Ms. Wilkinson (MacGillivray)

January 17 - January 21

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



Looking ahead: 

This week in ELA, students will continue their study of news articles. We will begin our week by practicing writing strong leads and then students will be writing their own. In Math, students will begin learning about Integers. In Science, Grade 5 students will continue their work with Climates of Canada. And Grade 6 students will be investigating soil samples. Grade 5 students in Social will be wrapping up their learning about the Potlatch and continue learning about other Indigenous groups in Canada. Grade 6 students will be looking into how school boards work in municipal government. 

January 10 - January 14 


Important Dates: 

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

 

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





Looking ahead: 

This coming week in ELA, students will begin learning about the parts of a newspaper article. They will first be looking at headlines, and then begin creating their own based on photos. In Math, we will continue learning about the Order of Operations. In Science, Grade 6 students will be doing an experiment with soil and investigating different types of fabric. Grade 5 students will be comparing a particular climate of the world with our own climate in Calgary.  In Social, Grade 6 students will complete their work learning about the Suffragettes and Grade 5's will continue learning about the Haida potlache. 

December 13 - December 17

Important Dates:

December 6 to 10 Scholastic Book Fair *Our class will be visiting the bookfair on Monday*

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

December 17 - Last Day of Classes - Winter Break





Looking ahead: 

This week in ELA, we will be studying stories by comparing two films.  Students will also continue with their annotation work. In Math, we will continue with patterns work, students will be wrapping up their understanding with a short quiz. In Science, Grade 5 students will continue their learning around weather and begin learning about types of clouds and cloud formation. Grade 6 students will look at tire tracks. In Social, Grade 5 students will be completing a task on minecraft education around indigenous stories of Canada. Grade 6 students will be wrapping up their learning with municipal government by learning about school boards and the structure of municipalities.



November 29 - December 3

This year Ethel M Johnson School will be hosting an online Virtual Scholastic Book Fair for Family and Friends to shop and an In-School Scholastic Book Fair for Students to shop.   

Family and Friends will be able to access EMJ’s online Virtual Book Fair Friday, December 3 - Friday, December 10 using this link:  EMJ's Virtual Online Scholastic Book Fair or, copy and paste the web address into your web browser https://virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5149076

Students will be able to buy books in person during the In-School Book Fair running Monday, December 6 - Thursday, December 9, 2021.

Free Shipping!  Books purchased through the online Virtual Book Fair will be delivered to EMJ and passed out to the students to take home December 13-16.  Each order will be sent home in a sealed (not see through) package marked with the purchaser’s name. 

Shopify URL 

EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

Featured Books  Check out some of the great new books available this fall. 


Important Dates:

December 6 to 10 Scholastic Book Fair *Our class will be visiting the bookfair on Monday*

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

December 17 - Last Day of Classes - Winter Break







Looking ahead: 

This week, we will be continuing with our unit on jot notes in ELA and using it to begin our next unit on news articles. Students will be choosing a news article to make jot notes and summarize in their own words. In Math, students will continue learning about prime and composite numbers, and begin looking at number patterns and algebraic thinking. In Science, Grade 6 students will be learning about fingerprints and their use in investigations. Grade 5’s will continue their weather reporting and continue learning about the climates of our world. In Social, Grade 6 students will begin learning about bylaws specific to Calgary, and Grade 5’s will begin using Minecraft Education to make their way through a quest teaching them about some of Canada’s Indigenous peoples.


November 22 - November 25 

This year Ethel M Johnson School will be hosting an online Virtual Scholastic Book Fair for Family and Friends to shop and an In-School Scholastic Book Fair for Students to shop.   

Family and Friends will be able to access EMJ’s online Virtual Book Fair Friday, December 3 - Friday, December 10 using this link:  EMJ's Virtual Online Scholastic Book Fair or, copy and paste the web address into your web browser https://virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5149076

Students will be able to buy books in person during the In-School Book Fair running Monday, December 6 - Thursday, December 9, 2021.

Free Shipping!  Books purchased through the online Virtual Book Fair will be delivered to EMJ and passed out to the students to take home December 13-16.  Each order will be sent home in a sealed (not see through) package marked with the purchaser’s name. 

Shopify URL 

EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

Featured Books  Check out some of the great new books available this fall. 


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



Looking ahead: 

This week, we will begin a few new units in ELA and Math. In ELA, we will be continuing with identifying key words and phrases in informational texts, students will be eventually using this skill to transition to news article writing. In Math, students will begin a new unit on number patterns. In Social, Grade 5’s will continue their learning around the different treaties within Canada, they will be using this learning to begin a Minecraft Education project. Grade 6 students will pick up with their learning on municipal government. In Science, Grade 5’s will continue their learning about climate vs weather and research the climate in another part of the world. Grade 6 students will begin their next unit, Evidence and Investigation. 


Looking ahead: 

This week, we will be continuing with our unit on jot notes in ELA and using it to begin our next unit on news articles. Students will be choosing a news article to make jot notes and summarize in their own words. In Math, students will continue learning about prime and composite numbers, and begin looking at number patterns and algebraic thinking. In Science, Grade 6 students will be learning about fingerprints and their use in investigations. Grade 5’s will continue their weather reporting and continue learning about climates of our world. In Social, Grade 6 students will begin learning about bylaws specific to Calgary, and Grade 5’s will begin using Minecraft Education to make their way through a quest teaching them about some of Canada’s Indigenous peoples.


November 15 - November 19 

This year Ethel M Johnson School will be hosting an online Virtual Scholastic Book Fair for Family and Friends to shop and an In-School Scholastic Book Fair for Students to shop.   

Family and Friends will be able to access EMJ’s online Virtual Book Fair Friday, December 3 - Friday, December 10 using this link:  EMJ's Virtual Online Scholastic Book Fair or, copy and paste the web address into your web browser https://virtualbookfairs.scholastic.ca/pages/5149076

Students will be able to buy books in person during the In-School Book Fair running Monday, December 6 - Thursday, December 9, 2021.

Free Shipping!  Books purchased through the online Virtual Book Fair will be delivered to EMJ and passed out to the students to take home December 13-16.  Each order will be sent home in a sealed (not see through) package marked with the purchaser’s name. 

Shopify URL 

EMJ's Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

Featured Books  Check out some of the great new books available this fall. 


Important Dates:

November 20 - Booking for Parent/Teacher Conferences opens

November 26 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

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








Looking ahead: 

This week will be a busy one in Room 16! In ELA, we will be looking at how to effectively write jot notes when completing a research assignment. Students will first start by highlighting keywords in an informational text, and then as a class, we will summarize using jot notes, before students will begin summarizing independently using their jot notes. In Math, we will be wrapping up our unit on angles, triangles, and quadrilaterals with a check-in, which will be on Wednesday. In Science, Grade 5 students have started their next unit on Weather Watch. This week, we will be going over important terms, such as precipitation and the difference between climate and temperature. Grade 6 students will be finishing their unit about trees and forests with a review and final test. In Social, Grade 5 students will begin looking at the Indigenous treaties throughout Canada and Grade 6 students will be wrapping up their learning about the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. 


November 1 - November 5

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







Looking ahead: 

In ELA this coming week, students will be researching Indigenous soldiers for Indigenous Veteran’s day, Monday, November 8. Our class will be contributing their learning during our Remembrance Day assembly later in the week. Students will also be comparing their recent Halloween stories with their Memoir stories written earlier in the year to reflect on their use of figurative language and overall improvements. In Math, students will continue their work with measuring angles using a protractor. Students will learn to draw their own angles using a protractor and begin learning about different triangles. In Science, Grade 5’s will be wrapping up their Wetland unit with a test on Wednesday (originally planned for Monday), but some need more time to complete their final project. Grade 6 students will be learning about human impact on forests and branching patterns. In Social, Grade 6 students will be continuing their work on the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms by completing an assignment connecting their family to the Charter; an assignment outline will be sent home later next week. Grade 5’s will be completing a look at the different physiographic regions with some research.

October 25 - October 29

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



Looking ahead: 

In ELA this week, students will be completing their Halloween story writing. We will also be reviewing an exemplar as a class and discuss and annotate the exemplar looking for writing outcomes. Students will then annotate their own writing using these same outcomes to self-assess their story. In Math, students have completed their unit on Graph Analysis and will be moving on to identifying and measuring angles and triangles. In Social, Grade 5 students will begin learning about the Great Lakes region in Canada. Grade 6 students will wrap up their learning about rights and responsibilities and begin discussing the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. In Science, Grade 5’s will be wrapping up their unit on Wetlands with their final assignment, “Saving the Wetlands”, which can be found on Google Classroom. Grade 6 students will be learning about Tree Cookies and the internal parts of a tree.

October 19 - October 22

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



Looking Ahead:

This week in ELA, students will continue their narrative writing unit. They will begin the week by looking at success criteria and reflecting on their personal narrative writing to formulate a learning goal for their Halloween stories. Students will be partaking in mini-lessons about using sensory detail and including relevant details. By the end of the week, students will begin planning their Halloween stories. In Math, students will continue their work with analyzing and evaluating graphs. Students will be collecting their own data from one another and using the data to create a graph. In Science, Grade 6 students will be continuing their work learning about Fungus, Lichens, and Conks, and begin discussing the differences between plants and trees. Grade 5’s will be wrapping up their learning about Animal Adaptations. In Social, Grade 6 students will begin learning about the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and their Rights and Responsibilities. Grade 5’s will be continuing their learning about Atlantic Canada.

October 12 - October 15 

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



Looking ahead: 

This week, in ELA, students will begin a fictional narrative writing unit. This week, students will focus on dialogue writing and strong story beginnings. The final product will be a Halloween story that students will be able to compare to their personal narratives done earlier in the year. In Math, students will have a review lesson on decimals on Tuesday and have their decimals test on Wednesday. The remainder of the week, students will begin learning about graph reading. In Science, Grade 6 students will be learning about Fungus, Lichen, and Conks in a forest. And Grade 5’s will begin learning about human impact on Wetlands. In Social, Grade 6 students will continue their work with municipal government, and begin learning about the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Grade 5’s will continue learning about the Atlantic Region and hopefully begin learning about the Canadian Shield.

October 4 - October 7 

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

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




Looking ahead: 

This week in ELA, students will complete their memoir writing with a chance for further self-reflection by annotating their planning page to see how planning supported their final writing product. We will also have the opportunity to develop research and jot notes skills by preparing for the Municipal Election. In Math, we will continue practicing adding and subtracting decimal numbers, students will get to create their own “stores” and have to use their skills to calculate their receipts. In Social, Grade 5’s will continue their work researching the physical regions of Canada and Grade 6’s will continue learning about the responsibilities of the municipal government. In Science, Grade 5’s will be learning about the adaptations of aquatic animals, and Grade 6 students will be learning about the levels of the forest. 


September 27 - October 1

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




Looking ahead: 

This week in ELA, we will be completing the memoir of Fatty Legs, and students will begin writing their own memoirs to demonstrate their understanding of Figurative Language. In Math this week, we will wrap up addition and subtraction of whole numbers and begin work with adding and subtracting decimals. In Social, Grade 6 students will begin learning about Municipal Government to prepare for the upcoming municipal election. Grade 5 students will begin looking at different regions in Canada in more depth, starting with Alberta’s regions. In Science, Grade 6 students will have a lesson on levels on the forest and begin learning about Nutrient Webs. And Grade 5 students will be learning about Nutrient Webs within Wetlands. 


September 20 - September 23

Important Dates: 

September 30 - Orange Shirt Day (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


Student Highlights from the Week:


"Everyone presented their All About Me projects.” 

“In Science, we are learning about Trees and Forest, this week we started researching about two trees, a Deciduous and Coniferous Tree.” 

“In Math, we learned about expanded form, standard form, and word form up to the millions and beyond, and we started with decimals, and a few fractions because it connects." 

“In ELA, we wrote notes about figurative language, like similes and metaphors, hyperbole, alliteration, synecdoche, personification, and onomatopoeia.” 

“In Social, we did the Student Vote and studied the results.” 

“We also did the Terry Fox run this week.” 


Learning Intentions for the Week: 

ELA

I can explain how literary devices/ figurative language enhance writing 

I can identify figurative language while reading 

I can use figurative language to enhance my writing

This week, students reviewed types of figurative language and added some new types, such as synecdoche, to their repertoire. Students made notes and came up with examples of figurative language, then rewrote a “bland” piece of writing to include figurative language, first with a partner/ class discussion, then independently. 

MATH

I can show an understanding of place value, including numbers that are greater than one million

I can demonstrate place value for numbers less than one thousandth

This week, students continued their work with place value, practicing reading and recognizing large numbers up to the millions. They practiced reading and writing numbers in word form, and comparing and ordering. Later in the week, students began learning about decimal place value to the thousands and practiced reading and ordering decimal numbers with games and independent practice. 


SCIENCE

I can identify a tree as deciduous or coniferous.

I can identify a tree by its leaves or needles (type, arrangement, margin, shape)

I can describe what a tree’s bark looks like

I can tell where 2 local deciduous and 2 local coniferous trees are found in Alberta.

I can identify plants and animals found in Alberta Wetlands

This week Grade 6 students began a research project investigating local deciduous and coniferous trees. They will use their research jot notes to summarize their findings and then choose a local tree to base an upcoming art project on. Grade 5 students also did some research and created a visual dictionary about animals that can be found in Alberta’s wetlands. 


SOCIAL 

I can analyze data from graphs and collected numbers

I can evaluate data and make logical inferences 

I can identify Canada's different geographical regions

Both Grade 5 and 6 students participated in Student Vote on Monday for the Federal Election. On Tuesday, Grade 6 students compared the election results to our student vote results and spent time investigating Alberta’s voting results. Grade 5 students have begun learning about the different geographical regions of Canada. 


Looking ahead:   

To recognize next week’s National Week of Truth and Reconciliation, one of the things students will be doing is as a class, reading Margaret Pokiok’s, “Fatty Legs,” the memoir of her time in residential schools.  In Math, students will continue their learning with decimal place value, as well as begin practice using addition and subtraction with large and decimal numbers. In Social, Grade 6 students will be learning about the pillars of democracy and Grade 5 students will continue their investigation into the physical regions of Canada. In Science, Grade 6 students will be completing their tree research project and Grade 5 students will be identifying roles of different organisms in the food web.


September 13 - September 17 

Mark Your Calendars

September 19 - Terry Fox (School Run is MONDAY Sept 20) 

September 22 - Signing of Treaty 7

September 24 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

September 30 - Orange Shirt Day 




Looking Ahead: 

Monday will be a busy day in Room 16! Students will be participating in the Terry Fox run on Monday as well as Student Vote. In ELA this week, students will continue practicing annotating close readings. We will also review types of figurative language and learn a few new literary devices. In Math, we will continue with learning about large numbers by ordering and comparing them. Grade 6’s will begin learning about decimals as well. In Social, besides partaking in Student Vote, Grade 6’s will be learning about the four pillars of democracy and Grade 5’s will continue learning about the physical geography of Canada. For Science, Grade 6 students will be using jot notes to complete research about deciduous and coniferous trees. Grade 5’s will be learning about different animals that can be found in wetlands. 

September 7 - September 10 

Mark Your Calendars

September 1 - First Day of School

September 16 – School Photos

September 19 - Terry Fox

September 22 - Signing of Treaty 7

September 24 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

September 30 - Orange Shirt Day



Looking ahead: 

Next week students will begin their “All About Me” presentations, they have been given some time to complete their work in class but will likely need to finish at home to add in personal photos.  In ELA next week, students will be completing a writing assignment describing their ideal schoolyard design. Students will be learning how to annotate a text for close reading. In Math, students will begin learning about place value. Grade 5’s will be learning about numbers up to one million, and Grade 6’s will be learning about numbers up to and above one million. In Science, Grade 5’s will continue learning about different types of Wetlands and the different biotic and abiotic factors of Wetlands, and Grade 6 students will be learning about the parts of a leaf and characteristics of leaves to continue with their unit on Trees and Forests. To prepare for the upcoming Federal Election, students will be partaking in ‘Student Vote’ and will be learning about the ins and outs of how an election works for Social Studies. 

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