Central Library trip: We will be visiting the new Central Library on Dec. 10, 2018. More information will be given along with informed consent and letter outlining the details and curricular outcomes of this trip. However, we encourage you to register your child for a free library membership if they aren't already members. https://reg.calgarylibrary.ca. They will have the opportunity to sign out a book from there. If you're interested in joining us for the trip, we are looking for 4 parent volunteers per homeroom. In order to volunteer with us, please have your current volunteer form and security clearance at the office.
Project Beautiful: We continued this week to investigate the definition of “beautiful”. Students all reflected on their own individual definition of the word and wrote about it in their journals. They will be coming home this weekend with a bit of homework. We would like them to interview YOU about your thoughts on beauty. They have 2 questions to ask you and would like to either voice record or video record your responses (you choose!). We would also like them to find someone older than you to interview (could be a grandparent, neighbour, coach, etc.) to see how the idea of beauty might change with age and experience. Next week (Dec. 6) we will be taking our questions on the road and interviewing members of the public at Mount Royal University. This will help us broaden our own definitions and expand our thinking of what is beautiful.
Building Community: This week we focused on supporting and enhancing community by coming up with strategies to accomplish both class’s goal of “valuing people in our community by listening to them and not talking over them”. Students collectively generated a list of specific ways we can work on this goal and we will be helping to hold each other accountable for this goal.
Math: We are continuing to work on our understanding of multiplication. Please check SeeSaw for feedback on your child’s Number Pieces Arrays. Next week we will continue to work on the array method for multiplying by replacing the pictures with numbers. Thank-you for your support with our work habits goal and encouraging your child to find time for their homework this week.
Science: We tackled one of our “thick” questions from our trip to the wetland, “what happens in the winter to the animals who live here?”. We created a list of animals we think use that wetland as habitat and students then did some research to determine how that animal survives the winter (ie: migration, hibernation, change of coat colour, food caches etc.). Each pair then shared one adaptation they learned about their animal with the rest of the class. This ties into another one of our questions which is “why do the seasons change?”. We generated some ideas around this question and will continue to explore it next week.
Humanities: Students had an opportunity to create their own county this week. Many of the elements we learn about in geography and our study of Canada were introduced through this short term project. The project was due today and the students completed a self evaluation. If there are parts of the project they felt didn’t meet expectations they have until Monday to add to the project. Peer feedback will be provided on Monday. After peer feedback, and an opportunity for improvement, the projects will be assessed by the teacher. I am hopeful that each round of feedback results in improvements. Improving work and acting on feedback, are work habits we will be developing in term 2. Parents are welcome to provide feedback over the weekend. A copy of the rubric is available for viewing on Seesaw. The assignment can be found on google slides.