Monday, September 17, 2018

Week of September 17 - 21, 2018

Thursday HW
1.  Haunted Walk trip form was handed out today.  Please read it carefully to determine whether or not your child can attend this OPTIONAL trip.  We need a fair number of parent volunteers to make it happen.  It is lots of fun.  The cost is $10 in cash only.
2.  The Stratford letter with permission form to see The Music Man was handed out as well today.  Time is tight for the turnaround for this trip.  Fees for this excursion as payable through School Cash Online only.
3.  20 minutes of reading .
4.  Terry Fox -- $20 for Terry.  Dig Deep!  We had some phenomenal donations today -- wow!
5.  French quiz Thursday September 27.

Wednesday HW
1.  MMS page 15 due in class for tomorrow.
2.  20 minutes of reading -- Reading Response #3 is due in class tomorrow.
3.  Terry Fox -- $20 for Terry.  Dig Deep!
4.  A good copy that shows editing and changes for your future paragraph.  This should be in your Writing notebook.  I encourage you to skip lines.  We had time to write in class today, self-edit with a COPS sheet, and take part in a whole-class shared writing and editing activity.  Students should already have had a minimum five sentence rough draft, so this seems like a reasonable amount or improvement and rewriting for one day.
5.  French quiz Thursday September 27.

Tuesday HW
1.  MMS page 14 ONLY due in class for tomorrow.
2.  20 minutes of reading -- Reading Response #3 is due in class on Thursday.
3.  Terry Fox -- $20 for Terry.  Dig Deep!
4.  Social Studies -- complete "On the Lines" questions one to ten for the article about the Canada-Saudi Arabia tweet.  We started this in class and had several periods of discussion around the story.  To access the Google Classroom from home, open the Chrome browser (it works best with Google Apps), then type in aw.tdsb.on.ca. Then type in your student number and password.

Monday HW
1.  MMS pages 12-13 due in class for tomorrow.  I gave out Light Blue duo-tangs with our Math homework program.  Each unit there will be a separate package.  we are starting with Unit 2 on Number Sense.  In class we discussed the concept of a million and read a book called "How Much Is A Million?" as a class before doing some same group shared work and then a selection of textbook problems.
** A Note on Textbooks:  There are only enough for students to share these.  That means they cannot go home and in-class problem work is exactly that -- in class and not homework.  The homework is found in the duo-tang.  Every student has a duo-tang and it should be at school every day.  All questions should be attempted, including the "Stretch Your Thinking" ones unless I have made other arrangements with specific students.  The Quick Review section that leads off each day's work should provide a sufficient recapitulation of the concepts in play for that lesson and a road map for how to structure a solution.
2.  20 Minutes of reading.
3.  Reading Response Journal #3 is due in class on Thursday.  Only four were incomplete last round, which is a good improvement over the first batch.  Students should be reading my corrections and implementing the feedback on future journal pieces.  As an example, I should not be correcting capital lettering and there/they're/their for several consecutive pieces after feedback has been provided.
4.  Terry Fox -- $20 for Terry fundraising.  The School Run day is Thursday, September 27.  Deep Deep -- for all of us!
5.  Paper towel roll and box of Kleenex for class use.  Thank you for those 15 students who have contributed to our shared supply.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Week of September 10-14, 2018

Friday HW
1.  20 Minutes for reading.  No other homework.
Last night's visit was informative and pleasant for me It was encouraging to hear the feedback I received.  Several parents requested individual meetings.  I will attempt to work these in around my Terry Fox and Soccer commitments.  Please send a note in your child's agenda if you requested such a meeting so I can ensure I have not overlooked anyone.  Have your child bring it to my attention.  Thank you!

Thursday HW
1.  20 Minutes for reading.  Please have your Reader Response journal #2 due in class on Friday.
2.  Box of pencils, Math Set, Binder
3.  Box of tissue and roll of paper towel for class use.
4. No homework tonight otherwise -- curriculum night.
5.  Curriculum Night is on Thursday, September 13.  I will give two short presentations at 6:00 PM and again at 6:40 PM if parents missed the first one.  All parents and guardians are welcome.

Wednesday HW
1.  20 Minutes for reading.  Please have your Reader Response journal #2 due in class on Friday.  I marked the first batch yesterday and many were done very well!  However 10 out of 33 were not started or very incomplete.  That's a ratio that has to change.
2.  Box of pencils, Math Set, Binder
3.  Box of tissue and roll of paper towel for class use.
4.  Recipe for Me good copy due in class tomorrow.  We had time in class to start this -- over Friday and Monday, as well as today.  We are looking at Procedural Writing, with a focus on Imperative verbs.  There is also a character education element.
5.  Curriculum Night is on Thursday, September 13.  I will give two short presentations at 6:00 PM and again at 6:40 PM if parents missed the first one.  All parents and guardians are welcome.

Tuesday HW
1.  20 Minutes for reading.  Please have your Reader Response journal #2 due in class on Friday.  I marked the first batch this evening and many were done very well!  However 10 out of 33 were not started or very incomplete.  That's a ratio that has to change.
2.  Box of pencils, Math Set, Binder
3.  Box of tissue and roll of paper towel for class use.
4.  Recipe for Me second draft due in class tomorrow.  We had time in class to start this -- over Friday and Monday, as well as today.  We are looking at Procedural Writing, with a focus on Imperative verbs.  There is also a character education element.
5.  Curriculum Night is on Thursday, September 13.  I will give two short presentations at 6:00 PM and again at 6:40 PM if parents missed the first one.  All parents and guardians are welcome.  Since the class is so large (33) there is not a great deal of room for students to attend -- it could get crowded!

Monday HW
1.  20 Minutes for reading.  Please have your Reader Response journal #1 ready in class tomorrow.
2.  Box of pencils, Math Set, Binder
3.  Box of tissue and roll of paper towel for class use.
* We had our first quiz today.  I was very happy to see that everyone returned their practice sheets to class for collection.  Almost everyone finished within 20 minutes, and many were done in 10.  When I went through them I noticed that a significant number (more than half) of the class did not correct their errors by rewriting the question.  When attempts at correction did appear they were usually in the form of added correct answers rather than rewritten problems. It's harder to see your mistaken process when the right answer is simply substituted.  I encourage students to redo the problem.