This week was packed full of high energy learning. Thank you to the amazing parents that were able to join us on our EXPO trip. Several stepped in at the last minute and endured a cold day and noisy bus ride. Please enjoy reading the review of our week.
Wednesday, Jan 17th: Weaselhead AM (please dress for the weather and send extra snacks and a water bottle)
Signal Hill Library PM (we need a couple volunteers for each trip)
Friday, Jan. 19th: No School-PD Day
Thursday, Jan. 25th: Masters Gallery 5.4 (AM only)
Friday, Jan. 26th: Last day of term 1 electives
Monday, Jan. 29th: Electives Report Cards
We are excited to welcome our 2 student teachers from Mount Royal University on Monday. They are in their final practicum and will be with us until April. Ms. Jessica Savoie will be working with Mrs. Stevenson in Humanities and Ms. Yuna Kwong will be joining Mrs. Piper in Math/Science.
Students enjoyed an EXPO trip this week that had a strong humanities focus. We worked as archaeologists to uncover artifacts at Fort Calgary, and compared indigenous cultures at the Glenbow. We began our inquiry into regional issues this week. Students brainstormed some of the issues that each region faces. As we move forward each student will identify an issue they want to examine deeper. Eventually, they will present the issue to their peers. This inquiry has many overlaps with the learning they undertake in science and there will be some work occurring across disciplines. We also began our Mock Caldecott unit. Students examined previous winners and the Caldecott Criteria. They are using the criteria as they critically examine books that are eligible for this year’s award. As a group we will choose a book that we feel should win this year’s Caldecott Medal.
Students began looking at division and its relationship to multiplication. Looking ahead we will be performing division of multi-digit numbers using different strategies.
Students enjoyed watching a documentary called, “Frozen Planet: On Thin Ice”. We examined the scientific evidence of warming that is occuring at the Earth’s polar regions. We were able to make many connections with background knowledge on this issue, and discussed the impacts on the environment and on people. Students also began designing an experiment that would show that the air contains water.