Wow! That was quite the snowstorm that blew in last weekend. Looks like we’re back to some sunny fall weather for a few days, though! It was a good reminder to be ready for the changing season and most students did have boots, snow pants and mittens to wear.
This week we started our new novel study called, Ticket to Curlew by Celia Barker Lottridge. This story is connected to our study of the history of Alberta and will be an important part of our discussions and learning. As well, we had an opportunity to share some of the information we learned after browsing through our Alberta textbooks last week. For your Secret Blog Question this weekend, tell your parents some of the things you’ve learned about Alberta so far (either from the textbooks, each other or our novel study). Now write 2-3 sentences in your Learning Log about what you shared with your parents about Alberta.
As well, we started a read aloud novel (just for fun!) called Ragweed, by Avi. This is actually a “prequel” to the novel we read last year where we met Poppy, the deer mouse that lived by Dimwood Forest.
We have now learned how to form five letters of the alphabet in handwriting (cursive writing). This seems to be a pretty popular activity for most students. Eventually we will be using our handwriting skills to do our Learning Log each day.
In Math this week, we continued to explore the perimeter of shapes and have now started to explore area. Area measures the space inside a shape. It is usually measured in square units but we were using triangles with our pattern block shapes to determine its area.
We changed desk groups this week so we have a new plant to look after now. In each group, there is one student who researched the needs of the plant so they are now the “expert” and will be teaching the rest of the group how to take care of it. So far, we are pretty proud of our “plant mommies and daddies”!
We ended our week with a class meeting. Students delivered thoughtful compliments and appreciations to each other and took turns making sure all of our invisible buckets were full for the weekend!
Next week we are honoured to welcome Storytellers, Drummers and Dancers from the Indigenous Culture to learn more about the People and Land of Treaty 7 Territory. We will recognize and build on our understanding of the meaning of Orange Shirt Day and begin to develop an appreciation of their history and culture. We encourage students to wear an orange shirt (if they have one) on Wednesday, Oct. 9th and Thursday, Oct. 10th.
- Library on Monday – bring back all books
- Wear orange on Wed. and Thurs. (if you have it)
- Answer the Secret Blog Question in Learning Logs for Monday