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    Arts - Read AloudAloud, Shared Reading and Shared Reading.guided reading (discussion circles). Students will look at a variety of biographical textsnewspapers and recounts to examine the main idea, supporting detailstheir structure (5Ws) and irrelevant details and how this helps shape a reader's understanding of material. We will also explore how an author's pointthe concept of view influences the main idea as well as how biographical recounts utilize tactics to augment an auther's p.o.v. (passive verb tenses, bias etc).media bias. We will
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    Students will dialoguelearn about inferencing questions related to famous biographical compositions in the forminverted pyramid structure of Guided Reading discussion groups. Here, students will be assessednews texts as well as how this organization allows for their ability to use Bloom's Taxonomy and not only retell the main idea of a text, but offer their opinion of the text, infer direct and indirectirrelevant information and themes, and make critical connections to their life andbe omitted. Summarizing the world around them. The focus for writingtext in one headline will be ontaught through numerous interactive activities. Furthermore, the "5Ws and H" aspect of recount writing as well asclass will practice their skills by completing a concise descriptionsummary in an alternate format of a task. Studentsrelevant news article. We will review secondarydeconstruct newspaper articles together examining fact and primary source researchopinion and conduct their own on a person that they feel demonstrates the concept of "giftedness". Moreover, the class will participate in lessons relatedsupporting our thinking with references to the idea of "inferencing" in reading and will have a variety of assessments intext. The class on this topic (looking at textual and graphic texts). They will use
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    knowledge to create their own inferencing questions incomplete a "Fishbowl debate". At this time, discussion etiquette will be reinforced (accountable talk) and students will rehearse how to acknowledge different points of view.
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    Mathematics - StudentsChapter 13 : Probability will complete Unit #12: Fractions, Decimals and Ratios. The concepts covered include: comparing fractions with unlike denominators usingexplore expressing the probability of something as a variety of strategies, finding decimal equivalents for fractions, equivalent fractionsfraction and ratios, and relating percentspercentage. We will learn about how to decimalsorganize our data and fractions. Many of the lessonsillustrate probable events using pictures such as a tree diagram. Enrichment will include group collaborationfocus around a central problem-solving questioncomparing theoretical and experimental probability with multiple events. We will be leaving our Chapter 13 (probability) enrichment work until after first exploringwe complete chapter 14 so that students feel well prepared for the fundamentals together.standardized testing. Students are urged to continue to review questions at home relatedwill then move on to Unit #14: Patterns in Motion. The unit covers transformational geometry (translation, reflections and rotations) as well as rotational symmetry and the day's lessonorder of rotational symmetry. Students are to help solidifyapply their understanding priorknowledge of geometric angles to suggest the unit test. If there is time at the endpoint, angle and direction of the month, wea rotation both on a shape and outside of a shape. Moreover, they will move into Chapter 13: Probability, however, timeexamine uses for transformational geometry in a real-world context through dance, Kente cloth designs and a task that involves a description of M.C. Escher’s artistic work.We will also be spent oncontinue reviewing sample EQAO prep.questions (both multiple choice and short answer format). Students are encouraged to show their mathematical thinking thoroughly through calculations (numbers), an explanation of their math process and a concluding sentence (words), as well as pictures to help support or prove their answer (e.g. table, number line, PV chart, graph, counters etc).
    Religion - Unit 8: No Greater Love.9: Do Not Be Afraid. Students will learn about waysexplore the Jesus revealed himself to the people after his crucifixionconcept of baptismal renewal as well as ways he demonstrated reconciliation. Discussion with respect to ways that students can be agentsan examination of reconciliation will take place during lessons. The class will further look attheir conscience. May is the ideamonth of consciousnessMary and throughout the course of this unit, students will complete activities relatedpray the rosary to an examinationher. During Catholic Education Week, we will hold a prayer service daily for the religious theme of one's own conscience and moral ethics.the day. The virtue
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    month is Reverence andResponsibility. In connection with this virtue, I would like the students will complete some formto participate in various lessons and simulations around the topic of an art task relatedbullying as well as their responsibility as Catholics to this virtue.
    Social Studies – Unit test for Canada
    eradicate and it’s Trading Partners unit
    Dance - The focus will
    stand up to bullying behaviour in their school and in their community. This would be on a variety of dance genres that include individualgood time to discuss this concept with your child at home and paired choreography. Students will be assessed for their understandingperhaps look at some relevant news coverage of the basic movements relatedtopic. I hope to discuss the genre,concept of being an ally as well as rhythmmethodologies for dealing appropriately with behaviour that targets others in a negative way.
    Social Studies - Origin
    and movement. The pillarsmigration of dance will be explored in terms of energy, space, relationshipsVikings as well as early French and unity. We have completed our assessments and routines onEnglish explorers. Moreover, we will examine the merengue.impact that exploration had on Canadian First Nations peoples.
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    be on the swing, modern dance and hip hop and perhaps swing or jive.hop. Students will
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    show routine choreographychoreography.
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    Education - Health is incorporated into our Fully Alive unit and we will conclude that strand with a unit test after examining sexuality and relationships as well as STIs. The focus
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    month of AprilMay in gym will be badminton or possibly gymnasticstrack and creative movement.
    Science - A brief unit on electricity after students have already been exposed to this topic during Scientist
    field in preparation for the School. LessonsSJM Track and Field Day. A new event has been added (Standing Broad Jump). Students will learn proper technique for sprinting, long distance running, high jump and running long jump. They will be fashioned around atom composition, staticassessed on performance and current electricity, seriesparticipation and parallel circuits etc.will continue to work on setting new personal goals at each event. It is crucial that students come prepared for physical education with appropriate gym attire and have proper running shoes with support.
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Saturday, April 12

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    Religion
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    - Focus on Unit #6: Love Your Enemies.Read Aloud and Shared Reading. Students will learn about the idealook at a variety of moralitybiographical texts and ethical conscience through various biblical teachings. They will then explorerecounts to examine the "but I say to you" statements which demonstrate God's intent for us to live inmain idea, supporting details and irrelevant details and how this helps shape a perfect kingdom. Studentsreader's understanding of material. We will begin to comprehendalso explore how these statements are even more perfect that the law given to Moses in the 10 commandments. This unit ends with an examinationauthor's point of view influences the Beatitudes andmain idea as well as how they relatebiographical recounts utilize tactics to one's life. Studentsaugment an auther's p.o.v. (passive verb tenses, bias etc). We will completecontinue to discuss the reading strategy of synthesizing (combining what one already knows about a reflective presentation that outlines which beatitudetopic with what they feel they demonstrate in their life and one that they are still working on developing. The virtue for this month is WISDOM.
    Fully Alive - Unit #3: Created Sexual. Male and female sexuality, reproductive systems, prenatal development and postnatal care, puberty and STIs
    Language Arts - We will finish
    have learned to come up our unit on Literary Elements and the Fantasy genre.with a new evaluative opinion of a text). Students are currently working on planning their own narrative using various storyboarding programs (see IEP statements) and have recently explored mood and tone as it iswill dialogue about inferencing questions related to thisfamous biographical compositions in the form of writing. With respectGuided Reading discussion groups. Here, students will be assessed for their ability to plot, we have deconstructeduse Bloom's Taxonomy and not only retell the main idea of a text, but offer their literature circle novels in termsopinion of the lineartext, infer direct and circular plot structureindirect information and reviewed the techniques for concise retellingthemes, and summarizing.
    Read aloud, Shared reading,
    make critical connections to their life and Reader's Theatre. Focusthe world around them. The focus for writing will be on the reading strategies: making predictions, critical"5Ws and meaningful connections and using questioning devices.H" aspect of recount writing as well as a concise description of a task. Students will have numerous lessons on figurative language devicesreview secondary and primary source research and conduct their own on a person that they feel demonstrates the concept of "giftedness". Moreover, the class will beginparticipate in lessons related to recognize the effect that these techniquesidea of "inferencing" in reading and will have on a poetic text.variety of assessments in class on this topic (looking at textual and graphic texts). They will also learn howuse this knowledge to effectively annotate a poemcreate their own inferencing questions in order to make meaning from both the explicit and implicit themes. The culminating activity for this unit is an analysis of a poem selected by the student. The format for"Fishbowl debate". At this analysis (criteria outlined in the Pre-AP guide for PACE)time, discussion etiquette will be decided upon by the class. Poetry writingreinforced (accountable talk) and students will occur after lessons as a wayrehearse how to demonstrate one's knowledgeacknowledge different points of the figurative language technique that has been presented. Furthermore, students will work on demonstrating appropriate vocal techniques to engage an audience whenview.
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    reading poetry through a variety of informal reader's theatre performances. After sufficient peer and teacher feedback, studentswriting will present their culminating activity poem during a poetry cafe. They may choosetake place. Students will review past exemplars as well as strategies to produceobtain a soundtracklevel 4 response (e.g. APE) and self or soundscapepeer assess their work based on the model given. Formative assessment will be given to accompanystudents, and parents are asked to review the work in their performance.
    Math
    EQAO binder on a weekly basis.
    Mathematics
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    complete Unit #6 : Multiplication#12: Fractions, Decimals and Division.Ratios. The class will learn about alternate strategiesconcepts covered include: comparing fractions with unlike denominators using a variety of strategies, finding decimal equivalents for multiplyingfractions, equivalent fractions and dividing whole numbers including halvingratios, and doubling, the PVS methodrelating percents to decimals and simplifying equations with multiplesfractions. Many of 10. Daily formative assessment (e.g. "tickets")the lessons will ensure that students understand each concept before writinginclude group collaboration around a final test. We will also reviewcentral problem-solving question after first exploring the idea of BEDMAS, though most students should be familiar with this mathematical strategy, as it is part of the grade 5 program. I urge youfundamentals together. Students are urged to encourage your childcontinue to memorize their multiplication tables upreview questions at home related to 12, as this knowledge is fundamentalthe day's lesson to help solidify their understanding prior to the program andunit test. If there is not a parttime at the end of the PACE curriculum.month, we will move into Chapter 8: Area explores the areas formulas for a variety of shapes including triangles, parallelograms and rectangles. Enrichment13: Probability, however, time will also be in the form of problem solving questions that relate to the area of other complex shapes. Students will need to use their knowledge of geometric relationships to solve mathematical questions involving equations and area as well.
    Science
    spent on EQAO prep.
    Religion
    - Biodiversity continues for part of the month.Unit 8: No Greater Love. Students will learn about behavioural and structural adaptations and exhibit their understanding of this through a brief presentation that detailsways the useJesus revealed himself to the people after his crucifixion as well as ways he demonstrated reconciliation. Discussion with respect to ways that students can be agents of adaptations for survival of a particular organism species. As a class, wereconciliation will alsotake place during lessons. The class will further look at different typesthe idea of microorganismsconsciousness and their functions. The unit concludes withwill complete activities related to an interactive classroom game which demonstrates the conceptexamination of biodiversity, monoculture,one's own conscience and ecological managementmoral ethics. The virtue for the class.
    Social Studies - we
    this month is Reverence and students will begin our unit oncomplete some form of an art task related to this virtue.
    Social Studies – Unit test for Canada and it’s
    Trading Partners with aunit
    Dance - The
    focus will be on Canada's importsa variety of dance genres that include individual and exportspaired choreography. Students will be assessed for their understanding of the basic movements related to the genre, as well as fair trade
    H.P.E. - Floor hockey (stick handling, shooting, goaltending). I
    rhythm and movement. The pillars of dance will introduce each skill during a gym sessionbe explored in terms of energy, space, relationships and studentsunity. We have completed our assessments and routines on the merengue. The focus will now be given timeon modern dance and hip hop and perhaps swing or jive. Students will learn dance moves that correlate to these genres and will work on developing this dexterity over the course of a few gym days. Once I feelcollaboratively to piece together what they have had enough time, I will assess their abilitylearned using observational notesthe elements of dance. This will help set the stage for our talent show routine choreography
    Health
    and a checklist.Physical Education - Health is incorporated in theinto our Fully Alive unit. We may also begin our basketball unit in preparationand we will conclude that strand with a unit test after examining sexuality and relationships as well as STIs. The focus for the junior athletic season at SJM.month of April in gym will be badminton or possibly gymnastics and creative movement.
    Science - A brief unit on electricity after students have already been exposed to this topic during Scientist in the School. Lessons will be fashioned around atom composition, static and current electricity, series and parallel circuits etc.

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Wednesday, February 12

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    - Focus on Unit #5: I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.#6: Love Your Enemies. Students will
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    about the Feastidea of morality and ethical conscience through various biblical teachings. They will then explore the Epiphany as well as the Wedding at Cana story"but I say to you" statements which focuses on the beginning of Jesus' ministry.demonstrate God's intent for us to live in a perfect kingdom. Students will explore various social justice organizations and will examinebegin to comprehend how social justice is one ofthese statements are even more perfect that the pillars of the Catholic faith. My intent islaw given to have students display their research about a social justice organizationMoses in the form10 commandments. This unit ends with an examination of an advertising brochure but wethe Beatitudes and how they relate to one's life. Students will see how far we get withcomplete a reflective presentation that outlines which beatitude they feel they demonstrate in their life and one that they are still working on developing. The virtue for this unit since the month is shorter.WISDOM.
    Fully Alive - Not a focus for this month. Depending on how far we get with our Health unit, we may begin Unit #3: Created Sexual. This would be a good time to have a discussion with your child about healthy relationships, sexualityMale and female sexuality, reproductive systems, prenatal development and postnatal care, puberty and puberty.STIs
    Language Arts - Literature Circles,We will finish up our unit on Literary Elements and the Fantasy genre. Students are currently working on planning their own narrative using various storyboarding programs (see IEP statements) and have recently explored mood and tone as it is related to this form of writing. With respect to plot, we have deconstructed their literature circle novels in terms of the linear and circular plot structure and reviewed the techniques for concise retelling and summarizing.
    Read aloud,
    Shared reading, and Book Discussion groups.Reader's Theatre. Focus on the reading strategy of summarizing as well as the literary elements by examining passages from fantasy texts as well as self-selected fantasy novels. Group reading tasks will use scaffolded information from the concepts taught in the shared class lesson.strategies: making predictions, critical and meaningful connections and using questioning devices. Students will use appropropriate questioninghave numerous lessons on figurative language devices to probe for higher-level thinking during book discussions. Studentsand will learn about narrative writing as it appliesbegin to recognize the Fantasy genre. They will end the unit by writing a complex fantasy narrative for publicationeffect that uses the literary items theythese techniques have created along the way (deciding upon their theme, creatingon a character sketch using direct and indirect characterization methods, identifying the elements of their plot and setting etc). Moreover, studentspoetic text. They will generate multimedia texts that augment their story (e.g. travelogue, storyboard using Bitstrips or another suitable digital planning program). Enrichment will be provided through exploration of materialalso learn how to effectively annotate a poem in order to make meaning from both the Pre-AP program (archetypal settingexplicit and character, character motivation, in depthimplicit themes. The culminating activity for this unit is an analysis of mood and tone and text annotation) in preparationa poem selected by the student. The format for literarythis analysis at(criteria outlined in the high school level.
    Math - students
    Pre-AP guide for PACE) will complete Unit #7 on 2D Geometry withbe decided upon by the class. Poetry writing will occur after lessons as a culminating taskway to demonstrate one's knowledge of the figurative language technique that has them comply with geometric specifications given. Conceptsbeen presented. Furthermore, students will include creating and sorting polygon shapes usingwork on demonstrating appropriate vocal techniques to engage an audience when reading poetry through a variety of strategiesinformal reader's theatre performances. After sufficient peer and identifying proprierties of quadrilaterals and symmetrical shapes. Students will further be asked to provide and test critical hypothesis about polygon shapes after practicing this skill in class. For enrichment,teacher feedback, students will learn about the Pythagoream Theorem as well as participate in problem-solving stations that require the use of Algebraic concepts at the high school level. If we have time, wepresent their culminating activity poem during a poetry cafe. They may go backchoose to Chapter 6produce a soundtrack or move aheadsoundscape to Chapter 8.
    Social Studies
    accompany their performance.
    Math
    - WeStudents will finish our Aboriginal Contribution task presentations to conclude our unit on Aboriginal peoples. These visual tasks will be displayed for a short period in our school library, so if you are at St. Justin Martyr, comecomplete Unit #6 : Multiplication and take a look at them :)
    Science - Biodiversity. Students
    Division. The class will learn about alternate strategies for multiplying and dividing whole numbers including halving and doubling, the characteristics of vertebratesPVS method and invertebrates as well as the 5 Kingdomssimplifying equations with multiples of living things. The program10. Daily formative assessment (e.g. "tickets") will be enriched by exploring the scientific classification system in great detail. Organism structureensure that students understand each concept before writing a final test. We will also review the idea of BEDMAS, though most students should be looked atfamiliar with this mathematical strategy, as wellit is part of the grade 5 program. I urge you to encourage your child to memorize their multiplication tables up to 12, as ecological managementthis knowledge is fundamental to the program and invasive species.
    H.P.E. - Fitness
    is not a part of the PACE curriculum. Chapter 8: Area explores the areas formulas for a variety of shapes including triangles, parallelograms and developing S.M.A.R.T. fitness goals. Studentsrectangles. Enrichment will participatebe in fitness stations and activitiesthe form of problem solving questions that connectrelate to the area(s) they wish to improve (muscular strength, cardiorespiratory endurance, flexiblity). The focusarea of other complex shapes. Students will be on active participation and improving one's healthneed to use their knowledge of geometric relationships to solve mathematical questions involving equations and overall fitness ability. We may begin a unit on Healthy Eating this month; exploring food labels and the componentsarea as well.
    Science - Biodiversity continues for part
    of the Food Guide.month. Students will then be asked to examinelearn about behavioural and structural adaptations and exhibit their own eating patterns overunderstanding of this through a brief presentation that details the courseuse of 3 days and set goals to improve or maintain their diet. Weadaptations for survival of a particular organism species. As a class, we will also look at factors that influence one's eating patternsdifferent types of microorganisms and delve into discussiontheir functions. The unit concludes with respect to howan interactive classroom game which demonstrates the media (specifically advertisements) affect our "healthy" eating choices as well as what society deems "fit".
    VIP sessions with York Regional Police
    concept of biodiversity, monoculture, and ecological management for the class.
    Social Studies - we
    will begin this month. They willour unit on Trading Partners with a focus on illicit drugs, tobacco and alcohol use, bullyingCanada's imports and online safetyexports as well as fire safety. Afterfair trade
    H.P.E. - Floor hockey (stick handling, shooting, goaltending). I will introduce
    each session,skill during a gym session and students will write a brief quizbe given time to work on developing this dexterity over the presentation, assessing their knowledgecourse of the content as well asa few gym days. Once I feel they have had enough time, I will assess their active listening skills. ability using observational notes and a checklist. Health is incorporated in the Fully Alive unit. We may also begin our basketball unit in preparation for the junior athletic season at SJM.
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Sunday, January 5

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    Religion/Fully Alive –
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    Religion -
    Focus on a variety of covenant stories inUnit #5: I am the Way, the bibleTruth and examine the relation of the 10 commandments to today’s world and our lives.Life. Students will showcase their knowledgelearn about the Feast of the 10 commandments and how they are fundamental and applicable to preteen development inEpiphany as well as the form of a modern song composition. ExploreWedding at Cana story which focuses on the topic of “life-givers” and relate this idea to issuesbeginning of Jesus' ministry. Students will explore various social justice throughout our globe. Thisorganizations and will further connect toexamine how social justice is one of the monthly virtuepillars of Justice.the Catholic faith. My intent
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    have students complete a task that demonstratesdisplay their knowledgeresearch about a social justice organization in the form of an advertising brochure but we will see how far we get with this topic.unit since the month is shorter.
    Fully Alive - Not a focus for this month. Depending on how far we get with our Health unit, we may begin Unit #3: Created Sexual. This would be a good time to have a discussion with your child about healthy relationships, sexuality and puberty.

    Language Arts – Guided Reading,- Literature Circles, Shared reading, literature circles and reader’s theatre. We will beginBook Discussion groups. Focus on the reading strategy of summarizing as well as the literary elements by examining passages from fantasy texts as well as self-selected fantasy novels. Group reading tasks will use scaffolded information from the board's new initiative toward critical questioning with a focus onconcepts taught in the "three types of questions and Bloom's Taxonomy of Thinking".shared class lesson. Students will use appropropriate questioning devices to probe for higher-level thinking during book discussions. Students will learn howabout narrative writing as it applies to formulate evaluative questions that generate opinions and createthe Fantasy genre. They will end the unit by writing a needcomplex fantasy narrative for plausible justification frompublication that uses the text and fromliterary items they have created along the way (deciding upon their own ideas. This reading comprehension concept will tie into lessons conducted on how to fashiontheme, creating a critical reading responsecharacter sketch using the APEPEE format (in preparation for EQAO). Holocaust non-fiction piecesdirect and a varietyindirect characterization methods, identifying the elements of media texts will be explored in relation to these themes.their plot and setting etc). Moreover, with respect to critical questioning and thinking, students will learn about psychoanalytic theory and will deconstruct characters related to this critical approach.
    Later in the month, the focus
    generate multimedia texts that augment their story (e.g. travelogue, storyboard using Bitstrips or another suitable digital planning program). Enrichment will be on the reading strategy of visualizationprovided through exploration of various oralmaterial from the Pre-AP program (archetypal setting and written aboriginal myths. Students will learn about recountcharacter, character motivation, in depth analysis of mood and summary writingtone and apply this knowledge to recounting a variety of First Nation legends. Students will examine media texts (posters, ads, songs) that relate to aboriginal culture and other cultural groups that comprisetext annotation) in preparation for literary analysis at the Canadian identity, and suggest how they represent different points of view and perspectives.high school level.
    Math - students will complete Unit #3#7 on Data management which includes calculating the mean, median, mode and range and determining outliers. There will be2D Geometry with a culminating task that relates to create an infographic that examines primaryhas them comply with geometric specifications given. Concepts will include creating and secondary data onsorting polygon shapes using a social justice issuevariety of their choice. This task will involve student data collection through the schoolstrategies and the community.identifying proprierties of quadrilaterals and symmetrical shapes. Students will learn howfurther be asked to organizeprovide and display data pertaining to real-life scenarios (e.g. world food consumption) throughout the unit of study. Enrichmenttest critical hypothesis about polygon shapes after practicing this skill in class. For enrichment, students will also belearn about the Pythagoream Theorem as well as participate in problem-solving stations that require the formuse of graph analysis (determining how a graph can be alteredAlgebraic concepts at the high school level. If we have time, we may go back to augment a particular perspective).Chapter 6 or move ahead to Chapter 8.
    Social Studies - We will finish our Aboriginal Peoples.Contribution task presentations to conclude our unit on Aboriginal peoples. These visual tasks will be displayed for a short period in our school library, so if you are at St. Justin Martyr, come and take a look at them :)
    Science - Biodiversity.
    Students will explore the various origin theories,learn about the Geographic regionscharacteristics of Canadian First Nations peoplesvertebrates and invertebrates as well as what makes each First Nation group unique. This unitthe 5 Kingdoms of living things. The program will connect to what is being taught inbe enriched by exploring the Language program.
    Music – With Mr. Ombao
    French – With Mr. Jubenot
    Science – not a focus for this month
    scientific classification system in great detail. Organism structure will also be looked at as well as ecological management and invasive species.
    H.P.E. – Personal safety- Fitness and injury prevention during active playdeveloping S.M.A.R.T. fitness goals. Students will participate in fitness stations and spot.activities that connect to the area(s) they wish to improve (muscular strength, cardiorespiratory endurance, flexiblity). The focus in the classroom for Health will be focusing on ways to copeactive participation and manage stress inimproving one's health and overall fitness ability. We may begin a positive fasion withinunit on Healthy Eating this month; exploring food labels and the familycomponents of the Food Guide. Students will then be asked to examine their own eating patterns over the course of 3 days and with friendships.set goals to improve or maintain their diet. We will also explore conflict resolution strategieslook at factors that influence one's eating patterns and issues relateddelve into discussion with respect to bullyinghow the media (specifically advertisements) affect our "healthy" eating choices as well as what society deems "fit".
    VIP sessions with York Regional Police will begin this month. They will focus on illicit drugs, tobacco
    and alcohol use, bullying prevention. Our gym component will be centered around volleyball skills including serving, bumping, volleying and various basic plays.
    Visual Arts – aboriginal art, sketching and sculpture
    Curriculum night presentation-----> {Curriculum Night 2013.ppt}
    online safety as well as fire safety. After each session, students will write a brief quiz on the presentation, assessing their knowledge of the content as well as their active listening skills.
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Wednesday, November 6

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    Already we have begun
    a summary of our second month togetherfocus for November in grade 6 P.A.C.E.
    Religion/Fully Alive – Focus on a variety of covenant stories in the bible
    and I can already tell that this is goingexamine the relation of the 10 commandments to be a very positivetoday’s world and rewarding year where thereour lives. Students will be many successes. As you are aware, I will be drafting IEPs (Individual Education Plans) beginning in Octobershowcase their knowledge of the 10 commandments and how they will be distributed before the November report card. Please feel freeare fundamental and applicable to notify me should you have any ideaspreteen development in termsthe form of accommodations,a modern song composition. Explore the topic of “life-givers” and areasrelate this idea to issues of strength and/or weakness for your child. On another note, some of the students have already celebrated birthdays insocial justice throughout our class. If you would likeglobe. This will further connect to send in a treat with your son or daughter on their birthday, please make sure that itthe monthly virtue of Justice. My intent is labelled as "nut free". Hope everyone has an enjoyable and “spooky” Halloween!
    Mathematics: The
    to have students will complete the Number Sense and Numeration Unit. For assessment purposes,a task that demonstrates their knowledge of this unit will utilize a performance task. Students will work together in class to designtopic.
    Language Arts – Guided Reading, Shared reading, literature circles
    and implement an interactive teaching tool such as a website based on concepts related to ancient number systems as well as rational and irrational numbers etc. Studentsreader’s theatre. We will be providedbegin by examining the board's new initiative toward critical questioning with a listfocus on the "three types of possible topicsquestions and Bloom's Taxonomy of Thinking". Students will pick one accordinglearn how to their interest. With respect to enrichment, students will focus on unique number systems including the Mayan counting system. We will discuss larger numbers in class together such as the Googolformulate evaluative questions that generate opinions and create a need for plausible justification from the Googolplextext and studentsfrom their own ideas. This reading comprehension concept will be workingtie into lessons conducted on problem solving questions relatedhow to determining if there isfashion a googol of anything in our universe.
    The Language Program for October will focus on paragraph composition. Guided
    critical reading and literature circle groups will be established this month and we will examine some texts from the Literacy in Action resourceresponse using the reading strategies "determining author's purpose"APEPEE format (in preparation for EQAO). Holocaust non-fiction pieces and "making critical connections". Moreover, we will examine eacha variety of the writing traits individually through modelled, shared and interactive writing and studentsmedia texts will be assessed formatively onexplored in relation to these topics. The class will be introducedthemes. Moreover, with respect to "levelled questions" and critical questioning tactics which is a new board focus for this year. We will deconstruct the Three Types of Questions together as a class and thinking, students will generate their own evaluative questions based on a variety of textslearn about psychoanalytic theory and will deconstruct characters related to springboard small group discussion using accountable talk procedures. Bythis critical approach.
    Later in
    the end ofmonth, the month, wefocus will focusbe on recount writing and expository writing, as well as the reading strategy of visualization.visualization through exploration of various oral and written aboriginal myths. Students will engage in study related to oral storytellinglearn about recount and may compose their own tale - sharing it with the class using visualssummary writing and technologyapply this knowledge to enhance the overall product. Werecounting a variety of First Nation legends. Students will continue to examine media texts with respect(posters, ads, songs) that relate to aboriginal culture and other cultural groups that comprise the Canadian identity, and suggest how they represent different points of
    ...
    and perspectives.
    Religion/Fully Alive: Created and Loved by God. The virtue of

    Math – students will complete Unit #3 on Data management which includes calculating
    the month is compassionmean, median, mode and thus specific lessonsrange and determining outliers. There will be centered around explaininga culminating task that relates to create an infographic that examines primary and discussing this characteristicsecondary data on a social justice issue of their choice. This task will involve student data collection through the use of children's literature. Weschool and the community. Students will continue with ourlearn how to organize and display data pertaining to real-life scenarios (e.g. world food consumption) throughout the unit on Life-Giving Loveof study. Enrichment will also be in Fully Alive and move onthe form of graph analysis (determining how a graph can be altered to friendships and managing stress in relationships.
    Science: Our space unit should wrap up around mid-October.
    augment a particular perspective).
    Social Studies – Aboriginal Peoples.
    Students will complete a unit testexplore the various origin theories, the Geographic regions of Canadian First Nations peoples as well as a cumulativewhat makes each First Nation group project.
    Social Studies:
    unique. This unit will connect to what is being taught in the Language program.
    Music – With Mr. Ombao
    French – With Mr. Jubenot
    Science –
    not a
    ...
    this month
    Music: Mr. Ombao
    Visual Arts: The elements of art, lettering, 2D and 3D art, colour relationships and lines, using various mediums to compose a variety of artistic pieces
    Physical Education and Health: Outdoor activities, cooperative games, personal

    H.P.E. – Personal
    safety and injury prevention
    Our class days have been filled with activities including whole class
    during active play and small group instruction, learning centers, technology-based activitiesspot. The focus in the classroom for Health will be focusing on ways to cope and group work. I believemanage stress in a comfortable climate filledpositive fasion within the family and with flexible and exciting learning experiencesfriendships. We will help each child meet with successalso explore conflict resolution strategies and foster a life-long love of learning. I firmly believe that each class is comprised of children with many different learning stylesissues related to bullying and needs. Opportunitiesbullying prevention. Our gym component will be available which will help the children use their strengthscentered around volleyball skills including serving, bumping, volleying and work through any difficulties they may encounter. Students are encouraged to learn to take responsibility for their learning. We are still working together on our classroom transitions, time management,various basic plays.
    Visual Arts – aboriginal art, sketching
    and organizational skills.sculpture
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Tuesday, October 15

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Friday, October 4

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    Mathematics: The students will complete the Number Sense and Numeration Unit. For assessment purposes, this unit will utilize a performance task. Students will work together in class to design and implement an interactive teaching tool such as a website based on concepts related to ancient number systems as well as rational and irrational numbers etc. Students will be provided with a list of possible topics and will pick one according to their interest. With respect to enrichment, students will focus on unique number systems including the Mayan counting system. We will discuss larger numbers in class together such as the Googol and the Googolplex and students will be working on problem solving questions related to determining if there is a googol of anything in our universe.
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Sunday, September 29

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    their interest. With respect to speak with meenrichment, students will focus on unique number systems including the Mayan counting system. We will discuss larger numbers in person,class together such as the best timeGoogol and the Googolplex and students will be working on problem solving questions related to reach me at schooldetermining if there is from 1:40-2:20 daily, after school or at lunch (in that order). You may also leave a message with the secretariesgoogol of anything in our universe.
    The Language Program for October will focus on paragraph composition. Guided reading
    and Iliterature circle groups will return your call bybe established this month and we will examine some texts from the endLiteracy in Action resource using the reading strategies "determining author's purpose" and "making critical connections". Moreover, we will examine each of the day. A message canwriting traits individually through modelled, shared and interactive writing and students will be sentassessed formatively on these topics. The class will be introduced to me via"levelled questions" and critical questioning tactics which is a new board focus for this year. We will deconstruct the wiki by clickingThree Types of Questions together as a class and students will generate their own evaluative questions based on my icon under the 'Members' folder. I am able to replya variety of texts to these messages atspringboard small group discussion using accountable talk procedures. By the end of the day when I updatemonth, we will focus on recount writing and expository writing, as well as the student wiki. All pertinent homework due datesreading strategy of visualization. Students will engage in study related to oral storytelling and may compose their own tale - sharing it with the class reminders canusing visuals and technology to enhance the overall product. We will continue to examine media texts with respect to points of view and perspectives.
    Religion/Fully Alive: Created and Loved by God. The virtue of the month is compassion and thus specific lessons will
    be found oncentered around explaining and discussing this characteristic through the student wiki, so pleaseuse of children's literature. We will continue with our unit on Life-Giving Love in Fully Alive and move on to friendships and managing stress in relationships.
    Science: Our space unit should wrap up around mid-October. Students will complete a unit test as well as a cumulative group project.
    Social Studies: not a focus for this month
    Music: Mr. Ombao
    Visual Arts: The elements of art, lettering, 2D and 3D art, colour relationships and lines, using various mediums to compose a variety of artistic pieces
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