Need to dispose of all those empty Candy boxes? Send them into school….we’re planning to use them for an art activity this week…
Halloween Mural……. “Halloween Town!”
The Pumpkin Patch….
Just a reminder to parents that progress report interview times are available to you to sign up for a time which fits your schedule. Please click the link below.
Tomorrow Rousseau will be holding its annual Halloween parade! Students should come to school dressed in their costume as there will be no time to put costumes on at school. Students should not be in the halls prior to the morning bell please which is our normal school routine. Costumes may stay on all day, or a change of clothes may be brought in. The Halloween parade will begin at 9:30 AM and parents are welcome to come and see all the unique costumes! We will also be having a Halloween party in our classroom. Treats may be sent in to class for the students! As always, please ensure that they are nut free and healthy options are always welcome!
It’s that time of year when teachers are busy thinking about their students and writing all about their successes and next steps. Progress Reports will be distributed next Wednesday, November 2nd and you will have the opportunity to meet with me to discuss this report on Thursday, November 3rd after school and Friday, November 4th from 9am – noon. If you would prefer a telephone interview, please indicate this on the form attached. Or if you are unable to make any of these times, I would be happy to arrange an alternate time after school one day. Please open the link below to sign up for a time! I look forward to meeting with all of you!
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Assessment duo tangs came home today to be reviewed by parents. Please read the letter to parents if you could and send back tomorrow.
Today in our language centres we practiced what a good group discussion looks like.
This may seem really simple but year after year I find that many students lack confidence when it comes to discussions, even when previous teachers have had them engaged in their classes. So this year rather than just try to teach them throughout the year, I decided to create a foundation for it now, so what did we do? We combined a few tried-and-true strategies.
I invited four volunteers to come up and discuss an unknown text with me. I had to follow the same expectations as them. We read a piece on “wonderopolis” on Why We Have Homework!
They loved watching the video which preceeds this piece and thinking about the questions posed before they read. Students then took turns reading out loud and when they finished, completed the vocabulary quiz to make sure they were understanding key vocabulary. We then shut off our devices and began our discussion.
So How Does It Work?
Two cards: We used the tried-and-true way to get everyone to speak. When a person speaks, they put their card into the middle. They cannot speak again then until everyone else has also spoken and put a card in the middle. This is to help everyone actually add their voice. I do two cards so that they all have to participate at least twice. After the cards are used up, they can speak as much as they would like.
Bounce Card: The Bounce card is a visual tool for kids to remember to “bounce” off each other’s ideas rather than just state their own opinions. There are three different paths they can take, they can bounce, sum up, or inquire. Having the card in front of them is a helpful reminder to how they should be discussing.
At the end of the task (about 15 minutes or so), I asked them to please reflect on themselves. We spoke about how often we reflect on how others do in a task but forget to look inward and that we are the ones we need to be concerned with, not how others do.
And that was our kick off to all the amazing discussions we’ll be having this year. Thinking critically and stating our opinions well is our goal!
Imagine how pleased I was when I heard one student say “Wow! That was a lot of fun!”
Busy day today! Students worked on some editing activities today and we will be taking this up tomorrow as well as completing more practice in this area. I’m observing that a lot of practice in general is needed in this area. Using capitals on titles and proper nouns, proper punctuation and using our dictionaries to spell unfamiliar words.
Also still working on Regions of Canada (4), where students just read and wrote about the features of The Arctic Region.
This Friday, we will be having our second math test to finish up the unit on patterning and algebra. The previous test will be sent home shortly! Students have been given their marks already but we had some students absent so I’ve needed to hold on to these.
In French, we are learning how to write about the weather and the date in French. Students are also loving the app Duolingo to learn new skills. An option for practice at home!
- students should arrive with their agendas signed daily
- nightly homework continues to be reading and hopefully, everyone has finished both novels: The One and Only Ivan + Island of The Blue Dolphins (as mentioned, I have copies of both books if students need one – just ask!)
- Popcorn day tomorrow
For those students participating in swim team and cross country, runners are expected to return to school by 2:30pm which will be just in time for us to leave for swimming. Lots of physical activity happening on Friday!
And finally…..announcing our next two novels up for battle…..
Students can get a head start any time!
Math today: grade fours worked on patterns using tables and grade fives worked on patterns using money and time. Our very first Math test will be on Friday covering increasing and decreasing sequences. Students will be bringing home their jump math books to review with tomorrow. Tests will cover all the material that has been marked in their workbooks.
Language: reading and writing today about our social studies focus. Using Epic books as a resource.
Physed: students were able to enjoy the lovely weather outside with Mrs Stinson today for physed.