Welcome back and Happy New Year! Here are our learning plans for the next few weeks:
English Language Arts — We received letters from our pen-pals and Skyped with them just before the break. We’ve learned how to format a friendly letter and are currently writing back. Also, we continue to draft and revise our personal narratives. Students are excited to start our next writing genre, which includes reviews and critiques. In reading, most of us are doing very well with our 40-book challenge. We will continue to learn strategies used by readers to help them make sense of texts. We will also continue to work on the Article of the Week, which involves reading about and discussing current events. Finally, we are almost done our Mock Caldecott unit, where we vote for which book we think deserves the Caldecott Medal. So far, we have read 16 picture books together and have given each a mark out of 16, reflective of the Caldecott Medal criteria.
In sciences humaines, we have begun to discuss immigration. Did you know the families of students in our class come from a vast array of countries? These include Portugal, Scotland, China, Iceland, Belgium, France, England, India, Norway, Italy, Greece, Ireland, the United States, Argentina, Ukraine, and Poland. We talked about why Canada is sometimes referred to as “a country of immigrants” and looked at advertisements used by the Canadian government at the time – under the direction of Clifford Sifton – to encourage immigration to Canada. Over the next few classes, we will learn about what immigrants to Canada faced upon their arrival, including discrimination and less-than-ideal conditions.
We are taking off in sciences de la nature and learning about flight! To begin, we have begun to study fluids and the five fundamental properties of fluids. From there, we will explore the forces that allow flight to occur.
In mathématiques, we continue working with the Cartesian plane. We have learned about three kinds of transformations and how they work (translation, réflexion, rotation). After this unit, we will move on to learning about fractions! We work every day on mental math and have tried something new called the number train – ask about it!
Finally, en français, we have set goals for the 2017 year using futur proche, a French verb tense. It has allowed us review our knowledge of the verb aller. Soon, Mme Galka, a literacy coach in our division, will be joining our class to help us complete an informative writing and research project. Lots of our language learning also happens in other classes, where we read, write, and speak in la langue de Molière.
Busy, busy! If you have any questions, please ask any time.