This is our last “Fawcett’s Class” Blog update until further notice. Students will continue to use their established “Reminder Tools” (Rousseau Agenda, paper calendar, electronic device/app) to communicate their learning and other information between school and home.
Students are reminded that their personal electronic devices are a great tool for taking photographs of our SMARTboard lessons and our various Anchor Charts around the classroom. Students will also be receiving black-and-white photocopies for their 1-inch binders for any information learned in class. The binders will, of course, also include their personal work & practice in Literacy, Math, Science, Social Studies, Health & Music and other appropriate “hand outs”. Binders will come home from school at least every Friday so that students can share their work with their caregivers at home. Students must bring their binders/work back to school every Monday.
LITERACY – Writing: Word Choice
We continued to use last week’s read aloud, “The Sweetest Fig” as a mentor text. We are currently focusing on the Writing Trait called “Word Choice”. The words in purple are effective & descriptive words that we found in the text with our table groups. The words on the right are “boring” versions of these words — versions that are used often and are sometimes ineffective. We will always strive to use a good does of “strong words” in our writing.
After we completed our list (purple words), we completed a writing assignment: Use each of the list words in an original story (or part of a story). (Length: one page handwritten; 1/3 page typed). Some of us choose to write on paper, and others show their writing by keyboarding.
We have been learning a “round” called “Fish & Chips”. We also reviewed note values — the review will aappear on an organized Anchor Chart next week 🙂
LONG RANGE PLAN – Term 1
Term 1 curriculum: Here is a brief outline of our Term 1 curriculum (hyperlinks lead to the curriculum expectations). All plans are subject to change, as we endeavour in education these days to respond to the needs and interests of students (as well as changing world events, community happenings, etc.) as we choose topics and activities for the classroom related to curriculum (e.g. through inquiry, project-based learning, etc.).
- Reading: Reading Strategies (inferring, questioning, connecting, determining importance, responding emotionally, visualizing, etc.), including Open Response reading comprehension activities. FEATURE TEXT (read aloud) : “Fish” by L.S. Matthews as part of the “Global Read Aloud Project”, where we will connect with students at other schools around the world and discuss the book. The book, which was chosen last spring for this global project, has a setting that involves a Refugee family. Very timely.
- Writing: Word choice (strong words; similes & metaphors), generating & developing ideas, organization, conventions; Suspense Writing (We will be working with Rousseau’s new Instructional Coach, Ms Baturin on this unit).
- Oral Communication: Listening strategies & oral comprehension
- Media: Advertising (related to advertising campaigns, including ELECTIONS — we will tie this into our upcoming Student Council election campaigns — students will have more information
MATH: (I have attached the “Suggested Delivery Plan” of Math Strands)
- Number Sense (Place Value)
- Heritage and Identity: Communities in Canada, Past and Present (this strand will have significant opportunity to students to share their family background — Please consider being a visitor to our class to present any interesting experiences/photos/stories about your families country(ies) or origin
- Healthy Eating
- Personal Safety and Injury Prevention
- Creating and Performing (includes reading music notation/theory)
- Reflecting, Responding, and Analysing
- Exploring Forms and Cultural Contexts