May’s Virtue is Helpfulness.
Homework: Due Thursday Bring in 3- 5 items that represent the main character’s personality or experiences in the book that your child is reading. We will discuss and share with others in class on Thursday.
Reward: Friday period 6. Students have earned some reward time, which we will have on Friday, having earned another 15 virtue vouchers. We have been focusing on cooperative work, purposefulness, diligence and starting quickly as well. Friday’s reward time was voted to be quiet time (I was surprised!). To allow many students’votes for other activities, students can bring in pillows and blankets; they can read, listen to music with earbuds, watch something on a device with earbuds, read, draw or use other art materials or sit quietly. The goal is to have individual quiet time. Students can bring in a snack for themselves, if they choose.
SS:/ Language- to further our SS work about global connections, students can begin a new book. I’ve shared 5 sets of books with students that provides a context for world issues that countries and NGOs (Non-governmental organizations) support, like water scarcity, natural disasters, internal war, poverty and hunger, to name a few featured in these books. Students can start when they have finished their Kenneth Oppel books or if they choose, they can begin now. In the next week, students can begin blogging and sharing what they have learned about the countries and issues featured in their books, and add other information they have learned.
Math: continued work about fractions
- converting fractions to decimals and percents
- making equivalent fractions
- changing fractions from improper fractions to mixed numbers
- reducing fractions to simplest terms
and beginning work about patterning
- creating growing shape and number patterns
- identifying the pattern rule
- determining the number featured in any example in the pattern
- representing the pattern with pictures, a table and a graph.
Assessment of these concepts will be with entry/exit cards (one or two questions) rather than longer quizzes or tests while we lead up to EQAO.
Science: Space, this week, comparison writing about planets. Students will eventually be choosing a topic of space that they would like to know more about, and preparing a mini presentation for the class. The presentation will involve something for students to do (e.g. demonstration, experiment, mini-quiz, picture/ concept match up etc).
EQAO: May 22- June 4. Letters will be coming home this week about the 4 Language and 2 Math tests. I try to promote student confidence by making sure students are familiar with the format, question style and types of tasks. While we have been using EQAO math questions in class and in assessments throughout the year, we are looking now at Language tasks that are linked to the subject of space. We are discussing strategies that may help us with the tests. It is my goal that students feel confident, capable, and able to do their best. We have been writing longer assessments, and the students are able to work diligently and purposefully in test situations, as we have done all year.
I encourage students to make sure they eat healthy, filling breakfasts, bring nutritious lunches and bring a reusable water bottle to use during writing periods. Students are also encouraged to try to have a good night’s sleep during the tests to help stay focused and purposeful. During this window, 6A will be writing tests either the first two periods, or the middle two periods of the day. We are arranging test times so that students will still take part in MAD, Phys-Ed, and French.
Please note: students who are absent will make up any missed tests during the testing window.