November’s virtue is peacefulness.
Picture Retakes: an additional session has been booked for Monday- there was not enough time for our students to have their pictures retaken last week. Please remember to register online or send back the photo package with the retake box ticked off if you would like photo retakes.
Health: 6A will have health instead of gym for the next two weeks. Our first topic from the health curriculum is Substance Use, Addictions, and Related Behaviours, with a specific focus on vaping and cannabis. In two weeks, 6A will participate in Dance, with a dance workshop to help inspire their creativity.
- Math Test (Patterning) on Monday. On Thursday, Students were asked to complete a patterning worksheet, and on Thursday night, finish the sheet and share their strategies for continuing the pattern, describing the pattern rule, and determining the operations for the input and output columns of a t-table.
- Homework: Prodigy work (24 questions) due by Sunday, November 25. I set these questions earlier in the week, and some students have completed them. We discussed the benefit of working on them before Monday’s test.
- This week, we will be learning about algebra, discussing the terms “variable,” “constant,” and “equations.” We will link the use of variables and algebra to describe a pattern with an equation, and continue to use variables and equations in our next math unit. We will be exploring measurement, specifically metric measurements, conversions between linear units, perimeter and area.
Language: we have been using picture books to write summaries, identify main ideas of a text, and to identify explicit and implicit messages in media (in this case, the picture book). Students will begin presenting their books this week, reading aloud part of their book as well as sharing main ideas.
Google Slides media homework: last week’s media homework was to contribute a slide to a google slide show that I shared with students. The work was assigned a week ago and due on Friday. Many students who had not started or finished their work were invited to stay in at break to complete the slide. I have commented on all slides completed by Friday (comments begin with each student’s name) and students are encouraged to read comments and revise work as needed. Many students are also encouraged to go back to the beginning slides we discussed in class, that provide instructions and examples, to make sure they include all required information. I will continue to check for completed and revised work over the weekend, so students who have not finished should do so! The goal of this work was to evaluate a media image, and choose one with clear explicit and implicit messages related to Remembrance Day and appropriate themes (see instructional slides). Whenever there is homework, I am happy for parents to support and provide feedback- perhaps ask your child to discuss with you their slide, the comments I made, and perhaps some of the work their friends completed. Students who made a new slide show instead of adding to the class one need to share it with me so I can access it, and make sure they check back to the instructions included at the start of the slide show I shared with them.
Social Studies: We will begin our books this week. Students will have time to read in class, but also will need to read at home. Students will be required to read two books before the Christmas break, and complete related work and discussion about the global issues presented in their novels and non-fiction texts.
Science: students should have finished research, and are creating a plan to present two “textbook pages”about the environmental issue they chose. They will complete this assignment with Ms. W in the computer lab during their scheduled Learning Commons time.
Some other notes from class:
- Peacefulness: Our class is currently discussing and setting goals for how we can instill greater peacefulness in our class, and contribute to a more peaceful environment in our school. Students made many thoughtful connections to other virtues that help us be more peaceful, and virtues needed to create more peacefulness in our time at school.
- Hands on: We have discussed hands on behaviour, which keeps popping up at lunch times, inside and outside. Junior and intermediate students have had a clear message from our principals as well about hands on actions and activities. There are also injuries related to rough play around the use of equipment like soccer and football games. What I have noticed among grade 6 students is what starts as “playing around” and games often goes too far (eg. tripping people, headlocks). Students also understand that if someone initiates hands on with them, they are to walk away and talk to a teacher, rather than engage as well. Please feel free to let me know if you would like to discuss this with me further.
- Nuts: Please remember that lunch products that contain nuts should not be included as part of a school lunch. Please check Hallowe’en candy (if there is any left!) if you are including it in lunches to make sure it is nut free.
- We’ve also been discussing some notes that are left for other students or about other students. We seem to be in agreement that while they might seem funny, they are not for the students who receive them, and we want to create an environment of inclusivity, respect and friendliness for all of us.