June 7, 2019,

Dear parents,

It is hard to believe that we are in the last month of this school year!

The students have been enjoying writing stories with a partner in their “special journals”.  They have also spent some time writing riddles about animals or insects. Much of their reading and writing lately has been around both the science and social studies topics we have been covering.

Working Together To Write a Story


In Math we finished up some work on sides and vertices of polygons.  We also started working on problems using patterns involving time.

In science, as a follow up to all the work we have been doing on bees, the students did a guided drawing of a cartoon bee and a realistic bee.  They really enjoyed this.


Cartoon Bee


Realistic Bee

They also spent some time using their creativity and what they have learned about sound, to finish their box guitars. These went home this week, so hopefully their creations and what they have learned were shared with you.

Box Guitar and Visual Journal Page


We were very lucky to have a civil engineer visit our grade threes today to talk about testing materials and design as part of our studies connected to building. It was very informative and the students were able to take part in some hands-on activities to enhance their learning.



Testing Materials and Design

     

Upcoming Dates:

June 10-11 – Lacrosse residency

June 11 – Grade 5’s to Weaslehead

June 11 – PAT SS

June 12 – PAT Math Part B

June 13 – Rm 12 and 15 to Zoo

June 13 – PAT ELA Part B

June 14 – PAT Math Part A

June 17 – PAT Science

June 20 – Fun Lunch - Subway

June 21 – Sports day

June 25 – Grade 6 Bowling in AM, Pizza lunch, Celebration in PM

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


May 31st, 2019

Dear parents,

The highlight of this week was our field trip to the National Music Centre. The students had a wonderful time learning about the Kimball Theatre Organ, which was used to create mood back in the days of silent movies.  They had a chance to play various instruments, sing in the sound booths, compose in the “sound box”, and much more. This was a rich accompaniment to the work we have been doing in the classroom in science, studying Hearing and Sound.  Thanks so much to the parents who were able to volunteer and make this trip possible.




Music Centre Fun


In math we began discovering the difference between 2-D and 3-D shapes and will continue to learn about the faces and vertices of 3-D shapes in the coming days.

Math Notes


During Language Arts, the children worked in pairs to read and annotate an article about Taiwan trash. We connected the information to quality of life and environment issues and some of the pollution problems other countries around the world are facing. We had an interesting discussion and then connected it to what is happening in Canada.  The students are getting good at reading nonfiction and making connections or discussing their “wonders” with one another.


Nonfiction Annotation


FYI

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!   

https://www.sportcalgary.ca/all-sport-one-day

 

Upcoming Dates:

June 3 – PLP and Skill to Zoo

June 4 – Astrodome in Gym in AM (grade 6)

June 6 – Volunteer Tea 10:15-11

June 7 – grade 2/3 science presentation in Rm 21 - 10:15-11:30

June 10-11 – Lacrosse residency

June 11 – Grade 5’s to Weaslehead

June 11 – PAT SS

June 12 – PAT Math Part B

June 13 – Rm 12 and 15 to Zoo

June 13 – PAT ELA Part B

June 14 – PAT Math Part A

June 17 – PAT Science

June 20 – Fun Lunch - Subway

June 21 – Sports day

June 25 – Grade 6 Bowling in AM, Pizza lunch, Celebration in PM




May 24th, 2019

Dear Parents,

We have been continuing our learning about bees and had 2 bee presentations into our classroom. The Grade 3's are now bee experts! Take some time to ask your child some of their favorite facts they've learned this week! Our research about animal lifecycles has been ongoing. A fun project we started this week was writing from the perspective of an animal, insect or fish and explaining what it is like to live their life. 

In science, we worked on creating their guitars and have been learning about sound waves. 

Today was our Jump Rope for Heart event and all of us were able to complete 30 minutes of skipping outside in the nice weather! Dodgeball has been a fun activity we've been playing this week in gym.

Please note that an important letter was sent home today informing you about our upcoming field trip May 28th.  I've copied the information below as well:

Dear Parents,

Our field trip to the National Music Center is quickly approaching.  For Tuesday, May 28th, please make sure that your child comes to school on time and prepared for the trip. There is limited storage at the facility, so we have been asked to bring only jackets and packed lunches. There is no place to buy lunch on site, so please ensure that your child has a substantial, healthy lunch packed. The Center also asks that only water is packed as hot liquids and other drinks are not allowed on the site.  (Chaperones, make sure you are fully caffeinated before we leave!)

Thanks to those of you who have agreed to volunteer and sent back your Acknowledgement of Risk Forms. We have been informed that only these parents will be allowed to participate in the programming and have been asked to share this information with all parents.

Many thanks,

The Grade 3 Team



Important Dates coming up:

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr ⅘

May 29 - Kindergarten to the Zoo

June 10-11 - Lacrosse Residency

June 11 - Grade 6 PAT - Social Studies

June 12 - Grade 6 PAT- Math Part B

June 13 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part B

June 13 - Farrell, Vanderwel, Stringer field trip to the Zoo

June 14 - Grade 6 PAT - Math Part A

June 17 - Grade 6 PAT - Science

June 21 - Sports Day

June 25 - Grade 6 goes bowling

June 25 - Kindergarten Assembly

June 26 - Last day of classes


May 10th, 2019

Dear parents,

In math this week we have been working on recognizing and creating patterns; both increasing and decreasing. The children made pattern fractions where they identified how many elements there were in total and then had to identify the parts of the whole in each pattern. Ex: 12 cubes all together; repeating pattern red, blue, yellow, green (core) 4/12 is red, 4/12 is blue 4/12 is yellow 4/12 is green. 



Please help your child to fill out the EASY Goals Project sheet that was sent home this week. They are supposed to track their water intake, outside activity, screen time and servings of fruit and veg so we can graph this data next week. 

In preparation for our guest speaker on bees and as part of our nonfiction writing, we have begun some bee research. The children have been writing paragraphs about what they have learned so far.

In science we have been continuing our exploration of Hearing and Sound. The children have been learning about the parts of the ear and how it works to allow us to hear. They have also been learning about how hearing can be damaged and how to protect their ears from damaging sounds.

Please make sure to return the field trip forms ASAP and indicate if you will be available to volunteer.

 

Sharing some of our favourite reads!


Upcoming Dates:

May 14 – Grade 5/6 to Aerospace Museum

May 14 – School council and AGM 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 – Kindergarten Orientation 6-7pm

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart Event

Mary 24 – Grade 2/3 Guest speaker on Bees

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr 4/5

May 28 – Gr 2/3 to National Music Centre

May 30 – Fun Lunch – Little Caesars



May 3, 2019

In math, we are learning about patterns and will be working on some graphing and data collection activities. We discussed attributes of a pattern as well as practiced identifying the core. We will be doing some art projects and hands-on activities connected to patterns in the next few weeks. A student in the class came up with a creative idea that we can actually connect patterns to our understanding of fractions and division. We will be exploring this cool math connection! One of the highlights was spending time with our buddies sharing our knowledge of patterns with them. We read the book "Pattern Fish" by Trudy Harris and had fun identifying the patterns we saw in the pictures. 

Today we had our Jump Rope for Heart assembly to kick off a month of raising for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. One of our favorite jump-rope activities, which we will be practicing over the next few weeks, is to play Last Man Standing. Students are encouraged to practice their jump roping at home. Cheap jump ropes can easily be purchased at the dollar store! Thanks for your support for this exciting initiative. IMPORTANT: Please be watching for a health tracking sheet to come home as we will be tracking our EASY habits (see picture below) over a week and graphing the results.  Our focus will be on daily fruit/veg intake, minutes of activity, monitoring screen time and drinking water! 

Thank you to everyone who supported our Book Fair initiative. We had a very lively discussion on Friday about the favorite books that were purchased and ways they can continue getting new, exciting books to read! This class is one group of excited readers. Some favorites they wanted to share were:

"I Survived: D-Day" by Lauren Tarshis

"Bad Kitty gets a Bath" by Nick Bruel

"Dogman Lord of the Fleas" by David Pilkey

"Because of the Rabbit" by Cynthia Lord

We also worked on Bee research this week and looked at the quality of life of a bee (shelter, relationships in the hive, environment, transportation and food). I've sent out a messenger with interesting links for the students to explore at home if they would like. 

Important Dates coming Up:

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 – Kindergarten Orientation 6-7pm

May 24-  ABC Bee's presentation (Grade 2/3's)

May 24 – School-wide Jump Rope for Heart Event

May 28 – Gr 2/3 to National Music Centre

May 30 – Fun Lunch – Little Caesars


April 26, 2019

Dear Parents,

We had a fun week of learning this week in Room 7! The students took on complete ownership of planning our math board in the hallway. I was very proud of how much they’ve grown this year to design and plan how to share their learning with the school. We’ve been learning about fractions for the past few weeks and they came up with the creative idea of dividing the board into sixths and each group created 1/6 of the whole. 

Food is a fun way to help students understand fractions and ratios.  Thank you to our awesome parent support, we were gifted some brownies this week and drew the brownie fractions on the number line to help students make the connection between parts of a whole. It was very effective learning and delicious too! We used pizzas this week to help us understand fractions and divided up the pizzas into different sized portions. The students worked on correctly identifying the parts of a whole. A very insightful understanding that was made in class was that the dough of the pizza represents the whole or 8/8 parts.   For extra math practice at home using fractions, students are encouraged to continue working with Fraction Splatts. They can be downloaded and used to help them with mental math: https://www.stevewyborney.com/?p=1028

We are beginning our science topic about life-cycles and the students are learning about bees. We will be having a guest speaker in a few weeks, which is very exciting. I’ve included a few links of great websites for them to continue learn about bees at home if they are interested: Types of Bees  Search about Bees Interesting Bee Facts

As a finish up to our Imaginary Land writing project, we built our representations of them today with a variety of cloth, plasticine, string and beading supplies. It was a lot of fun and the students were really engaged in showcasing their writing in 3D. Our room is full of creative artists!  I was extremely proud of how they worked together collaboratively, offering to help each other and commenting positively on each other’s work throughout the work period. They are beside themselves with excitement to bring them home to share and will shortly!

Book Fair: Can you volunteer to help in the library? Ms. Belise is looking for parent volunteers to help run the Spring Scholastic Book Fair in the library on May 2nd from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. If you are available to help for an hour or two, please let us know by emailing Mr. Radu at crradu@cbe.ab.ca. If your child is in the performance, you will still be able to watch. This school event supports our school library and helps add to our book collection. 

Coming Up:

May 2 - Spring Concert for Grades 4,5,6 and Spring Choir

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

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten (evening)

May 24 - Guest speaker for grade ⅔’s (Bee Presentation)

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart School Wide Event

May 28- Grade 3 Field Trip to National Music Center-Studio Bell (we are looking for volunteers)


April 18th, 2019

Dear parents,

We were very lucky this week to have Michael Kusugak, an author and storyteller, share his experiences and some of his stories with our grade twos and threes. The children were spellbound and enjoyed learning about what it was like for Michael to grow up on the west coast of the Hudson Bay, listening to his grandmother’s stories, and playing with the toys made out of the seal bones his community caught to help them survive in the secluded, cold north.

We have been sharing some of Michael’s books in class.

In Math, we worked with skittles and chocolate bars to explore fractions.  The students enjoyed sorting a bag of skittles into the different colours to figure out what fraction of each colour of skittles was contained in the bag. Chocolate bars provided a great visual to help the students understand the whole divided into equal parts.  We will continue to explore real life examples of fractions to help solidify this concept.

In Science, we started our exploration of Hearing and Sound.  The children learned that sound is created by vibrations and experimented with pitch using a coffee can and elastic band. They also used rulers on the edge of their desks to see how changing the length of the ruler changes the vibrations.  Ask them what they know.

Thank you to all who sent in shoe boxes for our upcoming project.  Please remember to send more in if you haven’t done so already.

Check your child’s backpack for their report card from swimming.

Have a great long weekend! 

Upcoming Dates:

April 19 – Good Friday – no school

April 22 – Non-Instructional Day

April 25 – Fun Lunch – Edo

April 25 – Spring Carnival

April 29-May 2 Scholastic Book Fair for students

May 2 – Scholastic Book Fair during Spring Concert

May 2 – Spring Concert

Guest storyteller and author

Skittle Fractions


Learning about vibrations and pitch.

April 12th, 2019

Dear parents,

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

The children really enjoyed their swimming lessons and it is always amazing to see how much progress they make in just 5 lessons!

In Language, the children wrote about their experience at Aggie Days. They are practicing their descriptive writing and correct paragraph format.

In Social Studies, we talked about the upcoming Alberta Election and connected this to quality of life and equal rights. We also had a discussion about the UN rights of a child. It was interesting to see how the kids connected the concept of government and rights to quality of life, and how government plays a role in this. 

In Math, we continued our exploration of fractions using number lines and dominoes. The children also worked on a” fraction picture”.  Ask your child to explain what they had to do.

We will continue to work on our understanding of fractions in the coming week.

In the interim you might like to use this link to practice working with fractions.  We have been looking at these in class.

Fraction Splatts  https://www.stevewyborney.com/?p=1028 

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


Aggie Days


Fractions


Fraction Story




April 5th, 2019

Dear parents,

We had a busy first week back after the break!

In Language and Social Studies, we talked and read about our trip to Aggie Days. We had a great discussion about how Alberta exports grain, beef and dairy to other parts of the world.The students are learning how to make sketch notes as they read nonfiction articles.They had many interesting wonders about Aggie Days, which they recorded in their journals and were encouraged to try and have these answered on the field trip. We will discuss what they found out next week.

In math we revisited division and introduced the concept of fractions.

The children really enjoyed Aggie Days and were able to learn about cow milking as it used to be done (by hand) and is done today (by machine).  The demonstration was fascinating.  They also had an opportunity to see sheep being sheared, goats being milked, two-week-old piglets drinking milk from their mother, alpaca and llama wool being spun and woven, and so much more.  I am sure they have already shared their experiences with you.

Thank you so much to the parent volunteers who were able to join us. These field trips would not happen without you.

Please remember that swimming lessons begin on Monday.  See letter below:

Reminder Note for Swimming Lessons

Dear Parents,

Here are a few reminders about swimming lessons for next week:

1. We swim Monday, April 8 to Friday, April 12

2. Students usually wear their swimsuits under their clothes before swimming. If not they can bring their swimsuit in their swim bag, just don’t forget, please. They will need to bring a towel and underwear (if wearing swimsuit under clothes) and a plastic bag every day. The bag is used to put the wet towel and swimsuit in after the lessons. If your child wants to bring a brush/comb they can. There will not be time for the students to blow dry their hair.

3. There are vending machines there but we will not be using them. Please do not send money!

4. A big thank you to the parents who are volunteering! We could not go without you!

5. Putting on tights is really hard with slightly wet legs after swimming so it is best to avoid wearing tights on swim days. Clothes that are easy to take on and off are helpful due to short time available for changing at the pool.

6. If you signed up to volunteer, thank you! You can meet us at the school at 10:45 and accompany us on the bus, or drive yourself and meet us at the pool. You can help in the change room before and after the lessons and watch the children from the seats above the pool. No photography is allowed. The lessons themselves are from 11:00 - 11:40 am.

Any questions or concerns please email us!

Thanks

Helen Faber and Heidi Reid


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



March 15th 2019

In math this week we continued our work on division.  We completed our Division City which looks terrific on our classroom wall.  The students had to figure out how many windows they had all together on their buildings and then divide that number (dividend) by the number of floors (divisor) in their building, to come up with the number of windows on each floor (quotient).

We also worked on some fun division practice games to improve our speed with division facts. One of them was called “Don’t Duck Division”.  We will continue practicing next week.

In Language Arts we have started looking at nonfiction articles and learning how to annotate as we read in order to be fully engaged readers.  The children are practicing making connections and inferences and asking questions as they read.  They are also being encouraged to make note of new and interesting information and to find out the meaning of unknown vocabulary. The articles we have been reading have sparked some very interesting discussions!

This week we talked about having a “growth mindset vs. a fixed mindset.”  A growth mindset allows us to keep going and trying new things, even if we don’t know how to do them “yet.”  Having a growth mind-set allows us to figure out ways to keep getting better at something we find difficult. 

Please make sure to fill out ALL the forms that were sent home this week for our upcoming field trip to Aggie Days (April 4th) and also the forms that were sent home today for swimming lessons that will be happening from April 8th through the 12th.  All of these forms need to be completed and sent back as early as possible next week in order to ensure that your child is able to participate.

Booking for interviews opens tomorrow.  Please make sure to book a time to meet with us next Thursday or Friday.

Upcoming Dates:

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21 – PTI 4-7:30pm

March 22 – PTI 8am-1pm

March 25-29 – Spring Break

April 1 – classes resume

April 4 –Aggie Days Field Trip     

              Evening CPS presentation 6:30

April 8-12 – Swimming K-3 and PLP


March 8, 2019

We started learning about division this week and connecting our knowledge of multiplication to help us with division. We did some math journaling in our visual journals to build our understanding of the key concepts. Then the students took ownership of the planning process for the bulletin board in the hallway and came up with some creative ideas including the idea that we should build a division city!

Student Thinking about Division:

 “I learned that you can divide almost any number like 60 divided by 2 is 30”

“You can divide anything, like sharing coins between treasure chests” “I learned that the dividend is the big number and the divisor is the number that tells you how many to divide by”

“I learned that it is like subtracting because 9 divided by 3  is like subtracting 3 each time” “I learned that the easiest way to divide is to divide by an even number or use times tables”

“ I learned that division is so many easy ways to get the right answer”

“I learned that when you divide by 0, it always equals 0 just like when you multiply by 0.

“ I learned that division is just the opposite of multiplication”  If you have 5x5 equals 25 this helps you with division.

“Division is basically like repeated subtraction because when you divide you subtract backwards by skip counting”

Our writing this week we worked on creating a story that connected to the picture of "The Uninvited Guest" It was really fun to read all the interesting ways students interpreted the story. We did some planning for our writing and creating our magical worlds. Some of the planning sheets went home to provide extra time for brainstorming. Please return these on Monday! Thanks for your support! 


Coming Up:

March 4-8 – Sound Kreations Dance Residency

March 12 – School Council Meeting          

March 14 – Fun Lunch – Boston Pizza

March 15 – PD 1-2pm

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21 – PTI 4-7:30pm

March 22 – PTI 8am-1pm

March 25-29 – Spring Break

April 1 – classes resume


March 1, 2019

In math this week, we worked on some multiplication and real life connections of how we might use it.  We practiced using multiple ways to show multiplication in our math journals.  Moving forward, we are ready to move on to some new concepts that relate to division. We will also continue to work on mental math strategies and reviewing addition and subtraction within 1000.  Ask your child about the SNAKE game we played with multiplication. It can be played with dice at home and was a huge hit this week! 

Last week the students worked on some persuasive paragraphs. They were convincing to their teachers enough to allow them more opportunities to buddy read during our reading block. This week they were provided opportunities to buddy read and evaluate Caldecott Medal books from the library according to the criteria we have been teaching them in our small group reading.  Using picture books during discussion has allowed them new opportunities to talk about the "mood" "plot" and "themes" they see as they are reading.  

Coming Up:

March 1 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students
March 4 - 8 Sound Kreations Residency (performance March 8th)
March 12 – School Council Meeting       
March 14 – Fun Lunch

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm
March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences
March 25-29 – Spring Break - No school


February 22nd 2019

In math this week we worked on fractal multiplication which provides a visual representation of multiplication, division and factors. The students enjoyed finding patterns in the shapes we coloured and connecting this to their growing confidence and understanding of multiplication. We also are continuing to practice our math routine of “How Many Ways.” Breaking multiplication problems into parts allows us to represent our understanding in new ways. This week we worked as a whole group to find 15 different ways to show the number 15 using a variety of multiplication sentences.  

 

The students are becoming quite proficient paragraph writers. This week we started to broaden our paragraph writing to include persuasion and creating convincing reasons to support our ideas/opinions. Some of the topics we were persuasive about included “more art time in class, more time to practice Mathletics, more writing time and more buddy reading opportunities.”  Partner writing activities that allow the students to work together to craft a piece of writing as a team has been a fun way to learn from each other’s strengths and expand our vocabulary and sentence variety. The students know that their teachers are open to “being convinced” of good ideas! We are looking forward to seeing how their powerful writer’s voices will develop.

 

We have been discussing the criteria used for choosing picture books for the Caldecott Award. During our reading groups, we read and studied the book ‘The Rabbit Listens” and had rich discussions about how the illustrations and story complement each other. We have been evaluating the book according to the Caldecott criteria.

Upcoming Dates:

February 28 – Fun Lunch – Jugo Juice

March 1 – Non-Instructional Day

March 4-8 – Sound Kreations Dance Residency


February 8, 2019

This week we worked on writing paragraphs in groups to learn from each other’s writing strategies. We had some great discussions about how collectively we are better together and more creative.  Creating a rubric for expected group work contributions was a really engaging and insightful discussion! Surprisingly, working in writing groups allowed us try new ways of contributing to a group project.  Have a look at some of the quotes from students about what we learned this week about group work:  

"It's fun and helpful to have other people working with you"  

"The more you focus and pay attention, the more fun it is" 

"I learned if we stick together our learning goes more quickly" 

"It's fun to work together with people who listen to other's ideas" 

"Every step I did in the paragraph writing with the group was a lot of fun" . 

"A group is an amazing source of knowledge" "I learned if you work together well, the faster you will write" . 

"You have to take a first step with others and not leave your group" 

We worked on some multiplication problem-solving this week with Ms. Hillier. She presented a challenge to see how many ways we could we use unicycles, bicycles, tricycles and wagons to create 24 wheels in all.  These Grade 3 superstars showcased some amazing solutions to her problem and enjoyed tackling this challenge. They are really becoming confident mathematicians! 

Our multiplication facts practice centres are ongoing and we will have a check-in next week to see how many we have been able to memorize. A favourite activity to master is the powers towers stacking cups which requires us to recall our multiplication facts very quickly! Students are encouraged to visit this website to gain extra practice at home before next week:  https://www.timestables.com/1-...  Also, I've included a link of some team-building logic puzzles we worked on that students are encouraged to try at home: https://www.brainbashers.com/skyscrapershelp.asp

Students wrote a paragraph to their parents today explaining what we experienced during One World Drumming. Please review it with them, sign it and return it on Monday! 

One World Drumming Residency has been a lot of fun trying a new activity. Thanks for coming to watch our performance! 

Coming Up:

Due to the cold weather, our Winter Walk was cancelled. We are planning to reschedule next week and will send out a notice.

February 11 and 12 – Curling - Rocks and Rings (All)

February 12 – School Council Meeting, 6:30pm - Babysitting is provided.

February 14 and 15 – Teachers’ Convention - No school for students

February 18 – Family day – no school

February 22 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

February 28 – Fun Lunch


Jan. 31st, 2019

In math we have been working on our multiplication facts. To help students understand arrays in a real-world way, we made array cities. Students had to make at least three buildings. After the windows were glued, they wrote how many rows of windows there were on each building and how many windows were in each row. This showed their understanding of rows and columns. They turned this into a multiplication sentence and then wrote a repeated addition sentence to connect their understanding to arrays. 

The next 2 weeks, students will be working on filling out their "multiplication passports" and completing 8 different practice games to help memorize their facts through the 5's times table. I've attached one of the favourite activities we worked on Thursday--multiplication battleship! https://docs.google.com/docume...

In reading groups, we have been comparing "walking" and "climbing" stories. We read "Alexander's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Horrible Day" and the "Paper Bag Princess."  Discussing  and noticing the difference between the two types of stories will help us have deeper awareness when we read our own books. 

In science,  we did an experiment to see which shape will support more mass.  A square or an arch?  Ask your child what they discovered?

Coming Up Soon:

January 31 – Report Cards Went Home
Feb 1 - No school
February 6 - Winter Walk Day (weather dependent) - 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. 

February 4 - 8 One World Drum Residency
February 8 – One World Drum Assembly – Our performance is at 8:30 in gym – Parents encouraged to attend!
February 11 – Curling in the gym- (Rocks and Rings)
February 12 – School Council Meeting, 6:30pm
February 14 and 15 – Teachers’ Convention - No school for students
February 18 – Family day – no school

Jan 25th 2019

This week in ELA, we have enjoyed our read aloud novel “Crenshaw” and are discussing the quality of life of the main character, Jackson.  Students wrote a “letter” to Jackson’s imaginary friend Crenshaw asking him some wonders they had based on what’s happened so far and offering some suggestions about his friendship with Jackson. Then, students paired up and read each other’s Crenshaw letters, identified with Crenshaw and put themselves in his shoes. Students were asked to write back as if they were actually Crenshaw responding to the author of the letter (their partner).  Students are really starting to express their unique writer’s voices, take time to search out meaningful words to include in their writing and expand their ideas into longer and more interesting sentences.  Throughout the week during reading groups, word work and writing activities, students are pointing out and noticing “rich and engaging” language in text. It is exciting to see!

Coming up, we will be working on our paragraph and story writing.

In math, we continued our work with multiplication and will be focusing on practicing the multiplication facts to gain confidence. We have been learning many games and “tricks” to help with these facts. (Ask your child to share some if these with you.) Your continued support at home is appreciated.

We wrote up some notes in our visual journals.

2 times tables on the door to our class!


In gym, we continued our gymnastics unit. The children are looking forward to Mission Impossible next week.


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 x2

January 18th, 2019

This week we introduced the concept of multiplication. We started exploring our understanding of “groups of” and are connecting it to our knowledge of addition.  We made arrays this week as a way to gain a visual/hands-on understanding of what multiplication facts “look like.” We are also working on brainstorming vocabulary that connects with our math concepts learned this year. 

We learned a fun skip counting game and it is great for practice at home to improve speed of mental math and basic facts. Ask your child to teach it to you. All that is required is a deck of cards! A favourite math facts game played this week was Around the World and Ms. Helen and I discovered the students could have played it all day if we let them!

In ELA, a fun project we worked on was making posters of our word work chunks we have been working on to put on the wall as a reference during our writing. It is a strategy for helping us improve spelling and become more efficient readers when we encounter new words.

Next Week:

We will continue working on multiplication and started a new social project about quality of life in different countries which we will continue next week. In the mornings, we are starting off with a "positivity circle" and students are encouraged to share something positive that happened to them, a clean joke, a gratitude or a compliment towards something nice someone has done.  

Important Dates:

January 24 – Fun Lunch – Little Caesars

January 28-Feb 1 – Mission Impossible

January 31 – Report cards go home

February 1 – Non-Instructional

Feb. 4-8 One World Drumming Residency

Feb 8 8:30 am--One World Drumming Performance


Jan 11th 2019

Happy New year!

We had a great first week of 2019 back at school.

We kicked off the week with a fun science activity. We talked about what we knew about catapults.  The students were then given 8 craft sticks, 2 more that notches cut into them, 3 elastic bands and a plastic spoon.  They had to come up with a design and build and launch a small pom pom.  They worked in small groups and shared what they had discovered. They loved it and I was really impressed with what they came up with and discovered.

The next day I gave them a specific design to follow and they made predictions about which of three items would go the furthest when launched and why.  They experimented with this, making some adjustments to their new catapults and made some more interesting discoveries.

It was great to see how many students kept up with their reading over the holidays. 

They shared the writing they did in their Holiday Journals with their buddies and classmates.

In math, we spent some time reviewing the concepts we have studied so far and then began learning about multiplication.

In gym, we began our unit in gymnastics.  A letter about this went home earlier in the week.

Upcoming Dates:

January 24 – Fun Lunch – Little Caesars

January 28-Feb 1 – Mission Impossible

January 31 – Report cards go home

February 1 – Non-Instructional

Creating our catapults.

Recording what we did and learned.

Our Multiplication Board

Dec. 14

Dear Parents,

This week in Language Arts we continued our read aloud of the novel Crenshaw.  We have been discussing the rich descriptive language the author has used to “paint a picture” with words.  The students worked on writing similes and “triple scoop words”; precise vocabulary to richly describe what they are writing about.

The students have also been making personal connections with the story and describing these in their writing.

Our “Whingdingdilly” story writing is ongoing.

In math we have continued practicing our basic facts and mental math strategies. The students have become very good at explaining their strategies to solve math equations and using these strategies when adding and subtracting. 

We have also been discussing patterns we notice when counting by 3’s, 4’sand 5’s.

In Social Studies we did some discussion around the Warm Feet for Streets project and how we can give to our community.  We read Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree” and discussed what it means to give what you can and show care for others. The children worked hard to sort the items they brought in. They stuffed the socks and attached a note, and the socks are now ready to send off to the Mustard Seed.  Thank you all so much for your generous donations.

We hope you were all able to come to the Christmas concert and enjoy your children’s hard work.  They sounded wonderful!

Looking forward to next week:

We will start our Book Share and Tell.  Please assist your children in preparing for this and remind them to bring their books in on Monday.

Dec. 21  Last Day before Winter Break


Sorting our donations for the Mustard Seed Giving Project


Our Stuffed Socks!


We decorated our door.

Dec. 7

Dear Parents,

This week in writing we have been continuing to work on adding descriptive language in our work to help our readers have a clearer understanding of the meaning we are intending for our audience.  We did some more work on our Whingdingdilly writing and are starting to edit and improve our paragraphs.  We did a group activity where we created our own similes and the students came up with some impressive descriptions! We had a lot of fun sharing them with the whole group and it provided us with the chance to learn from each other’s creativity with words!

Here are our favourites from each student:

“loud like a microphone getting air on the ear drum”

“as angry as the Grinch”

“as brave as soldiers who went into war”

“as hot as a volcano”

“as fast as Flash running to save the city”

“as funny as a snowball fight”

“black as the night time sky”

“white like a ghost”

“as brave as a mother bear protecting her cubs.”

“as hot as magma”

“as annoying as a fly”

“rough like a meteor”

“as quiet as a feather drifting in the air”

“quiet as the moon with no astronaut on it”

“as loud as a whale blowing water out of his air hole”

“as loud as a chainsaw”  

“as funny as a whoopee cushion”

“as quiet as mice running”

In math, we are working on subtraction strategies. Students are encouraged to be practicing their basic facts at home on Mathletics to improve their efficiency and speed of calculations.  Also, please continue to send their signed home reading folders every Friday so we can check-in on their home reading progress. Students are required to be reading 20 minutes daily at home. 

Coming Up: 

We are planning to have the students present some of their meaningful holiday traditions from their cultures and share them with the class. This provides the opportunity for students to share meaningful holiday traditions that are important to them. Also, we will be bringing sketch-noting and annotation to our reading and writing activities. These are some exciting new strategies we want to introduce the students to!

Scholastic Book Fair Dec. 10-13th -Students will be allowed to bring money to purchase a book at the Book Fair on Wed. Dec. 12th. The book fair will be open during the winter concert as well.  

Winter Concert next Thursday 9:00 am and 6:30pm in the gym. The students are excited to share their performance with you! You have the option to attend the morning or the evening performance.

Dec. 21st last day of classes—early dismissal


Nov. 30th

Dear Parents,

In Room 7, we've been working hard this week to complete our Whingdingdilly descriptive writing project. The students did a wonderful job their "creatures."  Developing an interesting beginning of how their "creature" came to be was a lot of fun and resulted in some awesome sharing time with peers.  The students were brave to take the risk of sharing their writing in the circle! I was immensely proud of their willingness to receive feedback from peers. Everyone was able to listen for a writer's "voice" to emerge out of the writing and draw you in as a reader.  We helped each other brainstorm ways to "show" rather that "tell" ideas to a reader.  The students are really making efforts to include new words they read in books or hear during reading as a class. 

In Social, we continued to delve deeper into our topic "quality of life." The whiteboard tables in the library were brilliant for brainstorming factors that contribute to a person's quality of life: healthcare, education, shelter, clothing, clean water, transportation, freedom/safety and family or community.  Over the next 2 weeks, we will continue to collect items to donate to our "Warm Feet for the Street's" project that allows us the opportunity to help improve the quality of life for those in our community. A speaker came to share with us the importance of this project for some of the homeless population in Calgary. A huge thanks to those of you who have sent items in already! We will be working with some other classes to stuff the socks and prepare our donations to drop at the centre. 

GREAT FREE READING WEBSITE:  We discovered an awesome website today https://www.dkfindout.com/us/  I'm encouraging the students to check this out at home. It has so much great information about our social and science topics, plus lots more!!!!

A highlight of the week was watching some short clips from the TV series "Kindness Diaries" about a man who relies on the kindness of the world to ride his yellow motorbike around the globe. He adventures through many countries and personally experiences some of the "quality of life" issues we are learning about. In the midst of his journeys, he also finds ways to give back to those he encounters in need of shelter, quality education, clean water and healthcare. I've included a short intro clip below:

Coming Up:

Coming Up Soon:

Dec. 7 Non-Instructional Day

Dec. 10-13 Scholastic Book Fair

Dec. 13 Winter Concert

Dec. 11 School Council

Dec. 21  Last Day before Winter Break



Nov 23rd

Dear Parents

In Language Arts this week, the students looked for juicy words in our story the Whingdingdilly and had the chance to act out their favourite scene in the story. We also did a fun art project connected to our Whingdingdilly book. The students had the chance to work together in groups of 3 to create their own interesting animal and it was a surprise at the end to open up the final creation and see what they got! They had a brainstorming session to create a plan of how they were going to describe the looks and the personality of the animal they were surprised with. We had a lot of fun with this activity and will move into the descriptive writing part of it next week.   Many rich discussions have been had around interesting words that show emotions and the students are working on "showing" rather than "telling" their audience in their writing.

In Science this week, the students did an acid test on their rock to find out if it has calcium carbonate in it. They are continuing to work on their "Pet Rock Books" and are working on describing the lustre. 

Thank you for coming to see us at conferences. It was a pleasure to meet with you and share your child's learning progress so far.  We are continuing to collect their reading log duotangs every friday to sign off on their daily 20 minutes of reading time.  We have been using Mathletics in class to enrich their math learning and help provide motivating opportunities to practice basic facts. The students are encouraged to sign on at least 2x per week at home to practice the activities we are assigning them. 

Important Info:

-Gingerbread Night forms due back by Nov. 26th

-Gingerbread Night Nov. 29

-Simple Simon Pies Fun Lunch Nov. 29

-Dec. 7 Non-instructional Day


Nov 16th

Dear Parents,

Although we have had many students away, we have had another busy week of learning.

In Language Arts we have been enjoying the rich vocabulary used by Bill Peet in his wonderful story, "The Whingdingdilly”.  We have been talking about emotions, practicing making connections and predictions, and generating "wonders" as we read. This has lead to  many interesting discussions and has facilitated our focus on using rich vocabulary in our writing, and making sure that our readers can “hear” our voices in our work.


 

In math we continue to work on our math facts in a variety of hands on activities.  The students are becoming very good at finding many ways to work with numbers and to explain their thinking to their teachers and peers.  They are enjoying being challenged by each other.

We have also been working on counting by 2’s 3’s and 4’s. (This would be good thing to practice at home.)


                  Math    Making Arrays


Please remember to support your children in their daily reading and have them bring their signed reading logs to school each Friday.


A fundraising package was sent home today.  Please read the enclosed information and either return the box of cards or keep it and send in $33.00.  


Important Upcoming Dates:

November 22 – Parent Teacher Interviews 4-8pm (online booking opens the morning of th 17th)

November 23 – Parent Teacher Interviews 8-1pm

November 29 – Fun Lunch – Simple Simon Pies

November 29 – Gingerbread night



November 10

Dear Parents,

Thank you for entrusting your amazing children to us! We are so enjoying learning together with them and cheering them on as they take on new risks and challenges in their learning endeavours.  Thanks to those of you who sent snacks in for last week's Halloween party! 


Math

This week we have been working on number lines to give a really concrete and visual representation of addition and subtraction strategies when working with 2 by 2 digit problems. The students have been applying the mental math knowledge (friendly numbers, easy 10's, decomposing numbers, patterns) we've already been learning over the last month to explain their thinking using number lines. This week we came up with 6-8 ways to complete a subtraction problem on a number line and the students shared their ideas as to which strategy they thought was really quick and efficient and why. We also practiced basic facts (adding 3 numbers together) with our Power of 10 cards in partners and the challenge was to have your partner count how many seconds it took to figure out the answer. Students shared their efficient strategies that helped them improve their speed as they learned from their peers.

 

ELA

We had some very rich discussions about Remembrance Day, stories of soldier's bravery  and how it connects to our social studies and "quality of life" topic.  The students brainstormed "powerful" emotion words and worked on some writing to represent what it means to them. This week in reading groups, we've been working on asking amazing "wonders" to share with the class. As readers it is important it is to notice our "wonders" while we are reading because it helps us pay attention to key "clues" and "specific details" in our reading.  Many times we surprise ourselves by finding the answer to our "wonders!!"

 

We had the chance to do some math "teaching" to our Grade 1 buddy class. We shared our number line strategies and also taught them about friendly numbers that make 10. I was extremely proud of the mentoring and leadership role the students took on. It was really powerful to watch them turn into teachers.  

Coming Up:

Students will be continuing our study of Bill Peet's book the Whingdingdilly as a way to study author's voice and will be doing a fun art project connected to this soon!


Just a little reminder that we are encouraging students to bring "healthy" snacks. We had a little discussion this week about some of the "super foods". Ask your child what some of them are?

 

November 13 – School council Meeting 6:30  (Grade 3 teachers will be sharing a little update)

November 22 – Parent Teacher Interviews 4-8pm

November 23 – Parent Teacher Interviews 8-1pm

November 29 – Fun Lunch – Simple Simon Pies

November 29 – Gingerbread night












November 2nd

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Dear Parents,

This week has been quite exciting with pumpkin carving and Halloween celebrations.

Language

We have continued to explore ways to use our voice in our writing.

We have begun to read “The Wingdingdilly” by Bill Peet and have been talking about how we use predictions to help us make “wonders”, as well as trying to get "inside" the emotions or thinking of the characters in the book. 

Math

We have been working on our splats and with power of 10 cards to do some adding and subtracting. We have also been doing a lot of work on odd/even, counting by 2's, 3's, 5's etc.

Art  

We used watercolours to begin our  “poppy art” for Remembrance Day.

Next week we will continue our work with “The Wingdingdilly”, practice more strategies to help us with adding and subtracting, and finish our poppy art.


Important Info

Remembrance Day Assembly November 9th at 9:00 a.m.

UPCOMING:

November 6 – Photo Retake day

November 8 – Grade 4 to Heritage Park

November 9 – Remembrance Day Assembly

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 – Simple Simon Pies

November 29 – Gingerbread night



October 26th, 2008

Dear Parents,

We've had a fabulous week of learning this week in Room 7. It is amazing to think we are only at the end of October but the students have already come so far! Thanks for your amazing support and encouraging words at home that transfer to their learning attitude at school. 

Math

For the past month, students have been working on improving the proficiency and speed of their mental math. One of the activities we've enjoyed working together as a whole class is solving Math "Splats" as a way to share our "math thinking" and find multiple ways to solve a problem and learn from each other to try new ways.  This week we made an attempt to create our own math "splats" and next week students will be working on sharing their splats with their classmates and writing 3 different ways their math splat can be solved. It is exciting to see their growth and confidence in working with numbers and their ability to break them apart!

Science

The students enjoyed searching for their special rocks and sharing these with their classmates.  They did some writing about these to practice using descriptive language and adding details to their writing.  We have started working in groups to weigh, measure and test which types of rocks sink and which float and which rocks respond to magnets.  We will continue with this exploration over the next couple of weeks.


Important Info

-We will be having a Halloween Party in the afternoon on Wednesday Oct. 31. Students are NOT allowed to wear costumes in the morning but will be given an opportunity to dress up in the afternoon. We will be having a Halloween party in the afternoon. Students are allowed to bring a snack to share with the class. Healthy options such as muffins, fruit, veggies and dip are encouraged. 

-Please return picture forms by Oct. 29th.  

-Remembrance Day Wall of Honour-If you would like to include a family member on our Wall of Honour for Remembrance Day, please return the questionnaire sheet as well as a photo with the info about your family member as soon as possible so we can start to collect these stories and artifacts.  

Remembrance Day Assembly November 9th at 9:00 a.m.

UPCOMING:

October 30 – Vaccinations #1 – Any grade as needed

October 31 – Halloween

November 6 – Photo Retake day

November 8 – Grade 4 to Heritage Park

November 9 – Remembrance Day Assembly

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 – Simple Simon Pies

November 29 – Gingerbread night


Friday October 19th

Dear Parents,

In math we got some cool tools and practice cards to help us improve our addition and subtraction as well as place value. We are using our knowledge of place value and numbers within 10 to help us break apart numbers and find math patterns we see in bigger numbers. We are working to quickly compare 2 and 3 digit numbers by looking at place the place values and are using our number cards to help us do this!  When working with mental math strategies, this week we worked on continuing to apply the strategy of making 10's first when working with multiple numbers to help us and then we can the easy tens (ex: 10+7) Once we've made a friendly number, its much easier and faster for our brain to then add a number beyond 10. 

In social studies we have continued our discussion about quality of life and the factors contributing to a good quality of life. We have been comparing living conditions and quantity/quality of food that families have access to in other countries.  We have also been discussing about how kids don't have access to free education or might be more involved in helping complete daily household tasks (ex: fetching water, collecting fire wood, watching siblings etc). 

Important Dates:

No School Oct.26th


Friday, October 12th


                        Math, Making Words and fun times with our buddies.


Dear Parents,

We hope you had a happy Thanksgiving.  The children sure enjoyed sharing what they had done over the weekend with their classmates, and have been learning to use these rich life experiences to enhance their writing. We have been working on ways to make our voice heard in our writing and to add rich vocabulary to do so.

The students look forward to meeting with their Grade One Buddies on Fridays and it is rewarding to watch them interact and get to know one another.

In math we continued to work on friendly numbers and talked through the strategies of adding 0, adding 1 and making pairs of 10. We have been focusing a great deal on mental math  and on the different strategies we can use to break numbers apart to help us when adding and subtracting. This week we gave the students their usernames and passwords for mathletics.  We encourage them to practice at home what they have been learning in class, to reinforce their skills and give them a strong base before we move on.

The students continued their discussions about quality of life in Social Studies and have started to to do some thoughtful writing on the topic.

In Science we read a book called "Everybody Needs a Rock"  by Byrd Baylor. The students have been asked to look for their own special rock to bring to school on Monday. Please remind them to do so.

Important Dates:

Last 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 were due today.  If you are able to volunteer please sign up here.

Oct. 18 - Halloween Dance - 6:30 pm

Oct. 23 - Grade 2 Field Trip - Heritage Park

Oct. 24 - Grade 5 Field Trip - Military Museum

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

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

Oct. 31 - Halloween


Enjoy your weekend,

Mrs. Reid and Ms. Faber


Friday, October 5th





SPLAT




Dear Parents,

We have had another busy week at school. 

In Language Arts we have continued to practice thinking about the questions we ask ourselves as we read in order to make connections.  The students are learning to recognize when they make text to self, text to text and text to world connections.  These are good things to talk about as they do their daily home reading.

In math we have been practicing many different ways to add and subtract using "friendly numbers". (numbers that add to ten) The students have been practicing placing numbers on "invisible number lines" and have learned a card game called "magic numbers" to move to using this strategy with 2 digit numbers. Knowledge of making 10's helps students work with bigger numbers using the patterns (ex: if we know that 7+3 is 10, then 27+3 is 30 etc.)   We also introduced "SPLAT" to work on these mental math strategies. Ask your child how to do SPLAT!

We began our discussions about quality of life in Social Studies. The students identified  the things in Canada that help them have a good quality of life (running water, own room, heat, stove to cook on, paved roads, ability to go to doctor etc.) 

We began our exploration of rocks and minerals in Science.  The students have been very excited to share their rock collections.

Looking forward to next week we are hoping to set the children up on Mathletics and Get Epic, a website of online books. Both Mathletics and Get Epic will be accessible at home.

Important Dates:

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.

Oct. 9 - Photo Day

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

Oct. 11 - Grade 6 Parent Meeting about Outdoor Camp - 6:00 pm

Oct. 18 - Halloween Dance - 6:30 pm

Oct. 23 - Grade 2 Field Trip - Heritage Park

Oct. 24 - Grade 5 Field Trip - Military Museum

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

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

Oct. 31 - Halloween


Happy Thanksgiving

Mrs. Reid and Ms. Faber





Friday, September 28th


Dear Parents,

Thanks for your support of our "Toonies for Terry" Initiative. This week we have been reflecting on Terry’s determination and how he took a chance to do something great for others.  

In math, we worked on our math journaling to solidify our mental math strategies. We are developing efficient ways and number patterns that help us add and subtract by 10’s and 100’s. Hundreds and thousands charts as well as the use of a number line provide a great visual tool to support us when working with bigger numbers. We played the math game “bump it” as a fun, engaging way to practice. Practicing this game at home is great practice. All that is required is cards and dice. 

Looking forward to next week, we will be wearing Orange Shirts on Oct. 1 to commemorate  Orange Shirt Day. We are developing our Reading Powers and will continue working on making Text to Self, Text to Text and Text to World connections in reading groups and during our read aloud story “Wild Robot.” Students are encouraged to practice this during Home reading. 

Important Info

  • Please return demographic info that was sent home this week ASAP.
  • Home reading duotangs were sent home. We would like them to be returned every Friday so we can check in with students progress weekly. 
  • Orange Shirt Day Oct 1
  • No School Friday Oct. 5
  • No School Monday Oct 8-Thanksgiving
  • School Pictures Oct. 9th

Have a Great Weekend!

Mrs. Reid and Ms. Faber



Friday Sept. 21, 2018

Overview of the week:

We've had a great week of learning this week in Room 7. We've been working on making meaningful connections to our read aloud novel "Wild Robot" and predicting what we think will happen. The students created a beautiful art piece that connected to our novel and show-cased their amazing creativity.  

We continued to expand our understanding of place value in math and spent sometime this week interviewing some experts who use place value in their jobs. We learned about the usefulness of place value and why we need to learn about it as a way to help us compare and organize numbers. We are beginning to build our understanding of math on the bulletin board. Come and check it out to see our math learning journey!

Looking Forward to Next Week:

We will be learning about Terry Fox and his important contribution to cancer awareness. We will be continuing our place value exploration through engaging learning activities. We are hoping to get the students set up on Mathletics and begin their reading groups. 

Important Announcements:

  • We will be sending home their Home Reading folders. Students are expected to be reading 20 min. daily. The folder contains an explanation sheet as well as some practice strategies to work on at home that reinforce what we are doing in reading groups at school. 
  • If you were unable to make it to conferences, please check your child's backpack for the student demographic form to check over and return to us as soon as possible. 
  • Terry Fox Assembly and Run on Friday Sept. 28th. We are collecting Toonies for Terry. These can be sent with your child to school. Thanks for participating in this important event!

Important Dates:

  •  Sept. 27  - Fun Lunch
  • Sept. 28 - Terry Fox Assembly and Run
  • 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. 23 - Grade 2 Field Trip - Heritage Park
  • Oct. 24 - Grade 5 Field Trip - Military Museum
  • Oct. 26 - No School for Students - Non Instructional Day 
  • Oct. 30 - Vaccinations (For students who have missed previously)
  • Oct. 31 - Halloween

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Reid and Ms. Faber


Dear Parents! 

Our first few weeks in school have been fantastic. We've enjoyed meeting all your students and planning a variety of team-building activities that help us learn about one another as learners.  A favourite highlight from our first week was breaking into teams and doing the cup stacking challenge where a group of 6 students worked together using string and a rubber band to stack cups!  

This week we've been building, comparing and ordering numbers and starting to talk about place value and it's importance. Some highlights were our "figure me out" posters, our home improvement activity and working together as a class to order the numbers on the number line. 

Next week we are looking forward to continue our discussions about the "Wild Robot" and developing our writing "voice." The students did a stellar job this week brainstorming their unanswered questions they would ask the author of the "Wild Robot" 

An important questionnaire was sent home today to help us learn more about your child. Return this back to us next week before interviews. Also, please review the letter as well.

Important Dates Coming Up: 

Meet the Teacher Conferences Sept. 20 and 21 (please book an interview time)

Terry Fox Run Sept. 28 9:30-9:00 (we will collect toonies the week of Sept. 24-8)

Have a great weekend! Ms. Reid and Ms. Faber

Ms. Reid and Ms. Faber

June 7, 2019,

Dear parents,

It is hard to believe that we are in the last month of this school year!

The students have been enjoying writing stories with a partner in their “special journals”.  They have also spent some time writing riddles about animals or insects. Much of their reading and writing lately has been around both the science and social studies topics we have been covering.

Working Together To Write a Story


In Math we finished up some work on sides and vertices of polygons.  We also started working on problems using patterns involving time.

In science, as a follow up to all the work we have been doing on bees, the students did a guided drawing of a cartoon bee and a realistic bee.  They really enjoyed this.


Cartoon Bee


Realistic Bee

They also spent some time using their creativity and what they have learned about sound, to finish their box guitars. These went home this week, so hopefully their creations and what they have learned were shared with you.

Box Guitar and Visual Journal Page


We were very lucky to have a civil engineer visit our grade threes today to talk about testing materials and design as part of our studies connected to building. It was very informative and the students were able to take part in some hands-on activities to enhance their learning.



Testing Materials and Design

     

Upcoming Dates:

June 10-11 – Lacrosse residency

June 11 – Grade 5’s to Weaslehead

June 11 – PAT SS

June 12 – PAT Math Part B

June 13 – Rm 12 and 15 to Zoo

June 13 – PAT ELA Part B

June 14 – PAT Math Part A

June 17 – PAT Science

June 20 – Fun Lunch - Subway

June 21 – Sports day

June 25 – Grade 6 Bowling in AM, Pizza lunch, Celebration in PM

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


May 31st, 2019

Dear parents,

The highlight of this week was our field trip to the National Music Centre. The students had a wonderful time learning about the Kimball Theatre Organ, which was used to create mood back in the days of silent movies.  They had a chance to play various instruments, sing in the sound booths, compose in the “sound box”, and much more. This was a rich accompaniment to the work we have been doing in the classroom in science, studying Hearing and Sound.  Thanks so much to the parents who were able to volunteer and make this trip possible.




Music Centre Fun


In math we began discovering the difference between 2-D and 3-D shapes and will continue to learn about the faces and vertices of 3-D shapes in the coming days.

Math Notes


During Language Arts, the children worked in pairs to read and annotate an article about Taiwan trash. We connected the information to quality of life and environment issues and some of the pollution problems other countries around the world are facing. We had an interesting discussion and then connected it to what is happening in Canada.  The students are getting good at reading nonfiction and making connections or discussing their “wonders” with one another.


Nonfiction Annotation


FYI

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!   

https://www.sportcalgary.ca/all-sport-one-day

 

Upcoming Dates:

June 3 – PLP and Skill to Zoo

June 4 – Astrodome in Gym in AM (grade 6)

June 6 – Volunteer Tea 10:15-11

June 7 – grade 2/3 science presentation in Rm 21 - 10:15-11:30

June 10-11 – Lacrosse residency

June 11 – Grade 5’s to Weaslehead

June 11 – PAT SS

June 12 – PAT Math Part B

June 13 – Rm 12 and 15 to Zoo

June 13 – PAT ELA Part B

June 14 – PAT Math Part A

June 17 – PAT Science

June 20 – Fun Lunch - Subway

June 21 – Sports day

June 25 – Grade 6 Bowling in AM, Pizza lunch, Celebration in PM




May 24th, 2019

Dear Parents,

We have been continuing our learning about bees and had 2 bee presentations into our classroom. The Grade 3's are now bee experts! Take some time to ask your child some of their favorite facts they've learned this week! Our research about animal lifecycles has been ongoing. A fun project we started this week was writing from the perspective of an animal, insect or fish and explaining what it is like to live their life. 

In science, we worked on creating their guitars and have been learning about sound waves. 

Today was our Jump Rope for Heart event and all of us were able to complete 30 minutes of skipping outside in the nice weather! Dodgeball has been a fun activity we've been playing this week in gym.

Please note that an important letter was sent home today informing you about our upcoming field trip May 28th.  I've copied the information below as well:

Dear Parents,

Our field trip to the National Music Center is quickly approaching.  For Tuesday, May 28th, please make sure that your child comes to school on time and prepared for the trip. There is limited storage at the facility, so we have been asked to bring only jackets and packed lunches. There is no place to buy lunch on site, so please ensure that your child has a substantial, healthy lunch packed. The Center also asks that only water is packed as hot liquids and other drinks are not allowed on the site.  (Chaperones, make sure you are fully caffeinated before we leave!)

Thanks to those of you who have agreed to volunteer and sent back your Acknowledgement of Risk Forms. We have been informed that only these parents will be allowed to participate in the programming and have been asked to share this information with all parents.

Many thanks,

The Grade 3 Team



Important Dates coming up:

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr ⅘

May 29 - Kindergarten to the Zoo

June 10-11 - Lacrosse Residency

June 11 - Grade 6 PAT - Social Studies

June 12 - Grade 6 PAT- Math Part B

June 13 - Grade 6 PAT - ELA Part B

June 13 - Farrell, Vanderwel, Stringer field trip to the Zoo

June 14 - Grade 6 PAT - Math Part A

June 17 - Grade 6 PAT - Science

June 21 - Sports Day

June 25 - Grade 6 goes bowling

June 25 - Kindergarten Assembly

June 26 - Last day of classes


May 10th, 2019

Dear parents,

In math this week we have been working on recognizing and creating patterns; both increasing and decreasing. The children made pattern fractions where they identified how many elements there were in total and then had to identify the parts of the whole in each pattern. Ex: 12 cubes all together; repeating pattern red, blue, yellow, green (core) 4/12 is red, 4/12 is blue 4/12 is yellow 4/12 is green. 



Please help your child to fill out the EASY Goals Project sheet that was sent home this week. They are supposed to track their water intake, outside activity, screen time and servings of fruit and veg so we can graph this data next week. 

In preparation for our guest speaker on bees and as part of our nonfiction writing, we have begun some bee research. The children have been writing paragraphs about what they have learned so far.

In science we have been continuing our exploration of Hearing and Sound. The children have been learning about the parts of the ear and how it works to allow us to hear. They have also been learning about how hearing can be damaged and how to protect their ears from damaging sounds.

Please make sure to return the field trip forms ASAP and indicate if you will be available to volunteer.

 

Sharing some of our favourite reads!


Upcoming Dates:

May 14 – Grade 5/6 to Aerospace Museum

May 14 – School council and AGM 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 – Kindergarten Orientation 6-7pm

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart Event

Mary 24 – Grade 2/3 Guest speaker on Bees

May 27-31 – Inline skating gr 4/5

May 28 – Gr 2/3 to National Music Centre

May 30 – Fun Lunch – Little Caesars



May 3, 2019

In math, we are learning about patterns and will be working on some graphing and data collection activities. We discussed attributes of a pattern as well as practiced identifying the core. We will be doing some art projects and hands-on activities connected to patterns in the next few weeks. A student in the class came up with a creative idea that we can actually connect patterns to our understanding of fractions and division. We will be exploring this cool math connection! One of the highlights was spending time with our buddies sharing our knowledge of patterns with them. We read the book "Pattern Fish" by Trudy Harris and had fun identifying the patterns we saw in the pictures. 

Today we had our Jump Rope for Heart assembly to kick off a month of raising for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. One of our favorite jump-rope activities, which we will be practicing over the next few weeks, is to play Last Man Standing. Students are encouraged to practice their jump roping at home. Cheap jump ropes can easily be purchased at the dollar store! Thanks for your support for this exciting initiative. IMPORTANT: Please be watching for a health tracking sheet to come home as we will be tracking our EASY habits (see picture below) over a week and graphing the results.  Our focus will be on daily fruit/veg intake, minutes of activity, monitoring screen time and drinking water! 

Thank you to everyone who supported our Book Fair initiative. We had a very lively discussion on Friday about the favorite books that were purchased and ways they can continue getting new, exciting books to read! This class is one group of excited readers. Some favorites they wanted to share were:

"I Survived: D-Day" by Lauren Tarshis

"Bad Kitty gets a Bath" by Nick Bruel

"Dogman Lord of the Fleas" by David Pilkey

"Because of the Rabbit" by Cynthia Lord

We also worked on Bee research this week and looked at the quality of life of a bee (shelter, relationships in the hive, environment, transportation and food). I've sent out a messenger with interesting links for the students to explore at home if they would like. 

Important Dates coming Up:

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 – Kindergarten Orientation 6-7pm

May 24-  ABC Bee's presentation (Grade 2/3's)

May 24 – School-wide Jump Rope for Heart Event

May 28 – Gr 2/3 to National Music Centre

May 30 – Fun Lunch – Little Caesars


April 26, 2019

Dear Parents,

We had a fun week of learning this week in Room 7! The students took on complete ownership of planning our math board in the hallway. I was very proud of how much they’ve grown this year to design and plan how to share their learning with the school. We’ve been learning about fractions for the past few weeks and they came up with the creative idea of dividing the board into sixths and each group created 1/6 of the whole. 

Food is a fun way to help students understand fractions and ratios.  Thank you to our awesome parent support, we were gifted some brownies this week and drew the brownie fractions on the number line to help students make the connection between parts of a whole. It was very effective learning and delicious too! We used pizzas this week to help us understand fractions and divided up the pizzas into different sized portions. The students worked on correctly identifying the parts of a whole. A very insightful understanding that was made in class was that the dough of the pizza represents the whole or 8/8 parts.   For extra math practice at home using fractions, students are encouraged to continue working with Fraction Splatts. They can be downloaded and used to help them with mental math: https://www.stevewyborney.com/?p=1028

We are beginning our science topic about life-cycles and the students are learning about bees. We will be having a guest speaker in a few weeks, which is very exciting. I’ve included a few links of great websites for them to continue learn about bees at home if they are interested: Types of Bees  Search about Bees Interesting Bee Facts

As a finish up to our Imaginary Land writing project, we built our representations of them today with a variety of cloth, plasticine, string and beading supplies. It was a lot of fun and the students were really engaged in showcasing their writing in 3D. Our room is full of creative artists!  I was extremely proud of how they worked together collaboratively, offering to help each other and commenting positively on each other’s work throughout the work period. They are beside themselves with excitement to bring them home to share and will shortly!

Book Fair: Can you volunteer to help in the library? Ms. Belise is looking for parent volunteers to help run the Spring Scholastic Book Fair in the library on May 2nd from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. If you are available to help for an hour or two, please let us know by emailing Mr. Radu at crradu@cbe.ab.ca. If your child is in the performance, you will still be able to watch. This school event supports our school library and helps add to our book collection. 

Coming Up:

May 2 - Spring Concert for Grades 4,5,6 and Spring Choir

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

May 14 – School council 6:30pm

May 17 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students

May 20 – Victoria Day – no school

May 23 - Welcome to Kindergarten (evening)

May 24 - Guest speaker for grade ⅔’s (Bee Presentation)

May 24 – Jump Rope for Heart School Wide Event

May 28- Grade 3 Field Trip to National Music Center-Studio Bell (we are looking for volunteers)


April 18th, 2019

Dear parents,

We were very lucky this week to have Michael Kusugak, an author and storyteller, share his experiences and some of his stories with our grade twos and threes. The children were spellbound and enjoyed learning about what it was like for Michael to grow up on the west coast of the Hudson Bay, listening to his grandmother’s stories, and playing with the toys made out of the seal bones his community caught to help them survive in the secluded, cold north.

We have been sharing some of Michael’s books in class.

In Math, we worked with skittles and chocolate bars to explore fractions.  The students enjoyed sorting a bag of skittles into the different colours to figure out what fraction of each colour of skittles was contained in the bag. Chocolate bars provided a great visual to help the students understand the whole divided into equal parts.  We will continue to explore real life examples of fractions to help solidify this concept.

In Science, we started our exploration of Hearing and Sound.  The children learned that sound is created by vibrations and experimented with pitch using a coffee can and elastic band. They also used rulers on the edge of their desks to see how changing the length of the ruler changes the vibrations.  Ask them what they know.

Thank you to all who sent in shoe boxes for our upcoming project.  Please remember to send more in if you haven’t done so already.

Check your child’s backpack for their report card from swimming.

Have a great long weekend! 

Upcoming Dates:

April 19 – Good Friday – no school

April 22 – Non-Instructional Day

April 25 – Fun Lunch – Edo

April 25 – Spring Carnival

April 29-May 2 Scholastic Book Fair for students

May 2 – Scholastic Book Fair during Spring Concert

May 2 – Spring Concert

Guest storyteller and author

Skittle Fractions


Learning about vibrations and pitch.

April 12th, 2019

Dear parents,

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

The children really enjoyed their swimming lessons and it is always amazing to see how much progress they make in just 5 lessons!

In Language, the children wrote about their experience at Aggie Days. They are practicing their descriptive writing and correct paragraph format.

In Social Studies, we talked about the upcoming Alberta Election and connected this to quality of life and equal rights. We also had a discussion about the UN rights of a child. It was interesting to see how the kids connected the concept of government and rights to quality of life, and how government plays a role in this. 

In Math, we continued our exploration of fractions using number lines and dominoes. The children also worked on a” fraction picture”.  Ask your child to explain what they had to do.

We will continue to work on our understanding of fractions in the coming week.

In the interim you might like to use this link to practice working with fractions.  We have been looking at these in class.

Fraction Splatts  https://www.stevewyborney.com/?p=1028 

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


Aggie Days


Fractions


Fraction Story




April 5th, 2019

Dear parents,

We had a busy first week back after the break!

In Language and Social Studies, we talked and read about our trip to Aggie Days. We had a great discussion about how Alberta exports grain, beef and dairy to other parts of the world.The students are learning how to make sketch notes as they read nonfiction articles.They had many interesting wonders about Aggie Days, which they recorded in their journals and were encouraged to try and have these answered on the field trip. We will discuss what they found out next week.

In math we revisited division and introduced the concept of fractions.

The children really enjoyed Aggie Days and were able to learn about cow milking as it used to be done (by hand) and is done today (by machine).  The demonstration was fascinating.  They also had an opportunity to see sheep being sheared, goats being milked, two-week-old piglets drinking milk from their mother, alpaca and llama wool being spun and woven, and so much more.  I am sure they have already shared their experiences with you.

Thank you so much to the parent volunteers who were able to join us. These field trips would not happen without you.

Please remember that swimming lessons begin on Monday.  See letter below:

Reminder Note for Swimming Lessons

Dear Parents,

Here are a few reminders about swimming lessons for next week:

1. We swim Monday, April 8 to Friday, April 12

2. Students usually wear their swimsuits under their clothes before swimming. If not they can bring their swimsuit in their swim bag, just don’t forget, please. They will need to bring a towel and underwear (if wearing swimsuit under clothes) and a plastic bag every day. The bag is used to put the wet towel and swimsuit in after the lessons. If your child wants to bring a brush/comb they can. There will not be time for the students to blow dry their hair.

3. There are vending machines there but we will not be using them. Please do not send money!

4. A big thank you to the parents who are volunteering! We could not go without you!

5. Putting on tights is really hard with slightly wet legs after swimming so it is best to avoid wearing tights on swim days. Clothes that are easy to take on and off are helpful due to short time available for changing at the pool.

6. If you signed up to volunteer, thank you! You can meet us at the school at 10:45 and accompany us on the bus, or drive yourself and meet us at the pool. You can help in the change room before and after the lessons and watch the children from the seats above the pool. No photography is allowed. The lessons themselves are from 11:00 - 11:40 am.

Any questions or concerns please email us!

Thanks

Helen Faber and Heidi Reid


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



March 15th 2019

In math this week we continued our work on division.  We completed our Division City which looks terrific on our classroom wall.  The students had to figure out how many windows they had all together on their buildings and then divide that number (dividend) by the number of floors (divisor) in their building, to come up with the number of windows on each floor (quotient).

We also worked on some fun division practice games to improve our speed with division facts. One of them was called “Don’t Duck Division”.  We will continue practicing next week.

In Language Arts we have started looking at nonfiction articles and learning how to annotate as we read in order to be fully engaged readers.  The children are practicing making connections and inferences and asking questions as they read.  They are also being encouraged to make note of new and interesting information and to find out the meaning of unknown vocabulary. The articles we have been reading have sparked some very interesting discussions!

This week we talked about having a “growth mindset vs. a fixed mindset.”  A growth mindset allows us to keep going and trying new things, even if we don’t know how to do them “yet.”  Having a growth mind-set allows us to figure out ways to keep getting better at something we find difficult. 

Please make sure to fill out ALL the forms that were sent home this week for our upcoming field trip to Aggie Days (April 4th) and also the forms that were sent home today for swimming lessons that will be happening from April 8th through the 12th.  All of these forms need to be completed and sent back as early as possible next week in order to ensure that your child is able to participate.

Booking for interviews opens tomorrow.  Please make sure to book a time to meet with us next Thursday or Friday.

Upcoming Dates:

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21 – PTI 4-7:30pm

March 22 – PTI 8am-1pm

March 25-29 – Spring Break

April 1 – classes resume

April 4 –Aggie Days Field Trip     

              Evening CPS presentation 6:30

April 8-12 – Swimming K-3 and PLP


March 8, 2019

We started learning about division this week and connecting our knowledge of multiplication to help us with division. We did some math journaling in our visual journals to build our understanding of the key concepts. Then the students took ownership of the planning process for the bulletin board in the hallway and came up with some creative ideas including the idea that we should build a division city!

Student Thinking about Division:

 “I learned that you can divide almost any number like 60 divided by 2 is 30”

“You can divide anything, like sharing coins between treasure chests” “I learned that the dividend is the big number and the divisor is the number that tells you how many to divide by”

“I learned that it is like subtracting because 9 divided by 3  is like subtracting 3 each time” “I learned that the easiest way to divide is to divide by an even number or use times tables”

“ I learned that division is so many easy ways to get the right answer”

“I learned that when you divide by 0, it always equals 0 just like when you multiply by 0.

“ I learned that division is just the opposite of multiplication”  If you have 5x5 equals 25 this helps you with division.

“Division is basically like repeated subtraction because when you divide you subtract backwards by skip counting”

Our writing this week we worked on creating a story that connected to the picture of "The Uninvited Guest" It was really fun to read all the interesting ways students interpreted the story. We did some planning for our writing and creating our magical worlds. Some of the planning sheets went home to provide extra time for brainstorming. Please return these on Monday! Thanks for your support! 


Coming Up:

March 4-8 – Sound Kreations Dance Residency

March 12 – School Council Meeting          

March 14 – Fun Lunch – Boston Pizza

March 15 – PD 1-2pm

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm

March 21 – PTI 4-7:30pm

March 22 – PTI 8am-1pm

March 25-29 – Spring Break

April 1 – classes resume


March 1, 2019

In math this week, we worked on some multiplication and real life connections of how we might use it.  We practiced using multiple ways to show multiplication in our math journals.  Moving forward, we are ready to move on to some new concepts that relate to division. We will also continue to work on mental math strategies and reviewing addition and subtraction within 1000.  Ask your child about the SNAKE game we played with multiplication. It can be played with dice at home and was a huge hit this week! 

Last week the students worked on some persuasive paragraphs. They were convincing to their teachers enough to allow them more opportunities to buddy read during our reading block. This week they were provided opportunities to buddy read and evaluate Caldecott Medal books from the library according to the criteria we have been teaching them in our small group reading.  Using picture books during discussion has allowed them new opportunities to talk about the "mood" "plot" and "themes" they see as they are reading.  

Coming Up:

March 1 – Non Instructional Day - No school for students
March 4 - 8 Sound Kreations Residency (performance March 8th)
March 12 – School Council Meeting       
March 14 – Fun Lunch

March 21 – Early dismissal 12:15pm
March 21/22 Parent-Teacher Conferences
March 25-29 – Spring Break - No school


February 22nd 2019

In math this week we worked on fractal multiplication which provides a visual representation of multiplication, division and factors. The students enjoyed finding patterns in the shapes we coloured and connecting this to their growing confidence and understanding of multiplication. We also are continuing to practice our math routine of “How Many Ways.” Breaking multiplication problems into parts allows us to represent our understanding in new ways. This week we worked as a whole group to find 15 different ways to show the number 15 using a variety of multiplication sentences.  

 

The students are becoming quite proficient paragraph writers. This week we started to broaden our paragraph writing to include persuasion and creating convincing reasons to support our ideas/opinions. Some of the topics we were persuasive about included “more art time in class, more time to practice Mathletics, more writing time and more buddy reading opportunities.”  Partner writing activities that allow the students to work together to craft a piece of writing as a team has been a fun way to learn from each other’s strengths and expand our vocabulary and sentence variety. The students know that their teachers are open to “being convinced” of good ideas! We are looking forward to seeing how their powerful writer’s voices will develop.

 

We have been discussing the criteria used for choosing picture books for the Caldecott Award. During our reading groups, we read and studied the book ‘The Rabbit Listens” and had rich discussions about how the illustrations and story complement each other. We have been evaluating the book according to the Caldecott criteria.

Upcoming Dates:

February 28 – Fun Lunch – Jugo Juice

March 1 – Non-Instructional Day

March 4-8 – Sound Kreations Dance Residency


February 8, 2019

This week we worked on writing paragraphs in groups to learn from each other’s writing strategies. We had some great discussions about how collectively we are better together and more creative.  Creating a rubric for expected group work contributions was a really engaging and insightful discussion! Surprisingly, working in writing groups allowed us try new ways of contributing to a group project.  Have a look at some of the quotes from students about what we learned this week about group work:  

"It's fun and helpful to have other people working with you"  

"The more you focus and pay attention, the more fun it is" 

"I learned if we stick together our learning goes more quickly" 

"It's fun to work together with people who listen to other's ideas" 

"Every step I did in the paragraph writing with the group was a lot of fun" . 

"A group is an amazing source of knowledge" "I learned if you work together well, the faster you will write" . 

"You have to take a first step with others and not leave your group" 

We worked on some multiplication problem-solving this week with Ms. Hillier. She presented a challenge to see how many ways we could we use unicycles, bicycles, tricycles and wagons to create 24 wheels in all.  These Grade 3 superstars showcased some amazing solutions to her problem and enjoyed tackling this challenge. They are really becoming confident mathematicians! 

Our multiplication facts practice centres are ongoing and we will have a check-in next week to see how many we have been able to memorize. A favourite activity to master is the powers towers stacking cups which requires us to recall our multiplication facts very quickly! Students are encouraged to visit this website to gain extra practice at home before next week:  https://www.timestables.com/1-...  Also, I've included a link of some team-building logic puzzles we worked on that students are encouraged to try at home: https://www.brainbashers.com/skyscrapershelp.asp

Students wrote a paragraph to their parents today explaining what we experienced during One World Drumming. Please review it with them, sign it and return it on Monday! 

One World Drumming Residency has been a lot of fun trying a new activity. Thanks for coming to watch our performance! 

Coming Up:

Due to the cold weather, our Winter Walk was cancelled. We are planning to reschedule next week and will send out a notice.

February 11 and 12 – Curling - Rocks and Rings (All)

February 12 – School Council Meeting, 6:30pm - Babysitting is provided.

February 14 and 15 – Teachers’ Convention - No school for students

February 18 – Family day – no school

February 22 - Last day to order Fun Lunch

February 28 – Fun Lunch


Jan. 31st, 2019

In math we have been working on our multiplication facts. To help students understand arrays in a real-world way, we made array cities. Students had to make at least three buildings. After the windows were glued, they wrote how many rows of windows there were on each building and how many windows were in each row. This showed their understanding of rows and columns. They turned this into a multiplication sentence and then wrote a repeated addition sentence to connect their understanding to arrays. 

The next 2 weeks, students will be working on filling out their "multiplication passports" and completing 8 different practice games to help memorize their facts through the 5's times table. I've attached one of the favourite activities we worked on Thursday--multiplication battleship! https://docs.google.com/docume...

In reading groups, we have been comparing "walking" and "climbing" stories. We read "Alexander's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Horrible Day" and the "Paper Bag Princess."  Discussing  and noticing the difference between the two types of stories will help us have deeper awareness when we read our own books. 

In science,  we did an experiment to see which shape will support more mass.  A square or an arch?  Ask your child what they discovered?

Coming Up Soon:

January 31 – Report Cards Went Home
Feb 1 - No school
February 6 - Winter Walk Day (weather dependent) - 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. 

February 4 - 8 One World Drum Residency
February 8 – One World Drum Assembly – Our performance is at 8:30 in gym – Parents encouraged to attend!
February 11 – Curling in the gym- (Rocks and Rings)
February 12 – School Council Meeting, 6:30pm
February 14 and 15 – Teachers’ Convention - No school for students
February 18 – Family day – no school

Jan 25th 2019

This week in ELA, we have enjoyed our read aloud novel “Crenshaw” and are discussing the quality of life of the main character, Jackson.  Students wrote a “letter” to Jackson’s imaginary friend Crenshaw asking him some wonders they had based on what’s happened so far and offering some suggestions about his friendship with Jackson. Then, students paired up and read each other’s Crenshaw letters, identified with Crenshaw and put themselves in his shoes. Students were asked to write back as if they were actually Crenshaw responding to the author of the letter (their partner).  Students are really starting to express their unique writer’s voices, take time to search out meaningful words to include in their writing and expand their ideas into longer and more interesting sentences.  Throughout the week during reading groups, word work and writing activities, students are pointing out and noticing “rich and engaging” language in text. It is exciting to see!

Coming up, we will be working on our paragraph and story writing.

In math, we continued our work with multiplication and will be focusing on practicing the multiplication facts to gain confidence. We have been learning many games and “tricks” to help with these facts. (Ask your child to share some if these with you.) Your continued support at home is appreciated.

We wrote up some notes in our visual journals.

2 times tables on the door to our class!


In gym, we continued our gymnastics unit. The children are looking forward to Mission Impossible next week.


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 x2

January 18th, 2019

This week we introduced the concept of multiplication. We started exploring our understanding of “groups of” and are connecting it to our knowledge of addition.  We made arrays this week as a way to gain a visual/hands-on understanding of what multiplication facts “look like.” We are also working on brainstorming vocabulary that connects with our math concepts learned this year. 

We learned a fun skip counting game and it is great for practice at home to improve speed of mental math and basic facts. Ask your child to teach it to you. All that is required is a deck of cards! A favourite math facts game played this week was Around the World and Ms. Helen and I discovered the students could have played it all day if we let them!

In ELA, a fun project we worked on was making posters of our word work chunks we have been working on to put on the wall as a reference during our writing. It is a strategy for helping us improve spelling and become more efficient readers when we encounter new words.

Next Week:

We will continue working on multiplication and started a new social project about quality of life in different countries which we will continue next week. In the mornings, we are starting off with a "positivity circle" and students are encouraged to share something positive that happened to them, a clean joke, a gratitude or a compliment towards something nice someone has done.  

Important Dates:

January 24 – Fun Lunch – Little Caesars

January 28-Feb 1 – Mission Impossible

January 31 – Report cards go home

February 1 – Non-Instructional

Feb. 4-8 One World Drumming Residency

Feb 8 8:30 am--One World Drumming Performance


Jan 11th 2019

Happy New year!

We had a great first week of 2019 back at school.

We kicked off the week with a fun science activity. We talked about what we knew about catapults.  The students were then given 8 craft sticks, 2 more that notches cut into them, 3 elastic bands and a plastic spoon.  They had to come up with a design and build and launch a small pom pom.  They worked in small groups and shared what they had discovered. They loved it and I was really impressed with what they came up with and discovered.

The next day I gave them a specific design to follow and they made predictions about which of three items would go the furthest when launched and why.  They experimented with this, making some adjustments to their new catapults and made some more interesting discoveries.

It was great to see how many students kept up with their reading over the holidays. 

They shared the writing they did in their Holiday Journals with their buddies and classmates.

In math, we spent some time reviewing the concepts we have studied so far and then began learning about multiplication.

In gym, we began our unit in gymnastics.  A letter about this went home earlier in the week.

Upcoming Dates:

January 24 – Fun Lunch – Little Caesars

January 28-Feb 1 – Mission Impossible

January 31 – Report cards go home

February 1 – Non-Instructional

Creating our catapults.

Recording what we did and learned.

Our Multiplication Board

Dec. 14

Dear Parents,

This week in Language Arts we continued our read aloud of the novel Crenshaw.  We have been discussing the rich descriptive language the author has used to “paint a picture” with words.  The students worked on writing similes and “triple scoop words”; precise vocabulary to richly describe what they are writing about.

The students have also been making personal connections with the story and describing these in their writing.

Our “Whingdingdilly” story writing is ongoing.

In math we have continued practicing our basic facts and mental math strategies. The students have become very good at explaining their strategies to solve math equations and using these strategies when adding and subtracting. 

We have also been discussing patterns we notice when counting by 3’s, 4’sand 5’s.

In Social Studies we did some discussion around the Warm Feet for Streets project and how we can give to our community.  We read Shel Silverstein’s “The Giving Tree” and discussed what it means to give what you can and show care for others. The children worked hard to sort the items they brought in. They stuffed the socks and attached a note, and the socks are now ready to send off to the Mustard Seed.  Thank you all so much for your generous donations.

We hope you were all able to come to the Christmas concert and enjoy your children’s hard work.  They sounded wonderful!

Looking forward to next week:

We will start our Book Share and Tell.  Please assist your children in preparing for this and remind them to bring their books in on Monday.

Dec. 21  Last Day before Winter Break


Sorting our donations for the Mustard Seed Giving Project


Our Stuffed Socks!


We decorated our door.

Dec. 7

Dear Parents,

This week in writing we have been continuing to work on adding descriptive language in our work to help our readers have a clearer understanding of the meaning we are intending for our audience.  We did some more work on our Whingdingdilly writing and are starting to edit and improve our paragraphs.  We did a group activity where we created our own similes and the students came up with some impressive descriptions! We had a lot of fun sharing them with the whole group and it provided us with the chance to learn from each other’s creativity with words!

Here are our favourites from each student:

“loud like a microphone getting air on the ear drum”

“as angry as the Grinch”

“as brave as soldiers who went into war”

“as hot as a volcano”

“as fast as Flash running to save the city”

“as funny as a snowball fight”

“black as the night time sky”

“white like a ghost”

“as brave as a mother bear protecting her cubs.”

“as hot as magma”

“as annoying as a fly”

“rough like a meteor”

“as quiet as a feather drifting in the air”

“quiet as the moon with no astronaut on it”

“as loud as a whale blowing water out of his air hole”

“as loud as a chainsaw”  

“as funny as a whoopee cushion”

“as quiet as mice running”

In math, we are working on subtraction strategies. Students are encouraged to be practicing their basic facts at home on Mathletics to improve their efficiency and speed of calculations.  Also, please continue to send their signed home reading folders every Friday so we can check-in on their home reading progress. Students are required to be reading 20 minutes daily at home. 

Coming Up: 

We are planning to have the students present some of their meaningful holiday traditions from their cultures and share them with the class. This provides the opportunity for students to share meaningful holiday traditions that are important to them. Also, we will be bringing sketch-noting and annotation to our reading and writing activities. These are some exciting new strategies we want to introduce the students to!

Scholastic Book Fair Dec. 10-13th -Students will be allowed to bring money to purchase a book at the Book Fair on Wed. Dec. 12th. The book fair will be open during the winter concert as well.  

Winter Concert next Thursday 9:00 am and 6:30pm in the gym. The students are excited to share their performance with you! You have the option to attend the morning or the evening performance.

Dec. 21st last day of classes—early dismissal


Nov. 30th

Dear Parents,

In Room 7, we've been working hard this week to complete our Whingdingdilly descriptive writing project. The students did a wonderful job their "creatures."  Developing an interesting beginning of how their "creature" came to be was a lot of fun and resulted in some awesome sharing time with peers.  The students were brave to take the risk of sharing their writing in the circle! I was immensely proud of their willingness to receive feedback from peers. Everyone was able to listen for a writer's "voice" to emerge out of the writing and draw you in as a reader.  We helped each other brainstorm ways to "show" rather that "tell" ideas to a reader.  The students are really making efforts to include new words they read in books or hear during reading as a class. 

In Social, we continued to delve deeper into our topic "quality of life." The whiteboard tables in the library were brilliant for brainstorming factors that contribute to a person's quality of life: healthcare, education, shelter, clothing, clean water, transportation, freedom/safety and family or community.  Over the next 2 weeks, we will continue to collect items to donate to our "Warm Feet for the Street's" project that allows us the opportunity to help improve the quality of life for those in our community. A speaker came to share with us the importance of this project for some of the homeless population in Calgary. A huge thanks to those of you who have sent items in already! We will be working with some other classes to stuff the socks and prepare our donations to drop at the centre. 

GREAT FREE READING WEBSITE:  We discovered an awesome website today https://www.dkfindout.com/us/  I'm encouraging the students to check this out at home. It has so much great information about our social and science topics, plus lots more!!!!

A highlight of the week was watching some short clips from the TV series "Kindness Diaries" about a man who relies on the kindness of the world to ride his yellow motorbike around the globe. He adventures through many countries and personally experiences some of the "quality of life" issues we are learning about. In the midst of his journeys, he also finds ways to give back to those he encounters in need of shelter, quality education, clean water and healthcare. I've included a short intro clip below:

Coming Up:

Coming Up Soon:

Dec. 7 Non-Instructional Day

Dec. 10-13 Scholastic Book Fair

Dec. 13 Winter Concert

Dec. 11 School Council

Dec. 21  Last Day before Winter Break



Nov 23rd

Dear Parents

In Language Arts this week, the students looked for juicy words in our story the Whingdingdilly and had the chance to act out their favourite scene in the story. We also did a fun art project connected to our Whingdingdilly book. The students had the chance to work together in groups of 3 to create their own interesting animal and it was a surprise at the end to open up the final creation and see what they got! They had a brainstorming session to create a plan of how they were going to describe the looks and the personality of the animal they were surprised with. We had a lot of fun with this activity and will move into the descriptive writing part of it next week.   Many rich discussions have been had around interesting words that show emotions and the students are working on "showing" rather than "telling" their audience in their writing.

In Science this week, the students did an acid test on their rock to find out if it has calcium carbonate in it. They are continuing to work on their "Pet Rock Books" and are working on describing the lustre. 

Thank you for coming to see us at conferences. It was a pleasure to meet with you and share your child's learning progress so far.  We are continuing to collect their reading log duotangs every friday to sign off on their daily 20 minutes of reading time.  We have been using Mathletics in class to enrich their math learning and help provide motivating opportunities to practice basic facts. The students are encouraged to sign on at least 2x per week at home to practice the activities we are assigning them. 

Important Info:

-Gingerbread Night forms due back by Nov. 26th

-Gingerbread Night Nov. 29

-Simple Simon Pies Fun Lunch Nov. 29

-Dec. 7 Non-instructional Day


Nov 16th

Dear Parents,

Although we have had many students away, we have had another busy week of learning.

In Language Arts we have been enjoying the rich vocabulary used by Bill Peet in his wonderful story, "The Whingdingdilly”.  We have been talking about emotions, practicing making connections and predictions, and generating "wonders" as we read. This has lead to  many interesting discussions and has facilitated our focus on using rich vocabulary in our writing, and making sure that our readers can “hear” our voices in our work.


 

In math we continue to work on our math facts in a variety of hands on activities.  The students are becoming very good at finding many ways to work with numbers and to explain their thinking to their teachers and peers.  They are enjoying being challenged by each other.

We have also been working on counting by 2’s 3’s and 4’s. (This would be good thing to practice at home.)