Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Welcome 2018

Grade 6 News

We are excited at SJA to begin a new school year. I hope everyone had a great summer spent with friends and family.
This year in grade 6 our religion symbol is the lantern. We will be reading many passages from the bible and religion text book that refer to this symbol.
We will be working on various reading strategies and writing forms. Each reading strategy and writing form will be modelled for students to see and then gradually passed on for students to work on independently.
Problem solving will be the focus in math along with collaborative work between students to find solutions.
This means that students will also be expected to share ideas to their groups and the class. The importance of oral communication with group partners and the class plays an instrumental role in student learning and overall achievement.

The following topics in language arts and math will be the focus for September:

Reading Comprehension (Using Fix-Up Strategies):
Students will be practicing the use of Fix-Up Strategies (read sentences around the word or look to see if the author has provided definition) to help improve fluency and understanding of the text. 
Nightly reading using this strategy is encouraged. Students have the Fix-Up Strategies anchor chart in their reading comprehension notebooks.


Writing Form (Recount with focus on Autobiography):
Students will work independently to record information using an outline. They will write an autobiography about themselves using a main idea and supporting details for each paragraph.

Math (Patterning):
Students are working on extending specific patterns (growing, shrinking, repeating) and identifying the pattern rule for each pattern.

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Important Dates:

  • Program Night Thursday, September 20, 6:30pm
  • Photo Day September24th

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Welcome Back 2017

September News:

Welcome to a new year in Grade 5/6! I hope you all had a fantastic summer. My name is David MacGillivary and I am pleased to be your child’s teacher this year. Your child was given an agenda last week. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me by using the agenda or by calling me at the school 613-828-0644. 

The following activities will be the focus for September:

Religion:

Students will focus on the meaning of our new board theme "Sent to be the Good News"
Gr. 6 Personality Wheel - Share information about themselves to their peers. 
Gr. 5 Uniqueness Wheel - Share information about themselves to their peers. 

Reading Comprehension: Self Monitoring / Fix-Up Strategies 

Students will be practicing the use of Fix-Up Strategies (read sentences around the word or look to see if the author has provided definition) to help improve fluency and understanding of the text. 

Nightly reading using these strategies is encouraged. Students have the Fix-Up Strategies anchor chart in their agendas and reading comprehension notebooks.

Writing: 
                  Grade 6 (Recount Autobiography)
Students will write an autobiography of their life. They will share information about their family, school life, hobbies and future aspirations. Students will follow an outline to help them organize their thoughts. Focus will be put on clarity, paragraph structure and proper tense use.

                   Grade 5 (Recount Biography)
Students will write a biography of their peer's life. They will gather information from their peers about their family, school life, and hobbies. Students will follow an outline to help them organize their thoughts. Focus will be put on clarity, paragraph structure and proper tense use.

Important Dates: 

  • Wed. Sept. 13th - Program Night 6:30pm
  • Mon. Sept. 25th - Photo Day


Saturday, 10 September 2016

Welcome Back

September News:

Welcome to a new year in Grade 5/6! I hope you all had a fantastic summer. My name is David MacGillivary and I am pleased to be your child’s teacher this year. Your child was given an agenda last week. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me by using the agenda or by calling me at the school 613-828-0644. 

The following activities will be the focus for September:

Religion:

Students will focus on the meaning of our new board theme "Sent to be the Good News"
Gr. 6 Personality Wheel - Share information about themselves to their peers. 
Gr. 5 Uniqueness Wheel - Share information about themselves to their peers. 

Reading Comprehension: Self Monitoring / Fix-Up Strategies 

Students will be practicing the use of Fix-Up Strategies (read sentences around the word or look to see if the author has provided definition) to help improve fluency and understanding of the text. 

Nightly reading using these strategies is encouraged. Students have the Fix-Up Strategies anchor chart in their agendas and reading comprehension notebooks.

Writing: 
                  Grade 6 (Recount Autobiography)
Students will write an autobiography of their life. They will share information about their family, school life, hobbies and future aspirations. Students will follow an outline to help them organize their thoughts. Focus will be put on clarity, paragraph structure and proper tense use.

                   Grade 5 (Recount Biography)
Students will write a biography of their peer's life. They will gather information from their peers about their family, school life, and hobbies. Students will follow an outline to help them organize their thoughts. Focus will be put on clarity, paragraph structure and proper tense use.

Important Dates: 

  • Wed. Sept. 13th - Program Night 6:30pm
  • Mon. Sept. 25th - Photo Day



Sunday, 29 May 2016

June News

June News


It's hard to believe we've reached June. We will continue to work hard and keep our routines intact. 

Important Dates:

  • June 9th school BBQ
  • June 10th PD Day
  • June 21st Year end field trip to The Museum of History 

For this coming month we will be working on the following topics.

Reading: Inferencing  - Students are working on the reading comprehension strategy of inferring. They have observed the teacher modelling what making an inference looks like and have read many passages in small groups and independently.
Students also explained the strategy they used to make their inferences (use of pictures, clues from the text, background knowledge and reading between the lines).

Writing: Narrative - Students are working on completing their narrative writing with the focus on mystery writing. Students read many mystery stories and created a success criteria for what makes a good mystery story (a detective, suspects, clues to link the suspect, an element of suspense, and good word choice). They will need to keep a close eye on their outline with this writing form in order to stay on topic. Revising and editing work will also be a focus.

Oral Communication: Expression - Students will be participating in activities that highlight the importance of showing expression in their voices when reading. Students will work in groups to practice this skill and understand how it can change the meaning in text.

Media Literacy: Book Cover - After completing their mystery story students will create a book cover that compliments the text. Students will identify characteristics of a book cover and implement them into their work.

Math: Fractions, Decimals, and Percents - Students will be completing tasks involving comparing, representing, and converting fractions. By using fraction strips and fraction circles, students will convert improper fractions to mixed numbers. Students will also compare fractions with percents and decimals.




Wednesday, 6 January 2016

January News

January News:

Welcome Back and Happy New Year to students and parents. We're off to a great start to 2016. Students have been completing readings and activities from the bible about The Feast of Epiphany. The passages we have focused on are The Visitors From the East, Baptism of Jesus, and The Wedding at Cana.

Reading:
Students are finding important details in text to complete a summary. As well, finding the main idea from text is a focus this month.

Writing:
Students are working more independently when completing procedural writing tasks (giving directions using a map). They have completed the baseline task in this writing form and are becoming more familiar with using directional language and navigating successfully using a map.

Math:
This month students will be working on Data Management, with a focus on collecting data by conducting a survey, displaying data on graphs, and finding the mean or average of a set of data.

Saturday, 5 December 2015

December News

December News:

As we approach Christmas grade 5 students will observe our Advent season. Students will read scriptures from the bible, create art work (Triptych Art) and have discussions about this important season. Students are excited to bring in canned goods and other items to help those in need. As well, we are participating in writing a Christmas card to seniors in the Valley view retirement home to help make this season even more special.

Important dates:
  • Last day of school before Christmas break - Dec. 18th
  • Return to school on Jan. 4th 
Reading:
Students will be working on finding the Determining the Main Idea in text read. Often times students have difficulty distinguishing between a summary and the main idea. This will be discussed through modelled work and class discussion.

Writing:
Students will be working on the Procedural Writing form with a focus on street directions. Many characteristics will be discussed in created a successful procedural writing piece.

Math:
In math students are currently working on Geometry with a focus on constructing angles and triangles. As well, we are participating in a math inquiry task involving the use of pictures to help drive math talk. Students will solve problems through group work and purposeful math talk. 

We are also excited to welcome Ms. Alexandra Jablonski to our classroom. She is an Ottawa University student completing her Teacher Candidate program at SJA. Alexandra is with us for 2 weeks before Christmas break and another 3 months in the New Year. 



Monday, 12 October 2015

October News Gr. 5

Students have been working hard this past month in Grade 5. In reading, we have been practicing the use of Fix-Up Strategies. In writing, students are completing their biographies. We did an inquiry on Terry Fox and had great discussions using our accountable talk anchor chart. We completed tasks on patterning in math.

This month we will be...

Reading:
Working on the reading strategy of visualizing. Students will tap into their use of senses to help them with this strategy.

Writing:
Students will be starting to generate ideas on descriptive writing topics with the focus on cause and effect text pattern.

Oral Communication:
Students will be focusing on using appropriate listening and speaking behaviours during informal  conversations (knowing when to speak, asking questions, and adding ideas to extend thinking). 

Math:
This month we're completing activities on number sense and numeration with a focus on place value (comparing, ordering, and identifying numbers). Students will work in groups and have an opportunity to share their strategies with the class in small and large group settings.