We began planning our our "Best Part of Me" project today. Ask your chid what feature of themselves they decided to focus on, and in what ways can they support this choice with their writing. Students were given a co-created rubric to support their process with this project. On our planning template, we wrote out ideas for parts of speech, similes, metaphors, we referred to the 5 senses, and we wrote about a favourite memory. We will begin writing the rough drafts tomorrow!
The class was split into seven groups of three for a Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms project! Ask your child which "right" their group is in charge of created a tri-fold for, and ask about the checklist that they are to attend to! We will be working on these all week.
This afternoon, the class shared their completed journal entries on what brings them Peace. Students realized how embedding and editing for parts of speech enhances their writing. Some of our favourite sentences about what brings us peace were:
- running outside with my dad
- opening the curtains for the light to beam in
- the smell of evergreen trees and fresh wet grass
- playing with my brothers
- watching TV on a soft couch
- playing or practicing basketball while listening to music
- waking up in the morning to the sound of birds
- keeping the ocean blue
- is helping other kids how to read
- waking up on a cold winter day
- playing video games, like Mario Kart
- feels like dreaming about junk food
- happily listening to the Quran
- watching a pufferfish quickly swim and slowly puff in and out
- is being able to run extremely fast
- a big pizza that I can eat
- thunder nights and cuddling with my cats
- riding on a horse and camping with my family
We read a book called "The Best Part of Me" by Wendy Ewald and explored aspects of what made some story entires stronger than others (both with the writing and the photography). Students wrote sticky notes to one another giving ideas as to what they think their "best" feature/quality/body part is, along with a describing adjective. We will continue with this work tomorrow as students begin the planning process! Ask your child about the "Best Part of Me" writing and photography project that we began today!
Students were asked to brainstorm about what brings them peace. After planning out ideas, students then wrote out a paragraph, explaining what brings them peace, while mindfully embedding parts of speech that we have been learning about (verbs, adverbs, nouns, and adjectives). The thoughts that students are choosing to write out are really quite special - please ask your child about the peaceful topics that they chose to write about. We will continue to work on this tomorrow!
Thank you for Mouaz for presenting on Guy Fawkes Night this afternoon! Tomorrow we have Mark presenting on Remembrance Day!
We will be having a Remembrance Day assembly tomorrow (Friday, November 8th) at 10:45am It will be roughly 30 minutes in length. All families are welcome to join the assembly!
If your child signed up for a free grade 6 YMCA membership, their cards arrived today and were sent home! We had guest speakers from the YMCA today tell us a little bit more about this free grade 6 initiative, and they also taught us some new fun games in the gymnasium! Ask your child for further details about the YMCA memberships (or visit their website online). Grade 6 students are still able to sign up for a free membership, they will just now need an adult to take them for their first visit for signing up purposes.
We continued to explore parts of speech today. See if your child can explain and show you examples of: prepositions, conjunctions, and interjections!
We would like to give a big shout out to Marwa for giving a speech at the Education Centre on behalf of Rosscarrock school. Ever Active Schools (EAS) received an award for its physical literacy mentorship program, and EAS has been working with Rosscarrock school over the past two years. Marwa was asked to share about the impact that EAS has made on our school (decals on the floor for body break/regulation opportunities, fresh paint on the compound so that there are games outside for students to utilize, and making sure each child has the opportunity to have a bike and to learn how to bike). Please ask your child for further details!
We began our a new math unit this morning: Multiplication and Division! We reviewed strategies for basic multiplication, and we will be working towards multiplying 2-digit by 2-digit numbers by the end of the week. See if your child can show you the strategy we worked on today: The Traditional Algorithm.
We are mindfully gearing our learning around Remembrance Day this week. Ask your child about the article they received today, and see if they can re-state the 5 W's of the article to you. Using the 5 W's to further comprehend a text (specifically news articles) is a great strategy to implement at home, too!
Our class is proud to announce that all students were able to put a marble in our classroom Kindness Jar today! Ask your child about the team challenge they did at the end of the day!
- For those interested, Picture Retakes are tomorrow (Wednesday, November 6th)
- We will be having a Remembrance Day assembly this Friday, November 8th, at 10:45am (it will be roughly 30 minutes in length). All families are welcome to join the assembly!
Students were given their math tests (on graphing) back this morning. See if your child brought theirs home as a way of further practicing any misconceptions, and if they would like to re-write their test once a parent has helped to support any misunderstandings. As always, students are welcome to re-write a quiz (to boost their mark) once they have practiced further at home. Up next in math: Multiplication and Division!
We learned about adjectives today. In order to understand how to use adjectives, students needed to remember what a noun was. See if your child can write a detailed sentence where they can identify what we have previously learned (nouns and verbs) as well as what we focused on today (adjectives). We are continuing to develop our foundation and understanding of parts of speech to help support our reading and writing skills.
We will be having a Remembrance Day assembly this Friday, November 8th. The assembly will begin at 10:45am and it will be roughly 30 minutes in length. All families are welcome to join the assembly!
For those interested, Picture Retakes are this Wednesday, November 6th.
Thank you to Laith for presenting his Holiday Celebration project on Halloween today - see if your child can tell you a new fact about Halloween! Our pumpkin art was completed this morning and the parade in the afternoon was a great success! See pictures below of some of the final products! We wrote reflections about how our art turned out (some found it easier than they thought, some found it much harder, some turned out different than their intended blueprints, and some pumpkins caved in from mold!) Your child is coming home with their pumpkin today!
- No school tomorrow (PD Day).
- To support student learning and success, please avoid sending your child to school with a bunch of candy next week (perhaps set a limit of 2 treats for school). Thank you!
Our class helped our grade 1/2 buddies to complete their pumpkin art this afternoon! Ask your child about the self-reflection sheet that the grade 6 students filled out afterwards, which asked about how helpful they are to their buddy. Some students are still working towards consistently being an appropriate, responsible, and kind leader within the school.
We have been preparing for our Trees and Forests unit test, and the students are ready to write the test! If you and your child would like any additional resources, I've listed some great websites below:
- Students may dress up in costume tomorrow if they would like (see previous posts with further details)
- Students will be bringing home their pumpkins tomorrow (perhaps sending a large bag may help with transporting them.
- No school on Friday (PD Day).
Coming home today is your child's graphing math quiz (the practice one - the actual test is tomorrow) and an additional sheet for further graphing practice at home. Please check in with your child to see if they are prepared for tomorrow's math test!
We learned about another part of speech today: verbs. See if your child can explain to you what a verb is (have them write out an example), and check in to see if they are building upon their knowledge of terms we learned about earlier this month (antonyms, synonyms, homophones, syllables, nouns, and now, verbs), or if they need support with explaining, identifying, or providing examples for those terms.
After mindfully planning out and articulating a 3-day plan, the students were ready to start their pumpkin art! See some of the pictures below, and stay tuned for progress photos! We will have these ready for Thursday's Pumpkin Parade!
- Students may dress up from school on Thursday (see my post from earlier regarding conditions)
- Students will be brining home their completed pumpkin art on Thursday
- No school on Friday (PD Day)
Thank you to Tenzin for sharing his holiday celebration project on Diwali this morning! He created a PowerPoint at home, and he also read the class a story on Diwali! Have you child explain 5 facts to you about Diwali that they learned.
We are preparing for our upcoming graphing (data management) unit test in math. See if your child requires any extra support at home (they are to be able to take data and put it into a bar graph, double bar graph, broken-line graph, and/or continuous line graph). An optional practice graphing sheet will be available to any students that would like extra practice for home.
In language arts, we focused on exploring syllables. Did you know there must be at least one vowel in every grouped off section? Ex. en/cy/clo/pe/dia. Students are using this knowledge to help them with the spelling of words. Try a few at home with your child! Please also review homophones, antonyms, and synonyms; moreover, we learned about those last week, and we are continuing to review them as a class as we build upon our repertoire of literacy knowledge!
We began planning out our art plans for our pumpkins art this afternoon. Please see our school's twitter post via @rosscarrock for pictures and details on how we received enough pumpkin donations from Save on Foods for every child in the school! Many students have some components which involve carving and painting. Please send your child to school in clothes that are okay to get dirty over the next 2 days as we work on these. If possible, I also requested for students to bring in 1-3 garbage bags to help with all the mess/pumpkin insides. Thank you!
Can your child explain what a homophone is to you (words that sound the same but have different spelling)? We wrote out several examples as a class, and then we worked on identifying homophones, synonyms, and antonyms within texts. Next week, we will be working towards uncovering other elements of language, such as parts of speech (verbs, adjectives, nouns, etc.).
A big shout out to the grade 6 students who demonstrated kindness, Care for Place, and Care for Others, by helping to delivery over 100 pumpkins to the classrooms within the school. Stay tuned for some autumn pumpkin art next week!
A Note for Next Week:
- On Thursday, October 31st, students are welcome to wear costumes if you and your child(ren) wish to do so. Like in years past, students will be allowed to come already dressed so that no time and efforts are taken away from teaching and learning. As a result, no costume should interfere with regular teaching and learning, including Physical Education.
- No school on Friday, Nov. 1st (PD Day).
Ms. Victoria Gaspar
Grade 6 Teacher