Ms. Higgs & Ms. Shank

May 16-19

Here are some of the highlights from this week.

In writing we worked on breaking words down into open and closed syllables. Ask your child if they can show you how. We also contiinued our poetry unit by writing Diamante Poems.


In math we worked on adding and subtracting decimals. We have continued to practice reading decimals in the thousandths.


In science we started our Wetlands unit. We looked at the differences between wetlands and lakes and took notes about the 5 different types of wetlands in Alberta.


In social studies we went for a short walk around our community to discover how far a kilometer is. We then learned about the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway across Canada and the challenges they faced.


In gym this week we started a floor hockey unit.

Have a great long weekend!



May 9- 13

We had a great week. Here are some of the highlights.

In math we are learning about decimals. We practiced ordering and comparing decimals.

In science we shared our electricity projects. The projects were fans, lighthouses, flashlights and lunch box alarms. We also had a electricity quiz. Next week we will be starting our Wetlands unit.


In social studies we had a quiz about famous Alberta women in history. Then we looked at the provincial flags and learned about what  year they joined Canada.


In gym we are doing skipping. We practiced doing double dutch. It was hard, but we tried. We also practiced skipping with the long ropes and tried to jump in and out. 

In writing this week we wrote an autobiographical poem and colour poems. We foucsed on using juicy words and not repeating words.


Dictated by Jack, Abby, Cody and Josephina

Photos by Morgan

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









May 2- 6

 This week we have been learning about…

 

In gym we have been skipping outside and inside. We have been learning all sorts of tricks. One of the tricks we did was crossing the rope and another trick was the figure eight.

 

We have been learning about different important women in Canadian history in Social Studies. Some of them are the Famous Five and Viola Desmond. We had to choose who we thought were the most important women based on our opinion and give reasons our choices.

 

In writing we looked at pictures and wrote from different perspectives.  We also started learning about poems. We worked on writing a simile poem. A simile is comparing what you are talking about with something else using the key words ‘like’ or ‘as’.

 

This week in math we have been learning about decimals. We related decimals to fractions and learning the name of the decimals on the place value chart.

 

Dictated by Kelsea, Savanna, Lachlan, Kai T.

Photos by Jiwon

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




April 25-29

This week was very exciting and interesting.

In gym we started and finished Mission Impossible. The hardest part was the code at the end (it changed each day). Most kids made it through by Friday.


In math we worked on equivalent fractions. We multiplied or divided the numerator and denominator by the same number to get an equivalent fraction. We also used fraction strips and pictures that we divided into equal parts.


In writing we wrote fairy tales from a different character's perspective. We changed them a bit, but kept the main events the same. We wrote our stories on computers and Chromebooks. 


In science this week we built and tested burglar alarms. We used buzzers and lights.  Most of them worked but were a lilttle finicky. 


This week in social studies  we were learning about women in Canadian history. So far we have learned about Jeanne Mance, Emily Stowe, Molly Brant and Jane Constance Cook. 


Dictated by Cleo, Brooklynn and Luke

Photos by Josie D.

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


April 19-22

This was a fantastic fun week!

In math we learned about comparing fractions. We used cross multiplication to find out which fraction was bigger. We also practiced using the lowest common denominator when comparing 2 fractions.


In gym we used the big climber and big equipment. We had stations where we did different things at each station. Next week is Mission Impossible! :)



In science we learned about electromagnets. An electromagnet is a magnet that is made with electricity. You can turn an electromagnet on and off. Next week we will be making burglar alarms. 


In writing we listened to 4 fairy tales and used sketch notes to help us remember the events. Next week we will choose one of the fairy tales to write from a different perspective.


In social studies we had a quiz on 6 famous Canadians that made an impact on our country.


In health we finished our 'Worry and Anxiety Tree'. We are hoping that it will help to teach other students in the school and give them some strategies to try.


Dictated by Maggie Y., Chase, Daymeion, Kaiden

Photos by Maggie K.

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


April 11-14

This week felt a little crazy! Mrs. Shank was away sick for 3 days so our days looked a little different. Sorry for the lack of pictures this week. We will get back on track with that next week.


In Writing this week, we focused on perspective, personification and point of view. The students wrote about the day in the life of an inanimate object using first person perspective. The writing was great and very fun to read.


In Math our focus was fractions. We practiced comparing and ordering fractions with like numerators or denominators. We also learned a little bit about equivalent fractions. We used hands on materials ( and lots of talk about dividing food) to help with our understanding.


We did a lot of Science this week! We worked on building parallel and series circuits by either putting the bulbs or the batteries in series and parallel. We also had fun testing materials to determine if they were insulators or conductors.


In Health we are continuing to build an informative bulletin board for our hallway about anxiety and worry. We want to help to educate other students in the school.

We hope that everyone has a lovely Easter and and fabulous long weekend!


Important Dates

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

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


April 4-8

We had an amazing week! We had lots of fun. Here are some of the highlights.

In science this week we learned about parallel and series circuits.  In a series circuit, when one light bulb goes out, they all go out. In a parallel circuit, when one builb goes out, the others stay on. We practiced making both kinds of circuits.

This week in gym we started gymnastics. We worked on balances. We practiced one point, two point, three point and four point balances. We had to hold each balance for three seconds. We also did log rolls, pencil rolls, egg rolls, dish rolls and teddy bear rolls. 

In writing we learned about point of view (POV). The different types of POV are 1st person, 2nd person and 3rd person. We looked through books and figured out what point of view they were written in. We watched the Pixar short called "For the Birds". We imagined we were the small bird and then the big bird, and wrote the story from their point of view (in 1st person).



In Math we learned about capacity. We used water and yogurt containers that were 100 mL, to fill up different sizes of containers to measure their capacity in L and mL. We also started learning about fractions. We reviewed what fractions are and what they mean.

In Social Studies we finished doing our skits about famous Canadians. We learned about Chief Crowfoot, Louis Riel and Jacques Cartier. After each skit we watch a video about these famous Canadians.


In art we are learning about perspective. We did drawings with one point perspective that look like buildings from the sky (bird's eye view).

On Thursday we had our very first assembly in 2 years! We said goodbye to Mrs. McKay and hello to our new principal Ms. Clark. The whole school sang "Down by the Bay" with a special last verse for Mrs. McKay. Mrs. Mabott went around and had students pick out rhyming words to add into the song. Mr. Ailsworth and Ms. Clark did magic tricks to amaze us and make us all laugh. It was a great assembly. 

Dictated by Bauman, Lachlan, Ethan and Josie

Photos by Jade


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

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



Mar. 28- Apr. 1


After having  Spring Break, we were happy to have a busy week at school.

In writing this week we worked on revising, editing and publishing our stories. We used a rubric to mark our work and help us reach higher marks. We published our stories on Chromebooks and laptops.


In Social Studies we made up skits about some famous Canadians and how they were important in our  history. Some of the skits were about John Cabot, Sir John A. MacDonald, Samuel D. Champlain. 


In math we continued to work on area, perimeter and volume. We have been doing many different activities to practice. We did centers and practice sheets. We had a check- in at the end of the week. 


In science we made electric circuits using switches.  We made switches using paper clips  and metal fasteners. We learned that switches are important because they make our lives easier by opening and closing circuits.


In gym we played a new scooter dodgeball game. We had to race across the gym with a partner and not get hit by  balls. We had to collect beanbags from the other side of the gym and bring them back. There were people on the sidelines throwing balls.


In reading, some of us started a new Book Club. We were given several choices and had to vote on a book for the group to read. We are excited to get started on our books. 

Dictated by Kelsea, Emily and Maggie K.

Photos by Lillian

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

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



Mar. 13- 18

We had another busy week.

In writing this week we finished the first drafts of our short stories. We focused on vivid verbs. We have continued to work on elaborating in our writing. After spring break we will publish our best/favourite story.

In math we have been practicing  measuring volume, area and perimeter. We were challenged with an online escape room. It was hard, but a fun challenge!


In social studies we started a timeline  of the history of Canada. We used sketch notes to start our timelines. 


In science we learned about open and closed circuits. We used 2 wires, a bulb and a battery to make closed circuits and then we figured out how to open the circuits. We also learned the symbols to draw the circuits.


Monday, March 21st is World Down Syndrome Day. The theme is "Rock your Socks". On Friday we celebrated it by wearing fun socks.


In art we did a mixed media project. To celebrate spring we made robins nests with eggs in them. We used, twigs, clay, paper and pastels.


We hope that everyone has a wonderful Spring Break!

Dictated by Mya and RE

Photos by RE


Important Dates:

March 18 - Last Day of Classes - Rock Your Socks!

March 21 - World Down Syndrome Day

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

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



Mar. 7-10

This was a short week.

In gym we practiced working as a team and cooperating. We used hula hoops to move as quickly as possible to collect items.

In science we learned about D cell batteries and made simple circuits to light a  mini light bulb. We also learned if we connected a wire to both terminals of a battery, the wire got hot. Electricity moves from the negative to positive terminals.



In math we measured volume by using blocks and equations. length x width x height = volume


In social studies we used sketch notes and made a page about our identities. Sketch notes are when you sketch a quick picture and write a quick note about it.

In writing we finished writing our first short stories. When we finished our stories, we did a self evaluation and then worked with a partner to do peer editing. On Thursday we focused on elaborating on our endings.

In health we talked about useful and spinning worries. If we let the spinning spin too long we get an anxiety spot. 

Dictated by Morgan, Luke, Kai F. and RE

Photos by Bauman


Important Dates:

March 5 - Conference booking opens for parents at 9:00 am through PowerSchool

March 8 - School Council Meeting

March 10 - Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 10 - Pick up ‘Fill Your Freezer’ orders between 4:30 and 7:00 pm

March 11 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 18 - Last Day of Classes

March 21 - World Down Syndrome Day

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

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


Feb. 28 - Mar. 4

This week has been fun and exciting. We have learned lots of new things.

In gym we are playing tennis. We have been working on hitting the ball back and forth using backhand and forehand.


In math we started to learn about area and perimeter. We estimated and measured the area and perimeter of rectangles and irregular shapes. We got to go on a scavenger hunt to find different areas and perimeters of objects around the school. 


In science we finished learning about electrical saftey and how to use electricity properly. We learned that electricity is when elctrons travel from atom to atom. This is called electric current. 


In social studies  we learned about potlatches. Potlatches are a celebration and or a ceremony that takes place around the northwest coast of Canada. The word potlatch means 'to give'. The chief would give oil and other essentials away to show his wealth.

In writing we started creating our short stories. First we made a story plan. Then we started our stories with a hook. We are focusing on elaborating and making our stories detailed. On Friday we watched a Mr. Bean video and decided what the problems and solutions were.

On Friday we moved all of our desks into one room!  We are now sitting in pairs and will use room 14 as a break out room for small groups.

Dictated by Morgan, Kiane, Brooklynn, Ethan, Kelsea, Luke, Chase, Lillian, Mya, Austin and Bauman

Photos by Maggie Y.


Important Dates:

March 5 - Conference booking opens for parents at 9:00 am through PowerSchool

March 8 - School Council Meeting

March 10 - Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 10 - Pick up ‘Fill Your Freezer’ orders between 4:30 and 7:00 pm

March 11 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 18 - Last Day of Classes

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

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



Feb. 21-25

This week we have done many interesting things at school. 

In art we drew a nature picture, covered it in glue and traced it with yarn. We then put tin foil over it, etched some interesting details and textures onto our piece and rubbed shoe polish onto it. We were trying to make it look like old metal.


In math we were doing long division ( 3 digit by 1 digit). On Thursday we had a division quiz. We played a Four Corners mulitiplication game.


In gym we started a new unit on tennis. We practiced forehand and backhand. We tried to see how many times we could bounce the ball in the air. 


In social studies we did our presentations of the region we were studying. We had to go to the front of the room and  share our research posters. The group decided who would read each part. At the end we had to answer questions about other group's presentations. 


In science we started our electricity unit. We learned some electricity safety tips like water and electricity do not mix, never put metal utensils in an electric plug or toaster, stay away from electrical transformers, stay  away from power lines, do not plug too many things into one outlet and if there is a damaged wire, throw it out or repair it with electrical tape.


In writing we focused on using specific nouns, specific verbs and adjectives. We brainstormed specific nouns in small groups. Then we elaborated on some basic sentences to make them more interesting. 

Dictated by Kai T., Josephina, Emily, Kelsea

Photos by Luke

Important Dates:

March 5 - Conference booking opens for parents at 9:00 am through PowerSchool

March 8 - School Council Meeting

March 10 - Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 10 - Pick up ‘Fill Your Freezer’ orders between 4:30 and 7:00 pm

March 11 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 18 - Last Day of Classes

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

April 22 - Class Photos



Feb. 7- 11

This week was pretty good.

In writing we looked at a picture and wrote stories about it. Our stories had to have at least one adjective to describe each noun in the picture. At the beginning of our stories we had to make sure we answered the questions who it is it about, where  and when does it take place?


In math we started learning long division. We made a visual reminder to help us remember the steps. It was a cheeseburger that said Does McDonalds serve cheese burgers. The steps in long divsion are divide, multiply, subtract, check  and bring down (repeat if necessary).


In science we tested several white powders to see how they would react with iodine, vinegar and water. We wrote all our answers on a chart. Then we had to use the chart and test 3 mystery powders to figure out what they were. There were 4 powders to choose from ( baking soda, Borax, baking powder and cornstarch). Next week we are having a chemistry test. 


In social studies we finished our paragraphs on different Indigenous people of Alberta. We drew pictures to illustrate the paragraphs and we glued them onto a poster with the name of the Ingingenous group we wrote about.


In gym we continued practicing our soccer skills. We played a game where we had to knock down other team's pins and bring them back to our side.


Dictated by Lillian, Savanna and Cleo

Photos by Jack


Important Dates:

February 15 - School Council Meeting

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

February 21 - No School - Family Day

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

April 2 - World Autism Day

April 12 - School Council Meeting

April 15 - No School - Good Friday

April 18 - No School - System-wide PL Day

April 22 - Class Photos


Feb. 1- Feb.4

This week was amazing!

In math  we did 3 activities in order on a Tic Tac Toe board. Some of the activies were multiplication cup stacking, Kaboom, Google Classroom math games, practice sheets and task cards. We were practicing 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication with any method we chose. The methods we chose from were the standard algorithm, box method and lattice method.




In science we learned about acids, bases and neutrals. We learned that acids and bases have different pH levels. If pH levels are too high or two low, the chemicals can be dangerous. We used red and blue litmus paper to test 10 different liquids to figure out if they were an acid, base or neutral. 



In writing we started learning about character development. We drew our characters from our story plans, described what they look like and made up their character traits. We then started learning about adjectives to help us elaborate in our stories. We played a game where we had to catch a beach ball with words on it and then use adjectives to describe the word our thumb landed on. We wrote about a special place (either real or imaginary) and described it using our five senses and many adjectives. 



In social studies we worked on turning our jot notes into paragraphs from our research. 


In gym we started our soccer unit and worked on ball handling. We played a game called 4 Corners. We had to steal balls from other team's hula hoops. We played for one minute and at the end, whichever team had the most balls in their hoop were the winners. 

Dictated by Josie, RE and Maggie K.

Photos by Cleo

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

April 2 - World Autism Day

April 12 - School Council Meeting

April 15 - No School - Good Friday

April 18 - No School - System-wide PL Day

April 22 - Class Photos


Jan. 24-28

This week was a fun week.

In gym we continued playing badminton. We were practicing serving on the diagonal. Our badiminton skills have improved.


In French we played charades where one person would act out an animal, and the rest of the class tried to guess the name of the animal in French. 


In math we learned the lattice method and standard method for multiplication. Some of us found the lattice method easier. 


On Friday's we do something called Fluency Friday. We play math games in small groups to help us with our mental math and remembering our facts quickly. 


In Science we watched a video about chemical reactions. We did 2 experiments where we made carbon dioxide gas from mixing vinegar and baking soda. We learned that carbon dioxide can put out fire and that it is heavier than air. 

In Social we wrote jot notes about how different Indigenous people survived. 


In writing we worked with partners  to come up with every day situations and brainstormed what could go wrong. Then we made the problem get bigger three times.  After that we came up with a solution and ending.



In health we learned how to properly set goals with steps. We made up a goal for ourselves.

In art we finished our name sculptures.


This week's blog was dictated by Brooklynn, Jiwon, Lachlan and Chase

Photos by Savanna


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 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



Jan. 17- 21

This week we accomplished a lot. 

In gym we learned about scoring in badminton and how to keep track of points. We played mini games.


In science we continued learning about surface tension. We filled a glass full of water to the very top and slid pennies into the water until it  bulged over the cup. We then used the surface tension of water to try and get a paper clip to float. We also put drops of water on wax paper and tried to cut them apart and slide them together. We tried the same thing with rubbing alcohol and oil. We found out that the oil and rubbing alcohol  have a weaker surface tension than water. 



In math we are learning how to do the box method for 2 digit by 2 digit multiplication.


In social studies we are learning about different first nations people and how they survived in different parts of Canada. For example, some of them ate squirrels, seals, or sea otters for food.


In writing we learned about similes. A simile is comparing 2 things using the words like or as. For example, my dog is as fluffy as a cotton ball or my dad is as clever as a computer. We were learning about the key parts of a short story. We read several short stories and analyzed them. 




In art we are making sculptures out of our names.


This week's blog was dictated by Cody, Luke, Maggie Y. and Morgan

Photos by Austin


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

March 8 - School Council Meeting

March 11 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 18 - Last Day of Classes

March 28 – Classes Resume


Jan. 10-14

Happy New Year! 

This week we learned about surface tension in Science. What we did was we took an eye dropper and a penny. We dropped droplets of water on the penny and we kept track of how many drops it took for the water to fall off. Then we did the same thing with soapy water. We found out we could get more plain water on a penny than soapy water. This is because the soapy water broke the surface tension. Plain water  likes to stick together and it formed a dome on the penny. 


This week in gym we started badminton. We worked on controlling the birdie (shuttlecock). We were passing it back and forth in a group of 4. We practiced trying to keep the birdie from hitting the ground. We played Last Person Standing to see who could keep it up the longest. 


In Math we learned about surveys and double bar graphs. We also used bar graphs to graph our Science results about surface tension.


In Writing we wrote book reviews. We wrote about books we read over the holiday or a favourite book. We wrote a summary, gave our opinion, made a recommendation and gave the book a rating out of 10. We published our reviews on computers and are going to dispay our work for others to read.


In Social Studies we learned about survival. We learned about surviving in the mountains, forest, desert and near the ocean. We also used a Venn Diagram to compare the Blackfoot and Anishinaabe people.



This week's Blog was dictated by Ethan, Stone, Jade and Luke


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

March 8 - School Council Meeting

March 11 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 18 - Last Day of Classes

March 28 – Classes Resume


Dec. 6- 10

This week we learned about a lot of different things. 

In Science  we separated mixtures. We used water, sifters, filters and magnets to separate them. The mixtures were, sand and popcorn, salt and pepper, water and cornstarch, and sand and iron filings. We used the properites of the materials to help us figure out the best way to separate the mixtures.


In Gym this week we played dodgeball games. We played Revenge Dodgeball, Castle Dodgeball and Benchball. We were practicing throwing and catching.

In Social Studies we used Minecraft to learn about the Anishanaabe Nation. We learned about the tools they use and their teachings. We looked at different symbols and what they mean. For example the turtle represents the shape of North and South America. 


In math we are using algebra to solve equations. For example 5+ T = 15. Then we had to explain how we solved it. 

In Writing this week we wrote restaurant and movie reviews. We wrote a fact paragraph and an opinion paragraph for each one. We used OREO (Opinion, Reason, Example, Opinion) writing to help us with the opinion paragraphs.

This week's Blog was dictated by Brooklynn, Josie D., Kai T. and Kai F.

Photos by Ethan

Important Dates

December 14 - School Council Meeting, 6:30 pm - Virtual meeting open to all EMJ parents

December 17 -  P.J. Day and 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



Nov. 29- Dec. 3

This week we did a lot of fun things.


In math we started to learn algebra with letters in the equations. For example 5 x Y= 20. We just finished our multiplication and division units.

In gym we were still doing football. We also played new game called Yoshi. Ask your kid how we played the game.

In writing we have been doing opinion writing AKA OREO writing. We have been doing double stuffed and triple stuffed OREOs. We wrote about the most important school subject, the best pet and a class theme day. We published our best paragraph  and marked ourselves with a rubric.


In science we started learning about mixtures. The two types are homongenous and heterogeneous. A homongenous mixture is when there are 2 or more ingredients mixed together and you can't see the individual substances ( for example orange juice). A heterogeneous mixture is when 2 or more things are mixed and you can see the individual substances (for example cereal, stew and salad). We also used cornstarch and water to make a 'non- Newtonian fluid' called Oobleck. This mixtures has the properties of a solid and a liquid. 


In social studies we are doing Minecraft Education to learn about different Indigenous people. So far we have looked around the map. We saw teepees, birds, rivers and deer. Next week we are going to explore what it was like for people in the Anishinaabe Nation. 

This week's blog was dictated by RE, Mya, Bauman and Daymeion

Photos by Josephina

Important Dates

December 6 to 10 Scholastic Book Fair

December 14 - School Council Meeting, 6:30 pm - Virtual meeting open to all EMJ parents

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




Nov. 22-26

This week was a short one for students but we accomplished a lot!

In Writing, we started a unit on Opinion Writing. We discussed what an opinion was and brainstormed ways to state our opinons. We then played 'Would You Rather'. The students were given two choices (such as, would you rather be the smartest person in the world or the most athletic?) and then had to choose one option and give their opinion.  We worked on writing our own opinion paragraphs using the OREO acronym (Opinion, Reason, Example, Opinion). We are working on giving at least two or three reasons and examples in our pargraphs. The students are working hard at elaborating in their writing and giving their writing their own voice. 


In Science we started our Chemistry unit. We began by learning about the three states of matter. Next week we will do a fun activity around this topic.



In social studies this week we started our next unit on the history of Canada. Students worked together in groups to brainstorm what they remembered about the Indigenous Peoples of Alberta with the focus of culture and history. Next week we will start to explore other Nations around Canada looking for similarities and differences.

 

Students practiced their division facts this week in math. They played games and explored different mental math strategies. Next week we will have a division facts quiz before we move onto algebraic equations.

It was great speaking with most of you at Conferences on Thursday and Friday.

Have a great weekend!


Photos by Cody

Important Dates

December 6 to 10 Scholastic Book Fair

December 14 - School Council Meeting, 6:30 pm - Virtual meeting open to all EMJ parents

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



Nov.15-19

This week we had many interesting things going on.

Our new unit in gym is football. We played a football version of Capture the Flag and a game called Forwards and Backs. We were practicing catching and passing.

This week was Metis Week. We learned about different parts of Metis culture. We read some information  with a partner and found the main idea and supporting details. After we gathered all of the details and the main idea, we turned them into one big paragraph. We presented our work to the class with our partner.



In math we had a multiplication quiz. We also played a game similar to 4 Corners but it was called 9 Corners. Mrs. Shank put 9 cards around the room. We had to go to one card and if she said a division question and  your number was the quotient then you were out.


In social studies we finished our project called 'The Great Candian Text Book Challenge'. We had to write a paragraph about our favourite region of Canada. We made a Google slide with pictures about our region and we labeled them. When we finished, we had some free time and went on Google Earth. We looked at places want to go to or places that we have been in Canada.


In science we had a test on Weather. To prepare for the quiz we played a  Weather Kahoot. 


In French, we finished a small poster about clothing and colours. We drew a person and labeled their coloured clothing in French words.


In art we created dot art inspired by Metis art.


This week's Blog was dictated by Emily, Kiane, Jiwon and Luke

Photos by Lily G.


Important Dates:

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



Nov.1- 5

This week we wrote postcards to Veterans.We did this to honor Canadian Armed Forces for Remembrance Day. They will be sent to veterans next week.



In math we played multiplication games and learned strategies to do mulitplication. We are trying to memorize our multiplication facts up to 9x9. An example of a game we played is a very complicated version of Go Fish with squared numbers.


In science we learned about climate change. We learned about greenhouse gases and the greenhouse effect. Carbon dioxide goes into the ocean and makes carbonic acid. This is killing the coral. If we have no coral it will destroy a food chain. We learned about our carbon footprints and how to make them smaller. One thing we can do is turn off the lights when we leave the room and unplug things that use energy when we are not using them. 


By Savanna


In social studies we researched about the climates in the regions of Canada. 


In writing we took notes from articles about  body systems. We elaborated on the notes and put them into our own words. We wrote a paragraph for each system and an introductory paragraph and a conclusion. We used technology to do our writing.


This week's Blog was dictated by Maggie K., Chase, Lachlan and Jack


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 14 - School Council Meeting

December 10 - No School – School-based PL Day

December 17 - Last Day of Classes - Winter Break




Oct. 25-29

This week in our writing we worked on taking jot notes from articles. We then used our jot notes to create our own paragraphs. We read about lemmings and natural disasters. One of our focuses was to add our own voices into our paragraphs and elaborate on the facts in our jot notes.

On Friday, we worked in groups to take notes from an article about bats. We then had some fun with a Kahoot quiz about bats.



In gym this week we started our volleyball unit. We worked on volley, bump and serve.



In Science we began learning about climate change. We shared our questions, concerns, connections and comments after watching 2 videos. We then played a game outside to demonstrate how greenhouse gases trap heat on the earth.



Our class carved the pumpkin given to us by Parent Council. We decided to create 'Tree Haven' and the 'echochamber' from the novel Silverwing that we are currently reading. All students participated to create our display.





Happy Halloween everyone! Stay safe and have fun!


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. 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.


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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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