This week at school

Hello everyone,

Happy Mother’s Day! Our kids had an amazing week. I was away both Thursday afternoon and Friday. The students were incredible and supportive of the guests in our room.  Here’s where we are heading this week:

Language Arts:

Due to me being away the latter part of the week, we did not start our Colour poetry. This is going to be a priority for us this week. While I was away, students started a writing piece of “My Teacher is Missing”. They will keep working on this as extra writing assignment. I am excited to read their plans. We have been continuing along with our Book Clubs. We are about 1/2 done our books now. The kids are working great through the reading roles and tasks using the habits of a good reader.


We have built our wind machines. This week we will test them, do our reflection and finish up our final blueprints. Miss Olivia and I were so impressed with the students and their building. We will finish up our unit with looking at the water cycle and recording our own weather broadcasts. As we wrap up, we will begin our Wetlands study. We have a field trip coming up June 1 to the Devonian Gardens. Permission forms will coming homes soon. The cost of the field trip was covered in the school fees.

Here are some photos from our Build day for the wind machine



Students are continuing to work on their Geometry unit with Mr. Letendre. They investigated quadrilaterals and categorized them according to equal sides and parallel sides. The students also completed a Photo Scavenger Hunt to help them better understand terms such as parallel, perpendicular, horizontal, vertical, vertex and  right angle. The kids had fun with the hunt and we will continue to share those photos into next week. The students will also complete a check-in next week to see their understanding of the concepts covered so far in the unit.

We also worked on this Problem of the Week with the students about how we round change without the penny. Seeing how many places like Tim Hortons quote the rounded price many of the students were not familiar with the process some worked on how change is rounded. One of the videos that really helped was CGP Grey’s video called Canada Gets Rid of the Penny since they could see the chart of how the pennies are rounded. This week we will use some change to physically see how the rounding works and finish our journalling.

Social Studies:

We are are finishing up our first critical challenge looking at the impact of Canada’s Greatest Legacies. We have completed Colour Symbol Image sheets about the impact these groups had on Canada and Canada had on them. We will create our Coat of Arms for each of the groups. The Critical Challenge we will be working on is about the Famous Five as it ties in with our Trickster Performance.

Here are a couple of examples of some of the drafts of our CSIs


We are shifting our focus this week to food consumption and cultural food trends around the world. We will be reading the book What The World Eats and exploring how we gain identity from our food. Students will be sent home with a letter detailing their at-home assignment by Tuesday. This letter can also be found here.


On Friday students started a piece called the 4 seasons. They are working on representing a Tree’s progression through the 4 seasons. We will continue this piece this week before moving on to our Spring Flowers piece.


Other Notes:

This week is a short one with the upcoming long weekend (Monday, May 18, 2015) and PD day (Friday, May 15, 2015). We also have Track and Field Day on Thursday! I am not sure if the letter was sent home with students on Friday. I have posted it here and will send home another copy on Monday. Stay tuned for more information!

Also our Student Vote video can be found here:



Jedi Knights

Ms. Albrecht’s was really excited about our Problem of the Week (POW) the other day and we couldn’t figure it out until she told us what our POW was – Jedi Knights! She is apparently a Star Wars fan which make us all more excited about the problem.  This is kind of a river crossing problem but Star Wars. You can see it here.

After we finally figured out the solution. Mr. Letendre  and Ms. Albrecht asked us to reflect in our journals and get feedback to improve our entries.

The next day we were asked to share our solutions. Most of us drew a picture as part of our strategy but our teachers had other ideas. Enter the “Act It Out” strategy. We actually were able to be Storm Troopers, Yoda  and we had a “ship” to get between the planets (we used yoga balls). Mr. Letendre was even there to welcome us to Tatooine when we arrived!

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Connecting our learning to our lives

Today we had a number of guests in our class.

This morning we had a FaceTime call (kind of like a skype call) with Cst. Lucas from the Edmonton Police Service. We talked about digital citizenship.

After, we reflected on how we can add the things we learned to our plan to be a good digital citizen.

This afternoon we worked through the inquiry model with Mrs. Rogal. We also talked about “what do good problem solvers do?” and problem solving strategies




Some students noticed that being a good problem solver is similar to being a good scientist and the inquiry model is similar to the scientific method.

This morning we also had a chance to explore Canada using Google Maps Engine. This gave us a good idea of the sizes of the capital cities. We will continue to build our maps as we learn about our country!

Mr. Letendre also led us in a discussion about how to pick a good book. We get to go to the library tomorrow so this will hopefully help us in picking a good book!