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All about Graphs!
Questions we focused on:
When should we use a bar graph?
When should we use a line graph/broken line graph?
Questions we focused on:
When should we use a bar graph?
When should we use a line graph/broken line graph?


December 10, 2018
We started our next big writing assignment. We got this letter in the mail from the North Pole. They are looking to fill some jobs over the Winter break! See below for more information.
We started our next big writing assignment. We got this letter in the mail from the North Pole. They are looking to fill some jobs over the Winter break! See below for more information.
Read the job descriptions below to see the job openings! Ask your child which job they will be applying for. Today was started brainstorming what ideas we would include in our letters.
Homework  December 10  15 Week
This is the last homework of this year! It is due on Friday.
This is the last homework of this year! It is due on Friday.
December 5, 2018
Today, we finished up our fractions and did a quick assessment to see our learning so far. Fraction assessments will come home next week to be signed. We will continue to work on fractions/decimals and percents in January. In math, we are moving onto Data Management. We are going to look at interpreting graphs and displaying data.
In Language, we are finishing up our passion project presentations (only a few more to go). We continued working on our EQAO writing prompt (see below). Tomorrow, our goal is to level them with the use of the exemplars and level of grammar and spelling with the use of exemplars.
We continue to work on our "Rocking Around the Christmas Tree" dance for the Christmas concert! Stay tuned to find out more!
Today, we finished up our fractions and did a quick assessment to see our learning so far. Fraction assessments will come home next week to be signed. We will continue to work on fractions/decimals and percents in January. In math, we are moving onto Data Management. We are going to look at interpreting graphs and displaying data.
In Language, we are finishing up our passion project presentations (only a few more to go). We continued working on our EQAO writing prompt (see below). Tomorrow, our goal is to level them with the use of the exemplars and level of grammar and spelling with the use of exemplars.
We continue to work on our "Rocking Around the Christmas Tree" dance for the Christmas concert! Stay tuned to find out more!
Our EQAO writing prompt:
Your teacher is looking for suggestions for a new club at school. Write a letter to your teacher explaining why your club suggestion is a good choice.
*We talked a lot about brainstorming our ideas to make sure our writing will make sense and prove our point. I worked on my own brainstorming on the board while the class did each of their brainstorms independently.
December 3, 2018  Happy first week of December!
Today we had an Advent liturgy to celebrate the first week of advent. Ask your child what we learned about the first candle.
Math: We worked through an EQAO question about fractions on a number line. This was a really interesting question that led to a lot of conversation on fractions. Ask your child which fractions they had to plot on the number line and how they knew where to plot them.
Language: We continued with a reading response question and we reviewed some multiple choice questions.
Today we had an Advent liturgy to celebrate the first week of advent. Ask your child what we learned about the first candle.
Math: We worked through an EQAO question about fractions on a number line. This was a really interesting question that led to a lot of conversation on fractions. Ask your child which fractions they had to plot on the number line and how they knew where to plot them.
Language: We continued with a reading response question and we reviewed some multiple choice questions.
This Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent. We will look further into Advent and the Advent season on Monday.
We also read this story and completed some reading comprehension questions. We looked at our answers and compared them to the EQAO exemplars. See below for the reading and exemplars.


Please sign and return the assessment folders once you have looked them over.
Photo Retake Day is tomorrow (Thursday, November 28, 2018)
Comparing Fractions using Pictures, Number Lines and Percentages
Yesterday, we talked about how to organize our work to show understanding. The students role is to communicate their understanding showing organized work (identifying numbers) and drawing conclusions from their work. See below for some of the work we did in class.
Yesterday, we talked about how to organize our work to show understanding. The students role is to communicate their understanding showing organized work (identifying numbers) and drawing conclusions from their work. See below for some of the work we did in class.


Looking at representing fractions using fraction tiles
Which fractions are equivalent?
What does equivalent mean?
How can we show/demonstrate that they are equivalent?
Which fractions are equivalent?
What does equivalent mean?
How can we show/demonstrate that they are equivalent?
Today (Thursday, November 22, 2018) we are beginning to look at fractions.
What are fractions? Where are they used in daily life? What is the importance of them? What do they represent? What are equivalent fractions? Do fractions have anything to do with percents or decimals?
These are all questions we will be looking into during the next few weeks.
Today, we specifically will be looking at benchmark fractions and exploring equivalent fractions using fraction tiles and fraction circles.
What are fractions? Where are they used in daily life? What is the importance of them? What do they represent? What are equivalent fractions? Do fractions have anything to do with percents or decimals?
These are all questions we will be looking into during the next few weeks.
Today, we specifically will be looking at benchmark fractions and exploring equivalent fractions using fraction tiles and fraction circles.
Assessment Folders are coming home again on Monday. Please take some time to review the assessments and concepts covered in class. Please sign each page and return it back to class once you have reviewed it. You will also find a sheet in their assessment duotang that will list topics to focus on at home for review. Please review these concepts at home to enhance your child's understanding.
Wear RED and BLACK on Friday to support the OTTAWA REDBLACKS as they compete for the Grey Cup this weekend.
On Monday and Tuesday (November 12 and 13th) we continued to work on constructing polygons with given measurements. I have conferenced with each students to ensure they are aware of their next steps for these topics.
Today (Wednesday, November 14th) we will be finishing up on constructing polygons and introducing the topic of rotational symmetry while exploring what shapes have rotational symmetry. Below is a video and sheet on rotational symmetry . This is a good resource if you are looking to review the concept at home.
Today (Wednesday, November 14th) we will be finishing up on constructing polygons and introducing the topic of rotational symmetry while exploring what shapes have rotational symmetry. Below is a video and sheet on rotational symmetry . This is a good resource if you are looking to review the concept at home.


FRIENDS HELPING FRIENDS RAFFLE ON
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2018
Blue information sheet was sent home.
Raffle information sheet is being sent home today. It will be on Thursday, November, 15. If you would like to donate a prize it must be dropped off before 9:15 AM on Thursday. All funds raised will go to our sister school, St . Michaels Catholic School.
$2.00 for 10 tickets
0.25 cents for 1 ticket
To participate, please fill in and cut out the appropriate number of tickets below and return them to Ms James before Thursday, November 15, 2018.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2018
Blue information sheet was sent home.
Raffle information sheet is being sent home today. It will be on Thursday, November, 15. If you would like to donate a prize it must be dropped off before 9:15 AM on Thursday. All funds raised will go to our sister school, St . Michaels Catholic School.
$2.00 for 10 tickets
0.25 cents for 1 ticket
To participate, please fill in and cut out the appropriate number of tickets below and return them to Ms James before Thursday, November 15, 2018.
Our class read aloud book reviews are done! Ask your child about their book review to find out how many stars they gave the book, if they would recommend it to a friend and what lesson they learned after reading it.
Using a Geoboard to construct polygons!
Students worked in pairs to construct different polygons. Look at the document below to see what polygons they had to create.
Students worked in pairs to construct different polygons. Look at the document below to see what polygons they had to create.
Constructing Triangles with angles and side lengths
We worked together on constructing a couple different triangles and then practiced using these questions. Each student sat down and spoke with Miss James to see what their next steps are for constructing polygons.


Constructing and Measuring Angles
We have been working on creating shapes using rulers and protractors. The students started by measuring angles and classifying them as acute (a small cute angle that is less than 90 degrees) , obtuse ( larger than 90 degrees) , right (90 degrees exactly and represented with a box ) or straight (a straight line that measures 180 degrees) .
Below is a sample question from class:
Can you draw an angle that measures 60 degrees and has one side measuring 7 cm?
Try asking your child to identify angles in the house or community.
We have been working on creating shapes using rulers and protractors. The students started by measuring angles and classifying them as acute (a small cute angle that is less than 90 degrees) , obtuse ( larger than 90 degrees) , right (90 degrees exactly and represented with a box ) or straight (a straight line that measures 180 degrees) .
Below is a sample question from class:
Can you draw an angle that measures 60 degrees and has one side measuring 7 cm?
Try asking your child to identify angles in the house or community.


Today we talked about editing our work. I asked the following questions to the class.
How often do you reread your work?
What does it mean to edit your work?
How often do you make changes to your work when you reread it?
Do you improve your work?
Editing is a huge part of writing! We looked at the Language Curriculum online in order for the class to learn the importance of editing and revising. I think most of the students were shocked to find out that editing, revising and improving takes up almost 3/4 of the writing mark. Below we outlined how to edit our own work and a partners work.
How often do you reread your work?
What does it mean to edit your work?
How often do you make changes to your work when you reread it?
Do you improve your work?
Editing is a huge part of writing! We looked at the Language Curriculum online in order for the class to learn the importance of editing and revising. I think most of the students were shocked to find out that editing, revising and improving takes up almost 3/4 of the writing mark. Below we outlined how to edit our own work and a partners work.
Progress Reports are coming home tonight. Please review them with your child.
Math:
Our focus for the past week has been on measurement (specifically area and perimeter).
We have looked at measurement conversion. Ask your child to explain the picture below to you. How does this help with measurement conversion.
Our focus for the past week has been on measurement (specifically area and perimeter).
We have looked at measurement conversion. Ask your child to explain the picture below to you. How does this help with measurement conversion.
We have been working on understanding the area of a parallelogram and triangle. We talked about how a parallelogram is a rectangle which is why the formula to figure out the area is the same. We talked about how a rectangle can be split into two congruent triangles which explains the formula (B x H divided by 2).
We have been constructing shapes with a given area and have been reviewing perimeter in class. Ask your child about the work they did today (EQAO questions).
We will be moving onto constructing shapes with protractors (ex. parallelograms with a given angle measurement and side measurement). Stay tuned to find out more!
We have been constructing shapes with a given area and have been reviewing perimeter in class. Ask your child about the work they did today (EQAO questions).
We will be moving onto constructing shapes with protractors (ex. parallelograms with a given angle measurement and side measurement). Stay tuned to find out more!
Tonight (October 26, 2018) is the Halloween Family Fun Night!
Grade 6 Math Collaboration
This morning, we collaborated with the other Grade 6 classes to discuss the following math problem. The main focus of the first questions (Question 10) was to develop reasoning for the answer. This specific question, similar to most EQAO multiple choice questions, requires an estimate rather than an exact answer.
The students worked in pairs to complete the following question.
This morning, we collaborated with the other Grade 6 classes to discuss the following math problem. The main focus of the first questions (Question 10) was to develop reasoning for the answer. This specific question, similar to most EQAO multiple choice questions, requires an estimate rather than an exact answer.
The students worked in pairs to complete the following question.
Today we worked on changing simple sentences into descriptive sentences. We worked in partners to develop a few sentences that describe each picture. Ask your child which sentences they came up with.
This week (October 15 19) :
Math: We are finishing up patterning and moving into the unit of Length and Measurement. We are going to do a baseline assessment tomorrow to see what everyone remembers and what we need to work on.
Language: We have started working on predictions in Language. We are also started to work on a Media project (creating our own candy/chocolate bar). This media project is shown below and the students are doing an excellent job on it so far. Today, we specifically looked at creating a descriptive write up on our candy/chocolate.
Assessment Duotangs are coming home on Monday! We are just finishing up some assessments. Please look at a glimpse of what we have done so far. Sign and return the folder once you have looked at all the assessments.
Math: We are finishing up patterning and moving into the unit of Length and Measurement. We are going to do a baseline assessment tomorrow to see what everyone remembers and what we need to work on.
Language: We have started working on predictions in Language. We are also started to work on a Media project (creating our own candy/chocolate bar). This media project is shown below and the students are doing an excellent job on it so far. Today, we specifically looked at creating a descriptive write up on our candy/chocolate.
Assessment Duotangs are coming home on Monday! We are just finishing up some assessments. Please look at a glimpse of what we have done so far. Sign and return the folder once you have looked at all the assessments.


Date Change: October 23, 2018 is our photo day!
In language today we continued with connections . We read a number of different articles and discussed the content of them. The students did a really good job making connections (texttoself, texttotext and texttoworld). Ask your child what article they made a connection to.
We are continuing to work on patterning . See below to learn about the EXPLICIT PATTERN RULE to determine a specific value for a term number.
Patterning Group Work
The students worked in groups to complete the following problem. We shared our thinking and worked collaboratively. 

EXTRA EXTRA!

If you have any old newspapers, brochures, pamphlets at home and you would like to get rid of them we will take them! We are about to start a media unit and are looking to look at printed media.

For math, we started looking at patterning. We began to look at key terms in math and using math language when writing pattern rules. See below for patterning vocabulary
Information about JUMP ROPE FOR HEART is coming home today. We had a short assembly today to discuss the fundraiser. Ask your child about the assembly.
* If you still have the student verification form, please review the information and return it as soon as possible.
* If you still have the student verification form, please review the information and return it as soon as possible.
Language:
We started working on recount writing today. We identified that recount writing has some very important features
 it is written in past tense
 it includes specific information such as dates, times, names, locations
 it uses transition words (Next, First, Afterwards)
 it uses compound sentences
Math:
We looked at PRIME AND COMPOSITE NUMBERS today. Below are some new terms that we reviewed/learned .
Prime Numbers: numbers greater than one whose factors are only one and itself
Composite Numbers: a number that has more than two factors
Ex. 1 x 10 = 10 and 5 x 2 = 10 Therefore 10 is a Composite Number
Ex. 1 x 7 = 7 Therefore 7 is a Prime Number
Watch the video below and discuss with your child what they learned in math class today!
We started working on recount writing today. We identified that recount writing has some very important features
 it is written in past tense
 it includes specific information such as dates, times, names, locations
 it uses transition words (Next, First, Afterwards)
 it uses compound sentences
Math:
We looked at PRIME AND COMPOSITE NUMBERS today. Below are some new terms that we reviewed/learned .
Prime Numbers: numbers greater than one whose factors are only one and itself
Composite Numbers: a number that has more than two factors
Ex. 1 x 10 = 10 and 5 x 2 = 10 Therefore 10 is a Composite Number
Ex. 1 x 7 = 7 Therefore 7 is a Prime Number
Watch the video below and discuss with your child what they learned in math class today!
Important:
1. Wear red and white tomorrow
2. The school is accepting can food item for our Thanksgiving food drive.
1. Wear red and white tomorrow
2. The school is accepting can food item for our Thanksgiving food drive.
During group work today, we worked on a problem solving question that had the word "justify" in it.
This term comes up often during EQAO , so we discussed the meaning of it and what is expected in our answers. This poster will be put up in the classroom for the students to reference during the year.
This term comes up often during EQAO , so we discussed the meaning of it and what is expected in our answers. This poster will be put up in the classroom for the students to reference during the year.
September 2428, 2018 Homework
I hope that everyone is safe and we are happy to welcome you back to school after this past weekend.
1. Review and return the verification form to Miss James
2. School Messenger form
3. Reading Comprehension homework due on Friday  No Vocabulary this week
I hope that everyone is safe and we are happy to welcome you back to school after this past weekend.
1. Review and return the verification form to Miss James
2. School Messenger form
3. Reading Comprehension homework due on Friday  No Vocabulary this week
Making Connections
Below is an anchor chart about our reading comprehension focus of the month.
We are working hard on making connections . We have read a number of books are are starting to form strong connections. Last week, we watched the video below and answered the following questions to guide our connections.
How do you think Ormie the Pig felt when he was trying to get the cookies? Why do you think he felt that way? Use a specific part from the video.
Have you ever felt the same way as Ormie? When did you feel this way?
Below is an anchor chart about our reading comprehension focus of the month.
We are working hard on making connections . We have read a number of books are are starting to form strong connections. Last week, we watched the video below and answered the following questions to guide our connections.
How do you think Ormie the Pig felt when he was trying to get the cookies? Why do you think he felt that way? Use a specific part from the video.
Have you ever felt the same way as Ormie? When did you feel this way?
We took some time to go over how to respond to a reading comprehension question. Not all students will use the ROPES format to answer questions, but it is a good way to make sure you answered the question thoroughly (including examples/support form the text)
September 18, 2018
Math and Language:
Today we had two hardworking blocks! In math, we completed a independent worksheet to make sure everyone had a good understanding of how to estimate. This is a concept that will be incorporated in many different units throughout the school year.
In language, we completed our first reading comprehension . I will be using this to see where the students are at and we will be going over ROPES tomorrow. Stay tuned to find out what ROPES stands for and how we will use it to answer reading comprehension questions.
In religion, we watched a short video on being a good digital citizen. We started to make a pamphlet to advertise how to be responsible on the internet.
Math and Language:
Today we had two hardworking blocks! In math, we completed a independent worksheet to make sure everyone had a good understanding of how to estimate. This is a concept that will be incorporated in many different units throughout the school year.
In language, we completed our first reading comprehension . I will be using this to see where the students are at and we will be going over ROPES tomorrow. Stay tuned to find out what ROPES stands for and how we will use it to answer reading comprehension questions.
In religion, we watched a short video on being a good digital citizen. We started to make a pamphlet to advertise how to be responsible on the internet.
Understanding Estimates  Rounding
We started looking at rounding today . We will continue on this topic tomorrow .
We started looking at rounding today . We will continue on this topic tomorrow .
Homework Sept 1721, 2018
1. Sign vocabulary quiz from last week
2. Math, vocabulary work sheets due on Friday
1. Sign vocabulary quiz from last week
2. Math, vocabulary work sheets due on Friday
Math  Representing Numbers
The students were asked the following question
"Is 100 000 a big number?"
This led to a discussion on how the to represent numbers to show that they are bigger or smaller than others numbers (comparatively). Take a look below to see different ways we discussed representing numbers.
Ex. 400 000 Is half of 800 000
400 000 is 100 000 less than 500 000
400 000 is 4 times more than 100 000
The students were asked the following question
"Is 100 000 a big number?"
This led to a discussion on how the to represent numbers to show that they are bigger or smaller than others numbers (comparatively). Take a look below to see different ways we discussed representing numbers.
Ex. 400 000 Is half of 800 000
400 000 is 100 000 less than 500 000
400 000 is 4 times more than 100 000
A LETTER TO MY FUTURE SELF
We have been working very hard on writing letters that we will put in an envelope and open at the Leaving Ceremony (at the end of the year).
This past week, we spent a lot of time going over the outline for the letter and we looked at examples of a level 1, 2, 3 and 4. The students identified what was missing from each exemplar and what was needed to make their writing a level 4! We co constructed a success criteria and we have writing, editing and revising ever since!
We have been working very hard on writing letters that we will put in an envelope and open at the Leaving Ceremony (at the end of the year).
This past week, we spent a lot of time going over the outline for the letter and we looked at examples of a level 1, 2, 3 and 4. The students identified what was missing from each exemplar and what was needed to make their writing a level 4! We co constructed a success criteria and we have writing, editing and revising ever since!
We discussed the four types of sentences. We identified that we should be using a variety of sentences in our writing in order to make it dynamic. We took time to write some examples.
We further discussed the importance of compound sentences rather than simple sentences in our writing. In each writing assignment, we will be using compound sentences.
We further discussed the importance of compound sentences rather than simple sentences in our writing. In each writing assignment, we will be using compound sentences.
Math Concepts
These are some of the concepts we reviewed today in math class. We also did a fun partner activity with numbers. Ask your child about the number activity we did today!
These are some of the concepts we reviewed today in math class. We also did a fun partner activity with numbers. Ask your child about the number activity we did today!
September 10, 2018
Math:
We did a baseline assessment in math. The students were asked to complete a sheet on number sense and place value. This will allow me to guide the learning over the next month. We will continue with this tomorrow.
Language:
We completed our FRIENDS WANTED ADVERTISEMENT . Students were given their vocabulary homework and were given time in class (if they finished their advertisement) . All students will be bringing home their homework.
Religion:
We started looking at the Digital Samaritan . We watched a short clip, which displayed an act of kindness. Ask your child what the clip was about. This week, we will be discussing what it means to be a responsible citizen.
Math:
We did a baseline assessment in math. The students were asked to complete a sheet on number sense and place value. This will allow me to guide the learning over the next month. We will continue with this tomorrow.
Language:
We completed our FRIENDS WANTED ADVERTISEMENT . Students were given their vocabulary homework and were given time in class (if they finished their advertisement) . All students will be bringing home their homework.
Religion:
We started looking at the Digital Samaritan . We watched a short clip, which displayed an act of kindness. Ask your child what the clip was about. This week, we will be discussing what it means to be a responsible citizen.
September 10 14, 2018 Homework
1. Building Vocabulary Words : gigantic, myth, companion, accomplish, reliable
2. Pizza orders are now available online to purchase
1. Building Vocabulary Words : gigantic, myth, companion, accomplish, reliable
2. Pizza orders are now available online to purchase
On the first Friday of the school year, we spent an entire block discussing the importance of Learning Skills. As a class, we talked about each learning skill (responsibility, collaboration, independent work, initiative, selfregulation and organization). I emphasized how important these skills are to have in the classroom, at home and in daytoday life!
As a class, we discussed the letters that are given for each learning skill on the Progress Report, Term 1 Report Card and Term 2 Report Card. We collaboratively outlined what an excellent (E), good (G), satisfactory (S) and needs improvement (N) letter means.
In small groups, the students worked together to describe what the learning skills look like when they are excellent and what the learning skill doesn't look like. Below are some of the amazing responses. This discussion was really valuable and it ensures that everyone is aware of their roles and responsibilities.
As a class, we discussed the letters that are given for each learning skill on the Progress Report, Term 1 Report Card and Term 2 Report Card. We collaboratively outlined what an excellent (E), good (G), satisfactory (S) and needs improvement (N) letter means.
In small groups, the students worked together to describe what the learning skills look like when they are excellent and what the learning skill doesn't look like. Below are some of the amazing responses. This discussion was really valuable and it ensures that everyone is aware of their roles and responsibilities.
Time Capsule!
Today we made goals for the first term (one academic and one personal). The capsule will be opened at the end of the term and we will see if the goals were achieved!
Today we made goals for the first term (one academic and one personal). The capsule will be opened at the end of the term and we will see if the goals were achieved!
How many different combinations can you make out of 4 cubes?
We quickly realized that some combinations are congruent and they are just flipped!
This was great problem solving and teamwork!
We quickly realized that some combinations are congruent and they are just flipped!
This was great problem solving and teamwork!
We read the book Enemy Pie as a whole group today. In partners, they were asked to discuss the following question
What does it mean to be a good friend?
Ask your child what ideas they shared with the group. We will be using these ideas for an upcoming writing assignment!
What does it mean to be a good friend?
Ask your child what ideas they shared with the group. We will be using these ideas for an upcoming writing assignment!
Reminders: Please sign and return the Technology Agreement
Today, we spent a significant amount of time talking about transitions and routines in the classroom. We coconstructed the rules of the classroom which will allow us to have a very successful year!
We started to work in groups! Each group accepted a challenge.
The challenge was to build the strongest, tallest structure out of marshmallow and spaghetti! The groups were very creative but found it to the more difficult then they thought it would be.
In order to get to know each other, we did a gallery walk! See the pictures below to see what questions we answered to learn more about one another!
We started to work in groups! Each group accepted a challenge.
The challenge was to build the strongest, tallest structure out of marshmallow and spaghetti! The groups were very creative but found it to the more difficult then they thought it would be.
In order to get to know each other, we did a gallery walk! See the pictures below to see what questions we answered to learn more about one another!
Meet the Teacher Night  Thursday, September 6, 2018 from 5  7 PM. I look forward to meeting you all and sharing our classroom community with you!
Hi everyone! Happy Tuesday!
Only one week until school begins. I have been in the school working hard to prepare for the Grade 6 students. I am excited to meet everyone and begin this new learning journey at St. Anne Catholic School!
See you on Tuesday, September 4, 2018!
Only one week until school begins. I have been in the school working hard to prepare for the Grade 6 students. I am excited to meet everyone and begin this new learning journey at St. Anne Catholic School!
See you on Tuesday, September 4, 2018!