Here is what we'll be doing in the month of September... Agendas Please note that student agendas will only be used for homework tracking and organization. If you need to share information about your child that is private or personal, please ensure that you write a note on a separate paper, that you call the school and leave a message, or that you send an email containing the particular details. I will endeavour to get back to you the same school day.
Reminders This year, we are going to be trying the Remind App https://www.remind.com/. Parents are encouraged to sign up via remind.com/join/mj6a. The Remind App will be used for reminders relating to homework and upcoming events in the classroom.
Homework Students will have homework. While time is given for work completion in class, unfinished work will be assigned for homework. Students are also expected to read for 20 minutes daily.
At Home Reading and Book Reports Each month, students will be assigned a book report topic. Students will be required to read 30 minutes daily, and to complete a book report on a text of their choosing. Topics will be posted in the homework section. While time will be given for independent reading in class, it is strongly recommended that students read daily for homework.
English We will be exploring the complex concept of culture and what it means to us as individuals, as a community, and as a country. Students will develop a working definition of culture and will then use this as a framework for the classroom culture that they would like to develop this year. To further their studies, students will also be exploring their own cultural backgrounds and personal histories in an effort to determine how culture gives people a sense of who they are. Students will present their findings in a biographical format (written) and will create an oral presentation which will be shared with the class.
French In French, we will be exploring culture within a French context - how culture is expressed in French-speaking communities in eastern, western, and northern Canada; and how aspects of French-Canadian culture contribute to French culture and to la Francophonie around the world.
Math We will be starting our math studies with data management. Students will be exploring how to collect data by conducting a survey or an experiment and how to organize/display data in charts, tables, and graphs. Students will be working with a variety of graph types including pictographs, horizontal or vertical bar graphs, stem-and-leaf plots, double bar graphs, broken-line graphs, and continuous line graphs. From there, we will be jumping into some geometry, looking at how to estimate, measure, and record length and area using the metric measurement system. Using math vocabulary and looking at real-life situations, students will select and justify the appropriate unit of measure for a given problem. Students will also construct a rectangle, a square, a triangle, and a parallelogram, using a variety of tools, given the area and/or perimeter.
Science We will be kicking off our science studies by looking at biodiversity among species of plants and animals. Students will be exploring the distinguishing characteristics of different groups of plants and animals and how plants and animals are classified. Students will be exploring the ways in which biodiversity within species is important for maintaining the resilience of those species as well as their communities. Students will be exploring the interrelationships within and between species and their environment. Students will be creating a brochure (and associated presentation) explaining how an invasive species reduces biodiversity in local environments.
Art Students will be exploring a variety of French Canadian artists and their contributions to the Canadian and International art community. Students will create presentations on an artist of specific interest to them, and will recreate art fashioned after the work of the artist being studied.