A Leadership Opportunity
As the oldest students in our school, the Grade fives have a number of opportunities to volunteer and lead. This past week we began being student helpers in the classrooms of grade one and two students during the eating portion of the lunch break (our class does it on Tuesdays). Almost every student in grade five has stepped up for this opportunity, so we were forced to draw names to establish the first round of ‘helpers’. A new round will take place after Christmas to give as many students the opportunity to participate. Student partners will go out for their regular lunch recess and then eat their lunches with their assigned grade one or grade two classes and be available to help in whatever way they can (opening packages, helping tidy etc.). Our classroom is full of wonderful leaders and the Grade one and two classes have expressed their appreciation! What a great opportunity to help out the younger people in our school!
Grades 4 and 5 Hot Lunch – Wednesday, September 24th
* Just a reminder that hot lunch for Grades 1 – 3 students is the day before (September 23rd)
Terry Fox Walk – Friday, September 26th
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 – Morning of Tuesday, September 30th
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. Students who do not already have public library cards were given an application to fill out. If your child is interested in getting a library card, please complete the application that was sent home 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 10th
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 on Friday 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!
For more information, please visit www.lethbridgecornmaze.com
** Please note that district policy states that students may not ride in the front seat of a vehicle on a school field trip. This includes vehicles in which the front air bag can be switched off.
Peek at the Week
We continue to discuss first and second-hand data as we learn to interpret and create double bar graphs. This week students will practice constructing 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
Students have been learning card games to make practicing their basic facts at home. If you have a deck of cards on hand at home you can declare addition or multiplication War on your scholar. They will teach you how to play! If enough family member are home, then you can play Salute! On Friday we will complete our final baseline math fact assessment in the area of division. By now, scholars should have a regular routine for practice at home. Students will be challenged to improve their speed and accuracy over the coming months.
Students tackled the Top 100 Words Spelling Test this week and were very successful. The Top 16 Trouble Words have been compiled and were sent home with scholars who are asked to prepare for another assessment on Tuesday.
In our Reader’s Workshop this week, students were challenged to complete a Book Treasure Hunt
We continue to focus on reading comprehension as we work our way through Number the Stars. Encourage your young reader to practice these strategies during their at home reading routine.
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.
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…
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
Take this quiz when you think you are ready: Canada Quiz