I have enjoyed teaching all of the students who I’ve had the privilege to have in my classroom. Everyone has their own special gifts and great qualities that make them unique and different from everyone else.
Sometimes it takes people who don’t know us longer to truly see what our gifts are, and sometimes others are too narrow minded and aren’t willing to give people a chance. Remember that not everyone has to be our friend, as long as we have a few good people that bring us happiness and joy, the others are just missing out.
Imagine how boring life would be if we were all the same?
Here is a special shout out to one of my unique former students that adds colour to everyday. Remember no matter what others think or do, you are awesome!
Mr. Chaput and Mme Young asked me to put some notes here just in case they didn’t make it home.
Ball Hockey players are reminded that they will be leaving at 9am tomorrow morning.
“In French class we’ve been working on a project on the Carnaval for the last month and a half or so. The project is due on Thursday during class. Please let Mme Young know if you have any questions or concerns.”
Unfortunately I continue to be away from the classroom. Please make sure you are connecting with Mr. Chaput about any class and school events as the blog will not be used as frequently.
Over the next few days I am hoping to work one-on-one with some students regarding the decimal work they completed with Ms. Dodds. To start, additional homework is being sent home tonight with some students relating to rounding.
Here are a few videos/games/pictures to help with decimals
Hi Everyone, Unfortunately I am away again this week, slowly on the mend 🙁 Ms. Dodds will be in for me again, with Mr. Weber there on Wednesday.
Author Mike Wade will be coming on March 28 to discuss his books/stories. His books will also be available for purchase. Please clarify with Ms. Dodds the cost so you can send exact change or cheque if you wish to purchase any. These books are great for reluctant readers as each chapter is a full story, which are short and interesting.
Visit his website for examples of his writing and to learn more about him.
This week, Mr. Weber will be at school today and the rest of the week will be Ms. Dodds.
Homework duotangs will still be going home and is posted on the ‘Homework’ page of our blog.
In Language, students will be finishing up the novel ‘The White Giraffe’ and working with an online comic creation program to summarize the book and create a character map (time permitting, but this may carry over into next week).
In Math, we are wrapping up linear measurement for now and moving onto decimals. Decimals can be tricky for some, so here is a video link to help explain the concept. There are many great videos that you can find on YouTube by Khan Academy and MathAntics as well that are a little longer and more in depth than what are given here.
In Science we are continuing with our concept of matter, dealing with physical and chemical changes.
I hope things go well this week and fingers crossed I will see you next week!
I just wanted to touch base to let you know that unfortunately I will not be at school next week as I continue to deal with a medical issue. I will be sending all lessons plans and curriculum directions to the substitute teacher that will be in the class and hope that all things will run smoothly in my absence.
Looking forward to hearing good stories from the supply teacher and from the students about their March Break activities.
Look for new sheets in the red duotangs and the new post on the homework page.
Snacks, Snacks, Snacks
Students have always been allowed to have snacks from their lunches in the morning if they wanted to. Lately, more and more kids are getting the munchies in the mornings. This is just an FYI for those who may be coming home hungrier because they are eating parts of their lunch earlier in the day. I have encouraged them to pack more food in their lunches, or ask for more food, to ensure they have enough to eat for the whole day.
Math This past week we worked on perimeter and area using lego blocks. On different days, students were given various cards that required them to use certain blocks to create a specific perimeter or area.
The following day, I gave groups 3 index cards, of 4 different colours, and they needed to create 4 different shapes, and calculate the area and perimeter. At the end of the activity when we consolidated the learning, the light bulb went off that shapes can have different perimeters but the same area. We will be applying these concepts in real life situations this coming week.
This group enjoyed building with Lego so much that they chose to build as their art period, working cooperatively to create 3-D structures in small groups or independently.
In Science, we have begun exploring ‘States of Matter’, starting with the 3 states and their properties. I am looking forward to completing some fun experiments relating to the changes that happen with matter and exploring chemical and physical changes as well. Below is a quick demonstration of the three states. (No children were injured in this activity) :).
We had a presentation from Hydro One on Friday, discussing the importance of being safe around hydro wires and different areas in the community that house electrical wires.
Also on Friday, we started our activities with the public health nurse assigned to our school. She will be coming to see us for 4 weeks discussing stress, how it affects our bodies and how we can deal with it. I am looking forward to these sessions with Maris.
Hopefully you found a red duotang in your child’s backpack tonight. I have created a new page within the blog that you will find along the top entitled ‘Homework’.
On this page you will find the homework for the week as well as links, videos or pictures that may help your child to complete the homework. Each week there will be tasks related to what we are doing in class across subjects. I have included cursive writing because I believe that cursive writing is a dying skill that students should know but that we have difficulty fitting into our regular daily routine.
Any questions please let me know!
Pink Shirt Day
Tomorrow is ‘Pink Shirt Day’. Pink Shirt Day is focused on creating awareness of issues surrounding bullying and supporting causes related to children’s self esteem.