April 9/2014 – Day of Pink & Student Voice @RousseauElemSch !

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Happy Day of Pink!

Today’s morning announcement:

Today we join students and staff all across the Hamilton Wentworth District school Board in wearing pink.
We also join people in other school boards and places all around the world.
If someone is bullied, we want to stand up and speak out for them, in favour of acceptance and respect. We want to stand up for people — especially if they don’t feel that they can use their own voice. This is what wearing pink today symbolizes.
Some of us might not be wearing pink today because maybe we don’t have a pink shirt and that’s okay too. We don’t have to wear a special color to show that we will stand up and speak out together 365 days a year.
This is a great day for all of Rousseau to come together in support of acceptance and respect.




























April 8/2014 – Geometry, Media Literacy

Day of Pink is tomorrow!!


Please consider wearing the colour pink tomorrow, wherever you may be — school, work, travel, etc.. It is a symbol for standing up for those who are or have been bullied & it’s a great colour for anyone! Students and Staff all across HWDSB will be wearing pink tomorrow – we look forward to some great reflections from students on our graffiti wall and to some colourful pictures throughout the school!

“Day of Pink” Presentations were brought to 9 classes today! Thanks Owen L, Elliot, Iris & Seven, and Taylor for photography. Current students in our class vividly remember being visited by previous @FawcettsClass students in the past & they said it really impacted their thinking & behaviour related to acceptance & standing up for others. Permanent changes in thinking and/or behaviour = learning 🙂  Great oral communication skills shown today, following research, writing & multimedia presentation skills.

MATH:  Review of quadrilateral classification:

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Inside angle measurements:


DPA – Students practised their routines for tomorrow’s Gymnastics assessment

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April 7/2014 – Day of Pink (Media Literacy): critical literacy, blogging, video/script, poster, announcements, image editing, SMARTboard/presentation


Today, we continued working on our media literacy mini projects – the theme is the International Day of Pink, which happens on Wednesday! We hope to contribute to the positive climate of Rousseau School by highlighting the importance of acceptance, respect & standing up for those who may be bullied. Day of Pink has been recognized at Rousseau (and HWDSB) for several years. Students have been building on their Media Literacy skills at the same time.
– image editing
– large banner for graffiti post
– blog posts
– announcements
– SMARTboard presentations
– persuasive letters
– scripts/videos
– critical literacy: modifying existing media works

Here is a poster created by 5F students Isabel C & Iris for Rousseau’s annual “Day of Pink”. Thank you also to Kailyn & Jae for modifying the Ram logo for the poster. Spring will be adding QR codes. The poster has elements of:
diversity (different shades of pink)
community (metaphor of bricks = building community)
positive school climate (e.g. respect, acceptance, kindness, peace & love)


Please check out this video created by Matt, Rohan, Isabelle and Emma:


Student photography today while we worked ~~ interesting perspectives. Thanks Matt R!
















We received a poster as part of a “pink day kit” and had a critical literacy mini-lesson the other day. Is the wording of the original poster on the right worded in a positive, proactive way? Does it make you feel empowered? Some students tried to modify the original, using the phrase we have heard from HWDSB on T-shirts. See below:


The students followed up with a letter to the company, with some feedback – take a look. What do you think?


Students from class 4/5O weighed in with their responses:
In support of the “Stand up against bullying” poster:
– it’s a very strong message because bullying is a problem and we want to stop it
– it would be good to keep the phrase “against bullying” because it tells you what you are standing up and speaking out about: bullying

In support of: “Stand Up, Speak Out” modified poster:
– it gives me two messages: it says to stand up and it also says to speak out which tells me what I should do next…”the other one, “stand up against bullying” doesn’t give me enough information about what I should do next
– it tells you what you should do (and the other one doesn’t really tell you what to do)
– “Speak Out” is telling us to use our words and that’s a good idea to use our words
– it sounds like something positive will happen– the other one (“against bullying”) sounds bad



We worked on review of 2D Geometry today — We will have a test on Thursday. Students can review lessons on the blog — here is a link created by searching the word “geometry” in the search bar here on the blog

 distinguish among polygons, regular polygons, and other two-dimensional shapes identify and classify acute, right, obtuse, and straight angles

 measure and construct angles up to 90°, using a protractor

 identify triangles and classify them according to angle and side properties

 construct triangles, using a variety of tools, given acute or right angles and side measurements

 distinguish among



April 2/2014 – Author visit (tomorrow!), 2D Geometry/Urban Planning, Day of Pink/Acceptance Reflections

LITERACY – Author Visit We started today with students learning about tomorrow’s author visit from Evan Munday @idontlikemunday ! We are having this classroom visit as part of the annual Hamilton GritLit Festival  @gritlitfestival . Students are super excited to have an author visit the classroom, particularly since our current read-aloud by Sharon Creech (“Love That Dog”) has a focus on the narrator, Jack, inviting an author to come speak to him and his classmates. Students brainstormed questions for Evan Munday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGNN1dwK6ME Students also had questions about the title of the GritLit Festival and students shared thoughts about what “grit” means:

  • just going out and accomplishing what you want to, even people think you can’t

SPEECH COMPETITION – Good luck, Elise! Tomorrow is the West Cluster of schools’ Oral Communication Festival. Speech winners from the schools in our West Cluster will be meeting at Ancaster Senior Public School to compete. We wish Elise luck and are excited to hear about the feedback she receives!

DAY OF PINK – Student Writing/Reflections
Students had a lot of say today about the importance of accepting others.Check out student reflections related to our planning for the International (and HWDSB) “Day of Pink”  

MATH – 2D Geometry We took a closer look at the real life applications of geometry. Yesterday, we went on an angle hunt throughout the school and discovered that most polygon shapes in the school (books, picture frames, door & window frames, nametags, name plates on award plaques, desks, tables) are rectangular in shape –in other words, they have four 90 degree angles and straight sides. Today, we took our cues from our cluster Instructional Coach, teacher Mr. Ingrassia. We had a great discussion of Urban Planning! We made drawings, made inferences & checked out thinking by exploring Google Maps. Take a look:

April 1/2014 – Day of Pink brainstorming

MEDIA LITERACY – International Day of Pink/Pink Shirt Day

We began to think about how our class will approach a leadership role and promote acceptance of others on the International Day of Pink/Pink Shirt Day. HWDSB has participated in this event for several years. The general idea behind Day of Pink is that all people should be accepted and treated with respect. A small explanation of the origin of Day of Pink can be found here, written by last year’s @FawcettsClass.

Rousseau students and staff will be asked to wear a pink shirt if possible, or a shirt that includes pink if that is what they have at home. The idea with the pink shirt is to normalize the wearing of that colour by all people — it is just one of many colours after all! This is not a spirit day like St. Patrick’s Day where silly colourful accessories are worn; rather we are working towards normalizing pink as a regular colour for anyone to choose. We want to help build a positive school climate without stereotypes that may lead to people being treated disprespectfully. One of our 5F students today told of his experience in grade two when he was made fun of for being a boy wearing pink.

Tomorrow we begin our ad campaign, and students will take the lead in choosing their media form! As facilitator of the class, my job is to be the project manager 🙂 We hope to inspire our schoolmates and also explore how we can use literacy to reach out to ithers in the community.

Our curriculum focus will be persuasive writing, media literacy and citizenship/social studies/government.

Here is our brainstorming, some discussion and the basic ideas we will follow:

Sound clip: Our accountable talk/partner discussion (20 sec), followed by whole class brainstorming (approx. 5 min.)

Some big takeaways from this discussion:
– Students recognize acceptance as extremely important
– Students see a need for Day of Pink, based on trends they see and attitudes and stereotypes that they see at school
– Students remember being influenced positively by older students from @FawcettsClass who visited them with information about acceptance the past
– Students recognize that younger students are greatly affected by the example that older students set