Week 5 round up

Welcome back! I hope you all had a great long weekend. It was lovely to have the chance to meet lots of you last week at Open House.

This is going to be a very busy week! As we have lost a day due to the holiday, I have moved the Personal Narrative due date, which was originally this coming Friday, to Monday 7th September.  That will give the students a chance to clean up their writing before submitting on the following Monday. We are really lucky this week as we have the Irish author Niall de Burca visiting the school. He will talk to all of MS on Wednesday and work exclusively with Grade 6 students on Friday. To end the week, we will have Birthday celebrations for August during assembly at the end of the day.  Students will go to their homebase classrooms.


In English this week, students will continue writing their personal narratives and begin revising and editing.  Students will also be introduced to their new reading project, Book Club.  In Book Club, students will learn about and use a variety of metacognitive reading strategies to help them analyze and understand a chosen text.  They will meet once a week for the next 5 weeks.  Their first meeting will be this week and will consist of going over project guidelines and planning out the next four weeks.  After this week, students will meet once a week on Wednesdays in their groups and they will share their use of a particular strategy (making connections, as an example). They will pick up their books tomorrow. Some class time will be devoted to Book Club, but students are expected to complete the majority of the project at home.  

Social Studies:

We will review what we learned about map skills last week in order to prepare for the quiz on Wednesday (Beck) or Thursday (Verdel).  We will also spend time introducing our new focus, Government and Economic systems.  We will assess our understanding of the different types of government and economic systems, and then the students will do some roleplay to practice their basic understanding.  

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Welcome to the blog! (and a week 3 update)

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Welcome to our blog! Apologies for taking a while to get this up and running – technology is not quite my forte! But I’m working on it…

This week in Social Studies, the students will be finishing their Map of My World project and participating in a gallery walk to show off their work.  We will also be introducing a new semester-long project called Current Events.  In this project, students will choose one Friday during the semester to present a current event to the class.  It must be something current, so the event cannot be older than a week from the presentation date.  They will research the event using a variety of sources (and they will properly cite them) and they will create a presentation (slideshow, video, poster, etc.).  It is a great project that sees the kids learning a lot about the world around them.

In English this week, the students will continue to collect ideas for their personal narrative.  We will also spend some time focusing on word choice and specifically on adjectives, nouns, and verbs. The students will have time to write more paragraphs about a variety of topics.  These paragraphs will help them focus their ideas for the personal narrative.  We have started reading The Giver in class as a read-aloud.  We will continue reading it for the next few weeks.  It is a great book that fits nicely with our unit on Structures.

On Friday, we have a holiday so there will be no school.

I hope you have an enjoyable week and can make the most of the long weekend!