The students started off the day today working on language. In today's class the students started off the day with note writing. This is an important type of writing for the students to be able to do successfully. As a class we explored the different reasons people write notes (reminders, thank-yous, best wishes, etc.) and went over the proper format for note writing. Students then had a chance to write their own notes to a person of their choice, on a topic of their choice. We then moved on to Language where the students continued practising their writing techniques. We reviewed the important elements of proper letter writing that we have discussed to date, and the students were then asked to write a friendly letter to a friend of a topic of their choice. Ask your child tonight what they chose to write about today!
During our Unit of Inquiry today the students had a lot of fun doing an experiment using the force of magnetism. As a class we had a review of the scientific method (observation, question, hypothesis, experiment and conclusion). The students then used their knowledge of the scientific method to create an experiment using paper clips, magnets and other objects from around the classroom. Students were asked to experiment with the magnets on methods of separating the paper clips from the other objects using a pushing and then a pulling force. Once the experiment was complete, the students used their knowledge they collected to answer questions about magnetic force. Students had a lot of fun seeing magnetic force in action today! See some pictures of the students in their experiment at the end of this posting!
During mathematics today the students continued working on division. As a class we reviewed what we learned about division in yesterday's class (groups are able to be divided up into smaller objects which create division sentences). In today's class the students practised creating and using arrays to help them solve division questions. The students practised using arrays to help solve division questions in their Homework and Practice books. The students also worked on their Abeka Arithmetic where they focused on counting money, multiplication, addition, subtraction and place value. Our next math unit test for this unit on multiplication and division will be taking place next Wednesday, December 18th. A review package for this unit has come home with all students tonight to help them prepare for the test at home. The questions I have circled throughout the review package are a direct reflection of the questions that will be asked on the unit test. Please help me to encourage your child to review this important study guide. As always, we will be working on a unit review during our math period all of next week to help students prepare for this unit test during class time.
Students also went to PE, Art and French classes.
Homework: Read for 2o minutes and record in the reading log, practice weekly spelling words, Language pages 78 - 79, and Abeka pages 41 - 42.
Important information: The math re-test for our geometry unit will be taking place tomorrow for all students who scored an 84% or lower on the original test.
A field trip form has gone home with all students tonight regarding our next class trip to Streetsville Bowl. This trip will take place on December 19th, as part of our UOI which is exploring forces and movements. The signed trip form and a payment of $9 is due back by Monday, December 16th if your child is able to attend.
Ms. Chin's grade 6 class is running a toy drive and bake sale this week. Items start at 25 cents and go up to $5. The proceeds from the sale will be donated to World Vision to sponsor a child for the Christmas season.
The next casual day is on December 18th.
The Christmas concert is taking place on December 18th at 7pm. All SJA families and friends are invited to attend! It is going to be a wonderful evening.
Lunch forms for the month of January have gone home with all students. Forms and money are due back no later than December 13th if you are interested in ordering a hot lunch for your child.
December 19th is a red, green and white Spirit Day at SJA! Students are encouraged to come dressed in red, green and white!
The last day of school before the holidays is on December 19th, which is a full day of school. There is no school at all on December 20th. Families have the option of registering their children for a karate camp on the 20th if they so choose. Please contact Mr. Monaghan for more information. firstname.lastname@example.org.
School does not resume until Tuesday, January 7th after the Christmas holidays.