October 14, 2018

We had another great week! This week we continued to work on our understanding of whole numbers up to 1 000 000. Students have been working through centres to reinforce skills like representing, compare and ordering numbers using base ten blocks, number lines, etc. This week we will move on to prime and composite numbers.

In language, we continue to work on sentence structure and complete versus incomplete sentences. In reading, we have been looking at making connections to what we read. We are using our prior knowledge to dig deep into what we are reading in order to try and connect through the author's message, events, settings, problems, etc. We are focusing our reading around social justice issues. This week we read Craig Kielburger's book- It takes a Child. This week we will focus our writing on descriptive writing by doing a sensory walk outside. We will look at fall colours and nature to help with our descriptive language.

In religion, we continue to talk about dignity of the Person and what that means. We have had discussions around Love and how it's life giving. Important to note: Wednesday October 17 at 7:00 pm there is a meeting about Confirmation.

In Science this week, we hosted our annual Global Cardboard challenge with our grade 2 buddies from Mrs. Eaton's Class and Mrs. Roche's class. Check out the video created from that day.

Happy Week
A. Porcari

October 8, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving

As we welcome October, I would like to give you a little update as to what has been happening in the classroom. We have been very busy these last few weeks as we focus on our school boards commitment to Be Well, Be Innovative, Be Community. This past Friday, was our Christian Community Day at the Shaw Centre. This is a day where all teachers from the OCSB board gather to pray, unite and be part of a wider community. We had the pleasure of hearing from our Director of Education who leads us in our mission this year. We continue with a focus on Deep Learning and the essential skills needed for our children to succeed. We had the honour of listening to an amazing speaker, David Wells- author of The Reluctant Disciple.

I hope everyone had a great long weekend celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends. As October begins, we continue to focus on Number Sense and our understanding of numbers up to 1 000 000. Students have been hard at work looking at ways to represent numbers using base tens in various ways.

We have also began our social justice work for the WeFoundation. All grade 6 classes met over the course of the last couple of weeks in order to become ex
perts on a local and global issue. Students researched and brainstormed some of the issues that the WeFoundation have chosen. Students presented their findings to the class and all groups voted on a local and global issue. This year, our local issue will target POVERTY and our global issue is WOMEN'S EMPOWERMENT. Stay tuned for events coming to STB soon!

Have a great week!
A. Porcari

Reminder- our confirmation meeting has been rescheduled of October 17th at 7:00pm at the church.

September 24, 2018

Number Sense- Whole Numbers and Decimals

(taken from “Big Ideas by Dr. Small”):

Over the next few weeks we will be working on our understanding of numbers. Below are a few games 
that students can play.  

1. The place value system we use is built on patterns to make our work with numbers more efficient.
2. Students gain a sense of the size of numbers by comparing them to meaningful benchmark numbers.
3. Decimals are an alternative representation to fractions, but one that allows for modeling, comparisons, 
and calculations that are consistent with whole numbers; because decimals extend the pattern of the 
base ten place value system.
4. A decimal can be read and interpreted in different ways; sometimes one representation is more useful 
than another in interpreting or comparing decimals or for performing and explaining a computation.

GOAL: I can demonstrate and explain equivalent representations using powers of ten
GOAL: I can identify and explain patterns within our place value system (including decimals)
GOAL: I can use these patterns to represent whole and decimals numbers in standard form, expanded form, in pictures, and in words
GOAL: I can compare and order whole and decimals numbers and plot them on a number line
GOAL: I can round whole and decimals numbers to meaningful benchmarks

  •  represent, compare, and order whole numbers and decimal numbers from 0.001 to 1 000 000, using number lines with appropriate increments, base ten materials for decimals);
  •  demonstrate an understanding of place value in whole numbers and decimal numbers from 0.001 to 1 000 000, using base ten materials to represent the relationship between 1, 0.1, 0.01, and 0.001) (Sample problem: How many thousands cubes would be needed to make a base ten block for 1 000 000?);
  • read and print in words whole numbers to one hundred thousand, using meaningful contexts
  • solve problems that arise from real-life situations and that relate to the magnitude of whole numbers up to 1 000 000 (Sample problem: How would you determine if a person could live to be 1 000 000 hours old?);
  • identify composite numbers and prime numbers, and explain the relationship between them (i.e., any composite number can be factored into prime factors) (e.g., 42 = 2 x 3 x 7).