Ms. Percy

Friday, November 27th, 2020

Hi Families,

We have done MARVELOUS things in Room 4! We started the week off by completing our, How to Build a Snowman, sequencing activity. We then used our writing to inspire us to create our own Snowperson. We ended the week with planning our letters to Santa Claus. We had to choose 3 items that we want Santa to bring: 1 item that we need, 1 item that we want and 1 item for another person. We will learn about letter writing next week and complete our letter to Santa.

We split into our guided reading groups this week. Some of us practiced our short vowel sounds by reading, The Wig. We then completed a comprehension activity. Another group read, Meg and Jim’s Sled Trip. We learned about the vowel digraph ‘ee’. Lastly, the third group read, A Sled Dog Morning. We worked on sequencing the story and discussing the story elements to build our comprehension. We will continue reading these texts next week and practicing these skills.

In Math, we continue to develop our number sense. We are eager to play partner type games and of course, our all-time favourite, Bingo. This week we participated in an activity called, Watch, Think, Colour! ­We listened to numbers being called out and then coloured in each number on our 120 Chart. If we listened and coloured correctly, we created a picture. We continue to work on Skip Counting each day. These are our favourite Skip Counting songs.

Skip Counting by Ten

Skip Counting by Five

Skip Counting by Two

We are becoming more efficient at reading, comparing and building numbers, using place value blocks. We will soon focus more on addition.  

In Science, we continued exploring dinosaurs. We discussed the differences between the pterodactyl and stegosaurus. We then used a Venn Diagram to compare the two. We will continue studying dinosaurs next week. We will take a closer look at fossils and why they are so important.  

Important Dates and Reminders:

EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair - November 23 - December 4, 2020

Sales from this Book Fair provide free books to our library, so share link EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair with your friends and family.  Happy reading!

November 2020

  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
  • November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative)

December 2020

  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
  • December 4 No School - Teacher Professional Learning
  • December 18 Last day of classes before winter break

November 19th, 2020

Hi Families,

This week, we focused on dinosaurs in science and art. We learned about herbivores, carnivores and omnivores. We explored how some dinosaurs were bipedal (i.e. T-Rex) and other dinosaurs were quadrupedal (i.e. Triceratops). We particularly enjoyed watching video clips of dinosaurs.

 

In literacy, we continued our guided reading groups. We focused on sequencing in writing. We wrote, How to Build a Snowman. Next week, we will begin to plan our letters to Santa. We will also take a look at the book, Happy Narwhalidays (A Narwhal and Jelly Book #5). We love this series!  

 

In Math, we continued our study of place and writing numbers in expanded form. We had a blast playing the partner game, Santa Place Value to practice our number skills.


Important Dates and Reminders:

Save The Date! November 23 - December 4, 2020

Mark your calendars! The fun and excitement of a Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Ethel M Johnson School! To adapt to our changing needs, Scholastic has developed a Virtual Book Fair to provide an opportunity for our students and families to experience the joy of reading together.

So save the date! Our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair will take place November 23 - December 4, 2020. When it’s time to shop, November 23 - December 4, visit EMJ’s Virtual Scholastic Book Fair site using this link:

EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

Sales from this Book Fair provide free books to our library, so share link EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair with your friends and family.  Happy reading!

November 2020

  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
  • November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative)

December 2020

  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
  • December 4 No School - Teacher Professional Learning
  • December 18 Last day of classes before winter break

Friday, November 13th, 2020

Hi Families,

We had a great week in Room 4. We focused the first part of the week on Remembrance Day. We listened to songs, watched video clips, read books and drew pictures to demonstrate our learning. We were particularly interested in learning about the various roles that animals had during war. 

We continue to focus on place value in math. This week we spent time building numbers with virtual, Base-ten blocks and also identifying the correct number when given a group of Base-ten blocks. We will complete more work on this next week.

In literacy, we were divided into our guided reading groups. Some of us are reading patterned books and others are reading short, chapter books. We practiced various skills such as letter sound recognition and word building. Others worked on building their comprehension through sequencing activities and discussing story elements (i.e. characters, setting, problem, and solution).

In science, we are excited to be exploring dinosaurs. This week we created dinosaur art work using water colour paints and dinosaur silhouettes. We also researched dinosaurs on Pebble Go! and recorded our information using a report template.  


Next week is a short week. Thursday is a half day and there is no school on Friday. Parent-Teacher conferences will be held those days and will take place online or over the phone. Please ensure you book online as we will not be sending home a sign-up sheet.

Important Dates and Reminders:

Save The Date! November 23 - December 4, 2020

Mark your calendars! The fun and excitement of a Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Ethel M Johnson School! To adapt to our changing needs, Scholastic has developed a Virtual Book Fair to provide an opportunity for our students and families to experience the joy of reading together.

So save the date! Our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair will take place November 23 - December 4, 2020. When it’s time to shop, November 23 - December 4, visit EMJ’s Virtual Scholastic Book Fair site using this link:

EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

Sales from this Book Fair provide free books to our library, so share link EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair with your friends and family.  Happy reading!

November 2020

  • November 16 - 20 National Metis Week
  • November 19 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm
  • November 19 & 20 Parent-Teacher Conferences (please book on-line)
  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
  • November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative)

December 2020

  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
  • December 4 No School - Teacher Professional Learning
  • December 18 Last day of classes before winter break

Friday, November 6th, 2020

Hi Families,

The students of Room 4 would like to send a big THANK- YOU out to Student Council. Student Council provided us funds to purchase new books for our classroom library. Each of us made a book ‘wish list’ and Mrs. Percy then used this list to purchase books. We spent part of Thursday morning exploring our new classroom books. We were able to choose 3 books to have at our desk space for the next week. The books will then quarantine so that we can choose another 3 books for independent reading time.

In Literacy, we split into our guided reading groups and read books at our levels. Many of us continue to work on sequencing stories. While others are working with the short vowel sounds and reading patterned books. Next week, we will focus on Remembrance Day during our Literacy block.

In Math, we focused on place value. We read the book, How Much is a Million?, By David M. Schwartz. We practiced reading and building numbers. We particularly enjoyed playing the game, Spin the Wheel, against Mrs. Percy. We will continue these types of game-based math tasks next week.


In Science, we began taking a look at dinosaurs. We learned that scientists used fossils to determine dinosaurs were part of the reptile family. 

1.) They had scales.

2.) They had extra holes in their skull.

3. They laid eggs.

We will continue our exploration of dinosaurs next week.

To develop our social skills, we read the book, You are a Social Detective! We learned that we use our brain, eyes, ears, and heart to make smart guesses when we are in different social situations. On Friday, we brought home our Social Detective Toolbox. We should practice using these tools, when at home or in the community, to ensure we are showing expected behaviour in various social situations. We will continue learning about social skills and strategies we can use when in different social settings.

Important Dates and Reminders:

Save The Date! November 23 - December 4, 2020

Mark your calendars! The fun and excitement of a Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Ethel M Johnson School! To adapt to our changing needs, Scholastic has developed a Virtual Book Fair to provide an opportunity for our students and families to experience the joy of reading together.

So save the date! Our Scholastic Virtual Book Fair will take place November 23 - December 4, 2020. When it’s time to shop, November 23 - December 4, visit EMJ’s Virtual Scholastic Book Fair site using this link:

EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

Sales from this Book Fair provide free books to our library, so share link EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair with your friends and family.  Happy reading!

November 2020

  • November 11 No School - Remembrance Day
  • November 16 - 20 National Metis Week
  • November 19 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm
  • November 19 & 20 Parent-Teacher Conferences (on-line)
  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
  • November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative)

December 2020

  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
  • December 4 No School - Teacher Professional Learning
  • December 18 Last day of classes before winter break


Friday, October 30th, 2020

Hi Families,

We had a spooooooky week in Room 4! We integrated Halloween into all of our learning activities. We worked on developing our listening and reading comprehension skills. We read the books, The Gruffalo and The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Many of us are visual learners so we read the books, and then watched the videos for each. We spent time sequencing the events (i.e. what happened first, next, then and finally) and discussing the story elements such as the characters, the problem and the solution. We drew an illustration of the main character in, The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. Finally, we used plasticine to make a story artifact to help us remember the story. 


In writing, we were inspired by a directed drawing of a haunted house that we completed. We used our five senses to describe what we could smell, feel, touch, taste and hear at a haunted house. We also took a community walk, which gave up some ideas of what we could write about. We brainstormed and created a wordlist to help us write our sentences.


As part of life skills and health this week, we discussed our emotions. We read the book , It's Pumpkin Day, Mouse by Laura Numeroff. We discussed our feelings, our facial expressions, and body language. We learned that we can tell how others are feeling just by observing. We then played Pumpkin Bingo to practice identifying facial expressions.

In math, we continue our work on place value and building and comparing numbers. We used a number spinner to build and compare numbers with a partner. The played who built the greatest number, was the winner of the round. 


Next week, we will clue up our unit on outer space. We will then take some time to further develop our social skills by exploring, Superflex and the Unthinkables. This is a fun, social curriculum that really helps us learn expected and unexpected behaviours in various social situations. 

Have a wonderful, safe Halloween! See you on Monday! 

November 2020

November 3 - Picture Retakes for All and Photos for HUB students

November 3 - School Council Meeting - Annual General Meeting

November 11 No School - Remembrance Day

November 16 - 20 National Metis Week

November 19 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm

November 19 & 20 Parent-Teacher Conferences (on-line)

November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair

November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative)


Friday, October 23rd, 2020

Hi Families! 

We had another amazing week of learning in Room 4.

As part of Science and Literacy, we had the opportunity to research a planet of our choice with a parter. We used the website, PebbleGo! We each recorded  information using a provided template. We also read a book about Mercury. We used this book as inspiration to create our own classroom book about Mercury.

In Math, we had fun doing Halloween Place Value using dice and a recording sheet. We had to see how many vampires, ghosts, skeletons, witches and mummies we would invite to our party. We created 3-digit numbers for each. We also played our favourite game, B-I-N-G-O! When we play Bingo, we listen for the numbers, then watch for the numbers to be recorded on the SMARTboard as we play. As an extra challenge, we are quizzed about how many tens and ones are in the numbers, or if numbers are odd or even.

We finished the week with a read aloud of the book, Room on the Broom. We then watched a video of the book. Finally, we had to sequence the story, using pictures.

Next week, leading up to Halloween, we will have plenty of spooky fun! We will incorporate Halloween activities into math and literacy. On Thursday, we will celebrate Halloween. We can wear our costumes all day. We are not allowed to bring snacks to share that day. There is also no school on Friday! 

Reminder: If you have not done so already, please bring a pair of indoor shoes so your feet and shoes are not wet and uncomfortable during the school day. Also, remember to dress in warm clothing for our daily community walks to the park. 

October 2020

October 29- Halloween Celebration- Costumes welcome :) 

October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

November 2020

November 1 - Daylight Savings Time 

November 3 - Picture Retakes for All and Photos for HUB students

November 3 - School Council Meeting - Annual General Meeting

November 11 No School - Remembrance Day

November 16 - 20 National Metis Week

November 19 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm

November 19 & 20 Parent-Teacher Conferences (on-line)

November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair

November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative)


Friday, October 16th, 2020

Hi Families,

We had an amazing week of learning in Room 4! We are really enjoying our Outer Space unit. We transformed into astronauts this week and completed a writing activity in Science. First we listened to the book, If I were an Astronaut, which was read by a real astronaut from outer space. We then brainstormed our own ideas of what we would do if we each became an astronaut. We used photos of our face and an astronaut template to illustrate our writing.  

In Art, we created a painting of the moon. We used both watercolour and acrylic paint to complete our masterpieces. We also used the technique of blotting, to give our moons a more realistic look. We then splattered paint, to add stars to our painting.

 


We worked very hard on our reading this week. Some of us worked on our comprehension skills by sequencing stories we read. We had fun playing these sequencing games: Sequencing Train and Solar Sequence. Some others were working with letters and sounds as well as manipulating letter sets to create consonant-vowel-consonant (CVC) words. We will continue developing these skills next week. 

In Math, we studied Place Value. We built numbers using manipulatives and then compared them to find which number was greater. Each day, we do much of our math during our Weather and Calendar time. We played the game, Build and Compare this week. We will continue to focus on developing our number sense through books, games, songs and videos. We watched this short, Numberblock video about place value to 100 000.

Important Dates:

October 2020

October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

November 2020

November 1 - Daylight Savings Time 

November 3 - Picture Retakes for All and Photos for HUB students

November 3 - School Council Meeting - Annual General Meeting

November 11 No School - Remembrance Day

November 16 - 20 National Metis Week

November 19 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm

November 19 & 20 Parent-Teacher Conferences (on-line)

November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair

November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative)


Friday, October 9th, 2020

Hi Families,

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!

Here are some of the learning activities that took place in Room 4 this week.

We played Candy Corn Solve and Cover in Math. We had so much fun playing this game and practicing our place value skills. We listened to hints such as, “3 tens and 7 ones”. If you had the number 37 on your card, you had to cover it. The first person to cover all 9 numbers on their board was the winner. We also played a couple of place value games on the computer. We had fun playing, Base Ten Bingo and Base Ten Fun.

During Guided Reading groups this week, we focused on decoding and comprehension. We read books aloud in our groups and then had to complete activities to demonstrate our understanding. Some of us practiced letter sounds, and some of us had to underline evidence in passages we read. We also added more sight words to our Word Wall. We then used these words to complete word work activities (i.e. Tic Tac Toe and Word Race).

In Science, we painted rocket ships. We displayed out artwork on the bulletin board outside our classroom. We also completed a writing activity about the sun. We read a book about the sun and then brainstormed words to describe the sun. We then wrote complete sentences and complemented our writing with illustrations.

Next week, we will continue on with our guided reading groups. We will further explore place value in Math and spend some time exploring Splash Math on the classroom computers. In writing, we will study astronauts and describe what they need in order to travel to outer space.  

Important Dates:

October 2020

  • October 12 No School - Thanksgiving 
  • October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

November 2020

  • November 1 - Daylight Savings Time 
  • November 3 - Picture Retakes for All and Photos for HUB students
  • November 3 - School Council Meeting - Annual General Meeting
  • November 11 No School - Remembrance Day
  • November 16 - 20 National Metis Week
  • November 19 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm
  • November 19 & 20 Parent-Teacher Conferences (on-line)
  • November 23 to December 4 - Scholastic Online Book Fair
  • November 27 - Cookie Dough Fundraiser pick up (tentative)

Friday, October 2nd, 2020

Hi Families,

Room 4 had another full week of learning and excitement. This week, we read a book called, Our Moon. You can check it out here on Getepic!(Class code CCM1066). This inspired us to create our own classroom book about the moon. We brainstormed adjectives to describe the moon and then made our own sentences. To complement our writing, we created illustrations. We also practiced our sight words by playing the game, Heads Up, 7-up. It is a great way to practice our reading and to have a well-deserved body break. We included each of the words on our new Word Wall. Next week, we will read and write about the sun. We will also add more words to our Word Wall.

In Math, we continued our exploration of numbers. We read two books about Place Value called, The Blast off Kid and What’s the Place Value? (These can also be found on Getepic.com). We learned about the hundreds, tens, and ones place. We also reviewed the “teenage numbers”. As part of our number routine each day, we practice skip counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s so we can become more efficient at counting. This can be practiced at home too. Next week, we will continue place value by reading a new book and playing a new game to practice our skills. 

In Science, we had fun creating our own solar system out of clay. It was a great, hands-on activity to help us remember the order of the planets. We also read the book, Stargazing. Next week, we will further explore the planets, we will draw and paint a rocket ship in our visual journals and check out Pebble Go Kids, during technology time.

On Wednesday, we honoured Orange Shirt Day. We read the book, Phyllis's Orange Shirt. We brainstormed words about how we feel all students should feel at school. We then painted orange kindness rocks, which we placed in the school garden for others to enjoy. 

We have really loved the beautiful, fall weather. We will continue to spend plenty of time in nature. Please ensure you are dressed for the weather. Having gloves and a hat in your backpack would be great!

Home reading information was sent home today. Home reading should be enjoyable and students should choose books they find interesting. If you require any further information and support, please let me know.

Important Dates:

October 2020

  • October 9 No School - Teacher Professional Learning
  • October 12 No School - Thanksgiving 
  • October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

Friday, September 25th, 2020

Hi Families,

We had a wonderful week! Despite it being a short week, we did amazing work in Room 4!

In Literacy, we enjoyed the read aloud, Terry Fox and Me by Mary Beth Leatherdale. This story was written from the perspective of Doug, Terry’s best friend. As a class, we discussed words that we would use to describe Terry Fox. We then completed a doodle art activity and we had to choose five descriptive words from our wordlist that we thought best described Terry Fox.

In Math, we continued to explore numbers. We did some nature math outside where we collected leaves, pine cones, and sticks to help us skip count. We also used tally marks to record how many laps we did around the field, during our Terry Fox run. We ran 54 laps as a class. We then picked apart that number and identified how many tens and ones were in the number. We also had to decide if it was an odd or even number.

On September 22nd, we learned about the significance of the local Treaty 7 land acknowledgment. This recognizes the history of the lands in southern Alberta, including Calgary. We learned a new rhyme to remember the land acknowledgment. We also listened to the book, “A’pistotooki kii Ihkitsik Kaawa’pomaahkaa” (Creator and the Seven Animals, why are we here?)" by Crystal Many Fingers. It is a traditional tale about animals, why they are special and why they were put on the earth. It was fun to learn the traditional Blackfoot language. 

Next week, we will continue our outer space unit in Science. We will further explore the 8 planets of our solar system through songs, videos and crafts. We will continue our guided reading groups at the park with a focus on comprehension and decoding. In Math, we will continue to explore numbers and learn more about place value. On September 30th, we will also honour Orange Shirt day. 

  

Important Dates: 

September 2020

  • September 30 Orange Shirt Day

October 2020

  • October 9 No School - Teacher Professional Learning
  • October 12 No School - Thanksgiving 
  • October 30 No School - Teacher Professional Learning

September 18th, 2020

Hi Room 4 Families,

We had a busy week in Room 4. We started the week completing a writing task using the prompt, "My special treasure is ...". We began by drawing a picture and then described our special treasure by answering the questions "Where did I get it?", "What do I use it for?" and "Why is it special?" We used a writing checklist to ensure we were doing our very best writing. When our writing was complete, we shared our finished product, by reading it aloud to our classmates at the park.


In Math, we continued to develop our knowledge of numbers and their value. We played even and odd games, practiced skip counting by 2s, 5s and 10s and completed a, "Math About Me" activity. The highlight this week was playing Bingo. We practiced reading and identifying both single and double-digit numbers. As an extra challenge, we had to identify which numbers on our Bingo cards were odd and even.

In Science, we continue to learn about outer space. We like learning about the planets through videos and songs. Here are a couple of songs we really enjoy:  The Planet Song and Order of the Planets.

Choice Time continues to be one of the best parts of our day. We have enjoyed exploring activities such computer games, building with Lego, solving puzzles and creating art using melty beads. We use this time to socialize with our friends and to share common interests.  

Next week, we will continue our Guided Reading groups at the park, complete writing activities related to outer space, practice our number skills through game based activities and develop our knowledge of pedestrian safety during our daily community walks.

Important Dates:

Ethel M. Johnson School is proud to take part in this year’s 40th Anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope. Please help show your support by donating to: http://www.terryfox.ca/EthelMJ...

Students can even get involved by creating their own fundraising page under their school name: https://terryfox.org/schoolrun/students/. Thank you for supporting our school in the fight against cancer and continuing Terry’s legacy! 

September 2020

  • September 23 Terry Fox Run
  • September 24 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm/ September 25- No school for students
  • September 24 & 25 PLP Parent-Teacher Phone Conferences (A letter with more information will come home on Monday, Sept. 21st with your child. Please read and return.)
  • September 30 Orange Shirt Day


Friday, September 11th, 2020 

Hi Room 4 Families,

We have had a wonderful 2 weeks back to school! We have enjoyed reconnecting with friends and welcoming new classmates into our program. We have all settled in really well and are following new rules and routines. Our teachers say that we are doing a phenomenal job keeping our masks on, social distancing and practicing good hand hygiene.

Here are some highlights from the last week:

“I had fun doing a scavenger hunt for math.”

 “I made a moon rock and drew an astronaut!

 “I am happy and excited to be back to school! I like school!”

 “I like learning with Mystery Doug.”

 “I like being with my friends."

"I like spending time with my teachers.”

“Choice time is my favourite. I love the computers.” 

This week, we started daily community walks to a local park. While at the park we completed literacy activities. We each read aloud our ‘just right’ books. We took a break from reading to socialize with our friends, self-regulate and explore the play structure. We ended with a writing/sketching activity in our visual journals to document our learning and to practice our writing skills. We have been delighted to spend extra time outside, enjoying nature. 

Next week, we will continue learning about outer space through songs, books, games, art and videos. In math, we will participate in game based activities to review and expand our numbersense. We will continue to spend part of our mornings reading and writing at the park. Please dress for the weather :). To develop our literacy skills, we will read a book called, Finding Treasure, A Collection of Collections. Afterwards, we will complete an activity where we write and describe our own treasures. 


Ethel M. Johnson School is proud to take part in this year’s 40th Anniversary of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope. Please help show your support by donating to: http://www.terryfox.ca/EthelMJ...

Students can even get involved by creating their own fundraising page under their school name: https://terryfox.org/schoolrun/students/. Thank you for supporting our school in the fight against cancer and continuing Terry’s legacy! 

Important Dates:

September 2020

  • September 17 School Photos
  • September 24 Early Dismissal 12:15 pm
  • September 24 & 25 Parent-Teacher Conferences (not face-to-face, information to come)
  • September 30 Orange Shirt Day
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