The week ahead for May 30 – June 3

Bonjour tout le monde! Greetings parents and guardians!
I hope everyone had a great weekend with their families.

This week, please make note of the following scheduled activity:

  • Jump Rope for Heart kicks off on Monday
  • Pride Week activities all week
  • Popcorn Day on Tuesday
  • Métis learning session on Tuesday morning
This week in Div. 1 we continue to focus on the core competencies of “communication”, “critical thinking”, creative thinking” and “personal awareness and responsibility“. We will be doing this through various activities in class, the continuation of our self-reflections journaling, and mindfulness exercises in the forest.

Communication:
1. Connecting and engaging with others
2. Acquiring and presenting information

Critical Thinking:
1.Analyzing and critiquing

Creative Thinking:
1. Novelty and value
2. Generating ideas
3. Developing ideas

Personal Awareness & Responsibility:
1. Self-determination
2. Self-regulation
3. Well-being

French Language Arts

  • French Community Circle.
  • Reading of French text.
  • Listening to French legends and fairy tales in preparation of French creative story writing projects.
    • Continued writing drafts of personal legends in French – focusing on proper paragraphing, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Weekly practice of ‘Mots de Haute Fréquence’ – High frequency words in French.

English Language Arts

  • Reading of English text. Students have chosen an English literature circle novel and will be focusing on connections with what they have read.  Please see note below.
  • Building on making connections with text.  Students share their connections of chosen text with either a Text-Self, Text-Text, or Text-World connection.
  • Listening to Greek myths in preparation of English creative story writing projects.
    • Students complete their first drafts of their own creative Greek myth – – focusing on proper paragraphing, spelling, and punctuation.

Math

  • We complete our study of PEDMAS – using the correct order of operations when solving math questions.
    • PEDMAS – Parenthèses-Exposants-Division-Multiplication-Addition-Soustraction
  • Final unit test on Monday
Math Big Idea: Computational fluency and flexibility with numbers extend to operations with larger multi-digit numbers.
Skills:
Reasoning and analyzing
Develop mental math strategies and abilities to make sense of quantities

Understanding and solving
Develop, demonstrate, and apply mathematical understanding through play, inquiry, and problem solving
Visualize to explore mathematical concepts
Develop and use multiple strategies to engage in problem solving

Communicating and representing
Communicate mathematical thinking in many ways
Use mathematical vocabulary and language to contribute to mathematical discussions
Explain and justify mathematical ideas and decisions
Represent mathematical ideas in concrete, pictorial, and symbolic forms

Connecting and reflecting
Reflect on mathematical thinking
Connect mathematical concepts to each other and to other areas and personal interests

Science

  • We complete our study of How the Earth and its climate have changed over geological time.  Students are watching an excellent YouTube video that chronicles how the earth’s surface has changed over time.

PE

  • We will play a variety of outdoor group games – weather permitting!

That is essentially the week ahead in Division 1.  Please don’t hesitate to contact Grant or Sam by email if you have any questions and I hope everyone has a great week with their families!

The week ahead for May 24 – May 27

Bonjour tout le monde! Greetings parents and guardians!
I hope everyone had a great weekend with their families.

This week, please make note of the following scheduled activity:

  • Popcorn Day on Tuesday
  • Hot Lunch day on Tuesday
  • School Track meet on Wednesday at Chesterfield Track
  • Class Photos on Friday
This week in Div. 1 we continue to focus on the core competencies of “communication”, “critical thinking”, creative thinking” and “personal awareness and responsibility“. We will be doing this through various activities in class, the continuation of our self-reflections journaling, and mindfulness exercises in the forest.

Communication:
1. Connecting and engaging with others
2. Acquiring and presenting information

Critical Thinking:
1.Analyzing and critiquing

Creative Thinking:
1. Novelty and value
2. Generating ideas
3. Developing ideas

Personal Awareness & Responsibility:
1. Self-determination
2. Self-regulation
3. Well-being

French Language Arts

  • French Community Circle.
  • Reading of French text.
  • Listening to French legends and fairy tales in preparation of French creative story writing projects.
    • Writing first drafts of personal legends in French – focusing on proper paragraphing, spelling, and punctuation.
  • Weekly practice of ‘Mots de Haute Fréquence’ – High frequency words in French.

English Language Arts

  • Reading of English text. Students have chosen an English literature circle novel and will be focusing on connections with what they have read.  Please see note below.
  • Building on making connections with text.  Students share their connections of chosen text with either a Text-Self, Text-Text, or Text-World connection.
  • Listening to Greek myths in preparation of English creative story writing projects.
    • Students will be begin their first drafts of their own creative Greek myth – – focusing on proper paragraphing, spelling, and punctuation.

Math

  • We continue our study of PEDMAS – using the correct order of operations when solving math questions.
    • PEDMAS – Parenthèses-Exposants-Division-Multiplication-Addition-Soustraction
Math Big Idea: Computational fluency and flexibility with numbers extend to operations with larger multi-digit numbers.
Skills:
Reasoning and analyzing
Develop mental math strategies and abilities to make sense of quantities

Understanding and solving
Develop, demonstrate, and apply mathematical understanding through play, inquiry, and problem solving
Visualize to explore mathematical concepts
Develop and use multiple strategies to engage in problem solving

Communicating and representing
Communicate mathematical thinking in many ways
Use mathematical vocabulary and language to contribute to mathematical discussions
Explain and justify mathematical ideas and decisions
Represent mathematical ideas in concrete, pictorial, and symbolic forms

Connecting and reflecting
Reflect on mathematical thinking
Connect mathematical concepts to each other and to other areas and personal interests

Science

  • We continue our study of How the Earth and its climate have changed over geological time.  Students are watching an excellent YouTube video that chronicles how the earth’s surface has changed over time.

PE

  • We continue our practice of track and field events in preparation for the school wide track meet on May 25.

That is essentially the week ahead in Division 1.  Please don’t hesitate to contact Grant or Sam by email if you have any questions and I hope everyone has a great week with their families!

The week ahead for May 2 – May 6

Bonjour tout le monde! Greetings parents and guardians!
I hope everyone had a great weekend with their families.

This week, please make note of the following scheduled activity:

  • Popcorn Day on Tuesday
  • Hot Dog hot lunch on Wednesday (Grade 7 students helping with preparation and distribution)
  • Young Entrepreneurs day on Thursday (please see additional email sent)
  • Pro-D day on Friday (school not in session)
This week in Div. 1 we continue to focus on the core competencies of “communication”, “critical thinking”, creative thinking” and “personal awareness and responsibility“. We will be doing this through various activities in class, the continuation of our self-reflections journaling, and mindfulness exercises in the forest.

Communication:
1. Connecting and engaging with others
2. Acquiring and presenting information

Critical Thinking:
1.Analyzing and critiquing

Creative Thinking:
1. Novelty and value
2. Generating ideas
3. Developing ideas

Personal Awareness & Responsibility:
1. Self-determination
2. Self-regulation
3. Well-being

French Language Arts

  • French Community Circle.
  • Reading of French text.
  • Listening to French legends and fairy tales in preparation of French creative story writing projects.
  • Writing first drafts of personal legends in French – focusing on proper paragraphing, spelling, and punctuation.
  • We continue our playing of the game ‘Verbathon’ to improve awareness of French verb conjugation in the present tense.
  • Weekly practice of ‘Mots de Haute Fréquence’ – High frequency words in French.

English Language Arts

  • Reading of English text. Students have chosen an English literature circle novel and will be focusing on connections with what they have read.  Please see note below.
  • Building on making connections with text.  Students share their connections of chosen text with either a Text-Self, Text-Text, or Text-World connection.
  • We continue our weekly study of Words Their Way.  This is an excellent program that requires students to sort words into sound groups according to vowel and consonant sounds.  Each week, students receive a new set of words to sort and explore during the week.  Students will be tested on their understanding every Friday.  The weekly words can be found at the website link www.spellingcity.com/gmellems.
  • Listening to Greek myths in preparation of English creative story writing projects.

Math

  • We continue to review multiplication facts 2 – 12
  • We complete our study of positive and negative integers and the operations with integers – addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
Math Big Idea: Computational fluency and flexibility with numbers extend to operations with larger multi-digit numbers.
Skills:
Reasoning and analyzing
Develop mental math strategies and abilities to make sense of quantities

Understanding and solving
Develop, demonstrate, and apply mathematical understanding through play, inquiry, and problem solving
Visualize to explore mathematical concepts
Develop and use multiple strategies to engage in problem solving

Communicating and representing
Communicate mathematical thinking in many ways
Use mathematical vocabulary and language to contribute to mathematical discussions
Explain and justify mathematical ideas and decisions
Represent mathematical ideas in concrete, pictorial, and symbolic forms

Connecting and reflecting
Reflect on mathematical thinking
Connect mathematical concepts to each other and to other areas and personal interests

Science

  • We continue our study of How the Earth and its climate have changed over geological time.  Students are watching an excellent YouTube video that chronicles how the earth’s surface has changed over time.

PE

  • We continue our practice of track and field events in preparation for the school wide track meet on May 25.

That is essentially the week ahead in Division 1.  Please don’t hesitate to contact Grant or Sam by email if you have any questions and I hope everyone has a great week with their families!

The week ahead for April 4 – April 8

Bonjour tout le monde! Greetings parents and guardians!
I hope everyone had a great weekend with their families.

This week, please make note of the following scheduled activity:

  • Popcorn Day on Tuesday
This week in Div. 1 we continue to focus on the core competencies of “communication”, “critical thinking”, creative thinking” and “personal awareness and responsibility“. We will be doing this through various activities in class, the continuation of our self-reflections journaling, and mindfulness exercises in the forest.

Communication:
1. Connecting and engaging with others
2. Acquiring and presenting information

Critical Thinking:
1.Analyzing and critiquing

Creative Thinking:
1. Novelty and value
2. Generating ideas
3. Developing ideas

Personal Awareness & Responsibility:
1. Self-determination
2. Self-regulation
3. Well-being

French Language Arts

  • French Community Circle
  • Daily reading of French text
  • Listening to the book ‘Cheval de Guerre’ read in French by Grant.
  • We continue our playing of the game ‘Verbathon’ to improve awareness of French verb conjugation in the present tense
  • Weekly practice of ‘Mots de Haute Fréquence’ – High frequency words in French.
  • Students continue their research and writing of their “Concours d’Art Oratoire’ speech.

English Language Arts

  • Reading of English text. Students have chosen an English literature circle novel and will be focusing on connections with what they have read.  Please see note below.
  • Building on making connections with text.  Students share their connections of chosen text with either a Text-Self, Text-Text, or Text-World connection.
  • We continue our weekly study of Words Their Way.  This is an excellent program that requires students to sort words into sound groups according to vowel and consonant sounds.  Each week, students receive a new set of words to sort and explore during the week.  Students will be tested on their understanding every Friday.  The weekly words can be found at the website link www.spellingcity.com/gmellems.

Math

  • We continue to review multiplication facts 2 – 12
  • We continue our study of converting fractions to decimals, multiplying decimals with degrees of a circle, measuring degrees of a circle using a protractor, and graphing information on a circle graph.
Math Big Idea: Computational fluency and flexibility with numbers extend to operations with larger multi-digit numbers.
Skills:
Reasoning and analyzing
Develop mental math strategies and abilities to make sense of quantities

Understanding and solving
Develop, demonstrate, and apply mathematical understanding through play, inquiry, and problem solving
Visualize to explore mathematical concepts
Develop and use multiple strategies to engage in problem solving

Communicating and representing
Communicate mathematical thinking in many ways
Use mathematical vocabulary and language to contribute to mathematical discussions
Explain and justify mathematical ideas and decisions
Represent mathematical ideas in concrete, pictorial, and symbolic forms

Connecting and reflecting
Reflect on mathematical thinking
Connect mathematical concepts to each other and to other areas and personal interests

Science

  • We continue our study of How the Earth and its climate have changed over geological time.  Students are watching an excellent YouTube video that chronicles how the earth’s surface has changed over time.

PE

  • We continue group games in PE.  Weather permitting, we will be playing the majority of our games outside for the rest of the year.

That is essentially the week ahead in Division 1.  Please don’t hesitate to contact Grant or Sam by email if you have any questions and I hope everyone has a great week with their families!

The week ahead for March 7 – March 11

Bonjour tout le monde! Greetings parents and guardians!
I hope everyone had a great weekend with their families.

This week, please make note of the following scheduled activity:

  • Division 1 skating on Tuesday afternoon
  • Popcorn Day on Tuesday
  • Drama Challenge finals on Thursday
This week in Div. 1 we continue to focus on the core competencies of “communication”, “critical thinking”, creative thinking” and “personal awareness and responsibility“. We will be doing this through various activities in class, the continuation of our self-reflections journaling, and mindfulness exercises in the forest.

Communication:
1. Connecting and engaging with others
2. Acquiring and presenting information

Critical Thinking:
1.Analyzing and critiquing

Creative Thinking:
1. Novelty and value
2. Generating ideas
3. Developing ideas

Personal Awareness & Responsibility:
1. Self-determination
2. Self-regulation
3. Well-being

French Language Arts

  • French Community Circle
  • Daily reading of French text
  • Listening to the book ‘Cheval de Guerre’ read in French by Grant.
  • We continue our playing of the game ‘Verbathon’ to improve awareness of French verb conjugation in the present tense
  • Weekly practice of ‘Mots de Haute Fréquence’ – High frequency words in French.
  • Students continue their research and writing of their “Concours d’Art Oratoire’ speech.

English Language Arts

  • Reading of English text
  • Building on making connections with text.  Students share their connections of chosen text with either a Text-Self, Text-Text, or Text-World connection.
  • We continue our weekly study of Words Their Way.  This is an excellent program that requires students to sort words into sound groups according to vowel and consonant sounds.  Each week, students receive a new set of words to sort and explore during the week.  Students will be tested on their understanding every Friday.  The weekly words can be found at the website link www.spellingcity.com/gmellems.
  • We continue our practice of writing persuasive essays in English.

Math

  • We continue to review multiplication facts 2 – 12
  • We complete our study of decimal operations.  This week, we will review all of the decimal operations studied over the past number of weeks.  The final test of decimal operations will be on Thursday.
Math Big Idea: Computational fluency and flexibility with numbers extend to operations with larger multi-digit numbers.
Skills:
Reasoning and analyzing
Develop mental math strategies and abilities to make sense of quantities

Understanding and solving
Develop, demonstrate, and apply mathematical understanding through play, inquiry, and problem solving
Visualize to explore mathematical concepts
Develop and use multiple strategies to engage in problem solving

Communicating and representing
Communicate mathematical thinking in many ways
Use mathematical vocabulary and language to contribute to mathematical discussions
Explain and justify mathematical ideas and decisions
Represent mathematical ideas in concrete, pictorial, and symbolic forms

Connecting and reflecting
Reflect on mathematical thinking
Connect mathematical concepts to each other and to other areas and personal interests

Socials

  • This week, we complete our study of Ancient Civilizations and how geography influenced the emergence of these civilizations.  Students complete writing their research report written in French.

Science

  • Last week, students presented their inquiry projects on the science topic of their choice.  This week, students will complete their presentations in consultation with Sam or through video submission.

PE

  • We continue wrestling games in PE.

Drama

  • Last week, on Friday, students gathered in groups of 4-5 to create drama skits on the theme ‘Camping Disasters’.  On Monday, we will be judging the skits students presented and two skits will be chosen to compete at the school Drama Challenge on Thursday afternoon.

That is essentially the week ahead in Division 1.  Please don’t hesitate to contact Grant or Sam by email if you have any questions and I hope everyone has a great week with their families!

The week ahead for February 28 – March 4

Bonjour tout le monde! Greetings parents and guardians!
I hope everyone had a great weekend with their families.

This week, please make note of the following scheduled activity:

  • Division 1 skating on Monday afternoon
  • Popcorn Day on Tuesday
This week in Div. 1 we continue to focus on the core competencies of “communication”, “critical thinking”, creative thinking” and “personal awareness and responsibility“. We will be doing this through various activities in class, the continuation of our self-reflections journaling, and mindfulness exercises in the forest.

Communication:
1. Connecting and engaging with others
2. Acquiring and presenting information

Critical Thinking:
1.Analyzing and critiquing

Creative Thinking:
1. Novelty and value
2. Generating ideas
3. Developing ideas

Personal Awareness & Responsibility:
1. Self-determination
2. Self-regulation
3. Well-being

French Language Arts

  • French Community Circle
  • Daily reading of French text
  • Listening to the book ‘Cheval de Guerre’ read in French by Grant.
  • We continue our playing of the game ‘Verbathon’ to improve awareness of French verb conjugation in the present tense
  • Weekly practice of ‘Mots de Haute Fréquence’ – High frequency words in French.
  • Students begin their research and writing of their “Concours d’Art Oratoire’ speech.

English Language Arts

  • Reading of English text
  • Building on making connections with text.  Students share their connections of chosen text with either a Text-Self, Text-Text, or Text-World connection.
  • We continue our weekly study of Words Their Way.  This is an excellent program that requires students to sort words into sound groups according to vowel and consonant sounds.  Each week, students receive a new set of words to sort and explore during the week.  Students will be tested on their understanding every Friday.  The weekly words can be found at the website link www.spellingcity.com/gmellems.
  • We begin our practice of writing persuasive essays in English.

Math

  • We continue to review multiplication facts 2 – 12
  • We continue our study of decimal operations.  This week, we continue to look at the division of decimals with remainder.
Math Big Idea: Computational fluency and flexibility with numbers extend to operations with larger multi-digit numbers.
Skills:
Reasoning and analyzing
Develop mental math strategies and abilities to make sense of quantities

Understanding and solving
Develop, demonstrate, and apply mathematical understanding through play, inquiry, and problem solving
Visualize to explore mathematical concepts
Develop and use multiple strategies to engage in problem solving

Communicating and representing
Communicate mathematical thinking in many ways
Use mathematical vocabulary and language to contribute to mathematical discussions
Explain and justify mathematical ideas and decisions
Represent mathematical ideas in concrete, pictorial, and symbolic forms

Connecting and reflecting
Reflect on mathematical thinking
Connect mathematical concepts to each other and to other areas and personal interests

Socials

  • This week, we continue our study of Ancient Civilizations and how geography influenced the emergence of these civilizations.  Students continue writing their research report written in French.

PE

  • We begin wrestling games in PE.

That is essentially the week ahead in Division 1.  Please don’t hesitate to contact Grant or Sam by email if you have any questions and I hope everyone has a great week with their families!

The week ahead for February 7 – February 11

Bonjour tout le monde! Greetings parents and guardians!
I hope everyone had a great weekend with their families.

This week, please make note of the following scheduled activity:

  • Popcorn Day on Tuesday
This week in Div. 1 we continue to focus on the core competencies of “communication”, “critical thinking”, creative thinking” and “personal awareness and responsibility“. We will be doing this through various activities in class, the continuation of our self-reflections journaling, and mindfulness exercises in the forest.

Communication:
1. Connecting and engaging with others
2. Acquiring and presenting information

Critical Thinking:
1.Analyzing and critiquing

Creative Thinking:
1. Novelty and value
2. Generating ideas
3. Developing ideas

Personal Awareness & Responsibility:
1. Self-determination
2. Self-regulation
3. Well-being

French Language Arts

  • French Community Circle
  • Daily reading of French text
  • Listening to the book ‘Cheval de Guerre’ read in French by Grant.
  • We continue our playing of the game ‘Verbathon’ to improve awareness of French verb conjugation in the present tense
  • Weekly practice of ‘Mots de Haute Fréquence’ – High frequency words in French.

English Language Arts

  • Reading of English text
  • Building on making connections with text.  Students share their connections of chosen text with either a Text-Self, Text-Text, or Text-World connection.
  • We continue our weekly study of Words Their Way.  This is an excellent program that requires students to sort words into sound groups according to vowel and consonant sounds.  Each week, students receive a new set of words to sort and explore during the week.  Students will be tested on their understanding every Friday.  The weekly words can be found at the website link www.spellingcity.com/gmellems.

Math

  • We continue to review multiplication facts 2 – 12
  • We continue our study of decimal operations.  This week, we will look at the division of decimals.
Math Big Idea: Computational fluency and flexibility with numbers extend to operations with larger multi-digit numbers.
Skills:
Reasoning and analyzing
Develop mental math strategies and abilities to make sense of quantities

Understanding and solving
Develop, demonstrate, and apply mathematical understanding through play, inquiry, and problem solving
Visualize to explore mathematical concepts
Develop and use multiple strategies to engage in problem solving

Communicating and representing
Communicate mathematical thinking in many ways
Use mathematical vocabulary and language to contribute to mathematical discussions
Explain and justify mathematical ideas and decisions
Represent mathematical ideas in concrete, pictorial, and symbolic forms

Connecting and reflecting
Reflect on mathematical thinking
Connect mathematical concepts to each other and to other areas and personal interests

Socials

  • This week, we continue our study of Ancient Civilizations and how geography influenced the emergence of these civilizations.  Students will select a civilization of their choice and begin a research report written in French.

PE

  • We continue playing lacrosse under the guidance of Naomi Wallsner in gym.

That is essentially the week ahead in Division 1.  Please don’t hesitate to contact Grant or Sam by email if you have any questions and I hope everyone has a great week with their families!

The week ahead for January 31 – February 4

Bonjour tout le monde! Greetings parents and guardians!
I hope everyone had a great weekend with their families.

This week, please make note of the following scheduled activity:

  • Popcorn Day on Tuesday
  • Visits by Indigenous Elder Harvey George on Thursday afternoon by Zoom
This week in Div. 1 we continue to focus on the core competencies of “communication”, “critical thinking”, creative thinking” and “personal awareness and responsibility“. We will be doing this through various activities in class, the continuation of our self-reflections journaling, and mindfulness exercises in the forest.

Communication:
1. Connecting and engaging with others
2. Acquiring and presenting information

Critical Thinking:
1.Analyzing and critiquing

Creative Thinking:
1. Novelty and value
2. Generating ideas
3. Developing ideas

Personal Awareness & Responsibility:
1. Self-determination
2. Self-regulation
3. Well-being

French Language Arts

  • French Community Circle oral discussions with a focus on Powerful Questions
  • Daily reading of French text
  • Listening to the book ‘Winn Dixie’ read in French by Grant and followed by each student reading their own copy of the book in French.
  • We continue our playing of the game ‘Verbathon’ to improve awareness of French verb conjugation in the present tense
  • Weekly practice of ‘Mots de Haute Fréquence’ – High frequency words in French.

English Language Arts

  • Reading of English text
  • Building on making connections with text.  Students share their connections of chosen text with either a Text-Self, Text-Text, or Text-World connection.
  • We continue our weekly study of Words Their Way.  This is an excellent program that requires students to sort words into sound groups according to vowel and consonant sounds.  Each week, students receive a new set of words to sort and explore during the week.  Students will be tested on their understanding every Friday.  The weekly words can be found at the website link www.spellingcity.com/gmellems.

Math

  • We continue to review multiplication facts 2 – 12
  • We continue our study of decimal operations.  This week, we will look at the multiplication of decimals.
Math Big Idea: Computational fluency and flexibility with numbers extend to operations with larger multi-digit numbers.
Skills:
Reasoning and analyzing
Develop mental math strategies and abilities to make sense of quantities

Understanding and solving
Develop, demonstrate, and apply mathematical understanding through play, inquiry, and problem solving
Visualize to explore mathematical concepts
Develop and use multiple strategies to engage in problem solving

Communicating and representing
Communicate mathematical thinking in many ways
Use mathematical vocabulary and language to contribute to mathematical discussions
Explain and justify mathematical ideas and decisions
Represent mathematical ideas in concrete, pictorial, and symbolic forms

Connecting and reflecting
Reflect on mathematical thinking
Connect mathematical concepts to each other and to other areas and personal interests

Socials

  • This week, we begin our study of Ancient Civilizations and how geography influenced the emergence of these civilizations.  Students will select a civilization of their choice and begin a research report written in French.

PE

  • We begin playing a variety of group games in gym.

That is essentially the week ahead in Division 1.  Please don’t hesitate to contact Grant or Sam by email if you have any questions and I hope everyone has a great week with their families!

The week ahead for January 24 – January 28

Bonjour tout le monde! Greetings parents and guardians!
I hope everyone had a great weekend with their families.

This week, please make note of the following scheduled activity:

  • Popcorn Day on Tuesday
  • Visits by Indigenous Elder Harvey George on Thursday afternoon by Zoom
This week in Div. 1 we continue to focus on the core competencies of “communication”, “critical thinking”, creative thinking” and “personal awareness and responsibility“. We will be doing this through various activities in class, the continuation of our self-reflections journaling, and mindfulness exercises in the forest.

Communication:
1. Connecting and engaging with others
2. Acquiring and presenting information

Critical Thinking:
1.Analyzing and critiquing

Creative Thinking:
1. Novelty and value
2. Generating ideas
3. Developing ideas

Personal Awareness & Responsibility:
1. Self-determination
2. Self-regulation
3. Well-being

French Language Arts

  • French Community Circle oral discussions with a focus on Powerful Questions
  • Daily reading of French text
  • Listening to the book ‘Winn Dixie’ read in French by Grant and followed by each student reading their own copy of the book in French.
  • We continue our playing of the game ‘Verbathon’ to improve awareness of French verb conjugation in the present tense
  • Weekly practice of ‘Mots de Haute Fréquence’ – High frequency words in French.

English Language Arts

  • Reading of English text
  • Building on making connections with text.  Students share their connections of chosen text with either a Text-Self, Text-Text, or Text-World connection.
  • We continue our weekly study of Words Their Way.  This is an excellent program that requires students to sort words into sound groups according to vowel and consonant sounds.  Each week, students receive a new set of words to sort and explore during the week.  Students will be tested on their understanding every Friday.  The weekly words can be found at the website link www.spellingcity.com/gmellems.

Math

  • We continue to review multiplication facts 2 – 12
  • We continue our study of decimal operations.  This week, we will look at converting decimals to fractions, fractions to decimals, and adding/subtracting decimals.
Math Big Idea: Computational fluency and flexibility with numbers extend to operations with larger multi-digit numbers.
Skills:
Reasoning and analyzing
Develop mental math strategies and abilities to make sense of quantities

Understanding and solving
Develop, demonstrate, and apply mathematical understanding through play, inquiry, and problem solving
Visualize to explore mathematical concepts
Develop and use multiple strategies to engage in problem solving

Communicating and representing
Communicate mathematical thinking in many ways
Use mathematical vocabulary and language to contribute to mathematical discussions
Explain and justify mathematical ideas and decisions
Represent mathematical ideas in concrete, pictorial, and symbolic forms

Connecting and reflecting
Reflect on mathematical thinking
Connect mathematical concepts to each other and to other areas and personal interests

Science

  • This week, we continue our study of Charles Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection and how species change over time.  Students will create a Keynote presentation in French on their understanding of the different facets of Natural Selection.

PE

  • We continue our study of folk dance!  This week, we review our dancing of ‘The Hustle’, ‘Macarena’, ‘Cha Cha Slide’, and partner dances ‘The Heel Toe Polka’ and ‘Virginia Reel’.

That is essentially the week ahead in Division 1.  Please don’t hesitate to contact Grant or Sam by email if you have any questions and I hope everyone has a great week with their families!

The week ahead for December 6 – December 10

Bonjour tout le monde! Greetings parents and guardians!
I hope everyone had a great weekend with their families.

This week, please make note of the following scheduled activity:

  • Popcorn Day on Tuesday
  • Visits by Indigenous Elder Harvey George on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons
  • Division 1 Winter celebration performance on Thursday afternoon.
This week in Div. 1 we continue to focus on the core competencies of “communication”, “critical thinking”, creative thinking” and “personal awareness and responsibility“. We will be doing this through various activities in class, the continuation of our self-reflections journaling, and mindfulness exercises in the forest.

Communication:
1. Connecting and engaging with others
2. Acquiring and presenting information

Critical Thinking:
1.Analyzing and critiquing

Creative Thinking:
1. Novelty and value
2. Generating ideas
3. Developing ideas

Personal Awareness & Responsibility:
1. Self-determination
2. Self-regulation
3. Well-being

French Language Arts

  • French Community Circle oral discussions with a focus on Powerful Questions
  • Daily reading of French text
  • We continue our playing of the game ‘Verbathon’ to improve awareness of French verb conjugation in the present tense
  • Weekly practice of ‘Mots de Haute Fréquence’ – High frequency words in French.

English Language Arts

  • Reading of English text
  • We continue our exploration of what makes a powerful question.  Please see note on Inquiry projects below.
  • We continue our weekly study of Words Their Way.  This is an excellent program that requires students to sort words into sound groups according to vowel and consonant sounds.  Each week, students receive a new set of words to sort and explore during the week.  Students will be tested on their understanding every Friday.  The weekly words can be found at the website link www.spellingcity.com/gmellems.

Math

  • We continue to review multiplication facts 2 – 12
  • We continue our study of the math rules of divisibility
Math Big Idea: Computational fluency and flexibility with numbers extend to operations with larger multi-digit numbers.
Skills:
Reasoning and analyzing
Develop mental math strategies and abilities to make sense of quantities

Understanding and solving
Develop, demonstrate, and apply mathematical understanding through play, inquiry, and problem solving
Visualize to explore mathematical concepts
Develop and use multiple strategies to engage in problem solving

Communicating and representing
Communicate mathematical thinking in many ways
Use mathematical vocabulary and language to contribute to mathematical discussions
Explain and justify mathematical ideas and decisions
Represent mathematical ideas in concrete, pictorial, and symbolic forms

Connecting and reflecting
Reflect on mathematical thinking
Connect mathematical concepts to each other and to other areas and personal interests

Social Studies

  • We complete our study of deBono’s Thinking Hats and this week, students continue working on their final project.  Using the video ‘The Secret Path’, students will apply their knowledge of the Six Thinking Hats to analyze, critique, and provide new ideas to the video.  Students will demonstrate their understanding by creating a mind map.
  • This week, we continue our study of ‘What makes a civilization’ and the origins of the human species.  We will be studying the elements of civilization and the emergence of Homo Sapiens and Neanderthal early humans.

PE

  • We continue our study basketball skills in PE.  This week, we will be focusing on the basic rules of basketball by playing small games.

Inquiry Projects

  • This project gives students a chance to do something they have always wanted to do but haven’t had the chance yet. It uses their learning of epic questions and puts it through an inquiry lens to explore something meaningful and relevant to the student. We explore setting S.M.A.R.T. goals and working with mentors to take their learning to the next level. Students produce an artifact to share with the class; something using technology or a physical item. Students keep a journal to reflect on their process and share their experience of inquiry in their final presentation.
  • Please see email sent by Sam regarding the start of presentations this week.

That is essentially the week ahead in Division 1.  Please don’t hesitate to contact Grant or Sam by email if you have any questions and I hope everyone has a great week with their families!