Monday, 30 November 2015

Monday, November 30th

Today, we had our quiz on time.  These quizzes will be going home later in the week to be signed by a parent.  Tomorrow, I look forward to begin our unit on measurement - perimeter and conversions (i.e., cm to m).

In Religion, we started our theme on families.  We also had our first celebration of Advent with a liturgy in the gym.  

The Christmas concert is coming up on December 11th, between 10:00 - 11:00.  I introduced the song, Do They Know it's Christmas, by Band-Aid.  The following are the lyrics and the link to the video for students to practice with (see below).

-reading log
-spelling list #4 (I told students to practice on nights where we have less homework, such as tonight)
-practice Christmas song

Do They Know it's Christmas (Band Aid 1984)

Do They Know It's Christmas Lyrics

It's Christmas time; there's no need to be afraid 
At Christmas time, we let in light and we banish shade 
And in our world of plenty we can spread a smile of joy 
Throw your arms around the world at Christmas time 

But say a prayer to pray for the other ones 
At Christmas time 
It's hard, but when you're having fun 
There's a world outside your window 
And it's a world of dread and fear 
Where the only water flowing is the bitter sting of tears 

And the Christmas bells that ring there 
Are the clanging chimes of doom 
Well tonight thank God it's them instead of you 
And there won't be snow in Africa this Christmas time 

The greatest gift they'll get this year is life 
Oh, where nothing ever grows, no rain or rivers flow 
Do they know it's Christmas time at all? 

Here's to you, raise a glass for ev'ryone 
Here's to them, underneath that burning sun 
Do they know it's Christmas time at all? 

Feed the world 
Feed the world 

Feed the world 
Let them know it's Christmastime
Feed the world 

Let them know it's Christmastime
Feed the world 
Let them know it's Christmastime
Feed the world 

Let them know it's Christmastime

Friday, 27 November 2015

Friday, November 27th

Today, we had a review of the concepts we learned about time, especially about elapsed time.  We will be having a quiz on Monday.  I highly suggest for students to practice with the links provided under measurement.  

In Language, we began our summative (final) assignment in descriptive writing.  As part of the readaloud from yesterday, I asked students to write about their own "tea cup" and to write about it in detail as much as they can.  

The following are some examples of our Math this past week.  The following is some good problem solving skills by Libby and Logan:

We also created word problems involving elapsed time.  Here is a question developed by Douglas and Brooke:

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Thursday, November 26th

Today, we looked at the different units of time, i.e., minutes, hours, days, etc..  We also looked at what AM and PM hours suggested.  We will be doing a full review tomorrow in class.  I will be giving out a quiz on Monday about time.  

In Language, I read the story, The Blessing Cup, to the class.  This book is about a Jewish family that lived in fear of the Russian Czar's soldiers in the early 1900s.  They become refugees, and all they had left was a beautiful tea cup, the symbol of a lasting love for generations.  

In Religion, we had Cathy Koss come in to do the Rosary with the class.  She explained about the luminous mysteries and we prayed two decades.

-Reading log due tomorrow
-Finish Math practice sheet on Time (due tomorrow)
-Spelling test tomorrow - list 3

-Please return the consent form for the Jungle Sport.  This will take place the week of December 14th in the gym.  The cost will be covered by the school.
-We are going to the Learning Commons tomorrow.  Please return your books.
-Lunch lady forms went home today.
-Tomorrow is Jersey day.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Wednesday, November 25th

Today, students worked very hard in problem solving elapsed time with a list of events.  The following is a sample of what the work may look like:

In Language, students finished up their descriptive writing pieces about their treehouses.  Their goal is to get as detailed as possible.  We also had a guest come into the class, Maria Winters.  She is from the school board and shared with us some social emotional learning techniques that students may use, such as how to focus or to be aware of our emotions.  She will be coming in on a weekly basis to give us strategies.

-reading log
-finish treehouse descriptive writing
-spelling list #3

-Tomorrow is Rocket day.  Wear red and blue.
-I also sent home a consent form for the Jungle gym, happening the week of Dec.14th.  Please return this form by Friday.  Thank you!

Crazy hair day

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Tuesday, November 24th

Today, our learning goal in Math was to solve some word problems involving elapsed time.  Students are becoming very familiar using a number line to help them keep track of the passage of time.

In Language, we continued to work on our descriptive writing pieces about our treehouses.  The descriptive writing is really coming along!  Students shared some of their writing samples today and I have to say that I'm really impressed.

Here is a picture of our Tacky Tourists that were in our class today:

-reading log
-Math: finish practice work on time (due tomorrow)
-spelling - list 3 (Friday)

-Tomorrow is crazy hair day

Monday, 23 November 2015

Monday, November 23rd

Today, we continued to look at elapsed time.  Students worked hard at using a number line to keep track the passage of time.  I mentioned to the class to expect a quiz on time later in the week.  I will also send home some practice work.  Students may also practice with the links under measurement to the right of the blog.

In Religion, we looked at ways we can be safe while being online, as part of our "Samaritans on the Digital Road" theme.  In Language, I read a story called, "The Treehouse".  I then asked students to draw their own version of their treehouse as a beginning exercise of descriptive writing (word choice).  We will continue on tomorrow.  

-reading log
-spelling test on Friday - list #3 (after so many weeks, I will send home these tests to be looked                                                         at by the parent)

-Tomorrow is Tacky Tourist Day

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Thursday, November 19th

Today, our learning goal in Math was to calculate elapsed time using the counting on strategy.  It looked like this:   4:45, 4:50, 4:55, 5:00, 5:05, 5:10.
                                      0          5           10        15          20         25 mins

In Religion, we reviewed what citizen and digital citizen meant.  Next week, we will continue to look more deeply into what a responsible digital citizen is.  

In Language, students completed their descriptive writing pieces.  Here is an example of a student's work and how we are coming along in writing descriptively using our strategies:

   The haunted house
I can remember walking up to the house with a chill in my spine.That house looked scary,old, and haunted I had no good feeling about this place. It gives me the chills.As I walked into that rickety old house the door creaked open,wind blou trou the chatterd window. I...

There is no homework this weekend. However, I highly recommend students to practice their Math by practicing with the links that I've provided over to the right, under Measurement. I know that elapsed time is a more difficult concept to grasp and I would like students to take the time to preview some strategies to help them for next week.

-Next week is spirit week. It's pyjama day on Monday.
-Tomorrow is a P.D. day.

Have a nice weekend everyone!

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Wednesday, November 18th

In Math, we looked at using our benchmarks to help us tell time (i.e., 15 mins, 30 mins, 45 mins).  We also looked at how to estimate time using five minute intervals.  I am putting some practice links under measurement for students to practice with, as some students still need help with telling time.  Our next step is to problem solve elapsed time.  In Religion, we looked at what it means to be a citizen and a responsible citizen.  

In Language, students were put into partners to describe an item in detail without using certain words (i.e., Describe milkshake without using the words milk, blender, etc).

-reading log due tomorrow
-spelling test tomorrow (see list 2 in Home Spelling Words)
-Get Math test signed and return it tomorrow

-Scholastic book orders are due tomorrow
-P.D. day on Friday

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Tuesday, November 17th

Our learning goal in Math today was to begin looking at elapsed time.  We used our own daily schedule to see how much time we use up in the day for our daily routines.  I am hoping this is going to help students to figure out elapsed time, i.e., From 11:45 to 2:15, two and a half hours have passed by.  We also started our anti-bullying lessons in the classroom.  Our first lesson concentrates around what it means to be a responsible citizen.  We will continue this tomorrow.

In Language, we worked on our haunted houses descriptive writing assignments.  This work will eventually go home to be looked at by the parents.

-reading log
-Math: Prodigy Math (20 minutes)
-Spelling test on Thursday (see list 2 in Home Spelling Words to the right)

-Scholastic book order due by Thursday

Monday, 16 November 2015

Monday, November 16th

Today, our learning goal in Math was to tell time in two ways.  For example, 4:20 can be said as 20 after 4 or 40 minutes to 5.  We also had an assembly to kick off anti-bullying week at our school and within the school board.  Mr.Rogers, our principal, read a book to the school and went over some of the strategies, such as using our WITS, when resolving conflicts if or when they occur.  

In Language, I reviewed ways in which we can use our spelling strategies independently.  I felt that there is a need to practice this skill alone.  I also told students that we will be having a weekly spelling test from now until the Christmas break, hoping that this practice will help develop their skills.  

-reading log
-Math: finish practice on time (both sides)
-spelling test on Friday - list 2 (see link to the right, Home spelling words)

-Scholastic book orders are due Thursday
-There is a P.D. day on Friday.

Friday, 13 November 2015

Friday, November 13th

I want to thank you, parents, for being so cooperative during the parent-teacher interviews last night!  I really like having that partnership for your child's education.  It was great to touch base about your child's Math, Language and Learning Skills.  I appreciate you being a partner in education!  I will try to the my best of my ability to continue to provide a safe and encouraging learning environment.

There is no homework this weekend.  However, I do encourage students to practice with the Math or Language links to the right.  I do notice a need for spelling practice so I will be preparing some practice for next week.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, 12 November 2015

Thursday, November 12th

Disregard my last blog.  My file has opened properly! 
Students are to use the following examples to grade their own descriptive writing:

Grade A or Level 4
Help!  Can you help me find my monster?    Her name is Zoza.  She was last seen on November 3.  You would hear her before you see her as her voice is very raspy and deep.  She may come across to you as a goofy monster, but, do not underestimate her, Zoza is quite an intelligent creature.  The size of her brain makes her head look too gigantic for her body.  She has a thick round of purple hair that looks like it was plugged into an electric socket. 

-Student constantly showing and not telling (providing detail)
-Very few errors with spelling, grammar (run-on sentences), and                      capitalization.  
-Clearly paint a picture in the reader’s mind (word choice)
-Almost always using adjectives and specific words.

Grade B or Level 3
My monster is missing can you help me find her.  She is really important to me?  She has 2 pairs of arms and She has 4 ears in all sorts of shapes like triangles or mountains.  She has 2 humongous eye balls.  She has teeth so Sharp they are as Sharp as nifes.

-Student is often showing and not telling (detail)
-There are some errors with spelling, grammar (run-on sentences), and        capitalization.  
-Almost paint a picture in the reader’s mind (word choice)
-Somewhat using adjectives and specific words.

Grade C or Level 2
My monster is missing!  can you help me find her?  It has three eyes two are above the other one is bigger one is smaller the auther eye is below but small as well only with some eye shadow and eye lashs.  it has a short tail and four wings two by the tial and by the head.  

-Student partially showing and mostly telling (detail).
-There are many errors with spelling, grammar (run-on sentences), and    capitalization.  
-Partially paint a picture in the reader’s mind (word choice).

-Minimal amount of adjectives and specific words.

Thursday, November 12th

Good afternoon!

Students:  I was supposed to put some exemplars on here to asses your descriptive writing with.  My file won't open at school, however it's on my computer at home.  Please hold on to your writing for the weekend and I will post it from home.  

-reading log due tomorrow
-Learning Commons is tomorrow so bring back your reading books from home.

Weekend homework:
-to assess your descriptive writing

For parent-teacher interviews tonight, please respect the 10 minute time appointment as there are many parents scheduled in for tonight.  As a parent, I know that it can be frustrating to wait for a longer period of time, past your schedule time.  Thank you!

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Wednesday, November 11th

Today, we had our final test on number patterns.  We also had our Remembrance Day liturgy in the gym.  I introduced a contest that the Kanata Legion is holding.  Students may take part in the poster or the poetry contest. I told the students that this was optional and it is due on Monday, November 16th.  I will bring over any entries to the Legion prior to the closing date of the contest.

Scavenger Hunt Questions for Animals at War:
1. In which city in Canada was a harbour very busy during the First and Second World Wars?

2. Who wrote the famous war poem, In Flanders Fields?

3. What replaced horses during the First World War on the battlefields?

4. What type of aircraft was first introduced during the Korean War?

5. What are the 3 things that made it a tough life in the trenches? (A Walk in their Shoes)

-reading log
-Using the Animals at War Newspaper, students are asked to do a scavenger hunt.  They are to look for and respond to the five questions above.  We will look over our answers in class and have a discussion.

The Remembrance day contest form and art/poem is due by Monday, November 16th.

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Tuesday, November 10th

We continued to practice problem solving open-ended type questions in Math.  I gave students some tougher, logical questions involving patterning. 

 The following is a list of what's to be on the test:
-Identify, create and extend number patterns
-Identify changes in attributes in a pattern (i.e., shape, direction, size)
-Describe a pattern rule
-Find the missing term in a pattern
-Use t-charts to problem solve word problems

Students may use the links on the right side, under patterning, to help prepare for the test.  I also encouraged students to take home their notebook to review their notes.

In Language, students practiced one more time with a picture prompt to use the "show not tell" strategy.  

-reading log
-Math test tomorrow

-Your child may bring in a small donation for a poppy for Remembrance day tomorrow.  
-We will be having a Remembrance Day liturgy in the gym at 10:15

Monday, 9 November 2015

Monday, November 9th

Today, in Math, we problem solved Math problems involving patterning with time.  I had the students become more comfortable using t-charts as a strategy.  There was a lot of thinking and light bulbs going off in the classroom.  This is great!

In Language, I introduced another strategy to use when writing descriptively.  This strategy is called Show not Tell.  The following is an example of a tell and then a show:
I was really scared to ride the roller coaster. I felt a little sick, but excited at the same
time. When the bar clicked into place, I held on tight. When the ride started, I hoped for the
As I slid into the red plastic seat of the roller coaster, my mouth went dry and my hands felt clammy. The bar in front of my clicked into place and I gripped it so hard my knuckles turned white. I could taste the cotton candy I’d eaten earlier at the back of my throat. When the car jolted forward, my stomach dropped.  I held my breath, and I told myself I would survive.

-reading log
-Math: finish practice sheet on patterning (including stretch your thinking).  Due tomorrow!

-Poppies are on sale.  Please send a small contribution tomorrow or Wednesday and I will be giving students each a poppy on Wednesday to wear.  Thank you!
-Parent teacher interviews are Thursday night.  If you would like to book an interview with me or the French teacher, please use the instructions that were given in the progress report (blue sheet).

Friday, 6 November 2015

Friday, November 6th

Today, I was away from the classroom.  However, the students were able to practice using tables while problem solving word problems involving patterning.  In Religion, they identified how some people in their lives who help them to grow and develop.  They also analyzed situations in which people can affect others by what they do or say.

There is no homework for the weekend.  However, there is a Number Patterning test coming up on Wednesday.  It will be our final test before we move on to a new unit.  Students may practice with the links to the right under patterning.  We will also practice in class, especially with the word problem, open-ended type questions.
Topics include:
-identifying, creating, and extending number patterns
-describing a pattern rule
-find the missing term in a pattern
-using tables or t-charts to help solve open-ended questions

-Our class picture will take place on Monday.  Individual retakes will also be on that day.

Have a good weekend!

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Thursday, November 5th

Today, we worked really hard on problem solving tough questions involving number patterning.  I introduced to the students the success criteria involved in showing your thinking when solving math questions that are multi-step.  I will post a picture next week of this success criteria as it will apply to all the open-ended, "show your thinking", type questions of how students will be evaluated in Math this year.  

In Language, we made our way to the Learning Commons for our very first task on the Chrome books!  This was a very important visit as I demonstrated to the students how access an assignment that I have sent electronically.  I will be showing students next week how they can access this at home.  They did a great job for the first time!

-reading log is due tomorrow
-please read 2 RAZ KIDS books with the questions.  This can be applied to your reading log.

-The Progress Reports went home today.  Please send back:  the envelope, signed, and the small portion on page two, signed.
-The class photo will take place on Monday, along with any individual retakes.

Have a great evening!

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Wednesday, November 4th

In Math, we continued to practice using T charts to help us problem solve patterning type questions.  This time, I incorporated time (hours, days, and months of the year).  Some practice work has went home tonight.

In Language, we shared some of our descriptive writing pieces from yesterday.  Our focus from yesterday was to use our five senses as we wrote.  The following are two student examples:

Our focus today in writing was to use specific terms, instead of general terms.  For example, a word such as furniture can be more specific and descriptive by using words such as a floral loveseat.

-reading log
-Math: practice sheet on patterning due tomorrow.  There is only one side as the other side was completed in class.

-The class picture day will be on Monday.  Any individual retakes will also be done on that day.
-Here is a copy of the school newsletter:

Here is a copy of the school calendar:

Monday, 2 November 2015

Monday, November 2nd

Our learning goal in Math today was to learn how to identify and write a pattern rule.  Students will continue to practice this with a practice sheet going home tonight.  This is due tomorrow and will be corrected in class.  In Religion, we looked at what the Gospel Value of community meant.  We had a good discussion in class and will continue on tomorrow with a response.

In language, we worked on finishing up our descriptive writing about our monsters.  Our focus so far in descriptive writing has been to use a thesaurus to find other words and to help with our spelling and to also use adjectives.

-reading log
-Math: practice sheet on patterning (due tomorrow)

Have a good evening!