September 26, 2017

What's Happening in our Math Class...

Good evening,

I wanted to give everyone an update as to what your child will be learning in math over the course of the next few weeks. Please keep in mind that all these concepts are consistently used, we focus and narrow in on various key elements. Here is our focus over the next little while- Number Sense- Whole Numbers and Decimal Numbers (“Big Ideas by Dr. Small”)

Please feel free to work through some of these video's with your child. We are still focusing on whole numbers at the moment.
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).

September 17, 2017

Here we go....

The excitement continues... We had an EXCELLENT full week of school with lots going on! We began our week with a school assembly to be reminded of school routines- especially when outside at recess.  In terms of gathering as a community, we finished the week off with a "Back to School" Mass on Friday. We welcomed our school community back from a restful summer and prayed for a great school year ahead of us!

This week, we also gathered as a whole grade 6 group in order to create our vision statement for the 2017-18 year. Students have been working on #hashtags as part of their vision statements. We are currently in the process of taking a vote online and should have the vision statement up shortly. Have a listen to some of the options!

In Math, we have been working on representing numbers. Students have been using base ten blocks to represent place value and unitizing. They have been working on finding different base ten combinations for numbers. We are expanding our numbers from 100 000 to up to 1 000 000.

In Language, we finished up writing letters to our future selves. Students have been working on writing letters about their hopes and dreams for this school year. Their goals include academic and personal goals. Once students have finished writing their letters, they will be sealed up and ready to open on their last day of grade 6. Always a fun activity!

We have a few things going on this week: Take a look below

September 10, 2017

Welcome Back!

I would like to take this time to officially welcome all returning parents and new parents to the St. Bernard Community. It was great meeting some of you on Tuesday morning and look forward to meeting more of you during 'Meet the Teacher Night.' During that evening I will give you more information of how our day runs and routines as we continue to settle in.

I thought I would share a few photos from our first week of school. For those of you who are familiar with my classroom know that my classroom is not your typical classroom set. We have a very flexible learning environments that allows for students the flexibility to move around the classroom into spaces that are optimal for their learning.

Now that the first week is over, and students are settling into their routines, I am very excited for the upcoming year! Please use this space as a place to be kept up-to-date with what is happening in your child's classroom. I look forward to the year together with your child!

Your partner in your child's education,
Adriana Porcari