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.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Week of April 29 - May 3, 2019

Thursday HW
1.  MMS pp. 102-103
2.  Cereal Box assignment due on Friday May 3.  This includes the finished box, the Measurements, and the persuasive paragraph.  A model of the paragraph was shared today in class.
3.  Geometry Quiz on Friday, May 3:  Transformations and Combined Transformations (Unit 7, Lessons 1 and 2).  Ensure that your protractor and tracing paper are in class.

Wednesday HW
1.  MMS pp. 100-101
2.  Cereal Box assignment due on Friday May 3.
3.  Geometry Quiz on Friday, May 3:  Transformations and Combined Transformations (Unit 7, Lessons 1 and 2)

Tuesday HW
1.  MMS pp. 98-99
2.  Test pack is due on Wednesday, May 1, with corrections and a parent signature.
3.  Cereal Box assignment due on Friday May 3.
4.  Geometry Quiz on Friday, May 3:  Transformations and Combined Transformations (Unit 7, Lessons 1 and 2)
5.  Bring your protractor to class tomorrow.

Monday HW
1.  MMS pp. 96-97
2.  Test pack is due on Wednesday, May 1, with corrections and a parent signature.
3.  Cereal Box assignment due on Friday May 3.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Week of April 24 - 26, 2019

Thursday HW
1.  Measurement quiz:  Friday, April 26.  Capacity, Volume, and Relating Units of Measure.
2.  Test pack given out today.  It should be corrected and signed by a parent before being returned on Wednesday, May 1.
3.  Pourquoi Tale is due tomorrow.  This is an assignment posted in the Google Classroom and for which we have used laptops computers in class several times.

Wednesday HW
1.  MMS pp.  92-93
2.  Measurement quiz:  Friday, April 26.  Capacity, Volume, and Relating Units of Measure.
3.  Test pack given out today.  It should be corrected and signed by a parent before being returned on Wednesday, May 1.

Tuesday HW
1.  MMS pp.  90-91
2.  Measurement quiz:  Friday, April 26.  Capacity, Volume, and Relating Units of Measure.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Week of April 15 - 19, 2019

Wednesday HW
1.   Volume quiz on Thursday, April 18.  This quiz is just on rectangular prisms.  Math Journals and homework materials would be good for study.  A study sheet was ready for students today.
3.  Cereal boxes were worked on today again.  I ensured that each student could see the co-created success criteria.  If there are any printed images that a student wants to add to the cereal box, they should be brought to class to store in the Green Handout folder until they are ready to be used.  I cannot print these items for students.

Tuesday HW
1.  MMS pages 144-45.  Reassigned due to difficulty.  We reviewed the concept again today in class.
2.  Volume quiz on Thursday, April 18.  This quiz is just on rectangular prisms.  Math Journals and homework materials would be good for study.  I will have a study sheet ready for students tomorrow.
3.  Cereal boxes were worked on today.  I ensured that each student could tell me the name of the character attribute they selected for their cereal.  If there are any printed images that a student wants to add to the cereal box, they should be brought to class to store in the Green Handout folder until they are ready to be used.  I cannot print these items for students.

Monday HW
1.  MMS pages 144-45.
2.  Volume quiz on Thursday, April 18.  This quiz is just on rectangular prisms.  Math Journals and homework materials would be good for study.
3.  Cereal boxes were wrapped today in advance of our class work tomorrow.  Three students did not have a box in class ready and will have to catch up on the wrapping on their own time.  We shared the success criteria for a "Character Education Cereal" media literacy project that also has a measurement (volume, surface area, and perimeter) component.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Week of April 8 - 12, 2019

Thursday HW
1.  Bring a cereal type box to class ASAP for a measurement/Media Literacy activity.  Only eight students have brought one in so far.
2.  Surface area quiz TOMORROW.  Students should use the in-class activities on surface area of rectangular prisms and a wrapping paper challenge that was also done in class to study.  These were corrected in class and feedback was provided.  Expectations were made very clearly.  The Math Journal and MMS homework are other resources to use for study.
Language:  Shared the Pourquoi Tale writing assignment.  Students received a paper copy and a Google Classroom version, which also has the due date.  Several examples of Pourquoi Tales were read aloud and success criteria for the assignment reviewed.
Math:  completed Triangular Prism Volume note.  Practiced questions involving those polyhedrons in class and conferenced with students to check work and recording methods.
Social Studies:  We finished the some guided viewing notes on page 16 of the booklet.  These concerned the arrival of early European communities to North America, and the reasons for coming here.  The Canada: A People's History" video is available on Vimeo and the Internet Archive -- it's episode one

Wednesday HW
** TDSB Internet was down all day today.  Blog updated later.
1.  Bring a cereal type box to class ASAP for a measurement/Media Literacy activity.  Only eight students have brought one in so far.
2.  Surface area quiz on Friday April 12.  Students should use the in-class activities on surface area of rectangular prisms and a wrapping paper challenge that was also done in class to study.  These were corrected in class and feedback was provided.  Expectations were made very clearly.  The Math Journal and MMS homework are other resources to use for study.
Math:  Practiced more volume questions in class and conferenced with students to check work and ensure test preparation materials were corrected..
Social Studies:  We finished the some guided viewing notes on page 15 of the booklet.  These concerned the arrival of early European communities to North America, and the reasons for coming here.  The Canada: A People's History" video is available on Vimeo and the Internet Archive -- it's episode one

Tuesday HW
1.  Bring a cereal type box to class ASAP for a measurement/Media Literacy activity.  Only eight students have brought one in so far.
2.  MMS pages 88-89 on Volume of rectangular prisms.
3.  Surface area quiz on Friday April 12.  Students should use the in-class activities on surface area of rectangular prisms and a wrapping paper challenge that was also done in class to study.  These were corrected in class and feedback was provided.  Expectations were made very clearly.  The Math Journal and MMS homework are other resources to use for study.
Math:  completed Volume note.  Practiced volume questions in class and conferenced with 20 students to check work and recording methods.
Social Studies:  We finished the some guided viewing notes on page 14 of the booklet.  These concerned the arrival of early European communities to North America, and the reasons for coming here.  The Canada: A People's History" video is available on Vimeo and the Internet Archive -- it's episode one


Monday HW
1.  Bring a cereal type box to class ASAP for a measurement/Media Literacy activity.  Only eight students have brought one in so far.
Math:  completed surface area exit card.  Reviewed Area and Perimeter in the wake of a frankly disappointing effort on a recent quiz.
Language:  completed "Nothing at All" responses to the story in class.  A reminder:  these booklets do NOT go home.  Sufficient time is available in class to complete the work with an ordinary effort.  Absent student can come during extra help times to catch up.
Social Studies:  We finished the last of the first guided viewing on Indigenous communities in Canada.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Week of April 1 - 5, 2019

Thursday HW
1.  Collect a cereal box for a Measurement/Media Literacy activity
2.  Area and Perimeter quiz on Friday, April 5.  A study sheet with a practice question was handed out Tuesday.
Today's Math:  We worked on a surface area word problem involving wrapping paper for a box that is 54 by 20 by 4 cm.  More conferencing with individual students took place.
Today's Language:  Read aloud of "Nothing at All" story.  Shorter period as we extended Math time
Today's Social Studies:  Our period was affected by the student protest.  I checked with each student to ascertain that they could articulate their reasoning, and whether or not it was discussed and supported by parents.  Students that did not leave were supervised by another staff member while I monitored the group outside.

Wednesday HW
1.  Collect a cereal box for a Measurement/Media Literacy activity
2.  Book Report due Tomorrow
3.  Area and Perimeter quiz on Friday, April 5.  A study sheet with a practice question was handed out Tuesday.
Today's Math:  Corrected MMS, did some practice review of Area formulas, then continued surface area problem solving.  More conferencing with individual students took place.
Today's Language:  Last period of Beasts of Never short story, Read aloud of "Nothing at All" story.
Today's Social Studies:  We watched 23 minutes of a video entitle Canada: A People's History, episode 1", which is available online (Vimeo).  We took some notes on it in our booklet.

Tuesday HW
1.  Collect a cereal box for a Measurement/Media Literacy activity
2.  Book Report due Thursday
3.  Area and Perimeter quiz on Friday, April 5.  A study sheet with a practice question was handed out today.
Today we looked at the surface area of rectangular prisms after we corrected yesterday's MMS homework.  We took a note on surface area and worked in small groups to calculate the surface area of typical product boxes (cereal, facial tissue, mac and cheese) while developing a framework for benchmark estimations of these boxes. I spent some time checking in with students who have been scoring below expectations in homework, in some cases making calls home for homework that is not being done.  We handed in the Space Free verse poems.  We worked on the "Beasts of Never" narrative story.  The Math lesson was quite long and we did only two subjects in three periods.

Monday HW
1.  MMS pages 140-41
2.  Book Report due Thursday
3.  Space Free Verse poem due in good copy form tomorrow.
Today we introduced another way of looking at the relationship between the area of triangles and parallelograms.  We handed in the Creation myth cartoons.  We worked on the "Beasts of Never" poem set and looked at turning the characters introduced in them into characters that meet in a new narrative story.  We also spent time in Social Studies on the Vinland Sagas, the Columbus diary, and the Encounter story.  We looked at the idea of contact and point of view in these accounts.


Monday, March 25, 2019

Week of March 25 - 29, 2019

Wednesday HW
1.  MMS pages 134-35.
2.  Book Report is due on Thursday, April 4 (next week).
3. Measurement quiz on Friday, March 29.  Unit 6, Lessons 1 and 2:  Time Zones and the 24 Hour clock.
4.  The Creation cartoon is due in class on Monday, April 1 -- no fooling!  We have had three periods in class to do the good copy and a further period to plan it.

Tuesday HW
1.  MMS pages 136-37.
2.  Book Report is due on Thursday, April 4 (next week).
3. Measurement quiz on Friday, March 29.  Unit 6, Lessons 1 and 2:  Time Zones and the 24 Hour clock.

Monday HW
1.  20 minutes of reading in preparation for your final book report.  It is due April 4, which is next Thursday.

Monday, March 18, 2019

Week of March 18-22, 2019

Thursday HW
1.  Students should bring a filled water bottle to class each day to help moderate unexpected heating issues in class and the general expected warming in class as Spring approaches.
2.  MMS pages 132-33.  Today we introduced a review of the measurement concept of Perimeter in chapter 9 of the text.  We worked on pages 344-45 (#1,2 4-8).
3.  The Space Free Verse poem is due tomorrow for printing.  We also completed two poetry activities on similes and metaphors.
4.  20 minutes of reading to prepare for the next and final book report.

Wednesday HW
1.  I want to reiterate that students should bring a filled water bottle to class each day to help moderate unexpected discomfort like this and the general expected warming in class as Spring approaches.
2.  MMS pages 82-83.  Today we corrected 24 h clock homework from Tuesday  We also worked on practice questions from the text on page 211 (#1-4) and corrected those also
3.  We checked the the Space Free Verse poem in class, and typed it in class.  If it is not done, students should ensure they check the Google Classroom, finish it and turn it in for printing.  We also read selections on Messages in Myths from the "Tales" book and completed page 1 of the matching booklet
4.  20 minutes of reading to prepare for the next and final book report.

Tuesday HW
1.  I want to reiterate that students should bring a filled water bottle to class each day to help moderate unexpected discomfort like this and the general expected warming in class as Spring approaches.
2.  MMS pages 82-83.  Today we corrected Time Zones homework from Monday  We also took a note on the 24 hour clock, but did no new work with the concept.
3.  We worked on the Space Free Verse poem in class A good hand written copy should be ready in class tomorrow.  the particulars of the assignment are on the Google Classroom.
4.  20 minutes of reading to prepare for the next and final book report.
We did a Period Zero activity on Collaboration with the class this morning.  There is no homework attached to that.

Monday HW
1.  We were greeted upon our return to a classroom temperature of 45 degrees Celsius.  This is not a typo.  In view of this, I want to reiterate that students should bring a filled water bottle to class each day to help moderate unexpected discomfort like this and the general expected warming in class as Spring approaches.
2.  MMS pages 80-81.  Today we worked on page 208 # 1 to 4 on Time Zones.  New MMS booklets on Measurement were also handed out and the old ones on Number Sense collected.
3.  Do some research on the space word you selected today for your Space Free Verse poem, so that you can write it tomorrow in class.  This is the final poetry writing activity.  There are some analysis activities left before our Poetry Cafe.
4.  20 minutes of reading to prepare for the next and final book report.




Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Week of March 4 - 8, 2019

Wednesday HW
1.  Erasure poem is due in good copy form on Thursday.  Success criteria have been shared, and three periods have been given for it in class, with numerous examples.
2.  MMS pages 64-65.
3.  Unit 4, Lessons 10, 11, 12 math quiz on Friday, March 8 (Multiplying and Dividing Decimals).  Students that are absent for this quiz will have make it up during extra help times after the break.  No class time is available for make-up test time.
4.  Test packs, which were due Feb. 27, have still not been handed in by eight students -- about a quarter of the class.  This is a Learning Skill opportunity.

Tuesday HW
1.  Erasure poem is due in good copy form on Thursday.  Success criteria have been shared, and three periods have been given for it in class, with numerous examples.
2.  MMS pages 62-63.
3.  Unit 4, Lessons 10, 11, 12 math quiz on Friday, March 8 (Multiplying and Dividing Decimals).  Students that are absent for this quiz will have make it up during extra help times after the break.  No class time is available for make-up test time.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Week of February 25 - March 1, 2019

Friday HW
1.  Unit 4, Lessons 8 and 9 quiz on Monday, March 4.
2.  If you want to listen to Africville webquest audio/video in class, please bring along a pair of inexpensive earbuds to class.  Otherwise you can access the activity at home and listen to them there.
3.  Test packs have not been returned with parent signatures and corrections.  They are three days overdue.
4. We had a personal hygiene reminder today.  As we grow older, the need for for consistent hygiene habits becomes more apparent, especially in a large group in somewhat stuffy surroundings.
5.  Book Report reading.

Thursday HW
1.  MMS page 60-61.
2.  Unit 4, Lessons 8 and 9 quiz on Monday, March 4.
3.  If you want to listen to Africville webquest audio/video in class, please bring along a pair of inexpensive earbuds to class.  Otherwise you can access the activity at home and listen to them there.
4.  Test packs have not been returned with parent signatures and corrections.  They are two days overdue.

Wednesday HW
1.  There are still test packs that have not been returned with parent signatures and corrections.  They were due today.
2.  Reading for book report 4.
3.  If you want to listen to Africville webquest audio/video in class, please bring along a pair of inexpensive earbuds to class.  Otherwise you can access the activity at home and listen to them there.

Tuesday HW
1.  Haiku should be done and decorated for tomorrow.  The theme was "Haiku at the Beach".  we used 9 x 6 manila paper for this three verse poem.
2.  Unit 4, Lessons 6 and 7 quiz on Wednesday, February 27
3.  If you want to listen to Africville webquest audio/video in class, please bring along a pair of inexpensive earbuds to class.  Otherwise you can access the activity at home and listen to them there.


Monday HW
1.  MMS pages 58-59
2.  Unit 4, Lessons 6 and 7 quiz on Wednesday, February 27
3.  If you want to listen to Africville webquest audio/video in class, please bring along a pair of inexpensive earbuds to class.  Otherwise you can access the activity at home and listen to them there.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Week of February 18 - 22, 2019

Friday HW
1.  Bring a pair of earbuds for use to view primary source archive videos on CBC in class next week.
2.  Test Pack signed and corrected for next Wednesday, February 27.
3.  Lots of students need to return their report card envelopes.  Please have your child bring it in ASAP.

Thursday HW
1. MMS pp. 56-57
2.  Test Pack signed and corrected for next Wednesday, February 27.
3.  Bring a colourful photograph of a natural scene (no people) from a magazine for a poetry activity.
Math: Today we worked on multiplying decimals by 10, 100, and 1000. I checked a small diagnostic to find that about a third of the class could not reliably calculate these products with a calculator and a place value chart. We will revisit it tomorrow.
4.  Lots of students need to return their report card envelopes.  Please have your child bring it in ASAP.
Language: We submitted the last diamante poems.
Social Studies:  We wrote a point of view response to a Rosa Parks photograph.  Students were reminded to write in a the third person voice and use connections (to self, to world, to other texts) as a way to add their own ideas to the response.

Wednesday HW
1.  MMS pp. 54-55
2.  Test Pack signed and corrected for next Wednesday, February 27.
3.  Bring a colourful photograph of a natural scene (no people) from a magazine for a poetry activity.
Math: Today we worked on adding and subtracting decimals while I conferenced with several students about Tuesday's math quiz.
Language: We also completed a 16 word Diamante poem which was not finished as homework today by more than 10 students.  A detailed outline of the style of the poem is in the Google Classroom.  We started another poetry activity on imagery.  I read our Last Days in Africville novel, which is a lead-in to term two Social Studies, with Language connections.

Tuesday HW:
We did not have the minutes to copy the agenda today.  Our day looked like this:
(Math) We wrote the quiz first thing.
(Language) We worked on a Poetry exercise focused on Imagery.  Students did the work in-class in their Writing notebooks: a chart of senses imagery, a short poem analysis, an independent selection of verses from books. This was an opportunity for some anecdotal logging of Independent Work skills for the term 2 report card.
We also completed Diamante poem composition using the laptops.  I printed 18 poems of 33 that were ready by the end of period three.  Completing that 16 word poem is the only homework tonight.

Monday, February 11, 2019

Week of February 11 - 15, 2019

** Friday, February 15 is a PA Day -- No School. **


Thursday HW:
1.  Math Quiz on Unit Four, Lessons 1 to 5 on Tuesday, February 19.
Today we had just one period together.  We corrected the MMS homework, reviewed rounding to the nearest 100th, and looked at a sample problem involving estimation.  We took a short note in Math and then worked to complete and hand in the five sense poems.

Wednesday HW:
1.  MMS pages 52-53
2.  Math Quiz on Unit Four, Lessons 1 to 5 on Tuesday, February 19.
3.  5 Sense poems good copies due in class tomorrow.

Monday HW:
1. MMS pages 50-51
2.  Math Quiz on Unit Four, Lessons 1 to 5 on Wednesday, February 13.
3.  "Colour of my Dreams" sunglasses POV assignment was due on Friday February 8.  Only 11 of 33 were handed in.  Please complete and submit this assignment for grading as soon as possible.  Ample class time was provided to work on it in class, including and hour and forty minutes last Friday.
4.  Similes page with a portrait on the reverse side that is based on the similes you made.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Week of February 4 - 8, 2019

Thursday HW:
1.  Colour of my Dreams -- two paragraphs should be submitted to the Google Classroom for tomorrow.
2.  Character and Setting placemats, as well as the illustrator page for the Literature Circle are due tomorrow.

Wednesday HW:
1.  Book Report is due tomorrow.
2.  Colour of my Dreams -- two paragraphs should be submitted to the Google Classroom for tomorrow.
3.  Rough Drafts of two five sense poems in your Writing notebook should be in class on Thursday.

Monday HW:
1.  No homework other than the Book report, which is due on Thursday.

Monday, January 28, 2019

Week of January 28 - February 1, 2019

Thursday HW
1.  Book Report # 3 due February 7.
2.  MMS pages 46-47
3.  Setting Place mats due in class tomorrow.
4.  Slideshow oral presentations:
We will have about 8 per day at about 3 minutes each.  Do not recite your slide to the class.  This needs to be an "active slides" talk.  This could include interesting facts that you did not have space to include on a particular slide, a question that can be answered by the class by looking at your slide, or a brief recap of what is on the slide behind you.  Again, do not read the slide to the class with your back to the audience.

Wednesday HW
1.  Book Report # 3 due February 7.
2.  Slideshow oral presentations were postponed today
We will have about 8 per day at about 3 minutes each.  Do not recite your slide to the class.  This needs to be an "active slides" talk.  This could include interesting facts that you did not have space to include on a particular slide, a question that can be answered by the class by looking at your slide, or a brief recap of what is on the slide behind you.  Again, do not read the slide to the class with your back to the audience.


Tuesday HW
1.  Book Report # 3 due February 7.
2.  MMS pages 44-45
3.  Illustrator image and text (what the image shows, and why it is important) due tomorrow after several class periods to work on it.
4.  Slideshow oral presentations start tomorrow in class.  We will have about 8 per day at about 3 minutes each.  Do not recite your slide to the class.  This needs to be an "active slides" talk.  This could include interesting facts that you did not have space to include on a particular slide, a question that can be answered by the class by looking at your slide, or a brief recap of what is on the slide behind you.  Again, do not read the slide to the class with your back to the audience.

Today we started our Math Decimals unit in Number Sense with a story ("Math Curse"), a note, a diagnostic on number lines, and some independent practice.  During our Language period, we introduced our poetry unit by looking at a class text of poems, and created a Poetry vs. Prose Venn diagram in our writing notebooks after a class discussion.  In Social Studies I decided to offer more time for cue card making and presentation rehearsal in view of the absences in class today.


Monday HW
1.  Book Report # 3 due February 7.
2.  Test pack was handed out last Tuesday.  It is due back in the white bin with corrections and a parent signature on the top by next Tuesday, January 29 (tomorrow).
3.  Slideshow oral presentations start tomorrow in class.  We will have about 8 per day at about 3 minutes each.  Do not recite your slide to the class.  This needs to be an "active slides" talk.  This could include interesting facts that you did not have space to include on a particular slide, a question that can be answered by the class by looking at your slide, or a brief recap of what is on the slide behind you.  Again, do not read the slide to the class with your back to the audience.

Today we wrote our Math Data management test and collected study sheets.  Since the time to finish the tests was variable from student to student, we transitioned at different rates into culminating Literature Circle activities (illustrator, setting/character placemats).  In the afternoon we discussed the slideshow presentation talk, and made notes using our Writing notebook (rough work) and cue cards (good copies).

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Week of January 21 - 25, 2018

Friday
1.  Book Report # 3 due February 7.
2.  Test pack was handed out Tuesday.  It is due back in the white bin with corrections and a parent signature on the top by next Tuesday, January 29.
3.  Data Management test on all of Unit 5 on Monday, January 28.  We will work on a Test Study sheet tomorrow in class.

Math: Today we answered each other's Google Forms surveys to create charts.  We corrected MMS pages, and worked on making proper, detailed survey questions in practice questions.  We also used a blue sheet of paper to create a study sheet to be handed in on Monday before the test.  Content considerations for the the study sheet were shared, and an example shown.  The study sheet will be a supplement to the test score.
Language: We worked on our Literature Circle culminating activities:  the Illustrator group task, and the setting and character placemats.
Social Studies:  We had time to complete work on the Import/export map on pages 10-11.  We will be wrapping up the unit by Monday and presenting our slideshows orally next week.

Thursday HW
1.  Book Report # 3 due February 7.
2.  Test pack was handed out Tuesday.  It is due back in the white bin with corrections and a parent signature on the top by next Tuesday, January 29.
3.  Data Management test on all of Unit 5 on Monday, January 28.  We will work on a Test Study sheet tomorrow in class.
4.  MMS pp. 78-79

Math: Today we learned how to open Google Forms and create a survey.  We also learned how to post the survey on the Google classroom.  I made the decision to suspend posting and commenting during overnight periods based on previous experiences with the practice.  We corrected MMS pages, and worked on making proper, detailed survey questions.
Language: We also used a full hour to work on our Literature Circle culminating activities:  the Illustrator group task, and the setting and character placemats.
Social Studies:  We had time to complete work on pages 13 and 14 in the booklet and had additional time to work on the Import/export map on pages 10-11.  We will be wrapping up the unit by Monday and presenting our slideshows orally next week.

Wednesday HW
1.  MMS pages 78-79.
2.  Book Report # 3 due February 7.
3.  Test pack was handed out yesterday.  It is due back in the white bin with corrections and a parent signature on the top by next Tuesday, January 29.
4.  Data Management test on all of Unit 5 on Monday, January 28.  We will work on a Test Study sheet tomorrow in class.

Math: Today we finished some scatter plot practice questions and took a note on Conducting Surveys.  Many students (10) have a printed copy of the note.
Language: We also used the time to work on the setting and character placemats, with success criteria presented and modeled examples shown..
Social Studies:  We had time to complete work on on the Import/export map on pages 10-11. 

Tuesday HW
1.  MMS pages 76-77.
2.  Book Report # 3 due February 7.
3.  Test pack was handed out today.  It is due back in the white bin with corrections and a parent signature on the top by next Tuesday, January 29.

Today we returned to the construction and interpretation of scatter plots.  We looked at the Literature assignments still outstanding:  Illustrator, and Setting and Character placemats.  Finally, we also used laptops to complete/work on pages 10-11, and 13-14 in the Social Studies booklet.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Week of January 14 - 18, 2019

FRIDAY is a PA Day -- No School.


Thursday HW
1.  Social Studies Slide Show due Friday MORNING by 9 AM this week.
2.  Book Report book reading.  It is due on February 7, 2019.  You should be half done reading your your book.
3.  MMS pages 74-75 due in class on Monday, January 21.


Wednesday HW
1.  Social Studies Slide Show due Friday MORNING by 9 AM this week.
2.  Book Report book reading.  It is due on February 7, 2019.  You should be half done reading your your book.

Tuesday HW
1.  Social Studies Slide Show due Friday MORNING by 9 AM this week.
2.  Book Report book reading.  It is due on February 7, 2019.  You should be half done reading your your book.
3.  Literature Circle group meeting - last week meeting is tomorrow, January 16.  Be ready!  If you are absent, show up for extra help to catch up.

Monday HW
1.  Graphing, Mean, Median, and Mode Quiz on Tuesday January 15.
2.  Book Report book reading.  It is due on February 7, 2019.  You should be half done reading your your book.
3.  Literature Circle group meeting - last week on Wednesday January 16.  Be ready!  If you are absent, show up for extra help to catch up.

Monday, January 7, 2019

Week of January 7 - 11, 2019

Thursday HW
1.  Graphing, Mean, Median, and Mode Quiz on Tuesday January 15.
2.  Book Report book reading.
3.  Literature Circle group meeting - last week on Wednesday January 16.  Be ready!  If you are absent, show up for extra help to catch up.

Thursday HW
1.  Mean, Median, and Mode Quiz on Friday January 11.
2.  Book Report book should be in class tomorrow for inspection.
3.  We practiced a Line and Bar graph making assignment today with an emphasis on pre-planning and anxiety management.  It seemed to make a difference in the students's overall ability to handle the task.  A major point:  speed is not the main concern.  Planning produces less mistakes and false starts once underway.

Wednesday HW
1.  Mean, Median, and Mode Quiz on Friday January 11.
2.  Book Report reading.

Tuesday HW
1.  Mean, Median, and Mode Quiz on Friday January 11.
2.  Literature Circle meetings on Wednesday this week.
3.  Book Report reading.
4.  mean, Median, Mode worksheet #2 to finish for Wednesday.

Monday HW
1.  Mean, Median, and Mode Quiz on Friday January 11.
2.  Literature Circle meetings on Wednesday this week.
3.  Book Report reading.