Jan. 12, 2018 – Comprehension strategies,

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LITERACY – Reading Comprehension Strategies (Visualizing)




MATH – Place Value



We welcomed Mrs. Deans from the HWDSB Innivation Centre into the classroom to work with some students.



Jan. 10 & 11, 2017 – Art, Flight; Self & Peer Evaluation

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[Jan. 10 – In addition to French & regular art with Mr. O, and some class building activities, we worked on a special Art project to have something to decorate our bulletin board in the hall. Pictures at the end of this post]

LITERACY – Science (Flight)/Media

We continued responding to feedback in our groups to improve our class Google slides presentation, “TAKE FLIGHT”. Final presentation coming soon!

Self & Peer Evaluation

Collaboration: We worked on reflecting on how we met our collaboration goals, evaluating ourselves and our peers (confidentially, of course).


Jan. 8, 2017 – Flight, Summarizing & Questioning, Large numbers

Students had a terrific first day back! Thank you to guest teacher, Mr. Fischer, for facilitating learning in our classroom today.

LITERACY – Independent Reading

Students continued to practice the reading comprehension skill “visualizing” on sticky notes, with their independent reading book.

LITERACY – Science (FLIGHT)/Reading Comprehension strategies (summarizing, questioning)

The class worked together to gain an understanding of how lift is created and the basics of the four forces of flight. Then, they broke into small teams to summarize information from Nelson Literacy on subtopics: air resistance, reducing dragangle of attack, how birds & helicopters fly, how landing happens. Students presented information in a visual format (shared whole-class google slides presentation), and if time, generated questions about their sub-topics & answering them.

Here are the original text/pages, and student work with my feedback — groups will respond to feedback tomorrow and we will have a complete Google slides presentation. We will present orally as well. We will look at questions & be sure to practice generating deep questions for inquiry (rather than simple one-search-one-sentence-answer-type questions).

Here is our Whole-class Slides Presentation “Take Flight” so far……….screen shots show my feedback. Students will  work on improving these slides further tomorrow.

Ms Fawcett’s best advice for summarizing (and not plagiarizing): 

  • Read a short paragraph….
  • close the book….
  • discuss the ideas with others in your group…
  • attempt to put your new learning into your own sentences verbally…..
  • then put your new learning into writing, using important vocabulary but not the same sentences.


MATH – Large Numbers/Place Value

We began reviewing representing numbers —

Standard Form   3 543 261

Expanded form 3 000 000 + 500 000 + 40 000 + 3 000 + 200 + 60 + 1

Words    three million five hundred forty three thousand two hundred sixty one


Wed., Dec. 20, 2017 – Social Studies assessment, Art

LITERACY – Social Studies

Students had the opportunity to celebrate their knowledge about communities in Canada – we’ll post some oral explanations of our learning on SeeSaw tomorrow. Students were able to use their higher order thinking skills to compare the experiences of several groups in what is now known as Canada — this includes the following perspectives from the 1800s to 1910:

  • Indigenous people
  • European colonizers
  • Chinese Railway Workers
  • Black Loyalists
  • A variety of immigrants from European countries:
    • Jewish people from several parts of Europe
    • people from the United States
    • people from England, Scotland, Wales (Britain), Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Ukraine, Germany, Russia, Italy, etc.


Mr. Obermeyer kindly considered an idea that Ms Fawcett found on Pinterest for art today!

Check out some of the beautiful works in progress!  Thanks Mr. O for supporting students with their blending and perspective skills!