DAY 45 & 46 – Nov. 10th & Nov. 11th – Remembrance Day, Place Value, Leadership, Student Council campaigns



We all played a role in recognizing Veterans this Week of Remembrance. Some students collected Poppy Fund donations, others sang in the choir, some of us prepared music sheets, our 8 student council candidates hosted the school assembly, and all of us performed a moving rendition of Dr. John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Fields” set to music by Canadian composer Alexander Tilley. Thank you to volunteer & music educator Mrs. Janice Courtemanche for accompanying us.  Lest We Forget. 


LITERACY – Media Literacy (Elections presentations = how to vote + our candidates)

Student Council Candidates continued working to finish their first posters with our student teacher Miss Colmer. Second posters will be easier once these are done 🙂

The rest of the class worked collaboratively with Ms Fawcett to make Anchor Charts for their Google slides presentation (“how to vote….”). We started with our own brainstorming in groups the other day… 8821


Our whole-group collaboration & learning:



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MATH – Place Value


Working collaboratively on expanded form



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We learning that we can also talk about & use base 3!!!!!!!! (not just base 10). Some students applied our base 10 knowledge to this new situation:










Today’s new seating plan resulted in some spontaneous fun & competition — making boats! What a fun collaboration, totally led by students. Creative!!

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Extra DPA at the end of the day/week — whole Junior end capture the flag!

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Day 40 – Nov. 3, 2015 Biodiversity, Remembrance Day



Welcome back to our class blog! Caregivers’ primary sources of information are:

  • the school website (
  • their child’s Daily Reminders (paper agenda they fill out OR picture on their device
  • their child’s binder & notes ((brought home every Friday!)
  • occasional class newsletters 
  • phone calls from the teacher

This blog is an optional way for you to receive information, and I hope that it is helpful! I enjoy using it to archive our lessons & reflect on my teaching practice, when I have the time to do so. I may also send emails or respond to emails when possible.

Students are given class time to record their Daily Reminders….and can use the blog daily to

  • review concepts
  • respond to homework questions
  • access lesson material & links posted to refer to during class work at school


Here is our day!

LITERACY – Science ( Biodiversity)

We are understanding that the world is full of a huge variety of living things.

Bio = life                        Diversity = variety

I looooooooove facilitating learning for this unit! My first undergraduate degree/passion is Biology — and students love talking about living things!  We added more information to our tree of life today:



There are still some empty spots! Students background knowledge mostly centered around MAMMALS, but they are learning that there are so many more living things than Mammals….and some of them think that all Animals are Mammals….hmmmmm….








Be sure to ask your child to share about their work in dance and drama – they have been working on a video for several weeks.



We have been enjoying great games of rounders with Mrs. Laws!



we began learning a song called “We’ll Meet Again”, which was written and made popular during the time of the second world war.  We talked about how music can

  •  Bring people together over distances
  •  Give us hope
  • help us express our feelings

DAY 50 – Nov. 13, 2014

Thanks to Isabel, who will be taking over our daily quote door for a little while 🙂



There are snow flurries!!


we are working on developing our ideas in writing. We’re pretty good at coming up with main ideas but we need to add supporting details like explaining our ideas in another way, adding a personal opinion, giving examples, giving research or fax, and adding personal connections.

We can use words like respect in our writing to Mr. Frank Taylor, the 93-year-old veteran in Guelph who was stolen from last week. But we need to be able to develop our ideas like respect. This requires knowing what respect is.

I know that I respect someone when I greet them. I wouldn’t just say “Hi Frank. I would say hello Mr. Taylor and I might even shake his hand. Brady

Respect needs to be earned. A veteran who risked their life in wartime (even a cook on a ship feeding the troops) deserves the same amount of respect as a combat soldier on the battlefield. – Elise

Students who were not finished continued to work on developing their ideas. Ms. Fawcett can make comments and highlight different parts of the Google doc so that students can see feedback right on the document


we enjoyed a friendly volleyball game against 6R


Grade 6 students share their factor tree skills and expressing a number as a factor of its prime numbers.


We showed how combining and multiplying different prime factors can help us see all of the different factor pairs for a number.


In grade 5, we looked at our answers from last night’s homework. One reminder to students is that they need to check the blog to look at example answers (reading the blog is part of every night’s reminders………)

We looked at a correct example of rounding the number to the temps column. We created an anchor chart to show for criteria that are necessary for a correct explanation of how to round to the tenths column.


Next, we shared last nights homework with a partner and we wrote feedback on their work, using the items we put on our anchor chart. We discovered that again, we really need to look at anchor charts in order to follow instructions.

Here are some simple answers and sample feedback…… Including feedback on the feedback! 🙂 If we can write effective feedback on around in question, then we are more likely to be able to write a level three or four answer when we do the questions.




DAY 49 – Nov. 12, 2014

This blog post is a work in progress – please check back later too



We began today with some focused independent reading. Some students are working on maintaining concentration and reading for longer periods of time (30 min.), some students are working on picking just-right books, others are working on practising reading strategies, and other students are reading while enjoying a free flow of strategies that come naturally.

We continued the writing projects that were started yesterday — all with a Remberance or respect theme.

Some of us conferenced with the teacher.


One trend that emerged:

most students can generate ideas, but are challenged to develop their ideas


Using feedback, some of us began developing our ideas more fully. Later, we generated an Anchor Chart as a whole class for us to post and refer to when the feedback we receive is: “You need to develop your ideas”.


One way to develop ideas is to include connections. If we include a personal connection in a letter to a veteran,  we can show how we empathize with his experience, rather than simply state that we feel empathy. One student decided to research whether their country of heritage was affected by WWII, and discovered that it was! It was occupied by Germany during WWII and many citizens suffered. This connection is used to develop ideas in the final letter.

Another way to develop ideas is to do additional research and add additional information. If we include our   new learning about a veteran’s unit during WWII in  a letter to that veteran, we can show that the veteran inspired us to learn more. We can add our personal thoughts and opinions which can support our idea that we respect the veteran.

Another way to develop ideas is to give examples. We can say that the music at Rousseau’s Remembrance Day Assembly had a special message. If we include examples of the music and how it affected us personally, we can show that the music’s message had an impact and a purpose.


Researching Canadian Veteran Frank Taylor’s  regiment: Royal Canadian Army Service Corps




Learning about German Occupation in Latvia









Isabel & Elise finished and recited their Remembrance Day poem:





Grade 6 students have compiled lists of Prime Numbers & their factors as well as Composite Numbers & their factors. Today they learned to express a Prime Number or Composite Number as a “product of it’s prime numbers”, using a Factor Tree as a strategy.






We looked at a real life example of a number sentence that has more than two factors:





Grade 5 students practised rounding to the tenths column. This has become important since the penny is no longer part of our Canadian currency (Thanks to our Instructional Coach, Mrs. Johnston for inspiring this idea!).


One trend that emerged:

most students can round, but are challenged to explain their thinking

We had a focused sharing time to look at the wording of a well-explained answer.



We have a homework question to practice. ALL STUDENTS WERE ASKED TO SHARE THEIR ANSWER/EXPLANATION WITH A PARENT, even if the question was completed in school.




DAY 48 – Nov. 11, 2014 Remembrance Day


We began today practicing our song for the Rousseau remembrance assembly and then we went with 6R to enjoy the beautiful weather and use up our morning energy 🙂 we enjoyed additional time outside after remembrance Day assembly, after sitting and listening so respectfully for a long time. French was at the end of the day.

We paid our respects to the Canadian men and women who served in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, as Canadian Peacekeepers and and modern conflicts in the Middle East and other countries. Near the end of the assembly we sang The Green Fields of France – with lyrics modified by us to match our the age of our audience, and the respect we feel for veterans.

  • Our assembly was very touching. It was a perfect balance of happiness and sadness, and gain and loss. – Stephanie
  • I think I enjoyed honoring the people who gave me my freedom and rights in this country. – Dea
  • Nice to remember all those who fought for Canada – Elizabeth
  • I think a lot of people are having trouble though not clapping after a performance. It was important to not clap because it was respectful and an important assembly. – Ben

Rousseau Remembrance Day 2014

We were full of respect for veterans today and brainstormed ways to express our thoughts and feelings.

  • Some of us wrote about the importance of having a ceremony or assembly on Remembrance Day.
  • Some of us started to learn how to write a formal letter, so that we could write to Mr. Frank Taylor, a 93 year old World War II veteran in Guelph, Ontario, who was recently robbed of some valuable belongings, including some of his World War II medals. Some of us wrote Remembrance Day-themed poetry.
  • Some of us are writing an opinion piece (or persuasive piece) about whether or not November 11th should be a holiday in Ontario for people so they can remember veterans instead of going to work or going to school. (An Member of  Parliament has put forward a “private members bill” to open up discussion about this for Ontario — a great Grade 5 Social Studies connection!)

Stay tuned for our final products posted on tomorrow’s blogpost.





Some of us used mentor texts to show us the proper format for a formal letter.



A couple of students took the initiative to watch a news broadcast about the World War II veteran in Guelph who was robbed, in order to stimulate thoughts and ideas for a letter to him.




Some of us wanted to spontaneously make Remembrance Day themed art during break time.