Tuesday, 10 February 2015

What We're Up to This Week - Feb 9th-12th, 2015

Special volunteers this week:
-Amanda joined us on Monday. She is one of Shauna's former students from the University of Ottawa! She taught us a Health lesson.
-Alex joined us on Monday and helped out with Social Studies.
-Jeremy joined us on Tuesday to help with a small Math group.

-small Guided Reading groups are meeting and discussing non-fiction texts. This week, we are continuing to practice the Reading Comprehension Strategy of Inferring. Inferring means to "read between the lines" and think about what the author means by using our reasoning skills and previous knowledge.
-we are continuing Author's Share, where students have a chance to read things that they've written to their class to get feedback. Here is what is expected of the sharing author and the audience.
-students love having Free Write time and many are successfully using the Drive to collaborate on creative stories that they are writing
-one by one, students are reading to volunteers. They spend five minutes reading aloud to practice their fluency (smoothness of reading) and then use their Reading Comprehension bookmarks to answer three questions to demonstrate their understanding of what they've read. If you'd like to come in and work with some students, please feel free to!

-if you're practicing IXL at home, make sure grade 3s are working on S (Fractions), M (Logical Reasoning), P (Data and Graphs) and O (Time). and grade 4s are working their way through Q (Fractions), I (Logical Reasoning), L (Graphs) and O (Time). Don't forget, if you're logging on at home, you need to add "@churchillps" to your username!
-we finished our "Great Canadian Day Books", check with your child and ask him or her to tell time on analog clocks.

Social Studies
-we are discussing how to come to a consensus about our "Me on the Map" plan. We will be sending a final, collaborative plan to Adrienne and Jan for them to add to their proposal that they will be sharing with the mayor of Vancouver


Phys Ed
-we are taking turns going outside with Gillian's class and practicing using snowshoes to get ready for our Gatineau trip on February 17th

-We are looking at staple foods in different parts of the world
-Students are analyzing healthy and less healthy ("sometimes") foods for meals and snacks

-students are finishing their #onelittleword projects - adding their words and photos and displaying them in the hallway - come take a look!

-we watched a video adaptation of a short story made by a class in Ottawa. Mr. Gorf is really well done and super funny! We were so interested in it that we watched it twice and wrote a letter to the class that made it.

-we are working on our dramatic play in French


Tree Families
-our theme this month is perseverance. Our big idea is: Stick with something even if it is difficult!
-we'll be seeing our Tree Families on Wednesday from 8:10-8:40 a.m. to read the book "Enemy Pie"
-remember, parents are welcome to join Tree Families! You can join your child in a multi-age group every Wednesday morning for read alouds, discussions and activities!

Other News
-because we won't be at school on Valentine's Day or the Friday or Monday surrounding it, so we came up with the idea to celebrate "Snailentine's Day" instead. It's like Valentine's Day, but just for the Gladiator Snails! Snailentine's Day will be happening on Friday, February 20th That is also our cozy PJ Day.
-Hitchbot Jr has gone home with Ava Cat's family
-We discussed the dangers in telling stories and starting rumours and talked about how important it is to talk to an adult if there is something worrying you.

NOTE: This post will be updated periodically throughout the week, check back often for more updates!

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