January 18th- 22nd

All classes have wrapped up their Physical Region of Canada Project and ended it with a class presentation. It was awesome to see the students explain their learning in their own unique and creative ways! We will begin a new unit next week. 

Classes have been focusing on writing point of view by using characters from the Front Desk. Students were challenged to become a character from the book and describe an event as if they were living through it. This week also started our second round of CARS and STARS, which is an assessment that targets 12 types of comprehension.

December 14th-18th

Some classes continued reading Front Desk. Check in with your student to see how they are enjoying the story and what has happened so far!

Students had more time to research their physical region and should be done at this time. Students also worked on the quality of life aspect of their research which has students summarizing their information to determine what kind of life people have. 

December 7th-11th

Classes worked on their good copies of their character trait writing this week. Students were to self and peer review using COPS to ensure they were ready for their final work. 

Most classes have begun their research into a specific Canadian physical region. Ask your student what region they are working on! 

November 30th- December 4th

Students have been recording character traits with a specific character in mind. As they have listened to the story, students recorded examples to support their character trait using a brainstorming page. Students then took their brainstorming examples and placed them into a writing planner. 

In Social Studies, classes have now learned all/most of the areas of the six physical regions of Canada. This week, they will be introduced to their research project where they will choose one region to research more in-depth. 

November 23rd-27th

Adjectives that describe a character are called a character trait. We can figure out character traits by looking at the words a character uses, the actions they perform, their thoughts & feelings, and how other character's react to them. Students looked at these categories in order to find character traits for Mr. Yao, Mia, Mr. & Mrs. Tang, and Jason. 

In Social Studies, students sketch-noted information about the physical regions of Canada through videos, slideshows, and a scavenger hunt. They learned about the landscape/landforms, jobs, animals, and Indigenous groups for each. 

November 16th-20th

In the book Front Desk, classes discussed the importance of setting and how it influences the plot and characters. Students demonstrated their understanding of this in two ways: through a setting drawing and a setting writing piece.

Students were introduced to the 6 regions of Canada: The Cordillera, The Interior Plains, The Arctic, The St. Lawrence and Great Lakes, The Atlantic and The Canadian Shield. 

November 9th-13th

Classes continued reading Front Desk. Ask your student about the book! Here are some guiding questions: where does this story take place? Who are some of the characters? What do we know about them? 

Please check-in with your student and/or check Powerschool to see if your student has submitted their Imagination Island project!

November 2nd-6th

Classes were introduced to their first novel read aloud of the year- Front Desk! Take a look at the website to learn more, including the inspiration behind the book: https://www.frontdeskthebook.c...

Classes also began wrapping up their Imagination Island projects by creating new animals with physical and behavioral adaptations that could exist on their islands. Final good copies were due today or early next week!

October 12 - 23

Language Arts

Students learned about different types of sentences as well as how to respond to questions.  Daily reading is also encouraged at school and home.  

Social Studies

Students began working on creating their own "Imaginary Island". In this project they are to create an island that demonstrates an understanding of longitude and latitude coordinates, compass directions, a legend including landforms and cities.

October 5 - October 9

Language Arts

The students continued using the COPS editing strategy.  Students were also assessed on their reading comprehension this week.  All classes also worked on a class banner representing their "house" as part of Chimera Time.  The three houses that were represented are Goat, Snake and Lion. 

Social Studies

Students were introduced to different types of landforms this week.  They learned 20 different types - mountains, hills, cliffs, swamps, peninsula, isthmus, etc...

September 28 - October 2

Language Arts

This week the students continued learning about the editing strategy - C.O.P.S. to improve their writing.  A variety of activities were designed for the students to practice these strategies. We will be using this strategy throughout the year.

C= Capitals

O= Organization

P= Punctuation

S= Spelling

In addition to learning about editing over the past few weeks this week we also focused a variety of activities about Terry Fox and Orange Shirt Day. 

Social Studies

The students continued to learn about Canada through our work about Terry Fox.  In addition to this work we also looked at maps and created a compass rose art piece.  Check out the Google Classroom for some of the examples later in the week.  Landforms will be our next focus in Social Studies.


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