- We are carrying on with The Wild Robot novel and are now writing stories as if we were a character interacting with ROZ the robot.
Students have done another reading comprehension booklet that should have come home yesterday for review, corrections and parent signature. As we move further into the year I will continue my focus on careful work and attention to detail. If your student is asking you to sign “20 club” sheets please have them explain to you why they are doing that and how with more careful attention to their work, they will not have those in the future. If you have any questions please email me.
- Place value equivalences were reviewed (e.g. 40 tens = 400 ones) as we introduce multiplication.
- Feedback on Estimation assignment was returned and discussed with students. See FreshGrade.
- Looking ahead: multiplication using the array (x and y axes; length and width models); students need to have their times table (basic facts) memorized. This is something they can do at home daily. They can use the Quizlet app (digital flashcard) to help. They know how to use this app.
- Returned Analyzing Food Webs check-in with feedback; allowed corrections to be done as some predictions were not supported well.
- STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Math) activity by building an adaptation that would help Roz (The Wild Robot) become a better parent. Students constructed adaptations and presented them to the class.
Next EXPO week: Dec. 11-14 with trips to the Weaselhead (Mon), Glenbow Museum/Fort Calgary (Tue), and Masters Gallery (Wed for 5.1; Thu for 5.2) We are going to need a lot of volunteers for those trips. Please let us know if you're interested in any or all of them. We're taking names this early. Contact your child's homeroom teacher to volunteer.
Food Bank Donations
We are collecting donations for the Calgary Food Bank. Students will be bringing these donations to their Family Group teachers.
Please remind your child to bring their agenda to school daily. Although we send weekly updates to you, there are important daily announcements that we need to relay to you, and the agenda is our primary way to do this. It also helps to teach organization skills and accountability. That said, there are students who consistently "forget" their agendas at home; and as a backup plan, they end up writing on pieces of paper that probably don't reach home. Can you please remind them to bring it to school daily? Your support is appreciated.
We continued reading “The Wild Robot” and are getting more into the names of the wonderful characters that ROZ the robot befriends. We will be doing a creative writing assignment next week that will have students creating their own animal character and unique name. This ties into looking at characters' development and will build on the 4 S’s of good writing that we have learned.
The students will be bringing home a completed and marked reading comprehension sheet about the Franklin expedition. Please review this with your child and sign and return it to class. This is a format that the students will be using quite often this year, so I expect the answers to improve as they become more familiar with the format and my expectations of complete reading and correct and thorough answer format.
- rounding rewrite for students who didn't meet expectations on the Rounding Rewrite last week. Results to be posted on FreshG. If your kid has an empty shell that says "Rounding Rewrite" that means they need to rewrite it or have rewritten it.
Looking ahead: Multiplication
- STEAM activity (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) related to the Wild Robot - designing and constructing the missing leg for Roz, the robot. Ask your child about the book.
- Food web analysis check-in on Thursday this week. Results and feedback to be posted asap.
Looking ahead: measuring weather phenomena
- A huge thank you goes out to our parent volunteers, (Ms. Chris Lockhart, Ms. Tamiko Ohta, Mrs. Melissa Plouffe, Mrs. Stefanie Walker, Ms. Denise Megliola, Mr. Stuart Keen, Ms. Jimmi Duce Ross, and Mrs. Donna McLeod) who bravely joined us on Wednesday for a trip to the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary. It was a cold day but we all enjoyed the field trip, learned much from it, and we too hope that you enjoyed the experience.
Looking ahead: Next EXPO week: Dec. 11-14 with trips to the Weaselhead (Mon), Glenbow Museum/Fort Calgary (Tue), and Masters Gallery (Wed for 5.1; Thu for 5.2) We are going to need a lot of volunteers for those trips. Please let us know if you're interested in any or all of them. We're taking names this early. Contact your child's homeroom teacher to volunteer.
Prodigy Games on iPad
- This game was introduced to kids late this week. Most are enamoured by the 'gamified' version of it. We are using this platform as a supplement to what we do in class and what I assign on Khan; hence, the hierarchy/priority of task being completed goes like this: classroom assignments, Khan assignments, and Prodigy games. They have accounts by logging into their Google accounts; no iPad needed to access - a computer/laptop with a web browser will do.
- introduced students to rounding numbers to a specific place.
- I assigned Khan Academy assignments to reinforce these concepts.
-went into estimating distances between two places using non-standard measurements using the Canada C3 map.
- Looking ahead: Rounding check-in on Thursday this week.
- adaptations of a wetland organism feedback returned
- Several students will need to re-do the assignment as sentences were taken directly from the internet and submitted; or did not meet expectations. I handed out a graphic organizer that students can use to help direct their work. This is due Wednesday.
- worked on food chains and different niches of animals in a wetland; food chains and food web check-in on Tuesday next week
- Looking ahead: food webs discussions and activities; field trip to the Inglewood Bird Sanctuary on Wednesday, forms attached.
- we explored the Coast-to-Coast-to-Coast map (C3 map)
- ask your child about geographic regions as per map exploration
- in-class reading and reading comprehension will carry on as usual.
- continued research on provinces and territories. Their presentations start Monday and if they are not complete, they could be working on them over the weekend. That said, sufficient time was provided in class this week. Also, students did a creative writing exercise through a prompt.
Two check-ins were taken this week (place value) and results will be posted on FreshGrade. If you haven't had the chance to log in with your parent account, please do so as we have been using the platform to submit and evaluate students' work. Parent invites to student accounts were sent out via email weeks ago. Check your junk mail folder just in case.
Students completed their work on adaptations of wetland organisms. We will do a gallery walk to showcase the different adaptations of organisms that live in wetlands. Finished copy were submitted on FreshGrade.
Looking ahead: food chains and food webs
Ralph Klein Park Trip
We will be going to Ralph Klein Park on Tuesday for the whole day. Students need to be bring: a bagged lunch, snacks, and water bottle along with emergency medications like an epi-pen and puffer. Students will be spending the day outside and should be dressed for the weather conditions of the day. Please check the forecast. Lastly, we are still looking for parent volunteers to join us for the whole day. Please contact Mr. Sonico if you have an updated clearance and volunteer forms with the office.
Terry Fox Donations
Connect Charter School participated in the Terry Fox Run on Friday, September 29th. The runwill take place in North Glenmore Park beginning near the Weaselhead Parking Lot (west end) with the turnaround at the Calgary Canoe Club. Grades 4-6 will be running in the morning (departing the school at 9:15am and returning by lunch) and Grades 7-9 in the afternoon (departing the school at 12:45pm and returning by the end of the day).
If you wish to donate to the Terry Fox Foundation, visit this link: http://bit.ly/2xiw9vg. You can search for Connect Charter School and make a donation on behalf of your child. Please feel free to forward the link to friends and family.
- Place value review and problem-solving questions, explaining thinking/reasoning
- discussing different wetland types; wetland baby animals and their adaptations (Netflix)
- river study, exploration, looking at invertebrates (wetland that was originally at Camp Sweet dried up, so we used the river for our invert study); taking observations, drawing of organisms.
This last week 5.2 carried on with their research for their selected province or territory. Thursday, 5.1 picked up with this activity upon their return.
The project presentations will begin sometime next week depending on where each class is. Students have been given choice in the format that they will use to present their research. Please take some time to discuss the research and presentations with your child.
- First nations story-telling, folklore and beading activities
- reflective, descriptive writing, gratitude journals
Students were given the information and form outlining choices in electives for this first term and it should have come home for review and selection. Choices will be entered electronically on Monday in class. Electives will begin on September 29th.
Students are signing up for electives on Monday digitally in our classes. It is imperative that you have a conversation with your child about their choices. Our electives run in the afternoon of every Day 5 for 4 periods. Blue electives run for 2 periods; red electives run for 4 periods. When choosing a blue elective (2 periods) as a first choice, their second choice has to be a blue one as well (so that they can signed up for 4 periods).
See attachment for more info...
A huge thank you goes out to our parent volunteers: Paula Holowach, Rebecca Wood, Brent Raves, Gordon Heron, David Plouffe, Lisa Clark, and Perry Pasloski, who joined us at Camp Sweet. We realize that it wasn't the camp that you initially signed up for, so we are extra grateful for your flexibility and commitment. Our students, your children, seem to have enjoyed it, and we hope that you enjoyed the experience as well.
- Representing big numbers (in the thousands) using models (Number Pieces app) assignment on FreshGrade; due Friday.
- Reading and writing big numbers completed; discussed different periods
Looking ahead: brief intro into decimal places
- Field trip to the Weaselhead; thanks to our parent volunteers (it turned out to be a lovely day for a walk - not too hot, not too cold)
- Discussion of biotic and abiotic factors in the Weaselhead
- Jigsaw activity of the different type of wetlands (on FreshGrade; due Friday)
This past week we finished up working with our mapping of hurricanes.
We have started working on research of the provinces and territories as we begin to explore Canada and its geography.
Each group of 2 or 3 students will be doing in-depth research on their chosen area and then making a presentation to the class by the end of next week.
We will also be reviewing strategies for reading comprehension.
- 5.1 will be going to Camp Sweet on Monday and stay there until Wednesday afternoon. Please be prompt to drop off your child on Monday (departure 9 am); and pick up on Wednesday (arrival 3 pm) at Connect.
- Look over the packing list and ensure that your child has all the items. See attachment for reference. NOTE: WHITE T-SHIRTS ARE NOT REQUIRED as stated. Apologies.
- 5.1 and 5.2's next field trip: Ralph Klein Park (full day); Oct. 3rd Tuesday; seeking volunteers.
- 5.2 will have regular class all week including math, science, and humanities.
- representing 10 000 using unit squares (model)
- reading and writing big numbers (up to millions period)
- looking ahead: more practice reading and writing big numbers and representing numbers using more models
- discussion about biotic and abiotic factors of a wetland
- considered the aboriginal perspective (i.e. having spirit) about these factors and compared two different perspectives
- looking ahead: different types of wetland
This last week we have had fun looking at the active hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico, particularly Irma. This has allowed us to explore the details of some basic mapping skills and is also a way to relate their learning to real life experiences. Many of the students have been actively tracking and recording the location and data of the hurricanes, as well as checking the news about these at home. Much of this has been a chance to relate to PLACE, which will be one of our themes this year.
We also continued on exploring what we knew about Canada and starting to look at some of the information that we will be building upon around the theme of Canada’s geography and history.
Next week we will continue to look at Canada’s geography and possibly extend our mapping skills, depending on the hurricanes.
Please feel free to use the agenda to send in comments or questions about anything your child is doing in class.
As always, we are available through email to address questions or any concerns you have.
Khan Academy I've created a 'database' with curricular outcomes along with links to some practice problems on Khan Academy. These are meant as practice to supplement the work and problem-solving work that we do in the classroom. Unless otherwise indicated or told to students, they are not mandatory.
Picture orders are due Sept. 15th.
- field trip to Weaselhead on Tuesday morning. Students bring backpack, snack, water bottle.
- thanks to parents who have signed up to volunteer.
- keeping a close eye on events there. We will keep you updated next week if original plans are kept or changed.
- planned trip: Sep. 18-20 (M-W)
- first round of vaccination for 5.1 and 5.2 is onWednesday periods 1/2, Sept. 13th.
- next EXPO week is Oct. 30-Nov. 2
- Ralph Klein Park trip Oct. 3 (all day) email about volunteers and more info forthcoming
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!!!