June 12

Essential Questions

What strategies do you use to determine the pattern from a function machine?

How do you read and understand poetry? 

What are the differences between making decisions by lottery, consensus, and voting? 

What are some examples of evidence use to solve crimes? How are they used? 

L.A.

Strategies to between understand poetry and the meaning of unknown words in context. 

Math

Patterning, theoretical and experimental probability, and review. 

Social Studies 

Review of main ideas relating to democracy in Ancient Athens, Iroquois Confederacy, and Canadian democracy.

Science

Evidence and Investigation - types of evidence and inferencing. 

June 

June 11 - 17 PATs

June 18 - Sports Day

June 19 - Evidence and Investigation Escape Room brought to you by Sara Saunders and Holly Boulton

June 20 - Teacher Challenge

May 22

Essential Questions

Explain discrete vs. continuous data. Give examples.

What are homophones? Explain the differences between their, there, and they're or Where, were, we're, wear. 

How are cabinet minister elected? What is their role in government? 

What is deductive reasoning? 

L.A.

Students will finish their Maniac Magee Read Aloud. Their final project will be a small research project on a theme the book explores.  

Students explore homophones, main ideas in text, paragraph writing, and using context to determine meaning. 

Students create personal timelines. 

Math

Students will 

- review discrete and continuous data

- review line graphs and scatter plots

- learn the traditional multiplication method

- review operations with decimals 

- practice algebra

- explore patterns in tables

Science

Students will learn about:

- deductive reasoning

- questioning

- investigating

- evidence .- footprints, finger prints, fabrics, soil, biologic 

Social Studies

Students will review: 

- provincial government 

- local government

- role of the lieutenant governor 

- role of cabinet ministers 

- process of election 

Important Dates: 

May 22 Latin Dance Residency Begins

May 24 - Sports Day - 11 - 1pm

May 29 - Stampede Breakfast 7:30 - 9am

June 6 - Patrol Picnic - 9:10 - 4:40pm

May 8

Essential Questions

In stories, what are the 6 types of conflict? 

How do you plot points on a Cartesian Plane? 

How are you raising awareness towards "Global Goals?"

What are manipulated and responding variables?

L.A.

Students will finish their Maniac Magee Read Aloud. Their final project will be a small research project on a theme the book explores.  

Math

Students will demonstrate their learning in Shape and Space through an summative assessment. Website to review content can be found in the links bar. Following this they will continue to practice pattern recognition skills and mental math. 

Social Studies

Students will finalize their "Global Goal" awareness posters. Once complete we will review the election process and how a bill become enacted. 

Science

Students will begin studying evidence and investigation. Our unit kick off will focus on deductive reasoning through a game of Clue. 

April 24

Essential Questions

How to do punctuate dialogue? 

What are the 3 types of transformations? 

How do the student vote results compare to the provincial election results? 

What is Bernoulli's Principle? 

L.A.

Students will refine their writing skills in idea generation, vocabulary, sentence structure and variety, organization, and punctuation and grammar through practicing PAT style writing tasks. 

Math

Student are exploring patterning, algebra, and mental math through a variety of engaging math tasks. 

Social Studies

Students are reviewing the results of the provincial election and comparing results to the student vote. 

Science

Students are reviewing Air, Aerodynamics, and Flight topics before they will have a comprehensive assessment. Study pages can be found on their google drive account. 

April 10

Essential Questions 

At a grade 6 level, what make a good news article?

What is the Mountain Triangle Project? 

How do birds and insects overcome gravity to take flight? 

How will you be voting in the students vote provincial election? Why? 

Language Arts 

Students are reviewing News Article structure and working on organizing information into cohesive paragraphs using appropriate transitions. They goal is to write for the audience and maintain an unbiased tone. 

Math

Students are demonstrating their learning in geometry through on Mountain Triangle project which also engages students in learning more about travel to Spanish speaking countries. We have also began a review on grade 6 math topics covering several questions a day. 

Air and Aerodynamics

Students are working to solidifying their understanding of how the parts of a plane move and interact to enable control while in flight. They will also create experiments with manipulated, responding, and control variable to determine the best design of a parachute. 

Social Studies

Students are exploring the structure of Provincial government. They will be participating in the student vote election which mimic the elections on April 17. They are engaging in politics through exploration of media and discussion.  

March 20

Essential Questions 

What makes for a good short story? 

What are some positive and negative features of consensus decision making? 

What are the 8 properties of air? Can you give example to prove this?

How do you know you've measure the angles in a triangle correctly? 

Language Arts 

Students working on story writing through picture prompts drama. They focused on including connections between ideas, cutting out unnecessary details, including characters motivations by answering the questions why, and creating a satisfying ending. 

Math

Students continue to focus on triangles, and angles. Practicing measurement skills in a variety of orientations and classifying triangles based on side lengths and angle measurements. Students also practice performing transformation on a variety of different shapes on and off a co-ordinate grid. 

Air and Aerodynamics

Students have learned how the properties are air contribute to flight through experiments exploring Bernoulli's Principle. They have learned the forces involved in flight (gravity, lift, thrust, drag) and will apply them to birds and insects. 

Social Studies 

Students have taken the perspective of a particular role in society and wrote a story for this perspective. Through class we acted out the democractic process in assigned clans. 

Feb 21

Essential Questions

What techniques make writing persuasive? 

How does the role of women in the Iroquois confederacy compare to the role of women in ancient Athens? 

How do you know air exists? 

What are the different types of triangles? 

Language Arts

Through our trickster theatre residency we are exploring creating stories by analyzing pictures and using drama, movement, and shapes. Students will write short stories focusing on plot and supporting details. We will also continue with our novel study of Maniac Magee. 

Math

We are exploring shape and space. Students will be expected to estimate and measure angles, and classify triangles by both side lengths and angles. 

Science

Air and Aerodynamics

Students will learn about the properties of air (air takes up space, air can be compressed) through a variety of demonstrations and experiments. 

Social Studies

The Iroquois Confederacy

Students will learn about how the Iroquois Confederacy came to peace and how they governed themselves. They will compare the practices of the Iroquois confederacy to the democracy of ancient Athens. 

Important Dates: 

Thurs. Feb 28 and Fri. March 1 - Student-led conferences 

March 4 - 8 - Trickster writing residency

Feb 6

Essential Questions

What are the themes that have come up so far in the novel? 

Why is it important to have a specified order of operations?

What is air made of? 

What are the draw backs of consensus? 

Language Arts

We have begun a read aloud of Manica Magee. Students are working on learning new vocabulary, responding to questions, identifying cause and effect, and writing persuasively. 

Math

- multiplication and division with decimals 

- Order of operation - BEDMAS

- Shape and space - exploration of triangles and angles 

Science

Sky science assessment Mon. Feb 11. We are beginning our exploration of air and aerodynamics. 

Social Studies

We have completed our Athens unit and will begin exploring the Iroquois confederacy's governmental structure.  Consensus was very important! 

P.E.

Cooperative games

Circuit training

Important Dates 

No School Feb 14 & 15

Feb 19 - 22 - Trickster Writing Residency 

April 2 - The Hanger Flight Museum Field Trip (Tuesday after March break)

Jan 16

Essential Questions

What values did Ancient Athens how about democracy? How was it fair/unfair? 

What are the phases of the moon? 

What strategies do you use to add more details to your writing?

How do you calculate the percent of a number? 

Language Arts

We are working on adding details for our writing the 5Ws and the 5 senses. We will begin a read aloud of Manica Magee By: Katherine Applegate soon. Pending arrival of the class set of novels, students will be expected to do some of the reading independently. 

Math

- converting improper fractions to mixed numbers and back

- calculating the percent of numbers 

- BEDMAS

- Multiplication and division of decimals 

Science

Sky Science. Students are expected to review the study notes pages that they have access to though their drive. We have learned about motion in the sky and how it related to what we experience (the seasons, phases of the moon, eclipses, and the apparent movement of stars), sun viewing safety, current events, objects that emit and reflect light, how sky data is collected and more! 

Social Studies

Students have handed in their Ancient Athen Perspective writing. Next week we will have an Drama residency where students will use their knowledge of democracy in a variety of contexts to create a play. Next we will be moving on to our study of the Iroquois Confederacy. 

P.E.

Karate, Gymnastics, Dramatic movements 

Important Dates 

Trickster Theatre Residency - Jan 21 - 25

Trickster Theatre Presentation - Jan 25 - 2:00 and 3:30pm - School is extended Friday until 4:30. 

Dec. 12

Essential Questions

How was Ancient Athens democracy structured? 

What were the different class systems in Ancient Athens? 

How do you convert between mixed numbers and improper fractions? 

What are some current events happening in space exploration through the month of December? 

How will you improve your short stories writing next time? 

Language Art

We are currently working to finish our Hatchet News Articles before Christmas break.

Math

- Converting between mixed number and improper fractions

- combining skills of problem solving, measuring, factors, and fractions to make pizzas as a class

Science

- Exploring current events in space

- The phases of the moon

Social Studies

- Taking on different perspective while writing about a day in the life of an Ancient Athenian

Important Dates

Grade 1/2 Christmas Concert Thurs. @ 2pm and 7pm

Pizza making Thurs. AM

Caroling Friday at 9:10

Nov 28

Essential Questions

How can we use multiples and factors to solve problems?

What makes you excited to study sky science?

How were you impacted by the WE Scare Hunger campaign? How did you help?

Why is it important to be unbiased as a journalist? 

Language Arts

- Figurative Language 

- News articles 

- Story writing

- Partner reading

- Art Reflections 

Math

- Using factors and multiples to solve problems

- Applying strategies to organize a math response  

- Estimation strategies and number sense

- Beaver Computing Challenge 

- Operations practice

- Math fact practice

Social Studies 

- Remembrance Day - World War 2

- WE Scare Hunger - Food Insecurity

- Ancient Athens government Introduction

Science - Sky Science

- The reason for the seasons

- Earths orbit and tilt

Art

WOM year book covers

Classroom decor

P.E.

Volleyball with Nets

Nov 14

Essential Question

What is ratio? Example?

How is a plebiscite an example of direct democracy?

What have you learned about World War history?

What is carbon sequestration?

What is the structure of a news article?

Language Arts

We continue to study figurative language, story writing, and news article structure.

Math

We are continuing with our study of number sense, estimation, especially introducing the concepts of ration and soon to come order of operations and improper fractions.

Social Studies

We are continuing to study democratic values and current events. Next, we will begin our study of ancient athenian democracy. We have also been focusing on learning about World War 2 in preparation for the Remembrance Day assembly.

Science

We are currently finishing our Trees and Forests presentations, once they are complete we will begin Sky Science.

P.E.

Volleyball

Art

Mixed media Poppy Art

Important Dates

Nov. 16 - Beaver Computing Challenge

Nov. 21 - Picture Retakes


Oct 31

Essential Question

What are prime and composite numbers?

What did you learn about writing from Jacqueline Guest?

What is the most interesting part of your science presentation?

Will you be donating to WE Scare Hunger?

Language Arts

We will begin to incorporate figurative language into a story writing unit. Focusing on the 5Ws, sensory details, and basic grammatical features.

Math

We continue to work with operations, statistics, and begin to introduce geometry concepts such as angles and triangles.

Social Studies

Our next focus will be on preparing for the Remembrance Day Assembly.

Science

We will be presenting our Trees and Forests projects. Next we will start our study of Sky Science.

P.E.

Mindfulness, Gymnastics, community building

Art

Halloween themed buddy activities

Dates

Nov. 9 - Remembrance Day Assembly


Oct 17

Essential Questions

How are you going to engage your grade 1 audience in your trees and forests presentation?

What are you going to teach the grade 1 students about?

What is the difference between a multiple and a factor?

What is the difference between 6 x 8 and 8 x 6?

Tell me about the most interesting news you’ve read about.

What is the difference between hunger and food insecurity?

Language Arts

We have started exploring news articles through the website Dogonews focusing on picking out the 5Ws and 1H as well as making connections. We will continue to reinforce figurative language concepts.

Math

We continue to build understanding of multiples and factors. Specifically using concepts to solve math word problems. Estimation work continues as well. We have also reviewed strategies to remember our 8 and 9 multiplication facts. Students have also worked on representing statistics about food insecurity in connection to the We Scare Hunger campaign that the grade 6s will be running.

Social Studies

The grade 6 students will be running the We Scare Hunger campaign. They had a representative from WE Schools come to help them connect their passions with global and local issues. We also watched the WE Day live stream and connected the speakers ideas to our study of rights and freedoms. In addition, we had a representative from the Mustard seed come and present to the grade 5/6 classes about the organization and homelessness.

Science

Students have begun creating project on the topics we have studied in trees and forests that they will present to the grade 1 classes in our school in connection to their learning about plants. Projects are Oct. 29.

P.E.

Hockey!

Art

Illustrations using a variety of materials connected to figurative language

Upcoming Events

Oct. 22 - Picture Day

Oct. 23 - Hoja singing presentation 2pm

Oct. 25 & 26 - Parent-teacher conferences - hope to see you there! If you can’t make it, please let me know and we can schedule a different time.

Oct 28 & 29 - Metis Author visit

Oct 31 - Halloween! Please look for school-wide information about costumes, etc.

Oct 4

Essential Questions

What factors that affect growth rings?

What are multiples and factors?

What is affecting your decision to participate in the Beaver Computing Challenge?

What is the difference between hunger and food insecurity?

What guidelines did you set for yourself working in a group?

Language Arts & Art

We have continued on with our read aloud of the Hatch focusing on “REP” Responses as well as our exploration of figurative language. Students are currently working on an alliteration art piece creating their own unique illustrated book pages. Throughout the subject areas we have been using sketch noting to record our ideas quick and efficiently

Math

We have been working through a variety of math problems. Specifically we are looking at decoding and problem that use multiples and factors. We are also exploring the option for students to be involved in the Beaver Computing Challenge hosted online by the University of Waterloo in November.

Special Event: Junior Achievement

Students worked in small groups to create a business canvases. We will continue with this idea each week. Student business are: lawn care/snow removal, not for profit tutoring, cakes and pastries selling, homemade candy selling, and handmade gift cards.

Social Studies

Students are continuing to learn about rights and responsibilities in the classroom. Specially, students pledged to take great care of their erasers. They also applied for classroom jobs, have taken on the responsibility of patrollers and learn decision making and problem solving skills through our class meetings.

Science

Students continue to explore the topic of trees and forests. Specifically students examined leaves, needles as well as growth rings.

P.E.

Sr. Martin has been leading our gym class for the last 2 week with a focus on small and large group cooperative games. We also played Belly Baseball on Friday. We will continue our game next week.


Upcoming Events

Terry Fox Celebration Friday

Mustard Seed Presentation Gr. 5/6 - Oct 16.

Missed Vaccinations - Oct. 18


September 19

Essential Questions

What is the difference between a metaphor and simile?

There are 471 students at W.O. Mitchell School. If school needs to create teams of groups of 8 for an activity. How many groups will there be?

How does the Charter of Rights and Freedoms protect Canadians?

What is the reason for including collective rights in the Charter?

What role do decomposers play in the Nutrient Cycle?

Describe an example (positive or negative) of how human impact forests?

Language Arts

We started this year with a read aloud of the Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. We have made connections to both math and science already learning about plane parts and making calculations between kilometers and miles. Additionally, we have learned about metaphors and similes as an introduction to figurative language. Students have focused on intentional vocabulary building activities and responding to questions in full sentences with support from the text.  Of additional interest have been the survival skills that Brian needs to survive in the Canadian Wilderness.

Math

We have started the year off by building on skills developed in grade 5 such as:

  • multiplication of 2 digit numbers (box method is prefered)

  • long division

  • Converting fractions to decimals and decimals to fractions

  • Reviewing place value and extending understanding to numbers greater than 1 million and less than one thousandth

We have also started an estimation routine using picture prompts to make reasonable estimations using strategies such as comparing and determining what would be too large, and what would be too small.

We also applied our math skills to make calculations related to the Terry Fox Run.

Special Event:Students each set individual goals based on their time running 1 lap. In total, the class’ goal was to run 113.4 laps. Given their very ambitious goal, I offered the students an opportunity to make Pizza from scratch in class, if they met it. The kids blew the goal out of the water and ran a total of 141 laps of the 0.5km course! Needless to say, I was super impressed. Please watch for a notice coming in the next week or 2 with specific details regarding this activity!

Social Studies

The grade 6 social studies curriculum is focused on democracy. Students were first introduced to different types of governments such as Democracy (indirect vs. direct), Monarchy (constitutional vs. absolute), Oligarchy. We have begun our exploration of The Charter of Rights and Freedoms specifically looking at the Fundamental Freedoms and Individual vs. collective rights.  

Science

Our science unit focus right now is Trees and Forests. Students have explored the layers of the forest, coniferous vs. deciduous trees, animal & human effects on forests, and the nutrient cycle, specifically decomposers role.

Physical Education

The year has started off with cooperative games, some favourites have been Capture the Flag, and Belly Baseball.

Special Event:We have also have a presentation from the YMCA outlining the abilities for students in grade 6 to get a free membership until August 31, 2019. A registration form has been sent home and more information can be found online at  https://www.ymcacalgary.org/programs-locations-and-membership/grade6/.

The students were very interested asking lots of questions.

Spanish

In Spanish students are learning about masculine and feminine words as well as conversational language.

Important Dates:

Junior Achievement - Wednesday Sept 26

Orange Shirt Day - Friday Sept 28. 


 

Sra. Linnet Fox

June 12

Essential Questions

What strategies do you use to determine the pattern from a function machine?

How do you read and understand poetry? 

What are the differences between making decisions by lottery, consensus, and voting? 

What are some examples of evidence use to solve crimes? How are they used? 

L.A.

Strategies to between understand poetry and the meaning of unknown words in context. 

Math

Patterning, theoretical and experimental probability, and review. 

Social Studies 

Review of main ideas relating to democracy in Ancient Athens, Iroquois Confederacy, and Canadian democracy.

Science

Evidence and Investigation - types of evidence and inferencing. 

June 

June 11 - 17 PATs

June 18 - Sports Day

June 19 - Evidence and Investigation Escape Room brought to you by Sara Saunders and Holly Boulton

June 20 - Teacher Challenge

May 22

Essential Questions

Explain discrete vs. continuous data. Give examples.

What are homophones? Explain the differences between their, there, and they're or Where, were, we're, wear. 

How are cabinet minister elected? What is their role in government? 

What is deductive reasoning? 

L.A.

Students will finish their Maniac Magee Read Aloud. Their final project will be a small research project on a theme the book explores.  

Students explore homophones, main ideas in text, paragraph writing, and using context to determine meaning. 

Students create personal timelines. 

Math

Students will 

- review discrete and continuous data

- review line graphs and scatter plots

- learn the traditional multiplication method

- review operations with decimals 

- practice algebra

- explore patterns in tables

Science

Students will learn about:

- deductive reasoning

- questioning

- investigating

- evidence .- footprints, finger prints, fabrics, soil, biologic 

Social Studies

Students will review: 

- provincial government 

- local government

- role of the lieutenant governor 

- role of cabinet ministers 

- process of election 

Important Dates: 

May 22 Latin Dance Residency Begins

May 24 - Sports Day - 11 - 1pm

May 29 - Stampede Breakfast 7:30 - 9am

June 6 - Patrol Picnic - 9:10 - 4:40pm

May 8

Essential Questions

In stories, what are the 6 types of conflict? 

How do you plot points on a Cartesian Plane? 

How are you raising awareness towards "Global Goals?"

What are manipulated and responding variables?

L.A.

Students will finish their Maniac Magee Read Aloud. Their final project will be a small research project on a theme the book explores.  

Math

Students will demonstrate their learning in Shape and Space through an summative assessment. Website to review content can be found in the links bar. Following this they will continue to practice pattern recognition skills and mental math. 

Social Studies

Students will finalize their "Global Goal" awareness posters. Once complete we will review the election process and how a bill become enacted. 

Science

Students will begin studying evidence and investigation. Our unit kick off will focus on deductive reasoning through a game of Clue. 

April 24

Essential Questions

How to do punctuate dialogue? 

What are the 3 types of transformations? 

How do the student vote results compare to the provincial election results? 

What is Bernoulli's Principle? 

L.A.

Students will refine their writing skills in idea generation, vocabulary, sentence structure and variety, organization, and punctuation and grammar through practicing PAT style writing tasks. 

Math

Student are exploring patterning, algebra, and mental math through a variety of engaging math tasks. 

Social Studies

Students are reviewing the results of the provincial election and comparing results to the student vote. 

Science

Students are reviewing Air, Aerodynamics, and Flight topics before they will have a comprehensive assessment. Study pages can be found on their google drive account. 

April 10

Essential Questions 

At a grade 6 level, what make a good news article?

What is the Mountain Triangle Project? 

How do birds and insects overcome gravity to take flight? 

How will you be voting in the students vote provincial election? Why? 

Language Arts 

Students are reviewing News Article structure and working on organizing information into cohesive paragraphs using appropriate transitions. They goal is to write for the audience and maintain an unbiased tone. 

Math

Students are demonstrating their learning in geometry through on Mountain Triangle project which also engages students in learning more about travel to Spanish speaking countries. We have also began a review on grade 6 math topics covering several questions a day. 

Air and Aerodynamics

Students are working to solidifying their understanding of how the parts of a plane move and interact to enable control while in flight. They will also create experiments with manipulated, responding, and control variable to determine the best design of a parachute. 

Social Studies

Students are exploring the structure of Provincial government. They will be participating in the student vote election which mimic the elections on April 17. They are engaging in politics through exploration of media and discussion.  

March 20

Essential Questions 

What makes for a good short story? 

What are some positive and negative features of consensus decision making? 

What are the 8 properties of air? Can you give example to prove this?

How do you know you've measure the angles in a triangle correctly? 

Language Arts 

Students working on story writing through picture prompts drama. They focused on including connections between ideas, cutting out unnecessary details, including characters motivations by answering the questions why, and creating a satisfying ending. 

Math

Students continue to focus on triangles, and angles. Practicing measurement skills in a variety of orientations and classifying triangles based on side lengths and angle measurements. Students also practice performing transformation on a variety of different shapes on and off a co-ordinate grid. 

Air and Aerodynamics

Students have learned how the properties are air contribute to flight through experiments exploring Bernoulli's Principle. They have learned the forces involved in flight (gravity, lift, thrust, drag) and will apply them to birds and insects. 

Social Studies 

Students have taken the perspective of a particular role in society and wrote a story for this perspective. Through class we acted out the democractic process in assigned clans. 

Feb 21

Essential Questions

What techniques make writing persuasive? 

How does the role of women in the Iroquois confederacy compare to the role of women in ancient Athens? 

How do you know air exists? 

What are the different types of triangles? 

Language Arts

Through our trickster theatre residency we are exploring creating stories by analyzing pictures and using drama, movement, and shapes. Students will write short stories focusing on plot and supporting details. We will also continue with our novel study of Maniac Magee. 

Math

We are exploring shape and space. Students will be expected to estimate and measure angles, and classify triangles by both side lengths and angles. 

Science

Air and Aerodynamics

Students will learn about the properties of air (air takes up space, air can be compressed) through a variety of demonstrations and experiments. 

Social Studies

The Iroquois Confederacy

Students will learn about how the Iroquois Confederacy came to peace and how they governed themselves. They will compare the practices of the Iroquois confederacy to the democracy of ancient Athens. 

Important Dates: 

Thurs. Feb 28 and Fri. March 1 - Student-led conferences 

March 4 - 8 - Trickster writing residency

Feb 6

Essential Questions

What are the themes that have come up so far in the novel? 

Why is it important to have a specified order of operations?

What is air made of? 

What are the draw backs of consensus? 

Language Arts

We have begun a read aloud of Manica Magee. Students are working on learning new vocabulary, responding to questions, identifying cause and effect, and writing persuasively. 

Math

- multiplication and division with decimals 

- Order of operation - BEDMAS

- Shape and space - exploration of triangles and angles 

Science

Sky science assessment Mon. Feb 11. We are beginning our exploration of air and aerodynamics. 

Social Studies

We have completed our Athens unit and will begin exploring the Iroquois confederacy's governmental structure.  Consensus was very important! 

P.E.

Cooperative games

Circuit training

Important Dates 

No School Feb 14 & 15

Feb 19 - 22 - Trickster Writing Residency 

April 2 - The Hanger Flight Museum Field Trip (Tuesday after March break)

Jan 16

Essential Questions

What values did Ancient Athens how about democracy? How was it fair/unfair? 

What are the phases of the moon? 

What strategies do you use to add more details to your writing?

How do you calculate the percent of a number? 

Language Arts

We are working on adding details for our writing the 5Ws and the 5 senses. We will begin a read aloud of Manica Magee By: Katherine Applegate soon. Pending arrival of the class set of novels, students will be expected to do some of the reading independently. 

Math

- converting improper fractions to mixed numbers and back

- calculating the percent of numbers 

- BEDMAS

- Multiplication and division of decimals 

Science

Sky Science. Students are expected to review the study notes pages that they have access to though their drive. We have learned about motion in the sky and how it related to what we experience (the seasons, phases of the moon, eclipses, and the apparent movement of stars), sun viewing safety, current events, objects that emit and reflect light, how sky data is collected and more! 

Social Studies

Students have handed in their Ancient Athen Perspective writing. Next week we will have an Drama residency where students will use their knowledge of democracy in a variety of contexts to create a play. Next we will be moving on to our study of the Iroquois Confederacy. 

P.E.

Karate, Gymnastics, Dramatic movements 

Important Dates 

Trickster Theatre Residency - Jan 21 - 25

Trickster Theatre Presentation - Jan 25 - 2:00 and 3:30pm - School is extended Friday until 4:30. 

Dec. 12

Essential Questions

How was Ancient Athens democracy structured? 

What were the different class systems in Ancient Athens? 

How do you convert between mixed numbers and improper fractions? 

What are some current events happening in space exploration through the month of December? 

How will you improve your short stories writing next time? 

Language Art

We are currently working to finish our Hatchet News Articles before Christmas break.

Math

- Converting between mixed number and improper fractions

- combining skills of problem solving, measuring, factors, and fractions to make pizzas as a class

Science

- Exploring current events in space

- The phases of the moon

Social Studies

- Taking on different perspective while writing about a day in the life of an Ancient Athenian

Important Dates

Grade 1/2 Christmas Concert Thurs. @ 2pm and 7pm

Pizza making Thurs. AM

Caroling Friday at 9:10

Nov 28

Essential Questions

How can we use multiples and factors to solve problems?

What makes you excited to study sky science?

How were you impacted by the WE Scare Hunger campaign? How did you help?

Why is it important to be unbiased as a journalist? 

Language Arts

- Figurative Language 

- News articles 

- Story writing

- Partner reading

- Art Reflections 

Math

- Using factors and multiples to solve problems

- Applying strategies to organize a math response  

- Estimation strategies and number sense

- Beaver Computing Challenge 

- Operations practice

- Math fact practice

Social Studies 

- Remembrance Day - World War 2

- WE Scare Hunger - Food Insecurity

- Ancient Athens government Introduction

Science - Sky Science

- The reason for the seasons

- Earths orbit and tilt

Art

WOM year book covers

Classroom decor

P.E.

Volleyball with Nets

Nov 14

Essential Question

What is ratio? Example?

How is a plebiscite an example of direct democracy?

What have you learned about World War history?

What is carbon sequestration?

What is the structure of a news article?

Language Arts

We continue to study figurative language, story writing, and news article structure.

Math

We are continuing with our study of number sense, estimation, especially introducing the concepts of ration and soon to come order of operations and improper fractions.

Social Studies

We are continuing to study democratic values and current events. Next, we will begin our study of ancient athenian democracy. We have also been focusing on learning about World War 2 in preparation for the Remembrance Day assembly.

Science

We are currently finishing our Trees and Forests presentations, once they are complete we will begin Sky Science.

P.E.

Volleyball

Art

Mixed media Poppy Art

Important Dates

Nov. 16 - Beaver Computing Challenge

Nov. 21 - Picture Retakes


Oct 31

Essential Question

What are prime and composite numbers?

What did you learn about writing from Jacqueline Guest?

What is the most interesting part of your science presentation?

Will you be donating to WE Scare Hunger?

Language Arts

We will begin to incorporate figurative language into a story writing unit. Focusing on the 5Ws, sensory details, and basic grammatical features.

Math

We continue to work with operations, statistics, and begin to introduce geometry concepts such as angles and triangles.

Social Studies

Our next focus will be on preparing for the Remembrance Day Assembly.

Science

We will be presenting our Trees and Forests projects. Next we will start our study of Sky Science.

P.E.

Mindfulness, Gymnastics, community building

Art

Halloween themed buddy activities

Dates

Nov. 9 - Remembrance Day Assembly


Oct 17

Essential Questions

How are you going to engage your grade 1 audience in your trees and forests presentation?

What are you going to teach the grade 1 students about?

What is the difference between a multiple and a factor?

What is the difference between 6 x 8 and 8 x 6?

Tell me about the most interesting news you’ve read about.

What is the difference between hunger and food insecurity?

Language Arts

We have started exploring news articles through the website Dogonews focusing on picking out the 5Ws and 1H as well as making connections. We will continue to reinforce figurative language concepts.

Math

We continue to build understanding of multiples and factors. Specifically using concepts to solve math word problems. Estimation work continues as well. We have also reviewed strategies to remember our 8 and 9 multiplication facts. Students have also worked on representing statistics about food insecurity in connection to the We Scare Hunger campaign that the grade 6s will be running.

Social Studies

The grade 6 students will be running the We Scare Hunger campaign. They had a representative from WE Schools come to help them connect their passions with global and local issues. We also watched the WE Day live stream and connected the speakers ideas to our study of rights and freedoms. In addition, we had a representative from the Mustard seed come and present to the grade 5/6 classes about the organization and homelessness.

Science

Students have begun creating project on the topics we have studied in trees and forests that they will present to the grade 1 classes in our school in connection to their learning about plants. Projects are Oct. 29.

P.E.

Hockey!

Art

Illustrations using a variety of materials connected to figurative language

Upcoming Events

Oct. 22 - Picture Day

Oct. 23 - Hoja singing presentation 2pm

Oct. 25 & 26 - Parent-teacher conferences - hope to see you there! If you can’t make it, please let me know and we can schedule a different time.

Oct 28 & 29 - Metis Author visit

Oct 31 - Halloween! Please look for school-wide information about costumes, etc.

Oct 4

Essential Questions

What factors that affect growth rings?

What are multiples and factors?

What is affecting your decision to participate in the Beaver Computing Challenge?

What is the difference between hunger and food insecurity?

What guidelines did you set for yourself working in a group?

Language Arts & Art

We have continued on with our read aloud of the Hatch focusing on “REP” Responses as well as our exploration of figurative language. Students are currently working on an alliteration art piece creating their own unique illustrated book pages. Throughout the subject areas we have been using sketch noting to record our ideas quick and efficiently

Math

We have been working through a variety of math problems. Specifically we are looking at decoding and problem that use multiples and factors. We are also exploring the option for students to be involved in the Beaver Computing Challenge hosted online by the University of Waterloo in November.

Special Event: Junior Achievement

Students worked in small groups to create a business canvases. We will continue with this idea each week. Student business are: lawn care/snow removal, not for profit tutoring, cakes and pastries selling, homemade candy selling, and handmade gift cards.

Social Studies

Students are continuing to learn about rights and responsibilities in the classroom. Specially, students pledged to take great care of their erasers. They also applied for classroom jobs, have taken on the responsibility of patrollers and learn decision making and problem solving skills through our class meetings.

Science

Students continue to explore the topic of trees and forests. Specifically students examined leaves, needles as well as growth rings.

P.E.

Sr. Martin has been leading our gym class for the last 2 week with a focus on small and large group cooperative games. We also played Belly Baseball on Friday. We will continue our game next week.


Upcoming Events

Terry Fox Celebration Friday

Mustard Seed Presentation Gr. 5/6 - Oct 16.

Missed Vaccinations - Oct. 18


September 19

Essential Questions

What is the difference between a metaphor and simile?

There are 471 students at W.O. Mitchell School. If school needs to create teams of groups of 8 for an activity. How many groups will there be?

How does the Charter of Rights and Freedoms protect Canadians?

What is the reason for including collective rights in the Charter?

What role do decomposers play in the Nutrient Cycle?

Describe an example (positive or negative) of how human impact forests?

Language Arts

We started this year with a read aloud of the Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. We have made connections to both math and science already learning about plane parts and making calculations between kilometers and miles. Additionally, we have learned about metaphors and similes as an introduction to figurative language. Students have focused on intentional vocabulary building activities and responding to questions in full sentences with support from the text.  Of additional interest have been the survival skills that Brian needs to survive in the Canadian Wilderness.

Math

We have started the year off by building on skills developed in grade 5 such as:

  • multiplication of 2 digit numbers (box method is prefered)

  • long division

  • Converting fractions to decimals and decimals to fractions

  • Reviewing place value and extending understanding to numbers greater than 1 million and less than one thousandth

We have also started an estimation routine using picture prompts to make reasonable estimations using strategies such as comparing and determining what would be too large, and what would be too small.

We also applied our math skills to make calculations related to the Terry Fox Run.

Special Event:Students each set individual goals based on their time running 1 lap. In total, the class’ goal was to run 113.4 laps. Given their very ambitious goal, I offered the students an opportunity to make Pizza from scratch in class, if they met it. The kids blew the goal out of the water and ran a total of 141 laps of the 0.5km course! Needless to say, I was super impressed. Please watch for a notice coming in the next week or 2 with specific details regarding this activity!

Social Studies

The grade 6 social studies curriculum is focused on democracy. Students were first introduced to different types of governments such as Democracy (indirect vs. direct), Monarchy (constitutional vs. absolute), Oligarchy. We have begun our exploration of The Charter of Rights and Freedoms specifically looking at the Fundamental Freedoms and Individual vs. collective rights.  

Science

Our science unit focus right now is Trees and Forests. Students have explored the layers of the forest, coniferous vs. deciduous trees, animal & human effects on forests, and the nutrient cycle, specifically decomposers role.

Physical Education

The year has started off with cooperative games, some favourites have been Capture the Flag, and Belly Baseball.

Special Event:We have also have a presentation from the YMCA outlining the abilities for students in grade 6 to get a free membership until August 31, 2019. A registration form has been sent home and more information can be found online at  https://www.ymcacalgary.org/programs-locations-and-membership/grade6/.

The students were very interested asking lots of questions.

Spanish

In Spanish students are learning about masculine and feminine words as well as conversational language.

Important Dates:

Junior Achievement - Wednesday Sept 26

Orange Shirt Day - Friday Sept 28. 


 

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