Humanities We continued viewing the videos of the history of Canada. We have just finished videos to the end of WWI, and I believe it has given students a very clear picture of Canada’s involvement in the war and the value of our troops, particularly in the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
We have been doing more work in self and peer editing with a view to clearer writing and the value of editing or having someone else edit your work. Please try to have your child read out to you at home. By next week we should be done the reading of Fish in a Tree, so please discuss this with your child.
Math Went over how to multiply multi-digit numbers visually and symbolically by using an array. We will continue to work on using these strategies and others so students begin to master how to multiply multi-digit numbers. Please reinforce these strategies by getting students to practice them at home (double digit by double digit, e.g. 34 x 14). You don't need to know how to do the methods but you could encourage your child to explain it to you. Your child should be adept in using them but you may use the traditional algorithm as a check for their work (or a calculator).
Looking ahead: More work with strategies for multiplication and mental math interviews (students should be able to multiply at least a double-digit by a single-digit number mentally, thus mastery of times table is a pre-requisite)
Science We began our study of weather by looking at student ideas of what constitutes weather. We also talked about other ideas that they had that didn't relate to weather, such as tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanos. We then identified weather phenomena that can be measured (temperature, humidity, pressure, precipitation, and wind speed). For each phenomenon, students researched on their definition, units of measurement, and devices used to measure them.
Looking ahead: Using second-hand data to keep track of weather phenomena (for about a week) and building our own weather instruments
Report Cards Report cards will be sent home on Monday. Student-led conferences will be Thursday (4-8 pm) and Friday (8 am-1 pm). Scheduling procedures and times will be emailed next week by the office. Please check your emails regularly for that message. Home conferencing is also possible if the dates/times are not convenient for you and/or availability of time slots are limited.
Humanities We have started to watch the CBC series “Canada: The Story of US”. Please ask your child about what they have learned from the video so far. This is intended to give students an overview of the history of Canada and start to understand the elements that were in play along our past and the diversity that is our country today. We are continuing with the reading of Fish in a Tree. Students will be bringing home our latest Reading Comprehension sheets to finish up if they haven’t yet, and also for a parent signature. Please review these 2 sheets with your child and feel free to put comments on the sheets or send me an email with any comments or questions about these assignments. Many students will have “20 club” associated with these as well.
- worked through an open-ended problem on estimating dots (students uploaded their work; if not found there, your child has not submitted it yet. Please ask them where theirs is).
- worked through 3 estimation strategies to help with mental math and evaluating reasonableness of answers (front-end, compensation, and compatible number strategies.
Looking ahead: multiplication! Your child should be well versed in their multiplication facts before heading into more complex calculations and problem-solving questions
- Student check-in on wetlands. Results to be given next week.
- Looking ahead: Investigating how humans have affected wetlands - the positives and the negatives
The link for ordering Connect Charter School Spirit Wear is: https://squareup.com/store/connect-charter-school-society The link will remain open until Monday, October 29, 2018. The photos in the link show the products in black only. There is a choice of colour. Please contact Mrs. Heather Melville directly if you have any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org)
First of all let us thank all of you for your contributions to our fall camp trip to Camp Impeesa. Camp was a wonderful experience and we enjoyed the extended opportunity to get to know your child better. It was a great success and the students will no doubt have many special memories of the activities and moments that we shared. Please take some time to ask your child about some of the moments that were memorable for them. We would like to publicly acknowledge our wonderful parent volunteers who joined us on this trip and made this experience possible for us and our students. Thank you to Mrs Lewis, Mr. Hope, Mr. Walker, Mr. Chrysdale, Mr. Roe, Mrs. Matheson, Mr. Lau, and Ms. Whelehan.
Please have these forms submitted and signed as soon as possible. We are still looking for volunteers for both homerooms to join us on this field trip on Wednesday. Please email your child's teacher. Digital form is attached.
As is usual after any of our EXPO trips and camps, we will be spending time reflecting on and writing about our activities and the wonderful places that we experienced at Camp Impeesa.
We will continue with the reading of Fish in a Tree that helps us look at the different strengths or challenges we have as learners.
Please make sure that your child has a chapter book that they are reading at home, be it their own or one from our library.
Should you have any questions about what is happening in our Humanities class, please ask your child or email Mrs. Leland
Camp Impeesa photos are online. www.tinyurl.com/5152photos
There will be a math check-in on Thursday next week on number forms and place value. We also conducted the remaining gallery walk that were not done last week. Lots of great work by students!
Orange Shirt Day
Oct. 2 is Every Child Matters Day - students are encouraged to wear orange on this day
Terry Fox Run
Oct. 1 is Terry Fox Run day.
Parent Info slides
Meet the Teacher slides (see attachment). We recognize that some parents were not able to attend so we endeavour to share the info to you. If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.
As we discussed in the Meet the Teacher evening presentations, we will be using a digital agenda. Students will be actively writing items in their own calendars by copying items from our (teachers') calendar - this way students get into the habit of adding items into their agenda. You can subscribe to the teachers' calendar by clicking this link and adding it to your calendars: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/ical/connectcharter.ca_eq4jp1s9a9t9rf4v6tvhboqs60%40group.calendar.google.com/private-5e0b6a5f5556e116cc00a70dc0f42b02/basic.ics
Conversely, you can subscribe to your child's calendar by letting them log into your device through google and you should be able to see their calendar that way.
Human sexuality. Please sign accordingly (participation in the lessons or exemption). See attachment for a digital copy, and return to the homeroom teacher.
- Field trip Monday to Ralph Klein Park. Please remember to have a bagged lunch for your child and a labeled water bottle. Please keep an eye on Monday's forecast and send rain boots (if your child has one) on Monday. We will be spending most of our time indoors but there is potential outdoor time if it's not too wet or bad.
- Worked on Math Started all week. AMA Quickdraw, What's my rule?, Number talks, and Compare and Contrast
- Looking ahead: Mathematical mindset, place value, and types of wetlands
Much of the week was focused on introductory activities and getting resources set up.
Next week we will be getting into activities related to identity.
Students worked on fractions. We reviewed how to read them, how represent them visually (manipulatives, bar model, and number line), and how to write mixed numbers as improper fractions. There was an assignment given on Thursday, which was due Friday.
Looking ahead: equivalent fractions
Since we have been making mixtures, this week we looked at separating them. We conducted an ink chromatography lab where students learned about the different pigments that make up black ink. We emphasized the physical nature of this change, the separation. There were 4 questions to complete (2 pre-lab; 4 post-lab) and were due Wednesday. We also had the founder and director of the Calgary Tesla Society come for a presentation to talk about Nikola Tesla's achievements and biography - as per our electricity unit. Lastly, students were introduced to a challenge task on Friday on separating the mixture of salt, gravel, and sand that is often found on roads in the springtime. Students wrote their own ideas with diagrams, and they will continue this next week by collaborating with a partner to come up with a procedure. We will then collectively do one experiment based on students' ideas.
Looking ahead: continue with separating mixtures
We have started to read “The Little Prince” and in the process have had discussions about the differences in perspective between ‘grown-ups’ and ‘children’. It was a most interesting discussion. The students will be asked to write a new chapter for the book where they encounter another individual that may have a lesson or a different perspective for the Little Prince. Please have a discussion with your child to see who that might be or the lesson they could learn.
As a thank you for all the many hours and days of volunteering this year, you are invited to join us for the Volunteer Tea on June 15th. RSVP Here.
We very much hope you will join us!
If your child is not returning to Connect next year, please let us know by sending an email. We will forward this information to the office so that a prospective Grade 6 student can be contacted prior to the summer break. We are, of course, sad to hear your child leaving Connect, and we wish your child well in his/her new school.
We did a check in on Tuesday on solving equations and writing expressions. Feedback and marks were posted on FreshGrade. Students then learned about different transformations (rotations, reflections, and translations). We also started our fraction unit with an activity where students write down the value of different size blocks.
Looking ahead: Fractions and equivalent fractions
Longboarding and Scootering on Monday
Please remember to bring helmets, proper clothing, footwear, lunch, sunscreen, bug spray, and water bottle. 5.1 will be going in the afternoon; and 5.2 will be going in the morning.
If you gave consent for your child to participate in our lessons on human sexuality, we started our unit with a discussion of puberty. We will continue this discussion next week with focus on puberty and hygiene.
This week we had the pleasure of seeing the play “Mistatim” at the Children’s Festival. We did pre and post analysis activities and the students wrote and shared a character description of the characters and symbols from the play. The discussion was around the concepts of wild vs. tame. Please have a discussion with your child about this play and the history and meaning within it. Next week we will be starting a novel study of “The Little Prince”, which will also address the concept of taming.
Band instrument choice
Students had the opportunity to try out all the instruments that they can choose from for the grade 6 band next year. They were asked to have a discussion about their choices at home. Students MUST go home to discuss with their parents what their top three instrument choices are for next year in grade 6 band. Every effort will be made to match students with an instrument that is of interest to them and one that is suited to them. Finally, we must ensure the proper instrumentation to provide success to each student and the band program as a whole. Efforts will be made to ensure their first choice. However, students must understand they may end up playing the second or third choice as approved by the band teacher. We will be having the students make their top 3 choices next week.
We've been working on mastering how to represent phrases into algebraic expressions and solving algebraic equations. We will be having a check-in on Tuesday next week (May 22nd; 5.2 in the am; 5.1 in the pm). Students can use their notes, previous assignments, and Khan Academy videos/assignments to study.
We performed a lab to test the solubility of solutes in water. Focus on this was qualitative observations and understanding why water is such a good solvent (polarity of the molecule). We also did another lab on Thursday on investigating another property of water by finding how many drops of water can a penny hold. We compared that to oil and students were required to answer follow up questions along with representing their findings in a graph.
Looking ahead: separating mixtures
The students finished up their research and presentations on historical figures and groups in Canada.
Students also spent time doing detailed reflections on our Fort Steele trip and sharing some of those with the class.
Next week we will be starting a new novel study - book(s) yet to be determined.
picture orders due May 23rd
Students will be longboarding/scootering on Tuesday, May 22nd (5.1 in the am; 5.2 in the pm). Students need to be bring helmets, water bottle, appropriate clothing, running shoes, cycling style gloves (optional), sunscreen, bug spray.
We are still looking for a few more volunteers to join us on May 23rd for this trip. We will be watching a play in the am, and then going to a historical guided walk in the afternoon. Please let me know if you can join us for either or both parts of the trip.
Have a wonderful long weekend!
Math This week we spent time completing a math challenge based on our knowledge of Area and Perimeter. We were also introduced to patterns this week. We learned how to organize patterns into table values, how to write the pattern in words as well as algebraic equations. During the week we practiced these skills by playing a game called “What's my rule?” Ask your child to show you how to play!
Science In Science this week we took time to review concepts we learned throughout the electricity unit and how to read an electricity meter. We also explored how electricity and magnetism are connected by building electromagnets.
Humanities We have started to look at the histories of both the French and English coming to Canada and the interactions with the indigenous people. We will be looking at the stories of the settlements of these and many other groups that came to settle in Canada and the impact and challenges that they faced.
We still need parent volunteers for Fort Steele. 5.1 and 5.2. For each homeroom, we have two dads, and one mom who expressed interest. That would mean we need two more volunteers per homeroom, preferably one more dad and one more mom. If you've already offered via email and we have not gotten back to you, acknowledging your interest, please let us know. We will confirm with you soon about your status as a volunteer.
We're going on a field trip next week on Tuesday to Fort Calgary (full day). We are still looking for volunteers to join us. Please, please, please come and join in on the fun!!!
This week we spent the majority of our time working on new math concepts, including:
The students’ rubrics for their Ember Inventions were uploaded to FreshGrade along with their planning pages, self assessment and final reflection.
Looking ahead: We will be learning about electromagnets and learning how to read electrical meters. Possible walk to Weaselhead on Tuesday or Thursday. More information to come on Monday.
We finished reading The City of Ember. Yay! Please ask your child about the ending of the story. Next week we will be watching the movie and having a potluck. Following this we will be doing a comparison between the movie and novel. Students did a self assessment for their humanities work over the duration of this past term. If you were unable to attend student led conferences, your child should be bringing home their self assessment to review with you.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Field Trips and Volunteers
We're going on a field trip to Telus Spark on April 10 (Tue), we're still looking for volunteers to join us. We would like to have about 4-5 volunteers per homeroom. If you'd like to join us and already have completed your volunteer clearance forms, please contact your child's homeroom teacher. We also have two subsequent trips after this one; both on Tuesdays:
- Fort Calgary & St. Patrick Island April 17th (Tue) and Heritage Park: April 24th (Tue)
- Wanna join us on these trips too? Let us know.
Math: This week in math we started quadrilaterals and 3D shapes. We learned how to classify various quadrilaterals based on their attributes and then completed a scavenger hunt around the school looking for quadrilaterals. We also downloaded an application titled “Geoboard”. This application will allow us practice making 2D shapes, but more specifically quadrilaterals. We also completed Khan assignments about quadrilaterals. Looking ahead: Next week we will continue working on 3D shapes and begin angles.
Science:We had a very busy week in science. We spent the first half of our week finishing our City of Ember projects. Once we completed our Ember projects we completed peer assessments, self assessments, and a reflection of the overall project. We also shared our projects with the rest of the class so that we could showcase our accomplishments and discuss the challenges we faced. Looking ahead: Next week we will begin to discuss how electricity and magnetism are related.
Humanities: We continued on with the reading of, "The City of Ember," and are endeavoring to figure out the Instructions page and the mystery of the missing letters and words. We expect to finish the book this week and then will be watching the movie to do a comparison of the characters, setting and storyline between the book and the movie. The students looked at the Metis culture and the history of their people. The students did a follow-up reading comprehension sheet on the Olympics.
The students did a self-assessment for term 2 that they will be sharing with you during student led conferences.
Expo: On Wednesday we had the privilege of listening to a guest speaker, named Ian, discuss solar energy. During this workshop we learned how solar panels are used around the world, how efficient solar panels are (30.7% efficient), and how solar panels help reduce pollution. We also had the wonderful opportunity to build circuits that incorporated solar panels.
We will also be going to Telus Spark on April 10 (Tue) from 10:30 to 2:30. We are looking for about 2-3 volunteers with their volunteer paperwork completed. Please contact your child's homeroom teacher if interested.
Report cards are going home today. Student-led conferences are Thursday from 4 pm to 8 pm; and Friday from 8 am to 1 pm. Sign up will start this afternoon at 4 pm and will be online. Instructions will be emailed to you from our office. If you're unable to attend these conferences, we will be sending the forms (i.e. a script) home with your child so you can conduct a home conference with them.