December 18, 2016

LOVE

Today marks the 4th week of Advent. We light the last purple candle that symbolizes LOVE. In this Fourth Week of Advent, our final days of preparation before Christmas, we ask Christ to forgive us for our sins and, through His grace, to create us anew when He comes. This week is also a time to recollect, to reflect on our Advent journey. If we have let the hustle and bustle of the season get in the way of our spiritual preparations for Christmas, we have one last chance to refocus—and the light of the candles on the Advent wreath can be a symbol of our focus, as well as a symbol of the light of Christ.

A prayer for the 4th week of advent:

Lord, hurry and come to us. May your light shine in our lives, so that we may be freed from sin. Protect us from all anxiety as we wait in joyful hope for your coming as our savior: For the kingdom, the power and glory are yours now and forever. Amen.


Upcoming Events this week:
Dec 20- Play at St. FX
Dec 21- 1:00pm Craft Afternoon, parents are welcome to join 
Dec 22- Snowflake Sale
Dec 23- Last Day of School before Christmas and PJ Day

December 11, 2016

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 
Dec 16- Advent Mass at church 9:30
Dec 20- Christmas Play at St. FX
Dec 21- Christmas Craft at 1:00- parents welcome
Dec 22- Snowflake Sale
Dec 23- Last day before Christmas Break

December 7, 2016

PEACE

Sorry for the late post this week. I am happy to say I am beginning to feel better! 

This past Sunday marked the lighting of the 2nd purple advent candle. We patiently await the coming of baby Jesus. Again, they 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. 

Upcoming Events in our Classroom and School

Book Fair runs until this coming Friday Dec 9
Rainbow Looms have been on sale all week this week and last week. We will announce a grand total soon.
Snowflake Sale will take place on Dec 22, please continue to bring in items 


November 27, 2016

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.

November 20, 2016

Winter has Arrived

Winter has arrived! No green Christmas this year! It has hard to believe that we are already almost a month away from Christmas...where has the time gone! Big thank you to all the parents who came out to parent teacher interviews. It is great to meet and talk about your child's education. In the classroom we have been very busy working on various curriculum expectations. 

In Numeracy, our focus is currently on creating and extending various numeric and geometric patterns. We have definitely come up with a great list of strategies to use when showing our thinking around patterns. Although our focus has been on patterning, our patterns have looked at other areas of the curriculum such as, perimeter, graphing as well as transformation geometry. We should wrap up our focus on patterns and move to 2D Geometry by the beginning of next week.

In Literacy, we are currently making connections as we read, by reading and listening to music as a form of text. We are making more meaningful connections by digging deep into our schema and connecting with characters, author's messages, settings and problems. We continue to make connections to the world around us, ourselves and to other texts as well. 

In writing, our focus has been on opinion writing and looking for ways to hook our readers. We are focusing our writing on introductions. We are hooking our reader, stating our position and briefly describing three reasons and a conclusion. Ask your child to show you what they have been working on in their Google Drive Folder (Language).

Please stay tuned in the next couple of weeks, with Christmas fast approaching we will be holding some exciting events at school.

A Porcari

November 13, 2016

Update

Hello Warm Weather! Let's hope this warm weather stays with us tomorrow on our field trip. Tomorrow we will be heading to Baxter Conservation for a day of team building and collaboration. I encouraged all students to dress according to the weather because we will be outside ALL DAY.  We have a short week this week with a PD day this coming Friday.

If you have not booked your interview time with me and would still like to book, please do so using the form found here Link to Interview Form.

I will update later this week some things that are happening in our classroom.

Have a great week
A. Porcari

November 7, 2016

Update

Update

Last week you received your child's progress report. I have touched base with some of you over the phone regarding your son or daughter's progress. I like to try and touch base with all my parents. Please feel free to book an interview to talk about your child's progress. I have attached a form on my blog and twitter where you can book an interview time.

In regards to homework, thank you to everyone for your feedback. I am still processing all this great information. I have made some adjustments based on parent feedback to this week's homework. A few mentioned they would like to see more academic choices. I have added a math workbook option starting this week. Each child in my class has a math workbook that they are free to take home to do some extra practice. I would like that book to come back and forth with your child everyday. I will post what we are currently focusing on in class and the pages will reflect that focus. Other than that, the homework remains the same. Here is what the new homework form looks like that we have tweaked from Mr. Cameron.

November 6, 2016

Hello

I am sorry but I received a note from the developer of the program I use to set up interviews. Some kind of glitch has happened. I have some times recorded and I will confirm tomorrow via the agenda. If you do not see a note from me it means a time was not confirmed. I will try this one more time and then I will have no choice but to ask you to call the school to book.

Keeping fingers crossed, here is the new form to book interviews


November 5, 2016

Please double check your interview time

Hello

Thank you to parents who are signing up online to book interviews! Can you please check to see that your time that you booked disappeared. I had a lot of times missing but only 6 responses so just check to see that your time no longer appears. I will write notes in the agenda to ensure we have the right times. Not sure what happened ....have used this in the past and this has never occurred.

October 23, 2016

Couple of weeks in review

Sorry for the late post this evening. I attended a technology conference related to education this past weekend and have learned so many new things that I can't wait to share with the classroom.

Firstly, I would like to give a big thank you to all the parents who have given me feedback regarding homework. This is very valuable information for me. Students will complete their first round of homework on Monday and I am excited to read their reflections.

This past week, we began our launch into patterning. Here are some of the expectations students will be learning about with patterns. Below are some games and videos students can watch as reinforcement.

BIG IDEAS

  1. Patterns represent identified regularities. There is always an element of repetition.
  2. Patterns can be represented in a variety of ways (i.e. pictures, words, graphs, sequences, tables).
  3. Some ways of displaying data highlight patterns.
  4. By identifying the element of repetition, one can make predictions related to the pattern
GOAL: I can classify, extended and describe patterns.
GOAL: I can represent a pattern in different ways (e.g. as a table, in pictures).
GOAL: I can make predictions related to a specific pattern.
In language we have been working on creating digital citizenship video's with a message about being responsible on the internet. Please check back later this week to watch some of the videos when I upload them!

As part of our WeSchool initiative, we are still collecting non-perishable food items until the end of October. The students are completely driving this campaign with a set goal of 1000 food items. Please help them meet their goal by bringing in those cans!

I wish you a great week, and check back in later this week to see some of the student videos.

A. Porcari

October 16, 2016

Homework begins this week!

Homework begins this week! Please check my earlier post to read about homework this year. I will send out a parent survey in two weeks to get some feedback from parents to see how this is going.

Thanks
A. Porcari

October 9, 2016

Homework

I would like some thoughts around the issue of home"work". A few weeks ago, at meet the teacher night, a few of us spoke about homework and what that will look like this year. I was open and honest with you in that I have read a lot of articles over the summer, and more and more research has supported that 'traditional homework' has done nothing to improve students' academic performance or their ability to think and learn.  What if homework looked different?

One article I read was by Peter Cameron, a grade 6 teacher in the Thunder Bay area who weighs in on his approach to homework. Take a read here...

"My views on homework have changed and evolved over my 20+ years of teaching. I’ve arrived at the conclusion that traditional homework has done nothing to improve my students’ academic performance or their ability to think and learn. In fact, I believe it’s  had somewhat of the opposite effect. When homework piled up, stress increased and students came back to school tired, overwhelmed and burnt out. I also found that students who had little support from parents or guardians with their homework (whether it be assisting them or encouraging them to get it done) tended to come back with it incomplete. This created a large gap in learning for my students who weren’t able to complete their homework.
Today, homework has evolved to home ‘share’. My students are now tasked a couple times a week to share a piece of writing with a parent, solve or explain their solution to a single “real math” problem  or create one of their own. Parents are encouraged to write comments on their child’s work and initial it after their child has shared it with them.  The result? Home ‘work’ is getting done much more consistently by all students within my classroom. Parents say they feel more involved in their child’s learning and the stress level within households has diminished. "
What if homework looked something like this?
I am very interested in parent feedback. I will introduce this homework over the course of the next two weeks. After two weeks, I will send out a survey to see thoughts on this approach to homework. A thank you to Peter Cameron for sharing his work and thoughts around this subject.
Your partner in your child's education
A. Porcari

October 2, 2016

October

October is here...we have completed one month of school already! We begun our Monday with a group gathering of all grade 6 students. We will meet weekly on Monday's for a block to discuss and plan events around social justice. This past week, students were introduced to the WE Schools project. Excitement was buzzing! Students were introduced, through video, to Craig and
Mark Kielburger and their journey to bring awareness to global and social issues and the founders of WEDay. Students were grouped into teams and they had the opportunity to discuss and research either a local or global issue. This week, we will present this information to the whole group and we will decide on one local and one global issue to support. We will brainstorm ways to address or bring awareness to these problems and begin to affect change..STAY TUNED! #BE THE CHANGE

We continued to discuss being a digital citizen and the positive and negative power the internet can have on us. Students looked at issues that included "friending," to sending inappropriate texts as well as the digital footprint they are leaving every time they post on social media. This week students will begin to create short comics to present to the school to demonstrate how to be digital citizens.
Sorry for the late post today, we had our annual CIBC Run for the Cure. STB raised over $11 000 dollars for this cause. It was a very special day, STB earned top elementary school fundraiser for 10 years in a row. Way to go STB community!

We ended the week with our annual Terry Fox Run! We thank all students for raising funds for cancer research this past month. Here is a picture of the students getting ready just before their run. I wish you all a great short week! PD this Friday! 

AND PICTURE DAY WEDNESDAY!

A. Porcari

September 27, 2016

Quick note from St. Bernard Parish

We would like to thank you all for your participation at the Confirmation meeting last night. It was nice to see the great attendance.

To the parents whose children want to be confirmed but who were not able to attend last night's meeting can meet with Fr. Lukose at the 11a.m. mass this Sunday, Oct. 2nd.  You will be able to pick up the REGISTRATION FORM and handout 'INTRODUCTION TO THE SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION'.  A reminder that the Sacrament of Confirmation Registration form is to be completed by parents and returned to the grade six teachers or parish office by November 30th, 2016. 

September 24, 2016

Live Concert on Global Goals


End of Summer...beginning of fall...

We are definitely starting to see the signs of fall- cool mornings and evening, leaves starting to change colours and apple picking season upon us. No only did we usher in fall this week but we also had our Meet the Teacher night this past Tuesday. Thanks for everyone who came out and participated in the student centres. It was great to see familiar faces and new faces.  For those that could not make, I have posted my presentation below.


                 
           
This week was filled with many exciting activities! Students finished their vision boards. These boards are to serve as reminders for their long and short term goals this year. They are to hang this board somewhere visible at home to be reminded of what they are working towards.

In  Math, students continued to work on number talks. They are becoming really quick at doing mental  math. They had a lot of fun sharing "their parents thinking" this past week. We looked at some strategies you used at home. As reinforcement, you can always give your child a quick equation to practice the strategies they are learning at school.

Next weekend, myself, as well as many staff members from BER will be participating in the CIBC Run for the Cure to raise money for breast cancer.  Big thank you to all who supported us this past Friday by wearing PINK!

This coming week, we will launch our WE School program. WE Schools is a "unique, four-step service-learning program that inspires young people to identify the local and global issues that spark their passion and then empowers them with the skills and tools to take local and global actions (We Schools)."

Another big focus this year is the 17 global goals for sustainability. Here is some information about the goals from the global goals website describing what the 17 goals are and how they came about, their call to action and the picture displays the 17 goals that we will contribute to this year.

As noted on the United Nations Sustainable Website:

On 1 January 2016, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development — adopted by world leaders in September 2015 at an historic UN Summit — officially came into force.  Over the next fifteen years, with these new Goals that universally apply to all, countries will mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change, while ensuring that no one is left behind.
The SDGs build on the success of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and aim to go further to end all forms of poverty. The new Goals are unique in that they call for action by all countries, poor, rich and middle-income to promote prosperity while protecting the planet. They recognize that ending poverty must go hand-in-hand with strategies that build economic growth and addresses a range of social needs including education, health, social protection, and job opportunities, while tackling climate change and environmental protection.
Have a great week
A. Porcari




September 18, 2016

Time is Flying...

We are about to enter week 3, where has the time gone?  As we continue to settle into our routines, we continue to focus on building community in our classroom and school. Through growth mindset video's students are learning the importance of resiliency and grit through math. Students are engaged in the lessons and are beginning to understand the connections our brain makes when we struggle through a task or make a mistake.

Important to note this week, we will be hosting our annual Meet the Teacher night this coming Tuesday September 20, 2016. We will begin at 6:45pm in the gymnasium followed by classroom visits.

This year in my classroom, I have decided to have stations for parents to walk through. You are encouraged to bring your child, who helped in the process of designing the stations, and walk through each station to find out about grade the grade 6 year and our classroom. I will be facilitating a station where I will let you know some important dates and events that happen in the grade 6 year. Please don't feel you need to stay the whole time or rush because you will miss a presentation because you have other children in the school. Please feel free to drop by at anytime and partake in the different centres that the students have set up for you.

Hope to see you all there!
A. Porcari

September 10, 2016

Week 1 DOWN

We had an AMAZING first week back! Students are quickly settling into routines and adjusting to the classroom setting. Over the last few days we have been establishing routines and catching up with our friends on what we did over the summer. We have welcomed some new friends to our school community and made them feel at home!

To recap our week, we continue to work on some important skills to ensure our classroom runs smoothly (ie- collaboration, communication) and we are also having discussions around how we learn best and in what kind of environment. The students have enjoyed their new flexible learning space. In this space you will find exercise balls for students to use as optional seating, a stand up desk for students who need to stand while doing work. There are a few areas where students can use yoga mats and clip boards to work on the ground. We have many vertical writing surfaces where students will be able to work in groups and show their thinking. We have a Social Emotional Learning area where students can use various strategies and tools that they have helped construct in order to calm down if they need to. We have a shout out wall for words of encouragement where students can write messages. As we look at different ways that children learn, we are adapting our learning environments to suit those styles.

The students also spent the week taking pictures at the first day photobooth. Students had the opportunity to be a little wacky with their props. Students then shifted their thinking to a more serious topic and discussed what some of the hopes they had for the world. I have created a video with all their hopes, as soon as we have all student permissions for pictures, I will post the video on our blog and twitter. Some very powerful hopes and dreams for the future. As a grade 6 team, we have also come up with a motto/hashtag for our school year #BE THE CHANGE.

Students spent the latter part of the week working on a letter to their "future self" to be opened on the last day of school/graduation. Students were very excited to write about their goals and their next steps. They included academic goals and personal goals for the year. 

Now you can see why we had such an AMAZING first week back. I am very excited to be your child's teacher this year and to see all the great things I know they will accomplish throughout year! I look forward to meeting each and every one of you at our Meet the Teacher Night that will be held Tuesday Sept 20, 2016 at 6:45.  

****Please be aware that instead of sending home newsletters reporting on what is happening in the classroom and notes, I will be using this classroom blog and twitter as communication to you. You do not need to have a twitter account in order to see messages, all you need to do is go to this blog site (found on the magnet that was sent home on the first day of school) and check in weekly to see what is happening in our classroom. If you need any assistance with this I can help you out at Meet the Teacher night. If you need to communicate with me, feel free to write in your child's agenda or call the school. I look forward to a GREAT year with your child!

Adriana Porcari
Your partner in your child's education

June 12, 2016

This Week's Homework

Week of June 13-17, 2016
This week students will be working on pages 112-113, 156-157 "Fraction and Decimal Benchmarks and The Likelihood of Events." Once you have completed these worksheets, please fill out the survey found here to tell me how you are finding this homework. Blog homework, go to www.tagxedo.com/
and create a word cloud describing yourself. Post it on your blog.

May 15, 2016

The Month of May

Can you believe we are already halfway through the month of May?  

Where has the time gone??? Things have definitely not slowed down for us in the classroom. We have been very busy working our persuasive letters that address issues related to our survey's we took earlier last month. We are now in the final stages of our final copy. One of the areas we really focused on in our persuasive writing was our plan of action. It was important to think about what action we wanted to take now that our data was collected. The student's topics ranged from school initiatives (ie., school yard) to local initiatives (changing laws in order for restaurants to offer lactose options on their menus).

In math, we have moved our focus to Measurement. Our big ideas range from the following:

  • There is always value in estimating a measurement. 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. 

Our specific curriculum expectations that we are focusing on are the following:
  • 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.);
This past week students had the opportunity to code using WeDo Lego. Check out our pics from the morning. Students were very excited and engaged creating robots and talking alligators using an online coding program called Scratch. 


Sorry for the late posting of the May Newsletter.




April 30, 2016

Update

It's almost May and where has the time gone! This coming week we celebrate education week. A great week to highlight all the amazing things that are happening in our school. It is a week filled with school activities and open houses for parents to pop in and see their child's work. A few things planned for this week:

Monday- students in grade 2 and 5 will be participating in a paint night idea (during block 1 and 2). We have 3 artists that will be teaching the students how to paint a picture that the artist has created on the theme "Doors of Mercy." If you child has an old shirt, can you please send it to school as we will be painting that morning.

Tuesday- those students participating in Dance Showcase will be off to a local high school to perform their dance.

Wednesday- Potluck Muffin Open House Breakfast in our Gymnasium on Wednesday, May 4th from 8:00 am to 9:10 a.m.  It will be a great opportunity to meet and network with other members of the St. Bernard Community. We hope to see you there.

I had the opportunity this past week to attend a conference in Niagara Falls called Connect 2016 Canada's Learning and Technology Conference. I was fortunate enough to meet and speak to many amazing educators from around the province. I attended presentations on makerspaces, to sketchnoting, to robotics, to coding, all things I cannot wait to try in our classroom. I had the amazing opportunity to meet and hear Commander Chris Hadfield speak about his journey to space and his passion to persevere to reach his goals. I am truly inspired by the things I learned at this conference and cannot wait to share this journey with all of you.

Ms Porcari

April 24, 2016

This weeks homework

Week of April 25-29, 2016
This week students will be doing something a little different. On Monday they will be introduced to an interactive drawing tool. The tool can be found on the following site Isometric Drawing Tool (this should also work on tablets). Students will be responsible for creating a 3D figure/creation using this tool. They will then post a picture of their shape to their blog and talk about their shape and what they know about it (faces, edges, vertices). You can use the awesome new tab extension that should be found on the top right of the screen to take a picture. You can also right click on the image and save or copy it. Click here for helpful hints.

April 17, 2016

Math Focus this week!

This week students will be focusing on 3D Geometry. Below are a few interactive activities to help with their understanding of prisms, pyramids, and nets.

GOAL: I can classifying and draw views of a variety of 3D shapes. 

April 14, 2016

Field Trip to the Museum of History

A big THANK YOU to our parent volunteers who came out today to help with our field trip to the
museum. A thank you to Mr. DaSilva who graciously was able to accompany the students on a field trip while I attended a school board commitment. Here are a few pictures from the day and a recap from Mr. DaSilva on what the students did.

The students started the morning with some free exploration. Our class was fortunate to learn about New France. We talked about colonization briefly. We talked about how many came to Quebec and Montreal. The French came for our Beaver to create hats and other materials for wealthy people. Many people were identifiable by the way they dressed.

We then did an activity in small groups where we had to identify people based upon the way they dressed. The following was what we discovered:
“Fait du Bois”- Women that got marriage licenses to help colonize
“Bourgeoisie”- Wealthy women
“Seigneursie”- Wealthy men, land owners, had own stamps and would report to the king
Barrel Maker
Farmer-Clogs on feet and old and dingy clothing
“Voyageur”-Wore a beaver cap, leather shoes, gun powder horn, and would carry a gun

We then did a second activity where one group of students were First Nations and the second were the French. The goal was for the First Nations to obtain items from the French and trade them fur. The goal was to get more items for less fur. For the French, they wanted more fur for fewer items. Students did a great job and were using hand gestures and pointing a lot to communicate. It was truly an exciting and excellent morning.

IMAX- Mysteries of the Unseen World: This was such a fantastic movie! It took us through a massive exploration of animals, plants, bacteria and humans using a microscopic world hidden to our everyday eyes. It was fascinating to learn so much information, such as how many organisms live on our body, the air we breathe and pass us constantly without us knowing it.

We explored high-frequency photography, electron microscopy, and nanotechnology to uncover such beautiful creatures and images that we never thought existed.

The students loved it! You could see many trying to catch the animals with their hands and hear their remarks when certain images arose.

Mr. DaSilva






April 6, 2016

Creating an Online Graph

Here is the link to the site to create an online graph. Once you have completed the online graph save it as a jpeg (picture) to your computer and then copy and paste it onto one of the slides on your proposal.

Create a Graph

April 3, 2016

Update

As the weeks fly by and we bounce between spring and winter every couple of days, things are definitely heating up in the classroom. A few things to mention, in math, we are focusing on collecting and managing data. Over the course of the past few weeks students have been generating survey questions and have electronically collected data from their peers through google forms. This week they will be working on creating a graph related to their data.

They will be working on a proposal related to their survey topic. The project details can be viewed by clicking here.  Students will be working on this project in class. They will be creating their proposal electronically.

In language, our reading focus has been on inferring, which has tied in really nicely to interpreting data in graphs. While reading, they are inferring the author's message by using text clues and their schema.

As we move to our writing focus, students are working persuasive writing. Part of their math proposal is to write a letter to a person who will be able to make changes in the area of their topic. For example, some students are writing to Mr. Chaplinsky and some are writing to members of parliament. The focus was that their survey topic had to have a purpose. They had to want to change something or an idea and now they will learn to present their argument in a persuasive letter format.

 Have a great week!

March 21, 2016

This Week's Homework

Week of Mar 21-25, 2016
This week students will be working on pages 70-71 "Line Graphs."Once you have completed these worksheets, please fill out the survey found here to tell me how are you finding this homework. Using 100 words, in your 100WC book, write about your March Break! Please continue with your reading RAZ kids.

March 6, 2016

Biography

We are one week away from March Break, it seems like we just returned from Christmas Break. With that being said, we have a lot planned for this week! The students over the past month have been learning about prominent figures who have played a major role in African American History. We learned about Rosa Parks, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Henry Wood and many more. The students are now completing a biography on ONE prominent figure from that time period. As a class, we have discussed what a biography is and now they are following the success criteria that is posted on the chart. The students are completing this assignment electronically using Google slides. All this work is to be done at school. Research can be done at home.

After the biography is completed, students will be constructing a 3D model of their prominent figure. They are to be as creative as possible. I have shown them an example, but they are free to use whatever tools they like. It is to look like the person as much as possible. They are encouraged to use recyclable items. My example is made out of a 2L pop bottle. Items to consider:
-styrofoam
-pipecleaners
-playdough
We are constructing them this week, so if you have any items that you think your child could use, please send them into class.

Thank you

A. Porcari

February 28, 2016

Digital Wall

We have begun our in math on collecting and managing data. We launched the focus with a Padlet to discuss what we already know and some things we are wondering about. When we start a new focus in math we build a math wall to help with our understanding of common words around that topic. Students brainstorm words and then they are responsible for becoming an expert on that word. Usually, they create a poster using paper and markers. For this focus, we tried to go digitally and create online posters with QR codes to Youtube videos. Often students use the word wall to help them when they are unsure of a word or concept.