Ms. Mabbott & Ms. Stewart

October 19th - 22nd

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


Room 18 had a busy week this week. Some highlights include participating in our EMJ municipal election and completing a plasticine art project. They were excited to finally get to play a football game in gym class and plan to continue to build their skills during recess and lunch. Please read below for the students' summary of this week's learning activities.






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October 12th-15th

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


Room 18 was incredibly busy this week learning about the municipal election and information about each of the candidates, focusing on addition and subtraction of decimal numbers and looking at the different levels of the forest.  The class has shown focus and determination as they complete larger tasks and assignments, advocating for extra time if needed and taking some work home to complete.  

Here is a snapshot of the week's events and learning:




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October 4th-8th

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


Highlights of the Week from the voices of our students: 

“Memoir writing - we are writing about one of our memories. We are using figurative language and adding detail to make people want to read it more” 

“In Math - decimal adding, subtracting. Math Cafe - we had to solve problems with people buying food, adding it up and seeing the total.” 

“We played volleyball & football. ” 

“Fatty Legs - We continued the story and she (Olemaun) went into the Residential School. She realized it wasn’t as good as she thought. They weren’t as nice.” 

Our students had a week full of hard work and persistence! They have shown their abilities to work towards their learning goals and show what they know! 

In ELA, we focused on our writing skills this week.  Students composed a comparison paragraph sharing a character they felt was similar to our classroom read aloud novel character, Olemaun Poikak.  They used a Venn diagram or chart to brainstorm their ideas and then wrote a complete paragraph.  Room 18 also composed their own memoir narrative, sharing a memory that brought about strong emotions. They are now in the midst of adding figurative language to enhance their writing. Ask your child what memory they retold. Next week students will focus on the revision and editing process to complete their memoir work.

In Math this week, we have deepened our understanding of decimal place value and shown our ability to add and subtract decimals. Our students participated in a new Math routine called Dollar Words. We provided a key that allotted an amount for each letter of the alphabet and our students brainstormed words that added up to $1.00.  They also had fun using a Cafè menu to solve money word problems that included addition and subtraction of decimals. Next week we will finish our Cafè questions and build on our addition and subtraction of decimal skills.

Trees and Forests continue to be our focus in Science. This week students learned to use a dichotomous key to identify different Alberta trees.  Starting with the leaves, students work through the key and eliminate possible trees.  We also learned about producers, consumers, and decomposers and discussed various organisms found in our Alberta forest ecosystem.  Students also began to look at the levels of the forest and will continue this focus into next week.

In Social this week, we looked at the 4 pillars of democracy and completed a visual poster that shares our understanding.  Students created their own mnemonic device to recall the pillars and added images and words to share their understanding. In preparation for the upcoming election, we also began to learn about municipal government. Students focused on how this government is structured, what services they provide for their citizens, and how it is different from provincial and federal governments.  Next week we are excited to dive into municipal election research and identify possible candidates we might vote for.  Students will also learn about the election process as we will cast our own City of Calgary votes on Friday!

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September 27th-October 1st

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

This week, CBE recognized Truth and Reconciliation. On Wednesday, Room 18 took part in a virtual meeting with Courtney Defriend, the author of If Instead of a Tree. Students were able to learn about the importance of Trees from an Indigenous perspective and make connections to our Tree & Forests focus in Science. 

Check out our other learnings this week from the voices of our students, including our students sharing informations about the other Indigenous texts and the Trail Tales that we experienced this week. 



September 20th-24th

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

It was wonderful to connect with families this week during conferences! We had an incredible week of learning, check out what we have been up to in Room 18! 

ELA

  • I can explain how literary devices/ figurative language enhance writing 
  • I can identify figurative language in text
  • I can label different examples of figurative language 

In ELA, we have completed our All About Me presentations. Each student shared their artifacts in a unique and creative way, and their peers were asking thoughtful questions to gain a deeper understanding. We are so proud of each of our students taking a risk to speak in front of their peers.

We have also learned various types of figurative language this week such as synecdoche, alliteration, hyperbole, simile and metaphor. We practiced identifying examples of each type of figurative language and had the students collaborate to create their own examples to enhance a paragraph. Then, we worked to identify literary devices within a text. While learning about literary devices, we have used music to support students in remembering the vocabulary and examples for figurative language. Check out the Figurative Language Rap that was a huge hit with our grade 6’s! 


Math

  • I can demonstrate an understanding of place value including numbers greater than 1 million. 
  • I can solve problems that involve addition and subtraction of whole numbers. 

In Math this week, our students continued to explore place value of large numbers to show in various forms including standard, expanded and word form. We then explored addition and subtraction of large numbers and played two games called Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Race to Zero  to practice our skills. Moving forward, we will show off what we have learned in a place value review and check-in and also focus on learning different Math vocabulary that will support our students in working through mathematical word problems. 


Science

  • I can identify a tree as deciduous or coniferous.
  • I can identify a tree by its leaves or needles (type, arrangement, margin, shape)

This week in Science, we have continued to explore the different types of leaves. We went out into our outdoor learning space to collect various types of needles and leaves. We then used our scavenger hunt notes to identify the leaf type, shape and margin of each needle or leaf they found. Our students demonstrated their curiosity and ability to use scientific reasoning to identify each leaf type and draw/label them in their visual journals. We have also begun learning about coniferous versus deciduous trees this week. Next week we will begin our first research task to learn about different deciduous and coniferous trees in Alberta, which will also lead us into an art piece. 


Social

  • I can vote for a future political party based on information and research
  • I can base my political choice on my personal values and beliefs
  • I can participate in the democratic process
  • I can analyze data from graphs and collected numbers
  • I can evaluate data and make logical inferences

On Monday, September 20th, our students engaged in the democratic process by participating in Student Vote! They utilized their knowledge of the political parties that they researched last week to make an informed decision before casting their ballots. On Tuesday, as a class, we analyzed the election results and compared the student vote results from across the country and within EMJ to the votes collected in the Federal election. Our students were able to utilize graphs and numbers to build an understanding of the democratic system in place and discussed how numbers of votes and numbers of seats work together to establish our elected members of parliament. Next week we will continue to explore democratic values and the pillars of democracy. 




September 13th-17th

It was a busy week in Grade 6!  We enjoyed learning outside while the weather was warm and maintained focus and determination when learning new concepts in class.   

Coming home on Friday is an Ad-Mazing collection envelope.  If you are interested in purchasing the coupon book, please read the information provided and follow the steps.

This weekend we will open the portal to book Parent-Teacher Conferences.  We look forward to hearing your perspective of your child and your vision for their grade 6 year!


Important Dates: 

  • September 19 - Terry Fox
    • 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 online http://www.terryfox.ca/EthelMJ... or Toonies for Terry can be collected by classroom teachers!
  • September 22 - Signing of Treaty 7
  • September 24 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • September 27 to October 1- CBE recognizes Truth and Reconciliation
  • September 30 - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation- No School


Learning Highlights of the Week:

Again this week our class worked together to combine their ideas and craft a blog page for ELA, Math, Science, and Social.  Students were challenged to brainstorm ideas and craft a paragraph or two, highlighting our week.  They are showing greater confidence when adding 'I can' statements and pictures to match their writing. We continually work towards these skills and are seeing more open communication and teamwork. Please read below for this week's celebrations.



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September 7th-10th

We hope that families and students enjoyed a wonderful long weekend. It has been a wonderful week at school! Our students have shown their ability to take learning risks, engage in new routines and work collaboratively to learn from one another. 

Important Dates: 

  • September 16 – School Photos
  • September 19 - Terry Fox
  • September 22 - Signing of Treaty 7
  • September 24 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • September 27 to October 1- CBE recognizes Truth and Reconciliation
  • September 30 - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation- No School

Learning Highlights of the Week:

To share our learning for this week, our students worked together on Google Docs to collaboratively write blog entries for Math, ELA, Science and Social. As a class, we analyzed last week's entries to identify areas of success and create goals for their blogs this week. Check out the work of our students and their learning highlights this week!






Welcome to Room 18's blog page!  Students work collaboratively to review, highlight and celebrate the learning and accomplishments of the week and we post the results to our page.  During this process, they learn skills like cooperation, patience, resiliency and focus as they must work together to complete the task.  

This year's group demonstrated excitement and determination when we shared the blog and did a wonderful job attempting their first collaboration.  Keep in mind that 4-6 students work on a single document simultaneously which is no small feat.  We are proud of their work today and know they will do an amazing job on the blog this year. Below is the results of their first attempt.  We asked the students to share the highlights of the first 3 days of grade 6.

  • I can cooperate and work well in a group
  • I can show resiliency
  • I can write a text in a group that shares the highlights of our first 3 days




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