and interesting facts about honey bees. Once students have completed their research they are to write 3-5 sentences under each heading with an illustration. The booklet will also include a title page, table of contents, glossary, and a index as part of our nonfiction writing unit. I am very excited to see the finished product of these booklets!

Bee vocabulary list

Science/Social Studies:

In science, students continued learning about hot and cold temperatures. Students learned new vocabulary terms such as insulators and conductors. We discussed how insulators were important in our home and as well for animals who are living in cold temperatures. Students came to a conclusion that by insulating our home will help keep us warm in the winter time. Students also explained that animals have blubber that help keep them warm in cold temperatures. Some animals we looked at were birds, polar bears, penguins, and whales. Students also started a new unit; small flying and crawling insects. Students were introduced to various insects and had to draw the 3 main parts of an insect (head, thorax, and abdomen). Students also created a KWL chart about what they already know and what questions they still have bees. At the end of the unit, students will write what they learned from the unit and add it to our KWL chart.

Students writing down their ideas of why insulators are important

KWL Chart

Upcoming Events:

June 6 - Volunteer Tea @10:15-11:00am

June 7 - Grade 3 Science Presentation @10:15-11:00am

June 10&11 - Lacrosse Residency

June 20 - Fun Lunch - Subway

June 21 - Sports Day

June 26 - Last day of classes - early dismissal @ 12:15pm

June 27 - Non-instructional Day - no school

June 28 - Non-instructional Day - no school

Looking Forward:

Next week, students will start writing their paragraphs for their bee booklets, continue learning about measurement (length, height, mass, capacity, and distance) and participate in centres, continue to enhance their learning in science; small crawling and flying insects, and start learning about the Inuit community.

May 13-16

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We finished our own countries in social studies”

“We researched our favourite topics”

“We finished our bee patterns in math”

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their skills with number patterns. Students participated in pattern activities; I have… Who has the number pattern.., pattern bingo, and roll and dice game. These games are to help students practice their skills with increasing and decreasing number patterns. Ask your child to show you some number patterns! Students were also introduced to a new unit called; measurement. Students were exploring vocabulary words such has, distance, length, height, centimeters, meters, and inches. For an activity, students arranged themselves from shortest to tallest and they did great!  To practice with measuring students measured various items in our classroom and school to further their understanding.


Brainstorming and making an anchor chart

Practicing number patterns

Measuring various objects in our classroom

Literacy:

Students have now finished off researching their favourite topics and wrote a complete paragraph for each topic. Students wrote 5-6 complete sentences ensuring that their punctuation, grammar, and spelling were accurate. Students have also been working with a partner which allowed them to converse ideas together to write the best paragraph they can. Students have also added pictures and a caption to help capture the reader's attention. Students will finish off completing a second self and peer reflection on the work they have done.

Researching favourite topics in writing

Science/Social Studies:

In science, students continued learning about hot and cold and how it relates to our bodies and structural buildings. We had a discussion that the human body temperature is relatively constant and normally a change is body temperature signals a change in health; fever or hypothermia. We also discussed ways to changing temperature in our homes and buildings; changing thermostat, opening a window, or using a space heater. In social studies, students completed their own countries. Their countries have demonstrated a lot of creativity and are looking fantastic!

Drawing a diagram of ways our bodies change temperatures

 

Circling ways objects to make our hme cooler or warmer

Brainstorming as a group on ways to cool and heat our homes and school

Upcoming Dates:

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - no school

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 24 - Grade 2/3 Bee Presentation

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart Event @ 11:30am

May 28 – Grade 2/3 to National Music Centre

May 30 – Fun Lunch – Little Caesars

June 10&11 - Lacrosse Residency

June 20 - Fun Lunch - Subway

June 26 - Last day of classes - early dismissal @ 12:15pm

June 27 - Non-instructional Day - no school

June 28 - Non-instructional Day - no school

Going Forward:

Next week, students will be introduced to a new research project for nonfiction writing, continue learning about measurement (length, height, mass, capacity, and distance), and continue to enhance their learning in science; hot and cold temperature. 

May 6-10

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We started pattern bees”

“We continued skipping in gym for Jump Rope for Heart”

“We started coding club and five lucky people got chosen from our class”

“We continued with our read aloud”

"We started a new unit in science, hot and cold"

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with patterns by creating decreasing patterns of their choice with using and 2-3 attributes (colour, shape, size, position, and direction) discussed in class. Students continued to participate in pattern word problems and showed various ways to demonstrate their learning. To enhance student understanding, students have been introduced to a bee pattern project and must create various patterns (repeating, increasing, decreasing) on their bees. Students are very creative and have done a fantastic job so far on them!

Making decreasing patterns

Pattern word problems

Students making their bee patterns

Literacy:

Students continued to research their favourite topics with a partner by using the steps we have been working on with nonfiction writing. Students are gathering facts on their topic and typing out the important information on google docs. Once students have gathered their information they are to write a complete paragraph about their topic. Students have been working on making sure their spelling is correct as well as having capital letters and periods in their sentences. Students are also incorporating pictures and writing captions about the picture. Students are also doing a self and peer reflection on the work they have done. Students are loving this project and I am looking forward to reading all about their favourite topics!

Science/Social Studies:

In science, students were introduced to a new unit; hot and cold temperature. As a class we brainstormed ideas together and watched educational videos on various things that were hot and cold. Students created a chart in their visual journals of things that they knew were hot and cold. Students had to draw and then label their items. Students also learned about the importance of temperature and how it can affect their daily skills. For example, body and weather temperature can affect various activities. In social studies, students continued with creating their own country. Their countries are looking amazing! Students have great detail and love explaining their countries with their peers.  

Hot and cold charts

Learning about temperatures

Students making their own thermometers

Creating their own countries

Upcoming Events:

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - no school

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 24 - Grade 2/3 Bee Presentation

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart Event @ 11:30am

May 28 – Grade 2/3 to National Music Centre

May 30 – Fun Lunch – Little Caesars

June 10&11 - Lacrosse Residency

June 20 - Fun Lunch - Subway

June 26 - Last day of classes - early dismissal @ 12:15pm

June 27 - Non-instructional Day - no school

June 28 - Non-instructional Day - no school

Looking Forward:

Next week, students will continue to research their favourite topics and edit and revise their paragraphs with their partners. Students will continue to practice number patterns by participating in different activities and finish their bee pattern project. Students will also be introduced to a new unit in math; shape and space, continue to enhance their learning in science; hot and cold temperature, and finish their own countries.

April 29-May 3

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

On Friday, May 3rd we had a kick off assembly for Jump Rope for Heart. Our special guest explained to our students the importance for this fundraiser event, heart health and healthy eating. Each student received an envelope and a parent letter about the fundraiser. We will be fundraising for EMJ’s Jump Rope for Heart event which will be held on May 24th.

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We had a Jump Rope for Heart Assembly”

“Ms. I did some skipping during the assembly”

“We learned about the different parts of our ears”

“We had the spring concert yesterday!”

“We researched our favourite topics for nonfiction writing”

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with patterns. Students practiced making increasing patterns using various shapes/objects with a partner as well as creating their own increasing patterns using 2-3 attributes (colour, shape, size, position, and direction) we discussed in class. Students were also introduced to pattern word problems and did a fantastic job showing and explaining their patterns! To enhance student learning with increasing number patterns, students participated in an activity called, “I have… Who has the number pattern..” it was a great activity to help students practice increasing number patterns. Ask your child about the activity!

Students creating their own increasing patterns 

Students working on pattern word problems

Literacy:

Students continued to research their favourite topic of their choice with a partner by following the steps we have been working on with nonfiction writing. Students are gathering facts about their topic and typing out the important information on google docs. Students are sharing their document with their partner so they can work together at the same time. Once students have gathered their information they are to write a complete paragraph about their topic. Students have been working on making sure they have capital letters and periods in their sentences. Students are also incorporating pictures and writing captions about the picture below.


Students researching their favourite topics with their partners

Science/Social Studies:

In science, students continued their learning with hearing and sound. As a class we discussed the importance of our ears and how our ears work to hear various sounds in our world. Students watched an educational video and filled out a sheet of the important parts of the ear. Students learned the different functions within our ears and how they all connect to our brain so we can hear sounds. We also discussed the differences and similarities between human ears and animal ears. Students learned that animal hearing can hear beyond human hearing. Students created a list of which animals they thought have better hearing than humans. Students also participated in discussions about loudness and how amplified sound can cause damage to the ear. Students also came up with ways to protect our ears while playing and/or working around loud sounds.

Students filling out the different parts of our ears


Students coming up with animals that may have different hearing senses then humans

Students had to hear different sounds and write down the pitch noise (low, medium, high)

Upcoming Events:

May 6 – Vaccinations in PM

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - no school

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart Event @ 11:30am

May 28 – Gr 2/3 to National Music Centre

May 30 – Fun Lunch – Little Caesars

Looking Forward:

Next week, students will continue to properly research important information on the internet with a partner. Students will also continue to enhance their math skills by participating in various pattern activities; decreasing patterns (shapes, objects, and numbers), start an new unit in science; hot and cold temperature, and creating their own country.

April 23-24

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We made guitars in science to hear different pitch noises”

”We are learning about patterns in math”

“We did mathletics in math”

“We started a read aloud”

“We had the spring carnival last night”

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with number sense. Students were introduced to a new unit in math this week; patterns. Students did a great job at remembering various patterns; repeating (AB, ABB, AAB, AABB, ABC), increasing, and decreasing patterns. To apply their learning, students created their own patterns through exploration using snap cubes. Students were coming up with many different patterns! As a class, we also came up with a list of where they saw patterns in our classroom and in our world! Students had the opportunity to show and explain their patterns on the whiteboard to their peers. Students were also introduced to new terminology called, pattern cores and pattern attributes. Pattern cores is the smallest part in a pattern that repeats and attributes consist of shape, colour, size, position, and direction. Students were pretty excited to show their own patterns using cores and attributes on the whiteboard.

Various patterns

Patterns in our classroom and world

Pattern cores/attributes


Exploration of Patterns

Making their own patterns

Literacy:

Students continued to learn about non-fiction writing and have discussions about the different components a non-fiction book has; table of contents, glossary, fact box, index, diagram (labels), and a picture caption. We then practiced again as a class and researched another topic on tarantulas. We created a list of facts together and students sketched a picture of a tarantula in their visual journals. We then created a paragraph that had 5 sentences, capital letters, and periods. We also discussed the structure when writing a proper paragraph as well. Students are now working on researching a topic of their choice with a partner and will follow the steps to proper non-fiction writing and record their information on google docs. 


Creating paragraphs on non-fiction writing and making revisions

Science/Social Studies:

In science, students continued their learning with hearing and sound. As a class we had a discussion about the properties about sound and the meaning. We specifically focused on the property called ‘pitch’. Students were shown educational videos the different pitch sounds; low, medium, and high. To apply their learning, students designed and created a guitar of their own and used various thicknesses with elastic bands to determine the pitch sound.The guitars are great! Students also learned that a placement of a ruler on the guitar determines the pitch sound. In social studies, students continued to create their booklets of their own country. Students must come up with a country name and write down the geography, weather, food/drinks, schools, jobs, maps, flags, and other interesting facts about their country.

Making guitars

Applying their learning

Creating our own countries

Upcoming Dates:

April 29-May 2 - Scholastic Book Fair for students

May 2 – Scholastic Book Fair during Spring Concert

May 2 – Spring Concert

May 3 – Jump Rope for Heart Assembly 11:15am

May 6 – Vaccinations in PM

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - no school

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart Event

May 28 – Gr 2/3 to National Music Centre

May 30 – Fun Lunch – Little Caesars

Looking Forward:

Next week, students will continue to practice non-fiction writing and the steps to properly research important information on the internet with a partner. Students will also continue to enhance their skills in number sense by engaging in various pattern activities and participating in various hearing and sound activities.

April 15-18

We are still in need for some more shoe boxes for our science experiment next week. If you have any extra boxes please send as many as you can to ensure that all students have a chance to participate. Many thanks!

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We started hearing and sound in science”

“We started computer research in soft start”

“We started arranging fractions on a number line”

“We are learning about sounds”

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with number sense. Students continued to practice fractions by designing and creating fraction pizzas. Students had to use proper terminology such as, denominator, numerator, half, fourths, and eighths when writing their fractions. Students also learned how to properly put fractions on a number line. We reviewed number lines regularly this week by watching an educational video and participating in various activities. Students in grade 3 also were engaged in fraction stations to help enhance their learning while grade 2 students participated in small group by working one “Today’s Number.” Their numbers were "73 and 107." Students had to show the various ways to represent these numbers. Students were showing addition/subtraction equations, tally marks, place value, and money.

Completing our fraction pizzas

Final product of our fraction pizzas

Practicing putting fractions on a number line

Literacy:

Students were introduced to non-fiction writing. We had many class discussions about the different components a non-fiction book has; table of contents, glossary, fact box, index, diagram (labels), and a picture caption. As a class students were introduced to a website called “pebble go” and together we researched polar bears. We discussed the important information to pull from websites and conducted a list of facts about polar bears. Students also sketched a diagram of a polar bear. Students then collected all their facts and created a paragraph. In writing, we have talked about how a paragraph must have at least 5 sentences, capital letters, and periods.

Our class chart of what non-fiction writing is

Students writing down facts and drawing an illustration of Polar Bears

Science/Social Studies:

In science, we started a new unit called; hearing and sound. As a class we created a KWL chart on what they already knew and would like to know about sound. Students watched educational videos on sound and the properties; pitch, loudness/softness, and quality. Students also actively participated in two experiments about vibrations and its importance. In social studies, we had the privilege to welcome a guest speaker, Michael Kusugak, an author and storyteller to share his experiences and stories with our students. Students enjoyed listening to Michael share his story of where he grew up, listening to his grandmother’s stories, and playing with toys made out of seal bones his community caught to help them survive. It was amazing and the students thoroughly had a great time!  

KWL/Properties of Sound Charts

Participating in science experiments

Guest speaker, Michael Kusugak

Upcoming Events:

April 19 – Good Friday – no school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day - no school

April 25 – Fun Lunch – Edo

April 25 – Spring Carnival 6-8pm

April 29-May 2 - Scholastic Book Fair for students

May 2 – Scholastic Book Fair during Spring Concert

May 2 – Spring Concert

May 3 – Jump Rope for Heart Assembly 11:15am

May 6 – Vaccinations in PM

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - no school

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart Event

May 28 – Gr 2/3 to National Music Centre

May 30 – Fun Lunch – Little Caesars

Looking Forward:

Next week, students will continue to practice non-fiction writing and the steps to properly research important information on the internet. Students will also continue to enhance their skills in number sense by participating in various pattern activities and number activities, participating in various hearing and sound activities, and creating their own country.

April 8-12

We are hoping to begin a new science unit on Hearing and Sound. Each student will need a sturdy show box for a fun activity in the up coming week. Please send as many as you can to ensure that all students have a chance to participate. Many thanks!

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We had swimming lessons this week”

“We are learning fractions in math”

“We started badminton in gym”

“We had our science test on magnets”

Math:

Students in grade 2 continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with number sense.

Grade 2 students continued to participate in money math activities. The activities included; Nickels to None, Dizzy Dimes, Word problems, and Money Dominos. Ask your child to play these games at home!

  • Nickels to None

    • Player 1 turns over one card from the deck and takes the appropriate number of coins.  

                                    Example: turns over a 3, player takes 3 nickels and counts

                                                                  “5 + 5 + 5 = 15”

    • Once player 1 has counted they cross off “15” on their game board.
    • If player 1 turns over the same card that had been played already player 1 misses their turn and player 2 goes.
    • Players continue until one players crosses off all their numbers.
  • Dizzy Dimes

    • Player 1 turns over one card from the deck and takes the appropriate number of coins.

                                 Example: turns over a 3, player takes 3 dimes and counts

                                                               “10 + 10 + 10 = 30”

    • Students participated in various word problems using money.

    • Students had to either use addition or subtraction strategies to solve the word problems.

  • Money Dominos

    • Make groups of 2-4 players. Hand out the domino cards equally face-down among group members.

    • If there is a left over card, put that card face up in the middle of the playing area. That card will be the first card.

    • The next person tries to put a domino card on the table that matches one of what’s already there. If the player can’t, they skip a turn.

    • Players continue to rotate around trying to match up the cards. The player that loses all their cards first is the winner.

  • Word Problems

    • Students participated in various word problems using money.

    • Students had to either use addition or subtraction strategies to solve the word problems.

Grade 3 students continued to enhance their learning with division and participating in various math activities. The activities included; Divide by 7, Find the unknown number, Don’t Duck Division, Crazy Birds - Find a line! Ask your child to play at home!

  • Divide by 7

    • Each player uses a different colored pencil. Players take turns to color two squares – a division and the matching answer.

    • When all squares have been colored, the winner is the player with the longest line of their color around the edge of the rectangle.

  • Find the Unknown Number

    • Spread out the missing number game cards.

    • Players take turns picking a card and telling the unknown number.

    • The player keeps all cards correctly answered & writes the equation as both a multiplication & division equation on their recording sheet.

                                                          Example: 4 x 7 = 28   28 ÷ 4 = 7 4.

    • If the player answers incorrectly, the card is placed back in the pile.

    • Play until all cards are picked and the player with the most cards wins.

  • Don’t Duck Division

    • Decide who plays first. Player with the shortest name starts. Decide how long the game will last.  

    • The Player 1 draws a card, reads the division problem and calls out the answer.

    • The other player checks Player 1’s answer. If his answer is correct, Player 1 draws a line segment on the game board. If the answer is incorrect, he does not draw a line and his turn is over.

    • Player 2 takes a turn using the same method.

    • Continue to play.  The player who draws a line that finishes a 4-sided box writes his initials in that box.  When a player completes a box, he also gets to draw an extra line on the game board.

    • At the end of playing time, players calculate their score by adding up how many boxes they have.  Each box with a duck inside is worth 3 points. Each box with initials only is worth 1 point. The player with the most points wins.  (I modified the points to 10 points for a regular box and 25 points for a duck box).

  • Crazy Birds - Find the Line!

    • Players take turns to color a line of 3 numbers that can make a division equation.

    • The line must be 3 numbers beside each other in a row or column. NOT DIAGONAL

    • A player could color 36, 9 and 4 for 36÷9=4. The numbers can be in any order.

                                                     Example:  36, 9 and 4       9, 4 and 36

  • The last player who can color a line of 3 numbers is the winner.

Students were also introduced to fractions with week! Students watched two educational videos about fractions and how they are used everyday in our lives! Students were also introduced to strategies and rules for fractions by making a reference sheet in their visual journals. Students also participated in a various fractions activities to help enhance their understanding with fractions.


Strategies and Rules to Fractions


Fraction Pictures

Fraction Pizzas

Literacy:

Students have now finished their own picture books. Students designed illustrations for their book using a variety of art materials; charcoal, pastels, clay, and paints! Students created a beginning, middle, and end for their stories. I am very excited and cannot wait to read everyone’s stories! Students are also very excited to read their stories to their classmates. 

Science/Social Studies:

In science, students finished up the magnetism unit.  Students actively participated and explored magnet stations throughout the unit and demonstrated their knowledge and learning in various ways. In social studies, students finished researching their two countries of their choice (Ukraine, Peru, India, and Tunisia). It was fantastic to hear conversations between their peers on now similar and different each country is. Students also started creating their booklets of their own country. Students had to come up with a country name and write down the geography, weather, food/drinks, schools, jobs, maps, flags, and other interesting facts about their country.

Students creating their own countries

Upcoming Dates:

April 16 – Guest Speaker RMs 12,14,15 and 7 in afternoon

April 17 – Class photos

April 19 – Good Friday – no school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day

April 25 – Fun Lunch – Edo

April 25 – Spring Carnival

Looking Forward:

Next week, students will be introduced to non-fiction writing and the steps to properly research important information on the internet. Students will also continue to enhance their skills in number sense by participating in various fraction and number activities, start a new unit in science; hearing and sound, and creating their own country.

April 1-5

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

"We did division stations in math"

"We learned more about magnets"

"We are finishing our picture books"

"We went to Aggie Days!"

Math:

Students in grade 2 continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with number sense.

Grade 2 students were introduced to four new math activities using money. The activities included; Nickels to None, Dizzy Dimes, Word problems, and money dominos. 

  • Nickels to None

    • Player 1 turns over one card from the deck and takes the appropriate number of coins.  

Example: turns over a 3, player takes 3 nickels and counts

“5 + 5 + 5 = 15”

  • Once player 1 has counted they cross off “15” on their gameboard.

  • If player 1 turns over the same card that had been played already player 1 misses their turn and player 2 goes.

  • Players continue until one players crosses off all their numbers.

  • Dizzy Dimes

  • Player 1 turns over one card from the deck and takes the appropriate number of coins.

                                   Example: turns over a 3, player takes 3 dimes and counts

“10 + 10 + 10 = 30”

  • Once player 1 has counted they cross off “15” on their gameboard.

  • If player 1 turns over the same card that had been played already player 1 misses their turn and player 2 goes.

  • Players continue until one players crosses off all their numbers.

  • Money Dominos

    • Make groups of 2-4 players. Hand out the domino cards equally face-down among group members.

    • If there is a left over card, put that card face up in the middle of the playing area. That card will be the first card.

    • The next person tries to put a domino card on the table that matches one of what’s already there. If the player can’t, they skip a turn.

    • Players continue to rotate around trying to match up the cards. The player that loses all their cards first is the winner.

  • Word Problems

  • Students participated in various word problems using money.

  • Students had to either use addition or subtraction strategies to solve the word problems.

Word Problems

Money Dominos

Grade 3 students were introduced to four new math activities using money. The activities included; Divide by 7, Find the unknown number, Don’t Duck Division, Crazy Birds - Find a line! Ask your child to play at home!

  • Divide by 7

    • Each player uses a different colored pencil. Players take turns to color two squares – a division and the matching answer.

    • When all squares have been colored, the winner is the player with the longest line of their color around the edge of the rectangle.

  • Find the Unknown Number

    • Spread out the missing number game cards.

    • Players take turns picking a card and telling the unknown number.

    • The player keeps all cards correctly answered & writes the equation as both a multiplication & division equation on their recording sheet.

                                                               Example: 4 x 7 = 28   28 ÷ 4 = 7 4.

    • If the player answers incorrectly, the card is placed back in the pile.

    • Play until all cards are picked and the player with the most cards wins.

  • Don’t Duck Division

    • Decide who plays first. Player with the shortest name starts. Decide how long the game will last.  

    • The Player 1 draws a card, reads the division problem and calls out the answer.

    • The other player checks Player 1’s answer. If his answer is correct, Player 1 draws a line segment on the game board. If the answer is incorrect, he does not draw a line and his turn is over.

    • Player 2 takes a turn using the same method.

    • Continue to play.  The player who draws a line that finishes a 4-sided box writes his initials in that box.  When a player completes a box, he also gets to draw an extra line on the game board.

    • At the end of playing time, players calculate their score by adding up how many boxes they have.  Each box with a duck inside is worth 3 points. Each box with initials only is worth 1 point. The player with the most points wins.  (I modified the points to 10 points for a regular box and 25 points for a duck box).

  • Crazy Birds - Find the Line!

    • Players take turns to color a line of 3 numbers that can make a division equation.

    • The line must be 3 numbers beside each other in a row or column. NOT DIAGONAL

    • A player could color 36, 9 and 4 for 36÷9=4. The numbers can be in any order.

                                                   Example:  36, 9 and 4       9, 4 and 36

  • The last player who can color a line of 3 numbers is the winner.

Students will continue to participate in these activities next week to enhance their skills with division and money. Ask your child to play at home!

Don't Duck Division

Find the Unknown Number

Literacy:

Students have continued and are finishing up their own picture books. Students have created amazing illustrations using various art supplies; charcoal, pastels, clay, and paints! Students had to include a beginning, middle, and end along with pictures that represent their writing. I cannot wait until they are all completed! Students are also very eager to share their stories with their classmates.

Students working on their picture books

Science/Social Studies:

In science, students have started a new unit; magnetism. Students participated and explored various activities using magnets. Students also participated in a school tour on where they see magnets in their own school. We also had a class discussion on where magnets are used in their own homes! Students came to a conclusion that magnets are everywhere! Students were also introduced to vocabulary terms such as, magnetic field, north and south poles, repel, and attract. Educational videos were shown to students to help them understand the meaning and where in our world magnets are used. In social studies, students continued to research two countries of their choice (Ukraine, Peru, India, and Tunisia). It’s amazing to hear students engage in conversation with their peers on how these countries have similarities and differences. Starting next week, students will create and design their own country and display their learning in the same way they did for the four countries.

Materials students will determine if they have a magnetic field

Students writing their observations down

Students finishing up their research

Upcoming Dates:

April 8-12 – Swimming K-3 and PLP

April 9 – School council meeting 6:30pm

April 16 – Guest Speaker RMs 12,14,15 and 7 in afternoon

April 17 – Class photos

April 19 – Good Friday – no school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day

April 25 – Fun Lunch – Edo

April 25 – Spring Carnival

Looking Forward:

Next week, students will be introduced to non-fiction writing and the steps to properly research important and safe information on the internet. Students will also continue to enhance their skills in number sense by participating in various math activities, engaging in magnetism activities, and creating their own country.

March 11-15

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

We practiced money word problems”

“We learned how to properly count money”

“We learned new games in gym”

“We experimented with new art supplies for our stories”

“We finished our lapbooks in science”

“We started our stories”

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with number sense. Students were introduced and participated in various activities using money. Some activities included; race to $1.00 and dixie cup value. Ask your child to play these games at home!

  • Race to $1.00

    • 1. Place coins into the paper bag and shake the bag.

    • 2. Start the game by having one player pick a coin from the bag. Each player will then draw this coin on their sheet of paper.

    • 3. Next, all players continue to draw coins on the paper until they have reached $1.00. The first to $1.00 accurately wins the round.

    • 4. Continue having each player pick a coin and draw coin combinations until there are no more coins in the bag.

    • 5. The winner is the one who has won the most combinations.

  • Dixie Cup Value

    • 1 .Start the game by having one player pick a dixie cup from the stack.

    • 2. One player will draw the coins they picked in their math journal that adds up to the amount on the dixie cup.

    • 3. The first player to draw and show the amount wins the around and collects 1 point.

    • 4. Continue playing until all dixie cups are done.

    • 5. The winner is the player who has the most dixie cups.


Dixie Cup Value Game

Race to $1.00 Game

Students also created a money flip book to help them understand the quantity of cents and practiced word problems using money. As a class we discussed the different types of money and how money is shown; bills and coins.

  • Coins - 0.05, 0.10, 0.25, $1.00, $2.00

  • Bills - $5.00, $10.00, $20.00, $50.00, and $100.00

We discussed as a class where we see money in our world. Students came up with fantastic answers! We will continue to use money throughout the year in our math discussions.


Students working on their money flip books

Literacy:

Students have started a new project in writing. Students are to design and create a picture book of their choice using various art supplies to design their illustrations. During our soft starts, students have experienced with art supplies such as; paints, charcoal, pastels, and clay. They are to create scenes and characters to use in their own stories. Students are also to create a beginning, middle, and end that relate to their illustrations. They are doing a fantastic job and are so creative! I cannot wait to see the finished product!

Acrylic Paint/Ink Example

Water Colour Example

Clay Example

Students exploring various art supplies

Science/Social Studies:

In science, students continued to participate and engage in activities about rocks and minerals. Students learned about how to make soil from rocks! We watched an educational video to explain how this process was done. We also continued to add definitions to our vocabulary words! To end this off unit, students wrote a test on rocks and minerals and used their lapbooks to help them out. Students are so excited to take their lapbooks home! Ask your child to explain them to you! In social studies, students started researching about the four different countries they are to learn this year (Ukraine, Peru, India, and Tunisia). Students are to only research two of countries of their choice and compare the similarities and differences between the two countries! While researching students had to write about the geography, weather, food/drinks, schools, jobs, maps, flags, and other interesting facts they found about the country. For an end project, students will create their own country and display their learning in the same way they did for the four countries.

Students working on their lapbooks

Students researching countries of their choice

Upcoming Events:

March 21 – Early dismissal @ 12:15pm

March 21 – Parent Teacher Conferences @ 4-8:oopm

March 22 – Non-Instructional - Parent Teacher Conferences @8-1:00pm

March 25-29 – Spring Break - no school

April 1 – Classes resume

April 4 – Evening CPS presentation 6:30

April 4 - Grade 2/3 & 3 Classes; Aggie Day Field Trip

April 8-12 – Swimming K-3 and PLP

April 9 – School council meeting 6:30pm

April 16 – Guest Speaker rms 12,14,15 and 7 in afternoon

April 17 – Class photos

April 19 – Good Friday – no school

April 22 – Non Instructional Day

April 25 – Fun Lunch – Edo

April 25 – Spring Carnival

Looking Forward:

Next week, students will continue to design and create their own picture books with exploring various art supplies (paints, pastels, clay, pencil crayons, etc.) they would like to use for their illustrations. Students will continue to enhance their skills in number sense, math talks, magnetism, continue to research two countries of their choice (Tunisia, Ukraine, India, and Peru) and compare the similarities and differences between the two countries they choose.

March 4-8

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We had our dance concert this week!”

“In gym we did hip hop”

“We continued to practice word problems in math”

“We practiced writing stories for Mock Caldecott”

“We did mad minutes to practice our basic facts”

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with number sense in addition, subtraction and multiplication. Students were introduced to mad minutes this week and did fantastic! Students have requested to practice these skills in math regularly. Students were also introduced to “how many ways?” where they were given a number and had to show the various ways to represent that number using addition and multiplication. Grade 2s have practiced learned and practiced the various addition and subtraction strategies. Students showed repeated addition, using rows/columns, number lines, various equations that equaled the number, and other strategies for those operations. Grade 3s have learned, practiced, and showed repeated addition, arrays, number lines, and equations using multiplication.


Students showing "how many ways?"

Student practicing problem solving

Literacy:

Students continued their literature circles about Mock Caldecott and rated the books they read. Students rated each book based on specific criteria; 1 = not at all    2 = a little bit    3 = mostly   4 = absolutely. Students had to rate the books based on the different lenses (colours, sounds/silence, symbols, and facial expressions). Students then watched a electronic book that won the Mock Caldecott Award and had to write a story using a beginning, middle, and end. Students will use the skills learned when writing stories to help make it theirs more interesting. Students edited and revised their work with a peer and gave constructive feedback. At the end of this unit, students will create their own picture book and write a beginning, middle, and end using different art mediums to design their illustrations.

Students rating Mock Caldecott books

Students writing their beginning, middle, and end of their stories

Science/Social Studies:

In science, students continued to participate and engage in activities about rocks and minerals. Students learned about how to properly examine various types of rocks based on their grain (fine-grained, medium-grained, coarse-grained) and how these rocks were formed. Students also learned how soil isn't just dirt and how it is combined with rock particles. Soil is composed of: air, water, organic material (decayed/rotted plant) inorganic material (sand, clay). As a group, we continued to add definitions to words we learned throughout the week. In social studies, we reviewed vocabulary words such as, rights, responsibilities, citizen, and global citizenship and how they relate to other countries around the world. Students then watched educational videos of the environmental concerns Canada and other countries have in common. Students came up with examples of ways that could change some of those concerns. Students also were introduced to three different international organizations that help other countries in need (Red Cross, Unicef, and Doctors without Borders).

Students adding to their rocks and minerals lapbook

Students learning about the environmental concerns

Upcoming Dates:

March 11 – Second visit AHS Dental (K-Gr. 2)

March 12 – School Council Meeting     

March 14 – Fun Lunch – Boston Pizza

March 21 – Early dismissal @ 12:15pm

March 21 – Parent Teacher Conferences @ 4-8:oopm

March 22 – Non-Instructional - Parent Teacher Conferences @8-1:00pm

March 25-29 – Spring Break - no school

April - Classes resume

Looking Forward:

Next week, students will begin writing their own picture books. Students will have opportunities to explore various art supplies (paints, pastels, clay, charcoal, pencil crayons, etc.) that they would like to use for illustrations in their own picture book. Students will continue to enhance their skills in number sense, math talks, rocks and minerals, and research two countries of their choice (Tunisia, Ukraine, India, and Peru). Students will have an opportunities to compare the similarities and differences between the two countries they choose.


Feb 25-28

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“I learned lots about the rocks from soft start. I learned lots in mathletics”

“I learned you should not bully!”

“I learned times and multiplication”

“I learned about pink shirt day”

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with number sense in addition, subtraction and multiplication. Grade 2’s continued to practice with addition and subtraction by participating in various math stations. Math stations included:

  • Kaboom

  • Walmart Shopping; students had $100 to spend a Walmart, they choose items from the flyer and had to cut/glue them on a sheet. Students then had to add all their items together to ensure they did not spend over $100.

  • Classroom Supplies; students had figure out how much Ms. Ireland spent on classroom supplies for each student and how much she spent on the entire class.

  • Price Comparisons; students had a chart with various prices from three different stores. Ms. Ireland needed new supplies for the classroom, but had a budget of $200 and could not go over. Students had to make sure Ms. Ireland dad all the items on her list.

  • Home Alone; Kevin was home alone and students had $100 to spend on food for Kevin. Kevin needed breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner. Students had to pick food items off the chart and add all items together. Students had to also figure out how much money was remaining from the $100.

Students have now completed their stations and enjoyed solving these math problems. Students have stated they have more confidence with adding and subtracting! Ask your child about the math stations and continue to play at home! Grade 3s continued to practice their multiplication skills by participating in various math stations too.

  • Multiplication Towers; multiplication sentences are one dixie cups and when students get the correct answer they are to create a tower by stacking the cups on top of one another (they are to use up all the cups). The first person to get the most points wins.

  • Dominoes 500; students use dominoes and multiply the 2 numbers shown on the dominoes (ex: 5 dots and 2 dots).  When the dominoes are multiplied correctly, the student gets to collect this as his/her points. For example, 5x 2=10, so that would be 10 points.  The first person to reach 500 points, wins the game.

  • Multiplication Rock Paper Scissors; students put up fingers instead of rock, paper, or scissors. The first person to multiply the two sets of fingers together and call out the product collects the points. The second part of the game is that each student must keep track of their points and the first person to 100 points, wins the round.

  • In the Dog House; students roll two dice and create a multiplication sentence (ex. Rolls a 3 and 5-  3 x 5= 15). The first number is “how many doghouses” and the second number is “how many dogs in each house” Each student must fill out the recording sheet.

  • 5 in a Row; Directions: 1) Place a hundreds chart between you and your partner. 2) roll two dice and multiply the numbers together. 3) With your crayon, color in the product of the two digit cards on your hundreds chart. 4) The first person to color in 5 squares in a row (horizontal, vertical, or diagonal) wins.

  • Mastering Multiplication Paragraph; In their math journals, students need to write 1 paragraph describing the best strategies they have found to help them ‘master” multiplication.  They can describe mental math tips that help them to calculate multiplication problems quickly.

  • Multiplication War; students place one card down and multiply the the numbers together. The first person to multiply receives the points. The first person to get to 200 wins.

  • Multiplication Battleship

  1.  Students fill out their “ships” using the guide on the grid

  2. They practice saying the multiplication sentence to see if they get a “hit” on their opponent’s ships.

  3. They go back and forth with this exchange.

  4. If they “hit” their opponent’s ship, the colour in the grid square with a red pencil crayon.

  5. The goal is to sink each other’s ships. The first person to sink the ships, wins!

Students finished up their stations and have demonstrated their excitement throughout! They are doing a fantastic job and love multiplication! The learning is ongoing in our classroom! Ask your child to practice and continue these skills at home! Students also participated in our math talks to explain their knowledge and strategies using addition, subtraction, and multiplication.

Addition, subtraction, multiplication math stations

Literacy:

Students continued to learn more about Mock Caldecott and the different lenses (colours, sounds/silence, symbols, and facial expressions) illustrators use to create picture books. Students also participated in literature circles by reviewing various books that represented these different lenses and collaborated their ideas together as a group. At the end of this unit, students will create their own picture book and are to write a beginning, middle, and end using different art supplies to design their illustrations.

Literature circles

Science/Social Studies:

In science, students continued to participate and engage in activities about rocks and minerals. Students have brought in their own rocks and love sharing them with their peers! They are so knowledgeable! Students added types of rocks, the rock cycle, and layers of the earth to their lapbooks. Students watched different educational videos about each topic to help increase their understanding. As a group, we added definitions to words they learned throughout the week. In social studies, students were introduced to vocabulary words such as, rights, responsibilities, citizen, and global citizenship and why it is important to learn and understand. Students had to create a chart called “Bill of Students Rights” and list all their rights and responsibilities as a citizen and present it to their peers. It was wonderful! As we continue to learn about global citizenship, students will research two countries of their choice (Peru, India, Ukraine, and Tunisia) and learn about the rights and responsibilities in those countries and how they compare to Canada. Students will also create their own country and display their learning in a booklet form.

Rock Classifications


Students sorting out rocks

Students lapbooks


Students making their "Bill of Student Rights"

Upcoming Dates:

March 1 - Non-Instructional Day - no school

March 4-8 – Sound Kreations Dance Residency

March 11 – Second visit AHS Dental (K-Gr. 2)

March 12 – School Council Meeting    

March 14 – Fun Lunch – Boston Pizza

March 21 – Early dismissal @ 12:15pm

March 21 – Parent Teacher Conferences @ 4-8:oopm

March 22 – Non-Instructional - Parent Teacher Conferences @ 8-1:00pm

March 25-29 – Spring Break - no school  

April 1 - Classes Resume

Looking Forward:

Next week, students will present their posters of the different lenses to their classmates in their groups. Students will also have the opportunity to rate each book we have read from their favourite to least favourite book. As part of the learning process students will write their own Mock Caldecott book with a peer. Students will also continue to enhance their skills in number sense, math talks, rocks and minerals, global citizenship around the world and their environmental concerns, and the importance for international organizations.

Feb 19-22

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We started rocks and minerals in science”

“We started lapbooks in science”

“We started Mock Caldecott in writing”

“We played treasure island in gym"

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with number sense in addition, subtraction and multiplication. Grade 2’s continued to practiced their skills with addition and subtraction by participating in various math stations. Math stations included:

- Kaboom (addition and subtraction version)

Walmart Shopping; students had $100 to spend a Walmart, they then choose items from the flyer and had to cut/glue them onto a sheet. Students then had to add up all their items together to ensure they did not spend over $100.

Classroom Supplies; students had figure out how much Ms. Ireland spent on classroom supplies for each student and how much she spent on the entire class. 

Price Comparisons; students had a chart with various prices from three different stores. Ms. Ireland needed new supplies for the classroom, but had a budget of $200 and could not go over. Students had to make sure Ms. Ireland had all the items on her list.

Home Alone; Kevin was home alone and students had $100 to spend on food for Kevin. Kevin needed breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner. Students had to pick food items off the chart and add all items together. Students also had to also figure out how much money was remaining from the $100.

Grade 2 students working on Home Alone and Price comparisons

Students are really enjoying these math problems and are doing so amazing! Ask your child about the math stations! Grade 3s continued to practice their multiplication skills by participating in various math stations too.

Multiplication Towers; multiplication sentences were done on dixie cups and when students got the correct answer they were to create a tower by stacking the cups on top of one another (they are to use up all the cups). The first person to get the most points wins.

Dominoes 500; students use dominoes and multiply the 2 numbers shown on the dominoes (ex: 5 dots and 2 dots).  When the dominoes are multiplied correctly, the student gets to collect this as his/her points. For example, 5x 2=10, so that would be 10 points.  The first person to reach 500 points, wins the game.

Multiplication Rock Paper Scissors; students put up fingers instead of rock, paper, or scissors. The first person to multiply the two sets of fingers together and call out the product collects the points. The second part of the game is that each student must keep track of their points and the first person to 100 points, wins the round.

In the Dog House; students roll two dice and create a multiplication sentence (ex. Rolls a 3 and 5-  3 x 5= 15). The first number is “how many doghouses” and the second number is “how many dogs in each house” Each student must fill out the recording sheet.

5 in a Row; Directions: 1) Place a hundreds chart between you and your partner. 2) roll two dice and multiply the numbers together. 3) With your crayon, color in the product of the two digit cards on your hundreds chart. 4) The first person to color in 5 squares in a row (horizontal, vertical, or diagonal) wins.

Mastering Multiplication Paragraph; In their math journals, students need to write 1 paragraph describing the best strategies they have found to help them ‘master” multiplication.  They can describe mental math tips that help them to calculate multiplication problems quickly.

Multiplication War; students place one card down and multiply the the numbers together. The first person to multiply receives the points. The first person to get to 200 wins.

- Multiplication Battleship

  1. Students fill out their “ships” using the guide on the grid

  2. They practice saying the multiplication sentence to see if they get a “hit” on their opponent’s ships.

  3. They go back and forth with this exchange.

  4. If they “hit” their opponent’s ship, the colour in the grid square with a red pencil crayon.

  5. The goal is to sink each other’s ships. The first person to sink the ships, wins!

Students are doing a fantastic job with multiplication! I love seeing all the learning happening in the classroom! Ask your child to play some of these games!


Grade 3 students playing Multiplication Towers and In the doghouse

Literacy:

Students were introduced to Mock Caldecott, where illustrators are recognized and awarded for their pictures in books. Students learned some of the different lenses (colours, sounds/silence, symbols, and facial expressions) illustrators use to create picture books. As a class we read and discussed each book and students had write and draw specific illustrations based on the book they read using the lenses they are learning. Students also rated each book based on specific criteria; = not at all  2 = a little bit 3 = mostly 4 = absolutely. 

Students will continue to practice these skills and rate various books based on the lenses they have learned in class. Students will also create their own picture book for their end project.


Ms. McKay introducing students to Mock Caldecott

Students' illustrations

Science/Social Studies:

In science, students were introduced to a new unit; rocks and minerals. Students are so excited about this unit! Each student will create a lapbook that will have various sections about their learning on rocks and minerals. Students first created a concept map, which introduced them to some vocabulary words they will learn throughout the unit. Students also learned about the different properties of rocks and minerals, Mohs Scale of Hardness, and how light relates to various rocks. In social studies, students created a concept map of important terms they will be learning about in this unit. Students will research two countries of their choice (Peru, Tunisia, India, and Ukraine) and gather information about the countries. Students will research the geography, weather, jobs, education, activities, flag, map, and other interesting facts that make the country unique. For an end project, students will create their own country and display their learning in a booklet form.


Introducing rocks and minerals to students

Students working on concepts maps for social studies vocabulary

Upcoming Dates:

February 28 – Fun Lunch – Jugo Juice

March 1 - Non-Instructional Day - no school

March 4-8 – Sound Kreations Dance Residency

March 11 – Second visit AHS Dental (K-Gr. 2)

March 12 – School Council Meeting       

March 14 – Fun Lunch – Boston Pizza

March 21 – Early dismissal @ 12:15pm

March 21 – Parent Teacher Conferences @ 4-8:00pm

March 22 – Non-Instructional - Parent Teacher Conferences @ 8-1:00pm

March 25-29 – Spring Break - no school

Looking Forward:

Next week, students will continue to review, rate, and write about various books based on the illustrators for Mock Caldecott. Students will enhance their skills in number sense, addition and subtraction stations (gr.2s), multiplication stations (gr. 3s), number talks, learning more about rocks and minerals, and learning about global citizenship. 


Feb 4-8

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We made are bridges in science”

“We started drumming and had a concert!”

“We started yoga in gym”

‘We continued practicing multiplication in math”

“We are practiced our subtraction skills in math”

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with number sense using subtraction and multiplication. Grade 2’s continued to practiced their skills in subtraction by participating in various math activities. Some activities included subtraction war, kaboom, close call: subtraction, and 1-2 Nim. Students also were introduced to two more subtraction activities; one-less dominoes and one-less cards. I am thrilled to see the progress students are making with subtraction! Grade 3s continued to practice their skills by first filling out a multiplication chart. As students were filling in the chart, students were noticing the various patterns. Students were making comments with how they were skip counting when filling out the chart. To enhance their skills, students participated in two activities; multiplication squares and multiplication fish. Students are very enthused about learning multiplication!

Multiplication Squares

Literacy:

Students continued to practice their skills with story writing with new partners; oral retelling, organize main ideas (graphic organizers), write the story, revision, and edit. Students choose a new book and began reading the story to their partners. Students then organized their ideas using various graphic organizers learned in class. Student were using webs and storyboards as a graphic organizer to formulate their ideas. Students began writing their beginning, middle, and ending paragraphs with using adjectives and adverbs to make their stories more creative. As students finished their stories, their partner would make revisions to help make the stories more detailed. We will continue to practice these skills and each student will create their own story using the skills they have learned in writing.

Steps for writing creative stories

Science/Social Studies:

In science, students designed and built a bridge using various recycled materials. Their task was to build a bridge that had a span of 30cm. Students will test their bridges to see who will hold the most weight next week in class. Students had to explore various materials and choose materials they thought would be the strongest. Students were so creative and did an amazing job with building their bridges. In social studies, students had to draw and colour the flags of the four different countries they will be learning about this year; Peru, Tunisia, Ukraine, and India. As we continue to explore more about the four different countries, we will discuss the importance for flags and their meaning. Students will create their own country for an end project and design their own flag to represent their country.

Student bridges

The four different flags students will be learning

Upcoming Dates:

February 11 – Rocks and Rings (All)

February 12 – Rocks and Rings (Div 2)

February 12 – School council meeting 6:30pm

February 14 & 15 – Teacher’s Convention - no school

February 18 – Family day – no school

February 19 – Gr 4 Artfelt Studio (in school field trip)

February 28 – Fun Lunch – Jugo Juice

March 1 - Non-Instructional Day - no school

Looking Forward:

Next week, students will continue to practice the phases of story writing; oral retelling, organize main ideas (graphic organizers), write the story, revision, and edit. Students will enhance their skills in number sense, addition and subtraction activities (gr.2s), multiplication (gr. 3s), problem solving, number talks, testing their towers and bridges and increasing their knowledge with directions (N, S, E, W).

Jan 28-31

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We wrote our own stories using no word picture books”

“We built towers in science” 

“We did mapping skills in social studies”

“We started mission impossible in gym”

“We started new soft start stations”

“Grade 3’s started multiplication”

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with number sense. Grade 2’s practiced with their skills in subtraction by participating in various math activities. Some activities included subtraction war, kaboom, close call: subtraction, and 1-2 Nim. Students also participated in our usual math talks. Students were given a sheet and had to create as many subtraction equations as they could based on the amount of dots on the paper. Students also practiced their subtraction skills by using base ten blocks/mats. Students were given an equation and had to show the equation using the base ten blocks. The purpose for these activities is to help students understand regrouping in subtraction and why we borrow. Grade 3’s were introduced to multiplication and used various strategies to learn their basic facts. Students first had to come up with as many words as they could and write them on stickies. As a group we organized and discussed the stickies together. Students were also introduced to arrays and how they are related to multiplication. It’s amazing to see how excited students are about learning multiplication!

Introduction to multiplication

Practicing our basic facts in multplication

Practicing using arrays

Practicing subtraction using base ten blocks/mats

Literacy:

Students continued to practice their skills with story writing with a partner; oral retelling, organize main ideas (graphic organizers), write the story, revision, and edit. Students choose a book and read the story to their partners. Students then organized their ideas using various graphic organizers learned in class. Student began writing their beginning, middle, and ending paragraphs by placing adjectives and adverbs in their stories. Students are also properly inserting capital letters and periods in their stories. We will continue to practice these skills with making exciting and interesting stories for our audiences. By the end, each student will have had created their own story using the skills they learned in writing.

Reading their stories

Planning/writing our stories

Making revisions and editing our stories

Science/Social Studies:

In science, students designed and built a tower using various recycled materials. Their task was to build a tower that was 50cm high without falling over. They will test their towers to see who will hold the most weight. Students choose materials based on their knowledge from the previous unit; testing various materials. Students were so creative with their towers! In social studies, students were introduced to mapping skills. Students were shown a world map and globe and had to discuss the similarities and differences between them. Students were also introduced to various terms, such as continent, globe, equator, legends, symbols, and geography. Students were discussing the importance for legends and symbols on maps. In conclusion, the purpose for learning mapping skills is to understand where things are located around the world. Students will create their own country for an end project and design their own map using the mapping skills they have learned in class.

Students building their towers

Final product of students' towers


Learning about mapping

Upcoming Dates:

February 1 – Non Instructional - no school

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 5 - Winter Walk 

Ethel M. Johnson School is planning on participating in the Alberta Winter Walk Day Wednesday, February 6 2019.  Walking is a great way to enjoy a beautiful winter day.  Students are asked to dress for the weather to enjoy the fresh, crisp Alberta air (i.e coats, mitts, boots and snow pants).

February 8 – One world Drum Assembly @8:30am & 10:30am

February 11 – Rocks and Rings (All)

February 12 – Rocks and Rings (Div 2)

February 12 – School council meeting 6:30pm

February 14 & 15 – Teacher’s Convention - no school

February 18 – Family day – no school

February 19 – Gr 4 Artfelt Studio (in school field trip)

February 28 – Fun Lunch – Jugo Juice

Looking Forward:

Next week, students will continue to practice the phases of story writing; oral retelling, organize main ideas (graphic organizers), write the story, revision, and edit. Their story writing is so amazing! Students will enhance their skills in number sense, subtraction activities (gr.2s), multiplication (gr. 3s), problem solving, number talks, building different bridges using various materials, and mapping skills.

Jan 21-25

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

"We did gymnastics centres and training"

"We did science experiments with marshmellows"

"We are starting mission impossible next week!"

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with number sense by engaging in different math activities. Students continued to practice their subtraction skills. Some math activities were called  subtraction war, kaboom, dominos; one less, close call; subtraction, subtraction equation game, and 1-2 nim. These activities are to increase students’ skills with subtracting 2-digit and 3-digit numbers. Students also participated in our math talks. Students were given a sheet and had to create subtraction equations based on the amount of dots on the paper. Students love to share their way of thinking with their classmates when we come together as a class and discuss our strategies we used.

Practicing subtraction using Mathletics

Literacy:

Students are doing amazing and working very hard to beat their last reading, writing, and buddy stamina record. Students continued to practice their skills with story writing; oral retelling, organize main ideas (graphic organizers), write the story, revision, and edit. Student are starting to use more adjectives and adverbs in the stories to make it more interesting for the audience. We will continue to practice these skills with making a exciting and interesting story. By the end, each student will have had created their own story using the skills they learned in writing.

Revising and editing their stories

Science/Social Studies:

In science, students finished making their cubes out of toothpicks and marshmallows. Students then tested both their cubes (plasticine & marshmallows) and determined which cube held the most weight and recorded their observations on their sheet. Students are starting to make comments to what materials are strong and what materials are weak. Students were also introduced to new unit; building with a variety of materials. In partners students were given a variety of pictures of various buildings and bridges around the world. Students had to categorize the pictures based on purpose or design. For example, some students categorized their pictures by bridges or towers. Students had to use their knowledge from the previous unit; testing materials and designs, to build different structures using various materials. In social studies, students wrote a diary to how life would be in pioneer time. Students had to answer the question “would you want to grow up in pioneer time?” Why or why not? Students had the opportunity to share their diary with their classmates. They were amazing!

Testing their cubes



Organizing their pictures based on purpose or design

Upcoming Dates:

January 28-Feb 1 – Mission Impossible

January 31 – Report cards go home

February 1 – Non Instructional

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 8 – One world Drum Assembly @8:30am & 10:30am

February 11 – Rocks and Rings (All)

February 12 – Rocks and Rings (Div 2)

February 12 – School council meeting 6:30pm

February 14 & 15 – Teacher's Convention

February 18 – Family Day

February 19 – Gr 4 Artfelt Studio (in school field trip)

February 28 – Fun Lunch – Jugo Juice

Looking Forward:

Next week, students will continue to practice the phases of story writing; oral retelling, organize main ideas (graphic organizers), write the story, revision, and edit. Students are really excited to write their own stories! I am excited and can’t wait to read their stories! Students will continue to improve their reading, writing, and buddy stamina, enhance their skills in number sense, addition/subtraction activities (gr.2s), introduce multiplication (gr. 3s), problem solving, number talks, building different structures using various materials, and mapping skills.

Jan 14-18

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We built cubes out of plasticine in science”

“We started subtraction in math”

“We started reading no word books”

“We started using benches in gymnastics”

“We did comparison charts between Canada's past and present in social studies”

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with number sense. Students were introduced to subtraction and first had to come up with words that were related to subtraction. As a class we then categorized all words that were on the stickies. This strategy is to help students learn about other words that are related to subtraction when helping them solve problems. Students also learned some strategies for subtraction. Students then were engaged in different subtraction math activities. Some math activities students played were called; equation card game (subtraction version), close call subtraction, subtraction war, and dominos 1 less. Students even requested subtraction problems to practice their skills with regrouping during activity time! Students were engaged and excited when they understood the steps of solving subtraction problems.

Subtraction Organization Sticky Chart

Practicing our skills with subtraction

Literacy:

Students are still working very hard to increase their reading, writing, and buddy stamina. They are still working to beat their last record in each of them! Students were introduced to the phases of story writing; oral retelling, organize main ideas (graphic organizers), write the story, revision, and edit. Each day, I modeled each phase and showed students the steps to properly write a story. Students also learned about adverbs and adjectives and how implement them in their writing to help make their stories more interesting to their audience. We will be working on this for the next few weeks to give students opportunities to practice these skills. By the end, each student will write their own story using the skills they learned in writing.

Web - Graphic Organizer

Beginning Paragraph

Middle Paragraph

End Paragraph


Science/Social Studies:

In science, students participated in two new experiments; supporting pillars and method of joining toothpicks. Students had to hypothesize and test to see how much strength one pillar and four pillars could hold using various materials in the classroom. In the second experiment, students created cubes using toothpicks and plasticine. Next week students will create cubes using toothpicks and marshmallows. Students will then test both their cubes and determine which was more sturdy. In social studies, students did comparison chart between Canada’s past and present using their knowledge learned about quality of life.


Upcoming Dates:

January 24 – Fun Lunch – Little Caesars

January 28-Jan 31 – Mission Impossible

January 31 – Report cards go home

February 1 – Non Instructional

February 4-8 – One World Drum Residency

February 8 – Friday One World Drum Assembly @ 8:30am & 10:30am

February 11 – Rocks and Rings (All)

February 12 – Rocks and Rings (Div 2)

February 12 – School council meeting 6:30pm

February 14 & 15 – Teacher's Convention - No school

February 18 – Family day – No school

February 19 – Gr 4 Artfelt Studio (in school field trip)

February 28 – Fun Lunch – Jugo Juice

Looking Forward:

Next week, students will continue to practice the phases of story writing; oral retelling, organize main ideas (graphic organizers), write the story, revision, and edit. Students are very excited to write their own stories! Students will continue to improve their reading, writing, and buddy stamina, enhance their skills in number sense, engage in subtraction activities/problem solving, number talks, continue with testing various materials, building different structures, and writing a diary in social studies.


Jan 7-11

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We started gymnastics this week!”

“We’re building bridges in science”

“We reviewed expectations for our classroom”

“We learned about smilies and metaphors for writing”

“We started a new exercise in the mornings”

“We presented our quality of life posters”

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with number sense by engaging in different addition math activities. Students practiced their addition skills by playing games called; equation card game, close call addition, and bigger/small numbers using dominoes. Students were to create addition equations using either the cards or dominos. Students had to record their answers in their math journals. Students really enjoyed these games and have asked to play these games during their lunch! By the engagement in the classroom, students were having fun, but most importantly understanding the correct process of adding 2-digit and 3-digit numbers together.


Literacy:

Students are still working very hard to increase their reading, writing, and buddy stamina. They are still working very hard to beat their last record! Students did a final copy of their “Nope” stories. They are amazing! Students started to add many details to their writing. Students used the various graphic organizers taught to organize and plan their stories to ensure they have characters, a setting, a conflict, and a resolution. Students also reviewed the different types of figures of speech; smilie and metaphor, authors use when they write. 


Science/Social Studies:

In science, students were introduced to a new unit; testing materials. Students will create mini structures (buildings/bridges) and test how much weight can they can hold using various materials. Students built and tested their bridges using paper this week. Students had to use blocks as their weight and record their observations. In social studies, students presented their posters on quality of life to their classmates. The posters were amazing! Students did a great job researching information about their topic. Many students drew pictures to help explain their writing! Students had to do an exit slip writing about what they have learned so far about quality of life and ask a question that they are still wondering about with quality of life. Next week, we will have a class discussion and answer all questions together. 


Upcoming Dates:

January 24 – Fun Lunch – Little Caesars

January 28-Feb 1 – Mission Impossible

January 31 – Report cards go home

February 1 – Non Instructional

Looking Forward:

Next week, students will go through the different phases of story writing; oral retelling, organize main ideas (graphic organizers), write the story, revision, and edit. Students will create their own stories, which they are very excited about! Students will continue to improve their reading, writing, and buddy stamina, enhance their skills in number sense, subtraction activities, problem solving, and number talks, continue with testing various materials in science, and create a comparison chart between Canada’s past/present.

Dec 10-14

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We made snowflakes out of shapes”

“We had fun performing in the winter concert”

“We started playing floor hockey”

“We had the book fair”

“We did new problems in math”

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with number sense by engaging in different math activities and number talks; number of the day and dot/dice addition equations. Students continued to practice open-ended problems and will continue working on these types of problems throughout the year. These particular problems give students opportunities to think about pairs of numbers and their sums. Student are also learning that problems can be solved in different ways and not just in one way. Students worked in small groups and collaborate their ideas together as well as a whole group allowing students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding. In our number talks, students were given another number of the day and had to show all the different ways to represent that number. Students presented all the different ways that they came up with! Many students again used the addition strategies learned in class. Another number talk we did was dot/dice equations, where students were given a variety of dots on a sheet and had to show all the addition equations for the total amount of dots on the paper. It was fantastic to see all various ways students were adding up the dots.


Literacy:

Students are still working very hard to increase their reading, writing, and buddy stamina. They are still very eager to beat their last record! We continue with our writing of “no picture books” of Nope and students wrote the middle parts of their stories. We reviewed the different ways to organize our thoughts; web, graphic organizer, storyboard (pictures), and storyboard (words) and modeled a middle paragraph. It has been amazing to see the different ideas/thoughts students have come up with for their middle paragraphs. Student have now picked their favourite beginning and middle paragraphs for their Nope stories.



Science/Social Studies:

In social studies, students continued their research project about quality of life. Students were partnered up and had to research one component of quality of life; education/employment, healthcare, safety/freedom/security, shelter/clothing, and food/water in Canada’s past and present. Students has to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding through writing and pictures specifically based on their component of quality of life.


Upcoming Events:

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 – Last day for winter break

December 24-January 4 – Winter Break

January 7 – classes resume

January 8 – School Council Meeting 6:30pm

January 8 – Start Gymnastics

January 24 – Fun Lunch – Little Caesars

January 28-Feb 1 – Mission Impossible

January 31 – Report cards go home

Looking Forward:

Next week students will start to write their endings of their stories of Nope. Students will again use their imaginations to create their endings. Students will continue to improve their reading, writing, and buddy stamina, enhance their skills in number sense by learning new addition strategies, number talks, open ended problems, review and write about their learning on buoyancy and boats, and present their posters to their peers. Students will have the opportunity to reflect on their learning for quality of life in Canada.

Dec 3-6

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We are performing in the winter concert next week”

“We played a new game in gym called Pirate Hockey”

“We are going to play hockey tournaments in gym next week”

“We continued to do experiments in science and built boats”

“We did are doing posters on quality of life in Canada”

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with number sense by engaging in different math activities, mathletics, and number talks (number of the day). Students were introduced to open-ended math problems giving opportunities to think about pairs of numbers and their sums. Student were also learning that problems can be solved in various ways and not just in one way. Students were able to work in small groups and collaborate their ideas together. In our number talks, students are given a number of the day and show ways to represent that number. Students presented their answers to the class on the ways they showed the number! Many students used the addition strategies learned in class.


Literacy:

Students are still working very hard to increase their reading, writing, ad buddy stamina. They are very eager to beat their last record! This week, students began writing different beginnings for the illustration book called “Nope.” This book has only illustrations, where the author allows students to use their imaginations while exploring the book. We began by discussing different ways to organize our thoughts; web, graphic organizer, storyboard (pictures), and storyboard (words) and modeled examples. In further detail students were shown three models (web/storyboard-pictures/words) and created alternative beginnings for “Nope.” It has been amazing to see the different ideas/thoughts students have come up with for their beginnings. When students have finished they are to pick their favorite beginning that they want to use for their own story of “Nope.”


Science/Social Studies:

In science, students learned about keels and hulls and why they are essential for boats. Students watched videos and then designed their own sailboats made out of corks, strayfoam, straws, and toothpicks. Students learned that keels are essential for a boat because it helps it from tipping over (stay balanced). Students also learned that hulls are the shape or body of a boat (helps it sail smoothly). In social studies, students started a research project about quality of life. Students were put into pairs and had to research one component of quality of life; education/employment, healthcare, safety/freedom/security, shelter/clothing, and food/water in Canada’s past and present. Students are creating/designing posters based on their research.


Upcoming Events:

December 7 – Non-Instructional day

December 10-13 – Scholastic Book Fair

December 11 – School Council

December 13 – Winter Concert @ 9:00am & 6:30pm

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 - Pajama Day (Students are allowed to wear their PJs to school)

December 21 – Last day before Winter break

December 24-January 4 – Winter Break

January 7 – Classes Resume

Looking Forward:

Next week students will continue with their stories and begin to write the middle parts of “Nope.” Students will use their imaginations to create the middle sections. Students will continue to improve their reading, writing, and buddy stamina, enhance their skills in number sense by working on addition problems, write abut what they have learned about buoyancy and boats, and continue to research the different components of quality of life in Canada. The grade 2’s will explore the past and the grade 3’s will explore the present.  

Nov 26-30

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We played scooter tag in gym”

“We started soft finish”

“We started the a compliments chart in our classroom”

“We learned two more strategies for addition”

“We started mathletics this week”

“We tested our plasticine boats in science”

“We learned the different parts of quality of life”

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with number sense by engaging in different math activities, mathletics, and math talks. Students learned two more addition strategies for their strategy booklets followed by participating in various math activities using the strategies learned in class. The purpose for this booklet is to introduce students to various strategies and use when solving addition problems. We have also continued to practice our math talks in our classroom by reviewing the different ways we can talk about math. Students were given a “number of the day” and had to show different ways to represent that number. Students had the opportunity to show and discuss their responses with the rest of the class.

"Number of the day"

Math activities using our addition strategies learned in class

Literacy:

Students are excited to increase their reading, writing, and buddy stamina and are working hard to beat their record! Students are showing excitement and engagement towards the various picture books by asking questions and retelling events that occurred throughout the story. They are also doing an amazing job with showing their knowledge and understanding about character traits. The students continued to design characters, write completed sentences, create venn diagrams, and charts to show their understanding about characters and specific traits they have.


Science/Social Studies:

In science, students tested their plasticine boats and recorded their observations. Students had to determine whether their boats would sink or float. Students also had to add materials to see how much weight it could hold before it sank. In a class discussion, we talked about why some boats sank and why some boats floated by adding weight. We also discussed how size is a factor to when it comes to how much a boat can hold. In social studies, we continued our deep discussion about quality of life, the different components that make up quality of life, and how it changes around the world.

Testing our plasticine boats

Upcoming Events:

December 6 - Adopt-A-Family (last day for donations)

December 7 – Non-Instructional day

December 10-13 – Scholastic Book Fair

December 11 – School Council

December 13 – Winter Concert @ 9:00am & 6:30pm

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 – Last day before Winter break

December 24-January 4 – Winter Break

January 7 – Classes Resume

Looking Forward:

Next week students will be introduced to “no word picture books” which are books that only have illustrations and no words to tell a story. Students will use their imaginations to create their own stories by using the illustrations within the text. Students will continue improving their reading, writing, and buddy stamina, enhancing their skills in number sense, working with addition problems, learn and explore more about buoyancy and boats, research the different components of quality of life in Canada. The grade 2’s will explore the past and the grade 3’s will explore the present.

Nov. 19-22

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“In science we made plasticine boats!”

“We played a new game in gym called British Bulldog”

“We started our addition strategy booklets!”

“We finished sorting our classroom number line”

“We changed up our soft start centres”

“We are learning about quality of life in social studies”

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with number sense by sorting out the rest of their classroom number line; 501-1000. Students also started an “addition strategy booklet” that will list different strategies to help students understand addition easier. In the booklet, students will have the strategy name, an example, and a definition on the strategy to use as a reference at any time if they need to. The end goal, grade 2’s will have a completed booklet for addition and subtraction and grade 3’s will have a completed booklet for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Students will participate in various activities using the strategies learned in class.


Literacy:

Students have kept their reading stamina to 34 minutes and 8 seconds and their writing stamina to 40 minutes. Students have also reached a goal in buddy reading to 22 minutes and 23 seconds. It’s amazing to see all the hard work students are doing to accomplish their goals! We have continued to build our character study knowledge with reading various types picture books and characters authors have created. Over the past week, students have designed characters, written completed sentences, created venn diagrams/charts to show their understanding about characters and specific traits they have. The end goal is to create a favorite character that was read to them and create it out of plasticine (clay).


Science/Social Studies:

In science, students participated in other various experiments about whether a placement of an object affects the ability of it either sinking or floating. Students also created 2-3 different types of boats made out of plasticine. They had to design and predict whether their boats would sink or float. Students will test their boats in water and add weight with different materials to see which boat will float last. Students will continue to explore/test various materials they will use for their final boat creation project. Students will have to test their boats to see who's will float the longest. In social studies, we continued our discussion about quality of life in Canada and other countries around the world. We will continue our rich discussion about quality of life next week!

Upcoming Events:

November 26-29 – Grade 6 Outdoor School

November 27 – Grade 5 Weather presentations with Andrew Schultz

November 29 – Fun Lunch

November 29 – Gingerbread night @ 6:30-8:00pm

December 6 – Staff Meeting

December 7 – Non-Instructional day

December 10-13 – Scholastic Book Fair

December 11 – School Council

December 13 – Winter Concert @ 9:00am & 6:30pm

December 17 – Vaccinations #2

December 21 – Last day before Winter break

December 24-January 4 – Winter Break

January 7 – Classes Resume

Looking Forward:

Next week we will continue with our character study learning, continue with improving our reading, writing, and buddy stamina, enhancing our skills in number sense, continue with our strategy booklets, enhance our learning in buoyancy and boats, and continue learning about quality of life and how it affects our everyday lives in social studies.

Nov. 12-16

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We finished our number lines”

“We are starting to put up our number lines”

“We had a new gym teacher, his name is Mr. O”

“We know our new passwords for our laptops, that we will have next week”

“We played this new game in gym called British Bulldog”

“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory books are on display outside our classroom”

“Today we had a substitute teacher named miss H”

“We started playing centers in the morning”

“In science we used straws and plasticine. In science we also “we saw what floats and sinks”

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with number sense by working on their classroom number line. Students have now completed their all of their numbers for the number line. This week, students sorted out numbers from 1-500. Next week, students will sort the remaining numbers 501-1000. Ms. Ireland has been putting up the number line in the classroom and students are really excited to their number cards on the wall. We also have been continuing our “math talks” in our classroom to help students build mathematical understanding and knowledge in math. Students are starting to use the proper vocabulary words for our math talks!


Literacy:

Students have reached to 34 minutes and 8 seconds for their reading stamina and are so excited! Students have also increased their writing stamina to 40 minutes! It’s amazing to see all the hard work students have done! Students have also completed their Charlie and the Chocolate Factory chapter books! They are published and displayed on our documentation board for everyone to see! The students have worked so hard the last two months and are eager to share their learning with you all! This week we have started our character study, however, instead of having students create their favorite character in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Ms. McKay and I are reading various texts of picture books to students to show different types of characters authors can create. They are to draw and write sentences describing the characters in the books we read. We do this as a whole group and students are having a fantastic time with this. The end goal is to get students to create a favorite character that was read to them and create it out of plasticine (clay).



Science/Social Studies:

In science, students completed two more experiments about why some objects sink and why some objects float. Students worked together in groups and had great conversations around this topic. In social studies, students were introduced to quality of life in Canada and how it differs or relates to other countries around the world. We also talked about how quality of life in Canada was back in the day; settler time. It was an amazing discussion about this topic!


Upcoming Events:

November 20 – Grade 1 Teacher’s Pet

November 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

November 22 – Parent Teacher Interviews 4-8pm (please book an appointment)

November 23 – Parent Teacher Interviews 8-1pm (please book an appointment)

November 26-29 – Grade 6 Outdoor School

November 27 – Grade 5 Weather presentations with Andrew Schultz

November 29 – Fun Lunch

November 29 – Gingerbread night

Looking Forward:

Next week we will continue with our character study with different picture books, continue with improving our reading and writing stamina, enhancing our skills in number sense, learning addition and subtraction strategies by creating strategy booklets, continue our learning in buoyancy and boats by students participating in more experiments, and continue learning about quality of life and how it affects our everyday lives in social studies.

Nov. 5-9

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We had the Remembrance Day Assembly to help remember the people who fought in the war”

“We started basketball and learned some new skills”

“We started mindful meditation”

“We started editing our Charlie and the Chocolate Factory chapter books”

“We continued to practice our math talks”

“We sketched prairie landscapes”

“We started a new unit in science called buoyancy and boats”

Math: 

Students continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with number sense by working on their classroom number line. Students are working on numbers from 501-600, 601-700, and 701-800. The number line is really coming aline and students are doing an amazing job with it! We are so excited to put it up in our classroom when it is completed. This week we have been practicing our “math talks” to help students build mathematical understanding and knowledge in math and will continue to do the math talks weekly!


Literacy:

Students are still continuing to practice their reading stamina. They have been working very hard to get to 25 minutes and are very excited to have reached their goal. Students are near the end of completing their Charlie and the Chocolate Factory chapter books and they are all looking amazing! Once they are all completed, they will be displayed on a bulletin board outside our classroom.This will give students opportunities to discuss their novel with their peers, teachers, and parents when they walk by. Next week we will start our character study; students will pick a character from the novel and create and write about their favorite character from the novel.

Science/Social Studies:

In science, students were introduced to a new unit; Buoyancy and boats. Students watched a video that explained why some objects sink and why some objects float. Every student came up with a different object and as a class we predicted if it would sink or float. Next week, students will experiment with these objects and new objects and determine if they will sink or float. In social studies, students were shown different photographs of prairie landscapes. Students had to explain where these landscapes were located. Students then had to draw a prairie landscape of their own using their sketching and shading skills.


Upcoming Events:

November 13 – School council Meeting 6:30pm

November 20 – Grade 1 Teacher’s Pet

November 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

November 22 – Parent Teacher Interviews 4-8pm

November 23 – Parent Teacher Interviews 8-1pm

November 26-29 – Grade 6 Outdoor School

November 27 – Grade 5 Weather presentations with Andrew Schultz

November 29 – Fun Lunch

November 29 – Gingerbread night

Looking Forward:

Next week we will finish off our Charlie and the Chocolate Factory chapter books, start our character study, continue with improving our reading and writing stamina, enhancing our skills in number sense, learning addition and subtraction strategies by creating strategy booklets, continue with our learning in buoyancy and boats with students participating in experiments, and learning about quality of life and how it affects our everyday lives in social studies.

Oct. 29-Nov. 2

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“Today we did Remembrance Day art!”

“We had a Halloween party!”

“We finished reading Charlie and the Charlie Factory”

“We learned about math talks in math”

“We continued with our classroom number line”

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with number sense by working on their classroom number line. Students are currently working on numbers from 301-400 and doing an amazing job with representing their numbers in many ways! Students were also introduced to “math talks” this week and learned new math vocabulary words; revoicing, repeating, representing, adding-on, waiting, and turn and talk. The purpose for these math talks is to give students opportunities to talk about math with their peers and to build mathematical understanding and knowledge. We will continue to do our math talks weekly!


Literacy:

Students were so excited to have reached their goal of 25 minutes for their reading stamina this week! We have completed Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and students are working very hard with completing their chapter books. Students are to create an alternative ending to their stories by using their imagination to how they would want their chapter books to end. Students and I are very excited to see the finished product. Once their chapter books are completed and we will start our character study; students will design and create their favorite character from the novel and write about their particular character.

Science/Social Studies:

In science, students learned about the three states of matter; gas, liquids, and solids. Students had to draw a diagram, explain the differences between them, and how they changed from each state. Students learned that water does not just come in liquid from, but can be in a solid or gas form. Students also learned about the water cycle and how it affects our planet. Students drew their own water cycles in their visual journals with a definition of each word that makes up the water cycle; evaporation, condensation, precipitation, and collection. In social studies, students completed their prairie statements using descriptive and interesting words that describe prairie communities.


Upcoming Events:

November 6 – Photo Retake day

November 8 – Grade 4 to Heritage Park

November 9 - Remember Day Assembly 9:00am (everyone is welcome)

November 13 – School council Meeting 6:30pm

November 20 – Grade 1 Teacher’s Pet

November 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

November 22 – Parent Teacher Interviews 4-8pm

November 23 – Parent Teacher Interviews 8-1pm

November 26-29 – Grade 6 Outdoor School

November 27 – Grade 5 Weather presentations with Andrew Schultz

November 29 – Fun Lunch

November 29 – Gingerbread night

Looking Forward:

Next week we will finish off our Charlie and the Chocolate Factory chapter books, continue with improving our reading and writing stamina, enhancing our skills in number sense, practice with our math talks, start a new unit in science called; Buoyancy and Boats, and create an art piece of a prairie landscape in social studies. Students will also create and display their Remembrance Day art in the gymnasium for the assembly on Friday November 9th.

Oct. 22-25

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We are doing a classroom number line up to 1000”

“We continued to work on our Charlie and the Factory chapter books”

“We are doing a pumpkin carving contest”

“We did more science experiments”

“We had fun lunch”

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with number sense by creating a number line that will be displayed in our classroom. The number line will go from 1-1000. Students will work independently and with a partner. Each student will create parts of the number line and will write numbers and draw a picture representation of that number (1-100). Numbers from 101-1000, grade 3 students will pair up with a grade 2 student and work together to create the rest of the numbers in our number line. Students and I are very excited to see the end product of their number line!

Literacy:

Students have stayed the same for their reading stamina with the goal of 23 minutes and 4 seconds for this week; however, we are still practicing to reach our goal of 25 minutes. Students are also still working very hard on their Charlie and the Chocolate Factory chapter books! They are looking fantastic! We are almost done the novel and will do a character study soon after. Students will design and create their favorite character from the novel and write about that particular character.

Science/Social Studies:

In science, students participated in two more experiments; discovering different liquids and absorbency testing. In the first experiment, students had to explore other liquids and explain how they are the same and how they differentiate from water. In the second experiment, students had to figure out which materials absorbed or repelled water. In social studies, students were introduced to prairie communities in Alberta. We read the book “If you are not from the prairie…” and talked about what prairie communities looked like. Students then had to create their own prairie statements using interesting words that described prairie communities.

Upcoming Events:

October 30 – Vaccinations #1 – Any grade as needed

October 31 – Halloween - Party in the afternoon (students are welcome to bring some treats/costumes)

November 6 – Photo Retake day

November 8 – Grade 4 to Heritage Park

November 13 – School council Meeting 6:30

November 20 – Grade 1 Teacher’s Pet

November 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

November 22 – Parent Teacher Interviews 4-8pm

November 23 – Parent Teacher Interviews 8-1pm

November 26-29 – Grade 6 Outdoor School

November 27 – Grade 5 Weather presentations with Andrew Schultz

November 29 – Fun Lunch

November 29 – Gingerbread night

Looking Forward:

Next week we will continue our read aloud of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, improving our reading and writing stamina, enhancing our skills in number sense, continue working on problem solving, introduce states of matter and the water cycle in science, and continue our discussion on the prairie communities in social studies.

Oct. 15-19

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We went to the Halloween Dance last night!”

“We played some catching and throwing games in gym”

“We continued with our Charlie and the Chocolate Factory story books”

“We started guided reading this week!

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with number sense by learning various skip counting interactive activities. To start our math lessons this week, we played the skip counting game and students continue to enjoy it every time! Some activities we did involved whiteboards; where students had to demonstrate their understanding with skip counting by 2, 5, 10, 25 and 100s using a number line. Students had to use the “hopping method” and show what number they were skip counting by with holding their whiteboards up in the air when completed the task. Students had to pick and place various numbers on a number line correctly and demonstrate skip counting. Students were also introduced to interactive skip counting songs to build their understanding. They had to find a space in the classroom and follow along with the music video. We also continued to stretch our knowledge with problem solving. We reviewed vocabulary terms learned last week and practiced our skills with addition and subtraction problems.



Literacy:

Students have reached their reading stamina goal and made it to 23 minutes and 4 seconds! They were very excited about this as they have been working so hard to reach their goal. Their goal is to continue with increase their reading and writing stamina. We are coming close to completing our chapter books of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Students are really coming a long way with their individual pages. They are looking amazing! We are also continuing with students taking chances in school. Every week students are writing the chance they took that particular week. Next week students will have the opportunity to share their chances with their classmates.

Science/Social Studies:

This week in science, we completed our second water experiment called “Penny Magic.” Students had to place water droplets on a penny and figure out why only certain amounts of water are able to stay on the penny.  This experiment allowed students to be introduced to other vocabulary words that they may have never heard of before; surface tension. Students also were exploring various hardcover books about water. They were to review different books and write down interesting facts and questions about water. We will come together as a class and review the information that was gathered. In social studies, we continued our discussion about communities within Canada. Students designed their own Canadian Flag and coloured in a Canadian map. Students were also introduced to new vocabulary words such as; urban, suburban, and rural communities.


Upcoming Events:

October 23 – Grade 2 to Heritage Park

October 24 – Grade 5 to Military Museum

October 25 – Fun Lunch -

October 26 – Non Instructional day

October 30 – Vaccinations #1 – Any grade as needed

October 31 – Halloween

November 6 – Photo Retake day

November 8 – Grade 4 to Heritage Park

November 13 – School council Meeting 6:30

November 20 – Grade 1 Teacher’s Pet

November 22 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

November 22 – Parent Teacher Interviews 4-8pm

November 23 – Parent Teacher Interviews 8-1pm

November 26-29 – Grade 6 Outdoor School

November 27 – Grade 5 Weather presentations with Andrew Schultz

November 29 – Fun Lunch

November 29 – Gingerbread night

Looking Forward:

Next week we will continue our read aloud of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, improving our reading and writing stamina, enhancing our skills in number sense, introduce other liquids and how they compare with water in science, and discuss the prairie communities in social studies.

Oct. 9-12

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We learned about Free Choice Friday’s!”

“We learned a new game in gym called Garbage using our bowling skills”

“We did our first experiment in science with water droplets”

“We played a new math game called circle of skip counting”

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with number sense by reviewing important terms such as, “greater than, less than, and equal to.”  Students were also introduced to skip counting and why it is important to learn in school. Students learned a new interactive game with skip counting. Students were told told to try the game with their family; grade 2’s (2s, 5s, 10s) and grade 3’s (5s, 10s, 25s, 100s). It’s a game that we will continue throughout the year as it helps students with number sense. Students also filled out either a 100’s chart (grade 2) or 1000 chart (grade 3) demonstrating skip counting. Students had to use different colour pencil crayons to represent the number they were skip counting by. For example, 2’s (red pencil crayon), 5’s (blue pencil crayon), 10’s (yellow pencil crayon). As students were filling out their charts they were noticing the different patterns.


Literacy:

Students have increased their reading stamina and reached to 15 minutes and 48 seconds! Their goal is to reach 17 minutes next week! Students have been working on their their writing stamina to pass 10 minutes! Everyday students are coming along with their Charlie and the Chocolate Factory chapter books. Every student has done an amazing job so far! I am very excited to see the finished product of their chapter books! Students have also been introduced to a book called “what do you do with a chance?” and every week students are to write in the writing journals what chance they took that week. It’s to remind students that it is okay to take risks in school; whether it’s becoming more confident in mathematics, asking more questions in school, taking a chance with reading chapter books, etc. We will review frequently as a class some chances students have made throughout the year.

Science/Social Studies:

After exploring water centres last week, we discussed as a class what they have learned about water. Our discussion was amazing as all students were participating and explaining what they have learned. I also asked students if they had any questions about water that they wanted to learn more about and I wrote down all their questions on chart paper. As we continue to learn more about water many of their questions will be answered. Over the next two weeks, students will be participating in water experiments to help deepen their understanding with liquids. In social studies, we continued our discussion with a compass rose and the directions that are associated with it (N, NE, E, SE, S, SW, W, NW). To further their understanding, we created a map of our classroom. Students had to plan and figure out exactly where to put certain items that are in our classroom on the map.



Upcoming Events:

October 15&16 – Dental Hygiene AHS K-2

October 18 – school Dance 6:30

October 23 – Grade 2 to Heritage Park

October 24 – Grade 5 to Military Museum

October 25 – Fun Lunch -

October 26 – Non Instructional day

October 30 – Vaccinations #1 – Any grade as needed

October 31 – Halloween

Looking Forward:

Next week we will continue our read aloud of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, improving our reading and writing stamina, enhancing our skills in number sense, introduce strategies for problem solving, perform water experiments in science, and discuss/review what a community is in social studies.

Oct. 1-4

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“I had fun learning and exploring water centres ”

“We started science and social studies this week”

“We started bowling in gym”

“I love our read aloud of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”

“We created our own number lines!”

Math:

Students continued to practice and build their knowledge and understanding with number sense. We discussed as a class about what they already know about numbers and where they see numbers in the “real world.” This is to help students understand that numbers are not just used in school, but everywhere! Students were introduced to terms, “greater than, less than, and equal to” when comparing numbers. Students created their own number line for a tool they can use for the remaining of the year; grade 2’s (0-100) and grade 3’s (0-1000).


Literacy:

Students have increased their reading stamina and reached 15 minutes and 41 seconds! They are excited and want to reach 17 minutes. Students have also increased their writing stamina to 10 minutes! Students are coming along with their Charlie and the Chocolate Factory chapter books and they are looking amazing! I am eager and excited to see the finished product of their chapter books!

Science/Social Studies:

Students were introduced to two new disciplines this week; science and social studies. In science, we discussed their knowledge of what they already know about water and explored water centres using different materials (pop bottles, beakers, plastic tubing, funnels, eye droppers, straws, in tubs of water). Students are to come with questions next week and what they discovered about water. In social studies, students listened to the book “Follow the Map” and created a compass rose to increase their understanding about locations. Students will learn and explore the different communities within Canada and international countries around the world.


Upcoming Events:

This week your child brought home order forms for ADmazing Savings Ticket Packs and the Halloween Dance in a large brown envelope.

The ADmazing Savings Ticket Packs school fundraiser directly supports students at our school and helps support special school events throughout the year. For each book you sell, Ethel M. Johnson school receives $10.50. Order forms are due back to the office by October 25, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact the office. Thank you for your support!

Order forms for our upcoming Family Halloween Dance and Fundraiser are due by Friday, October 12, 2018. Please send the form and cash with your oldest child attending our school. If you are able to volunteer please sign up here.

October 8 – Thanksgiving Day – no school

October 9 – Photo day

October 9 – School Council Meeting 6:30pm

October 15 & 16 – Dental Hygiene AHS K-2

October 18 – school Dance 6:30

October 23 – Grade 2 to Heritage Park

October 24 – Grade 5 to Military Museum

October 25 – Fun Lunch

October 26 – Non Instructional day

October 30 – Vaccinations #1 – Any grade as needed

October 31 – Halloween

Looking Forward:

Next week we will continue our read aloud of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, improving our reading and writing stamina, enhancing our skills in number sense, continue our learning with water in science, and delve more into Canada in social studies.

Sept. 24-28

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at what we learned this week! 

Highlights of this week from voices of students:

“We learned a lot about Terry Fox”

“We had fun running for Terry Fox!”

“We learned a new math game called place value yahtzee”

“We created a number line out of beads as a tool for math”

“We had fun creating new chapters of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for our chapter book”

Math

Learning objectives: Grade 2

    1. Describe order or relative position, using ordinal numbers (up to tenth).

    2. Representing and describe numbers to 100, concretely, pictorially, and symbolically.

    3. Compare and order numbers up to 100.

    4. Illustrate, concretely, and pictorially, the meaning of place value for numerals to 100.

Learning objectives: Grade 3

    1. Represent and describe numbers to 1000, concretely, pictorially, and symbolically.

    2. Compare and order numbers up to 1000.

    3. Illustrate, concretely, and pictorially, the meaning of place value for numerals to 100.

Students continued to practice their understanding with place value, comparing, and ordering of numbers. Our wonderful math coach, Ms. Hillier, introduced students to different mathematical activities that entailed place value and comparison of numbers. Students learned a new game called “Junk it!” which students had a blast with! We also did many interactive activities on the smartboard using number lines, from 0-1000. Students had to demonstrate their knowledge by showing where numbers are placed on line.

Learning about number lines!

Literacy: 

Learning objectives: Grade 2

     1. Connect personal experiences and knowledge of words, sentences and story patterns from previous reading experiences to construct and confirm meaning

     2. Use own and respond to others’ ideas to create oral, print and other media texts

     3. Model own oral, print, and other media texts on familiar forms

     4. Preview book covers and titles; look for familiar words, phrases and story patterns to assist with constructing and confirming meaning

      5. Identify main characters, places and events in a variety of oral, print and other media texts

Learning objectives: Grade 3

       1. Apply a variety of strategies, such as setting a purpose, confirming predictions, making inferences and drawing conclusions

        2. Experiment with ways of generating and organizing ideas prior to creating oral, print, and other media texts

        3. Tell or write about favourite parts of oral, print and other media texts

        4. use headings, paragraphs, punctuation and quotation marks to assist with constructing and confirming meaning

        5. Include events, setting and characters when summarizing or retelling oral, print or other media texts

Students are excited to announce that they have reached 14 minutes and 45 seconds in their reading stamina. Their goal by the end of next week is to reach at least 17 minutes. Students have now started to create their own story book of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. We are currently on chapter 6 and students have their demonstrated excitement and are eager to see the finished product of their own book!

Learning about Terry Fox!

Upcoming Events:

Oct. 1 - Orange Shirt Day

Oct. 5 – No School for Students - Non Instructional Day

Oct. 8 – No School - Thanksgiving Day

Oct. 9 - Photo Day

Oct. 9 - School Council Meeting - All Welcome - 6:30 pm

Oct. 18 - Halloween Dance - 6:30 pm

Oct. 26 - No School for Students - Non Instructional Day

Oct. 30 - Vaccinations (For students who have missed previously)

Oct. 31 - Halloween

Looking Forward:

Next week we will continue our read aloud of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, improving our reading and writing stamina, enhancing our skills in number sense, and start learning/exploring water and our country, Canada.

Sept. 17-20

Dear Parents, 

Take a look at this weeks learning! 

Highlights of the first two weeks from voices of students:

“I really liked designing a room in math”

“We learned a new math game, Kaboom”

“I am enjoying Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"

“We started our own chapter book of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”

“We played a new game called Shark Island”

Math:

Learning objectives: Grade 2

    1. Describe order or relative position, using ordinal numbers (up to tenth)

    2. Representing and describe numbers to 100, concretely, pictorially, and symbolically

    3. Compare and order numbers up to 100

    4. Illustrate, concretely, and pictorially, the meaning of place value for numerals to 100.

Learning objectives: Grade 3

    1. Represent and describe numbers to 1000, concretely, pictorially, and symbolically

    3. Compare and order numbers up to 1000

    4. Illustrate, concretely, and pictorially, the meaning of place value for numerals to 100

Students continued to practice their knowledge and understanding with place value, comparing, and ordering of numbers. Students were introduced to many new math activities to help enhance their mathematical skills. For example, students had to design a room of their choice (kitchen, bedroom, living, etc). They then had to map out exactly where all of their furniture laid in their room. They took newspaper and cut specific items they required and glued them on their sheet. As each item had a price, students then had to place that number on a number line on their sheet.

Literacy: 

Learning objectives: Grade 2

     1. Connect personal experiences and knowledge of words, sentences and story patterns from previous reading experiences to construct and confirm meaning

     2. Use own and respond to others’ ideas to create oral, print and other media texts

     3. Model own oral, print, and other media texts on familiar forms

     4. Preview book covers and titles; look for familiar words, phrases and story patterns to assist with constructing and confirming meaning

      5. Identify main characters, places and events in a variety of oral, print and other media texts

Learning objectives: Grade 3

       1. Apply a variety of strategies, such as setting a purpose, confirming predictions, making inferences and drawing conclusions

        2. Experiment with ways of generating and organizing ideas prior to creating oral, print, and other media texts

        3. Tell or write about favourite parts of oral, print and other media texts

        4. use headings, paragraphs, punctuation and quotation marks to assist with constructing and confirming meaning

        5. Include events, setting and characters when summarizing or retelling oral, print or other media texts

Students have continued to build their reading and writing stamina and are very excited to have reached to 13 minutes and 25 seconds of complete silence in their reading! Their goal is to reach at least 15 minutes next week. Students were also introduced to the novel “Charlie and the Charlie Factory” and our wonderful Assistant Principal, Mrs. McKay, modeled a read aloud to them. Students are able to sit anywhere in the classroom and participate in the interactive read aloud. Students are to design a picture and write about that specific chapter to then create their own chapter book of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Read Aloud of Charlie and the Factory


Students building their reading stamina

Upcoming Events:

Sept. 24-28 Bring a Toonie for Terry Fox

Sept. 27  - Fun Lunch

Sept. 28 - Terry Fox Assembly (9:00am) and Run (9:30-10:00am)

Oct. 5 – No School for Students - Non Instructional Day

Oct. 8 – No School - Thanksgiving Day

Oct. 9 - Photo Day

Oct. 9 - School Council Meeting - All Welcome - 6:30 pm

Oct. 18 - Halloween Dance - 6:30 pm

Oct. 26 - No School for Students - Non Instructional Day

Oct. 30 - Vaccinations (For students who have missed previously)

Oct. 31 - Halloween

Looking Forward:

Next week we will continue our read aloud of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, improve our reading and writing stamina, practice our skills in number sense, and learn about Terry Fox.

Welcome to Room 14 (Sept. 4-12)

On this blog you will find information about what your child is learning in school, what events are coming up, and what we will be learning the following week.

The past two weeks we have been doing "Getting to Know Me" and team building activities, teacher-lead and independent writing activities, engaging math activities and challenges, and building reading and writing stamina.

Highlights of the first two weeks from voices of students:

“Going to a new school!”

“I liked learning new words in books I read”

“I liked reading new books!”

"We wrote stories about whatever we wanted"

"We played treasure island in gym"

"Our teacher told us stories"

Math

Learning objectives: Grade 2

    1. Describe order or relative position, using ordinal numbers (up to tenth)

    2. Representing and describe numbers to 100, concretely, pictorially, and symbolically

    3. Compare and order numbers up to 100

    4. Illustrate, concretely, and pictorially, the meaning of place value for numerals to 100

Learning objectives: Grade 3

    1. Represent and describe numbers to 1000, concretely, pictorially, and symbolically.

    2. Compare and order numbers up to 1000

    3. Illustrate, concretely, and pictorially, the meaning of place value for numerals to 100

Students will be demonstrating what they have learned from Grade 1 and 2 and using that knowledge to extend their learning by comparing, ordering, and determining place value of certain numbers. Below are some examples of student work. Students were creating posters by representing a number and displaying it concretely, pictorially, and symbolically. 


Literacy

Learning Objectives: Grade 2

    1. Use own and respond to others’ ideas to create oral, print and other media texts

   2. Model own oral, print, and other media texts on familiar forms

Learning Objectives: Grade 3

    1. Experiment with ways of generating and organizing ideas prior to creating oral, print, and other media texts

    2. Tell or write about favourite parts of oral, print and other media texts

Students have been working on their reading and writing stamina to help construct meaning of text and to generate ideas through different text.

Upcoming Events:

Parent Teacher Conferences

  • Sept. 20th – Early dismissal 12:15 pm

  • Sept. 20th Conferences from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

  • Sept. 21st Conferences from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Terry Fox Assembly and Run - Sept. 28th, 9:00 am

Fun Lunch Available to Order - September 27th (Edo)

No School for Students

  • October 5 – Non Instructional Day

  • October 8 – Thanksgiving Day

Photo Day - October 9

Looking Forward:

Next week we will start a read aloud, improve our reading and writing stamina, storytelling, and continue to increase our knowledge of place value. We will also begin comparing and ordering numbers.

If you need to contact me, please email me at: jlireland@cbe.ab.ca

I look forward to a fantastic school year with your child!

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Today is the last day of the school year for teachers and school staff. Thank your for another amazing year. Enjoy your well-deserved summer break! #WeAreCBE https://t.co/IlEIqQUkXj

Today was the last official day of classes for the 2018-19 school year! Congratulations to all of our students on your many accomplishments and successes this year. Have an awesome summer! #WeAreCBE https://t.co/NJWHSGxs9c

RT @cityofcalgary: School/playground zone safety is everyone's responsibility. A friendly reminder that the maximum speed in playground zones is 30 km/h and is in effect from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., 7 days a week, year round. https://t.co/z67wIsesnP https://t.co/k1jLA9Sxv0

RT @YourAlberta: As the school year winds down, hats off to all our students for a successful year and congratulations to Alberta's class of 2019! 🎓 🎉 #abed https://t.co/KJw6wNa3Lo