Mon., Nov. 13 & 14, 2017

LITERACY – Shared Reading/Inferring

Shared reading a picture is a whole class (or small group) reading experience where the teacher  can model making inferences and predictions about a picture. Students follow up by making inferences and predictions from pictures after the modelling. We make these inferences by noticing what we see and applying our schema to make sense of it (we make sense of what we see/read by using our background knowledge and/or connections). Here are some pictures we used today! Very funny! When we can make inferences and compare what we see to our background knowledge we can experience HUMOUR !!! Lots of the humour in Gary Larson’s Far Side cartoons comes from his use of “anthropomorphization” of non-human animals (= giving non-human animals human characteristics & behaviour like human thought processes & biases, human posture, human clothing, human behaviour). We can use anthropomorphizing non-human living things in our own stories.

Example of using schema:. “Bears do not stand on their back legs for their regular standing posture & bears don’t show facial expression like humans do, so it is funny when the cartoon shows the bears standing up and one bear looking sheepish, while pointing the hunter to her friend”

We also tried to use our inferring skills in a high-level way by covering up the captions and predicting what a funny caption would be.


MATH – Patterning & Data Management

Now that we have a strong foundation for patterning – both recursive number patterns and Ttable patterns (input/output), we can graph our results.  Displaying data is another way to look at patterns.

This graph/data from yesterday has NO PATTERN. There is an upward trend, but we cannot accurately predict the height at age 9 or 10… no pattern.



Success criteria for line graphs

  1. I can use a ruler to create a neat and legible graph
  2. I can you choose the appropriate axis for my data (which axis is the first number? Which axis is the second number?)
  3.  I can choose the appropriate scale for the X axis and the appropriate scale for my y-axis
  4.  I can accurately plot coordinate points using the x axis and y axis
  5. I can use a ruler to connect the points (straight line or jagged line)
  6. I can predict future data (the next numbers) when there is a pattern in the graph

So far we are displaying ordered pairs from a T-table. Our next step will be to write them as ordered pairs inside brackets, eg (x, y). Student connection today! the game Battleship!

DAY – Nov. 6/78, 2017


Students have generated and answered three questions about the Canadian Legion poppy campaign:

  • How did the Poppy Fund start?
  • What happens to the money that is collected?
  • What is the Royal Canadian Legion


We continued writing our essays about indigenous people on the prairies.   Students needed a refresher mini lesson to show them how to develop and organize ideas inside paragraphs. Ms Fawcett shared a simple  one sentence paragraph that strung together the ideas about the Indigenous way of life (from the word web — The ideas in the word web were collected by the whole class and organized by the whole class). Ms Fawcett modelled how to

  • divide the long run in sentence into separate sentences
  • how to link connected ideas together  (eg using cause-and-effect)
  • how to expand on the ideas to demonstrate our understanding of the social studies learning.


We discussed the answer for recent assessment question.

Student then took the experience from this modelled answer and worked on answering a similar question independently:

Class 6A is selling jars of pickles. The pickles are free for Class 6A, but the jars cost $4 each. If they sell a jar of pickles for $12, how many do they need to sell to collect $420 from the customers?

#jars           $ collected





If they want to raise $1000 for charity, how many jars do they need to sell? Use patterning (a T-table).

Day 29 & 30 – Oct. 31, 2017 and Nov. 1, 2017


Our current pieces of writing are as follows:

  • Descriptive Paragraph (FOCUS: word choice & vocabulary)
  • Indigenous People on the Prairies essay (FOCUS: organization & transitions between paragraphs)

We also enjoyed some long overdue independent reading this morning 🙂



We had a fabulous trip to hear music by the National Academy Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Boris Brott at the First Ontario concert Hall (“Hamilton Place”)!! All students in grades 4-6 represented the school well! We enjoyed music by Stravinsky & Beethoven….John Williams’ Imperial March from Star Wars (complete with Darth vader conducting from the podium), as well as modern classics by Lady Gaga, Led Zeppelin, the Beatles and Guns ‘N Roses. The concert also featured specials guests BRExpression (huge choir from Bishop Ryan Secondary School in Hamilton, with student soloists).

HALLOWE’EN – Oct. 31/2017

Yesterday was a blast! We worked on creative, descriptive writing with a Hallowe’en theme…we planned an excellent playlist for the Grade 4/5/6 dance…we enjoyed a dance in the gym & a party in the classroom. Thanks to families for sending in treats for our party 🙂



Day 28 – Oct. 30, 2017

This blog post is a work in progress – please be sure to check  back later too 🙂


After our fun Monday morning “Brag and drag” routine, we got to work on our essays about Indigenous people on the prairies. The majority of students are working hard with the revising checklist and their editing checklist. This is our biggest assignment of writing so far this year and will provide lots of opportunitY for celebration & next steps 🙂