Ms. Peeke-Vout's Blog

Welcome to Ms. Peeke-Vout's Class Blog! The purpose of this blog is to keep students and parents up to date on class activities and happenings. You will also find links relating to what we are studying and to enhance learning! Updates will be posted by Sunday afternoon or evening. Please feel free to contact me at megan.peeke-vout@lethsd.ab.ca if you have any questions, links, or suggestions!

Weeks of Oct. 21 – 25 and Oct. 28 – Nov. 1

Housekeeping Items

October 22 – Picture Retakes

October 24 – No School in afternoon

October 25 – No School

October 30 – Hot Lunch

October 31 – Halloween

The annual parade at Halloween with students moving around the school displaying their costumes will happen on Thursday, October 31at 12:30 p.m.

Students are asked not be dressed in their costumes for the morning (morning Early Education and kindergarten classes will be the exception) to allow for maximum use of instructional time.  Students will be able to change into costumes during the lunch break from 12:00-12:25.  Please simplify costumes to facilitate a quick change at lunch. 

The following students are signed up to bring snacks for our Halloween celebration which will begin after recess (approximately 2:05PM):

Cheese and Crackers – Austin

Veggies and Dip – Amy

Fruit Platter – Shaye

Juice and Napkins – Sammy

Cookies or Cupcakes – Carter

 

Peek at the Week

 

Math

Students showed what they knew on their Statistics and Probability test.  This week we are diving into our next unit on whole numbers.

In this unit, your child will:

•   Recognize and read numbers to 1 000 000.

•   Read and write numbers in standard, expanded, and written forms.

•   Use place value to represent numbers.

•   Estimate sums and differences, and select and use estimation strategies to determine if his or her calculations are reasonable.

•   Pose and solve problems using whole numbers.

Students are encouraged to use a variety of estimation strategies to add and subtract depending on situation and context. Calculating with number sense means that children look at the numbers and operations involved and choose the most efficient strategy. Ask your child to show you some of the different estimation strategies that he or she uses. Here’s a suggestion for an activity you can do at home:

Newspaper Numbers

Take a page each from a newspaper and circle all the numbers in the articles and advertisements on that page. Then talk about the circled numbers. Which are estimates? Which are not? How can you tell?

Next, both of you choose one number and describe it to one another in terms of its number of millions, ten thousands, thousands, hundreds, tens, and ones only. Then challenge your child to find your secret number while you identify her or his number.

We will be starting with a quick review of 4-digit numbers before we take a look at numbers to 100 000 and numbers to 1 000 000.

Check out these websites for some extra practice with larger numbers:

Finding Place Values

Identifying Place Values

Make the Largest Number You Can

Place Value to Thousands

Place Value to One Hundred Thousands 

Guess the Number

Language Arts

Thank-you parents for helping out your little historians by supplying them with information about their ancestory!  We have had some wonderful conversations about our family’s origins. 

Over the next few weeks, I am very excited to introduce the Autobiography written project ( a three-paragraph written piece: past, present and future) which will lead to discussion of the wrap-up activities and final presentation. Students can look forward to signing up for their presentation date and time (presentations taking place in November). The rest of this month will be used to write the stories of our lives as well as complete various individual activities chosen by students in preparation for the final presentations. The final presentation must include the written portion but beyond that, students can choose the format and activity that will make up the 5- 10 minute (maximum) presentation. I will supply students with a handout of ideas: “100 Product Possibilities” and will be showing many sample projects from years past next week, but it’s never too early to begin the brainstorming process. Over the years, students have made posters, brochures, movie commercials, dioramas, PowerPoints, demonstrations, puppet shows, SmileBox and Xtranormal movie makers, giant books, songs, plays and games. Students get to choose whichever way they feel they can best present themselves to the class. This project is a wonderful way to celebrate the unique and amazing individuals we all are!

Over the next few weeks will be busy with pre-writing activities for their Autobiography written piece.  Please watch for activities that students will need your help to complete!   Once we’ve webbed for each of the three paragraphs (past, present, future), we will begin drafting the written portion.

Social Studies

Following a quiz about Canada’s provinces and territories and their capitals on Monday, a discussion will be held about what makes a region (what would you want to know about a place before picking up and moving there) and will be reviewed next week along with further exploration of Canada’s regions and the creation of our passports as we get set to travel to our first destination: the Atlantic Region of Canada!

 

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Weeks of September 23 – 27 and September 30 – October 4

Housekeeping Items

Parent Council Classroom Rep. Needed!  Please let me know if you are interested! 

Magazine Fundraiser Information

The Friends of Mike Mountain Horse annual magazine fundraiser will begin on September 18th. If you have been receiving renewal notices in the mail,please remember that CCRP will honor the cost quoted on the renewal notice as long as it is handed in with the students order for this year. If you would like to go online to view the magazine choices, please go to www.ccrp.ca and use our school code of AB1633.

Terry Fox Walk – Friday, September 27th

We will be gathering together with Dr. Probe and Nicholas Sheran Schools on Friday, September 27th to walk in honour of a great Canadian, Terry Fox.  33 year ago, Terry Fox set out on his Marathon of Hope to run across Canada in an effort to raise $1 for every Canadian to put towards cancer research and awareness.  In keeping with the special spirit of Terry Fox and of our school, our goal is to collect $2 per student.  That is, a Toonie for Terry!  Terry Fox worked tirelessly running a marathon every day to earn money for cancer research and we are encouraging students to do a job or task to earn the money or to donate their own money if they choose.  Everyone is welcome to take part in our walk. Wear your school colors—blue and gold that day!  Details and pledge forms were sent home last week.

Crossings Branch Library Tour – Thursday, October 3rd

We will be walking from MMH to the Crossings Branch Library (located in the same building as Chinook High School).  Students will receive a tour of the facility, have the chance to explore the space, receive information about programs available for their age level, as well as have the chance to sign up for a library card.  Information was sent home last week regarding this field trip.  If your child is interested in getting a library card, please complete the application and send it back to school with your child.  If you would like to join us on this library adventure, please let me know!

Corn Maze – Friday, October 4th

How exciting!  We are going to tell our students to “get lost” when we take them to the Lethbridge Corn Maze!  Information will be sent out this week and students MUST return their signed permission slip in order to take part in this field trip.  This adventure wouldn’t be possible without parent volunteers.  If you are able to join us that morning, please let me know or send back the form included in the information sent home.  We look forward to having you along!

Peek at the Week

Math

Last week we learned all about first and second-hand data and began interpreting double bard graphs.  This week students will learn to construct double bar graphs and will prepare to demontrate their understanding of collecting and displaying data.  Your scholar should be able to:

  • Determine the attributes (title, axes, intervals, and legend) of a double bar graph
  • Represent a given set of data by creating a double bar graph, label the title and axes, and create a legend
  • Draw conclusions from a given double bar graph to answer questions
  • Solve a given problem by constructing and interpreting a double bar graph

We will start tackling some strategies for quick recall of addition and subtraction basic facts.  By now, scholars should have a regular routine for practice at home.  Students will be challenged to improve their speed and accuracy over the next month.

Students will kick this week off by conducting a survey and gathering first-hand data from classes throughout our school.  They will be demonstrating their understanding of double bar graphs by graphing their data and drawing conclusions.  We are looking forward to introducing probability through a variety of experiments this week and next.  Students will be using words such as impossible, possible,and certain, to describe the likelihood of a single outcome and words such as less likely, equally likely, and more likely to compare the likelihood of two possible outcomes occurring.

Feel free to explore probability from home using the following links:

Probability Fair

http://www.kidsmathgamesonline.com/numbers/probability.html

http://www.mathplayground.com/probability.html

http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/chances/

http://www.mathgoodies.com/lessons/vol6/intro_probability.html

http://www.harcourtschool.com/elab/act_5_11.html

Language Arts

This week students will tackle the Top 100 Words spelling test!  The trick to success?  Understanding what homophones are!  Homophones are words that sound the same as one or more other words but are different in meaning and sometimes spelling.  Our 100 most commonly used words includes many homophones. Students received a helpful hints sheet demystifying their, there, and they’re; two, to, and too; your and you’re; and its and it’s.  Our aim is mastery of even these most trickiest of words!

We have reviewed and practiced the following reading comprehension strategies as we work our way through Number the Stars:

Predicting

Before reading – I preview the front and back cover. I study the illustrations and headings. I make predictions using clues from the text.

During reading – I stop and use clues from the reading to make more predictions or to change my predictions.

After reading – I check my predictions to see if they came about in the text.

Visualizing

In my mind I see…

This setting looks like…

The characters look like…

I can describe the pictures I create in my head using words and pictures…

Questioning

Questioning is linked to predicting. If the prediction is, “The group will accept Mary as a new friend,” the related question would be, “Will the group accept Mary as a friend?” Like predicting, questioning makes you more aware of the details that follow.

What if…

I wonder…

What does ______  mean?

This week  we will be focusing on connecting:

Making connections between what I am reading and…

…something in my own life experience.

…another story or text I have seen before.

…something that has happened or is happening in the world.

Social Studies

Students did an excellent job of presenting their ‘Special Place in Canada’.   It is clear that these scholars know the importance of taking time to prepare!  Before we take off on our trip across Canada, there are a few questions we will be exploring and reviewing this week:
What does Canada look like?
How many provinces and territories does it have? What are they? Where are they located?
Which bodies of water should we be familiar with before we take off?
Mapping Canada will be our focus this week and next, students will want to check out these neat links to get in some extra practice before the provinces and territories and their capitals quiz in the upcoming weeks.

CG Kids: Map it Canada

CG Kids: Map of Canada Puzzle
 
CG Kids: Atlas Online
CG Kids: Games
Your Child Learns:  Canada Map Puzzle
Take this quiz when you think you are ready:  Canada Quiz
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Weeks of September 9th – 20th

What an amazing kick off to Grade 5!  It has been a pleasure getting to know this year’s Grade 5 crew!  Our classroom family is proving to be a kind and caring group of individuals who are all ready and eager to try their best and have fun learning!

Waterton Parent Meeting

Thank-you for coming out!  Many questions were answered and more detailed information will be sent out within the next few weeks.

Meet the Teacher Night

Meet the Teacher Night is Thursday, September 10th from 6PM – 7PM.
Thank you in advance to everyone who came out to ‘meet the teacher’ and check out our classroom. It was great to see you all and I am very excited to be working with you this year. Please send back to school any forms you have filled out as soon as possible. Thanks!

Thank you to everyone who signed up to bring snacks to our celebrations taking place throughout the school year. The list is almost full, if you didn’t have the chance to sign up for something, please let me know and we’ll put your name down. Of course you don’t have to be signed up in order to send something, we just want to be sure the basics are covered. A reminder of who signed up for what will be sent home within the next few weeks and will be posted on the blog when we get closer to each celebration.

*Our school council has asked for a parent representative from each classroom. We have yet to name that person, so if you are interested in committing one evening per month to attend the meetings with the option of further involvement in their activities, please let me know as soon as possible. We are incredibly grateful to anyone who is willing to give in this way! I will be attending the first meeting this week, so the committment will begin in October.

Housekeeping Items:
*Our office staff have sent out the MMH school newsletter via email. If you have not received it yet, please contact our office personnel: 403-381-2211. It is also available on our website:
http://mmh.lethsd.ab.ca/Pages/Newsletter.aspx

Classroom Newsletter:

September newsletter

Students have the opportunity to use technology in the classroom!  The district has laid out a specific set of guidelines that students must follow in order to have the privilege of using this technology – please click the link below to review the guidelines!

MMH Laptop Student Page

Important Upcoming Dates:
Wednesday, September 18th: Magazine Fundraiser Kick-Off
Friday September 27th: Annual Terry Fox Walk

Peek at the next few Weeks:

Language Arts:

What do good readers do? Students will focus on this question and begin sharpening effective reading comprehension strategies this week as we dive into our first novel: Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

Word Study:
*Top 100 words: We will begin our year with mastering the spelling of the most commonly used words. The Reading Teachers Book of Lists claims that the first 25 words of this list make up about one-third of all printed material in English, and that these 100 make up about one-half of all written material. It is essential that students know how to spell these words; therefore a test will be given weekly in September (and October?) in an attempt to get as many students to master the words as soon as possible. Once a student scores 100%, he/she will not be required to retake the test and will have free time while others continue working toward mastering the words. Our first attempt will be the week of September 16th – 20th (yes, ALL 100!).
I’ve added the list (in two parts) to Spelling City. Check out the link below to start practicing:
http://www.spellingcity.com/peekevme/

Handwriting:
I would like to applaud students for giving their best efforts to handwrite their work, keep it up! We plan to begin a more structured practise of our handwriting program this week.

Math:
We will begin this week with some basic math fact (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) assessments.  This is meant to have students evaluate where they are at in memorizing their facts so they can begin setting up an effective math fact practice routine.

Students are encouraged to practise their basic facts (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division) at home as regularly as possible.  They may wish to check out the math sites available on this blog (click on Math Links tab to the right) in preparation (of course any other way of practising, i.e. flashcards, competition with parents and siblings, games etc are also great). As was discussed in class last week, if these facts are quick, we knock down obstacles (or hurdles) to learning new math concepts all year long!

We will jump into our first math unit: Statistics and Probability this week. By the end of the week your scholar should be able to:

  • explain the difference between first-hand and second-hand data
  • formulate a question that can best be answered using first-hand data, and explain why
  • formulate a question that can best be answered using second-hand data, and explain why
  • find examples of second-hand data in print and electronic media
  • determine the attributes (title, axes, intervals and legend) of double bar graphs and draw conclusions from a given double bar graph to answer questions.

Social Studies:

We will open our study of Canada by finding out what students already know about our great country…and the world! Students will also be preparing for and giving a 1-minute presentation of ‘My Special Place in Canada’. Though we will review expectations for the presentation in class, I’ve included the guidelines here in order to help students get set for success.  Presentations will take place on Monday, September 16th.
Guidelines for informal oral presentation:

1) Pick any location in Canada. It may be a spot you’ve visited, somewhere a relative or special friend lives or a place to which you would like to travel someday.

2) Be prepared to:
a) name the place,
b) locate it on the big map of Canada and
c) explain why it is special to you!

3) You may choose to enhance your one minute presentation with a picture or other souvenir/significant object.
Please feel free to contact me via email if you have any questions or concerns.
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