The Grade 4/5 class has just written their first test on the Canadian Government. Next up is learning about the House of Commons and Provincial Parliament, as well as First Nations government. They are also creating marvellous art works inspired by Saskatchewan artist, Kevin Pee-ace and wow, are they great! Things are getting creepy in our Coraline novel study, and very emotional in our poetry exploration reading Love That Dog. The students are also showing amazing creativity by building their home-made musical instruments for our Sound unit finale in Science. They sure are showing some great ingenuity!
Thank you to all of the parents who assisted with the habitat projects! Our grade seven care partners also assisted us as we published our habitat reports. What a wonderful job all of the students did presenting their reports and projects! We are now starting a new science unit on Motion. In social studies, we are also learning about Canada. The grade two’s are just finishing
up a math unit on geometry, and we will begin our last unit on data management next week. The grade three students are currently working on multiplication with Mr. Woods-Fehr. We have finally finished our poetry anthologies and they are awesome! The students were so creative in writing their poems and putting together their anthologies. We are starting a
novel study called Sarah, Plain and Tall, which should take us until the end of the school year. Please continue with home reading and practicing spelling words a little longer; we will wrap both programs up near the beginning of June. We will have one or two field trips coming up in June, so please start thinking about whether you would like to chaperone. More information will follow soon with specific dates.
The snowhill is gone! The snowhill is gone!
We are continuing to have a very busy K/1 classroom. We have been trying to go outside as much as possible to take in the sunshine and to learn about our surroundings.
We spent a class cleaning up our schoolyard with the Grade 6s. We had a great time making our school look beautiful. There was a LOT of garbage that had collected over the winter.
We have been learning about weather/climate in Science. Did you know that the big, poofy clouds are called Cumulus clouds? We even got to make our own clouds out of shaving cream and glue. But don’t worry, we know that’s not how real clouds feel!
The Ks are currently learning about measurement in Math. We are paying particular attention to using proper words to describe things: bigger, shorter, taller, wider, heavier, lighter, etc.
The 1s have been working on a Geometry unit. We have been learning how to describe shapes and what makes them similar or different. We have been playing Shapes Bingo and even went on a shape scavenger hunt!
Together, the K/1s have been learning about First Nations, Metis, and Inuit cultures. We’ve learned how important the shape of a ‘circle’ is to First Nations people. Ask us about it to find out!
We are going to the Children’s Festival on June 4 with Grade K-5. We are going to see an acrobatic show, as well as meet the author of the “Pete the Cat” series! We are very excited.
We hope that you all continue to have a wonderful Spring!
As we begin to see the light at the end of the tunnel, Grade 12’s are planning, and sincerely looking forward to Graduation. In ELA, we are reading and interpreting the novel Brave New World. In Calculus, we are learning about derivatives and in Foundations, we are covering economics. In Phys. Ed. , we get the opportunity to improve our physical fitness, and in Biology, we are covering genetics. In Physics, we are learning about gravitated energy, and we even have students participating in online courses like Psychology and Exercise Science.
Here is a day in the life of the grade elevens. We begin with precalculas, in which we are fac- toring quadratic equations. Next comes biology, where we are talking about populations and starting our giving back projects.
We are preparing for our chemical compound exam in Chemistry. In Home Ec we are beginning our International Food projects and in IA, we are working on our CAD projects. In Media Studies, we are analyzing TV shows through the decades, while working on our movies. So that’s a day in Grade 11. We are anxiously waiting for summer, no wait spring!!
Well, since we can’t go outside (ok, we CAN go outside, but since when do we have to worry about the wind chill factor AND the UV index AT THE SAME TIME!!!) – sorry. Anyway, I’ve decided that we’re doing a scramble – I’ll mix up the name of the class with the explanation of what they’re doing and YOU have to figure out what class it is! This is as close as a math teacher comes to having fun with letters outside of algebra and alpha-ghetti. In Thma, the grade 10’s are working on perfect squares and perfect cubes. In ALE, they’re studying racism and the holocaust. In Lifewild Mentmanage (ok, I didn’t try very hard on that one) they’re focusing on wilderness survival skills. In Sellnews, they’ve started doing Track and Field. In AI, the
industrious (that’s a clue!) little leaners are learning the art (that’s another clue) or Computer Assisted Drafting. In Osicla, they’ve been examining the political spectrum of Canada. And finally, in Mmercialco Okingco, the meal this week will be Chicken Noodle Soup with Red Lobster TM style biscuits and Puffed Cakes of Wheat.
Grade Nine continues to roll on and we continue learning, living and loving. We’ll give you a quick rundown of what we’ve been up to this month. We’ve finished our novel study of A Long Way Gone in ELA and that has opened up many doors for learning in Social Studies. We’ve discussed and studied Sierra Leone, conflict diamonds, child soldiers and explored regions of the world where natural resource wealth is being exploited at the high expense of human rights. Now in ELA, we are looking at the true story of a boy named Chris McCandless who sold his car, gave his college savings to charity, changed his identity and went into the Alaskan wilderness to live…and die. It’s an amazing story with a lot for us to think about. Our paper mache masks are pretty much wrapped up and it goes without saying that our Hat Festival preparations are about to get underway. Health class continues to challenge us, as we are having honest and candid discussions about what it’s like to be a teenager in 2013. It’s not easy, but apparently it never has been. Meiosis is the name of the game in Science class and Math class lives up to its name by serving us with the latest in math and math related ideas. Badminton in Phys Ed, cooking in Home Ec, and small engines in IA fills in the rest. All good stuff.
The annual Grade 9 camping trip is scheduled for June 5, 6 and 7, 2013. We’ll be starting our in-class preparations this week and sending information home. Parents, we need lots of parent help, so please see what you can do about coming on the trip with us. The more the merrier.
In Grade 8 I.A., the boys are working on their woods projects. In Grade 8 Home Ec. the girls are working on sewing. Math is covering ratios, rates, and percentages. In Science, the class is looking at the effects of forces in and on objects in fluids, including
the buoyant force. In Social Studies, the students are researching and analyzing Citizenship. In ELA, we are still working on a novel study called “The Giver”. In Health class, the students continue to work on Decision Making. Currently, they are on Habit
6 – “Synergize” and then finally on to the last Habit 7 “Sharpen the Saw”. In Physical Education we are impatiently waiting for Spring so we can start Track and Field. We are filling the time with extra games dreaming of heat and the outdoors.
In ELA, the girls are currently working on a Humour unit and are having lots of laughs! In Math, they are continuing to work on a unit on Circles and Areas and are learning lots about finding areas of different shapes. In ELA, the boys are working on acting out a play and are making story boards for each scene. In Social Studies, both groups having a more in depth look at the Canadian government. In Science they are completing their Heat Capacities and Applications unit. In Home Ec., the girls are just about done sewing their stuffies by hand! In I.A., the boys are working practicing different wood working skills and are working on their clocks. In PE, the class is patiently waiting for spring so they can start their track and field outside! They are playing indoor gym games in the meantime. We are all looking forward to the temperatures warming up and spring finally arriving!
The Grade 6 class is still patiently awaiting nice weather. We have wrapped up several units and are starting new ones. In ELA we are reading a novel, The Slave Dancer. We are learning about fractions, decimals and percent in Math. In Social Studies, we have begun a new unit about Power and Authority. In Science we are going to be starting Electricity. Thanks to everyone who contributed to out potluck from around the world. It was fantastic!! We will be starting some fundraising right away to assist in our trip to Moose Jaw to see the tunnels on June 4.