Please note that moving forward, we will not be posting in the Blog. Students should be checking the Google Classroom each day. New assignments and announcements will show up in their "stream." They can also check in the side box labelled "upcoming" and it will send them directly to a page with all upcoming tasks. Students should send any questions to teachers via email, as well as check their email each day.
Teachers will send one School Messenger out each week, on Fridays, to update parents about the curriculum content that was covered that week, what is coming up next week, and any other important information.
Please send us any questions you may have to our emails.
Ms. Hynes, email@example.com
Ms. Chow, firstname.lastname@example.org
Inform | Google Meet and Google Classroom
Dear Parents and Students of 5-1 and 5-2,
Yesterday, our principal let you know that the Calgary Board of Education was activating Google Meet and Google Classroom to enable teachers and students to better connect with each other. This email outlines what to expect and how to access these tools.
Please find information and details below in regards to how students can access and use Google Classroom and Google Meet. At this time we are exploring the use of the tool of Google Meet and will roll out more information in regards to this next week.
Accessing Google Classroom for the First Time
We will be using Google Classroom as a learning platform as we continue ongoing learning from home. Below is a brief introduction to Google Classroom and how students in 5-1 and 5-2 can access and use the tool.
Google Classroom is an online platform that enables us to communicate with our students as well as assign and distribute tasks. Google Classroom gives us the ability to work with our students in a safe, manageable, and appropriate way. It will also help students manage their work while learning from home.
Students will access Google Classroom using their CBE G Suite ID (email@example.com). As we begin to use these new teaching and learning tools, we will work with our students and their families to help them understand both the benefits and risks of using online tools.
Accessing Google Meet for the First Time
Google Meet is a video conferencing application that enables us to host and our students to join organized ‘meetings’ in real-time. We can also record meetings and make the recording available to students to view at a later time. We are able to share their screen and guide students through tasks and/or documents and websites they wish to share.
Students will access Google Meet using their CBE Gmail address (firstname.lastname@example.org). As we begin to use these teaching and learning tools, we will work with our students to help them understand both the benefits and risks in using online tools.
Accessing Google Meet or Classroom for the First Time
Google provides excellent resources to help with signing into Google Classroom and joining a class, along with other supports.
To help you navigate Google Classroom today, and in the future, please watch the following video (please note the narrator goes quickly, but you can pause and view numerous times):
Ongoing G Suite Support
Students and Families can find more information and support on the CBE website
Thank you for your support and patience as we all adjust to ongoing learning at a distance. We will keep you informed every step of the way.
Jennifer Chow - email@example.com
Asha Hynes - firstname.lastname@example.org
Good Morning 5-1 and 5-2
Today, please make sure you have completed the Google Form online. The link was posted in yesterday's blog message and also sent to your parents in a school messenger. Please only complete the form once. When you click on the link, you will need to log in with your email@example.com account for Google.
Try to read today for 20 minutes!
Watch for a blog post later today for a video link explaining tools we will be learning with starting tomorrow!
We hope this message reaches you all well. It’s great to be back working with all of the students again, even if it is through a different platform. We hope you have had the chance to read Mr. O’Shaughnessy’s welcome back message. We are including a link to a google form for you and your child to complete as part of our re-connecting and checking-in with you. Please read through the form and answer carefully and honestly by 3pm tomorrow (Tuesday). We will be using this information to better plan for upcoming instruction starting Wednesday. Please note, information for students moving forward will be posted in the blog and students should be checking it in the mornings on a daily basis. At this time, students can connect with us on weekdays through email between 9am and 12pm. We hope to be able to use tools such as Google Hangout as an alternative form of connecting with students, when they have questions, in the near future. Communications from us to parents through school messenger, moving forward, will only be as needed or for weekly curriculum updates (Fridays). This will ensure we do not inundate you with daily emails.
Please click on the following link to complete the google form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScApz4YlkNbooevnTcsVud0yaMT59L0Uuocl_9625ZTIrXFbw/viewform?usp=sf_link
Ms. Chow and Ms. Hynes
- Students worked on their story writing. Many have moved on to their third and fourth paragraph. Students were asked to bring home their story plans and do a "point and talk" with an adult at home. This allows students to talk and walk through their story. Any feedback or questions you can ask your child is great. PLEASE make sure the plans come back to school on Monday
- Students completed an every day edit
- Students worked on their kindess/empathy posters
- Students began work on their visual displays for their invention
- Students continued to conference with the teacher over their story plans. We are almost all done!
- Students had a lesson on using description, action, thoughts and speech (DATS) to expand and add detail to their writing
- Students reviewed new vocabulary. Students learned a new verb and practiced conjugating it.
- Students began to draft sentences with matching images that connect weather and clothing.
- Students had a work period for story writing, drafting their intro and problem paragraph
- Students began working the next episode of the documentary "Canada:The Story of Us" (episode 5). This episode focuses on Confederation, the CPR rail, impacts on Indigenous peoples, gold rush and migrant workers. Students were given a template to take notes in. We will finish the documentary the end of this week or early next week.
- Students continued to confer about their story plan
- Students worked on their movie theatre problem solving task for math
- Students continued to work in their groups on their mosaic plan
- Conference booking opens tomorrow
- Conferences are next Thursday afternoon and evening, Friday all day. Conferences include a 10 minute block to talk to your child's core teachers as well as a student led portion
- Mark your calendars for the camp information meeting April 2nd 5:30. Camp trip dates are May 7-8
- Students were introduced to our 'inventions and innovations from the past' task. Students are working in pairs. Completing research together, while taking their own set of a notes. Working together to create a presentation/sales pitch with a visual. Composing a persuasive paragraph independently. Students began research on the topic of their choice today. They will receive a double block to work on this task tomorrow. The task and rubric is available in the Humanities folder-->Canadian History folder
- Students worked on their story plan. Students shared with peers, participating in a 'point-and-talk.' Story plans are due tomorrow as students will be conferencing with the teacher tomorrow.
- Students were provided a lesson related to their story writing about how to develop and signal the problem to the reader as well as "move along" vocabulary and phrases that will help them move their plot along and show passage of time.
- Students began to work on a math problem related to division.
- Students are working on their group mosaic task; selecting an image and beginning to plan.
- Registration for conferences opens on March 12
- Conferences are next Thursday afternoon and evening, and Friday during the day. Next Thursday we will run the time table like a Friday, therefore it is early dismissal for students.
- March Break is March 23-27
- We reviewed how to write a 'hook.' Students drafted 3 different hooks, shared with peers and got feedback. Students then began to draft their introduction for their story.
- Students completed an Every Day Edit (mark will be posted in powerschool)
- We finished off our discussion about online safety related to friendships and disclosing information
- Students worked on their empathy and kindness posters
- Kamp Kiwanis information meeting April 2nd at 5:30 in the gym at West Ridge School. Camp date is May 7-8. Meeting is mandatory for grade 5 parent/guardian.
- Marks have been updated in Powerschool for: lost animal poster, festival du voyageur, recent reading response this week, confederation task this week.
- Spring photos coming home today. Orders are online only and need to be submitted by March 16th
- Students took up their Confederation page homework and handed it in
- Students had a short lesson on writing a 'hook' to grab the reader's attention
- Students had time to plan their writing in a storyboard plan
- Tomorrow students will be writing their hook and introductory paragraph for their story
- Students finished the comprehension questions for the short story 'Grelot le chat,' we then took up the work.
- Students reviewed weather vocabulary.
- Students had their final period to collect information for their historical fiction book project topic
- Students finished conferencing with the teacher about their setting, main character, problem and solution for their story
- Students learned about story elements and how to plan out a story in a story board
- Students had time to finish off their work about confederation. This is homework due tomorrow. Students access the texbook via Google Drive-->WR Humanities 2019-2020 Folder-->Voices of Canada-->Building Canada chapter, pages 223, 226-229, 232-235.
- Students finished watching the documentary Canada: This is Us, episode 4 which looks at the year leading up to confederation, including the creation of steam power and its use with boats and trains, the creation and building of the Welland Canal and Victoria bridge, the building of the telegraph line and the evolution of the newspaper and role of women in the media.
- Students participated in a book discussion and questioning. The book we read was "The Stamp Collector." Students thinking was provoked in a variety of ways including the power of words and the treatment of others around the world.As well as discussion, students also completed a reading response in relation to a wonder/deep thinking question.
- Students had a chance to work on the confederation work from the textbook from yesterday.
- Students turned in their Festival du Voyageur projects. Some students gave their presentations.
- Students, with guidance, read a short story, "Grelot le chat" and answered comprehension questions.
- Students spent time conferencing with the teacher regarding their ideas for character, setting, problem in their story
- Students had time to find details and specifics in information still missing from their notes for their book project topic
- Students used the textbook to begin to understand the process of confederation and the key players involved. Students will have time to finish this work tomorrow.
- Students began to view a documentary from CBC (Canada: The Story of Us, episode 4)
- Students used a story structure plan we explored last week to do a "point and talk" to share some of their ideas for their story with a peer
- Festival du Voyageur assignment is due tomorrow
- Students had time to document their thinking related to setting for the book project and historical event, as well as continue with information gathering
- Students participated in discussion around story elements, as well as dissecting a story
- Students participated in viewing of short video clips and discussions related to empathy, kindness and inclusiveness. We will continue this later in the year during health blocks as well.
- Field trip to Military Museum tomorrow. A reminder to have a water bottle, lunch and snack. Those who ordered special lunch can pick it up from the office at the end of the day.
- Students participated in deep discussions, questioning and reflections related to a text shared as a class today.
- Students practiced their skills with spelling and plurals, as a review from yesterday's lesson.
- Students had a final work block for festival du voyageur and lost animal assignments. Lost animal poster is due Friday. Festival du Voyageur assignment is due Tuesday.
- Tomorrow is Pink Shirt Day
- Field Trip Thursday-cancel your special lunch order or have your child pick it up from the office at the end of the day.
- Students had a block to work on research for their historical fiction book project. While working on research, students met one-on-one with the teacher to discuss the process and begin to think about character perspective and plot ideas.
- Students reviewed plural spelling rules and created an anchor chart. This can also be found in the Humanities google drive, writing tools sub folder
- Some students still need to complete and turn in their homophone poster
- Students had time to finish their math assessment and then silent read.
- Tomorrow is spring photo day
- Wednesday is Pink Shirt Day
- Please pay your fees online for our field trip this Thursday. If you have not paid yet you have been sent an email reminder today.
- Students read an article, written for their grade level, about the recent forest fires in Australia. Students then responded to questions related to the article.
- Students completed an every day exit
- A reminder that research for their historical fiction is NOT homework
- Students looked at safe interactions online as part of our ongoing focus on digital citizenship
- Please return field trip forms. Fees are now posted in Power School and can be paid online.
- Students worked on their research for their historical fiction writing project. Students will continue to work on this in the coming weeks.
- Students worked on their homophone anchor chart. It is due Monday.
- Students worked on their Festival du Voyageur
- Please return field trip forms as soon as possible. Fees for the trip have been posted to your MyCBE account.
- Students had work periods for their research for their historical fiction writing project and for their homophone anchor chart/poster.
- Students listened to a historical fiction picture book and broke down the problem, setting and facts that arose in the story.
- Please return field trip forms as soon as possible.
- Students had the opportunity to access the the textbook, nonfiction books and the internet (using online resources from Learn Alberta) to begin researching for the event they are focusing on for their historical fiction writing project.
- Students began a small assignment focusing on proper word use when encountering homophones. Students have chosen a pair of homophones and will be creating an anchor chart/poster that includes the words, meaning, sentence where it is properly used and a visual. Students will have time to work on it on Wednesday and Thursday. It will be due on Monday.
- Students worked on their Festival during Voyager assignment today in class. They will receive another work block on Thursday.
- Students are coming home with a field trip form for the military museum. We will be going on Thursday February 27. Each class can only take two volunteers. Volunteers must have already completed their police security clearance. Please check with the office in regards to the status of youe clearance. Please return field trip forms as soon as possible.