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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!
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 finished—this
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!
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
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:
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!
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.
thank you to the following people who have volunteered to bring snacks for our