Spelling words for test on June 14, 2017

 

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turn chance human
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humour
Everybody
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Spelling words for test on June 7, 2017

 

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form centre silent
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roar giant problem
soar gem chapter
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cub
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Everybody
caterpillar
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New math unit!

Dear Families,

Over the next two weeks, your child will be learning about time and mass. First the students will measure the length of time, using non-standard units and then standard units: seconds, minutes, hours. They will also use a calendar to solve problems about days, weeks, months, and years.  Then students will measure the mass of objects using standard units: grams (g) or kilograms (kg). Throughout the chapter, your child will make connections to real-life activities and objects.

To reinforce the concepts your child is learning at school, you and your child can work on some at-home activities such as these:

  • You and your child can measure the amount of time it takes to complete certain tasks, in non-standard units. For example,
    • determine how long it takes you to make a sandwich by counting the number of times your child can sing a song (such as “Happy Birthday”), or
    • determine how long it takes you to set the table by counting the number of times your child can empty full water bottles when turned upside down- one after the other. (All the bottles must be the same size. Be sure not to waste the water!)
  • Give your child a blank calendar of the next few months. Have your child record important events on the calendar. Choose two special days and ask your child how many days or weeks apart they are.
  • Ask your child to find several objects around your home, where each has a mass greater than 1 kg. (One kilogram is the mass of a standard brick.) Have your child use a bathroom scale to measure the total mass of the objects. Also have your child determine his or her own mass in kilograms by standing on the scale.

You may want to visit the Nelson website at www.nelson.com/mathfocus for more suggestions to help your child learn mathematics and develop a positive attitude toward learning mathematics. As well, you can check the Nelson website for links to other websites that provide online tutorials, math problems, brainteasers, and challenges.

Spelling words for test on May 31, 2017

 

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three open
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square
Everybody
second
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Spelling word for test on May 24, 2017

 

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steer scream headstrong
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Everybody
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New math unit

Dear Families,

Over the next two weeks, your child will be learning how to create and solve division problems that involve either equal sharing or equal grouping. Your child will use various strategies, such as multiplication, repeated subtraction, and a number line, to solve division problems.

To reinforce the concepts your child is learning at school, you and your child can work on some at-home activities such as these:

  • Use any type of food such as baked goods or pizza to have your child figure out how to equally share pieces among a certain number of people.
  • Have your child determine how many pieces to create from a pan of brownies or cake to feed the family the same serving size, such as 2 or 3 pieces.
  • With your child, practise using common objects or situations at home to show both equal sharing and equal grouping. For example, “How can we share 12 comic books among 4 people?” (equal sharing) or “If each person receives 3 comic books and there are 12 books, how many people are there?”

You may want to visit the Nelson website at www.nelson.com/mathfocus for more suggestions to help your child learn mathematics and develop a positive attitude toward learning mathematics. As well, you can check the Nelson website for links to other websites that provide online tutorials, math problems, brainteasers, and challenges.

Genius Hour

Dear Families,

Our class has been working on Genius Hour projects for the last few weeks and most students are in the beginning stages of putting together their presentations. For those of you not familiar with Genius Hour I’ve included some basic information. I strongly encourage you to talk with your child about their project. Talking with others will help them discover areas they might need to research more and give them more ideas on how they might present their information.

What is Genius Hour?

Genius Hour is time set aside in class for students to study a new idea or skill that they choose and are passionate about once a week for a set amount of time.

Why is Genius Hour important?

Students take ownership of their own learning. They learn about something they want to learn about. Genius Hour sparks curiosity, and students have an opportunity to become their own Genius. Genius Hour encourages lifelong learning, imagination, perseverance, self-awareness, adaptability, as well as other life-lessons.

How will Genius Hour work in my classroom?

Students will participate in Genius Hour once a week, each Wednesday, for approximately 1 hr. Students will choose a topic to study with teacher approval.  Students will be given time in class to work on the project with the teacher serving as a facilitator.  They  will be provided research materials (ie., books, computer, iPads, etc.) to explore.  One of the grade nine classes have partnered with us to guide our class in the beginning stages of research. As an end project, students must present their topic to an audience.

How does this fit with the curriculum?

The great thing about Genius Hour is, not only do students get to pick something they are passionate about to work on, the work they do on the project and the presentation of their work also naturally ties in with a selection of curriculum objectives and expectations!

The presentations are being made and our class is in need of the following:

  • large pieces of cardboard for Genius Hour projects (appliance boxes would be great)
  • Tri-Fold Display Boards (they can be used, we will recover them!)

Thank you for your support at home!

Jump Rope for Heart

Hi there!

We are currently raising money for the Heart and Stroke foundation through an event called Jump Rope for Heart.  We would like to acknowledge all the people who have donated money to your cause!  We are asking that students collect the names of the people from whom they have collected donations.  They will be writing these names on paper hearts and we will be posting them on our Jump Rope bulletin board. If possible, please send the names associated with each donation to your child’s teacher so that we may display them with gratitude!
Muir Lake Leadership