June is a time to review our mathematical concepts. There will be opportunities to bring our math learning outdoors and compare capacity at the water table and in the sand pit. Our school yard provides us with opportunities to explore linear measurement and practise our estimation skills (e.g., How many bean bags would it take to measure the length of the bench at the baseball diamond? How many pinecones tall do you think the plant is?). Exploring the properties of 2D geometric shapes and 3D solids indoors and outdoors, conducting surveys and graphing the results and further developing our addition and subtraction skills are other areas of mathematical learning for the month of June. In Language, we are learning about vowel sound combinations and word families (e.g., -at, -an, -in). We are using rhyming skills to identify and spell words that belong in each word family. Sight word recognition, blending sounds and breaking down words into their individual parts so we can print them in our stories are ongoing areas of focus. We are also labelling our pictures in writing and learning to write for a purpose (e.g., an invitation, a greeting card). A trip to Brantford Zoo will provide us with an opportunity to see some of the animals we have been researching in our group animal research projects. This month’s Catholic Graduate Expectation is “I am a Learner for Life.” Students learn to set goals and use their gifts and talents given to them by God. SK graduation will be Wednesday, June 20th at 1:30 p.m. in the gym. More information will follow.
In Writing, Mrs. Loveday and Ms. Manley’s classes will focus on writing a descriptive paragraph using the success criteria, teacher feedback and peer editing skills. In Reading, the grade one and one/two classes will use the strategies to deepen their comprehension of fiction and non-fiction text. Strategies such as “Skippy the frog” allow students to skip over the word, re-read the sentence and then go back to the unfamiliar word using the text and illustrations as clues. In Mathematics, students will begin exploring the concept of mass and capacity using non-standard units. Students will estimate, measure and describe the mass and capacity of objects and compare, describe and order objects using attributes measured in non-standard units. Sample investigations include: investigating how much a container will hold using a variety of sizes of scoops, measuring and describing the capacity of a variety of different containers, exploring the relationship between the size of a unit and the number of units needed. The grade two/three and three classes are exploring non-fiction reading and writing through their exploration of the social studies unit on Living and Working in Ontario (grade three) and Global Communities (grade two). They are using text features such as: captions, headings, table of contents and glossaries to research facts about Ontario. Not all information has come from texts; PebbleGo and Virtual Learning on the board’s website also give students access to information. In Mathematics, students are enjoying games involving spinners, dice and coloured tiles. Who knew probability could be so much fun!
Students in the Junior Division are consolidating their learning as our school year ends. All grades will focus on probability in the month of June. In grade four, students predict the frequency of an outcome and investigate how the number of repetitions of an experiment affect the conclusions drawn. In grade five, students begin to represent the possibility of an outcome using fractional notations and in grade six, theoretical probability is introduced as ratios of favourable outcomes to the total number of possible outcomes. Students are noticing the connections between the various strands in mathematics and how these strands occur in their daily lives. Students have been using stated and implied ideas within a text to make inferences. This month, they will be applying their inferring skills within the Media Literacy strand. This strand looks closely at various forms of media text and their messages. Students must think critically when studying these forms to respond to and use them effectively. In Mrs. DaSilva’s class, students will identify the characteristics of different media forms and will choose an appropriate form to suit the specific purpose. Both Mrs. Weinstein’s and Mrs. Renda’s classes will examine various forms of non-fiction texts to produce engaging presentations. Students in Mrs. Egan’s class will interpret media texts using the overt and implied messages given to support their thinking.
The Intermediate Division is working on probability. The development of students’ mathematical reasoning through the study of probability is essential in daily life. Probability represents real-life mathematics and connects many areas of mathematics, particularly counting and geometry. An understanding of probability theory is essential in understanding politics, weather reports, genetics, sports and insurance policies. Students will be determining the theoretical probability of a specific outcome involving two independent events and comparing experimental probabilities with the theoretical probability. In Language, the intermediates are continuing to work on inferencing by improving their questioning skills to develop deeper thinking. In order to achieve this, they will be using a Q-chart as a reference model. They will be applying this skill as a part of the writing process through their inquiry assignments in the content areas (e.g., Science, History, Geography) and as they analyze various media techniques.