March 13 - 17, 2022
A highlight of our week was our two final sessions with Elev8 Lacrosse. Students continued to work on their lacrosse skills as they passed, caught and took shots at the net. Back in class, students wrote about their lacrosse experience and their opinion of the sport.
In math, we began our multiplication unit this week. Grade 4 students worked on multiplying a two digit number by a one digit number first without regrouping, and then with regrouping. We will continue to work on this algorithm so that it becomes automatic for students. Grade fives did a quick review of multiplying two and three digit numbers by a one digit number, then they were off to multiplying two digit by two digit numbers. Many students would benefit from practicing the basic multiplication facts. There are apps, card/dice games and websites that can be used to practice. We use an online program called XtraMath here at school to practice all math facts. Your child is welcome to log into their account at home and continue practicing there. They will need their four digit code to access the site.
We have read on in our novel study and continue to work on vocabulary and summarizing each section. Students are enjoying the story’s plot and characters. They have completed four chapter summaries at this time. Ask your child to summarize what has happened in the story so far and describe the setting and the characters for you. We continue to fit in word work and writing time several times over the course of the week.
The grade fours are sharing their learnings about the Métis in their Visual journals as a sketch note. They are to include the three symbols of the Métis that we discussed in class, plus information about who the Métis are as well as their music and dance. This will be due before Spring Break. Grade fives are learning about confederation and its importance in Canada’s history.
We are well on our way preparing for the May 4th concert with Mr. Clark. Students have song books and are learning the songs in music class as well as during practice sessions with Mr Clark. The kids are learning the songs quickly and are sounding great already.
Please ensure students are coming to school ready for gymnastics the week before Spring Break. Please ensure clothing is not oversized, long hair is tied back, jewelry is removed, shirts can be tucked in, and feet and ankles are not covered with long pants (pants can be rolled up). Students can either wear sport shoes or bare feet.
Our work continues on our Level Up Calgary MineCraft Projects.
Bike Survey: To encourage Active School Travel, Woodbine has partnered with EverActive Schools to run a “Bike to School Day” on June 7th (weather dependent). This initiative will focus on increasing cycling knowledge and safety awareness. In preparation for this event we are looking to find out what students have bikes and helmets at home and other logistical items. We ask that you please complete the following quick survey (please follow this link or copy it into your search engine) https://www.surveymonkey.com/r... If you have multiple children at the school, we kindly ask that you fill the survey out separately for each child. In addition, if there are any individuals who have cycling knowledge or knows how to tune up bikes and would like to contribute their knowledge to this event, please reach out to Ms. Bignell at email@example.com At a later date we will be sending out some details to ask for volunteers for this event! Stay tuned!
Swimming Volunteers: Thank you to all the parents/grandparents that have signed up to help with our swimming lessons in May. There are still a large number of spots to be filled. If you have a valid police clearance and have the time, please sign up.
Timbernook Residency: In April, Woodbine school will be participating in an outdoor play residency. Please see the information below. More detailed information will be posted on the teacher blogs closer to the date.
Have a great week!
Monday, March 12
Hello Room 14 Families!
It was a pleasure to connect with you during parent-teacher conferences at the end of last week. If you were not able to attend the conference, please email me to arrange a time to discuss your child’s progress.
We had one session with the Elev8 Lacrosse residency team last week. We will have additional sessions with them Monday and Wednesday this week. The students are enjoying learning about this sport.
In ELA, students completed matchbook summaries of chapters 1-2, 3-5, and 6-7 for our novel Thirst. Students will be working on chapters 8-9 this week. Students looked at vocabulary from the book, and answered response questions in their writing journals.
During word work, each grade group worked on a separate set of vocabulary words to complete vocabulary ladders. Students will use these vocabulary words in a variety of tasks such as matching definitions, writing sentences and close reading activities.
Students began their multiplication unit in math last week. Grade 4 students reviewed how multiplying is adding on and they began multiplying by tens, hundreds and thousands. This week, they will practice a few multiplying skills like doubling to multiply. They next will begin to use arrays to multiply and then practice using the standard algorithm.
Meanwhile, grade 5 students reviewed multiplying by 10, 100, and 1000. They moved on to multiplying by multiples of 10, 100, and 1000. This week, they will review using arrays to multiply and then work to multiply larger numbers by 1 digit numbers.
Both grades enjoyed playing the math logic game “Don’t Break the Bank” This game tests number logic skills as well as provided opportunities for addition review.
In Social, students wrapped up their Festival du Voyageur projects and have returned to Canadian history. The grade 5 students learned about the Loyalists and the Acadians, while the grade 4 students further developed their understanding of the unique traditions of the Metis.
Weekly Update February 27 - March 3
Our classroom is participating in Level Up this year. We are excited about the challenge. This week students explored the four build sites and decided which task they were going to take on. We are already creating AMAZING spaces for Calgary’s future!
I have created a SignUp Genius to manage volunteering opportunities in our classroom. Please see the link below to sign up for volunteering if you are interested.
The Woodbine Parent Association is excited to launch our new website. On our site you will find our latest events, fundraisers, volunteer information and FAQs. Check it out!!!! https://woodbineparents.com
Have a great week,