Feb. 19, 2018

On Tuesday Quentin will be in our class to do some first nations art.  At 11:00 on Tuesday and Wednesday we will be doing some origami with Susan MacLeod who focuses on the math of origami.  Should be fun!  Thursday is Pink Shirt day which is a day focused on anti-bullying.


Subjects

Math:   I'm introducing 2-digit multiplication this week.   Students continue to practice math fact sheets for homework. 
   "Math is the science of patterns."
Reading:    We continue "word sorts"  twice a week.  This week we will finish the novels "My Side of the Mountain" and "Misty of Chincoteague" with the 2 reading groups.  Next week each student will choose a project to work on related to the novel they have read.   On Thursdays we focus on Reader's Theatre and drama activities.
Writing:   Students have completed a Google Slide presentation on an unusual animal.  It was interesting and everyone learned something new.  They will share the slides with you online.   
Science:  Students continue to work with lego robotics.  I want to make sure that all students are able to code and program with lego robotics so that we can do more complex coding and building with lego mindstorms after spring break.
Social Studies: We have reached Barkerville in our travels through the Cariboo.  Students are reading about Barkerville and will soon be choosing a business to work at in Barkerville.  We will be also be doing several activities for students to write about and make. 
Art:  Our theme is colour --learning about the colour wheel and mixing colours in different mediums.   
PE:    Most of our focus is on basketball in PE.    In dance, we continue with jiving.  
French:   In French we will be learning about months, seasons, the weather, as well as beginning to have some short dialogues and conversations.  


Feb. 13, 2018

This week we welcome Nolan back from a long trip to Laos and Cambodia.  What an exciting experience for him!  Nolan kept us up to date with a blog he created and learned to do in class.
We continue having fun with lego robotics, origami, and our study of the Gold Rush! 

On Friday I will be serving the students a Cariboo miner's meal of potatoes and beans.  We'll have this after recess and before lunch break.  Students may not need much lunch later on to eat. 


100 coho salmon eggs 

Building a fire using flint and steel

Subjects

Math:   We are practicing multiplication strategies and students will be choosing one that they understand and can work with best.    
   "Math is the science of patterns."
Reading:    We continue "word sorts"  twice a week.  We are nearly finished reading both novels, "My Side of the Mountain" and "Misty of Chincoteague".  After reading the novel, each student will choose a project to work on related to the novel they have read.   On Thursdays we focus on Reader's Theatre and drama activities.
Writing:    This week I will show students how to use slides in google apps to make a presentation.  When they are finished they can share their slide show with you.  The topic will be on an animal.  
Science:  Students are having a great time using lego robotics.  Students are working in teams to create an alien planet and an alien creature that lives on it.  It is a creative and engaging way to teach students coding.  
Social Studies: Students are traveling up the Cariboo road towards Barkerville. They are reading about the difficulties of travelling to the cariboo and how difficult life would have been for the miners.
Art:  Our theme is colour --learning about the colour wheel and mixing colours in different mediums.   
PE:    Most of our focus is on basketball in PE.    In dance, we have started jiving.  
French:   In French we will be learning about months and seasons, as well as beginning to have some short dialogues and conversations.  


Feb. 5, 2018

This week we have Math gym set up in the gym for students.  There are 14 stations with math activities for students to engage in: puzzles, manipulatives, and games.  Parents are invited to come on Thursday evening to try some of the activities with their children.  I'll be there, it's lots of fun! 
We are nearly finished our part in painting the school mural.  I've posted a picture on the right of the blog of what the sun will look like when it's finished. 
The delivery of the salmon was delayed so tomorrow we will be receiving coho salmon eggs that we usually release near earth day at Fulford creek.

Subjects

Math:   We continue studying multiplication and division together as a concept.  I am beginning this week with 1 digit multiplication and showing a couple of strategies to solve problems.  
   "Math is the science of patterns."
Reading:    We continue "word sorts"  twice a week to help with spelling and word patterns.  We also continue with the two novels, "My Side of the Mountain" and "Misty of Chincoteague".  Last week students built fires using flint and steel.  Groups were all successful, but it was a challenge and lots of fun!  On Thursdays we focus on Reader's Theatre and drama activities.
Writing:    I hope to finish the short story this week and teach students how to use slides in google apps to make a presentation.  When they are finished they can share their slide show with you.  
Science:  We'll finish Course 2 in hour of code this week and students will start a project in groups with coding using lego robotics.   We are also using a coding program with a robot called Sphero and the students are having fun with it.   
Social Studies: The Gold Rush of 1858 continues with our students are in the Fraser Canyon panning for gold.  Soon they will be traveling up the Cariboo road towards Barkerville. 
Art:  Our theme is colour --learning about the colour wheel and mixing colours in different mediums.   
PE:    Most of our focus is on basketball in PE.    In dance, we have started jiving.  
French:   In French we will be learning about months and seasons, as well as beginning to have some short dialogues and conversations.  


Jan. 29, 2018

We had lots of fun at GISS for their grade 12 biology exam.  There were four grade 5 classes at GISS--2 each from SSE and Fernwood, and one from Fulford.  Students went to one of 14 stations to see Grade 12 presentations on human anatomy.  All the students were keen and seemed to enjoy themselves.  The grade 12s were great and I'm told they were quite nervous about presenting to other students.  Tomorrow we'll be watching Teddy Anderson, a first nations performer, work with hoops and then each class will do a workshop with him.  On Thursday we will be receiving coho salmon eggs.  We usually release them near earth day at Fulford creek. 

Subjects

Math:   We continue studying multiplication and division together as a concept.  I like to students learn that they have similar functions just like adding and subtracting.  
   "Math is the science of patterns."
Reading:    We continue to use "word sorts"  twice a week to help with spelling and word patterns.  We also continue with the two novels, "My Side of the Mountain" and "Misty of Chincoteague".  On Thursdays we focus on Reader's Theatre and drama activities.
Writing:    I hope to finish the short story this week and teach students how to use slides in google apps to make a presentation.  When they are finished they can share their slide show with you.  
Science:  I'd like to finish Course 2 in hour of code this week and start students coding using lego robotics.   We are using a coding program with a robot called Sphero and the students are having fun with it.   
Social Studies: We continue having fun with our study of the Gold Rush in B.C. Students are in the Fraser Canyon panning for gold.  
Art:  Our theme will be looking at colour and patterns and we are working with the school mural.  
PE:    Most of our focus is on basketball in PE.    In dance, I will be starting to teach the students how to jive.
French:   In French we will be learning about months and seasons, as well as beginning to have some short dialogues and conversations.  


Jan. 23, 2018

This week we go to Friday which is a bit different for everyone.  Our class has started to work with Quentin Harris and Johanna Hoskins to design our panel for the new school mural.  We have the middle panel of five and our design is a first nations sun with animals around it.  We have the sun design ready and the animals are the ones used for the cards.  We hope to begin putting the designs on the 2 wood panels this Thursday.  We're having a lot of fun with this project.

Subjects

Math:   We are studying multiplication and learning patterns and strategies to help students with mastery of the concepts. Arrays and basic facts are being practiced as well.  
   "Math is the science of patterns."
Reading:    We use "word sorts"  twice a week to help with spelling and word patterns.  We also continue with the two novels, "My Side of the Mountain" and "Misty of Chincoteague".  On Thursdays we focus on Reader's Theatre and drama activities.
Writing:    Students are back to working with paragraph development with short paragraphs on assigned topics.  I have also assigned them a science fiction story to write. 
Science:  Students have been doing a lot of coding using the great online programs with Hour of Code.  We are using a coding program with a robot called Sphero and the students are having fun with it.  I hope to start them doing some lego robotics this week.  
Social Studies: We continue with our study of the Gold Rush in B.C. 
Art:  Our theme will be looking at colour and patterns and we are working with the school mural.  
PE:    Most of our focus is on basketball in PE.    In dance, I will be starting to teach the students how to jive.
French:   In French we will be learning about months and seasons, as well as beginning to have some short dialogues and conversations.  


Jan.8, 2018


Welcome to the new year, 2018!  I hope everyone had a great holiday break with lots of fun family time.  We're back to re-starting routines after a two week break.  Students will be bringing home some math practice like we started before Christmas.  Now we will be focusing on practicing math times tables.  Continue to encourage your child to read daily for 20-30 minutes. 


Subjects

Math:   We start the new year learning Roman Numerals and also practice some number rounding.  Next we'll be studying multiplication and learning patterns and strategies to help students with mastery of the concepts. 
   "Math is the science of patterns."
Reading:    We continue to use "word sorts"  two days a week.  I will be dividing students into two reading groups to focus on two novels, "My Side of the Mountain" and "Misty of Chincoteague".  On Thursdays we will focus on Reader's Theatre and drama activities.
Writing:    Students are back to working with paragraph development with short paragraphs on assigned topics.   
Science:  In science we'll be focusing on tech regarding coding and I will be starting to work with some robotics.  
Social Studies: This term the theme for social studies is the gold rush in B.C. history.  Students will be choosing a character in 1858 to help them learn about the gold rush and will be keeping diaries to show how the history unfolded. 
Art:  Our theme will be looking at colour and patterns.    
PE:    In PE we will be beginning to focus on basketball skills at least twice a week.  Basketball teams will be starting soon.   In dance, I will be starting to teach the students how to jive.
French:   In French we will be learning about months and seasons, as well as beginning to have some short dialogues and conversations.  


Dec. 17, 2017

This is the last week before the holiday break.  The school has a dress rehearsal tomorrow morning and the concert is Tuesday evening at 6:30.  I hope you enjoy our presentation called,"What, No Santa!"  On Thursday the class is having a Secret Santa gift exchange.  Each student has secretly picked another student to give a gift to.  It can be homemade or bought, but priced under $10.  Students love opening the present and trying to guess who gave it to them.  If I don't see you at the concert or sometime this week,  I wish you and your family a happy and joyous Christmas holiday.

Jim

Making felt for Xmas ornaments


Subjects

Math:   We are wrapping up our math unit on addition and subtraction.  We'll spend a bit of time on estimation and then start multiplication in the new year.    
   "Math is the science of patterns."
Reading:    We continue to use "word sorts"  two days a week.  We'll be doing a bit of Xmas reading this week along with some fun word games and activities.   
Writing:    Students are back to working with paragraph development.  
Science:  We finish our study of rocks and minerals this week.    
Social Studies: We've finished our mapping unit for this term and will focus on another theme after the holiday break.
Art:  Guess what?  Xmas pixel art!    
PE:    We've finished with folk dancing and after the break I'll be teaching the students how to jive.  
French:   This week we'll do some French Xmas activities. 














You are welcome to phone me or email me if you have  any questions about what is happening in class.  250-537-4962  or jlightfoot@sd64.bc.ca











  


Dec. 4, 2017

This week on Wednesday our class is going with the Kindergarten class to choose a Christmas tree for the school. This has been a tradition for several years now and we will still get the tree from the new owners of the tree farm next to the school.  It will be lots of fun.  If you wish to join us we will be leaving right after recess at 10:30.

Subjects

Math:   We are working with regrouping with addition this week.  I will be sending some math practice home for the students to completed by Thursday.   
   "Math is the science of patterns."
Reading:    We continue to use "word sorts"  two days a week.  On Tuesday I will give the students a spelling quiz to check on their mastery of the patterns they have been studying. We will practicing the play, "What, No Santa!" for our Christmas concert performance.  It should be fun.  
Writing:    Students are finishing a Christmas story which will be submitted to the annual Driftwood Christmas story contest.  It's due by Friday.
Science:   Our focus continues to be on rocks and minerals.  
Social Studies: We've finished our mapping unit for this term and will focus on another theme after the holiday break.
Art:  Students have had so much fun doing pixel art.  It's almost become an obsession with them!  
PE:    One day a week students have a dance class.  This week we'll be doing some square dancing.
French:   In French we are focusing on numbers up to 20 and days of the week. 














You are welcome to phone me or email me if you have  any questions about what is happening in class.  250-537-4962  or jlightfoot@sd64.bc.ca











  


Nov. 20, 2017

On Monday, students will be painting their west coast animal with Johanna.  She will be taking them with her to photograph and then make some cards from some of them to sell at the craft fair and other venues throughout the year.  The paintings will be displayed at the Fulford craft fair and then students will be able to take them home afterwards.  I think the paintings will be wonderful!
I've shared a schedule for Conferences on Nov. 29 through email.  You can sign up for a time at your convenience.  If you are unable to make a conference on that day let me know and we can arrange for another meeting time.

Subjects

Math:   This week we are using integers to help learn basic adding and subtracting facts. 
   "Math is the science of patterns."
Reading:    We continue to use "word sorts"  for spelling focusing on patterns of spelling (endings, inflections, etc.) 3 groups of students are working at different levels. We will also be reading a couple of Christmas plays this week and deciding what to do for the Christmas concert.  
Writing:    Students continue to learn about sentences and grammar.   We started a blog last week and I will continue showing students how to enter posts, pictures and even videos.  
Science:   Our focus now will be on geology--rocks and minerals.  
Social Studies: We continue looking at longitude and latitude on maps.
Art:  We will complete the animal paintings this week and will continue First Nations Carving wioth Quentin.   
PE:  We are focusing on volleyball skills.  One day a week students have a dance class.  This week we'll be doing some square dancing.
French:   In French we are focusing on numbers up to 20 and days of the week. 














You are welcome to phone me or email me if you have  any questions about what is happening in class.  250-537-4962  or jlightfoot@sd64.bc.ca











  


Nov. 14, 2017

This will be a short, but active week.   Each student will be painting their west coast animal with Johanna Hoskins on Tuesday.  Some of the paintings will be photographed and used as cards to sell at the Christmas Craft Fair and at other times during the year.  The money collected will be used to help fund art projects at the school.  On Thursday Quentin returns to do some carving with the students. 

It was an honour to perform the poem "We Shall Keep the Faith" at the Remembrance Day Ceremony at GISS.  The students did a great job presenting the poem in front of a large audience.

Subjects

Math:   This week we are starting to learn about integers (positive and negative) numbers and how to compare them and use them in addition and subtraction.
   "Math is the science of patterns."
Reading:    We are starting to use "word sorts" which is a spelling focusing on patterns of spelling (endings, inflections, etc.) 3 groups of students are working at different levels. 
Writing:    Students continue to learn about sentences and grammar.   We will be starting a blog this week.  
Science:   Our focus now will be on geology--rocks and minerals.  
Social Studies: We will be looking at longitude and latitude on maps.
Art:  We are completing the animal paintings and doing First Nations Carving.   
PE:  Students are practicing compass work, ultimate frisbee and we are focusing on fitness and flexibility. One day a week students have a dance class.  Next we'll be doing some square dancing.
French:   In French we are focusing on the greetings, numbers, and colours.














You are welcome to phone me or email me if you have  any questions about what is happening in class.  250-537-4962  or jlightfoot@sd64.bc.ca