Monday, December 9, 2019

Week of December 9 - 13, 2019

Thursday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 class I teach.
1.  20 minutes of reading.
2.  Food and Toy Drive items can be brought in to class.
3.  Complete response question for the first week of the "Holes" novel cycle.
4.  Math Geometry Quiz on Unit 3, Lessons 1, 3, and 4 on Friday, December 13.
5.  Class holiday party on Tuesday afternoon, December 17.  Allergy awareness concerns for our class include foods containing sesame products, sunflower seeds, tree nuts and peanuts.  Any items that come to class should have clear lists of ingredients so we can make informed choices.  Thank you for your cooperation.
5.  Holes Chapters 1-10 quiz on Friday.
We continued to read "Holes" today following the schedule provided to students with accompanying tasks on Monday.  The novel is being read in one week segments.

8F Notes: This is homework for the grade 8 class I teach.
a)  20 minutes of reading.
b)  We have a vocabulary and comprehension quiz tomorrow on the first seven chapters of The Giver.  The quiz has matching, true/false, multiple choice and fill-in-the blank questions (no short answer or essay questions).  The vocabulary work and the response questions are due by Monday morning before school.


Wednesday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 class I teach.
1.  20 minutes of reading.
2.  Food and Toy Drive items can be brought in to class.
3.  Complete summary and questions for the news journal presentation you listened to today.
4.  Math Geometry Quiz on Unit 3, Lessons 1, 3, and 4 on Friday, December 13.
5.  MMS pages 38-39
6.  Holes Chapters 1-10 quiz on Friday.
We continued to read "Holes" today following the schedule provided to students with accompanying tasks on Monday.  The novel is being read in one week segments.

8F Notes: This is homework for the grade 8 class I teach.
a)  20 minutes of reading.
b)  We did not meet today because of the Winter concert dress rehearsal.  Ongoing work includes the short story group assignment and The Giver vocabulary and reading.

Tuesday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 class I teach.
1.  20 minutes of reading.
2.  Food and Toy Drive items can be brought in to class.
3.  Complete summary and questions for the news journal presentation you listened to today.
4.  Math Geometry Quiz on Unit 3, Lessons 1, 3, and 4 on Friday, December 13.
5.  Holes Chapters 1-10 quiz on Friday.
We continued to read "Holes" today following the schedule provided to students with accompanying tasks on Monday.  The novel is being read in one week segments.

8F Notes: This is homework for the grade 8 class I teach.
a)  20 minutes of reading.
b)  We did not meet today.  Ongoing work includes the short story group assignment and The Giver vocabulary and reading.

Monday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 class I teach.
1.  20 minutes of reading.
2.  Food and Toy Drive items can be brought in to class.
3.  Ensure that your Math set, which ideally includes a good compass, is at school each day during this math unit on Geometry.  A reasonable set of equipment includes a protractor that is not scratched up too much, a short, transparent ruler, and a good compass that is not too wobbly in the hinge and pencil attachment areas.  I can provide school issue materials, but they are typically in iffy condition.
4.  Complete summary and questions for the news journal presentation you listened to today.
5.  We began reading "Holes" today, and a schedule was provided to students with accompanying tasks.
6.  Extended French Forms were handed out today for next year.
7.  Holes Chapters 1-10 quiz on Friday.

8F Notes: This is homework for the grade 8 class I teach.
a)  20 minutes of reading.
b)  We worked on the new group assignment using a short story using laptops and shared digital spaces to compose rough work for the project.  The topic was shared in class on a sheet with the expectations listed in detail.
c)  We began to read "The Giver" in class today and Week One activities and schedule were shared on the Google Classroom today.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Week of December 2 - 6, 2019

Wednesday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 class I teach.
1.  20 minutes of reading.
2.  Because the Book Report is due tomorrow I did not assign other homework.  I set aside plenty of time to complete the MMS pages 36-37 pages in class.  We will correct this work tomorrow.
3.  The next book report is due tomorrow
4.  Food and Toy Drive items can be brought in to class.
5.  Ensure that your Math set, which ideally includes a good compass, is at school each day during this math unit on Geometry.  A reasonable set of equipment includes a protractor that is not scratched up too much, a short, transparent ruler, and a good compass that is not too wobbly in the hinge and pencil attachment areas.  I can provide school issue materials, but they are typically in iffy condition.

8F Notes: This is homework for the grade 8 class I teach.
a)  20 minutes of reading.
b)  We worked on the new group assignment using a short story using laptops and shared digital spaces to compose rough work for the project.  The topic was shared in class on a sheet with the expectations listed in detail.

Tuesday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 class I teach.
1.  20 minutes of reading.
2.  Complete a summary with a reflection on the News Journal you listened to today.  Students had significant time in class today to complete this work.
3.  The next book report is due on December 5, which is on Thursday.
4.  Food and Toy Drive items can be brought in to class.

8F Notes: This is homework for the grade 8 class I teach.
a)  20 minutes of reading.
b)  We worked on the new group assignment using a short story using laptops and shared digital spaces to compose rough work for the project.  The topic was shared in class on a sheet with the expectations listed in detail.


Monday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 class I teach.
1.  20 minutes of reading.
2.  Complete a summary with a reflection on the News Journal you listened to today.  Students had significant time in class today to complete this work.
3.  The next book report is due on December 5, which is on Thursday.
4.  Food and Toy Drive items can be brought in to class.

8F Notes: This is homework for the grade 8 class I teach.
a)  20 minutes of reading.
b)  We did not have class today.  The characterization activity using two online videos (GI Joe and Barbie) is due in class on Tuesday, December 3.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Week of November 25 - 29, 2019

Thursday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 class I teach.
1.  20 minutes of reading.
2.  Complete a summary with a reflection on the News Journal you listened to today.  Students had significant time in class today to complete this work.
3.  The next book report is due on December 5, which is next week.

8F Notes: This is homework for the grade 8 class I teach.
a)  20 minutes of reading.
b)  We continued the characterization activity using two online videos (GI Joe and Barbie).  The links and instructions are posted on the Google classroom, but the work is to be done on the paper handout.  It is due in class on Tuesday, December 3.  We also introduced a new group assignment using a short story.  The topic was shared in class on a sheet with the expectations listed in detail.

Wednesday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 class I teach.
1.  20 minutes of reading.
2.  Complete a summary with a reflection on the News Journal you listened to today.

8F Notes: This is homework for the grade 8 class I teach.
a)  20 minutes of reading.
b)  A characterization activity was started today using two online videos (GI Joe and Barbie).  The links and instructions are posted on the Google classroom, but the work is to be done on the paper handout.  It is due in class on Tuesday, December 3.

Tuesday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 class I teach.
1.  20 minutes of reading.
2.  MMS pages 34-35.  Ensure you have a math set in class daily.
3.  Complete a summary with a reflection on the News Journal you listened to today.

8F Notes: This is homework for the grade 8 class I teach.
a)  20 minutes of reading.
b)  The Setting 1.0 sheet was our work today in class.  Both sides should be complete by tomorrow's class.  Highlighters were made available to students for the purposes of distinguishing significant setting words that would establish a mood - Yoho!

Monday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 class I teach.
1.  20 minutes of reading.
2.  Final Patterning quiz on Unit 1, Lessons 3, 4, and 5 on Tuesday, November 26.

8F Notes: This is homework for the grade 8 class I teach.
a)  20 minutes of reading.
b)  The Mood/Tone related assignment was shared on the Google Classroom.  It is due on November 26. We looked at the final element of literature (Setting) again in class last week with reference to the trailer for "The Revenant" and then read another short story ("The Dinner Party") with a focus on setting in an activity sheet each student received.  The sheet is NOT homework, and will be continued in class tomorrow.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Week of November 18 - 22, 2019

GRADE 6 AND 8:  Recall that my Extra Help times are posted clearly in class.  If you are absent due to illness, vacation, or school activity, then you are obliged to come by during one of these times to catch up.  It is not possible to do this during class time while we are taking up new material.  You have two study buddies assigned to you in grade 6 to whom you can turn if you want to get some support as well.


Friday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 class I teach.
1.  20 minutes of reading.
2.  Final Patterning quiz on Unit 1, Lessons 3, 4, and 5 on Tuesday, November 26.

8F Notes: This is homework for the grade 8 class I teach.
a)  20 minutes of reading.
b)  The Mood/Tone related assignment was shared on the Google Classroom.  It is due on November 26. We looked at the final element of literature (Setting) again in class with reference to the trailer for "The Revenant" and then read another short story ("The Dinner Party") with a focus on setting in an activity sheet each student received.  The sheet is NOT homework,and will be continued in class next Tuesday.

Thursday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 class I teach.
1.  20 minutes of reading.
2.  MMS pages 10-11.
3.  Final Patterning quiz on Unit 1, Lessons 3, 4, and 5 on Tuesday, November 26.

8F Notes: This is homework for the grade 8 class I teach.
a)  20 minutes of reading.
b)  The Mood/Tone related assignment was shared on the Google Classroom.  It is due on November 26. We looked at the final element of literature (Setting) today in class.

Wednesday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 class I teach.
1.  20 minutes of reading.
2.  A brown envelope containing Student Registration Verification was handed out last week.  We use this information to contact parents for a variety of reasons including emergencies.  Please make any changes to the form in a highly visible colour and return it to school in the care of your child.  Thank you! 
3.  News Journal practice response on "Big Mac With a  Side of Honesty" article.

8F Notes: This is homework for the grade 8 class I teach.
a)  20 minutes of reading.
b)  The Characterization page (comparison side) was checked today for completion.  We did a Mood/Tone exercise and a related assignment was shared on the Google Classroom.  It is due on November 26.

Tuesday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 class I teach.
1.  20 minutes of reading.
2.  A brown envelope containing Student Registration Verification was handed out last week.  We use this information to contact parents for a variety of reasons including emergencies.  Please make any changes to the form in a highly visible colour and return it to school in the care of your child.  Thank you! 
3.  MMS pages 8=9

8F Notes: This is homework for the grade 8 class I teach.
a)  20 minutes of reading.
b)  The conflict foldable was returned today with marks.  The Characterization page (comparison side) should be ready for class tomorrow.

Monday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 class I teach.
1.  20 minutes of reading.
2.  A brown envelope containing Student Registration Verification was handed out Thursday.  We use this information to contact parents for a variety of reasons including emergencies.  Please make any changes to the form in a highly visible colour and return it to school in the care of your child.  Thank you! 
3.  Complete your half page response to the "Birdman of Kolkata" news article.  It should be in your green notebook and be no more than a half page in length.  It should include two questions and be written in paragraph form.

8F Notes: This is homework for the grade 8 class I teach.
a)  20 minutes of reading.
b)  We did not meet today.  The Characterization page is due in class tomorrow.

Monday, November 11, 2019

Week of November 11 - 15, 2019

GRADE 6 AND 8:  Recall that my Extra Help times are posted clearly in class.  If you are absent due to illness, vacation, or school activity, then you are obliged to come by during one of these times to catch up.  It is not possible to do this during class time while we are taking up new material.  You have two study buddies assigned to you in grade 6 to whom you can turn if you want to get some support as well.


Thursday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 class I teach.
1.  20 minutes of reading.
2.  A brown envelope containing Student Registration Verification was handed out today.  We use this information to contact parents for a variety of reasons including emergencies.  Please make any changes to the form in a highly visible colour and return it to school in the care of your child.  Thank you! 
3.  APE journal on following rules due on Monday. 

8F Notes: This is homework for the grade 8 class I teach.
a)  20 minutes of reading.
b)  The characterization page is due in class on Tuesday, November 19 (we don't meet on Monday).  It was shared today and students had time to work on it on class.

Wednesday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 class I teach.
1.  20 minutes of reading.
2.  Please sign and return the Progress Report envelope to indicate you have seen the report card.  The progress report interview period is this week on Wednesday to Friday before and after school.  
3. Math Quiz on Patterning Unit 1, Lessons 1 and 2 tomorrow.
4.  A brown envelope containing Student Registration Verification was handed out today.  We use this information to contact parents for a variety of reasons including emergencies.  Please make any changes to the form in a highly visible colour and return it to school in the care of your child.  Thank you! 
5.  APE journal on following rules due on Monday. 

8F Notes: This is homework for the grade 8 class I teach.
a)  20 minutes of reading.
b)  The conflict foldable is due in class tomorrow.

Tuesday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 class I teach.
1.  20 minutes of reading.
2.  Please sign and return the Progress Report envelope to indicate you have seen the report card.  The progress report interview period is this week on Wednesday to Friday before and after school.  
3.  Math Quiz on Patterning Unit 1, Lessons 1 and 2 on Thursday , November 14.
4.  MMS pages 6-7.  Use virtual dice (https://www.random.org/dice/), with parent supervision, if you do not have physical ones.
5.  Othello play critique due tomorrow morning.  We have had several periods to finish it in class.
6.  Class photos and individual packages that were in my mailbox were handed out today.
7.  A brown envelope containing Student Registration Verification was handed out today.  We use this information to contact parents for a variety of reasons including emergencies.  Please make any changes to the form in a highly visible colour and return it to school in the care of your child.  Thank you!  

8F Notes: This is homework for the grade 8 class I teach.
a)  20 minutes of reading.
b)  The conflict foldable is due in class on Thursday.

Monday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 class I teach.
1.  20 minutes of reading.
2.  The report card was sent home in a brown envelope today.  Please sign and return the envelope to indicate you have seen the report card.  The progress report interview period is this week on Wednesday to Friday before and after school.  
3.  Math Quiz on Patterning Unit 1, Lessons 1 and 2 on Thursday , November 14.

8F Notes: This is homework for the grade 8 class I teach.
a)  20 minutes of reading.
b)  The conflict foldable is due in class on Thursday.

Monday, November 4, 2019

Week of November 4 - 8, 2019

GRADE 6 AND 8:  Recall that my Extra Help times are posted clearly in class.  If you are absent due to illness, vacation, or school activity, then you are obliged to come by during one of these times to catch up.  It is not possible to do this during class time while we are taking up new material.  You have two study buddies assigned to you in grade 6 to whom you can turn if you want to get some support as well.

Thursday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 class I teach.
1.  20 minutes of reading.
2.  The Test Pack that was handed out on Friday is due on Friday, November 8, with corrections and a parent signature.
3.  The Progress Report Interview request form was sent home last Friday.  Return it with your preference.  The schedule is nearly full.  Thank you for the prompt return.
4.  MMS page 4-5.
5.  Poppy donations tomorrow and Monday for Remembrance Day please.

8F Notes: This is homework for the grade 8 class I teach.
a)  20 minutes of reading.
b)  Characterization in "Obasan" excerpt due by Monday in the Google Classroom.

Wednesday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 class I teach.
1.  20 minutes of reading.
2.  The Test Pack that was handed out on Friday is due on Friday, November 8, with corrections and a parent signature.
3.  The Progress Report Interview request form was sent home last Friday.  Return it with your preference.  First come, first served.  I received five today.

8F Notes: This is homework for the grade 8 class I teach.
a)  20 minutes of reading.
b)  Characterization sheet with two small charts completed is due in class tomorrow.

Tuesday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 class I teach.
1.  20 minutes of reading.
2.  The Test Pack that was handed out on Friday is due on Friday, November 8, with corrections and a parent signature.
3.  The Progress Report Interview request form was sent home last Friday.  Return it with your preference.  First come, first served.  I received five today.
4.  Patterning unit 1 is underway.  The MMS booklet pages 2 and 3 are due in class tomorrow.

8F Notes: This is homework for the grade 8 class I teach.
a)  20 minutes of reading.
b)  The grade 8 class did not meet with me today -- they were on a field trip.

Monday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 class I teach.
1.  20 minutes of reading.
2.  The Test Pack that was handed out on Friday is due on Friday, November 8, with corrections and a parent signature.
3.  The Progress Report Interview request form was sent home last Friday.  Return it with your preference.  First come, first served.  I received five today.

8F Notes: This is homework for the grade 8 class I teach.
a)  20 minutes of reading.
b)  We discussed the plot graph and Summarizing 1,0, both of which were returned.  Summarizing 2.0 (reverse side) is due in Google Classroom on Wednesday.  Students may want to use the paper copy to plan before typing.
c)  Begin settling on a topic for a personal essay.  We looked at one in class on Uniforms in School and will work on another group topic about conformity before students write one on a topic of their choosing.
d) Remembrance Day writing activity, posted in the Google Classroom, was due on November 1.  The typed piece is to be "Turned In" rather than shared by email.  We looked at them in class to select a candidate to speak at the Remembrance Day ceremony.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Week of October 28 - November 1, 2019

GRADE 6 AND 8:  Recall that my Extra Help times are posted clearly in class.  If you are absent due to illness, vacation, or school activity, then you are obliged to come by during one of these times to catch up.  It is not possible to do this during class time while we are taking up new material.  You have two study buddies assigned to you in grade 6 to whom you can turn if you want to get some support as well.


Thursday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 class I teach.
1.  20 minutes of reading.
2.  Happy Halloween! The students behaved well during the dance this afternoon.  Their costumes were delightful!
3.  "Making a Monster" assignment posted on Google Classroom.  We are looking at having it finished on Friday.
4.  We spent time on the Othello critique today:  55 minutes.  Several class periods have been provided for this activity, and the rough draft should be done/corrected so that the good copy can be written on Monday in class.

8F Notes: This is homework for the grade 8 class I teach.
a)  No class today
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Wednesday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 class I teach.
1.  20 minutes of reading.
2.  Math Quiz 4 on Adding, Subtracting, Multiplying, and Dividing on was written today. Early finishers worked on their Othello play critiques.
3.  "Making a Monster" assignment posted on Google Classroom.  We are looking at having it finished on Friday.

8F Notes: This is homework for the grade 8 class I teach.
a)  20 minutes of reading.
b)  We discussed the plot graph and at Summarizing 1,0, both of which were returned.  2.0 front side should be ready for Monday if not already done.
c)  Begin settling on a topic for a personal essay.  We looked at one in class on Uniforms in School and will work on another group topic about conformity before students write one on a topic of their choosing.
d) Remembrance Day writing activity, posted in the Google Classroom, is due on November 1.  The typed piece is to be "Turned In" rather than shared by email.  We had a third day with computer resources in class to use to do it.


Tuesday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 class I teach.
1.  20 minutes of reading.
2.  Math Quiz 4 on Adding, Subtracting, Multiplying, and Dividing on Wednesday, October 30.  This is a longer quiz and will be broken into two parts.  [Unit 2, Lessons 9, 10, 11, and 12].  We have done several additional practice activities in class in addition to MMS homework and text practice.  These should be examined to prepare for the quiz as well.  We corrected two Long Division practice sheets in class today, and a study sheet was given to prepare for the quiz that focused exclusively on long division.  That page should be brought to class tomorrow.
3. "Making a Monster" assignment posted on Google Classroom.

8F Notes: This is homework for the grade 8 class I teach.
a)  20 minutes of reading.
b)  Summarizing 2.0 for "The Lottery" due on Wednesday October 30.  This was started in class today and builds on earlier work.  Copies of this short story are readily available online and I have texts available for in class use as well.
c)  Begin settling on a topic for a personal essay.  We looked at one in class on Uniforms in School and will work on another group topic about conformity before students write one on a topic of their choosing.
d) Remembrance Day writing activity, posted in the Google Classroom, is due on November 1.  The typed piece is to be "Turned In" rather than shared by email.  We had a second day with computer resources in class to use to do it.


Monday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 class I teach.
1.  20 minutes of reading.
2.  Math Quiz 4 on Adding, subtracting, Multiplying, and Dividing on Wednesday, October 30.  This is a longer quiz and will be broken into two parts.  [Unit 2, Lessons 9,10, 11, and 12].  We have done several additional practice activities in class in addition to MMS homework and text practice.  These should be examined to prepare for the quiz as well.
3. "Making a Monster" assignment posted on Google Classroom.

8F Notes: This is homework for the grade 8 class I teach.
a)  20 minutes of reading.
b)  Summarizing 1.0 for "The Lottery" due on Tuesday October 29.  This was started in class last week and continued this week.  Copies of this short story are readily available online and I have texts available for in class use as well.
c)  Begin settling on a topic for a personal essay.  We looked at one in class on Uniforms in School and will work on another group topic about conformity before students write one on a topic of their choosing.
d) Remembrance Day writing activity, posted in the Google Classroom, is due on November 1.  The typed piece is to be "Turned In" rather than shared by email.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Week of October 21 - 25, 2019

Thursday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 class I teach.
1.  20 minutes of reading.
2.  Multiplication Master 3.0 worksheet, both sides.  If there is a short space provided then turn the paper sideways to write out your work.  
3. "Making a Monster" assignment posted on Google Classroom.

8F Notes: This is homework for the grade 8 class I teach.
a)  20 minutes of reading.
b)  Plot Graph for "The Lottery" due on Wednesday October 23.  This will be started in class on Monday.  Copies of this short story are readily available online and I have texts available for in class use as well.
c)  Begin settling on a topic for a personal essay.  We looked at one in class on Uniforms in School and will work on another group topic about conformity before students write one on a topic of their choosing.
d) Remembrance Day writing activity, posted in the Google Classroom, is due on November 1.

Wednesday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 class I teach.
1.  20 minutes of reading.
2.  Multiplication Master 2.0 worksheet, both sides.  If there is a short space provided then turn the paper sideways to write out your work.  
3. Agendas were handed out yesterday.  The fee is posted on SchoolCash Online ($5)

8F Notes: This is homework for the grade 8 class I teach.
a)  20 minutes of reading.
b)  Plot Graph for "The Lottery" due on Wednesday October 23.  This will be started in class on Monday.  Copies of this short story are readily available online and I have texts available for in class use as well.
c)  Begin settling on a topic for a personal essay.  We looked at one in class on Uniforms in School and will work on another group topic about conformity before students write one on a topic of their choosing.
d) We continued a Remembrance Day writing activity, which is posted in the Google Classroom.  It is due on November 1.

Tuesday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 class I teach.
1.  20 minutes of reading.
2.  Math Quiz tomorrow -- Unit 2 Number Sense, Lesson 8 - Order of Operations.  Students can study their Math Journals, Homework books (MMS) and the practice questions done in class, especially the practice quiz we did today.
3. Agendas were handed out today.  The fee is posted on SchoolCash Online ($5)

8F Notes: This is homework for the grade 8 class I teach.
a)  20 minutes of reading.
b)  Plot Graph for "The Lottery" due on Wednesday October 23.  This will be started in class on Monday.  Copies of this short story are readily available online and I have texts available for in class use as well.
c)  Begin settling on a topic for a personal essay.  We looked at one in class on Uniforms in School and will work on another group topic about conformity before students write one on a topic of their choosing.
d) We started a Remembrance Day writing activity, which is posted in the Google Classroom.  It is due on November 1.

Monday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 class I teach.
1.  20 minutes of reading.
2.  Math Quiz on Wednesday, October 23 -- Unit 2 Number Sense, Lesson 8 - Order of Operations.  Students can study their Math Journals, Homework books (MMS) and the practice questions done in class.
3.  Sign (by a parent) and return Lunch permission form (purple sheet).
4.  MMS page 28 and the bottom of page 29.  Save the game for in-class.
5.  A note from Mr. Wright:  Dear parents/guardians:
  Your child is currently brainstorming about ideas for their stained glass art pieces  for the Remembrance Day assembly. Students have been researching using “The Canadian Letters and Images Project”, which is a great website where students can access letters that were written by soldiers and individuals who were involved in past wars. The link to this project can be found here:
  The grade 6 students will be working on a silhouette art piece that incorporates an alcohol ink, while the grade 7 students will be painting a faux stain glass art piece. 
  I have already mentioned this to the students, however, I am sending this message as a reminder for them to buy an 8 x 10 picture frame for their project. It doesn’t have to be an expensive frame, at all. Frames can be purchased at a dollar store for around $1.50. The glass from the frames will be used to mount their artwork and will be framed and hung in the breezeway as part of the Remembrance Day assembly.
  I am asking for all students to purchase these frames by this Tuesday in order for them to start working on their good copy for their assignment.
  Thank you for you for your help.
Sincerely,
Arun Wright (Grade 6,7 and 8 Visual Arts teachers) 

8F Notes: This is homework for the grade 8 class I teach.
a)  20 minutes of reading.
b)  Plot Graph for "The Lottery" due on Wednesday October 23.  This will be started in class on Monday.  Copies of this short story are readily available online and I have texts available for in class use as well.
c)  Begin settling on a topic for a personal essay.  We looked at one in class on Uniforms in School and will work on another group topic about conformity before students write one on a topic of their choosing.

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Week of October 15 - 18, 2019

My Extra Help Times (shared on Curriculum Night):
  • Mondays from 3:02 - 4:00 PM
  • Day 1 8:20 AM- 8:50 AM
  • Day 2 8:20 AM- 8:50 AM
These would be times to seek extra help for topics that a student is having difficulty with, or to catch up after absence.  Students in my Grade 6 class have assigned "Study Buddies", whose names are written on a bulletin board in class.  They should all know who their buddies are.  These are options to reach out to when a student is absent.  No student is limited to asking only the study buddies for help.

Friday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 class I teach.
1.  20 minutes of reading.
2.  Math Quiz on Wednesday, October 23 -- Unit 2 Number Sense, Lesson 8 - Order of Operations.  Students can study their Math Journals, Homework books (MMS) and the practice questions done in class.
3.  Sign (by a parent) and return Lunch permission form (purple sheet).Dear parents/guardians:
4.  A note from Mr. Wright:
  Your child is currently brainstorming about ideas for their stained glass art pieces  for the Remembrance Day assembly. Students have been researching using “The Canadian Letters and Images Project”, which is a great website where students can access letters that were written by soldiers and individuals who were involved in past wars. The link to this project can be found here:
  The grade 6 students will be working on a silhouette art piece that incorporates an alcohol ink, while the grade 7 students will be painting a faux stain glass art piece. 
  I have already mentioned this to the students, however, I am sending this message as a reminder for them to buy an 8 x 10 picture frame for their project. It doesn’t have to be an expensive frame, at all. Frames can be purchased at a dollar store for around $1.50. The glass from the frames will be used to mount their artwork and will be framed and hung in the breezeway as part of the Remembrance Day assembly.
  I am asking for all students to purchase these frames by this Tuesday in order for them to start working on their good copy for their assignment.
  Thank you for you for your help.
Sincerely,
Arun Wright (Grade 6,7 and 8 Visual Arts teachers) 

Thursday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 classes I teach.
1.  20 minutes of reading.
2.  Math Quiz on Wednesday, October 23 -- Unit 2 Number Sense, Lesson 8 - Order of Operations.  Students can study their Math Journals, Homework books (MMS) and the practice questions done in class.
3.  Sign (by a parent) and return Lunch permission form (purple sheet).

8F Notes: This is homework for the grade 8 class I teach.
a)  20 minutes of reading.
b)  Plot Graph for "The Lottery" due on Wednesday October 23.  This will be started in class on Monday.  Copies of this short story are readily available online and I have texts available for in class use as well.
c)  Begin settling on a topic for a personal essay.  We looked at one in class on Uniforms in School and will work on another group topic about conformity before students write one on a topic of their choosing.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Week of October 7 - 11, 2019

My Extra Help Times (shared on Curriculum Night):
  • Mondays from 3:02 - 4:00 PM
  • Day 1 8:20 AM- 8:50 AM
  • Day 2 8:20 AM- 8:50 AM
These would be times to seek extra help for topics that a student is having difficulty with, or to catch up after absence.  Students in my Grade 6 class have assigned "Study Buddies", whose names are written on a bulletin board in class.  They should all know who their buddies are.  These are options to reach out to when a student is absent.  No student is limited to asking only the study buddies for help.

Wednesday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 classes I teach.
1.  20 minutes of reading.
2.  A reminder that the book report is due on October 17.
3.  Math Quiz on Thursday, October 10 -- Unit 2 Number Sense, Lessons 5 and 7 (Prime and Composite Numbers, Mental Math).  Students can study their Math Journals, Homework books (MMS) and the practice questions done in class.
4.  Sign (by a parent) and return test pack with corrections for the quiz by next Thursday, October 10.  Please understand that the Learning Skills snapshot is exactly that - a "heads-up" well in advance of the Progress Report Card.  There is still plenty of time to make improvements.

Tuesday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 classes I teach.
1.  20 minutes of reading.
2.  A reminder that the book report is due on October 17.
3.  Math Quiz on Thursday, October 10 -- Unit 2 Number Sense, Lessons 5 and 7 (Prime and Composite Numbers, Mental Math).  Students can study their Math Journals, Homework books (MMS) and the practice questions done in class.
4.  Order of Operations worksheet #1 is due in class tomorrow to take up.  We have had parts of two periods to work on this already in class.
5.  Sign (by a parent) and return test pack with corrections for the quiz by next Thursday, October 10.  Please understand that the Learning Skills snapshot is exactly that - a "heads-up" well in advance of the Progress Report Card.  There is still plenty of time to make improvements.

8F Notes: This is homework for the grade 8 class I teach.
a)  20 minutes of reading.
b)  Students should have settled on a tweet that they could analyze in class in a short oral presentation of 1-2 minutes.  Success Criteria are listed in the Monday Homework section below.
c)  Begin settling on a topic for a personal essay.  We looked at one in class on Uniforms in School and will work on another group topic about conformity before students write one on a topic of their choosing.

Monday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 classes I teach.
1.  20 minutes of reading.
2.  A reminder that the book report is due on October 17.
3.  Math Quiz on Thursday, October 10 -- Unit 2 Number Sense, Lessons 5 and 7 (Prime and Composite Numbers, Mental Math).  Students can study their Math Journals, Homework books (MMS) and the practice questions done in class.
4.  MMS pages 24-25
5.  Sign (by a parent) and return test pack with corrections for the quiz by next Thursday, October 10.  Please understand that the Learning Skills snapshot is exactly that - a "heads-up" well in advance of the Progress Report Card.  There is still plenty of time to make improvements.

8F Notes: This is homework for the grade 8 class I teach.
a)  20 minutes of reading.
b)  Students should have settled on a tweet that they could analyze in class in a short oral presentation of 1-2 minutes.  Success Criteria are listed in the Monday Homework section below.
c)  Begin settling on a topic for a personal essay.  We looked at one in class on Uniforms in School and will work on another group topic about conformity before students write one on a topic of their choosing.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Week of September 30 - October 4, 2019

My Extra Help Times (shared on Curriculum Night):
  • Mondays from 3:02 - 4:00 PM
  • Day 1 8:20 AM- 8:50 AM
  • Day 2 8:20 AM- 8:50 AM
These would be times to seek extra help for topics that a student is having difficulty with, or to catch up after absence.  Students in my Grade 6 class have assigned "Study Buddies", whose names are written on a bulletin board in class.  They should all know who their buddies are.  These are options to reach out to when a student is absent.  No student is limited to asking only the study buddies for help.

Thursday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 classes I teach.
1.  20 minutes of reading.
2.  A reminder that the book report is due on October 17.
3.  Math Quiz on Friday, October 4 -- Unit 2 Number Sense, Lessons 2 and 3 (Comparing and Ordering Large Numbers, Multiples).  Students can study their Math Journals, Homework books (MMS) and the practice questions done in class.
4.  Social Studies "Treasure Hunt" on pages 3 and 4 of the booklet is due as finished homework for checking on Friday, October 4.
5.  Sign (by a parent) and return test pack with corrections for the quiz by next Thursday, October 10.  Please understand that the Learning Skills snapshot is exactly that - a "heads-up" well in advance of the Progress Report Card.  There is still plenty of time to make improvements.

8F Notes: This is homework for the grade 8 class I teach.
a)  20 minutes of reading.
b)  Students should have settled on a tweet that they could analyze in class in a short oral presentation of 1-2 minutes.  Success Criteria are listed in the Monday Homework section below.
c)  Begin settling on a topic for a personal essay.  We looked at one in class on Uniforms in School and will work on another group topic about conformity before students write one on a topic of their choosing.

Wednesday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 classes I teach.
1.  20 minutes of reading.
2.  A reminder that the book report is due on October 17.
3.  Math Quiz on Friday, October 4 -- Unit 2 Number Sense, Lessons 2 and 3 (Comparing and Ordering Large Numbers, Multiples).  Students can study their Math Journals, Homework books (MMS) and the practice questions done in class.
4.  Social Studies "Treasure Hunt" on pages 3 and 4 of the booklet is due as finished homework for checking on Friday, October 4.
* No students appeared for extra help times this morning before school.  Students who are absent must come to these times to catch up.  They will fall behind if they wait until class time to inquire after what they missed as we will be taking up new topics.

Tuesday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 classes I teach.
1.  I handed out notebooks today to use as agendas since the bound versions have not arrived.  We practiced composing them (six rectangles on a page in landscape format, with five dates and an 'upcoming test/assignments' section) and I will provide time each day to fill them in with the details on my blog.  I encourage parents to check them daily.  Students should have them at school each day and I will check them regularly as a Learning Skills assessment.  If the book is lost, students should replace it.  I will provide new ones when this one is filled up.
2.  20 minutes of reading.
3.  A reminder that the book report is due on October 17.
4.  Math Quiz on Friday, October 4 -- Unit 2 Number Sense, Lessons 2 and 3 (Comparing and Ordering Large Numbers, Multiples).  Students can study their Math Journals, Homework books (MMS) and the practice questions done in class.
5.  Photo proofs were handed out to students today.
* No students appeared for extra help times yesterday after school or this morning before school.

8F Notes: This is homework for the grade 8 class I teach.
a)  20 minutes of reading.
b)  Students should have settled on a tweet that they could analyze in class in a short oral presentation of 1-2 minutes.  I have printed 17 so far and the first day of presentations was today.  Success Criteria are listed in the Monday Homework section below.

Monday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 classes I teach.
1.  Terry Fox Fundraising donations will be accepted until tomorrow.  Our class raised $1055, which blew past our goal of $620.   Thank you so much!
2.  20 minutes of reading.
3.  MMS pages 22-23.  Save the game on page 21 for class tomorrow.
4.  Math Quiz on Friday, October 4 -- Unit 2 Number Sense, Lessons 2 and 3 (Comparing and Ordering Large Numbers, Multiples).  Students can study their Math Journals, Homework books (MMS) and the practice questions done in class.

8F Notes: This is homework for the grade 8 class I teach.
a)  20 minutes of reading.
b)  Students should start settling on a tweet that they could analyze in class in a short oral presentation of 1-2 minutes.  I have printed seven so far and the first day of presentations is tomorrow.
Success Criteria Considerations:
  • providing identifying context about the tweeter
  • explaining the overt meaning of the tweet
  • outlining how we could use it to develop digital literacy skills (such as judgement, truthfulness, distinguishing opinion from fact, critical thinking/critical literacy) by considering the implied meanings
  • Student presents the contents with a great deal of confidence, and speaks directly to the class without having to refer to notes. 
  • Student demonstrates an excellent understanding of the content of this material.
  • Volume (clarity)
  • Pace
  • Eye contact
  • Rehearsal
  • Expression (dramatic emphasis)
  • Engagement
  • Enunciation, vocabulary chosen
Students should share an image an the short written work with me to my Google Drive (not the classroom).  If this process is unclear, I am available at extra help times to provide coaching on how to do it.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Week of September 23 - 27, 2019

My Extra Help Times (shared on Curriculum Night):
  • Mondays from 3:02 - 4:00 PM
  • Day 1 8:20 AM- 8:50 AM
  • Day 2 8:20 AM- 8:50 AM
These would be times to seek extra help for topics that a student is having difficulty with, or to catch up after absence.  Students in my Grade 6 class have assigned "Study Buddies", whose names are written on a bulletin board in class.  They should all know who their buddies are.  These are options to reach out to when a student is absent.  No student is limited to asking only the study buddies for help.

Wednesday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 classes I teach.
1.  Terry Fox Fundraising donations.  Tomorrow is our run day!
2.  20 minutes of reading.
3.  MMS pages 20-21.  Save the game on page 21 for class tomorrow.
4.  Good copy of Future paragraph.  We had 20 minutes to work on that in class today.
5.  The Othello Stratford trip form is due by September 26.  I hope students will return their information sooner if possible.  The students should return the second page of the form and keep the first page so they have information about the trip.  If students are planning NOT to attend the trip, please give me some idea of your plans for that day (e.g., "I am staying home to go to an appointment/a track race/a tournament", or "I am not going, but coming to school that day".)  I need notice to make plans to house students in another class that day if they are not coming.  I really hope everyone can make it.

8F Notes: This is homework for the grade 8 class I teach.
We did not meet today.  The homework is the same as on Tuesday.
a)  20 minutes of reading.
b)  I announced yesterday that students should start settling on a tweet that they could analyze in class in a short oral presentation of 1-2 minutes.  The first presenters were informed yesterday of their presentation date next Tuesday.  We will have about three presenters per day and a schedule and success criteria will be shared next class and the schedule is now posted outside my door (room 365).
Considerations:
  • providing identifying context about the tweeter
  • explaining the overt meaning of the tweet
  • outlining how we could use it to develop digital literacy skills (such as judgement, truthfulness, distinguishing opinion from fact, critical thinking/critical literacy)by considering the implied meanings
Students should share an image an the short written work with me to my Google Drive (not the classroom).  If this process is unclear, I am available at extra help times to provide coaching on how to do it.

Tuesday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 classes I teach.
1.  20 minutes of reading.
2.  The Othello Stratford trip form is due by September 26.  I hope students will return their information sooner if possible.  The students should return the second page of the form and keep the first page so they have information about the trip.  If students are planning NOT to attend the trip, please give me some idea of your plans for that day (e.g., "I am staying home to go to an appointment/a track race/a tournament", or "I am not going, but coming to school that day".)  I need notice to make plans to house students in another class that day if they are not coming.  I really hope everyone can make it.
3.  Photo Day is tomorrow.  Our class is scheduled to go down during period one.

8F Notes: This is homework for the grade 8 class I teach.
a)  20 minutes of reading.
b)  I announced today that students should start settling on a tweet that they could analyze in class in a short oral presentation of 1-2 minutes.  The first presenters were informed today of their presentation date next Tuesday.  We will have about three presenters per day and a schedule and success criteria will be shared next class and posted outside my door.
Considerations:
  • providing identifying context about the tweeter
  • explaining the overt meaning of the tweet
  • outlining how we could use it to develop digital literacy skills (such as judgement, truthfulness, distinguishing opinion from fact, critical thinking/critical literacy)by considering the implied meanings
Students should share an image an the short written work with me to my Google Drive (not the classroom).  If this process is unclear, I am available at extra help times to provide coaching on how to do it.

Monday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 classes I teach.
1.  20 minutes of reading.
2.  The Othello Stratford trip form is due by September 26.  I hope students will return their information sooner if possible.  The students should return the second page of the form and keep the first page so they have information about the trip.  If students are planning NOT to attend the trip, please give me some idea of your plans for that day (e.g., "I am staying home to go to an appointment/a track race/a tournament", or "I am not going, but coming to school that day".)  I need notice to make plans to house students in another class that day if they are not coming.  I really hope everyone can make it.
3.  MMS duo-tang pages 18-19.
4.  Future paragraph rough draft on page 11 of the Future notebook.  Students should use a cluster of ideas on the same topic.  These clusters come from the chart at the bottom of page 10, which represents the sorted brainstorm ideas from the same page.

8F Notes: This is homework for the grade 8 class I teach.
a)  20 minutes of reading.
b)  I announced today that students should start settling on a tweet that they could analyze in class in a short oral presentation of 1-2 minutes.  The first presenters would begin next Tuesday, continuing o in successive classes, and receive plenty of notice of their dates.  The focus is on:

  • providing identifying context
  • explaining the meaning of the tweet
  • outlining how we could use it to develop digital literacy skills (such as judgement, truthfulness, distinguishing opinion from fact, critical thinking/critical literacy)
Students should share an image an the short written work with me to my Google Drive (not the classroom).  If this process is unclear, I am available at extra help times to provide coaching on how to do it.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Week of September 16 - 20, 2019

My Extra Help Times (shared on Curriculum Night):
  • Mondays from 3:02 - 4:00 PM
  • Day 1 8:20 AM- 8:50 AM
  • Day 2 8:20 AM- 8:50 AM
These would be times to seek extra help for topics that a student is having difficulty with, or to catch up after absence.  Students in my Grade 6 class have assigned "Study Buddies", whose names are written on a bulletin board in class.  They should all know who their buddies are.  These are options to reach out to when a student is absent.  No student is limited to asking only the study buddies for help.


Friday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 classes I teach.
1.  20 minutes of reading.
2.  The Othello Stratford trip form is due by September 26.  I hope students will return their information sooner if possible.  The students should return the second page of the form and keep the first page so they have information about the trip.  If students are planning NOT to attend the trip, please give me some idea of your plans for that day (e.g., "I am staying home to go to an appointment/a track race/a tournament", or "I am not going, but coming to school that day".)  I need notice to make plans to house students in another class that day if they are not coming.  I really hope everyone can make it.
3.  No homework.

8F Notes: This is homework for the grade 8 class I teach.
a) No homework on Fridays, except in rare circumstances.

Thursday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 classes I teach.
1.  20 minutes of reading.
2.  MMS pages 16 and ONLY the bottom of page 17 ("Stretch Your Thinking") are due for correction in class tomorrow.  We will play the game on page 17 in class tomorrow.
3.  We had green teacher today, as well as a lengthy field trip discussion, and so we did not progress on the Future Booklet.
4.  The Othello Stratford trip form is due by September 26.  I hope students will return their information sooner if possible.  The students should return the second page of the form and keep the first page so they have information about the trip.  If students are planning NOT to attend the trip, please give me some idea of your plans for that day (e.g., "I am staying home to go to an appointment/a track race/a tournament", or "I am not going, but coming to school that day".)  I need notice to make plans to house students in another class that day if they are not coming.  I really hope everyone can make it.
5.  Bring a small photo of yourself that is safe to cut up and attach to the Future booklet cover inside the crystal ball.  It can be a photocopy.

8F Notes: This is homework for the grade 8 class I teach.
a)  We looked at another another "Fake News" story from CBC.  Here is the link:  https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/canada-banning-christians-fake-news-1.5261564  Kaleigh Rogers is writing several articles on the topic which are current and reflect the concerns of this phenomenon during the current federal election season.   Her other work is linked in the article and worth a look.  We are continuing this Media Literacy activity with a goal of developing a personal guide to judging the relevance and accuracy of online news sources.
b)  20 minutes of reading on the book you selected.  The book report due date has not been set yet.

Wednesday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 classes I teach.
1.  20 minutes of reading.
2.  MMS pages 14 and 15 due for correction in class tomorrow.
3.  From the Future booklet:  ensure that your brainstorm web of ideas of what the future will be like is complete with at least 12 spokes.  The ideas should be sorted in the chart below the web into groups with a heading for each.  (page 10 of the Future booklet.)
4.  Bring a small photo of yourself that is safe to cut up and attach to the Future booklet cover inside the crystal ball.  It can be a photocopy.

We took a note on representing large numbers, practiced reading large numbers with a focus on period names, and did some independent practice in the text.   In Language, we checked the parent signatures on the book report packages, did some silent reading, and looked at the structure of a paragraph in a PowerPoint.  We also looked at the editing guides in class (COPS sheets) and then started our Future ideas brainstorm. 

8F Notes: This is homework for the grade 8 class I teach.
a)  We did not meet today.  Continue with Tuesday's assigned work.

Tuesday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 classes I teach.
1.  20 minutes of reading.
2.   The second draft of our "Recipe For Me" should be completed in the front of the Writing notebook, which every student has.  This draft should have 12 twelve listed sentences in all:  10 positive ones and and two less flattering ones.  Each recipe step follows a familiar pattern:
a verb  +  an amount + a positive quality:  "Blend 20 mL of Loyalty in a mixing bowl."

We corrected our first Math homework lesson.  In trios the students rehearsed a short Terry Fox class visit presentation and then delivered them to a range of junior and senior classes.  The feedback from those teachers was positive, and the group collaboration I observed was appropriate. We continued work on our Recipe For Me procedural writing drafts in class.  These were from the Future booklet students received on the first day.
8F Notes: This is homework for the grade 8 class I teach.
a)  Evaluate your brainstorm list in terms of pros and cons to settle on a choice for writing next class.  Recall that the focus is on sense impressions for the Summer Reverie writing sample. The instructions for it were previewed in class and are on the Google Classroom page.

Monday HW
6A Notes:  This is homework for the grade 6 classes I teach.
1.  20 minutes of reading.
2.  MMS homework book pages 12 and 13 for tomorrow.  All questions should be attempted, including the "Stretch Your Thinking" question.  The duotangs were handed out today in class. The practice is linked to the Math lesson we did in class.

We introduced our first Math lesson (Unit 2. Lesson 1 on Exploring One Million) with a partner problem and some text practice on page 34.  These texts were also handed out today.  As a reminder, per my curriculum night message, I do not send the text books home.  We had time to work on our Recipe For Me procedural writing drafts in class.  These were from the Future booklet students received on the first day.

8F Notes: This is work for the grade 8 class I teach.
a)  Start a brainstorm list or web in your notebook of potential topics for the Summer Reverie writing sample, the instructions for which were previewed in class and are on the Google Classroom page. I will be checking your books next class for a completed, structured brainstorm that has a title.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Week of September 9 - 13, 2019

Thursday HW:
1.  Ensure that you have a chapter book of at least 100 pages in class by Friday.  This should be a new book you haven't already read or one you have barely started.
2.  Parent package pages 12-14 due by Friday.
3.  Please consider making a donation of paper towel and Kleenex for our class's shared use.  Thank you!
4.  Journal on "Ways to school " due tomorrow.
Our class members have all had their passwords and account connections established by now.  The use of school IT resources is active.  A photo day notice (Wednesday, September 25) was handed out today.
8F Notes:
a) Look for an interesting tweet that you could analyze in a short oral presentation in class.  A few have been modeled for you in class.  You should be able to describe the Tweeter's identity in some meaningful way, provide context for the message (W5H details) and then infer a message or theme that is not overtly stated
b) A novel of your own choice should be in class on Friday that you could read independently with an eye to a book report presentation for this term.  I should be a book that is new to you, close to grade level, and substantial enough to be worthy of analysis in some fashion.
c) Think about a topic you could write about for an opening writing sample task that occurs in class only.  The topic is "Summer Reverie" and the focus is writing using some or all of the five senses.  A model was provided in class.
d)  Fake News Clip URL:  https://curio.ca/en/video/disinformation-and-lies-the-dangers-of-fake-news-12914/


Tuesday HW:
1.  Ensure that you have a chapter book of at least 100 pages in class by Friday.  This should be a new book you haven't already read or one you have barely started.
2.  Parent package pages 12-14 due by Friday.
3.  Please consider making a donation of paper towel and Kleenex for our class's shared use.  Thank you!
8F Notes:
a) Look for an interesting tweet that you could analyze in a short oral presentation in class.  A few have been modeled for you in class.  You should be able to describe the Tweeter's identity in some meaningful way, provide context for the message (W5H details) and then infer a message or theme that is not overtly stated
b) A novel of your own choice should be in class on Friday that you could read independently with an eye to a book report presentation for this term.  I should be a book that is new to you, close to grade level, and substantial enough to be worthy of analysis in some fashion.
c) Think about a topic you could write about for an opening writing sample task that occurs in class only.  The topic is "Summer Reverie" and the focus is writing using some or all of the five senses.  A model was provided in class.
d)  Fake News Clip URL:  https://curio.ca/en/video/disinformation-and-lies-the-dangers-of-fake-news-12914/


Monday HW:
1.  Ensure that you have a chapter book of at least 100 pages in class by Friday.  This should be a new book you haven't already read or one you have barely started.
2.  Parent package pages 12-14 due by Friday.
3.  Please consider making a donation of paper towel and Kleenex for our class's shared use.  Thank you!
Today was productive.  We wrote quiz in the morning and almost every student handed in their practice sheets in a bundle with corrections.  (Those students who were absent will write during an extra help time.)  We had a behaviour expectations assembly this morning to outline appropriate conduct for the year with our Principal and Vice Principals.  The afternoon was somewhat disrupted due to a fire drill practice.  The students behaved very well during that practice.  We finished the day with a "Four 4's" activity and a frank talk about group work responsibilities.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Week of September 3 - 6, 2019

Thursday HW
1.  Roll of paper towel and box of kleenex.  Thank you for your help.
2.  Pages 12,13, 14 of the parent package due by Friday September 13.
3.  Math Operations Review 3 due tomorrow.  There will be a quiz on the Reviews (1 to 4) on Monday September 9.
4.  A limited supply of locks are available from the school with $5 payment through School Cash Online. Students were reminded to keep their combinations secret, and to fully engage the lock for the best security.  Please review this message with your children.

Wednesday HW
1.  Roll of paper towel and box of kleenex.  Thank you to those students who have donated to our class already!  Allergy season takes a heavy toll on our supplies and the students are very thankful to have sufficient access to tissues and the like.  Much appreciated.
2.  Pages 12,13, 14 of the parent package due by Friday September 13.
3.  Math Operations Review 2 due tomorrow.  There will be a quiz on the Reviews (1 to 4) on Monday September 9.
4.  A limited supply of locks are available from the school with $5 payment through School Cash Online. Students were reminded to keep their combinations secret, and to fully engage the lock for the best security.  Please review this message with your children.  Thank you!

Tuesday HW
1.  Roll of paper towel and box of kleenex.
2.  Pages 12,13, 14 due by Friday September 13.
3.  Math Operations Review 1 due tomorrow.

Welcome to the 2019-20 School Year!

Greetings to the students in my class for 2019-20!  I'm looking forward to meeting and connecting with all of you during this first week.  We will jump right in to the school year with some ice breaker activities and some Math and Language reviews.  As the first week goes by we will be preparing for the first Math unit in Number Sense and the first Language activities with News Journals and a novel study.  There are some significant changes that come with Grade 6 following a middle school model now, not the least of which is -- LOCKERS!  It will be an adventure for sure!

This blog, which is entering its tenth continuous year, will function as a daily homework listing and be archived as each week ends.  Be sure to check out my class web page at  http://areynolds.org/ all year long.  My current updates are in progress but should be complete by next week.  Plenty of useful stuff is posted, including downloads of class handouts which you should use to replace lost work.  As part of my Eco-Schools effort I am reducing the number of extra photocopies I am producing.  Usually the document can be downloaded and printed by students, using my web page as needed, by students.

At the bottom of this blog page is a calendar for the year.  I will be updating it for the new year.  I also use the calendar to make note of tests, field trips and other school events.  I urge you to subscribe to the blog posts to receive daily updates of your child's activity.  I do make time each day for agenda writing by the students and you should ask to see that book on a daily basis, but this page is a useful complement to that routine.  I will not be signing agendas each day, but you are welcome to do so and include any notes in it that you would like to have me look over. Please have your child alert me to the note in the morning.  

Let's have a great year!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Week of June 17 - 21, 2019

Wednesday HW:
1.  The final test pack of the year went home today.  It is not necessary to return these with a signature.  The lateness of their return is due to the absences of students that prevented me from distributing the packages when there were still outstanding quizzes to write.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Week of June 10 - 14, 2019

Wednesday HW:
1.  There is a Math Quiz on Patterning and algebra, Unit 10 Lessons 1 and 2 on Friday, June 14.
2.  Social Studies slide show presentations are ongoing.  We are looking at doing five per day.  Three of five presenters were not ready today.  Please don't forget to pack your notes in your bag to be ready for school each day.  This assignment was due May 31.
3.  MMS pages 154-55
4.  Persuasive essays are due in the Google Classroom on Friday.

Tuesday HW:
1.  There is a Math Quiz on Patterning and algebra, Unit 10 Lessons 1 and 2 on Friday, June 14.
2.  Social Studies slide show presentations begin tomorrow.  We are looking at doing five per day.  These should be "active slides" presentations in which students do not read their screens to us verbatim.  They are welcome to use notes, ask leading questions, provide information that is not on the slide, or summarize the main points of a slide.  Anything but reading the slide back to the class word for word.
3.  Persuasive essays are due in the Google Classroom on Friday.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Week of May 27 - 31, 2019

Thursday HW
1.  EQAO is officially complete.  We wrote most days for about 25 - 65 minutes.  If you child wrote for the lesser end of this range you may want to encourage them to put forth a greater effort.  Although this assessment does not "count" for reporting purposes, it is the leading indicator for future provincial assessments that DO count and are requirements for obtaining a graduation diploma in high school.
2.  We are out of Kleenex-style tissue.  Students go through it at quite a rapid rate.  If you could, they would appreciate a donation to the class to see us through to the end of June.
3.  MMS pages 158-59, and pages 162-63.  We had plenty of time to work on these during the week after testing sessions were complete each day.
4.  Probability quiz on Monday June 3 -- Experimental and Theoretical Probability, Probability and Percent.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Week of May 21 - 24, 2019

Friday HW
1.  Persuasive Paragraphs assignment 4 on the Google Classroom are due Tuesday.
2.  Math Quiz on Monday May 27 on Equivalent Ratios and Rates
3.  Bring a book to class to read in the event that you are finished an EQAO session earlier than your classmates.  There are limits to the kinds of work you can do in the classroom when test papers are out.
4.  EQAO begins Monday May 27 with a single booklet, and continues until Friday.  Please do not schedule appointments or holidays during this window.  Thank you.

Tuesday HW
1.  Persuasive Paragraphs assignments 1 to 3 on the Google Classroom are due Thursday.  We had two full periods to work on them (today and yesterday).
2.  MMS pages 130-31.
3.  Math Quizzes:
a) on Friday May 24 on Percent and Ratio
b) on Monday May 27 on Equivalent Ratios and Rates
4.  EQAO begins Monday May 27 with a single booklet, and continues until Friday.  Please do not schedule appointments or holidays during this window.  Thank you.

Monday HW
1.  Congruent and Similar figures quiz tomorrow.
2.  MMS pages 128-29.
3.  Math Quizzes:
a) on Friday May 24 on Percent and Ratio
b) on Monday May 27 on Equivalent Ratios and Rates
4.  EQAO begins Monday May 27 with a single booklet, and continues until Friday.  Please do not schedule appointments or holidays during this window.  Thank you.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Week of May 13 - 17, 2019

Thursday HW
1.  MMS pages 126-127
2.  Math Quizzes:
a) on Friday May 17:  Exploring Percents, and Relating Fractions, Decimals , and Percents; bring red, yellow, green, and orange pencil crayons for the quiz.
b) on Wednesday, May 22 on Congruent and Similar figures (unit 7, Lessons 3 and 4).
3.  Slides Project on Canadian Communities is due on May 31.
4.  EQAO is scheduled for  May 27 - 30.  Please do not schedule appointments or holidays during this window of time.
5.  Language Role Plays in small groups should be ready for May 27.  Some time is being given in class to get it started.  Groups have been formed and story bases are selected.  Extra time has to be devoted by the group members to ensure it is ready.

Wednesday HW
1.  MMS pages 124-125
2.  Math Quiz on Friday May 17:  Exploring Percents, and Relating Fractions, Decimals , and Percents.
3.  Slides Project on Canadian Communities is due on May 31.
4.  EQAO is scheduled for  May 27 - 30.  Please do not schedule appointments or holidays during this window of time.
5.  Language Role Plays in small groups should be ready for May 27.  Some time is being given in class to get it started.  Groups have been formed and story bases are selected.  Extra time has to be devoted by the group members to ensure it is ready.


Tuesday HW
1.  MMS pages 122-123, for tomorrow
2.  Math Quizzes:
a)  on Tuesday, May 14:  Comparing and Ordering Mixed Numbers, and Improper Fractions.
b) on Friday May 17:  Exploring Percents, and Relating Fractions, Decimals , and Percents;
3.  Slides Project on Canadian Communities is due on May 31.
4.  EQAO is scheduled for  May 27 - 30.  Please do not schedule appointments or holidays during this window of time.
5.  Language Role Plays in small groups should be ready for May 27.  Some time is being given in class to get it started.  Groups have been formed and story bases are selected.  Extra time has to be devoted by the group members to ensure it is ready.


Monday HW
1.  MMS pages 122-123, for Wednesday
2.  Math Quizzes:
a)  on Tuesday, May 14:  Comparing and Ordering Mixed Numbers, and Improper Fractions.
b) on Friday May 17:  Exploring Percents, and Relating Fractions, Decimals , and Percents;
3.  Slides Project on Canadian Communities is due on May 31.
4.  EQAO is scheduled for  May 27 - 30.  Please do not schedule appointments or holidays during this window of time.
5.  Language Role Plays in small groups should be ready for May 27.  Some time is being given in class to get it started.  Groups have been formed and story bases are selected.  Extra time has to be devoted by the group members to ensure it is ready.

A considerable number of online assignments are still overdue on the Google classroom for these assignments:  Pourquoi Tale (April 11), Character Attribute Cereal (April 15),  True Cost of Water Article Comparison (May 1), Centre Wellington Community Water Use comparison of P.O. .V(May 7).
ALL of these assignments were given ample computer use time and class time for completion.  They were assigned in some cases as homework.  Parents should ask their children to log in to the Google Classroom to ascertain whether of not their children have turned these in if they have doubts.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Week of May 6 - 10, 2019

Wednesday HW
1.  MMS pages 114-115
2.  Math Quiz on Friday, May 10 on Equivalent Fractions, Mixed Numbers, and Improper Fractions.
3.  Slides Project on Canadian Communities is due on May 31.
4.  EQAO is scheduled for  May 27 - 30.  Please do not schedule appointments or holidays during this window of time.

Tuesday HW
1.  MMS pages 112-113
2.  Math Quiz on Friday, May 10 on Equivalent Fractions, Mixed Numbers, and Improper Fractions.
3.  Slides Project on Canadian Communities is due on May 31.
4.  EQAO is scheduled for  May 27 - 30.  Please do not schedule appointments or holidays during this window of time.

Monday HW
1.  MMS pages 110-111
2.  Math Quiz on Friday, May 10 on Equivalent Fractions, Mixed Numbers, and Improper Fractions.
3.  Slides Project on Canadian Communities is due on May 31.
4.  EQAO is scheduled for  May 27 - 30.  Please do not schedule appointments or holidays during this window of time.