Saturday, 12 January 2019

January 14th - January 18th

Math-We are continuing to work on Data Management. Last week students were introduced to survey questions, tables, and graphs. Monday, we will talk about double bar graphs and stem and leaf plots.

Language - Students are excited about their Genius Hour projects. We have talked about what makes a good Genius Hour topic and driving questions. Students need to be interested and excited about their Genius Hour.

Friday, 4 January 2019

January 7th - January 11th

Happy New Year

Important dates

Friday, January 7th - At home book report is due. If extra time is needed, please send a note in with your child.

Friday, January 11th - Epiphany Liturgy 11-12.

Math - Our new unit in math will be Data Management. The focus will be on collect and organize discrete or continuous primary data and secondary data and display the data using charts and graphs, including broken-line graphs; • read, describe, and interpret primary data and secondary data presented in charts and graphs, including broken-line graphs;

Language - We will be presenting our Christmas Jingles this week. Students will also be starting a new writing unit with a focus on Genius Hour Presentations. I have attached a short video to explain what Genius Hour is about. Students will be expected to research two Genius Hour topics. I will give them a detailed outline of the expectations for the project. 

Saturday, 15 December 2018

Monday, December 17th - Friday, 21st

We are entering into our third week of Advent where we recognize Joy. This will also be our last week of school before we leave for Christmas Vacation. Students are back to school on Monday, January 7th. Here are a few important dates for this week:

Monday, December 18th - Advent Celebration -11:30

Wednesday, December 19th - Advent Mass with Father - 10:45-11:45

Thursday, December 20th - Math Test on Geometry.

Friday, December 21st - PJ day, Movie Morning, School Sing-Along/3rd Block.

Merry Christmas, and I look forward to seeing students in the new year!

Math - Review for our Geometry math test on Thursday. Our next unit after Christmas will be on Data Management.

Language - Finish up our Christmas Jingle and Advertisement. If we have time, I will have students present their Jingle for their product. We are also continuing with our read aloud "Hiding Edith."

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Monday, December 10th - Friday, December 14th

We are moving into our second week of Advent. This is a celebration of Peace. 

Students have been assigned a Book Club Bingo book report. This report will be completed at home, due January 7th. Students are able to read their book during calming time in class. Students are expected to choose a book that is fiction or non-fiction and has chapters. Students are expected to produce a good, detailed paragraph for each question they select, and a reason why for each answer. 

Math - This is what students have been learning about the last couple of weeks in our math class. Our focus this week is to continue with comparing polygons, and learning how to construct triangles.

Constructing an Acute Angle

To construct an acute angle, draw one of the arms. It can be drawn in any direction. Mark a dot at one end of the line to be the vertex of the angle.

Then place the 0° line of the protractor on that line, and draw a small dot at that angle measurement you want to draw. If there are two numbers on the protractor scale, use the one that would lead to an angle less than 90°.

Connect that dot to the vertex.

This angle is 35°.

Angles in Shapes

Only certain combinations of angles are possible in certain kinds of shapes.

For example, if a polygon has four right angles, it must be a square or a rectangle.

If a polygon has two equal angles and it is a triangle, it must be an isosceles triangle. If a polygon has two equal angles and it is not a triangle, it might be a parallelogram.

An isosceles triangle has two equal angles.
A parallelogram is not a triangle and has two equal angles.


acute angle: an angle that measures less than 90º

protractor: a tool for measuring angles in degrees (°)

vertex (of an angle): the point where two arms of an angle meet

Language - We are continuing with our read aloud. We will also be starting a Christmas Media Assignment involving advertising and jingles. This will be fun for students. 

Saturday, 1 December 2018

Monday, December 3rd - Friday, December 7th

We will be celebrating the first week of Advent. It is hard to believe that December is already here! 

Please make sure you are sending your child to school with an extra pair of socks, mittens, and even a sweater as it is sometimes cold in the classroom. 

Math-We are continuing to study angles, and this week we will be taking this knowledge and using it to help us learn about polygons and how to construct triangles using our protractors. I have been using a math program called MathUp follows three-part lessons for all Ontario curriculum expectations. It is increasing student engagement through critical and creative thinking, and reaching all learners and extending their learning. 

Language - We are continuing this week with our read aloud "Hiding Edith." Students will also be working on good copies of their Procedural, or Expository Paragraphs. I will be talking to students this week about an up and coming book report that they will be working on mainly at home. Also, we will be working on a media-related activity with a Christmas theme. The next few weeks will be busy. 

Sunday, 25 November 2018

Monday, November 26th - Friday, November 30th

Math - Students are continuing to measure and construct angles. They have learned about various angles such as acute, right, obtuse, and straight angles. We will continue with studying angles this week. 

Language - We have started a wonderful read aloud called "Hiding Edith." This is a non-fiction children's book about a young Jewish girl hiding from the Nazis in France during World War II. This book details her amazing courage and struggles, and the inspiring spirit of the people she met."

 We will also be looking at expository, or procedural writing paragraphs. In expository writing, you give information. You explain a subject, give directions, or show how something happened. In expository writing, linking words like first, second, then, and finally are used to help readers follow the ideas.

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Please make sure your child has an extra pair of socks and mittens to keep in their backpack in case they need them. Winter is definitely here!

Saturday, 17 November 2018

November 19 th - November 23 rd 2018

Math - Math Test on Patterning will be on Monday. Our next math strand will be Geometry. The following curriculum math expectations will be taught:

Distinguish among polygons, regular polygons, and other two-dimensional shapes;

Identify and classify acute, right, obtuse, and straight angles; – measure and construct angles up to 90º, using a protractor; – identify triangles (i.e., acute, right, obtuse, scalene, isosceles, equilateral), and classify them according to angle and side properties

Language - Students are continuing to work on their Narrative Paragraphs this week. We have gone over topic ideas and looked at an anchor chart for what needs to be included in your Narrative Paragraph. They were also given a graphic organizer to organize their ideas before they begin their good copy.