Well! We managed to make it through all those indoor recesses last week and even braved the cold in our ‘Winter Walk’ (see picture to the right). This week is a busy one as we lead up to Family Day/Reading Week!
Our week begins with a lesson about internet safety with Constable Sander on Monday. After celebrating Valentine’s Day Wednesday, we have a spirit assembly on Thursday. It’s ‘Team Jersey’ day, wear a shirt or jersey of your favourite team! We wrap up our week with our ‘festival du voyageur’ celebration (see below). It’s going to be another fun-filled week of great learning!
Our second word work assignment will be returned to students this week and corrections will be done on Tuesday. We will have a chance to start studying these words in preparation for the assessment on Thursday (also be sure to study the second half of Frequently Misspelled Words Column 1!)
Our novel study started off in grand style last week. Students were fully engaged in the story and already find themselves invested in the characters. Parents, if your student hasn’t mentioned anything about the novel, please probe them with questions—it’s great reading comprehension practice! This week we will read a few more chapters and will do a second comprehension check.
More strategies are on the way now that we are on to 2-digit by 2-digit multiplying! This week we will learn how to draw area models that illustrate multiplication on hundred grids. We will continue with this focus and then we will be ready to tackle expanded notation!
Parents: thank you again, for allowing your young student-teacher to lead you through these strategies. It is our goal to know each strategy well enough to be able to teach it, though we recognize that not every strategy appeals to each mathematician—that’s why we are learning many!
We’ve arrived in the Canadian Shield and will be ready to take on a couple of scavenger hunts through the region after the break. I can’t wait to see what we ‘dig up’ in this region, I’m especially excited about learning more about the fur trade and the role of the ‘coureurs de bois’ and ‘les voyageurs’!
Students may wish to visit a couple clips about this region:
The Canadian Shield in pictures
The Canadian Shield: student video project
Something to look forward to:
Next week is Family Day and the break. Students will return to school on February 26th. On that day, students will learn all about their upcoming curling lessons taking place in March. Parents, it is our hope that you will be able to help us out by volunteering on ice or by transporting us to and from the rink (ATB Centre) for one of our lessons (mornings of March 13, 15, 21, and 23)