Thanks for your continued support. Here is a look ahead as we prepare for next week, and a reflection of the learning that took place last week.
Nov 6-9 EXPO Week
Tuesday- STEAM activities at school - keep sending in those recyclables please!
Wednesday- Inglewood Bird Sanctuary
Thursday- Remembrance Day Assembly
Nov. 16- Vaccinations
Nov. 17- Extreme Pita Fun Lunch and Stampede Kettle Corn
Nov. 20 - Report Cards go home
Nov. 24&25 Student Led Conferences
Thank-you to the parents who have bravely offered to accompany us this week on our outdoor EXPO activities. Based on the forecast please ensure that your child is more than prepared to spend extended periods of time outdoors. This includes, winter boots, snowpants, winter coat (plus appropriate wicking and insulating layers), warm socks (preferably wool), mitts/warm gloves and a toque. A neckwarmer or scarf that can be pulled up over the face would also be helpful. Additionally, students must have a backpack, water, healthy snack and hearty lunch. We greatly appreciate you taking the time to ensure that your child is prepared to be outside. Taking our learning into nature has a profound impact on understanding the world around us and connecting what we are learning in the classroom into our community.
Humanities: This week started with the students completing their introduction to the six geographic regions of Canada. As the students became familiar with each region they identified facts that were interesting, informative and important. On Tuesday, students began a creative writing assignment titled “The Secret Knowledge of Grownups”. The planning phase was completed on Wednesday. Students will continue to write in class and will submit their final drafts for assessment by Nov. 9th. Published drafts are due Nov. 14. We continued with “The Wild Robot” novel study. Both classes made inferences about the setting of the story, and completed a quiz for this section. On Thursday, 5.4 started creating “Roz in Canada” postcards to send abroad and skyped with our class connection in St. Louis. These opportunities will happen for 5.3 after the EXPO week.
Math: This week in math we explored rounding, connected it to estimating and looked at strategies for rounding large numbers. This included using a number line, visualizing, and applying the ‘look at the place value to the right’ rule. Students had the opportunity to practice rounding through a number of different contexts and there will be a check-in either later this week or early next week. Most students have begun using Prodigy Math game to help them practice some basic skills. As I have access to their accounts, I have begun assigning specific skills to practice, such as rounding and basic multiplication facts. Questions that fit within these topics are given to students through the gaming platform and I then have access to their success rate.
Science: Feedback was given to all students on their adaptations assignment and is available on FreshGrade. I have suggested to all students who are currently ‘approaching expectations’ to come and see me so we can work together to ensure that everyone is meeting expectations for that assignment. Most students touched base with me on Thursday or Friday, perhaps check with your child to see if they were one of them! :) Students also finished their “Why do Rivers need Wolves” reflections and posted them to FreshGrade. Additionally, we explored how clouds were named and spent time with Ms. Emin learning how to create skyscapes using pastels. We will use this art integration to learn about clouds, precipitation and the water cycle throughout our EXPO rotations.