Weekly Update: Jan. 3

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing Christmas break. I was able to spend time with my family in southern Alberta, go skiing, and spent lots of time reading and watching movies at home. It was perfect!

Here is what is happening in our classroom this week:

  • Math- we will be spending some time finishing up and reviewing transformations. Students will most likely start on their exit cards on Wednesday. We will finish up with a tessellation project that will take us into next week. Next up will be a unit on angles.
  • ELA- In writer’s workshop we will be continuing to work on persuasive writing. In reader’s workshop we will be doing a quick review of the reading strategies that we have covered this year. We will also be doing two reading comprehension quizzes this week to help the students set reading goals for themselves and help me to better pinpoint some key areas we need to work on as a class. Later this month we will be doing a joint project with Miss Hartl’s grade 4 class centered around the Willow Awards.
  • Health- we will spend some time this week working on creating goals and action plans. Our last unit in health is on non-curable infectious diseases. We will start that next week and be finishing by the end of January/beginning of February. Then we will start tackling French!
  •  Fine Arts- we will be starting on our drama unit this week! We will start with drama games and examining text features of scripts. Then, we will combine it with social studies and ELA to study folktales. Students will be recording African folktales as radio dramas and publishing them on soundcloud.
  • Social Studies- we will be finishing up our postcards for the global postcard exchange this week. This is a combined ELA/Social Studies project where we are covering regional identity, learning about different cultures, and letter writing.

A couple other reminders:

  • Phys Ed resumes on Wednesday. Students should have clean and proper gym attire for class. It’s also a good idea to check if their inside shoes still fit- many grade 6 students often hit growth spurts throughout the year, and we tend to forget about their inside shoes.  I have noticed some students have complained about their shoes being uncomfortable.
  • It’s a great idea to check with your child regarding school supplies at this point in the year: many students are low on pens/pencils and post- it notes. Students were also reminded that they should have a notebook or a duotang with looseleaf paper for: math, reader’s workshop, and writer’s workshop. Some students have lost theirs since the start of the year.
  • Ski Trip forms will be going home this week. In order for the ski trip to be a go, we need 80% participation rates across the grade 6 classes. The ski trip is scheduled for Feb. 9. 

Important dates:

  • Wednesday, January 11- Bible History classes resume.
  • Friday, January 20- Ms. Korver away for Provincial Facilitation work
  • Monday, January 30- PD Day. No school.
  • TFebruary, February 2- Ms. Korver away for a medical day.
  • Thursday, February 9- Ski Trip.
  • Friday, February 10- Ms. Korver away for Provincial Facilitation work
  • February 20-24- No school. Reading break.
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