In the Loop September 22, 2019

Assignments for the Week:

Language: At the end of the week, students will have a spelling test from a new list of grade-level words. There will also be a “retake” test for students who missed words in last week’s spelling test. For reading, students will continue to share their critical thinking about their novels in reading journals in class, while recording Home Reading in their planners. For Tuesday, students should have three paragraphs of their interview written. IMG_1789Final drafts of interviews are due at the end of the week. Final drafts may be hand-written in ink or word-processed. (It is fine with me if parents help out with typing).

Math: History of Math packets are due at the end of the week. Students will continue to work on individually assigned “math notebook” work which may include work with materials, selected handouts or Albanesi math assessments.

Culture: Last week we looked at a Haudenosaunee story of how humans first came to be in IMG_1802North America. We also looked at the Beringian land bridge theory proposed by scientists. We will use our critical thinking skills to look at recent evidence that challenges the land bridge timeline dates. Later in the week, students will work in assigned groups to prepare a lesson for the class on a topic related to the lives of early First Nations people in BC, such as fishing or housing. Students will be accountable for their individual work and their contribution to the group.


  • Monday, September 23Professional Day. No school for students.
  • Thursday, September 26 at 3:15: Meet the Teacher: There will be a brief meet-and-greet in the afternoon. I believe it will begin in the gym.
  • Monday, September 30–Orange Shirt Day Friday. More details to come.
  • Wednesday, October 2: Field Trip to the Museum of Anthropology: We will be participating in the program, “Archaeology of the Lower Fraser Valley.” The field trip form was sent out last week. Please note that the cost is $8 (in addition to the cost of the bus) and the field trip may be paid for online. Please let me know via email if you are available to chaperone.
  • Friday, October 4–Individual Picture Day
  • Monday, October 7 and Wednesday, October 9: Goal-Setting Conferences. Class will be dismissed at 2pm on both days. A form for scheduling requests will be sent home this week.

Reader’s Workshop: Our reading program is centred around students personal reading which is, quite frankly, the best way to support life-long readers. Most afternoons, students read quietly for 30 minutes, including time to write and reflect on a critical thinking question that I pose. We then take a few minutes for students to talk about their books, a time that builds our community of readers, but also helps students practice their active listening and speaking skills.

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The Writing Process: We have been focusing on the skills of organization (main idea, clustering supporting ideas, topic sentences) and ideas (specific, detailed support) as we walk through the writing process to write interview drafts. At the beginning of the year, this is an introduction/review, and we will dive deeper into the Writing Traits as we continue Writer’s Workshop throughout the year.

Drama Fun: This class loves drama (and talk about a great way to practice communication skills!). We squeezed in some drama games this week (in part, thanks to a teacher-on-call who shared some).


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