Monday, September 16, 2019

Week of September 16 - 20, 2019

Monday HW
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.

8F Notes:
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!