Apr 172021
 

Hello!

It was nice to finally see some warm weather this week. Means more outdoor learning!

We finished book 1 of our novel study this week, and discussed the characters, events, and made a prediction about the next book. We discussed as a class to get a feel of what each student’s needs to talk about, so that next time they can discuss their book in a lit circle.

We are continuing to work on our personal PowerPoint presentations this week. Next week we should finish them, and I will go over how each student can’t only just copy paragraphs from Google and paste them in, that they need to be edited and put into their own words.

In science we learned about the respiratory system and the circulatory system. As both these systems work together to give oxygen to the body. We performed an experiment on Friday where we had to measure our own pulse after different types of activities.

In math we are learning about comparing fractions, first on a number line, and then with equivalent pairs. Though after working on it for a week, some students decided to get a little lazy with their quiz, and not follow my strategy. So we will be doing a retest on Tuesday.

In Art we worked on two projects. First was a pointillism piece, for the PAC’s art card fundraiser. Those finished in time were also able to create some Jackson Pollock marble paintings.

Next week we will look at turning fractions into decimals, learn about the skeletal and muscular systems, start our second book, and start some coding.

Have a good long weekend, and see you Tuesday.

 

Apr 092021
 

Hello!

Hope everyone had a good long weekend last week. And hopefully the Sun comes out a little more for next week.

We learned about fractions on a number line, and fractions as part of a set this week, with a quiz on Friday. Most did very well on it.

We are almost done our first of three novel study booklets, with 2 more parts next week. We will be setting up a book club like meeting to discuss each book.

In science we learned about the digestive system. We watched a couple of videos, labelled a diagram, and performed an experiment. The experiment mimicked what happens when you eat. Almost had some students lose their lunch performing it.

In socials we learned how to make a Google slides presentation. Each student is now making their own personal one, about a topic they are interested in.

Our class is doing art cards again through the PAC. We are working on pointillism style paintings. So far they look great! They should be coming home in a couple of weeks.

Next week’s parent teacher meetings are on Thursday (change of date). Almost heard back from everyone. I will be sending info home on Monday about times.

Have a good weekend and stay safe!

Apr 012021
 

Hello!

Hope everyone got their work folders this week. The work inside should be from end of January until March. There is also a slip to let me know if you want a parent teacher meeting.

I was planning a whole lot of review this week, but decided to power through, give us some extra time at the end of the year of we need.

In Math we started our fractions work, looking at the bottom denominators as total amount of pieced, and the top numerator as pieces we are focused on. We did a scavenger hunt for fractions on Thursday around the school.

We started a new novel study today. Students got to pick one of three books to read: Island, Everest, or Dive. They will be reading them, and having a small lit circle after each. The books are divided into 3 parts to make it more manageable.

We finished off our biome unit on Monday with a review and quiz, and started our next science unit: the human body. We learned that there are 4 levels to the house man body: cells -> tissue -> organs -> organ system. We will be learning about 7 different organ systems and be working on an inquiry project this this unit.

We also worked on some origami this week, making a couple as a class, and working on individual ones. The jumping frog was very popular.

Have a safe long weekend and see you Tuesday.

Mar 132021
 

We did it, we made it to spring break! We were very busy this week finishing up our projects, but managed to on Thursday, to have games on Friday!

Our poetry books are typed up and completed. They look great, and will be sent home after spring break.

We looked at cause and effect for events in canadian history: fur trade, Confederation, railways, and residential schools. Students had a half page of information which they could get answers from, and had do write what happened, why it happened, and what were some effects of the event.

In math we played the Price is Right! Students started with $1,000. When an item came up, they had to estimate the price. Then they calculated the difference from the actual price. Then took their difference and subtracted it from their total money. It was a fun way to set up a running budget. By the end of the game only 4 students still had money in the positive.

We finished our biome boardgames in science! They look pretty cool, and will make some fun entertainment for spring break for myself.

On Wednesday we joined our cohort class for some bannock, hot chocolate, and yogurts with berries. Mrs. MacDonald made the bannock, which was delicious. We also read our poetry booklets to the other class.

Enjoy your next 2 weeks off, be safe, and have fun!

Mar 062021
 

Hello!

Next week is our last week, as well as Literacy week. A reading bingo sheet went home today for some fun activities.

We finished off our Canadian timeline by reading and sharing our timeline posts. The posts are now on our fall wall, stretching across the wall, and part onto another wal.

We are typing up our poems this week and on Monday. We worked on limericks and line break poems using onamonopoia this week as well. We also finished off our novel study booklets.

This week in math we worked on grocery budgets. Students had to plan a day’s worth of meals for $50. They were given grocery fliers, and had to make sure their meals were balanced.

We finished typing up our biome cards in science. I will be proofreading them this weekend, to see if students need to make corrections next week or not. A couple of groups have event staet d drawing their gameboard.

Next week is Lit week, with funky socks on Monday, and dress as a character on Friday. We will also be doing a group lunch with hot chocolate and bannock no Wednesday.

It should be a fun last week before Spring break. Have fun and stay safe. see you sadtely

 

Feb 272021
 

Hello!

Wow we worked hard this week, with almost everyone finally caught up! Next week will be another hard one, as we finish off some projects.

With our novel study we have finish typing up our synopsis of the book, as well as draw the 6 main events of the story, and designed our fantasy library. wlWe also created our own rebus puzzles! They turned out great! We have to finish off our character cards and design a front page, then we are done.

In poetry we learned about haiku poems and couplets. With our haiku, we have the syllables down, though still need to practice using powerful words, and not use ‘good’. Our couplet poems so far have been pretty fun, as the students like rhyming.

In math we started our money unit, first by finding out how much our names are worth in a puzzle. We then were given a menu with food prices, and stent the week adding and subtracting the values.

We finished off our timeline posts about Canada, and will go over them next week. We did a bonus timeline about more fun things about Canadian history. We will also be playing the came ‘Timeline’ with our dates.

In science we started our biome boardgame project. Groups will be making a board game based off a specific biome. Their game will resemble what the biome looks like. It will also include fact cards about their biome. We have completed about 1/3rd of the facts this week. Next week we should finish up the facts.

In French we learned about Le Carnival De Quebec, the largest winter festival in the world. We took notes on all of the attractions and events, and will be making a brochure about it next week.

With Wednesday being pink shirt day, our class designed some pink shirts with positive messages. They are in our hallway for now, and will be places on our window next week.

Next week we will be using grocery flyers to create budgets and meal plans for math, finish off our poetry with limericks and break line poems, finish our novel study booklet, go over our Canadian timeline as a class, and finish research our biome in science. Will be another busy week.

Have a good weekend and stay safe.

Feb 202021
 

Hello!

We had a wild week, with the snow and long weekend. Tuesday was a little rough, but we managed to straighten out and have a pretty productive week.

In language arts we finished off our simile rainbow poems, and started our ‘I am’ poems. They are poems about comparing ourselves to other things or animals, such as ‘I am as fast as a rabbit running away from a hunter’, or ‘I am as strong as a brick wall’. Most students were close to finishing on Friday, though some need reminders about good copy printing…

We finished off our measurement unit in math, with measuring things around the room, designing a layout for a playground using perimeter and area, and completing our test. Most did well, though some showed a little confusion with either converting units, perimeter is adding up the side lengths, or area is multiplying length by width sides.

In socials we started our third timeline post about Canada. We will finish it off next week, and do our fourth bonus post.

In science we labelled a map of the works with all of the biomes, and drew pictures of each of the biomes. We also used a Venn diagram to compare and contrast 2 biomes.

We also finished off our novel study book! We found who escaped the library first, and who was eliminated. These next few weeks we will be completing parts of our project, including a synopsis, rebus, event pictures, character descriptions, and blueprint of our own dream library.

Next week we will be starting our unit on money in math, practice some haiku and couplet poems, learn about our biome boardgame project, and learning about the Quebec Carnival.

It is also pink shirt day on Wednesday!

Have a good weekend, and we you Monday.

Feb 122021
 

Hello!

Our class continued its conversation about appropriate vs inappropriate behaviour during specific school activities this week. We made a pretty good list about what type of behaviour works, and what doesn’t work.

In math we learned about perimeter of shapes, area of rectangles, and a strategy to help find a rectangle with a specific perimeters and area. The strategy is to cut the perimeter in half, and find pairs that add up to the half. Then find a pair that multiplies to make the area.

In language arts we worked on similes by creating a rainbow poem. Students are still working on them, but they are using senses of objects to describe colours. An example is red tastes like hot sauce, blue sounds like the oceans waves, or green smells like freshly cut grass.

In science we learned about the food chain. We discussed producers, consumers, and decomposers, how they are related, live off each other, and survive in their biome. We played a matching game on Thursday, making different food chains.

In socials we researched our second timeline post. The students were a lot quicker with accessing and deciding which information they needed for their paragraph. We also watched some Canadian Heritage minutes about some of our posts.

We are almost finished our novel study, and the students were very excited trying to decode the puzzle. I needed to give a couple of hints near the end, but most got it. We will finish up next week, and start out work booklet for it.

Our class learned about Lunar New year’s today, as tomorrow is the start of the year of the ox. We learned about a legend of how Lunar New year’s started and what the 12 Chinese zodiac animals are. We also wrote about which animal we would want to represent us, and how we relate to our animal.

Next week we will be our quiz on measurement in math, we will work on some metaphor comparisons in poetry, complete our third timeline post, and draw different biomes around the world.

Have a good long weekend, stay safe, and see you Tuesday.

 

 

Feb 052021
 

Hello!

Our class has started a chess tournament this week. They got the moves down, though it seems that some are still learning the idea about how to actually win. We also had some discussions about appropriate vs inappropriate behaviour for specific activities, which we will cover more next week.

In socials we worked hard this week on our first timeline post. Each student wrote a paragraph about a specific moment in Canadian history, discussing why it happened, some positives things, and some negative consequences of the event. We have 2 more to do within the next couple of weeks.

In math we learned about different units of measurement, so mm, cm, and m. We practiced converting the units, though some students still need more practice with it. We also worked on perimeter of rectangles. They were very good at figuring out how to get perimeter, and how to draw a shape with specific perimeters.

In science we learned about different animal adaptations. We discussed three types of adaptations: structural, behavioural, and physiological. I always like sharing how polar bears have black skin, yet their adaptation helps them hunt in the north.

In language arts we worked on two types of poems: acrostic and cinquain poems. We are still working on using descriptive words with our poems, though got better at using alliteration.

In art we created a winter mosaic scene. The students were not really fans of effort involved in placing their colours so close together. They turned out great!

Next week we will look at area of rectangles in math, similes and metaphors in poetry, the food chain in science, and more Canadian history in social studies. Next Thursday will be a Valentine card exchange (no candy allowed, student names coming Monday), as well as a look into lunar new year.

Have a good weekend, and see you Monday.

Jan 292021
 

Hello!

Another busy week, as we started many of our new units.

In math we learned how to read a clock! We discussed ‘quarter after’, ‘half past’, and ‘quarter after’. We looked at how the numbers represent every 5 minutes, so they could count by 5 to find out the time. We also looked at length of time, and how much time as past from start to finish.

In language arts we continues with our novel study. We are now on chapter 26, almost half way. The kids are trying to find clues which will help them escape the library.

We also started our poetry unit this week. We briefly talked about what poetry is, and some poetic terms, such as alliteration, simile, hyperbole, metaphor, onomatopoeia, and personification. We will be experimenting with these as we.practice different types of poems. Our first poem is an acrostic poem.

In social studies we started our look into Canadian history. Groups of 3 researched one area of Canadian history and came up with 9 important dates related to their topic. The topics include: fur trade, early explorers, BC Confederation, residential schools, war, human rights, and Canadian identity. Next week the dates will be broken up among group members, and they will research more into their event.

In science we started our biome unit. We briefly covered aspects about each of the land biomes: grassland, Savanah, desert, tundra, tiaga forest, deciduous forest, and tropical rainforest. We will be doing a lot of research into a biome, as part of a project. We will also look at adaptations and the food chain.

On Thursday we had an online visitor come to our class. An elder taught us how to use weaving tools, and we made a mini Metis scarf.

Next week we will work on measurement and units in math, try out some more poetry styles, research our first Canadian timeline post, look into animal adaptations, and create a winter mosaic. It will be another busy week.

Have fun and stay safe, see you Monday.