Homeroom: Math/Language/Religion & Family Life
Math-October will focus on Classifying and Representing Whole Numbers. Number concepts are intended to be embedded throughout the year, through number talks, math chats and integrated activities- STEAM (Science, TEchnology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) and Movement. Math talks will also involve 3D solids and angles- presenting is for later Spatial Sense skills.
We will be following the Math Up Program with additional practice using Mathletics in the Student Portal.
Our lessons can be broken down into the following areas. Dr. Small has prepared SUM IT UP ipages for parents' information and to support their child's learning. I have included the links below.
Language- We are continuing with Recount Writing. Our second writing piece is an article biographical format. After conferencing with the students, they have chosen their famous subjects, co-constructed Success Criteria and have written their second recount. Week of 13th-16th -students will self and peer edit and complete a slide presentation.
We will also begin a Global Read Aloud with the novel, Indian No More and hope to team up with classes for book chats either here in Canada or abroad. Stay tuned!
Religion: How do we come to know God? Students will learn the many ways that we can come to know God—through Jesus and Scripture; God’s creation (the natural world and every human person); our ability to reason; our gift of faith; the Church and the Mass; and the sacraments.
Family Life: Recognize and appreciate that each person is created in God's image to be a person of love.
Appreciate the complexity/mystery of each person
My Afternoon Students:
1. Healthy Eating as part of Healthy Living Practices: The New Canadian Food Guide- vitamins, nutrients, plant-based proteins, healthy fats, grains
2. Science- Biodiversity- Students will investigate and complete many activities to understand that all living things depend on other living things and that biodiversity is important to maintain a healthy planet.
3. Arts- Exploring dance through movement
Wow, our first week has already flown by! We are becoming fulling immersed into our days and the conversations and questions are generating in such a positive and supportive way.
Here is a breakdown of what we hope to accomplish in this month:
First and foremost we are cultivating an encouraging learning environment for all through welcoming productive struggle, making mistakes, asking questions, daily opportunities to improve, healthy attitudes, celebrate diversity and practice inclusivity and global citizenship and advocacy.
Learning Focus for September:
Religion-Samaritans On the Digital Road
Family Life- recognize & appreciate that each person is created in God's image to be a person of love- appreciate and celebrate the complexity/uniqueness of each person
Math- location and movement on a coordinate grid, patterning, and number sense- building and decomposing numbers, four operations
Reading- Fix up strategies for pronunciation of larger words and comprehension of text
Art- International Dot Day Mandalas, intro to dance movement
Science- Biodiversity- so excited to be planning a bilingual focus with Mme. Roy- consistency through Gr. 6 and wherever possible I will provide support in through non-fiction reading and research opportunities in Language.
Gym- Social Distancing Games- personal fitness and goal setting
Health- Healthy Eating and Positive Mental Health
Welcome to all my Grade 6s. I have long awaited for the day to see you all again. Most of my returning students know me, having me as a homeroom teacher in the past, others have worked with me on committees and sports, and a few may have had only polite conversations and waves in the hallway. In whichever case, I hope in a short time that you will come to know that I will do everything in my power to make you feel welcomed, cared for, trusted and valued to express the true, unique, best version of yoU!
Here is the first letter I emailed to both student and parents on Friday, September 4th. It outlines first day procedures and suggested supplies.
Our learning focus for the first week is to re-establish community and healthy social-emotional activities. As valued members of the Grade 6 community, I will be inviting student voice in all our class discussions.
Please click on link to your child's Grade to read about our plan this week. Ask students to check their email Monday morning.
We are here to help. Please contact us by email should you have any questions.
Dear Fearless Fives and Synergized Sixes and Parents,
I hope you all were able to have a good March Break. This is certainly a new chapter for us all. I miss all of my students, terribly!
I am re-sending the email information that I sent out on Wednesday. Please know I encourage any and all my students to contact me by email should they have any questions or concerns. I will be checking my emails throughout all the day.
E-mail to parents March 16th:
Dear Wonderful Parents,
Some parents have asked me for ideas for the next few weeks. First, I hope you are having and enjoying the special family time that March Break should entail.
Initially, I was going to send a more concentrated email plan next weekend but then, in conversation with my amazing colleagues, felt I should touch base with you now. That way, at your discretion, you can have your child work on language and math areas.
1. Student Portal-
Using your chromebook or PC, have your sons/daughters log into the Google Chrome browser with their @ocsbstudent.ca accounts. from there they can navigate to https://sites.google.com/a/ocsbstudent.ca/k-6/ and access all of the suggestions below:
Mathletics- I have assigned many problem solving tasks as well as the usual assignments
Soro- great collection of books
Also- Readwork.org - the students have enjoyed using these- I will be assigning some more by the weekend.
2 - EQAO resources
EQAO's resources are second to none for reading, writing and mathematics. On this page, you will find release items for last years tests, solutions and scoring guides. You can also find years past at the top of the page should you need more.
-always inquisitive, love laughing, running, yoga, learning