Ms. Tucker & Ms. Henry


Our Learning May 16th-May 19th

Mathematics:

  • I can compare objects and identify the attribute to compare
  • I can measure length, height, and width by counting the number of non-standard units without overlapping or lapping gaps

This week, we began exploring measurement! First we learned about length and how to find out how long objects are with non-standard measurements. We used paper clips and markers to measure our desks, chairs, book bins, etc. Then we learned about height - how tall or short something is. We estimated and measured the height of objects with cubes! On our last day, we learned about width and then began comparing objects based on length, height and width. 

Literacy:

  • I can find more information about new ideas and topics
  • I can record ideas and information in ways that make sense
  • I can examine gathered information to decide what information to share or omit.

This week as an introduction to our new (and final) science unit, we worked on some expository writing. We set up a bracket of bugs and insects and began our “Who Would WIn?” battle royale. First we watched a video that taught us all about the physical attributes of 2 different bugs. Then we used that information to decide who we think would win in a battle. In our writing we needs to make a statement on who we thought would win and then back up our statement with reasons and evidence that we gathered from the video. Ultimately, in the final battle of Desert Scorpion-VS- Desert Centipede, the centipede went away victorious. 

Science:

  • I can describe some properties of water and other liquids, and recognize the importance of water to living and nonliving things

In science this week, we reviewed our learning through a jeopardy game and ended our unit with a quiz. We also learned our new unit is… Small crawling and flying animals! So, we started an art project! First, we talked about what we know about ants and where they live. Then we had to use our imaginations to sketch out the underground lives of ants! 

Social Studies:

  • I can tell kinds of natural resources exist in the communities (e.g., fishing, agriculture, mining)? 
  • I can tell what are the occupations in each of the communities?
  • I can tell what kinds of goods and services are available in the communities?
  • I can tell what impact does industry have on the communities (i.e., agriculture, manufacturing)? 

This week in social studies we started discussing the fact that farming is the one of the most important occupations in Saskatoon. We learned about the different types of animals and crops that they grow and the various products that these resources are used to create. We learned that farmers provide us with meat, eggs, milk/milk products (ice cream, yogurt, cheese, etc). We even got the chance to investigate the different types of grains that farmers grow including quinoa, wheat, flax, corn, millet, and barley. 

                 

Gym:

  • I can select and perform ways to receive, retain and send an object, individually and with others
  • I can select and perform basic skills of throwing and catching in a variety of environments

We have started a new basketball unit! We have focused on our dribbling skills and how to block the ball from an opponent. We practiced this through a game of keep away. Then we reviewed the types of passess we can use - bounce pass, chest pass, and overhand pass.

Important Dates:

May 18 - Grade 6 English Language Arts (part A) Provincial Achievement Test (am)

May 19 - Welcome to Kindergarten, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

May 20 - No School – School-based PL Day

May 23 - No School - Victoria Day

June 14 - Grade 6 English Language Arts (part B) Provincial Achievement Test (am)

June 15 - Grade 6 Science Provincial Achievement Test (am)

June 16 Grade 6 Social Studies Provincial Achievement Test (am)

June 17 - Grade 6 Math (part A) Provincial Achievement Test (am)

June 20 - Grade 6 Math (part B) Provincial Achievement Test (am)

June 20 - 24 Indigenous Awareness Week (CBE)

June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 28 - Last day of classes

June 29 - Appeals day

June 30 - Staff Organizational Day




Our Learning May 9th - 13th

Mathematics:

  • I can use the equal and not equal symbols to represent equalities and inequalities
  • I can explain the meaning of the symbols used to represent equality and inequality 

In math, we continued to explore equality and inequality through balancing equations. We practiced creating different adding and subtraction sentences that equal the same thing. We also discussed how we can know which numbers are greater than or less than each other.  

Literacy:

  • I can share and present ideas by combining illustrations and written texts with familiar audiences
  • I can record ideas and new information in ways that make sense

This week in literacy we wrapped up our procedural writing! Then we learned about the importance of water and wrote a paragraph about how it benefits us! We also learned the process of getting clean water! First we watched a video explaining how clean water gets from lakes, rivers, and the ground to our houses and schools. We reflected through writing down a summary of the steps and drew pictures to deepen our understanding. 

Science:

  • I can recognize the importance of water to living and nonliving things
  • I can recognize that water is a component of many materials of living things
  • I can recognize human responsibilities for maintaining clean supplies of water, and identify actions that are taken to ensure that water supplies are safe 

This week in science, we began wrapping up our unit on liquids! We learned about how oil can impact water and animals! We engaged in an oil experiment where we tried to clean feathers after being exposed to oil. The last thing we explored was water conservation and what we can do to conserve water! Next week we will be reviewing our learning and beginning a new unit! 

Social Studies:

  • I can tell kinds of natural resources exist in the communities (e.g., fishing, agriculture, mining)? 
  • I can tell what are the occupations in each of the communities?
  • I can tell what kinds of goods and services are available in the communities?
  • I can tell what impact does industry have on the communities (i.e., agriculture, manufacturing)? 

This week in social studies we started discussing the fact that farming is the one of the most important occupations in Saskatoon. We learned about the different types of animals and crops that they grow and the various products that these resources are used to create. We learned that farmers provide us with meat, eggs, milk/milk products (ice cream, yogurt, cheese, etc). We even got the chance to investigate the different types of grains that farmers grow including quinoa, wheat, flax, corn, millet, and barley. 

Important Dates:

May 18 - Grade 6 English Language Arts (part A) Provincial Achievement Test (am)

May 19 - Welcome to Kindergarten, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

May 20 - No School – School-based PL Day

May 23 - No School - Victoria Day

June 14 - Grade 6 English Language Arts (part B) Provincial Achievement Test (am)

June 15 - Grade 6 Science Provincial Achievement Test (am)

June 16 Grade 6 Social Studies Provincial Achievement Test (am)

June 17 - Grade 6 Math (part A) Provincial Achievement Test (am)

June 20 - Grade 6 Math (part B) Provincial Achievement Test (am)

June 20 - 24 Indigenous Awareness Week (CBE)

June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 28 - Last day of classes

June 29 - Appeals day

June 30 - Staff Organizational Day


Our Learning May 2nd - 6th

Mathematics:

  • I can compare numbers using the symbols for less than, equal to and greater than
  • I can model conservation of number to record different representations of the same quantity as equals 
  • I can use the equal and not equal, symbols to represent equalities and inequalities

This week in math we wrapped up our mixed operation review for addition and subtraction. We began our new unit of patterns and relations - we started comparing numbers using the less than, equal to and greater than symbol. We also used the not equal symbol to represent inequalities. 

 

Literacy:

  • I can present ideas to a familiar audience by combining illustrations and written texts
  • I can contribute relevant ideas and information from personal experiences to group language activities
  • I can record ideas and information in ways that make sense

This week in writing we decided to explore some procedural writing. We started with a review that another name for procedure writing is “How-to” writing. We discussed that when we are writing steps to tell a reader how to do something we need to remember to use transition words like “first, then, after that, finally”. We had just finished an experiment in science where we made our own butter, so we decided to write out the instructions on how to make butter. 

   

Science:

  • I can predict changes in water level due to evaporation
  • I can predict that a wet surface will dry more quickly when exposed to wind or heating and apply this understanding to practical situations
  • I can recognize human responsibilities for maintaining clean supplies of water, and identify actions that are taken to ensure that water supplies are safe 

This week in science, we learned more about evaporation! We put two containers out (one opened and one closed) and predicted what would happen to the water over time. Most of us predicted that the water would evaporate over time! We also explored how a wet surface will dry more quickly with wind or heat! We brainstormed how wet hair and wet clothes could dry quicker - we came up with a hair dryer, sitting in the sun, using a clothes line, clothes dryer, etc. We also began talking about human responsibilities for maintaining clean water and the impacts of pollution. 

Social Studies:

  • How are the geographic regions different from where we live? (LPP)
  • What are the major geographical regions, landforms and bodies of water in each community? 

This week in social studies we started to talk about the animals that make their home in the prairies. We talked about how the prairies gets some rain, but not enough for it to become a forest, so  the animals that live in the prairies aren’t animals that need forest environments and lots of trees to survive. We watched some videos online to figure out the names of some of the different animals. Prairie rattlesnakes, prairie dogs, pronghorn antelopes, and burrowing owls are just some of the animals that make their home on the prairies. 

   

Important Dates:

May 10 - School Council Meeting

May 18 - Grade 6 English Language Arts (part A) Provincial Achievement Test (am)

May 19 - Welcome to Kindergarten, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

May 20 - No School – School-based PL Day

May 23 - No School - Victoria Day




Our Learning April 25th - 29th  

Mathematics:

  • I can solve addition and subtraction problems using appropriate and efficient strategies including number fact recall and mental math
  • I can record the process symbolically 

This week in math, we reviewed addition and subtraction (with or without regrouping)! We learned to look closely at the equation/operation sign so we would know whether to add or subtract.  

 

Literacy:

  • I can express or represent ideas and feelings resulting from activities or experiences with texts
  • I can connect situations portrayed in texts to personal and classroom experiences 
  • I can add descriptive words to elaborate on ideas and create particular effects in texts

This week in literacy we read a book called, In My Heart by Jo Witek. We brainstormed in pairs, how our bodies feel, or what we feel like doing when we are experiencing different emotions. For example some of us said that when we are angry we squeeze our hands, or that when we are happy we feel like we want to dance. After that, we wrote our own descriptions like in the book. We even practiced using similes to make our writing even more descriptive. 

   

Science:

  • I can demonstrate an understanding that matter can change from one state to another. I can identify examples in which water is changed from one form to another
  • I can recognize that freezing a liquid turns it into a solid (ice) or melting a solid can be turned into a liquid
  • I can recognize that heating a liquid can be changed into steam or water vapor and this change can be reversed by cooling 

This week we reviewed the three states of matter! We learned how matter can change from one state to another! We focused on the terms freezing, melting, evaporation, and condensation and what happens for each. Did you know that when water is heated it will turn to water vapor or steam! 

Social Studies:

  • I can tell how the physical geography of each community shapes its identity?
  • I can tell how the geographic regions different from where we live?
  • I can tell what the major geographical regions, landforms and bodies of water are in each community?

This week in social studies we started learning about what Saskatoon and Saskatchewan actually look like. We watched a really cool video that was filmed from a plane flying over saskatchewan. From the video we were able to see that while Sasktchewan has some rolling hills, it doesn’t have lots of mountains and forests like we do here in Alberta. The land is mainly flat farmland or grassland. We also noticed that it has rivers, lakes, creeks and ponds. 

     

Important Dates:

May 4 - Hats On! for Mental Health

May 5 - National Day of Awareness for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women

May 10 - School Council Meeting

May 18 - Grade 6 English Language Arts (part A) Provincial Achievement Test (am)

May 19 - Welcome to Kindergarten, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

May 20 - No School – School-based PL Day

May 23 - No School - Victoria Day



Our Learning April 18th - 22nd 

Mathematics:

  • I can demonstrate an understanding of subtraction with regrouping 
  • I can explain that the other in which numbers are subtracted may affect the difference 

This week we started to wrap up our subtraction unit. We have been working hard on following the steps of subtraction and we have become experts over the past couple of weeks! 

Literacy:

  • I can apply phonic rules and generalizations to read unfamiliar words in context
  • I can use predictable phrases and sentence patterns, and attend to capital letters, periods, question marks and exclamation marks to read accurately, fluently and with comprehension during oral and silent reading 

This week we wrapped up our storytelling unit! We also have started up our literacy centers again to help review some of the spelling/phonic rules we have learned. In our guided reading groups, we have been focusing on comprehension! We can’t wait to see where we will be heading next in our literacy journey!

Science:

  • I can demonstrate an understanding that liquid water can be changes to other states:
    • recognize that on cooling, liquid water freezes into ice and that on heating, it melts back into liquid water with properties the same as before
    • Recognize that on heating, liquid water may be changed into steam or water vapour and that this change can be reversed on cooling 
    • Identify examples in which water is changed from one form to another

This week in science, we reviewed the different states of matter! We also discussed how objects can change from one state to another. To help us learn about this we tried to create a liquid to a solid but making butter out of whipping cream! We also got to explore oobleck! It is cornstarch and water mixed and it acts like a solid and a liquid. When we pressed the oobleck, the starch molecules stuck together and when we tried to hold it in our hands, it would melt/become a liquid! 

Social Studies:

  • I can appreciate how stories of the past connect individuals and communities to the present 
  • I can understand the reasons for the establishment of their community (e.g., original fur trade fort, original inhabitants)? 

This week in social studies we learned a little more about the life the indigenous people who first lived on the land that is now Saskatoon. We learned about the buffalo and how it was the most important animal in their survival. We talked about how they used every part of the buffalo and always viewed the buffalo with the most respect possible as a thank you for helping them survive. 

             

Art:

  • I can use drawing tools to make a variety of lines - curved, straight, thick, thin, broken, or continuous
  • I can make drawing based from direct observation
  • I can add finishing touches (outlines) can be added to make work more powerful

This past week we have talked about spring and all the changes we have or will be seeing! So, we began an art project about spring! So far, we have sketched out our spring bunnies! And began adding their fur through various types of lines. Now, we are currently working on creating our spring backgrounds! This work will continue next week. 

Important Dates:

May 4 - Hats On! for Mental Health

May 5 - National Day of Awareness for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women

May 10 - School Council Meeting

May 18 - Grade 6 English Language Arts (part A) Provincial Achievement Test (am)

May 19 - Welcome to Kindergarten, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

May 20 - No School – School-based PL Day

May 23 - No School - Victoria Day



Our Learning April 11th - 15th

Mathematics:

  • I can use the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction
  • I can demonstrate an understanding of subtraction with regrouping/borrowing 

This week in math, we continued to practice traditional algorithm with borrowing! We have been practicing with our poem! “More on the floor? Go next door… and get 10 more!” We are getting really confident and able to answer our questions faster and faster every day.

Literacy:

  • I can create narratives that have beginning, middles and ends; settings; and main characters that perform actions
  • I can revise created text by adding information and joining related ideas 

This week, we have been continuing to work on our stories. We are coming to the end of our story writing journey. Some of us are working on publishing our stories into good copies that we are going to turn into an actual story to put into our school library. We are very excited to share our stories and read our friend’s stories!

Social Studies:

  • I can appreciate how stories of the past connect individuals and communities to the present 
  • I can understand the reasons for the establishment of their community (e.g., original fur trade fort, original inhabitants)? 

In social studies we started learning about the original inhabitants of the land that is now called Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. We learned that Saskatoon is on Treaty 6 land and that some of the indigenous people who lived and still live on that land are the Saulteaux, the Plains Cree, the Nakota, the Dakota, and the Lakota. We also learned that they lived in tipis that they would make out of canvas or Buffalo hide, and that the Buffalo was the most important animal for their survival. They really appreciated and honored the buffalo and would use every single part of it. 

 

Science:

  • I can compare the amount of liquid absorbed by different materials (ex. Students should recognize that some forms of paper are very absorbent but other forms of paper are not. 
  • I can evaluate the suitability of different materials for containing liquids
  • I can demonstrate an understanding that liquid water can be changed to other states

This week, we continued to explore the terms absorbency and waterproof. We tested various materials to see if they were absorbent or waterproof and then we did some sorting. Next, we learned about containers that can be used to hold a gas, liquid, or solid. Some containers are not waterproof but you can alter them so they can be! We also learned what matter is and the three states of matter. We will continue this next week too! 

Important Dates:

April 18 - No School - System-wide PL Day

April 22 - Class Photos

 

May 4 - Hats On! for Mental Health

May 5 - National Day of Awareness for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women

May 10 - School Council Meeting

May 18 - Grade 6 English Language Arts (part A) Provincial Achievement Test (am)

May 19 - Welcome to Kindergarten, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

May 20 - No School – School-based PL Day

May 23 - No School - Victoria Day



Our Learning April 4th - 8th 

Mathematics:

  • I can explain and use the inverse relationship between addition and subtraction
  • I can demonstrate an understanding of subtraction and use efficient strategies

In math, we reviewed drawing base ten blocks to solve two digit subtraction. It helped us show the process of borrowing. Then we began learning how to solve using traditional algorithm. We even learned a poem to help us remember when we need to borrow! 

Literacy:

  • I can apply phonic rules and generalizations to read unfamiliar words in context
  • I can associate sounds with some vowel combinations, consonant blends and digraphs, and letter clusters to read unfamiliar words in context

We have been working very hard during our spelling lessons to learn the rules that help us to read and spell the words we use everyday. Over the past few months we have been learning about “r- controlled vowels”. This is when a vowel teams up with r, but we really only hear a /r/ sound. Then we started to learn about “vowel teams”. We learned that these are all the ways that we hear a vowel’s name in a word. Some examples of the “vowel team” rules are that “ai” says /a/ in the middle of a word and “ay” says /a/ at the end of a word. Over the past couple of weeks we have started to learn about dipthongs. These letter combinations can be tricky because these are when two letters come together to make a new sound that isn’t either of their sounds. This week we learned about the dipthong oi/oy. We learned that /oi/ makes the oi sound in the middle of a word (like in coin, or spoil) and that /oy/ makes the oi sound at the end of the word (like in annoy, or destroy).

                      

Science:

  • I can compare the amount of liquid absorbed by different materials (ex. Students should recognize that some forms of paper are very absorbent but other forms of paper are not. 

This week in science we learned about absorbency! We tested different types of paper to compare them from least to most absorbent! We also learned that some materials were waterproof. This reminded us of our boats and buoyancy, when we built a boat it had to be waterproof! Ask us what absorbency and waterproof mean! 

   

Social Studies:

This week in Ms. Henry’s class we studied for and wrote our unit test for Iqaluit. We played a kahoot to help us remember everything we have learned over the past few months about Nunavut and Iqaluit. In Ms. Tucker’s class we started to talk about the final community that we will be learning about: SASKATOON! As a class we brainstormed what we already know about Saskatoon, and what we want to learn about it in the next 2 months. 

Gym:

  • I can select and perform the basic skills in educational gymnastics (use of different body parts, types of effort, space and relationships, to develop a sequence
  • I can select and perform basic skills of running and jumping

This was our first week of gymnastics! We first talked about safety rules! Then we got to explore ways to travel, different level balances, and even tried to make our own routines on the mats! We learned that it is important for us to practice keeping our bodies in control so that we don’t hurt ourselves when practicing some of these tricky skills. 

   

Important Dates:

April 12 - School Council Meeting, Annual General Meeting

April 15 - No School - Good Friday

April 18 - No School - System-wide PL Day

April 22 - Class Photos

May 4 - Hats On! for Mental Health



Our Learning March 

Mathematics:

  • I can solve subtraction problems with differences within 100 using concrete and visual models
  • I can model the effect of subtracting zero from any number
  • I can explain that the order in which numbers are subtracted may affect the difference

This week in math, we talked about subtracting zero from any number - it always stays the same! We also began regrouping in subtraction with base ten blocks! We practiced the concept of borrowing and exchanging a ten stick for ten ones. 

Literacy:

  • I can create narratives that have beginnings, middles and ends
  • I can adjust own language use according to the context, purpose and audience
  • I can revise created text by adding information and joining related ideas

This week in literacy, we continued to engage in our writers workshop! Some of us are working on writing our second stories! 

Social Studies:

This week in Ms. Tucker’s class we studied for and wrote our unit test for Iqaluit. We played a kahoot to help us remember everything we have learned over the past few months about Nunavut and Iqaluit. In Ms. Henry’s class we started to talk about the final community that we will be learning about: SASKATOON! As a class we brainstormed what we already know about Saskatoon, and what we want to learn about it in the next 2 months. 

Science:

  • I can make predictions and generalizations based on observations
  • I can describe some properties of water and other liquids
  • I can compare water with one or more other liquids, such as cooking oil, glycerine or water mixed with liquid detergent. Comparisons may be based on characteristics, such as colour, ease of flow, tendency of drops to form a ball shape (bead), interactions with other liquids

This week in science, we talked about the following liquids: water, oil, honey and glycerine. We compared their characteristics, flow and how they interact with each other. First, we did an experiment with water and oil. We predicted what would happen when oil is added to water and learned that they do not mix! Next we added food coloring and observed that it beaded and sat at the top of the oil layer. After a few minutes, one drop of food coloring fell into the water layer! We also engaged in liquid races! We tested to see how fast or slow these liquids can go across a piece of wax paper. 

Important Dates:

April 2 - World Autism Day

April 12 - School Council Meeting, Annual General Meeting

April 15 - No School - Good Friday

April 18 - No School - System-wide PL Day



Our Learning March 14 - March 18th 

Mathematics:

  • I can demonstrate an understanding of subtraction within 100 using the support of manipulatives.

This week in math we began investigating subtraction of numbers within 100. We started by reviewing our subtraction facts within 20, and then began using our base 10 blocks to help us understand how and why it is that we are taking away ones and groups of ten to get our answer. We started by building a number out of base 10 blocks and then pulled away the amount of blocks that represented the number we were subtracting to get our answer. At the end of the week we reviewed all these subtraction skills on Math Prodigy!

   

Literacy:

  • I can identify main characters, places and events in a variety of oral, print and other media texts
  • I can use traditional story beginnings, patterns and stock characters in own print
  • I can create narratives that have beginnings with main characters that perform actions 

This week we continued to work on story writing. Lots of us are getting close to finishing our stories and are so excited to share them with our friends! We have been focusing on adding/including lots of “juicy” words and descriptive details to our stories to help out readers picture it in their heads. We have also been practicing including varied sentence starters so that our stories don’t start to sound like a list. 

   

Science:

  • I can recognize and describe characteristics of liquids
  • I can recognize and describe liquid flow
  • I can describe the shape of drops
  • I can describe the surface of calm water 

This week, we learned about our new science unit of Exploring liquids! We looked at various pictures and videos of water to compare them! We also looked closely at the flow and brainstormed describing words for characteristics. We then engaged in an experiment to help us see the shape of drops! First we predicted how many drops of water a nickel, dime and quarter would hold before spilling over. Then we tested it out! 

Social Studies:

  • I can tell what the cultural characteristics of the communities are?
  • I can tell what the traditions and celebrations are in Iqaluit that connect the people to the past and to each other?

In social studies we talked about the different symbols that are important to Iqaluit/Nunavut and the fact that they remind people all over the world of their community. First we talked about how flags are an important symbol for most places and communities. We noticed that the Nunavut flag had an Inukshuk on it. We then explored Inuksuit (plural for Inukshuk) and why they are important to the Inuit. We learned that they would guide men on hunts, and now they have become an important symbol for travels all over the world. 

           

Important Dates:

March 28 – Classes Resume

April 2 - World Autism Day

April 12 - School Council Meeting, Annual General Meeting

April 15 - No School - Good Friday

April 18 - No School - System-wide PL Day



Our Learning February 28th - March 4th 

Mathematics:

  • I can demonstrate an understanding of addition with answers to 100 with or without regrouping

This week in math, we reviewed addition without regrouping and with regrouping! We practiced our skills through various games such as dice roll, tic tac toe, and color by adding! Next week we will begin subtraction! 

Literacy:

  • I can identify main characters, places and events in a variety of oral, print and other media texts
  • I can use traditional story beginnings, patterns and stock characters in own print
  • I can create narratives that have beginnings with main characters that perform actions 

This week in literacy we continued our journey in story writing. We have been enjoying getting to plan, and write our own stories about whatever we want. Some of us are writing stories about our favourite video game characters, some of us are writing about friends, and some of us are writing about monsters! We can’t wait to keep working on more and more stories. We are very excited to be authors. 

Science:

  • I can adapt the design of a watercraft so it can be propelled through water
  • I can construct objects that will float on and move through water, and evaluate various designs for watercraft
  • I can evaluate the appropriateness of various materials to the construction of watercraft, in particular: the degree to which the material is waterproof (not porous), the ability to form waterproof joints between parts, the stiffness or rigidity of the material, and the buoyancy of the material. 

This week in science we talked about waterproof materials, how to form waterproof joints and evaluating our materials. We were also challenged to take a watercraft and adapt it so it could be propelled through water! We first drew up a plan and then worked with a partner to create! After testing our water crafts we reflected on what worked well and what we would change/do differently! 

Social Studies: 

  • I can tell what daily life is like for children in Inuit communities (e.g., recreation, school)?
  • I can tell what the cultural characteristics of the communities are?

After a few weeks of learning about life in the past in Iqaluit, this week in social studies we started to learn about modern life. We learned that they still each lots of “country food” or their traditional foods, like walrus, beluga, seal, arctic char, etc. We also learned that the food at their grocery stores is very, very expensive compared to ours. This is due to the fact that they can’t grow many of their own crops and it is hard to get other food there by plane. One example we were shocked by was that a 6-pack of Aquafina water in Calgary costs $4, but it costs $35 in Iqaluit. 

 

Important Dates:

March 8 - School Council Meeting

March 11 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 18 - Last Day of Classes (Spring Break)

March 28 – Classes Resume




Our Learning February 22nd - 25th 

Mathematics:

  • I can demonstrate an understanding of addition with answers to 100
  • I can talk and model how to regroup when doing addition

This week in math we continued to work on regrouping in addition! We learned the traditional way to add (numbers are stacked) and talked about the importance of carrying over AND remembering to include it when we add! We also engaged in a game of scoot around the room. Math questions were posted around the room and we had to solve them with a partner. 

Literacy:

  • I can identify main characters, places and events in a variety of oral, print and other media texts
  • I can use traditional story beginnings, patterns and stock characters in own print
  • I can create narratives that have beginnings with main characters that perform actions 

       

This week in literacy we started our journey into writer’s workshop. In Writer’s workshop we will be able to write many stories about anything that we want. We will have to work through the many steps of writing a story such as planning, rough draft, editing, conferencing with a teacher, and publishing our work into good copies. We also worked on some poem writing. In honor of Pink Shirt Day we wrote acrostic poems about being kind and being a good friend. 

Science:

  • I can modify a watercraft to increase the load it will cary
  • I can modify a watercraft to increase its stability in water
  • I can construct, with guidance, an object that achieves a given purpose, using materials that are provided

This week in science we had two challenges! Our first challenge was to take a paper watercraft and modify it so, it would hold more than Ms. Henry’s boat. We talked about the faults Ms. Henry had in her boat and made sure ours were waterproof! Our second challenge was to modify a paper boat so it would be stable in water with waves! We discussed what parts of the boat help keep it stable and made adjustments. 

                 

Social Studies: 

  • I can tell how individuals or groups contributed to the development of their community?
  • I can understand what early life was like in Iqaluit

This week in social studies we learned about what early life was like in Iqaluit. We learned that the first people to live on the land now called Nunavut were the Inuit. The inuit live in shelters called igloos and wore super warm clothing made out of caribou skin. The women wore a special type of Parka called an amauti which had a really big hood to hold their babies in. We also learned that their traditional diet consisted of lots of meat since not many pants are able to grow in the Tundra. They ate animals such as seals, walrus, beluga whales, and polar bears. 

                     

Gym: 

In gym this week we started our volleyball unit! We learned about the 3 main skills that we will need in order to play a game in the next couple of weeks. The skills are sets, bumps, and serves. We also learned that your arms start to hurt after a while when you are bumping and serving a lot, but we were tough!

Important Dates:

March 8 - School Council Meeting

March 11 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 18 - Last Day of Classes (Spring Break)

March 28 – Classes Resume


Our Learning February 7th - 11th

If you are handing out valentine cards on Monday please make sure there is no food attached! Thank you!

Literacy: 

  • I can identify main characters, places and events in a variety of oral, print and other media texts
  • I can use traditional story beginnings, patterns and stock characters in own print
  • I can create narratives that have beginnings with main characters that perform actions 

This week in writing we started reviewing the parts of a story and all the information that is included in each part. We learned about the beginnings of stories this week and started to write our first story beginning of our own. We remembered that story beginnings introduce us to the characters, setting and the problem. We wrote a beginning that has ourselves as the main character lost in the forest and our food is going missing.

Mathematics:

  • I can demonstrate an understanding of addition with answers to 100
  • I can use manipulatives (base ten blocks) to demonstrate regrouping

This week in math, we began learning about regrouping! When you are adding two numbers together and it is bigger than 9 you have to regroup! We practiced carrying over to the tens place with base ten blocks. 

 

Science:

  • I can assemble materials so they will float, carry a load and be stable in water
  • I can construct, with guidance, an object that achieves a given purpose, using materials that are provided

This week in science we explored a new challenge! We were given materials such as paper plates, styrofoam balls, sponges, straws, glue, etc. We brainstormed items that would float in water but also be stable enough to hold 5 cubes! Then we designed our own floating structures based on the materials given. We are currently building them now! Next week we'll be putting them to the test to see if we are successful or if we need to adjust! 

Social Studies:

  • I can tell how the presence of Aboriginal origins are reflected in Iqaluit today.
  • I can tell how the population of Iqaluit has changed over time.
  • I can tell the characteristics that define Iqaluit.
  • I can tell what is unique about Iqaluit.
  • I can tell what the origins of Iqaluit are.

This week in social studies we started learning about the history of Iqaluit and Nunavut. We learned that the province of Nunavut was actually only created 23 years ago and was the most recent place to be added to the map of Canada. We also learned that even through It was created so recently, Inuit peoples have been living there for over 4500 years. We started to investigate life back then and learned that because they lived in the tundra where there are no trees, they made shelters called igloos that only required snow and ice to make. 

Important Dates:

February 17/18 - No School - Teacher’s Convention

February 21 - No School - Family Day

February 22 - March 11 - Gymnastics in Physical Education Class

February 23 - Pink Shirt Day

March 8 - School Council Meeting

March 11 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 18 - Last Day of Classes

March 28 – Classes Resume



Our Learning February 1st - 4th 

Literacy: 

  • I can write complete sentences using capital letters at the beginning, and appropriate use of periods and question marks in own writing 
  • I can use the conventional spelling of common words necessary to communicate my ideas in writing 
  • I can suggest alternative endings for oral, print and other media texts

This week we wrote our end of the month writing! We reflected on our animal research and shared all the facts we learned through informational writing! We also spent some time editing our own work with the support of a checklist. Then we began our new unit of storytelling! We reviewed parts of a story (beginning, middle and end) and talked about what happens in each part. We listened to the story, The Littlest Valentine by Brandi Dougherty. After identifying the beginning, middle and end of the story, we brainstormed how the ending could be changed and wrote our own! 

Mathematics:

  • I can demonstrate an understanding of addition with answers to 100

In math, we continued to explore two digit addition without regrouping! This week we reviewed base ten blocks and then learned the traditional way to solve! Tip: Always begin in the ones place then move over to the tens place! We practiced with a ‘write the room’ activity and engaged in a game of snakes and ladders with a peer. 

Science:

  • I can alter or add to a non-floating object so that it will float
  • I can construct, with guidance, an object that achieves a given purpose, using materials that are provided

Last week in science we were challenged to alter a floating item in order to make it sink. And this week we were challenged to take a non-floating object and alter it so that it would float! We were given a ball of plasticine and rolled it into a ball. When we tested it in water, we found that it sank right away. Through trial and error we were able to mold the clay into objects that float! Here are some of our designs! 

 

Social Studies:

  • I can identify what are the cultural characteristics of the communities (e.g., special symbols, landmarks). 

This week in social studies we learned about the Northern lights. We learned that they are an important symbol for communities in the Northern territories of Canada. We were interested to find out that they are actually the result of explosions that happen on the sun and send energy towards the earth. When that energy hits our atmosphere it results in the Northern Lights. 

   

Art:

  • I can use drawing tools to make a variety of lines - curved, straight, thick, think, broken, continuous
  • I can use drawing tools to make a variety of shapes - open, closed forms, straight, curved forms, geometric (rectangles, squares, circles and triangles) and free form 

To complement our study of the Northern lights in social studies we did a Northern lights art piece. We studied many pictures of the Northern lights to see what colours and shapes we should include in our art. 

   

Important Dates:

February 8 - School Council Meeting

February 17/18 - No School - Teacher’s Convention

February 21 - No School - Family Day

February 22 - March 11 - Gymnastics in Physical Education Class

February 23 - Pink Shirt Day

March 8 - School Council Meeting

March 11 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 18 - Last Day of Classes

March 28 – Classes Resume


Our Learning January 24th - 28th

Literacy:

  • I can record new information in ways that make sense
  • I can write complete sentences using capital letters at the beginning, and appropriate use of periods and question marks in own writing 
  • I can use the conventional spelling of common words necessary to communicate my ideas in writing 

This week in Literacy we have been starting to learn about editing our work. We learned that in grade 2 the three main things we need to check for are periods, capitals, and spelling of our common words. We discovered that it is hard work, but we know that it is a really important skill to learn. It is helping us become better writers. 

   

Mathematics:

  • I can solve addition problems involving sums within 100 using concrete and visual models
  • I can model the effect of adding zero to any number

This week in math, we started our addition unit! We started off with reviewing how numbers can be represented through base ten blocks and practiced adding a 2-digit number and a 1-digit number together. We also talked about the effect of adding zero! 

 

Science:

  • I can describe, classify and order materials on the basis of their buoyancy. I can tell you which materials can sink in water and those that float. 
  • I can construct, with guidance, an object that achieves a given purpose, using materials that are provided
  • I can alter or add to a floating object so that it will sink

This week in science, we continued to talk about buoyancy and did an experiment with pop! We took A&W root beer and diet coke and predicted what would happen if they were put into water. We learned that the diet coke floated below the surface of the water and the root beer sank to the bottom. We also had our first design challenge this week! Our challenge was to take a foam ball and alter and add to it so it will sink! This was a hard challenge and we really had to persevere. 

Social Studies:

  • How are the geographic regions different from where we live?
  •  What are the major geographical regions, landforms and bodies of water in each community?
  • What are the main differences in climate among these communities?

This week in Social studies we have been learning about the geography of Nunavut and Iqaluit. We learned about some of the landforms that they have there. They have some of the same landforms that we have like lakes, rivers, and mountains, and they have some that are unique like islands, and glaciers (we know that we have some, but they have LOTS). We learned that most of the land in Nunavut is called a tundra, which means there is no trees. There are no trees because of the permafrost under the ground stopping them from growing. 

   

Important Dates:

January 31 - No School – School-based PL Day

February 8 - School Council Meeting

February 17/18 - No School - Teacher’s Convention

February 21 - No School - Family Day

February 22 - March 11 - Gymnastics in Physical Education Class

February 23 - Pink Shirt Day



Our Learning January 17th - 21st

Literacy:

  • I can recall and follow directions for accessing and gathering ideas and information
  • I can record ideas and information in ways that make sense
  • I can examine gathered information to decide what information to share or omit

This week in literacy we finished up our animal research! We learned about their habitat and life cycle. Like last week, we did one day to research and take jot notes. The next day we worked on turning our jot notes in full sentences. We learned so much about a bunch of new animals, such as alpacas, parrots, linxs, box turtles, and koalas. 

     

Mathematics:

  • I can gather and record data about self and others to answer questions
  • I can construct and interpret concrete graphs and pictographs to solve problems

In math, we reviewed our data relations unit! We practiced how to survey our friends to collect data about questions we wanted the answers about. After that we created graphs to show the information in an easy to understand way. We know that graphs need titles to tell us what they are about, and it is important to label the X and Y axis’ to make sure that it is easy to understand. 

                               

Social Studies: 

  • I can explore where an Inuit, community is located in Canada?

 This week in social studies we started to learn about a new community called Iqaluit. We learned that Iqaluit is in the territory of Nunavut and that it is North of us. This week we got to use the Chromebooks and we got to explore Iqaluit on Google maps and see their houses, schools, legislative buildings, and streets. 

Science:

  • I can describe, classify and order materials on the basis of their buoyancy
  • I can distinguish between materials that sink in water and those that float
  • I can notice some "floaters" sit mostly above water, while others sit mostly below water

In science, we began our new unit called, Boats and Buoyancy! The first day we shared what we already know about boats and asked questions about what we want to learn. We also learned about density, displacement, and buoyancy. We looked at various materials to predict if we thought they would sink or float. The next day we tested the items and reflected on why some materials float and others do not. 

           

Important Dates:

January 31 - No School – School-based PL Day

February 8 - School Council Meeting

February 17/18 - No School - Teacher’s Convention

February 21 - No School - Family Day

February 22 - March 11 - Gymnastics in Physical Education Class

February 23 - Pink Shirt Day





Our Learning January 10th - 14th

Literacy:

  • I can recall and follow directions for accessing and gathering ideas and information
  • I can use given categories and specific questions to find information
  • I can recognize when information answers the questions asked
  • I can record key facts and ideas in own words
  • I can work in a variety of partnerships to extend group understanding of topics 

This week in literacy, we chose a partner to engage in animal research on Britannica Kids. Together we chose an animal to learn about their physical appearance and diet. On the first day, we listened to and read information and recorded jot notes. On the second day, we turned our jot notes into full sentences. 

Mathematics:

  • I can sort 2D and 3D objects, using two attributes and explain the sorting rule
  • I can describe and compare 2D shapes, including: triangles, squares, rectangles, circles
  • I can describe and compare 3D objects, including: cubes, sphere, cones, cylinders, pyramids
  • I can construct 2D and 3D objects 

This week in math, we reviewed our 2D shapes and 3D objects. We practiced identifying their attributes such as faces, vertices and edges. Then we compared some of our shapes to see similarities and differences between them. At the end of the week, we constructed our 3D objects to see their nets and identify the 2D shapes they are made out of. We also sorted 2D and 3D objects, using two attributes.

Health:

  • I can classify foods according to Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating, and apply knowledge of food groups to plan for appropriate snack and meals

In health, we discussed healthy food vs unhealthy food (our sometimes food). We then learned about the new categories, which are fruits and vegetables, grains and protein. In small groups, we worked on sorting food into the correct categories. Then we learned how eating healthy foods helps our bodies, and what different nutrients come from the different types of food. We learned that grains/carbs give us energy and that foods in the protein food group help our muscles and bones!

Art:

  • I can make a variety of lines like curved, straight, thick, thin, broken or continuous
  • I can use drawing tools to make a variety of shapes - open, closed forms, straight, curved forms, geometric (rectangles, squares, circles and triangle) and free form
  • I can add details and textures, or to create patterns

In art, we sketched an outline of the animal we are studying. Afterwards, we broke our animal up into puzzle pieces. Then we learned about zentangles! They are made from various pattern designs. For each section of our puzzle piece, we chose a pattern/design we liked and tried drawing it! 

Important Dates:

January 31 - No School – School-based PL Day

 February 8 - School Council Meeting

February 17/18 - No School - Teacher’s Convention

February 21 - No School - Family Day

February 22 - March 11 - Gymnastics in Physical Education Class

February 23 - Pink Shirt Day





Our Learning December 6th - 10th 

Literacy:

  • I can record key facts and ideas in own words 
  • I can examine gathered information to decide what information to share or omit
  • I can use connecting words to join related ideas in a sentence

This week in literacy, we began to explore emperor penguins through informational writing! On Monday, we learned about their body features and took jot notes. Then the next day we turned our jot notes into detailed sentences to describe their color, feathers, blubber, feet and differences in baby and adult penguins. We also learned about their diet and followed the same process of taking jot notes and then writing an informational piece.

Math:

  • I can demonstrate an understanding of repeating patterns (3 to 5 elements) by describing, extending, comparing and creating 
  • I can demonstrate an understanding of increasing patterns by describing, reproducing, extending and creating (numerical and non-numerical)

In math, we continued to represent our understanding of repeating patterns through drawing to create our own patterns and extending various 3 to 5 element patterns. We also began learning about increasing patterns. We started by figuring out the pattern rule so we could extend the pattern! 


Social Studies:

  • I can tell what kinds of natural resources exist in the communities (e.g., fishing, agriculture, mining)
  • I can tell what are the traditions and celebrations in the communities that connect the people to the past and to each other. 
  • I can tell how the community is strengthened by their stories, traditions and events of the past. 

This week, we continued to talk about fishing and we got to build our own lobster traps! Then we learned about celebrations and traditions in Nova Scotia. Did you know that every year they build a Christmas tree and decorate it with buoys to honour fishermen lost at sea. This is also a unique tradition to Nova Scotia called Natal Day. Natal Dauy is basically Nova Scotia’s birthday and is celebrated every August. We made birthday cards for Nova Scotia to celebrate! 

Science:

  • I can recognize that magnets attract materials with iron or steel in them; and given a variety of metallic and non-metallic objects
  • I can compare and measure the strength of magnets 
  • I can recognize that magnets have polarity, demonstrate that poles may either repel or attract each other, and state a rule for when poles will repel or attract each other

This week in science, we learned about magnetic substances like iron, nickel cobalt and magnetite. Did you know that Magnetite is a highly magnetic mineral? We also began to engage in various science stations to help us explore magnets hands on and how they work! Station 1, we got to experiment with iron filings and magnets. Station 2, we got to use donut magnets to create a floating statue of rings. Did you know that magnets will attract or repel depending on their positioning? Station 3, we tested various magnets to see which one was the strongest. Station 4, we explored how magnetic objects can become a temporary magnet! 

Important Dates:

December 17 - School Spirit Day - Pajama Day

December 17 - Last Day of Classes - Winter Break

 

January 4 - Classes Resume

January 11 - School Council Meeting, 6:30 pm - Virtual meeting open to all EMJ parents

January 31 - No School – School-based PL Day



Our Learning November 29th- December 3rd

Literacy:

  • I can apply a variety of strategies, such as asking questions, making predictions, recognizing relationships among story elements and drawing conclusions

This week in literacy we worked on the reading power called, predicting. Each day we read a story and stopped before we got to the ending. We each made a guess about what would happen next. We also discussed how to back up our guesses with evidence from the text. We read The Blizzard, Bunny Business, The Little Hen and the Sly Fox, and The Missing Mitten Mystery.

     

   

Math:

  • I can demonstrate an understanding of repeating patterns (three to five elements) by:

 • describing 

• extending 

• comparing 

• creating patterns 

using manipulatives, diagrams, sounds and actions.

This week in math we started learning about patterns. We began by reviewing our pattern knowledge from grade 1 of how to create and name 2-3 element patterns using shapes and colours. Then we moved on to creating and naming more complex 4 and 5 element patterns. We made easy patterns like an ABCD pattern, and challenged ourselves by creating tricky patterns like ABCCA. To end the we worked in partners and played musical chairs to extend and finish our friends patterns. 

   

Social Studies:

  • I can tell what kinds of natural resources exist in the communities (e.g., fishing, agriculture, mining)? 
  • I can understand what impact does industry have on the communities

In social studies this week we learned that some jobs can be different depending on the community and its location. In Alberta we have lots of wide open fields so we have lots of farmers. In Meteghan they are surrounded by the ocean, so they have a lot of fishermen. We learned that fishing can be a very dangerous job, but it was one of the first important jobs in the Maritimes, when they started fishing for cod over 150 years ago. We learned that they also fish for crabs, lobsters, and fish like haddock and halibut. Some of us started to even build our own lobster traps, and some of us will start building them next week!

 

Science:

  • I can identify where magnets are used in the environment and why they are used
  • I can distinguish materials that are attracted by a magnet from those that are not

This week in science we started our new unit of Magnetism! We started by doing a KWL (what we know, what we wonder and what we learned). Then we explored where magnets can be found in our homes! We also learned about what materials are attracted to magnets! We first gathered various materials like cloth, alumunium, steel, wood, paper, glass in order to predict whether we thought magnets would attract to the material. Then we tested each material out with our magnets! Ask us what materials attracted and which did not. 

Important Dates:

December 3 - School Spirit Day - Favourite Hat Day

December 3 to December 10 Scholastic Winter 2021 Book Fair

December 10- School Spirit Day - Sweater Day (red/green or holiday sweater)

December 17 - School Spirit Day - Pajama Day

December 17 - Last Day of Classes - Winter Break

 

January 4 - Classes Resume

January 11 - School Council Meeting, 6:30 pm - Virtual meeting open to all EMJ parents

January 31 - No School – School-based PL Day




Our Learning November 15th-19th

Literacy:

This week in literacy we worked on the reading power called, Determining Importance! We began reading the novel called Freckle Juice. After each chapter we had a discussion about what was important and then wrote a summary of the events. We have now finished our chapter book! Ask us for a summary of the story!

Math:

This week in math we have been working on reviewing our basic math strategies so that we can get our brains ready to start 2 digit adding in grade 2. First we practiced the friends of 10 (all the ways to make ten), then we moved on to power of 10 (making teen numbers using 10 as a base). After that we started practicing our doubles up to 10+10. We have been playing all sorts of games to practice these skills. Like doubles war, go fish for 10, and make 10 BUMP. 

Social Studies:

  • I can appreciate how a community’s physical geography shapes identity
  • What geographic factors determined the establishment of each community (e.g., soil, water and climate)?
  • How are the geographic regions different from where we live?
  • What are the major geographical regions, landforms and bodies of water in each community?

This week in social studies we have been learning about the landforms that make up Nova Scotia/Meteghan and the animals that live there. We learned that because Meteghan is an Atlantic community it has lots of water based landforms like cliffs, ocean, bays, beaches, and caves. We also learned that it has rivers and forests just like we do here in Alberta. We are starting to build dioramas to demonstrate our knowledge of Nova Scotia so far and we are so excited to show them to you next week!

Science:

  • I can identify ways in which the temperature in homes and buildings can be adjusted (by turning a thermostat up or down, by opening or closing windows, etc). 
  • I can describe how local buildings are heated: identify the energy source or fuel, recognize that most buildings are heated by circulating hot air or hot water, describe how heat is circulated through the school building and through their own homes
  • I can describe the role of insulation in keeping things hot or cold, and identify places where some forms of insulation is used (ex. Clothing, refrigerator, coolers and homes). 

This week in science,  we explored how we can adjust temperature! We talked about how we could open the windows in our classroom to cool it down and at home we can turn up the heat when we are cold. We also learned how our school is heated by a boiler! We learned about the process to heat the school and compared it to how our homes are heated. Lastly, we talked about insulation and how it can keep things hot or cold. We tested various insulators to see if any kept an ice cube from melting. Ask us what we found out...

Gym:

In gym, we began our new unit of hockey! We focused on the basic skills of stick handling, passing and shooting on the net. 

Important Dates:

November 26 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

December 6 to 10 Scholastic Book Fair

December 14 - School Council Meeting

December 17 - Last Day of Classes - Winter Break


Our Learning November 1 - 5th 

Literacy:

  • I can recognize and talk about developing abilities as readers and writers.
  • I can add descriptive words to elaborate on ideas and create particular effects such as imagery. 

We finally wrapped up opinion writing and have started a new type of writing. This week we started talking about our reading powers. We know that reading and writing are two skills that depend on each other. When we read, the skills that make us better readers include visualization, predicting, summarizing, and connecting. We are starting to use our literacy period to further develop these skills through our writing. This week we worked on visualization. We practiced describing images with so much detail that someone else could picture them in their head (visualize them) and recreate them without ever seeing it. Look at our example below! First is the original, then our description, then the recreation!

Mathematics:

  • I can represent and describe numbers up to 100, concretely, pictorially and symbolically

This week we finished up our place value unit and representing numbers to 100! We took this week to review how to use a number line, tally marks, base ten blocks, word form, expanded form and standard form to represent a number. We also learned how to determine if a number is even or odd! 

Science:

  • I can describe how heating and cooling materials can often change them; e.g., melting and freezing, cooking, burning
  • I can identify safe practices for handling hot and cold materials and for avoiding potential dangers from heat sources

This week in science we continued to talk about how materials can change when heating or cooling them. We engaged in various science experiments to test this out! One day, we used a hair dryer and the freezer to test how materials would change! We learned that chocolate, butter, and crayons melt! We also learned that when butter and chocolate are put in the freezer they harden. Our second day, we used cold and warm water to see if materials would melt/dissolve! Ask us how the hot chocolate experiment went! 

 

Social Studies:

  • How is the presence of Aboriginal and/or Francophone origins reflected in the community today? 
  • What are the origins of their community?
  • What were the reasons for the establishment of their community (e.g., original fur trade fort, original inhabitants)? 

We have been learning about Meteghan’s history and the origins of its people. Last week we learned about the indigenous people called the Mi’kmaq who have been living on that land for over 7000 years. This week we learned that 400 years ago a new group of people came to Nova Scotia from France and built a life in Canada existing with the Mi’kmaq and they were called the Acadians. We learned that their culture was a mix of French and Indigenous traditions, and included unique music that used fiddles and spoons, seafood heavy diets, that they spoke French. We got the chance to learn all of these things and more as we went around the class scanning QR codes. These codes showed us videos that helped us learn all about Acadian culture.

     

Art: This week we started talking about Remembrance day and why we recognize it. We talked about how it is important to remember the people who have protected our country so that it could stay a happy and safe place. Poppies are a symbol of remembrance and we created our own poppies using chalk pastels to show that we will remember this November 11th. 

Important Dates:

November 9 - School Council Meeting

November 11 - No School - Remembrance Day

November 12 - No School – School-based PL Day

November 26 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

December 6 to 10 Scholastic Book Fair

December 14 - School Council Meeting

December 17 - Last Day of Classes - Winter Break

Our Learning October 25th-29th

Literacy:

This week in literacy we wrapped up our opinion writing unit! We wrote a persuasive writing piece on what Ms. Henry and Ms. Tucker should be for Halloween. We also  wrote our end of the month writing on the question, ‘Do we need insects?’. Ask us why we need insects! 

 

Math:

  • I can represent and describe numbers to 100, concretely, pictorially, and symbolically.
  • I can compare and order numbers within 100 on a number line

This week in math we continued our learning on representing and counting numbers to 100. We talked about how to order numbers and did an activity where we have to find pumpkins hidden around the room and list the the next 3 numbers in the sequence. On Thursday we got to cut open our pumpkins!! We worked as a class to count our pum[pkins seeds into groups of 10 and then counted our groups of ten to find out how many seeds were in each of our pumpkins. 

Did you know that for every line on a pumpkin there are approximately 10 seeds!?

Social:

  • How is the presence of Aboriginal and/or Francophone origins reflected in the community today? 
  • What are the origins of their community?
  • What were the reasons for the establishment of their community (e.g., original fur trade fort, original inhabitants)? 

This week in social studies we looked at the history of Meteghan and the people that lived there long ago. We learned that one of the Indigenous groups in Nova Scotia is called the Mi’kmaq and that they have called that area home for over 7000 years. We learned what they would eat, when they would hunt and that they lived in a shelter called a Wigwams. Wigwams are sort of like teepees, but instead of animal hide, the Mi’kmaq would cover their shelters in birch bark. 

    

Science:

  • I can recognize that the human body temperature is relatively constant and that a change in the body temperature often signals a change in health.
  • I can describe how heating and cooling materials can often change them - melting and freezing, cooking, burning. 

We reviewed our body temperature and how it should stay relatively the same and when it changes it could mean we are getting sick or when it becomes lower than normal it could mean hypothermia. Then we began to learn about heating and cooling! We learned that sometimes when we heat or cool materials it can be reversible and other times it is non-reversible. We also learned about what a gas, liquid and a solid are. 

STEM:

In STEM, we collaborated with a partner to build a bone bridge! We also tested our bridges to make sure they could support the weight of a toy car and make it across from one side of our desk to the other. 

   

Important Dates:

November 2 – School Photo Retake Opportunity

November 9 - School Council Meeting

November 11 - No School - Remembrance Day

November 12 - No School – School-based PL Day

November 26 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

December 6 to 10 Scholastic Book Fair

Our Learning for October 18th- 22nd

Literacy:

  • I can express thoughts or feelings related to events, activities or discussions. 
  • I can use different sentence starters to organize my thoughts. 
  • I can express an opinion in a persuasive manner
  • I can compare my work to an example to set goals and improve my writing

This week in writing we learned more about opinion writing. We learned about the different stages/levels of writing. We talked as a class about what our writing would look like at a 2, 3, or 4 level and worked together to make examples so that we can figure out what stage our writing is at!

   

Math:

  • I can represent and describe numbers to 100, concretely, pictorially, and symbolically.
  • I can compare and order numbers within 100 on a number line

This week in math we continued our exploration into comparing and representing numbers using a number line. We created a big number line on a whole wall in our classroom and worked together to figure out where numbers should be placed.

        

Science:

  • I can measure temperature in degrees Celsius (°C)
  • I can recognize that the human body temperature is relatively constant and that a change in body temperature often signals a change in health

This week in science we were learning about types of thermometers. We learned about how hot and how cold it can get. On our blue thermometer it can get as cold as -20 or as hot as plus 50. We used the thermometers that we made and practiced changing temperatures on them. Then we learned about our body temperature! Our normal/healthy body temperature is about 37 degrees celsius. When we are feeling sick with a fever it can be 39 or higher. We also learned that our body temperature can drop to 35 degrees celsius (hypothermia). 

Social:

  • I can investigate the cultural differences between my community and an Acadian community

This week in social studies we continued to learn about Nova Scotia and we finished writing our 10 things that we learned about it. Some of the things we learned about Nova Scotia include: Their houses are different bright colours, they have lots of crabs, and there is lots of fog and cliffs. We learned that Nova Scotia and Meteghan have lots of lighthouses and we even got to make our own!!

                  

Important Dates:

November 2 – School Photo Retake Opportunity

November 9 - School Council Meeting

November 11 - No School - Remembrance Day

November 12 - No School – School-based PL Day

November 26 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences


Our Learning for October 12th - 15th 

Literacy:

  • I can express thoughts or feelings related to events, activities or discussions. 
  • I can use different sentence starters to organize my thoughts. 
  • I can express an opinion in a persuasive manner

This week in literacy we continued working on expressing our opinions through our writing. We wrote about topics such as: my favorite season, what the best Halloween costume is, and we even got to pick our own topic to write on! We have been working on adding details when we give our reasons. Instead of saying “Because cats are cute” we could instead say “because cats are cute and have beautiful soft fur”.

       

Math:

  • I can represent and describe numbers to 100, concretely, pictorially, and symbolically.
  • I can compare and order numbers within 100 on a number line

This week in math, we created our own beaded number lines to 100. We used white and red beads to create groups of 10! Then we used our beaded number lines to represent a number to help us learn how to place a number on a blank number line 0 to 100. 

Science:

  • I can describe temperature in relative terms, using expressions, such as hotter than, colder than
  • I can measure temperature in degrees Celsius (°C)

This week we continued to explore how to measure temperature by reading thermometers. We engaged in a temperature scoot with a partner! It’s important to remember that when the temperature is below 0°C we say minus 1°C. We also constructed our own thermometers!

Social Studies:

  • I can investigate the cultural differences between my community and an Acadian community

This week in social studies we started learning about one of the three different communities across Canada that we are going to be learning about this year. We are starting by learning about an Acadian community in the maritimes called Meteghan. We learned that Meteghan is in Nova Scotia on the other side of country right beside the Atlantic Ocean. We read a book called “Why I Love Nova Scotia” and looked at what Meteghan actually looks like on Google Maps. We learned that because it is beside the ocean it has animals like crabs, lobsters, and whales, and that they have lots of fishing boats and lighthouses!

   

Important Dates:

October 18 - No School - System-wide PL Day

November 2 – School Photo Retake Opportunity

November 9 - School Council Meeting

November 11 - No School - Remembrance Day

November 12 - No School – School-based PL Day

November 26 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences


Our Learning for October 4th - 7th 

Literacy:

  • I can express thoughts or feelings related to events, activities or discussions. 
  • I can use different sentence starters to organize my thoughts. 
  • I can express an opinion in a persuasive manner

This week in literacy we started investigating how to be opinion writers. First we talked about what the difference is between an opinion and a fact, and that just because someone has a different opinion than you, it doesn’t make them wrong. Then we talked about how when we express our opinions when writing, that we write using a paragraph. First you need to introduce your opinion using a topic sentence, and then you justify it with 3 reasons. As a class we brainstormed different ways we can start our sentences so that our writing doesn’t sound repetitive and boring. 

   

Mathematics:

  • I can represent and describe numbers to 100, concretely, pictorially, and symbolically.
  • I can compare numbers within 100 

In Math this week we continued to practice representing numbers using tallies and rekenreks. This time Ms. Henry’s class used the rekenreks and Ms. Tucker’s class practiced using tallies. We played a game called Tickle Me Tallies which is a race to 100!

                

Science:

  • I can measure temperature in degrees Celsius (°C)
  • I can compare temperatures using hotter than or colder than

This week in science, we reviewed what a thermometer is and what it does! Then we learned how to measure temperature in degrees celsius. We practiced by reading various thermometers! We also talked about the difference between 20°C and -20°C. Ask us which is hotter… 15°C or 50°C. Ask us which is colder… -1°C or -10°C. Did you know that water freezes at 0°C! 

STEM:

In anticipation of the Thanksgiving long weekend we listened to the story How to Catch a Turkey. Then we partnered up and created our very own Turkey Cages out of a variety of materials. Some of the things we used include plasticine, paper, popsicle sticks, straws, toothpicks, and pipe cleaners. 

               

Important Dates:

October 11 - No School - Thanksgiving

October 12 - School Council Virtual Meeting -6:30 pm

October 18 - No School - System-wide PL Day

November 2 – School Photo Retake Opportunity




Our Learning for September 27 - October 1st

This week we met a student teacher (Mr. Tyrrell) who will be with us on Tuesdays! 

Literacy:

  • I can revise words and sentences to improve or add missing information
  • I can check for capital letters, and punctuation at the end of a sentence.
  • I can add descriptive words to elaborate on ideas and create particular effects

This week in literacy we were given picture prompts to spark our descriptive writing. We closely examined the photos to brainstorm who, where, how and what was happening in the picture. Then we wrote about what we thought would happen next if the picture came alive! We also wrote our first end of the month writing sample! Each month we can look back and celebrate our growth as writers.

Math: 

  • I can represent and describe numbers to 100, concretely, pictorially, and symbolically.
  • I can compare numbers within 100

To help wrap up base ten blocks, we engaged in a game of scoot! Numbers were posted around the classroom and we had to count and record. We also worked on comparing numbers using <, >,and =. We then continued to explore various ways we can represent numbers up to 100. Ms. Tucker’s class learned how to use a rekenrek and Ms. Henry’s class reviewed how to use tally marks. This also allowed us to practice our skip counting by 5’s! 

    

Social Studies

This week we focused on Orange Shirt Day and Truth and Reconciliation Week. First we went to the gully to read and discuss the story called, The Giving Tree. Then we read the story, Shi-shi-etko. We reflected on Shi-shi-etko’s story and the memory bag she created to remember her home, land, and family. We also engaged in the Reconciliation Art Project. We painted rocks orange and reflected on what we think reconciliation means. 

   

Important Dates:

October 8 - No School – School-based PL Day

October 11 - No School - Thanksgiving

October 12 - School Council Virtual Meeting -6:30 pm

October 18 - No School - System-wide PL Day





Our Learning for September 20-24th

Literacy:

  • I can revise words and sentences to improve or add missing information
  • I can check for capital letters, and punctuation at the end of a sentence.
  • I can add descriptive words to elaborate on ideas and create particular effects

This week in literacy we continued to work on expanding our sentences using descriptive words. First we looked at this crazy forest picture and described it. Afterwards, we searched through some of our favourite books, such as Robert Munsch and Berenstain Bears. We picked a picture from each of our books and tried to describe it in as much detail as possible. We even got to imagine our dream bedrooms and describe them. 

Math: 

  • I can represent and describe numbers to 100, concretely, pictorially, and symbolically.
  • I can compare numbers within 100

This week in math we have been working on representing numbers to 100. We have been building numbers with base ten blocks and playing different games to help us better remember how to make and write these bigger numbers!

Science: 

In science we continued our study on hot and cold. We learned that even though two things can be cold or two things can be hotter, one can be hotter or colder than the other. For example: a fridge and an icicle are both cold, however an icicle is COLDER than the fridge. To reinforce this concept we played hot/cold war.

Social

This week in social studies we have continued to discuss orange shirt day and truth and reconciliation. We learned that there are lots of things we can due to work towards reconciliation. One great way is to expose ourselves to all types of indigenous culture, and history. This week we listened to a few different stories written by indigenous authors. 

We also learned that this week on Sept 22nd it was the anniversary of the signing of Treaty 7. We learned a little bit about what Treaty 7 was where Treaty 7 land is located in Alberta. 

Important Dates:

September 27 to October 1- CBE recognizes Truth and Reconciliation

September 30 - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation- No School

October 8 - No School – School-based PL Day

October 11 - No School - Thanksgiving

October 12 - School Council Virtual Meeting -6:30 pm

October 18 - No School - System-wide PL Day




Our Learning for September 13 - 17th

Writing: 

  • I can revise words and sentences to improve or add missing information
  • I can check for capital letters, and punctuation at the end of a sentence.
  • I can add descriptive words to elaborate on ideas and create particular effects

This week in literacy, we have been learning how to expand simple sentences by adding descriptive words. We then looked at different characters like bowser, raikou, venusaur, etc. As a class, we brainstormed what we noticed through a web to organize our ideas. Then we wrote our descriptive sentences. 


           

Literacy:

  • I can associate sounds with some vowel combinations, consonant blends and digraphs, and letter clusters to read unfamiliar words in context

In literacy, we have been reviewing consonant blends and digraphs through various activities. So far, we have done ch, sh, th, wh, bl, tr, and st! 

Math: 

  • I can gather information about myself and others to answer questions
  • I can construct and interpret a pictograph or a bar graph. 

This week in math, we surveyed our peers and asked them what their favourite sport was. Then we created a graph to display the data. We learned that soccer is a very popular sport in our class! We also engaged in an activity where we looked at a picture to find and tally various characters to help us create a graph. 

Science:

  • I can describe temperature in relative terms, using expressions, such as hotter than, colder than

In Science, we began our new unit of Hot and Cold Temperatures! We brainstormed what we already know about hot and cold temperatures. We also learned about a thermometer and why we use them! 

      

Social Studies:

  • I can students will demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of how geography, culture, language, heritage, economics and resources shape and change Canada’s communities 

In Social Studies, we talked about a few things that will be happening this month in September! First, we reviewed Orange Shirt Day and the reason why we wear orange. We also learned that there is a new day called Truth and Reconciliation on September 30th. Next week we will continue to explore and learn about what truth and reconciliation means. Then we talked about the acknowledgement of the land. 


Important Dates:

September 19 - Terry Fox

September 22 - Signing of Treaty 7

September 24 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

September 27 to October 1- CBE recognizes Truth and Reconciliation

September 30 - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation- No School





Our Learning for September 7th- 10th

Literacy: 

  • I can connect my idea with those shared by others
  • I can revise words and sentences to improve or add missing information
  • I can check for capital letters, and punctuation at the end of a sentence.
  • I can use margins and spacing appropriately. 

This week in literacy we worked on reviewing the basics of sentence structure to remember that every sentence requires finger spaces, a capital at the beginning and punctuation at the end.

We have also been discussing classroom expectations and respect this week. In writing we read a book called What if Everybody did that? The students were then asked to imagine and write about a world where no one respected their living or school environment. For example: What if everybody littered? What if Everybody left food on the classroom floor? 

   

Math: 

  • I can gather information about myself and others to answer questions
  • I can construct and interpret a pictograph or a bar graph. 

In math this week we can been working on physically creating bar graphs and pictographs. We started the week by creating a smiley face pictograph to show our birthdays. Then on Wednesday we started creating a giant bar graph on our learning carpet to show what pets we had, and what our favourite flavours of ice cream are. We also built bar graphs using blocks and practiced labeling the X and Y axis.  

   

Gym: 

  • I can work collaboratively with my peers 
  • I can practice and experience gross locomotor movements

This week in gym we continued playing gaga ball. We have been LOVING competing against each other and improving our skills and we learn the best ways to hit and dodge the ball. We even got to play with jumbo balls, 2 balls and you’re never out gaga ball, where when you get out in one pit you get to just join the game in the other pit!

Important Dates:

September 16 – School Photos

September 19 - Terry Fox

September 22 - Signing of Treaty 7

September 24 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

September 27 to October 1- CBE recognizes Truth and Reconciliation

September 30 - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation- No School


Our Learning for June 21 - 25th

This week was Aboriginal Awareness Week in Calgary and National Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday, June 21st. On Monday, we attended a live read aloud by Iikiinayookaa and Chief Superintendent Usih. The story was called, Omahkitapiksi Okakinikiiwa : Teaching from our Elders. We reflected on the importance of storytelling and how this story represented the importance of elders. We also continued to explore various art forms and appreciated Australian Dot Art.

 

Later in the week, we got to experience ‘Trail Tales’. This is an interactive book, which was displayed in the gulley. The story sparked a conversation in our room about the animals within the story (eagle, beaver, etc). We learned about the 7 sacred teachings, which are represented by 7 animals: Sabe (bigfoot), eagle, bear, buffalo, wolf, turtle and beaver. 

Math:

  • I can say the number sequence 0 to 100
  • I can recognize numbers at a glance 
  • I can add and subtract numbers within 20

This week in math we played math bingo to review numbers to 100. We also played various card games to review subitizing, comparing numbers and addition or subtraction war! 

Literacy:

  • I can choose to read and write for and with others
  • I can experiment with different ways of exploring and developing stories, ideas and experiences

This week we wrote letters to our next year's teacher! We shared a little about ourselves and drew a self portrait. We also reflected on our end of the month writing, which has been turned into our own booklet! For the first time, we had free writing! We got to choose to write a story, a who would win battle, poster or create a comic book. 

Science:

  • I can Describe seasonal changes, and interpret the effects of seasonal changes on living things.

We celebrated the first day of summer! We reflected on the weather change, activities we do in summer. Through pointillism art, we created pictures that remind us of summer! We also created an acrostic poem! To end the week, we went on a scavenger hunt. 

 

Important Dates:

June 2021

  • June 26 - Report Cards available for viewing on PowerSchool
  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day by Appointment




Our Learning for June  7-11th

Math:

  • I can solve addition and subtraction word problems and find math action words that mean addition and subtraction
  • I can show my understanding through pictures, ten frames and a number line

This week we started our new unit of word problems! We first review action words that mean addition or subtraction. Then we learned the strategy of CUBS to help us with the steps of solving a word problem. Last we explored problems as a class, in partners and by ourselves. 

Literacy:

  • I can represent and explain key facts and ideas in my own words 
  • I can explore and share my own ideas on topics of discussion and study
  • I can add such details as labels, captions and pictures 

This week we worked on wrapping up our animal research! We continued to work with a peer to learn about our animals diet and life cycle. We recorded jot notes and then the next day turned our jot notes into full sentences! On the last day, we got to present our new learning about our animals to our peers! 

We also have been exploring more blends in our literacy block. Some blends we have learned recently are bl, fl, gl, cl, pl, br, pr, gr, st, and str. 

Social Studies:

  • I can  appreciate people who have contributed to their communities over time

We focused on social studies this week. We learned about aboriginal contributions. First we looked at various books that were written by aboriginal artists. Then we talked about the history of storytelling. Then we got to visit our own “class museum” of different aboriginal artists, we got to explore the various types of art like painting, drawing, bead work, hoop dancing, and throat singing. After viewing the art, we got to analyze what we liked and ask questions about what we wondered. 

  

Health:

  • I can describe and apply appropriate street safety behaviours in the community; e.g., as a pedestrian, passenger, cyclist

This week in health we focused on bike safety! First, we brainstormed things we know then we learned 10 safety tips when we are riding our bikes! Last, we made a poster on the four most important rules!

Gym: 

In gym, we started our last unit of badminton! We have been learning how to serve the birdie and how to hit it with control through a game called, birdies in the nest. 

Important Dates:

June 2021

  • June 14 - All library books due back
  • June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day
  • June 21 - 25 Aboriginal Awareness Week in Calgary
  • June 26 - Report Cards available for viewing on PowerSchool
  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day by Appointment





Our Learning for May 31st - June 4th

Math: 

  • I can replicate composite 2-D shapes and 3-D objects
  • I can compare 2-D shapes to parts of 3-D objects in the environment.
  • I can elect appropriate materials, such as papers, plastics, woods to construct model buildings (Science)

This week in math we investigated the composition of 3D shapes. First, we looked at 3D shape models and tried to see what 2D shapes we could find in them. Next, we looked at and built shape nets so that we could more clearly see the 2D shapes that make up common 3D shapes. After, we built lots of different shapes, we learned about how to collaborate effectively with a group and used all of our shapes to build something. We decided to build King Boo’s Castle from Mario Party!!

 

Literacy/Science:

  • I can find information on a topic, using a variety of sources, such as picture books, concept books, people and field trips
  • I can match information to research needs
  • I can represent and explain key facts and ideas in own words
  • I can check for obvious spelling errors and missing words
  • I can identify the requirements of animals to maintain life; i.e., air, food, water, shelter, space

This week in literacy we started our independent research projects! First we partnered up and picked what animals we wanted to learn about. We are learning about all sorts of cool animals like llamas, black widow spiders, sharks, and hippos. Next we did some research and jot notes on the body features and habitat of our animals. We had to listen to the information and figure out what the most important parts were. Then we used our jot notes to create our good copy writing for our research booklet. We have been practicing starting our sentences in varying ways to keep our writing interesting. We have also been practicing our editing skills during our morning meetings. We have been working on spotting and correcting errors in spelling, punctuation and capitalization.

   

Science:

  • I can identify the requirements of animals to maintain life; i.e., air, food, water, shelter, space

To reinforce our knowledge of animals needs we have been learning some new games. On Tuesday we played a game called Oh Deer. This game helped to remind us that animals need food, water and shelter to survive, and if they can’t meet those needs, they won’t survive


Art:

This week we started an art project to accompany our animal research. This art style is called echo art, because the rings on colors surrounding the animal look like an echo. First we colored in an outline of our animals black, and then we carefully traced rings around the animal in a pattern of colours. 

   

Health:

  • I can make responsible and informed choices to maintain health and to promote safety for self and others

This week we learned all about fire safety. We learned about what to do when you hear a fire alarm in various situations. We learned that we should have a family plan in case of a fire, so that we all know where to meet in case of an evacuation. Does your family have a plan and a meeting place? We also played STOP, DROP, and ROLL freeze dance. We have lots of fun!

Important Dates:

June 2021

  • June 2 - Wheel to School Day
  • June 14 - All library books due back
  • June 21 - National Indigenous Peoples Day
  • June 21 - 25 Aboriginal Awareness Week in Calgary
  • June 26 - Report Cards available for viewing on PowerSchool
  • June 29 - Early Dismissal at 12:15 pm - Last Day of Classes
  • June 30 - Appeals Day by Appointment


Our Learning for May 25 - 28th</