Last week was very busy with our Indigenous residency and we continued to discuss our learning and document our thoughts in our Creative Journal. This has been a great experience that we will come back to over and over again as we begin to have a better understanding of Alberta’s history.
A big focus for us this week has been on building the skills needed for writing personal responses. A good written response to a novel can really help teachers to know the level and depth of students’ comprehension skills. We provided an example of a well written response paragraph for Chapter 2 of our novel Ticket to Curlew. After reading Chapter 3, partnerships were given a full three paragraph response with each of the sentences on a separate strip of paper. Their job was to put all of the ideas back together in a sequence that made sense – each paragraph including a topic sentence from the novel, a personal connection and supporting details. This was an excellent activity to help develop an awareness of the importance of clearly organizing their ideas when writing.
We had another opportunity to spend time with our grade 2 buddies this week – this time we taught them two Power of Ten card games to help them develop their number sense, basic facts and understanding of what numbers add to ten.
In Math this week, we focused more on standard units for measuring area. We calculated the area of a variety of rectangles, squares and more irregular shapes using square units (mostly centimeters). We continue to challenge our thinking by using measurement skills to solve problems. For your Secret Blog question this weekend, answer the following question in your Learning Log. If a piece of paper has a width of 5cm and a length of 8cm. what would the perimeter AND the area of the piece of paper be? Draw a picture, label the sides and calculate the area and perimeter for this piece of paper. For a challenge question, write the multiplication fact that helps you calculate the area of the paper.
Finally, we completed a “beginning of grade 4” writing sample using a picture prompt as inspiration. Students had an opportunity to discuss ideas in a group of 3 or 4, plan out the events and then had 60 minutes to write a complete story based on the picture. This will be a good beginning sample as we continue to develop our writing skills throughout the year.
Ms. Coutts and Mrs. Lake’s classes have been busy preparing to host the Remembrance Day Assembly on Friday, November 8th. This is an important Leadership opportunity for all of our students as they will be responsible for being Masters of Ceremony (MCs), learning songs, playing instruments and setting the tone of respect for the rest of our younger audience members and family members who may be in attendance. We will be sending more information home about our assembly in future blogs.
- Library on Monday – return all library books
- Answer the Secret Blog Question in Learning Logs