Wow, I can’t beleive we are already in to November! This year is flying by, and I am loving every minute of it.
Here are some highlights from our learning in October:
We kicked off the month with our week-long Cardboard Challenge Project, and it was a huge success! Students in grades 5-9 collaborated to create their own project criteria and rubric first thing Monday morning, then spent the rest of the week interviewing “clients” in other classrooms, creating plans for construction, building, testing, and modifying their work, and decorating their games to entice players.
The Friday afternoon in the gym had such great energy as students proudly displyed their work and asked others, young and old, to come and play. Thank you to all the parents and community members that came to take in our learning that day!
This month, we switched from Science to Social Studies and learned all about economic systems. Students now have a good grasp on concepts like: Market, Command, and Mixed economies and the differences between them; Supply and Demand, and how that affects price; How governments intervene in the market, and how they match the values of that country and the type of economic system they have; Factors of Production and how to address Scarcity; and the role that Labour Unions play in economics. A friendly reminder that the unit exam will be Monday November 6th! Here’s a link to the study sheet if you left it at school:
In Math, we moved from Powers and Exponent Laws to Square Roots, which was pretty easy once we understood it’s the opposite of a squared number! We have been practicing a great strategy for estimating non-perfect squares and I am very proud to say most of the class has their perfect squares memorized up to 10! As we finish up our unit on Numbers outcomes, we will be looking at what rational and irrational numbers are, sorting rational numbers from largest to smallest and vice versa, and then performing operations on them. We discovered an awesome online resource to help practice and extend our lessons in math called khanacademy.org. Students have all created an account and I can give them assignments based on what we are learning and where they are at. I love this website as it gives the kids lots of practice with our math concepts and lets those that get it move on to more complex things.
Stay tuned for an update on the Math unit exam date!
In Language Arts, we continue our novel study of Hunger Games, and are excitedly following Katniss’ journey as she fights to stay alive inside the Game Arena. As a class, we did a reaping and have four “tributes” that will participate in our own version of the Games (don’t worry, no one will be hurt!!). The tributes have been working on strategy with their Mentors and Stylists, while 4 Gamemakers have come up with challenges to test the tributes and see who will be our victor! As we continue to read the story, we will be going through training challenges, advertising campaigns for the tributes, and hopefully getting “sponsors” from the rest of the school to help our tributes during the games. Date of the games will follow, but it should be ready to roll sometime in early December.
We also started working with our Buddies in Grades 1 & 2 this month. This collaboration helps our Grade 9 students build leadership skills, increase their reading fluency and voice, and allows them to bring their expertise to the younger classes, especially when it comes to technology!
We spent one morning getting to know them and reading some of the books in their book boxes, and on Halloween be brought our tech skills to the class to help them write and then post Halloween Cinquains to their own school blogs.
Buddies will continue throughout the year.
Nov. 6th/7th – Parent Teacher Interviews. Click here to sign up
Nov. 9th – Remembrance Day Ceremony at 10am
Nov. 10th & 13th – Fall Break
Nov. 14th – PD Day
Nov. 16th – Picture Retake Day
Nov. 27th – Dec. 1 – CTF Week for Grades 6-9