Saturday, February 3, 2018

Week of February 5-9


In the rear-view mirror

I couldn’t be more proud of the way students have jumped into learning these new multiplication strategies! It requires extra effort and focus and I applaud all students who are rising to the challenge. A special thank you to our parents for taking an active and invested role in their children’s education by spending time learning from their ‘student-teachers’. This has also been great practice for students who are struggling to complete homework and hand it in on time. I’m seeing great improvements with only a few still growing in this area! Keep at it, crew! These are worthwhile skills and habits we are building!

Sneak Peek at the Week:

Please note that this is a short week; Friday is a Professional Learning Day for our staff.
*Students: be sure to dress appropriately for the weather! As you know, an important part of setting yourself up to be a successful student is taking care of your basic needs. In addition to eating properly, getting exercise, and adequate sleep, knowing how to dress yourself for the weather may help guard against colds and sickness. We are Canadian, and a great way to celebrate it is by spending time outdoors, which is ALWAYS more fun if we are dressed appropriately for it!

Language Arts:

We have now completed the first round of our Word Work program! Assessments will be given back Monday and we will be starting into our second lesson on that day as well! The assignment will be due on Thursday --with no exceptions--students have time in class on Monday as well as Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings to get it finishedthis is when we learn how to start planning our time and coordinating our schedules with other extra-curricular activities. It is already obvious which students are putting in an effort and which students need to give a little more time to their work. Keep it at, crew, I believe in you!

We have spent considerable time learning about the civil rights movement as well as important figures in this topic’s history: Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, and Harriet Tubman. Last week we were introduced to the ‘Underground Railroad’ and took some time to explore what life in slavery was like in preparation for the kickoff of our novel study: Underground to Canada by Barbara Smucker. This week's opening activities will really ignite our thinking and our emotions! Parents, please know that because this novel focuses on slavery and takes place in the southern and northern United States in the mid 1800’s, there will be some discussion around some difficult topics including the treatment of slaves and the hardships they endured while living in slavery as well as escaping to live a life of freedom. Because the author, Barbara Smucker, is incredibly gifted and ‘paints detailed pictures’ for her readers, students may experience some emotion as they begin to understand the lives of slaves. I know that above all else, students have always learned great gratitude while reading and may come home with extra hugs for their parents because they live a very safe life, have a nice home to live in, clothes to wear, food to eat and comfortable beds to sleep in. It’s an incredible read, one students will likely not forget, and I can’t wait to share it with them! If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.


All week long we will be learning about the life of ‘les voyageurs’ who played an important role in the fur trade and development of our great country! This unit of study combines both French and Social Studies curriculum concepts beautifully! Next Friday we will celebrate the life of a voyageur, watch for more details in next week’s blog update!


There are more multiplication strategies on the way! This week we will continue our practise of ‘applying the distributive property’ and learn how to do ‘partial products’ before venturing into area models (one of Ms. B’s favourite strategies!)

Simply stated, the partial products strategy involves breaking the question down into more manageable parts. For example, 16 x 7, can be broken down to (10 x 7) + (6 x 7). We know that 10 x 7 = 70 and 6 x 7 = 42, therefore when we add 70 + 42, we understand that 16 x 7 = 112.

If you want to take a sneak-peek at what area models are all about, check out these two clips:

Area Model Strategy Using Base 10 Blocks

Area Model Strategy Without a grid

Social Studies:

We are wrapping up the Arctic Region with an assessment on Monday! This will give students the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding of the learning we’ve done ‘up north’ before we visit Canada’s largest region: The Canadian Shield! We will explore what we already know about this area of Canada and begin to ‘dig’ through information about the region’s location, landforms, natural resources, people and stories!

Planning ahead

We are celebrating Valentine's Day on the afternoon of Wednesday the 14th. I would like to encourage students to include every member of our classroom community when they are preparing their valentines, it is for this reason that a class list will be sent home this week.

A special thank you to the following people who have volunteered to bring snacks for our Valentine celebration:

Cheese and Crackers: Aiden    

Vegetables and Dip: Brynley

Fruit Platter: Parker G

Cookies or Cupcakes: Macgregor

Juice and Napkins: Brett

Have an amazing weekstay warm!