Mrs. Cooper

Week of Sept. 13-17, 2021

It was an exciting and action packed week in Room 13. “Exciting” and “action packed” are examples of triple scoop words – or words that are not boring like “good” or “great”.  In our writing this week, we were really focusing on one writing goal for the year, which is to make our writing more interesting for our readers. Using triple scoop words is just one way we can do that.

We continued to explore our understanding of numbers in math, specifically focusing on being able to say “I can compare numbers using less than, greater than and equal to” and “I can explain the relationship between ones, tens, hundreds and thousands”. To do this, we played a dice game called greater than/less than, we did another math challenge and made a beaded number line.  We will use our beaded number line throughout the year to strengthen our number sense and explore operations.

A very special part of our week, was relating our connections to the land in Alberta with a virtual teaching about O’ko (Fall) from Elder Saa’kokoto.  Our class heard Saa’kokoto talk about the power of the land, which reminded us of the poem we read by Duke Redbird during our first week of school.  These were great links to our Social Studies learning intentions “I can appreciate how the land in Alberta makes our life better” and “I can recognize oral traditions as important knowledge about the land.”

In science, we are also learning about how we can take care of our land by building our understandings about the waste that nature produces.  Did you know that nature recycles its own waste into new nutrients for other plants? And we can turn yard waste into nutrients by composting!! Our garden had a lot of waste, so we did some work removing weeds and leaves that could then be composted into nutrients.

There was so much more that we did this week as well! Ask us about:

  • Computers, logging onto Google Classroom and our first Flipgrid Reading task;
  • Library time in the library (books are due back each Wednesday);
  • Cooperative games, throwing and catching skills in gym;
  • The ideas we generated about learning with our minds, hearts, bodies and spirits; and
  • How to say hello and greet someone with our names in French.

Finally, Mrs. Cooper has a few announcements and reminders.  Conference bookings open this weekend. She would love to talk to each family, so please book at time to chat with her on either Thursday night or Friday. This can be done through the online booking system. There is no school on Friday because of conferences.

Our Terry Fox Run is Monday, September 20th.  Due to Covid protocols, each class will be participating in the run on our school field during their gym time.  Please remember to dress for the weather and wear your running shoes on Monday!  Bringing a water bottle is also a great idea. We will be collecting donations for Terry during the weeks of September 19-30th.  You can either donate on-line or Toonies for Terry can be collected by classroom teachers!


September 20 -Terry Fox Run  

September 22 – Signing of Treaty 7 Day

September 23/24-Conferences.  No School on September 24.  Note: Sept. 23 is a regular FULL DAY

September 30th- Truth and Reconciliation Day - No School 

Week of Sept. 7-10, 2021

Already there is so much happening in Room 13! Please make sure you ask to see our home and school journal, as we each worked hard on Friday to share something about our week. 

In our other classroom writing, and with our home and school journals, we are working on the learning intention “I can write to share my ideas and experiences”. For that reason right now we are focusing on picking an idea and getting our thoughts on paper.  One of our writing assignments this week was “If I were a…..”  Our class was very creative, explaining why they would be a sweet doughnut, fast turtle, swift fox and so much more.

In math we focused on writing numbers to 10 000 in standard form and in words.  We then made sure that we could model them with base 10 blocks and be able to explain how many thousands, hundreds, tens and ones make up each number.  When we were building our numbers with the base 10 blocks we ran out of thousands.  Some of our classmates explained, “It’s okay because we can make more with hundreds. We only need 10 for each thousand.” This was a great connection to the pattern found in the place value chart.  Can you see the pattern?

Our class is getting awesome at our math talks already!  In math talks, there are often many different answers. It is important that we try, support others, and explain what we are thinking when we do math talks.  In the picture below, which one do you think does not belong?

We also learned about the types of waste that humans produce in Science and how to get rid different kinds of waste.  Ask us what colour bins the compost, garbage and recycling are in Calgary and what goes in each.

In Social Studies we explored “I can find Alberta on a map” and “I can interpret a map to get information.” Mrs. Cooper gave us a scavenger hunt where we had to find things on a map of Canada and specific information about Alberta. 

We did so much more as well! Make sure to ask us about:

  • Our class novel Wishtree by Katherine Applegate
  • What we learned about crows in our reading, and how we have heard some of these things about Bongo the crow in our novel
  • Our Duke Redbird inspired art this Friday and our pastel “Compassionate” letters from last week
  • What “G.U.M.” Spelling means

Finally, remember we all need to have our “Me In A Bag” items at school on Monday and also to bring back our Home and School Journals. Mrs. Cooper also wanted to remind all parents that school photos will be on September 16th.  Also, if you still have forms to complete, please send them back A.S.A.P.!


September  13 – Bring “Me In A Bag” Items to School

September 16 – School Picture day

September 20 -Terry Fox Run

September 23/24-Conferences.  No School on September 24.

September 30th- Truth and Reconciliation Day - No School

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