JUNE 10, 2018

This is a big week with all the practices and rehearsals for the Wizard of Oz plus 3 performances.  I sent a note home on Thursday about the play reminding students to be at school no later than 6:00 on both Wednesday and Thursday evenings and earlier if they have lots of make up or a difficult costume to put on.  If you are unable to make an evening performance we are presenting the play to the school at 1:00 on Wednesday.  We are sooooo excited about performing the play and know you will really enjoy it!





On Thursday our class along with Mr. MacQueen's are joining other grade 4/5 classes across the district to participate in Aboriginal Day at Burgoyne bay.  Students will be grouped in 4s to be with other students from other schools and will go to 4 stations throughout the day that will focus on First Nation activities.  Students should bring appropriate clothing and extra drinks and snacks.  A salmon lunch will be provided. 





May 14, 2018

 On Tuesday, May 29 at 1:00 we will be planning the sets for the play.  We'd love to have some parents there to help with ideas, suggestions, and some artistic ideas.  Let me know if you can make it.


At the Fulford dock with the Coast Guard

Subjects

Math:  We will be looking at decimal fractions this week.
   "Math is the science of patterns."
Reading:   Our focus before recess is on our end of the year play, "The Wizard of Oz".  It takes about an hour to go through the play with music.  We are now practicing the play with "blocking"--students stand and use actions while reading their script.
Writing:   We will look at writing chapter stories.  
Science:  We continue coding with Scratch.  Students are learning to create simple games. 
Art:  We are looking at drawing 3-d objects in art and Wizard of Oz drawings.  
PE:    In PE we will be doing some outdoor games and fitness activities.
French:   In French we will be learning about months, seasons, the weather, as well as beginning to have some short dialogues and conversations.  Students will be using an app called Duolingo in French time for basic language practice.  



May 14, 2018

This Tuesday grade 5 students are going to SIMS for bridging day which is an opportunity for the students to meet with other grade 5s from the school district and have some fun together at 4 different stations throughout the day.  It's always fun for the class!

We are well on our way with our practice with the Wizard of Oz.  Everyone is very excited about the play, the roles that have been picked, and the great songs that we've been practicing daily.  On Tuesday, May 29 at 1:00 we will be planning the sets for the play.  We'd love to have some parents there to help with ideas, suggestions, and some artistic ideas.  If you can make it please let me know.


Subjects

Math:  We continue a unit on fractions.
   "Math is the science of patterns."
Reading:   Our focus before recess is on our end of the year play, "The Wizard of Oz".  It takes about an hour to go through the play with music.  The class practices in 2 groups.
Writing:   We conclude writing memoirs and next will look at writing chapter stories.  
Science:  We continue coding with Scratch.  Students are learning to create simple games. 
Art:  We are looking at drawing 3-d objects in art and Wizard of Oz drawings.  
PE:    Our focus is track and field for the next two weeks as the school district track meet is May 23.
French:   In French we will be learning about months, seasons, the weather, as well as beginning to have some short dialogues and conversations.  Students will be using an app called Duolingo in French time for basic language practice.  


April 30, 2018

We had a great trip to Pender last week!  It was fun spending time with the friendly grade 3/4/5 class playing games, learning how to play wheelchair basketball, exploring their school and playground, and sharing snacks.  I will try to invite Mr. Kennedy and his class to Fulford School for a visit later in the year. 
This week we will finalize the roles for the play Wizard of Oz  we are performing on June 13 and 14.  We will be practicing reading and singing songs from the play daily.  In a few weeks we will be planning the sets for the play and I will need the help of some parents with ideas, costumes, and the art work.  I'll let you know when we have the planning day at school. 

Subjects

Math:  This week we will wrap up geometry and then start a unit on fractions.
   "Math is the science of patterns."
Reading:    We continue "word sorts"  twice a week with spelling quizzes on the words every two weeks.   Students will be reading Greek myths in reading groups. Our focus before recess is on our end of the year play, "The Wizard of Oz".
Writing:   This week and next we focus on writing memoirs.    
Science:  We continue learning how to code using Scratch.  Students will be using the iPads to code their Mindstorm robots they have built.  We'll continue this for another week or two.  
Social Studies: You can now view the Barkerville models which are on display next to the library. 
Art:  We are looking at drawing 3-d objects in art.   
PE:    This term we will focus on badminton and gymnastics.    In dance, Tanya has given us one tango lesson and we'll have another one this week.  
French:   In French we will be learning about months, seasons, the weather, as well as beginning to have some short dialogues and conversations.  Students will be using an app called Duolingo in French time for basic language practice.  


April 15, 2018

After reading several scripts and discussing the pros and cons of each one, the class has chosen "The Wizard of Oz" as the play we will be performing for our year-end play.  This week we will be reviewing the play and students will be choosing roles they wish to act in the play.  This may take several days to sort out as we work through the play.  For the lead roles I always double cast the main parts so that more students have an opportunity to have major roles.  I will be needing help from parents with set design and costumes so if you are interested let me know.  I'll let you know when we are ready to start working on those areas for the play. 

Subjects

Math:  We continue to focus on geometry. Students are learning about lines and geometric shapes.
   "Math is the science of patterns."
Reading:    We continue "word sorts"  twice a week with spelling quizzes on the words every two weeks.   Students are working on story boards for a fable, myth or legends.  We continue to work on drama often in class and will now be focusing on our end of the year play, "The Wizard of Oz".
Writing:   Our focus on writing is poetry because April is poetry month!    
Science:  Students have been working on the online coding program "Scratch".  They have been having a great time learning creative ways to code and make drawing programs, animations, and some simple games.  They are able to access Scratch at home if they wish.   Tomorrow students will begin working on Lego Mindstorms which will be an exciting activity for them.  They will learn to build and program a quite complex robot that can do a multiple of activities.  Students will work as partners to build, design, and program the robots.  
Social Studies: We have nearly finished making the models for Barkerville and will set them up for display soon.  I'll let you know when you can come see them at school.  
Art:  We are looking at drawing 3-d objects in art.   
PE:    This term we will focus on badminton and gymnastics.    In dance, we continue with jiving and Tanya (our secretary) is going to teach the class a couple of tango lessons.  Should be fun.!  
French:   In French we will be learning about months, seasons, the weather, as well as beginning to have some short dialogues and conversations.  Students will be using an app called Duolingo in French time for basic language practice.  


April 3, 2018

I hope everyone had a great spring break and that you had a chance to do some outdoor activities.  When you arrive at the school you'll see the amazing mural that has been put up last week.  It's the west coast nature mural with First Nations themes that Johanna Hoskins has been working with the classes with since January.  Simply put, the mural is stunning!  What a great effort by everyone, but especially Johanna and her colleague Karen. 

This week we will be getting back to the routines with lots of activities and projects to start. We'll be looking at some final scripts and then choosing a play that we will perform in June.  I'll let you know when we make a decision, likely next week. 

Subjects

Math:  We finish division this week and then will be focusing on either fractions or geometry.
   "Math is the science of patterns."
Reading:    We continue "word sorts"  twice a week with spelling quizzes on the words every two weeks.   The theme for the next few weeks will be fables, myths and legends.  Students will be reading a variety of these and then completing some activities on a story they choose. On Thursdays we focus on scripts and drama activities.
Writing:   Students will be focusing on writing a memoir in the next few days.    
Science:  This we starting a new coding program called Scratch.  It's a fun and creative online coding program that let's student learn and explore ways to use coding to create games and images.   We'll be also be working with lego Mindstorms which are more complex and advanced robots.  Students will work as partners to build, design, and program the robots.  
Social Studies: We will finish off our unit on Barkerville by building models of the business students have chosen.  This will take a couple of weeks then we will put the work on display for the school to see.  I'll let you know when you can see the projects at school.  
Art:  We continue to look at colour in different media in art.   
PE:    This term we will focus on badminton and gymnastics.    In dance, we continue with jiving and Tanya (our secretary) is going to teach the class a couple of tango lessons.  Should be fun.\!  
French:   In French we will be learning about months, seasons, the weather, as well as beginning to have some short dialogues and conversations.  Students will be using an app called Duolingo in French time for basic language practice.  


March 5, 2018

This week we are busy with basketball games for both boys and girls.  The boys play SSE at Fulford on Tuesday at lunch and travel to Fernwood to play on Wednesday.  The girls play at SSE on Wednesday and then next Tuesday at Fulford.  Parent/student/teacher interviews are on Thursday afternoon.  Please sign up at the link below.  If you are able to meet with me that day we can arrange to meet another time.

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Subjects

Math:  We will complete multiplying 2 x 2 digit numbers this week and then begin looking more closely at division.
   "Math is the science of patterns."
Reading:    We continue "word sorts"  twice a week with spelling quizzes on the words every two weeks.   Students are working on activities they have chosen relevant to the novels "My Side of the Mountain" and "Misty of Chincoteague". On Thursdays we focus on Reader's Theatre, scripts, and drama activities.
Writing:   Students are working on creative writing with "story starters".  I give them the beginning sentence or two of a story and they write the rest.  It's interesting to see what the students write and it helps the students to be more flexible and focused on their writing.   
Science:  This will be the last week working with lego robotics.  Students will be able to show their robotic creations to parents at the interview meetings on Thursday.  Next we'll be working with lego Mindstorms after spring break.  
Social Studies: We are in Barkerville and students have chosen a business to work at there.  The business they have is an authentic business that existed in Barkerville in the 1860s.    Students have started to make business cards and this week they will make a business card holder out of wood and a poster advertising their business.  
Art:  We continue to look at colour in different media in art.   
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. 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.