Ms. Higgs & Ms. Shank

Oct. 18-22

In math this week we focused on problem solving. Students hunted for key words within word problems to determine if addition or subtraction was required to answer the question. After sorting a number of problems into these two categories we developed an anchor chart with the key words and went on to solving addition and subtraction word problems.


On Thursday we took our learning outside. We used sidewalk chalk to write positive messages about being good citizens. We also did an observation activity where the students had to use their senses.


In Science we learned about clouds. The students took notes about 4 different types of clouds in order to identify them. Next week they will turn those notes into riddles.

In Writing we finished learning about the different types of courage and how we can show courage in different situations. We created poems modeled after the book 'Courage' by Bernard Waber. 

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 14 - School Council Meeting

December 10 - No School – School-based PL Day

December 17 - Last Day of Classes - Winter Break



Oct. 12-15

In social studies this week, students practiced their mapping skills. We played a game of modified battleship/bingo game to practice finding coordinates using longitude and latitude.

 

In math we have been spending time brushing up on our addition and subtraction skills. Students worked in partners and did some ‘furniture shopping’. They needed to use estimation and rounding to shop for furniture while having a budget of $15 000. During this activity students needed to decide on a number of different options to choose from. They also needed to find how much money would be left over after they complete their shopping. During the activity some students found they went over budget and needed to make changes.

We spent a few minutes on Friday practicing our typing using Dance Mat. This program can be found in our Google Classroom under writing. We encourage the students to practice with this program at home to improve their typing skills. We will most likely not be using this program often at school. It would be great for all of the students to improve their typing skills to help speed up their work. 




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

December 14 - School Council Meeting

December 10 - No School – School-based PL Day

December 17 - Last Day of Classes - Winter Break



Oct. 4-7

 

This week in Art the students finished their 4 seasons trees. We have learned about the seasons and the equinoxes and solstices in Science, and this was a nice way to tie it all together.

 



In Language Arts this week our focus was compassion. We listened to the story One Drop of Kindness . Then the students made up skits demonstrating compassion and wrote stories based on picture prompts. We discussed self- compassion and how important it is to be kind to ourselves. We listened to a story called Listening With My Heart which illustrated this point. The students created thought bubbles with positive thoughts to remind them they should show self-compassion.

 


In gym this week we started a unit on handball. The focus for this unit will be on throwing and catching.

Have a wonderful long weekend!

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

November 9 - School Council Meeting

November 11 - No School - Remembrance Day





Sept.27- Oct. 1

In preparation and consideration for National Truth and Reconciliation Day our class took a closer look at what Reconciliation means. We started with the definition and explored how we can reconnect and rebuild. We observed the Land Acknowledgement and made our own connections to the land. Students reflected on things they do in nature, what they see and hear, and how the land makes them feel. In order to rebuild, we focused on teachings that we can learn from Indigenous communities and cultures. Our focus this week was on the Seven Sacred Teachings or The Seven Grandfather Teachings. Students took part in a sharing circle outside to discuss each teaching and what it means to them. On Wednesday, students had an opportunity to choose a teaching to represent on a rock.  Here is a link to a read aloud we listen to together:


In Language Arts we continued our look into "What Makes a Good Citizen?". This week we focused on Responsibility. The students created comics that display evidence of responsibility.


In Science  we explored temperature and how hot and cold air behave. We did 2 experiments to find out. Ask your child if they remember what they learned about hot and cold air.



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

November 2 – School Photo Retake Opportunity


Sept.20-23

 

This week was a short week for the students but packed full of learning! Here’s a peek at a few things we did.

 

We had a beautiful day for our Terry Fox Run on Monday. The students pushed themselves to complete as many laps as they could. We are continuing to collect donations for the Terry Fox Foundation until Sept. 30.

 

 

In Science we focused on wind and the instruments used to measure it. The students made wind vanes to measure the direction of the wind. We then learned about anemometers and went outside to measure the wind speed. We had such nice weather this week and the wind was very light! We will try again next week and are hoping for a bit more wind.

 

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In Writing we began looking at ‘Responsibility’. We brainstormed what  responsibility means to us. We then explored our responsibilities in different environments such as home, school, our community and the world. Next week we will be looking at different situations and determining what our responsibility would be and how this makes us good citizens. We will then be creating comics on the theme of responsibility.

 

In math we have been exploring numbers to one million. We have represented large numbers using different forms such as standard, expanded and using words. This week’s focus was ordering and comparing large numbers. We created numbers by following specific instructions and ordered them from least to greatest. Students then had the opportunity to explain the strategies or steps they took to order the numbers. Lastly, students used problem solving skills to read a chart with different populations and answered questions using the clues.  

 

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

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

 


 




Sept. 13 – 17

 

This week in Social Studies we focused on our connection to the land. We discussed what that would mean for each of us and the students wrote about their personal connections. This work is related to creating a personal Acknowledgment of the Land. We also listened to a live presentation by elder Randy Bottle on the importance of the land, the changing of the seasons and the fall equinox. This also related to our exploration of the reason for the seasons  in Science. 

 

In Math we continued to work on reading and ordering large numbers. The students worked on ordering numbers related to the area and population of the provinces and territories of Canada. The discussions about where to place the numbers on our “clotheslines”, how big the spaces should be between numbers and how the area and population of the provinces and territories is related was very interesting.

 

In Language Arts this week we focused on respect. We explored how to respect ourselves physically, mentally and emotionally as well as how to respect others. We examined images to determine if the people in them were showing respect or disrespect and how we could tell.

 

 

Our Terry Fox Run is Monday, September 19th.  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.  We will be collecting donations for Terry during the weeks of September 19-30th

You can either donate on-line  http://www.terryfox.ca/EthelMJohnson or Toonies for Terry can be collected by classroom teachers!

 

Important Dates:

Sept. 20 Terry Fox run

Sept. 23,24 Parent teacher conferences

Sept. 30 Truth and Reconciliation Day

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