January 14, 2018

Measurement

LENGTH AND PERIMETER

BIG IDEAS:

(taken from “Big Ideas by Dr. Small”):
  1. There is always value in estimating a measurement.
  2. The length of an object is a one-dimensional attribute. Length can be the measurement of a single measure of an object or a combined linear measure, like perimeter.

STUDENT LEARNING GOALS:

GOAL: I can convert metric units between kilometres, metres, centimetres and millimetres.
GOAL: I can use a ruler to measure to nearest tenth of centimeter (i.e. mm).

CURRICULUM EXPECTATIONS:

  • select and justify the most appropriate standard unit (i.e., millimetre, centimetre, decimetre, metre, kilometre) to measure length, height, width, and distance;
  • solve problems requiring conversion from metres to centimetres and from kilometres to metres (Sample problem: Describe the multiplicative relationship between the number of centimetres and the number of metres that represent a length. Use this relationship to convert 5.1 m to centimetres.);

December 17, 2017

The 3rd Week of Advent!


Today marks the 3rd week of Advent. Today Jesus talks about John the Baptist. He told about the coming of Jesus. We also know from the scripture that John was the son of Mary’s cousin Elizabeth. John told the people to prepare the way for the coming of God. This week we light the third candle. This candle is pink.  It symbolizes joy. Think about the joy that comes from the love of Jesus.  May we spread the joy of Jesus’ love with everyone we meet.

In this Advent season, we can plan weekly actions that help us to prepare for the coming of Jesus. How can you open your heart to get ready for Jesus?


God our Father, help us to continue to keep peace in our hearts as we come closer to Christmas. We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen 

Upcoming Events 
Reminder this week is Christmas stocking week!
Dec 20- Christmas Craft at 1:00- parents welcome
Dec 21- Snowflake Sale
Dec 22- Last day before Christmas Break

December 9, 2017

PEACE

Today marks the lighting of the 2nd purple advent candle. We patiently await the coming of baby Jesus. Again,  candles symbolize our longing, our desire, and our hope. Remember the three "advents" or "comings"? We want to recall that Jesus came in the past to save us from our sin and death. We want to experience his coming to us now, in our everyday lives. When we woke up, each day this past week, we lit that candle in our hearts taking a few moments to focus on God, thanking him for today and for sending his Son.

Prayer for the second week of advent

Father in heaven,
the day draws near when the glory of your Son
will make radiant the night of the waiting world.
May the lure of greed not impede us from the joy
which moves the hearts of those who seek him.
May the darkness not blind us
to the vision of wisdom
which fills the minds of those who find him.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.

Students have expressed an interest in doing a Secret Santa in class. I have agreed to let them participate in this activity. I have asked students to put a little twist on the traditional idea of secret santa. On the last week of school, all students chose to participate in the secret santa. On Monday, they are making a Christmas card, Tuesday they are making something, Wednesday- something to eat, Thursday- Act of Kindness and Friday 1 gift below $5 dollars. I have stressed to students to please adhere to the money amount.

Upcoming Events in our Classroom and School

Christmas Advent Mass- December 15, 2017 @ 9:30
Christmas Movie Night (Parent Council)- December 15, 2017
Christmas Craft Day- December  20, 2017
Snowflake Sale-December 21, 2017


December 3, 2017

Advent Begins

Today we begin Advent, we light one candle today symbolizing our longing, our desire, our HOPE in the coming of Jesus. As we come together as a school community in the spirit of Advent let us pray and remind ourselves of the symbols and their meanings. 

The advent wreath is green, the colour of new life and hope.  Green reminds us of the newborn Jesus, who came to show us the way to everlasting life.  Green reminds us of the gift of new life we received at baptism.  Green also reminds us that we are people of hope, because God is always with us, to raise us up when we are sad, when we are sick and even when we die.

The advent wreath has three purple candles and one pink candle.  Purple is the colour of kings and queens.  It is also the colour of penance: the small sacrifices we make to welcome Jesus in our hearts and to prepare ourselves to meet with him on Christmas Day.

Pink is the colour of Joy.  It reminds us of the joy of meeting Jesus at Christmas.

The Advent wreath is made in a circle, with no beginning or end.  It reminds us of God’s everlasting love, which has no beginning or end. We light our Advent wreath from a single candle.  This candle reminds us of Jesus, who comes to us as Light of the World.

During this Advent season, let us try to remember the special times in our lives when we walked in God’s light.  Sharing our faith as a family here at our school is a wonderful way to prepare our hearts for the coming of Lord Jesus.

A prayer for the first week of Advent

God of hope, who brought love into this world,
be the love that dwells between us.
God of hope, who brought peace into this world,
be the peace that dwells between us.
God of hope, who brought joy into this world,
be the joy that dwells between us.
God of hope, the rock we stand upon,
be the centre, the focus of our lives
always, and particularly this Advent time.

God Bless
A. Porcari

November 19, 2017

2D Geometry Focus

ANGLES AND SHAPES

BIG IDEAS:

(taken from “Big Ideas by Dr. Small”):
  • Some attributes of shapes are quantitative, others are qualitative.
  • Geometric shapes can be classified and sorted according to attributes.
  • The measurement of an angle is defined by how much one arm turns around a vertex relative to the other arm.

STUDENT LEARNING GOALS:

GOAL: I can classify angles and construct them up to 90°
GOAL: I can classify triangles and other polygons based on both angles and side lengths.
GOAL: I can construct a triangle and other polygons based on specified criteria.

CURRICULUM EXPECTATIONS:

  • sort and classify quadrilaterals by geometric properties related to symmetry, angles, and sides, through investigation using a variety of tools (e.g., geoboard, dynamic geometry software) and strategies (e.g., using charts, using Venn diagrams);
  • sort polygons according to the number of lines of symmetry and the order of rotational symmetry, through investigation using a variety of tools (e.g., tracing paper, dynamic geometry software, Mira)
  • measure and construct angles up to 180° using a protractor, and classify them as acute, right, obtuse, or straight angles;
  • construct polygons using a variety of tools, given angle and side measurements

November 12, 2017

Update

I would like to thank all parents who made it out to parent-teacher interviews. It is great to touch base and discuss your child's strengths and next steps.

We have a busy week ahead of us! This coming Wednesday, a group of grade 6 students have been selected to attend this year's WeDay at Canadian Tire Centre. This was a tough decision from Mrs. Walton and myself since there were so many amazing submissions. If we could take all of you we WOULD! Those students who will remain at school will have the opportunity to watch WeDay Live at school with the other grade 6 students.

This week in math we continue to work on patterns. Students are need some extra practice at extending patterns based on given rules. Please review with your child. Always great to try some extra practice in my earlier posts on patterning. You will find some links to games and videos. This week we are going to wrap patterning up with a focus on graphing patterns, and extending tables of values.



In language, we continue to read our novels and answer comprehension questions. Our topic of focus this month has been on Remembrance Day- war, holocausts, WWI, WWII. Students continue to make connections as they are reading to texts, the world, and themselves. Students are encouraged to continue to practice this at home while reading independently.

Some snapshots from last week, students in my class were responsible for the Remembrance
day ceremony, take a look at some of the posts, as well as the poem and video created by Azriel in our class.