Mr. Clarke | Grade 6

Mr. Clarke’s Classroom News - Sept 26-30, 2022

Looking Back

  • What a great week it has been! Short weeks always seem to last longer, but with everything going on, everyone has had to step up their game to get everything done.
  • Students are making good progress in Math. We continue to work on Patterns & Relations. Students have been working through lessons and are really starting to understand the process. Most are coming up asking questions and getting their work checked. Great job everyone!
  • Students had the chance to begin their exploration of Financial Literacy as they purchased their first stocks. They explored different companies and figured out how many shares they could afford. We will check back in on them in a month, and then on and off throughout the year, to see if they have made or lost money.
  • In Science, we discussed tree rings while making some observations and inferences about what we saw on some tree cookies. We also watched The Magical Forest which highlighted the incredible interconnectedness of plants and animals found in forests around the world. Finally, we shared and discussed our next project which will have students looking at different forest regions around the world.
  • In Social, we finished up our Grade Six Election with commercials, a candidates’ debate and speeches. It all culminated with students voting, electing a new Council and a swearing-in ceremony. Congratulations to our new Council members and to all of those who ran. You made it a great campaign. We know how hard it is to put yourself out there. Great work everyone!
  • This week in Language Arts, we focused on Residential Schools and learning about the issues surrounding them. Students also learned how to look critically at media and what messages are being shared. We focused on two specific pieces. A propaganda video put out by the Federal Government in 1955 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s_V4d7sXoqU) and The Stranger from Gord Downie’s Secret Path (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=za2VzjkwtFc).
  • Students took part in a Terry Fox Assembly and then headed off into Fish Creek Park to enjoy the beautiful weather as we took part in our Terry Fox Run/Walk.  It was a hot day, but we had a great time and our Grade Six Ambassadors did an amazing job in the assembly and leading some of the groups.
  • Thursday was Orange Shirt Day and the class shone brightly as students proudly wore their orange shirts in support of all Residential School survivors. It was a great day, and a fabulous week of learning.

 

Looking Forward

  • Students will be jumping in earnest into their latest project as they begin learning about a forest region of their choosing.
  • We will be focusing our attention on the Principles of Democracy this week as we kick Social into high gear. Also, our Grade Six Council will be getting up and running this week as they look to make this year the best it can be for all our grade six students.
  • In Math, we will continue our study of Patterns & Relations. We will also be introducing Jump Math into the program as a way to enhance our students’ understanding of the concepts we are covering.
  • In Language Arts, we will move our focus to memorable characters and suspenseful encounters. We will also be starting our first Book Club of the year as we begin The City of Ember. Finally, we will be splitting the grade six group up to begin working on a literacy program meant to improve overall reading ability.
  • There is no school Friday as we take part in the CBE’s first System-wide PD Day.
  • The following Monday is also a holiday as Canadians across the country celebrate Thanksgiving.

 

  • If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me using the information below. I will respond to you as soon as I can.
  • Please check Google Classroom regularly with your child. Updates will be added to the stream on a regular basis to keep you informed regarding things happening in the classroom during the day.

Important Dates

  • Vaccinations for Grade Six (Round 1) Oct 3rd – Please make sure forms are at school
  • System-wide PD Day Oct 7th – No School
  • Thanksgiving Oct 10th – No School

Picture of the Week

 

See picture on the right side of the screen

 

Truth & Reconciliation!!!

 

Useful Information

  • You will find a lot of useful information and resources in Google Classroom. This includes things like instructions for projects, a PDF version of the Social Studies textbook and some helpful materials for different subjects. More resources will be added as the year progresses.

 

  • As a society, we are still in recovery mode from COVID-19 and all the new realities we are faced with. Our goal is to keep all of our students’ health and safe and at school. If your child is sick, please keep them home until they are no longer contagious. This goes for all illnesses. If we work together, we can keep all of our students happy and healthy.

 

Contact Information

·      If you need to contact me, please use the information below:

 

Woodbine School 403.777.8630

Simon Clarke – sjclarke@cbe.ab.ca



Mr. Clarke’s Classroom News - Sept 19-23, 2022

Looking Back

  • This week in Math, we started work on Patterns & Relations. Students have been working through lessons and learning all about Input and Output.
  • In Science, we finished up our Tree projects.
  • In Social, we continued our Student Council election. Posters are going up as campaign teams continue to work at break-neck speed. Good luck to all our candidates!!! We also spent some time talking about Values. Ask them what they know.
  • Our focus in writing continued to be on Showing versus Telling using your five senses and emotion. Our writing focused on describing someone’s emotional state using body language, facial expressions and dialogue instead of just saying a person is sad or happy.
  • We took part in our first Fish Creek Friday this past Thursday. It was a great day and everyone made it back – even though they were a little tired.
  • Parent Teacher Conferences were held Thursday night and Friday during the day. It was wonderful to meet so many of you and to learn more about your children. They are a great bunch!


Looking Forward

  • Tree Guides are due on Monday this week.  We will then spend a little bit of time looking at some different aspects of trees before jumping into our next project.
  • Student Elections continue. Students will be recording and sharing TV & Radio commercials this week. On Monday, we will hold our candidate debate, Tuesday will see speeches being shared and students will vote on Wednesday. By this time next week, we will have a Grade Six Council in place. Can’t wait to see what they do!
  • We will begin our study of Financial Literacy as part of our math enrichment to boost their Financial IQ. This week they will be buying stocks. Any input from you will help them make good purchases.
  • We will be spending time this week talking and learning about Residential Schools. While this can be. Difficult discussion, it is an important one that will be handled respectfully and carefully.
  • Our annual Terry Fox Run/Walk will take place on Wednesday. Once again this year, we will be taking the grade sixes down through Fish Creek Park.
  • Thursday is Orange Shirt Day. We encourage all students to wear orange.
  • There is no school Friday as we recognize National Truth and Reconciliation Day across Canada.

 

  • If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me using the information below. I will respond to you as soon as I can.
  • Please check Google Classroom regularly with your child. Updates will be added to the stream on a regular basis to keep you informed regarding things happening in the classroom during the day.

 

Important Dates

  • Terry Fox Run/Walk – Wednesday, Sept 28th
  • Orange Shirt Day – Thursday, Sept 29th
  • Truth & Reconciliation Day Sept 30th – No School

 

Picture of the Week

 

See picture on the right side of the screen

 

Fish Creek Friday memories!

 

Useful Information

  • You will find a lot of useful information and resources in Google Classroom. This includes things like instructions for projects, a PDF version of the Social Studies textbook and some helpful materials for different subjects. More resources will be added as the year progresses.

 

  • As a society, we are still in recovery mode from COVID-19 and all the new realities we are faced with. Our goal is to keep all of our students’ healthy and safe and at school. If your child is sick, please keep them home until they are no longer contagious. This goes for all illnesses. If we work together, we can keep all of our students happy and healthy.

 

Contact Information

·      If you need to contact me, please use the information below:

 

Woodbine School 403.777.8630

Simon Clarke – sjclarke@cbe.ab.ca




Mr. Clarke’s Classroom News - Sept 12-16, 2022

Looking Back

  • We have been working on operations and, more specifically, Order of Operations in Math. Students have been playing the Elimination Game using order of operations which is tricky. Get them to show you how.
  • In Science, we are making good progress on our Tree Profile Projects.
  • In Social, we continued our Student Council election. Posters are going up as campaign teams continue to work at break-neck speed. Good luck to all our candidates!!!
  • Our focus in writing was on Story Beginnings that Command Attention which included approaches like plunging the reader into the conflict and making the reader wonder. We also focused on using descriptive vocabulary. We also started looking at the idea of Showing versus Telling using your five senses and emotion.
  • We put the finishing touches on our first art project.
  • In class, students continue to settle in. They are beginning to better understand my expectations. This has been a great week for them and we are starting to see what they can do.
  • We did more baseline testing. We hope to wrap things up next week.
  • Things continue to get better and better every day. It was a great week!

 

Looking Forward

  • We will be finishing our baseline testing this week.
  • We will wrap up our Tree Guides this week, with them being due a week on Monday and will then move forward in our study of Trees & Forests.
  • Student Elections continue. Students will be working on TV & Radio commercials this week.
  • We will begin our study of Financial Literacy as part of our math enrichment to boost their Financial IQ. This week they will be buying stocks. Any input from you will help them make good purchases.
  • We are looking forward to our first Fish Creek Friday (on Thursday) this week. It’s going to be great!!!

 

  • If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me using the information below. I will respond to you as soon as I can.
  • Please check Google Classroom regularly with your child. Updates will be added to the stream on a regular basis to keep you informed regarding things happening in the classroom during the day.

 

Important Dates

  • Fish Creek Friday Sept 22nd – we will be gone all day.
  • Meet the Teacher – Sept 22nd & 23rd – No School on Friday, Sept 23rd (you can choose an in-person or virtual meeting)
  • Truth & Reconciliation Day Sept 30th – No School

 

Picture of the Week

 

See picture on the right side of the screen

      Some of our completed Campaign Posters

 

Useful Information

  • You will find a lot of useful information and resources in Google Classroom. This includes things like instructions for projects, a PDF version of the Social Studies textbook and some helpful materials for different subjects. More resources will be added as the year progresses.

 

  • As a society, we are still in recovery mode from COVID-19 and all the new realities we are faced with. Our goal is to keep all of our students’ health and safe and at school. If your child is sick, please keep them home until they are no longer contagious. This goes for all illnesses. If we work together, we can keep all of our students happy and healthy.

 

Contact Information

·      If you need to contact me, please use the information below:

 

Woodbine School 403.777.8630

Simon Clarke – sjclarke@cbe.ab.ca



Mr. Clarke’s Classroom News - Sept 6 – 9, 2022

Looking Back

  • This week has been one of establishing routines and getting things going.
  • We jumped into a review of operations in Math by playing the Elimination Game. Ask your son or daughter to teach the whole family how to play. Enjoy!
  • In Language Arts, we focused on story writing to establish a baseline. We also completed a reading comprehension test to help us begin developing an idea of reading level for everyone in the class.
  • In Science, we watched a video focusing on the interconnectedness of all of the Earth’s systems. It is fascinating how what happens in one place, affects environments around the globe. We kicked our first unit – Trees & Forests – with a discussion about what student know about trees.
  • In Social, we started our discussion of Government and Democracy. We also jumped into a Student Council election with nomination speeches on Friday. Congratulations to all our candidates, and thanks to all who put their name forward whether they were nominated or not.
  • Things continue to get better and better every day. It was a great week!

We are looking forward to a great year! 


Looking Forward

  • We will be finishing our baseline testing this week.
  • Our first project in the Trees & Forests unit kicks off this week.
  • Math gets up and running in earnest as well.
  • This Is Me Projects will be shared this week.
  • Our election kicks into high gear.
  • We will begin a focused look at story writing beginning this week.


  • If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me using the information below.
  • Please check Google Classroom regularly with your child. Updates will be added to the stream on a regular basis to keep you informed regarding things happening in the classroom during the day.


Important Dates

  • Meet the Teacher – Sept 22nd & 23rd – No School on Friday, Sept 23rd (you can choose an in-person or virtual meeting)
  • Truth & Reconciliation Day Sept 30th – No School
  • Fish Creek Friday dates TBD


Picture of the Week 

What we know about Government & Democracy - not a bad starting point.

See picture on the right side of the screen 

 

Useful Information

  • You will find a lot of useful information and resources in Google Classroom. This includes things like instructions for projects, a PDF version of the Social Studies textbook and some helpful materials for different subjects. More resources will be added as the year progresses.

 

  • As a society, we are still in recovery mode from Covid and all the new realities we are faced with. Our goal is to keep all of our students’ health and safe and at school. If your child is sick, please keep them home until they are no longer contagious. This goes for all illnesses. If we work together, we can keep all of our students happy and healthy.

 

Contact Information

·      If you need to contact me, please use the information below:

 

Woodbine School 403.777.8630

Simon Clarke – sjclarke@cbe.ab.ca




Mr. Clarke’s Classroom News - Sept 1 – 2, 2022

Looking Back

  • Welcome to the 2022/2023 School Year!!!
  • It is so wonderful to have students back in the building after the summer. Their energy and enthusiasm fills the school and our classroom!
  • This week, we spent time reviewing expectations and discussing how our classroom works.
  • Students took part in two Design Challenges. Ask them about what and how they did.
  • We began a mini-project called This Is Me. Ask your son or daughter all about it.
  • Thank you to everyone for making sure your children are coming to school prepared to learn. They have adjusted well to their new, unique learning environment. 

We are looking forward to a great year!

 

Looking Forward

  • We will be starting some baseline testing to get an idea of where everyone is and where we need to go from here.
  • Our Trees & Forests unit in Science kicks off this week.
  • Math gets up and running in earnest as well.
  • This Is Me Projects are due Friday.
  • We will be starting a class election campaign this week.


  • If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me using the information below.
  • Please check Google Classroom regularly with your child. Updates will be added to the stream on a regular basis to keep you informed regarding things happening in the classroom during the day.
  • A Class Update will also come out weekly via our class blog which can be found using the following link:

https://school.cbe.ab.ca/school/Woodbine/teaching-learning/classes-departments/teacher-pages-blogs/Pages/simon-clarke.aspx

 

Important Dates

  • Labour Day Monday – No School
  • Meet the Teacher – Sept 22nd & 23rd – No School on Friday, Sept 23rd
  • Truth & Reconciliation Day Sept 30th – No School
  • Fish Creek Friday dates TBD 

Picture of the Week

  •  See picture off to the side

 

Useful Information

  • You will find a lot of useful information and resources in Google Classroom. This includes things like instructions for projects, a PDF version of the Social Studies textbook and some helpful materials for different subjects. More resources will be added as the year progresses.
  • As a society, we are still in recovery mode from Covid and all the new realities we are faced with. Our goal is to keep all of our students’ healthy and safe and at school. If your child is sick, please keep them home until they are no longer contagious. This goes for all illnesses. If we work together, we can keep all of our students happy and healthy.

 

Contact Information

·      If you need to contact me, please use the information below:

 




Welcome to Grade 6! Please use the link on the right to look at my Welcome Video. Looking forward to seeing you on Thursday.

Mr. Clarke



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