January 22, 2017

What's Happening in Grade 6

Hello Everyone

I hope people are taking advantage of this beautiful mild weather we have been having! Spring is in the air! We have an exciting event this Thursday, so we are hoping for beautiful weather. The school will be participating in our annual winter play day. It is tradition at STB that the grade 6 students lead the stations. This year, paying tribute to Canada's 150th, all the stations are canadian games and reflected by each province and territory. Follow twitter to see the pics from the day!

In math, we have wrapped up or focus on 2D geometry and we are now moving on toward Probability. 

It is a short unit in which students will investigate outcomes and use these outcomes to make theoretical predictions.
BIG IDEAS (taken from “Big Ideas by Dr. Small”):
  • Real-world situations can be represented using probabilities.
  • Probability can be used to predict outcomes.
  • An experimental probability is based on past events and experiments.
  • A theoretical probability is based on an analysis of what could happen.
  • I can identify probabilities from real-world scenarios.
  • I can make predictions based on theoretical and/or experimental probabilities.
  • Express theoretical probability as a ratio of the number of favourable outcomes to the total number of possible outcomes where all outcomes are equally likely.
  • Represent the probability of an even using a value from the range of 0 (impossible) to 1 (certain)
  • Predict the frequency of an outcome of a simple probability experiment or game by calculating and using the theoretical probability of that outcome.
ONLINE PRACTICE QUIZZES (from Nelson Education):

In Language, specifically in reading, we have begun inferring by reading the book "Iqbal." Students are very engaged with the story as they have heard alot about Iqbal through our WE foundation participation. In writing, we have begun to explore fables. This week students will begin to write their own fables based on the success criteria we have come up with for a fable.

We have been preparing the students for the sacrament of Confirmation all year, but it is at this time that we will begin our in depth focus on the image of God. Over the course of the next few months, students may come home with some tasks to work through with their parents around confirmation. As we prepare your child for this important sacrament, we ask that you participate at home and discuss with your child the special bond they are forming with the church as they prepare for Confirmation. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at the school.

A. Porcari

January 15, 2017

Happy New Year!

Welcome 2017! I hope everyone had a relaxing holiday.We had a very busy first week of 2017! After hearing all the fun students had with family and friends we were right back into the swings of things. We did take some time to talk about New Year's and the tradition around New Year resolutions. The students did come up with some resolutions for themselves. Ask your child to show your their resolution in their language folder.

We began this week in math right where we left off...2D Geometry! We did a quick review of measuring and constructing angles using a protractor. We then moved on to constructing various polygons given side and angle measurements. We will finish off our focus in geometry this week with rotational symmetry. By the end of the week, we hope to start probability.

In language we having been busy working on a number of things. In reading we are focusing on nonfiction and the text features (ex- table of contents, photographs, glossary, index, etc) and how they help to understand meaning of text. We are also focusing on the reading strategy of Inferring. To introduce this strategy we have been working on a Mystery Box. Students have been bringing in mystery items and writing 4 clues to help with friends guess the mystery item. Inferring is creating new meaning of text by using background knowledge and text clues. When reading, students are asked to think about what they are reading, to read between the lines and fill in gaps based on their inference. In writing, we will begin looking at fables and legends. Students will begin writing their own fables in legends later this month.

Tinkertime was a great success this week! Students had the opportunity to play with the robots and some students decided to tinker and create their own creations. We have some examples of fidget toys, and a skittles rotating machine to dispense skittles..of course Ms Porcari bought skittles so we have to see if this works this week!