Ms. Bossenberry | Grade 6

November 25, 2022 Update

Math – Mental Multiplication and Division – students will use their understanding of basic multiplication and division to multiply and divide two and three digit numbers.

Place Value / Integer / Graphing Test – Tuesday, November 22 – results shared with students

Language Arts -  Finish The City of Ember and start new novel (students are in groups reading different novels).   

Writing – Finish character paragraphs for The City of Ember.  Due Thursday, November 24.

   Study of a well-known character from ancient Greek mythology (students chose a character and are completing a short research project showing how their character has been part of old and new stories for over 2000 years).

Representing – Finished final projects for The City of Ember.  Any unfinished projects can be completed at home and handed in.

Science – Evidence and Investigation – continued our study of forensic science with a focus on observation, inference, fingerprinting and footprinting.  Students started working on forensic centres (fingerprinting, chromatography, handwriting, soil analysis, graphology, etc).

Social Studies – Ancient Athens -  focused on the structure of Athenian democracy – how citizens were involved in the Assembly, Council of 500 and Athenian Courts.

 

Looking Forward to Next Week

Math – Measurement – measurement conversion millimetres – kilometres and perimeter.  Continue to solidify division concepts.

L.A. Reading – Read new novel and meet with reading group to discuss the first part of the novel.

Writing – Study a well-known character from ancient Greek mythology and complete a short research project including information about the character and how their stories have been passed down to us thousands of years later.

Science – Evidence and Investigation – Continue study of forensic science by completing centres about fingerprinting, chromatography, handwriting, soil analysis, graphology etc.  Field trip to Youthlink’s Calgary Police Interpretive Centre Wednesday, November 30.

Social Studies – Ancient Athens – structure of Athenian democracy – role playing the part of a citizen and the responsibility involved in making decisions for a city of people.

 

Additional Information:

   Wednesday, November 30 – Youthlink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre field trip

   Thursday, December 15 - Woodbine’s Winter Wonderful of Giving

Our Winter Wonderland of Giving is fast approaching!  As a grade six team, we are looking for your help. We are looking for all our families to make and donate some baked goods for the grade sixes to sell during the evening. All items need to be individually wrapped or packaged together in groups of four or six.

All proceeds from the bake sale will go to Emma House. For those of you who don’t know Emma House, it is a safe and supportive transitional housing program for expectant mothers aged 12+ who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness within Calgary and the surrounding area. They do incredible work in our community and appreciate any and all assistance.

Our wonderful Parent Council is working with us and have put together a form for you to sign up and help us with this work. Thank you to everyone who has already offered to contribute to our bake sale or any of the other wonderful charities on the list.

Please use the link below if you can donate to our Winter Wonderland of Giving.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0a45a9aa29a3f58-woodbine



Winter Wonderland of Giving Update

    We are starting to collect donations for our evening of giving.  Below you will find a link that lists what each grade is collecting and lets you sign up for anything you feel you can donate.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0a45a9aa29a3f58-woodbine

 

November 18 Update

Math – Reading/Interpreting Graphs– students continued to explore negative and positive integers and reviewed bar and line graphs. 

L.A. Finishing The City of Ember – most students have finished reading/listening to the novel.  They also worked on completing character paragraphs and final projects for the novel.  Many students have also finished their storyboards using sketchnoting to retell the main ideas in the novel.

Representing – Visual representation of the “key moment” from the City of Ember.  Students are creating diorama’s, stop motion animations, coding projects and explanations of what moment they picked and why they picked it.

Science – Evidence and Investigation – continued our study of forensic science with a focus on observation, inference and fingerprinting.  Students were also introduced to forensic centres they will be completing over the next two weeks.

Social Studies – Ancient Athens -  focused on the roles of men and women in Ancient Athens as well as specific vocabulary related to Ancient Athens.

 

Looking Forward to Next Week

Math – Mental Multiplication and Division – students will use their understanding of basic multiplication and division to multiply and divide two and three digit numbers.

Place Value / Integer / Graphing Test – Tuesday, November 22

Language Arts Reading – Finish The City of Ember and choose next novel to read. 

L.A. Writing – Finish character paragraphs for The City of Ember.  Due Thursday, November 24.

   Begin study of a well-known character from ancient Greek mythology.

L.A. Representing – Finish final projects for The City of Ember.  Due Thursday, November 24.

Science – Evidence and Investigation – Study of forensic science by completing centres about fingerprinting, chromatography, handwriting, soil analysis.

Social Studies – Ancient Athens – structure of Athenian democracy with a focus on citizens and their responsibilities and role in decision making.

 

Additional Information:

   Thursday, November 24 – Parent / Teacher Conferences (in person)

   Friday, November 25 – Parent / Teacher Conferences (online)

   Wednesday, November 30 – Youthlink Calgary Police Interpretive Centre field trip (field trip forms due Friday, November 24).

   Thursday, December 15 - Woodbine’s Winter Wonderful of Giving (further information to follow)


November 10 Update

MathIntegers and Reading/Interpreting Graphs– students continued to explore negative and positive integers and reviewed bar and line graphs.

L.A. Reading The City of Ember – we continued to read the novel and continued working on character paragraphs.  

    Writing – Wrote stories and continued writing character paragraphs.

    Representing - Many students have also started their final project for The City of Ember and decided how to represent “the most important moment”.

Science – Evidence and Investigation – began our study of forensic science with a focus on observation and inference.  Students also completed their Trees and Forests unit test.

Social Studies – Ancient Athens -  focused on the roles of men and women in Ancient Athens as well as specific vocabulary related to Ancient Athens.

 

Looking Forward to Next Week

Math – Reading / Interpreting / Predicting Graphs – students will continue to explore bar and line graphs as ways to display data.

L.A. Reading – Finish reading The City of Ember. 

     Writing – Finish character paragraphs for The City of Ember. 

     Representing – Making a final decision of how to represent the key moment/character/event in The City of Ember (final project).

Science – Evidence and Investigation – Study of forensic science with a focus on observation, inference, steps in solving cases and fingerprinting. 

Social Studies – Ancient Athens – structure of Athenian democracy with a focus on the roles of men and women.  Who was considered a citizen of Athens and allowed to participate in the democratic process?

 

Additional Information:

   Fish Creek Park – Friday, November 18 – weather permitting

   Thursday, November 24 – Parent / Teacher Conferences (in person)

   Friday, November 25 – Parent / Teacher Conferences (online)

   Thursday, December 15 - Woodbine’s Winter Wonderful of Giving (further information to follow)

Update – November 4, 2022

Math –Estimation and Integers– students explored rounding numbers, estimating amounts and expanded the known number line by adding negative numbers.

L.A. Reading The City of Ember – we continued to read the novel and continued working on character paragraphs.  We also talked about the final project for The City of Ember and discussed various possible ideas for how to represent “the most important moment”.

Writing – continued with paragraph writing including topic sentences, sentences that provide evidence for the topic and a concluding sentence.

Science – Trees and Forests – this week we completed our land use projects, our comic about an abiotic factor affecting the forest and completed a study guide in preparation for our test Tuesday, November 8.

Social Studies – Ancient Athens -  explored where Greece is on the world map and where Athens is in Greece.  Started a discussion of the factors leading to democracy.

 

Looking Forward to Next Week

 Math –Integers and Graphing - study of integers will continue 

 L.A. Reading – continue reading The City of Ember. 

Writing – continue writing paragraphs about a character from The City of Ember. 

Representing – Finding a way to represent the key moment/character/event in The City of Ember (final project).

 Science – Evidence and Investigation – begin our study of forensic science with a focus on observation and inference. 

Trees and Forests Test: Tuesday, November 8.

Social Studies – Ancient Athens – structure of Athenian democracy with a focus on the roles of men and women.

 

Additional Information:

   Thursday, November 10 – Remembrance Day Assembly

   Friday, November 11 – Remembrance Day – no school



Update - October 28, 2022

Math –Review of Place Value– we continued to explore place value using expanded and standard forms.  We also completed a test on patterns and algebra.  Results will be ready Monday. 

L.A. Reading The City of Ember – we continued to read the novel and continued working on character paragraphs.

Writing – paragraph writing including topic sentences, sentences that provide evidence for the topic and a concluding sentence.

Science – Trees and Forests – continued exploring land use issues and who should be included in land use decisions.  Students also brainstormed the importance of biotic and abiotic factors in keeping the forest healthy.

Social Studies – The Charter of Rights and Freedoms – continued exploring the 6 main categories of rights provided to us via the Charter (fundamental freedoms, democratic rights, equality rights, language rights, mobility rights and legal rights).  Students are creating a visual representation of the 6 categories.  Began looking at Athens, Greece (the birthplace of democracy).

 

Looking Forward to Next Week

Math –Place Value Review continued – students will continue to review value of numbers in our place value system and start expanding the number line with a beginning study of integers.

L.A. Reading – continue reading The City of Ember. 

Writing – continue writing paragraphs about a character from The City of Ember. 

Science – Trees and Forests – We will be wrapping up our study of trees and forests.  Land use projects will be due and we will be creating a study guide for our unit test the following week.

Social Studies – The Charter of Rights and Freedoms – finish visual representations of the 6 categories of rights.  Beginning study of democracy in Ancient Athens.

 

Additional Information:

   Monday, October 31 – Happy Halloween

   Friday, November 4 – Fish Creek Friday

Update - October 21, 2022

 Math Pattern and Algebra and Begin Review of Place Value– we continued to explore using t-tables and algebraic formulas to predict patterns.  We also reviewed number place value.

L.A. Reading The City of Ember – we continued to read the novel and started working on character paragraphs.

Writing – paragraph writing including topic sentences, sentences that provide evidence for the topic and a concluding sentence.

Science – Trees and Forests – explored land use issues and brainstormed all the various stakeholders involved in our forest areas (many perspectives have to be included when we are considering land use).  Completed adaptation projects and began working on a mini land use project.

Social Studies – The Charter of Rights and Freedoms – explored the 6 main categories of rights provided to us via the Charter (fundamental freedoms, democratic rights, equality rights, language rights, mobility rights and legal rights).  Students are creating a visual representation of the 6 categories.

 

Looking Forward to Next Week

Math –Place Value Review continued – students will continue to review value of numbers in our place value system.

Pattern and Algebra Test: Wednesday, October 26

L.A. Reading – continue reading The City of Ember. 

Writing – continue writing paragraphs about a character from The City of Ember. 

Science – Trees and Forests – continue exploring land use issues and the role of various stakeholders.  Complete land use projects. 

Social Studies – The Charter of Rights and Freedoms – finish visual representations of the 6 categories of rights.

 

Additional Information:

   Friday, October 28 – No School for Students

  Halloween Dance: The Halloween Dance is returning Thursday Oct. 27th from 6 to 8pm.  Buy tickets online for $4 each until Tuesday Oct. 25th.  Remaining tickets will be sold at the door for $5 (cash only)

Buy tickets here:  https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/woodbine-elementary-halloween-dance-tickets-443851691357 

We also still need a number of volunteers to help make this fun event run smoothly.  Please consider signing up for a half hour volunteer role if you are attending.  We could not have these amazing events without help from parents!

 Sign up to volunteer here:  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/409054EABA82DA0FF2-woodbine1

Gift Card Donations: The Woodbine School Council is asking for donations of grocery gift cards to help support families in our school community.  Any denomination is appreciated and can make a big difference. 

It is requested that, if possible, the gift cards be purchased for Superstore or Loblaws as these stores have other items such as clothing and can be used to meet more basic needs than simply food. 

There will be a drop off box for these gift cards at the Halloween dance, or they can be dropped off at the school office at any point.  Please indicate the value on the gift card.


October 14, 2022 Update

Math – Patterns and Algebra– continued extending patterns.  Continued practice of long division.

L.A. Reading The City of Ember– started reading novel individually or with a partner.  Continued to focus on character traits and main events.

Writing – finished short stories. 

 Science – focused on how we have used our forests in the past, how we use them today and what we could potentially use them for in the future.  Continued working on forest adaptation project.

Social Studies – Focused on Canada’s constitution and The Charter of Rights and Freedoms

 

Looking Forward to Next Week

Math – Patterns and Algebra – recognizing pattern and placing the information into t-charts, extending the pattern using algebraic expressions.

L.A. Reading The City of Ember– Continue reading and begin writing character paragraphs (choose a character from The City of Ember)

Writing – Focus on paragraph writing (topic sentence, 3 pieces of evidence backing up the topic sentence, concluding sentence)

 Science – Trees and Forests with a focus on stakeholders and land use.  Continue forest adaptation projects (project due Friday, October 21).

Social Studies – Continue studying the 6 categories of rights outlined in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

 

Additional Information

 Thursday, October 20 – Fish Creek field trip

October 7, 2022 - Grade 6 Update

* Math – Patterns – repeating and extending patterns.  Review of long division.

Coordinate Grid / Transformation Test – Tuesday, October 5 (tests will be handed back Tuesday, October 11)

L.A. Reading The City of Ember– continued focusing on important events and why they were chosen to represent a part of the book.

Writing – continued writing short stories.  Stories are due Friday, October 14.

Science – focused on what is threatening our forests (invasive species, forest fires, tree diseases, negative human impact etc).  Continued working on forest adaptation project.

 Social Studies – focused on Canada’s three levels of government and some of the services they provide (federal, provincial, municipal).

 

Looking Forward to Next Week

Math – Patterns and Algebra – extending patterns and naming rules for how patterns are growing.

L.A. Reading The City of Ember– begin writing character paragraphs (choose a character

Writing – finish short stories and focus on paragraph writing (topic sentence, 3 pieces of evidence backing up the topic sentence, concluding sentence)writing short stories focusing on story critical characters, settings and objects.

Science – Trees and Forests with a focus on current, historical and future uses of our forests.  Continue forest adaptation projects (project due Friday, October 21).

Social Studies – begin our study of Canada’s constitution and The Charter of Rights and Freedoms

 

Additional Information

Monday, October 11 – Thanksgiving Day

Tuesday, October 12 – Picture Day

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


September 29, 2022 - Grade 6 Update

Math – Cartesian Plane / Coordinate Grid Transformations - rotations were our focus.  Rotations are the final transformation we study in grade 6.  There will be a test on the coordinate grid and transformations (translations, reflections and rotations) on Wednesday, October 5.

L.A. Reading The City of Ember – continued reading and storyboarding important details and continued gathering details about main characters in preparation for a multi-paragraph report.

Writing – looking closer at short stories and what is involved in creating an engaging short piece of writing.  We have started our second story with a focus on story critical setting and a story critical character.

Science – Started looking at forests and interactions between all living things (producers, consumers and decomposers).  Started our new project on a forest from somewhere in the world and the adaptations creatures and plants/trees have to have to survive in that environment.

Social Studies – classroom campaigns shared – candidates took part in debates, shared videos and gave speeches.  Election held Thursday, September 29.  Congratulations to all of the candidates and campaign teams.

Terry Fox Run and Orange Shirt Day (in support of Truth and Reconciliation)

 

Looking Forward to Next Week

Math – Patterns – we are beginning a new section of math that focuses on multiple patterns. 

   Transformation Test – Wednesday, October 5

L.A. Reading The City of Ember – continue reading and choose a character to begin developing a multi-paragraph report providing evidence of chosen character traits.

Writing – finish writing the second short story of the year.

Science – Forests – key interactions.  Continue working on forest adaptation project

Social Studies – Principles of Democracy

 

Additional Information:

            *Monday, October 3 – Grade 6 Vaccinations (for those students receiving them)

            *Thursday, October 6 – Fish Creek (our second day in the park)

            *Friday, October 7 – PD Day – no school for students

            *Monday, October 10 – Thanksgiving Day

            *Tuesday, October 11 – Photo Day


Wednesday, September 21 - midweek update on a few things

Next week is very busy at Woodbine School so wanted to update you on a few things:

1. Terry Fox Run - Wednesday, September 28 (we will be walking in Fish Creek Park)

     If you would like to donate to cancer research, the link is https://schools.terryfox.ca/6347/donate 

2. Orange Shirt Day - Thursday, September 29
3. No School - Friday, September 30 - Indigenous Peoples Day

Can't wait to meet all of you at conferences this week!


Weekly Classroom Update

September 16, 2021

* Math : Cartesian Plane / Coordinate Grid Transformations – moving shapes across the grid using translations and reflections.  Review of multi-digit multiplication.

*L.A.: Reading - The City of Ember.  Begin reading the book together and storyboarding key events.  Quick Writes – completed a second round of short and quick writing and began developing vocabulary for the setting of a new story.

 *Science – Trees and Forests - Continued looking closely at parts of the tree with a focus on some of the processes trees are involved in – nutrient cycle, photosynthesis.

 *Social Studies – Principles of Democracy and Elections – started looking at the 4 main principles of democracy (representation, justice, freedoms and equity) and continued developing classroom campaigns for councilor and mayor. 

 

Looking Forward to Next Week

 *Math – Cartesian Plane / Coordinate Grid Transformations – focus on translations and reflections.  Continue reviewing multiplication and division.

 *L.A. Reading The City of Ember – continue reading and choose a character to begin developing a multi-paragraph report providing evidence of chosen character traits.  Writing – looking closer at short stories and what is involved in creating an engaging short piece of writing.

 *Science – Coniferous and deciduous trees and their role in photosynthesis and the water cycle.  Tree project continued (due date: Monday, September 26)  A close look at features, appearance, adaptations of chosen tree.

 *Social Studies – classroom campaigns continued - recording candidate video/radio ads.  Continue discussion of the Principles of Democracy (justice, equity, freedoms and representation).

FISH CREEK PARK – Thursday, September 22 (this will be our first day spent learning in a natural environment.  Students will be eating lunch in the park)

 NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 – conference day

 

Additional Information

 1. September parent/teacher conferences will be held in-person or virtually.  Please sign up through MyCBE/Powerschool  -  Thursday, September 22 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm and Friday, September 23 8:00 am – 12:00pm.

2. Please return vaccination forms by Wednesday, September 21.



September 14 - Conferences

Parent / Teacher Conferences will be happening Thursday, September 22 (5:00pm- 8:00pm) and Friday September 23 (8:00am - 12:00pm).  There will be an option to participate in an in person conference or virtual conference.

Conference bookings open at 6:00 am on Thursday, September 15 and bookings are made for conferences via your MyCBE account.

I look forward to talking to you and learning a little bit more about your child.

B. Bossenberry


 September 9, 2022

Hello Grade Six Families.  We had a busy week filled with beginning a bunch of new things in all of our subjects.  Hope you all have a wonderful weekend.

 Classroom Update

*Math : Cartesian Plane / Coordinate Grid – we started looking at using coordinates to find a location on a grid.  Calculation Review – we completed several games / activities using our skills with addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.

 *L.A. : Reading Comprehension Activity and Story Writing.

 *Science : Beginning of Trees and Forests unit – we have started looking closely at parts of the tree

 *Social Studies : Canadian election processes. Students have selected campaign teams and identified a candidate for a classroom election for mayor and councillors.

Looking Forward to Next Week

 Math : Cartesian Plane / Coordinate Grid Practice and Project.  Review large number multiplication and division.

 L.A.: Shared Reading of Class Novel – introduction to storyboarding.  Quick Writes – complete a second round of short bits of writing about picture prompts.

 Science – Parts of the Tree, Tree Project beginning - Continue looking closely at parts of the tree (role of the trunk and crown of the tree) and begin our first science project.

 Social Studies – Principles of Democracy, Canadian Levels of Government and Elections – discuss foundational principles of democracy, continue developing campaigns


Additional Information

Google Classroom is available to find student projects and regular updates during the week

Parent/Teacher Conferences – September 22 and 23

Email me anytime at: bdbossenberr@cbe.ab.ca

 


September 2, 2022

 Thank you to all our wonderful grade six families for a very successful start.  Students were keen to try all kinds of different activities.  Their energy is infectious and has made me even more excited about what the year can be.

 Our First Week

 *This week, we spent time reviewing expectations and discussing how our classroom works.

 *Students took part in two Design Challenges. Ask them about what and how they did.

 *We began a mini-project called All About Me. Posted in Google Classroom.

 *Each student set up a grade six google folder.  This is where online work will be stored and is a great place to look for ongoing assignment / project work.

*Google Classroom is up and running.  Expectations are that the students will be checking 3 times a week for messages and updates.  This is also the place to find project outlines and links to useful websites and information we are using in the classroom.

 

Looking Forward to Next Week

*Math : Cartesian Plane / Coordinate Grid, calculation review

*L.A. : Shared reading of The Giver, story writing, reading comprehension 

*Science : Beginning of Trees and Forests unit 

*Social Studies : Beginning a study of Canadian election processes.

*All About Me projects due Friday, September 9.

 

Please feel free to contact me anytime at bdbossenberr@cbe.ab.ca or at 403-777-8630.  A class update will also come out weekly via our class blog which can be found using the following link:

https://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/Woodbine/teaching-learning/classes-departments/teacher-pages-blogs/Pages/bossenberry.aspx

Important Dates

  • Labour Day Monday – No School
  • Meet the Teacher – Sept 22nd & 23rd – No School on Friday, Sept 23rd
  • Truth & Reconciliation Day Sept 30th – No School
  • Fish Creek Friday dates TBD

Have a wonderful long weekend,

B. Bossenberry

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