Raven Rambler Sept.16-22

Ms. Guilbeau’s Class

6L Newsletter

Dear grade six families,

Coming Up…
  • September 16 – 20 – We will be collecting “Toonies for Terry” all week.
  • September 20 – 1:30 pm Terry Fox  Run – Families are welcome to join us on the field.
  • September 30 – Orange Shirt Day in support of the “Every Child Matters” Movement.

Check out these links to learn about Orange Shirt Day and Terry Fox.

Parents
  • I am looking for 1-2 parent representative(s) for our parent council.  As we will be planning a Grade Six Farewell and trip, we would like to have as many parents as possible have input in helping us plan and fundraise.  
  • Students have each brought home a folder that will be used for notices, homework and home reading.  Please get your child to check their folder each night to help them be prepared for school the next day.  We are trying to help students develop good habits for next year and learn to keep track of important due dates and notices. Parents please sign your child’s reading log every night. Thanks!
Math
  • Students are working on developing their number sense along with problem solving. In class we have been working on solving word problems using menus, money and multiplication.
  • Students will be making goals this week to practice their fact fluency based on the results of their numeracy surprise tests last week. Each student’s test has been marked and sent home to be shown to their parents. These were surprise tests and NOT supposed to be studied for. I wanted to see where they were at currently without preparation in order to understand where our focus should be at the beginning of the year.  6L was mainly successful in their addition and subtraction facts but needs significant work with their basic multiplication and division facts. These facts should have been memorized by the end of Grade 5.  Part A of the Provincial Achievement Test will be 40 addition, subtraction, multiplication and division questions. This part of the PAT will be timed. Students are encouraged to work on their basic facts at home.
  • 9 + 9 (all addition facts up to 9 + 9)
  • 18 – 9 (all subtraction facts related to addition facts)
  • 9 x 9 (all multiplication facts up to 9 x 9)
  • 81 divided by 9 (all related division facts)
  • This week our class math prodigy account will be set up and the code will be updated on here.
  • Students will then be able to practice their math facts on there.
Language Arts
  • Students are working on spelling and building their vocabulary with weekly spelling words.  Students will be bringing these words home on Monday and will have a test on Friday.
  • Last week students practiced using subjects, predicates, complete subjects and complete predicates correctly. We will be diving deeper into that topic along with starting coordinate conjunctions this week.
  • I am currently testing students on their reading.  So far all students have maintained the same reading level as last year.
  • We have been working on the reading strategy called sequencing as many students are reading, but not understanding why the order is important to remember and how it can affect the story.  Students have been working on identifying significant parts of each chapter and how they are sequenced within the story.
Social Studies
  • Students are starting to follow the election for a new prime minister this week and will be participating in a student vote. 
  • Students are following current events and will be starting to use CBC News for kids this week https://www.cbc.ca/kidsnews/.
  • We have discussed different ways that groups make decisions and are learning some of the following vocabulary.  
    • Democracy
    • Consensus
    •  Representation
    •  Equality
    •  Equity
    •  freedom of choice
Science
  • Our first unit of study is Trees and Forests.  
  • This unit will introduce a lot of new vocabulary.  Students can start working on some of these words at home.
    • Biodiversity
    • Biotic
    • Cambium
    • Canopy
    • Carbon dioxide
    • Carnivore
    • Chlorophyll
    • Clearcutting
    • Cones
    • Coniferous
    • Deciduous
    • Decomposer
    • Food Chain
    • Food Web
    • Producer
    • Prey
    • Predator
Leader in Me
  • So far we have worked on establishing routines and have done some team building activities.  We have gone over the 7 habits in detail and implemented them into our daily classroom and mission statement. Students have written a class mission statement and will be writing a personal mission statement this week. Students will also create a Math and Literacy goal.  
Genius Hour
  • So far we have gone over how Genius Hour works and chosen the topics we will be researching.
  • Genius Hour is one hour a week that students get to research their topic of choice, a self-study. It allows students to have choice in their learning and to understand that learning is fun and not a chore, it is exciting! They will then create a project based on their topic of choice and at the end of 8 weeks they will present it (much like a science fair project) to the class, admin and other students within the school.
  • We will be confirming our rubric this week.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  You can send me a message on Remind or send an e-mail to kennedy.guilbeau@fmpsd.ab.ca.

We are going to rock this week!

Sincerely,

Ms. G

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