November was a great month for developing our responsibility skills. We learned about the importance of being a peacemaker, ways we can treat others with kindness, how to be fair and forgiving and contribute our share during clean-up times and group activities. Through Remembrance Day activities, we learned about having peace in our minds, in our hearts, in our class and in our community. We shared our “True Colours” in our thoughts, actions and song. We demonstrated respectful and reflective behaviour during our Remembrance Day Assembly.
In Numeracy, we continue working with 2D shapes and 3D solids, identifying where we see them in the world around us, describing their attributes and incorporating a variety of shapes in patterning, literacy, art and play activities. We will also explore linear measurement concepts. Number recognition and number formation, composing and decomposing numbers to 10 and matching number to quantity in games and activities are incorporated regularly into our daily math lessons.
In December, we will be learning about the season of Advent as we wait in joyful anticipation for the birth of Jesus. Our classrooms will be celebrating Advent through art, song, drama, prayer and play. We will also come together as a school community to participate in a school-wide Christmas Sing-a-Long!
Encourage children to play math puzzles and games. Puzzles and games (especially with dice) will help kids enjoy math and develop number sense, which is critically important. For more resources see https://www.youcubed.org
In Mrs. Loveday’s grade one class, we are beginning measurement investigation using non-standard measurement units. Students will work on estimating, measuring and describing length, area, mass, capacity, time and temperature. The grade ones and twos in the division are learning how to solve problems that involve addition and subtraction with sums to 10 (grade one) and 20 (grade two). Interpreting an equation depends on an understanding of the equal sign as a symbol that separates two expressions that are the same or of equal value (e.g., 5=5, 5=3+2, 3+2=4+1). The grade threes are subtracting two-and-three digit numbers with and without regrouping in the context of real life problems. They will develop problem-solving skills, judge the reasonableness of their answers and use tools and/or standard algorithms.
As we approach the Christmas season, we will be immersed in the story of Jesus’ birth. To celebrate this special time in our Christian calendar, the entire school will be going to see The Star. We will explore the point of view of the characters in the movie and compare/contrast them to the ones found in the traditional Bible story. Young readers often focus primarily on what is happening in stories; however, they also need to consider why things happen to gain a better understanding of each character’s point of view.
In the Junior division, students have jumped into fraction talks to strengthen their ability to verbalize and reason with rational numbers. In Geometry, we have been using the inquiry process to guide our learning. Working through inquiries allows us to explore, make connections and gain a deeper understanding of big ideas in Mathematics. The grade fours are applying their knowledge to sort polygons using a variety of properties including angles. The grade fives are looking specifically at triangles to classify and name them as equilateral, scalene or isosceles. In grade six, students are sorting and constructing polygons according to lines of symmetry.
In Language, the Junior classes continue to focus on narrative writing. One of the characteristics of a narrative is the use of dialogue. This helps further character development by providing insight into how the character may be feeling or what they may be thinking. The grade four students are learning to include dynamic language along with conjunctions to write more detailed and complex sentences. Grade five students are using quotation marks to properly insert dialogue between two or more characters. In grade six, students are focused on developing engaging plots in their pieces that include an introduction to the main characters, rising action, a climax and falling action to entertain and hook the reader.
In the Intermediate division, students know that the Mathematics curriculum identifies seven key processes they engage in as they learn (problem solving, reasoning and proving, reflecting, selecting tools and computational strategies, connecting, representing, and communicating). Students use these processes when learning new concepts and procedures, practising skills and solving problems. Students are focusing on recognizing and using connections among mathematical ideas. They are improving their understanding of how mathematical ideas interconnect and build on one another and are then applied in contexts outside of mathematics. In Mr. Amorim’s class, students are calculating the surface area of composite shapes, including trapezoids, to solve real world problems and converting metric units (cm – m – km). In Ms. Carvalho’s class, the grades sevens are comparing the relationship between the surface area of trapezoids and right prisms while the grade eights are calculating the circumference and area of circles as well as the volume and surface area of cylinders. In Mrs. Griffith’s class, students are comparing the surface area and volume of polyhedrons to solve real-life problems and will also be analyzing data for validity and bias to understand how it affects them. In Language, the intermediates are identifying various elements of style (foreshadowing, metaphor, symbolism) and explaining how they help communicate meaning and enhance the effectiveness of texts. In Mr. Amorim’s class, students are analyzing and exploring the deeper meanings found in the novel ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ and are applying these skills to other works. In Ms. Carvalho’s and Mrs. Griffith’s classes, students are reading ‘Heat’, an adapted story published in the K-W Record. Through the story, students are becoming more aware of how the use of figurative language engages an audience.