Weekly Update: Feb 8

Hello!  Last week before February break! As usual, we have a lot going on this week before we get to the break.

A couple quick reminders before we get into what we are doing this week:

  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Baking on Monday and Tuesday afternoon. Students have been asked to bring one of the following: butter, brown and white sugar, flour, or chocolate chips. Please check with your child what they need to be bringing. We’ll be breaking the class in half- if they are not baking, they are still in the classroom completing reader’s and writer’s workshop for that day.
  • Ski Trip on Wednesday! Meet in the classroom between 6:30-6:40AM. All of the details are here.
  • Friday afternoon: From 2-2:30 We’ll be heading to the SRC Sock Hop. Students are asked to bring a canned food item or $2 for admission. For the rest of the afternoon, we’ll be celebrating a belated Global School Play Day.” Play Day is a day meant to celebrate unstructured play, while building community. Students are invited to bring anything they wish to play with, the only restriction is that they must bring toys and these toys may NOT require batteries or electricity. No devices. Ideas are Legos, blocks, trucks, cars, racetracks, playing cards, empty cardboard boxes, markers, jigsaw puzzles, social games (charades, Pictionary, etc.) The only exception on the electronics rule would be a board game that has an electronic timer. More information is available from Peter Gray’s Ted Talk.

 

Here is our subject by subject update:

  • ELA- Drama scripts have been turned in. During Reader’s Workshop, students will be reading each other’s scripts and casting votes to decide which one’s to perform. In Reader’s Workshop we are finishing up working on monitoring comprehension and making connections to the characters. Students have been asked to consider: would you want to be friends with a character in the book they are reading? Why or why not? Students will be finishing their book talk blog posts and a 100 word challenge post this week to hand in.
  • Math- We’ll be starting our pattern’s and relationships unit late this week. This is the introduction unit to algebra for future grades. Students can be continuing to practise their multiplication and division time tables at home. Many students have made improvements on their multiplication, but still struggle with the division facts.
  • Heaven Shop Read Aloud (ELA/Health/Social)- we’ll be continuing to read. This book has opened up many wonderful conversations about quality of life, how to successfully deal with unexpected life changes, etc.
  • Social Studies- we’ll be spending a lot of time working on our abuses or power projects this week. Students, working independently or with pairs, started to research on Friday. Once their research is complete they will be deciding to best support a class presentation- glogster, prezi, powerpoint, or other choices.

 

Have a great week and a wonderful and restful break!

 

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