Ms. Wheelhouse

Friday October 22, 2021

On Friday October 29 the students in room 9 have decided to celebrate Halloween.  They can wear their costume to school and bring an extra special snack.  We cannot share food, so this snack has to be something just for themselves. Pop will be allowed for this day only. Props for their costumes should be items that will not interfere with their school day and must be allowed to be at school (no weapons please).

Multiplication was our focus in math this week.  We played some games that involved fast recall of single digit multiplication facts.  One of the games was multiplication war.  We also reviewed how to multiply a 2- or 3-digit number to 1-digit number where regrouping is involved.  Many students remembered some of the steps but will need more practise with this concept.  All students are encouraged to practice single digit multiplication at home so they become more accurate with multiplication facts.



In LA this week we worked on comprehension skills while reading on the Read Theory website.  With writing the students met in partners or a group of three and gave each other feedback on the piece of writing they completed from dash notes/jot notes.  Each student also had the opportunity to write on a topic of their choice, incorporating some of the new skills they are learning.  They will have the opportunity to share their writing with the class next week.


We take 20-30 minutes on Friday’s to enjoy reading with a classmate.  During ‘Fun Friday Reading’ the students are encouraged to bring a book of their choice that they would like to share by reading with a partner.

We completed our basketball unit in gym class with a game and some different warm up activities.  One of the activities involved playing tic tac toe while they had to dribble a basketball.

In art this week we completed the Seasons tree that we started last week.  The students added colour using pastels and then did some etching of different images you would see during the different seasons.  We also created a pumpkin using different patterns to complete each section.  This piece of art was inspired by the artist Romero Britto.

 
                    



                  

Each student has selected the Canadian region that they will be creating a brochure for.  We will be starting this project next week.

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



Friday October 15, 2021

This week in Social we continued researching the facts about the Canadian regions.  We should be finishing this work next week and be ready to choose a region to start our project.

The students recorded jot notes/dash facts from a non-fiction piece of writing and started turning this information into sentences using the notes to put the information into their own words.  Next week, some students need to complete this task and others will practise using a different piece of non-fiction writing.

Our focus in basketball this week was passing and shooting.  Working in small groups or with a partner helped the students get faster at passing and more accurate when shooting at the basket.  We ended the week with a game that was much faster and fun to watch. 

This week in math the students completed a quiz about their knowledge of number sense.  We are now working on multiplication. Each student needs to work on becoming accurate and quick at single digit multiplication facts, which help them when we start to learn the 2 digit to 2 digit multiplication steps.

In Science we looked at why we have Seasons.  We watched a video that explained the ‘Reason for Seasons’.  This brought about a big discussion about why the Earth’s axis is tilted. We incorporated the seasons into an Art project. This projcet is half way there with drawing a tree.  Next week we will fill the four sections into the different seasons.  Below are some great tree drawings that the students completed.

 

Important Dates:

Oct. 18 - System wide PL Day - No School for students

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



Friday October 8, 2021

This week in LA and Social we were working on taking jot notes/dash facts from a piece of non-fiction writing.  When doing this kind of research, the students are looking for important facts to record.  Then they will use these facts to create their own piece of writing, putting the facts in their own words. 



In math this week we worked on rounding numbers.  This skill is used to make numbers easier to work with and make estimations quickly.  Next week we will be having a quiz about number sense.  We also learned a new math warm up games called ‘Strike It Out’.  This game works on addition and subtraction facts.

 Here is a poem we used to help remember the rounding rules.


In science we looked at why hot air rises.  We watched a demonstration with water to show how warm water is less dense than cold water.  The warm water rises to the top, while the cold water sinks to the bottom.  We used red coloured hot water and blue ice cubes. This works the same with air.  This demonstration helped the students understand the dust devil that we saw last week.

We have started basketball in gym this week.  We worked on some passing and dribbling skills and had a game on Thursday.  Next week we will continue to work on passing skills and start learning about good shooting technique.

  

Important Dates:

Oct. 8 - School based PL Day - No School for students

Oct. 11 - Thanksgiving - No School

Oct. 12 - School Council Virtual Meeting - 6:30pm

Oct. 18 - System wide PL Day - No School for students


Friday October 1, 2021

This week at school we were recognizing Truth and Reconciliation through hearing stories and having many discussions.  We watched a video of Phyllis Websted telling her story of how she went to residential school and had her orange shirt taken away.  We discussed what we would do if we did something wrong, and how we could go about making it right. The students painted rocks with a message for reconciliation.

We also read the story ‘The Giving Tree - A Retelling of a Traditional Metis Story’ which emphasized the Metis core values such as strength, kindness, respect, caring and most important the connection with the creator and Mother Earth.  This story was placed outside on posters in the dip on the north side of the school - called Trail Tales.  The students did some sketching of some of their favourite parts of the story. We also read the story ‘Shi-shi-etko’  which tells the story of a young Indigenous girl who creates a Memory Bag to help her remember the most important things around her before she has to leave her family for residential school.  The students are creating their own memory bag of things they find important in their life.

                 

             

            

              


In Science this week we learned how to read a thermometer in Celsius and Fahrenheit.  While outside going through the Trail Tales story, the students observed a dust devil blowing across the school yard.  The leaves were twirling around showing a great example of how warm air rises.  We will be learning more about how and why air moves next week. 

In math the students reviewed how to use the greater than and less than symbols.  Then had the opportunity to practice using these symbols to compare numbers.  We have started learning how to round numbers up to hundred thousand.  This skill makes working with numbers easier when estimating calculations.  We will continue working on rounding for part of next week.


We had a flag football game to end our football unit.  Next week we will be starting basketball.

Important Dates:

Oct. 8 - School based PL Day - No School for students

Oct. 11 - Thanksgiving - No School

Oct. 12 - School Council Virtual Meeting - 6:30pm

Oct. 18 - System wide PL Day - No School for students


Friday September 24, 2021

Thank you to all the parents that were able to participate in conferences on Thursday and Friday.  It was great to talk to you about your child and establish some goals for them to work on.  If you were unable to attend conferences I will be contacting you next week to set up an alternate time.  Please email me if you have any questions or concerns.

We started the week off on Monday with the students in Room 9 participating in the Terry Fox Run.  Before the run, we watched a short video about Terry Fox where he spoke about some of the goals he set for himself. The students then wrote some goals for themselves.  We used our math skills to record how far the students were able to run in a 30-minute time frame.  They totalled up their amount my keeping track with tally marks.  Each tally mark represented 100 meters.  After each group had their total, we converted this amount into kilometers and recorded the results on a chart.

                


In Social this week we were learning about the signing of Treaty 7, when and why this agreement was made.  The students were given a map of Canada with the location of the 11 different treaties.  They located and coloured in the area of Treaty 7 and noticed that Calgary is in the Treaty 7 area.  Last week we listened to the Elder Randy Bottle speak about Indigenous ways of learning and that it is important to listen to the land.  He suggested that we go out on the first day of fall and listen and look at what they land is telling us.  The students took their Visual Journals outside and did some sketching about what the land was telling them.



In LA this week the students completed a piece of writing about how they would use an empty space in our school yard.  The question was what would they design to make it a positive place for everyone.  They had the opportunity to plan their writing while talking with a partner.  Many interesting ideas were then written about. 

In gym we continued working on our football skills. We focused on passing, running with the ball and placing it on the ground. 

Next week we will be learning more about Indigenous ways of learning as CBE recognizes Truth and Reconciliation.  

Important Dates:

Sept. 27 - Oct. 1 - CBE recognizes Truth and Reconciliation

Sept. 30 - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation - No School

Oct. 8 - School based PL Day - No School for students

Oct. 11 - Thanksgiving - No School

Oct. 12 - School Council Virtual Meeting - 6:30pm

Oct. 18 - System wide PL Day - No School for students

 

Friday September 17, 2021

We have a student in our class that has a peanut allergy.  For their safety, please do not bring snacks and other food items that contain peanuts to school. 

Our Terry Fox Run is Monday, September 20th . 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/EthelMJ... or Toonies for Terry can be collected by classroom teachers!

In math this week we continued to work on number patterns.  The students learned how to calculate for missing numbers on a T-Table. 

To increase our number sense, we have been working on a variety of puzzles and number mobiles.  Below is an example of a number mobile that one of the students provided to their classmates to solve.  It was a tricky one.

In LA we worked on making our writing more interesting by adding more details within a sentence.  The students were given short sentences such as ‘The tree is tall.’  Then they added details to make the sentence more interesting and shared their writing with the class.

 We have been learning about Canada’s geography in Social.  The students located and recorded the different provinces, territories and capital cities on a Canada map.  Next week we are going to be learning about the different characteristics of Canada’s 6 regions.

While learning about weather in Science, the students were able to go outside and use a weather vane and anemometer to record wind speed and wind direction.

                       


                                      


Football has been our focus this week in gym class.  The students practiced throwing and catching a football.  We also had a fun tag game using pinnies to practice for a potential flag football game in the future.

                          


Important Dates:

Sept. 20 - Terry Fox Run

Sept. 23 - Parent/Teacher Conferences (4-7pm)

Sept. 24 - Parent/Teacher Conferences (8-1pm) - No school for students.

Sept. 30 - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation - No school.

Friday September 10, 2021

Welcome to the Room 9 Blog!

On Friday the students wrote their first letter in their Home & School Journal.  This letter is a place for the students to write to their parents about what they did in school throughout the week.  They will write a letter each week to share their thoughts and improve their writing skills. Please help your child remember to bring their Home & School Journal back to school on Monday.

 Last week we started and word challenge called ‘Dollar Word’.  Each letter of the alphabet is given a value.  The challenge is to find a word that has a value of 100 (dollar word).  This is something the students can work on at home and at school.  We are trying to find at least 50 dollar words. We have three words so far.

In LA we started a collection of possible writing topics.  The students placed their ideas into a Brain Pocket that included three sections:  Fact Pocket, Memory Pocket and Imagination Pocket.  We placed two ideas into each pocket and then chose one of the ideas to write about.  The students can keep adding ideas to their Brain Pocket so they will have more ideas to choose from.

 In math we looked at the different ways to write numbers (standard form, expanded form, word form and base ten).  Then we looked at different number patterns where the students had to find the missing number, or solve the pattern rule to continue the sequence. 

 We had more fun in the gym playing Gaga ball and some tag games.  The students played a couple of variations of Gaga ball.  Their favourite was playing in teams.

In Science we are studying Weather.  We have been recording the daily temperature on a chart that we will make into a graph after we have a couple of months of data recorded.  The students used an anemometer made from a ruler, protractor, string and a ping pong ball to calculate the wind speed.  Next week we will be making a weather vane out of straws and paper to help the students determine the direction of the wind.

                 

           

Important Dates:

 Sept. 16 - Picture Day

Sept. 20 - Terry Fox Run

Sept. 23 - Parent/Teacher Conferences (4-7pm)

Sept. 24 - Parent/Teacher Conferences (8-1pm) - No school for students.

Sept. 30 - National Day for Truth and Reconciliation - No school.

   





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