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I hope everyone had some time during March Break to enjoy some family time and recharge some batteries. The students and I will continue with some work started before the break.  There was no assigned homework task over the break.

March’s Virtue is Responsibility.

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Speeches: There are a few speeches that have not yet been presented. These will happen this week. Students who haven’t finished or were absent will need to spend some time at home catching up so they can present this week.


We worked on identifying angles as well as measuring and drawing angles before the break. We will use this work to draw 2D shapes, and follow instructions to draw named quadrilaterals and triangles, using rulers, protractors and compasses (for triangles) when necessary.  This work will lead us to more Geometry about 2D and 3D shapes. The class is also learning about symmetry, rotations, and transformations of 2D shapes (translations, reflections and rotations).

Having reviewed addition and subtraction before the break, we will be looking at multiplication algorithms (pencil and paper methods) as well as word problems that can be solved using multiplication (Grade 6 expectations: 3 digit by 2 digit numbers, like 345 x 76). Of course, knowing timestables will help students with accuracy! Students can continue to review timestables at home.  There are many sites that you can look up that are like online flashcards.

SS/ Language: 

We will be reading together a narrative that links to the Social Studies curriculum: Canada’s interactions with the global community.  We will relate reading to the social studies inquiry process to investigate some global issues of political, social, economic, and/or environmental importance, their impact on the global community, and responses to the issues.  Students can also choose a novel to read to learn more about a global issue through historical and realistic fiction. Our goal will be to interact with the texts we read by questioning, making connections to personal knowledge, experiences, other texts we’ve seen, read or listened to, and find out more about the issues and events to share with the class and small groups to enhance our understanding of the texts we will read.

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March’s virtue is Responsibility.

Next week:


Friday is Beach Day! Students are invited to wear beach items to school to celebrate March Break- going away or waiting for warmer climates.


Line graphs and letter due Monday:  Finish line graphs about the temperature in Room 19.  Students have received a yellow instruction sheet, as well as time in class to work on this task, including making a graph, finding averages, and writing a letter.  Unfinished work should be completed and brought in on Monday.  I believe most students should be almost finished this task, especially if they strive to practise purposefulness in class.

Speech drafts due Tuesday: Students should finish their drafts for their speeches.  Some students also need to gather research for their topics.  Every speech needs to have some researched information (at least 10 percent).  The topics could be persuasive and informative, or persuasive and entertaining.  We have had time every day this week for research and planning, and some students have finished that to begin drafting their speech. Students will present their speech to the class before or after March Break.

Science: Trip to Eco House  Next week students will have an opportunity to create a media text highlighting one of the ideas presented to us, or inspired by an activity or display at Ecohouse, making links to how energy is created, used or conservation of energy.


Grade 8 students are allowing students to preorder items for Friday’s bake sale on Monday and Tuesday at breaks.  Items will cost between one and two dollars. Students can preorder their items by paying in advance, and they will be available on Friday. Proceeds support Grade 8 charitable entrepreneurial projects.

Enjoy March Break- March 12-16

February’s Virtue is Friendliness.

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EcoHouse Trip on Wednesday: trip forms and payments are due on Monday- tomorrow!  On Wednesday, students need to be dressed for about 30 minutes of outdoor weather.  We will be leaving after first break, at 11:30, and coming back to school about 2:30. We will eat again when we return.  Students are asked to have a filling breakfast and first lunch.

Homework this week: Students did not receive a set assignment last week. This week we will be working on a persuasive speech. While students will have sometime in class, they may need to complete some research and writing at home. Speeches will be presented to class next week.

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Please return the white binder portfolios, report envelopes and signed pages of the report. Thanks for the ones I’ve received already! 

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Language:  Speeches  (writing, reading, oral communication)

Students who wish to compete in the school competition will be presenting by Tuesday, March 6.  The school finals will be on Wednesday, March 7, where one student in grade 4-6 will be chosen to represent Greenleaf at the next level of competition in the Board’s Oral Communication Festival.


  • Math Test: Data Management Test on Tuesday.  There are questions relating to data management on Prodigy for students who would like more practice.
  • Next, we will be looking at pencil and paper methods for adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing, and deciding which operation to use in a word problem.
  • We will also be exploring angles and using a protractor.


  • Students will be asked to create a media text that will highlight main ideas of energy conservation ideas that we explored on our trip.
  • Students will have an open book/ duotang science test on Thursday.  The notes students will be using are from work completed in class.

PA Day on Friday, March 2.

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February’s Virtue is Friendliness.

This week:

Monday, February 19: Enjoy Family Day and the long weekend!

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Trip Forms to visit EcoHouse will be given out to students on Tuesday. Please return trip forms and payment (Schools Cash online preferred) by Monday, February 26. We will be visiting on Wednesday February 28.  Cost (including transportation and admission) is $12.  This trip will finish our work about Electricity. Please indicate if you can accompany us on our trip.

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Homework due Friday, February 23. Task: to find a graph related to a topic of interest (google images provides a lot of options!) and make three statements about the graph.  These statements should be about what the data actually shows, by reading the graph. I have shared a google slide with students.  More detailed instructions are in the first three slides, including an example.  We looked at these slides together in class on Friday.  Students without access at home can come in at breaks to complete their homework.

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Please return the white binder portfolio of your child‘s work as well as the report card envelope and signed portion.  


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  • Skating: reminder that students need an approved helmet and mittens or gloves for skating. Some students might like to bring a reusable water bottle with their skating items. We will have lunch when students return.
  • Beavertails will be served for students who ordered.
  • Canada Day: Red and White Day! 
  • Spectator Ads: A newspaper will be sent home on Friday, featuring our class’s winner, and pictures of some or all of the students in our class.  Congratulations to Wyatt, the winner chosen by our client, Attridge.

February’s virtue is Friendliness.






Important Information for this week:

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  • Spring Rolls: order now for $1 on Monday  (online ordering available now!) to celebrate the Chinese New Year. Pre-ordered spring rolls will be delivered on Friday.
  • Beavertails: preorder online to enjoy a cinnamon sugar beavertail on the next Skating Day (Friday, February 23)

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  • Candygrams: on sale for 50 cents, Monday and Tuesday at breaks, to be delivered on Valentine’s Day
  • Valentine’s Day Dance: Wednesday period 5 and 6. Canned food donations appreciated!

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  • Homework Task: plan and write a 2-3 paragraph mini speech related to the Olympics. Students have an instruction sheet with some suggested ideas and success criteria for writing and speaking.  There is a planning sheet on the back.  Students will present to me, individually, in small groups or to the class, depending on their comfort level. Planning: Due Wednesday, Speaking and Writing due Friday.

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  • Pancake Tuesday: We will look at procedural writing on Monday, and use our writing to make pancakes on Tuesday.

  • Report Cards will be sent home Tuesday. Watch for a white binder of your child’s main assessments this term.  Please look through the work, and send back the binder and work. It will be fun to look at our work in June to see growth and progress! Please send back the report card envelope and signed portions of the report card as well.

Curriculum for the next few weeks:


  • Procedural Writing: related to pancakes (writing and reading- following what we wrote!) We began some of this style of writing with electricity experiments.
  • Reading Assessment: we will complete DRA and send home results soon.
  • Oral Communication: speaking. Students will speak about the Olympics (see homework note above). We will practise speaking with effective expression, pacing, emphasis, volume and fluency, as well as writing organized, interesting and coherent speeches for different purposes. We will continue to practise speaking until March Break. Interested students can be considered for the Oral Communications Festival. The school finals will be on March 7. One interested student from our class will speak at the school final.
  • Silver Birch Reading: Interested students can read some of the ten final novels. Students will have an opportunity to vote for the winning novel for this award which is given by student vote. I have school library and public library books available for students in 6A and 6B to borrow until mid April. Students need to have read at least five of the ten books to vote.

Math:  Data Management– delving further into making graphs

  • We will be making a triple bar graph using the results of the electricity survey students completed with you.
  • We will be making line graphs, looking at the temperature of our classroom lately. Students will be deciding if mean, median and mode is appropriate to summarizing the temperature of our room, other classrooms and outside temperatures, according to the Weather Network.
  • looking at graphs and reading the data in the graph

Science: Electricity– looking at

  • Time of Use and energy conservation
  • different ways to create electricity
  •  safety

We enjoyed exploring with hands on activities and the Scientists in Schools workshop. Thanks to Parent Council for funding the workshop!

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This week:

  • Homework due Thursday. Students have a survey to conduct with you about electricity habits that we will use in science and in math; we will create graphs and analyze the results.
  • Ski Trip to Moonstone: Tuesday  There will be classes together for students who are not attending. I will leave work for students who will be with Ms. Urfey’s class on an altered timetable.
  • Spectator Media Ads Competition our deadlines are extended until later this week. I’ll drop them off at the Spectator later this week.
  • Greenleaf Winter Olympics: Friday, Periods 3 and 4.  Students will be outside and need to dress warmly with full waterproof gear for activities in the snow.

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Upcoming: details to follow

  • February 14: Valentine’s Day dance period 5/6
  • February 16: Chinese Spring Rolls
  • February 19: Family Day
  • February 23: Skating, Spirit Day: Canada Day, wear red and white, Beavertails

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January’s virtue is Excellence.

We had a great time skating on Thursday! We’re looking forward to the February and March dates.

This week:

Book donations needed: Please send in by Tuesday any reading books (fiction or non fiction)  appropriate for Kindergarten to grade 8 students that you wish to donate to Greenleaf’s book sale.  Proceeds will go to literacy charity initiatives.

Booksale: Wednesday, January 31 Further details will be provided to students this week.

Thursday, February 1:

  • Pajama Day
  • DEAR: Drop Everything And Read- Students can bring in reading material (e.g. Books, comic books, magazines, gaming manuals, etc) to read on their own or with others.  I’d prefer !non-electronic reading material, unless it’s on Kobo, Kindle, or other e-reader (so for reading only).
  • Hot chocolate and cookies, made by Student Council, will be on sale.
  • Homework due (see below in Language for details)



  • continued work on area, focusing on area of triangles, word problems and EQAO practice problems
  • continued work with averages
  • graphing: bar graphs and line graphs
  • Math quiz on Friday: area of parallelograms and triangles, mean, median, mode, reading graphs

Science: continued investigations with electricity materials (static electricity, bulbs, wires, batteries, buzzers, doorbells- a student favourite…)


  • We will work on our media ads for the Hamilton Spectator, which are due next Monday
  • Students should be reading their “reading buddy book” – a book with multiple copies they chose to read with friends
  • Homework: Due by Thursday, February 1.  I have made many comments on students Biodiversity Reports, which they typed in google docs. Their homework task is to read my comments and make edits and revisions, perhaps even finishing writing and researching further to add more details. Students without access at home to a computer are welcome to arrange time at break to complete their homework- but before Thursday.
  • I’m looking forward to reading the science fiction stories from last week’s homework. Students worked in groups to provide feedback on Thursday afternoon.

January’s virtue is excellence.

Skating: Thursday. Grades 6-8 will skate first, leaving Greenleaf about 9:30 a.m.  We will return about 11.  Students who are skating need approved hockey helmets and mittens or gloves.  Students without both of these items will not be able to skate. Students staying at school will have an altered schedule.

Spectator photographer visit: As part of the Creative Kids Design an Ad competition, a photographer will be at Greenleaf  on Thursday (after skating!) to take pictures of the grade 6 classes at work. Please return the pink photo consent we sent home on Monday. Thanks for the ones already received!

PA Day on Friday!

Homework task this week: Due Thursday, January 25.  Students planned elements of a science fiction story, in small groups or individually.  This week’s homework is to write an important scene from the sci fi story planned. It should contain two sci fi narrative elements:

  • makes predictions about the future
  • contains scientific details that aren’t true yet
  • features alien or artificial/ robotic characters who experience human-like emotions and actions
  • has a message/ theme about the future that is relevant to our lives today

Students have a detailed sheet describing the homework task.  If students finish class work, they are invited to work on the homework writing. I’ve asked them to bring their writing to class, or use google docs for typing.

Math: we didn’t have a math quiz this week, and won’t next week. I’ll give students exit cards related to concepts learned in class. For example, yesterday students completed an exit card about how to find the area of a parallelogram, stapled to class work where the students drew a variety of parallelograms, identified the height and base, and used the formula to calculate the area.

Students will have an exit card next week about finding averages (mean median and mode).

January’s virtue is Excellence.

I hope everyone had a great holiday!

Class reward: Monday The class has earned 15 virtue vouchers, often for virtues of responsibility, respect, self discipline, diligence, and cooperation.  We decided for half an hour at the end of the day Monday, we will enjoy some free time with “electronics,” which could mean phones, class iPads, computers, etc or even just free time without. Students can bring their own devices but they are responsible for them. They can only be used for free time in our class, and students must otherwise follow school rules about devices.  Of course, school appropriate activities allowed!


Skating: Skating forms to be handed in were extended until Friday.  I did give a couple of students forms… if they have not been handed in yet, I suggest they are given directly to Ms. Marion on Monday!

Moonstone Ski Trip: February 6.  Trip forms for interested students will be coming home early in the week. Space is limited, so please return forms and make payment (school cash online is preferred).

Spectator Creative Kids: the grade 6 students will be participating in a “Design an Ad” competition run by the Hamilton Spectator. The winner from each class will be featured in a special insert in February 23rd’s newspaper. Students will get a copy of the Spec to take home. A photo consent form will be sent home this week. The winner’s photograph will be featured with the ad, and a photographer from the Spec will take pictures of the class at work, many of which will be featured in the insert.  Please clearly indicate your consent and return the form.  Students without consent will not be photographed when the photographer visits.

Homework Task: Due Wednesday, January 17. The task is to write a description of someone who is showing excellence and idealism, trying to make a difference in a positive way. The person could be a celebrity, or someone students know, could be found in the newspaper, or related to an issue that students are aware of or care about.  I did tell the students the person should be alive, to focus on positivity happening right now, but I have been convinced that if there is a clear legacy to present day, then perhaps they can focus on someone from the recent past.  Students received a sheet with details of the task, some questions to answer and descriptions of the virtues of excellence and idealism. They will present the person they chose to me and a small group, and hand in writing. They can read their description, or create a short  google slide (3-4 slides) with pictures and information, bring in pictures or a newspaper article etc.



  • Biodiversity: We are finishing the biodiversity report we started in December.  We identified a local or global issue relating to biodiversity to find out more about- some topics related to loss of habitat or food of a species, the effect of an invasive species on an ecosystem, the effect of climate change, pollution or human action on a species, or threats to a species. The goal is to discuss the issue, relate it to the effect on the greater ecosystem, and what people, groups and governments are doing about it, and what actions a concerned person can also take. Students have had time to research, and use feedback and questions from me to further their research.  Some students had very little research before this week, and had two periods to find more.  Any research students would like to do at home should be at school for Monday. This can be printed and highlighted notes, or jot notes.  We will plan and write the reports this week.
  • Electricity: will also be starting electricity this week, with hands on exploration activities. We are appreciative that funds from Parent Council (and your participation in fundraising activities) are covering costs for a hands on Scientists in Schools electricity workshop on February 2.


  • Math help: Tuesdays and Thursdays first break, when students go outside. The goal is to review areas students who attend feel less confident about, and address any gaps students might have that will help achievement in grade 6 curriculum. There can also be time for extra time and practice.  Math help is open to any student who would like to come, and what we do will be decided by who attends that day.
  • Measurement:We have been exploring the relationship between area and perimeter of rectangles and squares. This week, we will also explore how to find the area of parallelograms and triangles.
  • Number Sense: We looked at our averages (mean, median and mode) of a timestable survey that grade 5 students conducted before the holidays. We discussed the differences between the averages, and which one might be more representative. We also discussed that our class averages might be higher than some because we had been practising two or three times a week. We completed a reflection about our individual skills and goals for timestable practice.  Students who don’t know their timestable should continue to work on them at home- math work seems easier and concepts clearer when students are comfortable with timestables! Right now, we are reminded of that with factoring to find dimensions of rectangles for a given area, calculating area, or determining a side length given area and the other dimension.
  • Data Management: We are conducting our own surveys of mean, median and mode, which will continue this week. Looking at our reading logs, we found that our mean number of books read in term 1 was 4.5.  The mode was 2 books, and the median was 2.5 books.


  • Reading: In the first term, many students read 2 books- the 2 science fiction books that students were required to read.  A few students read several of the science fiction books available- as many as 10!
  • “Reading Buddies”:  Students chose a book to read in pairs or a small group, signing out books from the library.
  • Writing: In groups, we will plan science fiction stories, and choose an important scene from the plot to write (eg. The inciting incident, crisis, climax etc)

Please check out the calendar from the link at the top of the page; I’ve updated it school information until March break. I will continue to add information as I receive it.

Students should bring a present from home for the gift exchange tomorrow if they would like to participate.  Gifts should be something students don’t want or need  anymore, but that other students might value… or not!! Gifts for the exchange should be wrapped or at least hidden so others won’t know what it is.

Skating forms are due tomorrow for excursions in January, February and March.

Winter Dance is tomorrow afternoon. Admission is a non perishable food item or a loonie