Our school is using a self-regulation program called Zones of Regulation. These bitstrips will help us to remember the different zones, and also get us thinking about our emotions and what “zone” we are in. Then we can work on strategies for helping to get back to the green zone!
One of our reading groups is studying a novel called “The Mealworm Diaries”. They are quite interested in how the class from the book is studying the life cycle of the mealworms and some of us were eager to try it out for ourselves. So I, Mrs. Kemp, (not too excited about having mealworms in my class but realize that it will be a good learning opportunity) went to the pet store this weekend and got some extra big mealworms for our class. Apparently they like oatmeal so that’s what they are crawling around in. Take a look!
On Thursday, the Bradford West Gwillimbury Town Council and staff put on a wonderful fieldtrip so all the Grade 5s in Bradford could learn about local government in a hands-on way. We got to participate in a mock town council, led by Mayor Doug White. We took our passport around to different stations to learn all about the services and departments in town and finally, got to visit all the vehicles that help to keep us safe in town. It was a fabulous afternoon!
Thanksgiving potluck – Thank you SO much to the students and parents for the delicious potluck food you sent in. And thanks to Ms Calder for the amazing turkey and gravy she made for us.
Continents and oceans quiz – Many students did well on this quiz. If you are still struggling to name the continents and oceans, you should be practicing at home! Provinces quiz is tomorrow – hope you are ready!
Neighbourhood walks – We’ve been walking up “Dead Man’s Hill” and around the neighbourhood lately. We know that crummy weather is on the way, so we are enjoying every nice day until it arrives!
Novel studies and Raz-Kids reading site: We have some great novel studies going on. (Holes and Mealworm Diaries) and 2 groups are doing great reading on the website raz-kids.com. Remember if you have a microphone at home, you can login and practice your reading there too!
Grade 5s – You have a field trip coming up next week to the Leisure Centre to learn about municipal government. Permission form coming home soon!
So much great learning and team-building happened this week!
Aussie X and learning to play footie. Everyone “gave it a go” and we were “good little rippas”! Now our school yard is full of footie games at recess! (pictures coming soon!)
We loved bubble gum procedural writing/art. Special permission to chew gum AND blow bubbles in language class seemed to inspire some hard work! Pictures coming soon for that too!
Terry Fox run – what a beautiful day!
And of course, we beat the Over/Under challenge from Mr. Toft’s class!
Next week: watch for the sign up for our Thanksgiving potluck. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us what you plan to bring!
Next week, we are doing some procedural reading – yummy cooking and gross science. We’d better not mix that up! We are learning patterning in math and wrapping up our science units on biodiversity (gr 6s) and structures (gr 5).
Today, we beat Mr. Toft’s Grade 5 class record in under/over passes. His class had 47 passes in a minute and we got 50! But we can’t brag too much. If you go to this link, you’ll see that other classes from as far away as California and New Zealand are practicing. They might beat our record before the deadline of October 18th.
“International Talk Like a Pirate Day” on Thursday. We read the book, “Pirates Don’t Change Diapers” on tumblebooks and then wrote some great procedures explaining step by step, how to look after babies! (My favourite advice about babysitting was “Don’t actually SIT on the baby”. I also laughed about having a ‘gas mask’ in the list of materials needed.) If you want to continue to learn pirate lingo, go to this link and try it out. (You can also practice your French or learn other languages there too. If you would like the login and password for tumblebooks, email me to ask!)
Guest Speaker, Ms Solem. She explained about how our ears work and why some people have hearing difficulties. She also gave us some great suggestions how to reduce classroom noise, how FM systems work, and how to help make communication easier for people with hearing impairments. We even got to listen to what a hearing aid sounds like in our ear!
Our grade 5s tested their bridge structures and did a cool egg experiment. (Pictures are coming soon!)
Our grade 6s started their species research projects – stay tuned for details and pictures!
Mrs. Kemp’s math group created Character Cards and then played ‘war’ to practice greater than and less than.
Just Dance! — some of our students really have the dance moves
We showed our parents our All about Me glogs in a prezi show during Meet the Teacher night.
Wow, no wonder we’re so tired; we’ve been busy! Have a great weekend! Next week, we have Aussie X sports – and if we work really hard and have a good week, on Friday, it’s “How to Blow a Bubble” procedural writing -and permission to chew bubble gum in language class during the activity!