Please enjoy this brief look at classroom events from last week. The upcoming week is short, as all teachers participate in 2 days of professional development at a staff retreat on Thursday and Friday.
We don’t have any formal or official plans for Wednesday to celebrate Valentine’s Day. If students wish to exchange cards or small treats they should bring enough to include everyone.
Pink shirt month is happening for the month of February. A school wide initiative kicked off last Monday, and students are encouraged to show extra kindness and empathy. Students are challenged during morning announcements to complete the daily kindness challenge. Teachers are on the lookout to acknowledge these special and extraordinary efforts with caught ya certificates. Please ask your child if they have some ideas about how they can get caught being kind.
Feb. 14th & 15th- No School- Staff Retreat
Feb 18th- No School -Family Day
Humanities- This week students examined art pieces from WWI, and looked at the role art plays in remembering historical events. They finished their book proposals. The book trailers and letters can be viewed on Seesaw. The completed trailers have also been posted to the Seesaw class blogs, so parents and students are able to view the trailers that were created by everyone. The blog privacy is set so that only those with the links can view the work. This allows work to reach a larger audience, but not a completely public audience. 5.4 Book Trailers 5.3 Book Trailers Next week will begin our interdisciplinary Amazing Race and will start our in depth study of the regions of Canada. Students will also complete another Project Beautiful inquiry task, as we examine the beauty that is found within people. If you wish to see some of the work students have created for this inquiry you can view it on the Project Beautiful blog.
Math: This week we looked at the Box Method (Or Area Method) for long division. This method is a mental math approach that enhances number sense understanding. While it does encourage students to have strong recall of their multiplication tables, it is also forgiving in the sense that students can work primarily with ‘friendly’ numbers (numbers ending in zero and five) to find the quotient. Check out this video tutorial if you would like to learn more about this method. Up next we will look at the Big 7 method (similar to the Box Method), short division and then finally the traditional algorithm for long division. The latter two strategies rely more on procedural memorization rather than conceptual understanding so many students will end up using one of the first two strategies until they have a solid understanding of what it means to divide.
Science: This week we began to learn about extreme weather. We will continue to explore this interesting topic as we begin an interdisciplinary Amazing Race project with Mrs. Stevenson where we will closely inquire into Canada’s geographic regions including looking at why some regions experience more extreme weather events than others.