Mathematics: We have wrapped up our large numbers unit and have moved onto addition and subtraction. Students will be expected to complete addition and subtractions questions up to the thousands place value with carrying and borrowing. Students will represent their learning in a variety of ways, including: estimating, base 10 blocks, traditional algorithm, Singapore method, a picture, and a real-life example.
Language Arts: Mrs. Penner will be teaching reading and Ms. Ackerman will be teaching writing.
In preparation for the Personal Narrative Unit students brainstorm and create their own Brain Pockets (memory, fact, imagination) to inspire writing topics. Students plan, draft, write, edit (with peer and teacher input), rewrite, publish (keyboard) and share their narratives on Freshgrade.
All BC students in grades 1 - 8 participate in the School Wide Write Process in October and May. The School Wide Write is a form of assessment for learning. It is used in the fall to inform teachers about what their learners' writing strengths and needs are as well as what to teach next. It is used in the spring to reflect on learners' growth. Students are given a common topic and follow a writing process including pre-writing (planning page using words and pictures), writing, revising, proof reading and reflecting and scored using the BC Performance Standards rubric.
We have a read a variety of books this term, including: Wonder, the Fantastic Elastic Brain, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, Swimmy, Invisible Boy, Everybody Needs a Rock, the Eleventh Hour, When I was Eight, and We're All Wonders. Each of these books provided us with the opportunity to use comprehension strategies to better understand the text. The comprehension strategies we have been focusing on are: prediction, questioning, inferring, connecting, finding the book theme, the author's message, and evidence to support our thinking. Arguably, When I was Eight and Wonder have left a lasting impact among the students.
We have started our small reading groups. Students have been separated into groups based on their own learning needs and will meet with the teacher 3-4 times a week to refine our reading comprehension and fluency skills.
Social Studies: Ms. Ackerman will be teaching Social Studies. The year commenced with a unit on Government which includes the examination of the different levels of government in Canada (municipal, provincial, territorial, federal, First Peoples), key roles within provincial, territorial and federal governments, responsibilities of elected and appointed provincial and federal government leaders, and the participation and representation of citizens in Canada's system of government including topics of representative democracy, electoral boundaries, political parties, electoral process, and First Peoples governance. In October students participated in Student Vote 2019 where 1.2 million elementary and secondary school students from 8000 schools cast votes in all 338 ridings.
Science: We have wrapped up our solutions and solubility unit and have moved onto the human body. The human body systems include: the digestive system, the respiratory system, the circulatory system, and the skeletal system. We are using videos and our science textbook to develop our learning. At the end of this unit, students will be given a choice as to how they represent their learning. Some options include: creating a comic, making a movie, writing a story, or making a poster/diagram.
French: Mrs. Penner will be teaching French this year. We have finished the alphabet and are working on colour and numbers!