DAY 110 – Tues., Feb. 24th 2015 – SPCA Fundraiser, Dance/Drama, Multiplication, Writing/Speeches


S.P.C.A. Fundraiser

We showed our school spirit today with lots of animal ears, nose and whiskers 🙂 More importantly, our class was so excited to collect donations and new treats and toys for the animals in care at our local Humane Society, the Hamilton – Burlington S.P.C.A.. Wow! Rousseau really pays it forward again! More information on the school’s generosity will be coming up on a post of Rousseau Ramblings!


Here are Dea and Elizabeth, our student leaders for the S.P.C.A. fundraiser, posing with all of the item donations Rousseau families have donated! Wow!! We look forward to finding out how much money was donated by students. The school’s generosity is fantastic!

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DRAMA/DANCE (with Mrs. Crocker)

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** Multuplication Test on Thursday **

Our focus is on using several strategies to solve problems involving multiplication (2 digit x 2 digit for grade 5; up to 4 digit x 2 digit for grade 6). Grade 6 worked in responding to feedback from yesterday’s multiplication word problems.



Grade 5 students began to see the relationship between our previous strategies (which use place value/expanded form) and the Standard Algorithm

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LITERACY – Writing Speeches

We are working towards having our rough drafts finished next Monday. Students are working at various stages, writing down their back ground knowledge & new knowledge gleaned from documentaries & interviews (Grade 5) and all of the above plus reading research for Grade 6.

For our Spirit Day in support of the S.P.C.A., we made various animal masks with our Grade 1 & 2 buddies in Mrs. Knight and Mr. Lees classes.

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Break Time

We love to dance during indoor play times!


Jan. 13-21/2014 – Little Mermaid Musical, First Nation Peoples, Drama, Changes in Matter

Be sure to visit the Rousseau Music blog for updates on our upcoming school musical production of “The Little Mermaid”! Our casting was posted just today – it was tricky for us to cast so many talented singers/actors/dancers but the resulting cast is stellar and everyone is to be congratulated! I am so proud of all the students in our class who will be performing alongside the entire 75-member Rousseau cast!


Jan. 6, 2014 – HAPPY NEW YEAR! (+ literacy, drama, math, GRATITUDE)

Happy New Year, everyone! Today, I practised my ONE new year’s resolution: to correctly write 2014 on the board instead of 2013 🙂 It was a success!

We had a productive instructional day. In addition to math, social studies/literacy and drama today, we practised a little


Check out our great poster on our door 🙂  and see our day in pics & tweets below.


Google India – Nov. 20, 2013

Today we watched a video created by Google. The video tells a story where Google is very helpful…..and so much more! The characters do notspeak English in the video and we so we had to use our inferring skills to decide what we thought the video was about (we had to turn of the “closed captioning”on this YouTube video). It was interesting for us to learn about different parts of the world. It doesn’t matter where we live in the world — we all have the same hopes, dreams, and connection to the people we love. Below, in the comments section, please read the student inferences (told either as a direct response or as a narrative). We used clues to infer the meaning of this oral text, such as:

  • keywords that the characters Googled
  • facial expressions
  • background knowledge
  • events in the “story”

[When you watch the video, be sure to pause it right away and “click”off on the “CC” (closed captioning) icon to turn off the English subtitles 🙂 ]

What do you think the story is about?