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).

September 9, 2018

Week One Down!

Welcome back! We had a great first week back, it almost feels like we never left! Students have quickly begun to settle into our classroom routines.

In class we are working on building a math talk community. We are practising what that sounds like, and feels like. In language, we have been learning about self-regulating our bodies and looking at various calming strategies for when we are not in our optimal zone for learning. We have had a discussion about various strategies and have also created glitter jars to help us calm ourselves.

This coming week we will be focusing the remainder of the month on Samaritans on the Digital Road. This resource is built upon the shoulders of Jesus' parable about The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37). Each grade (K-12) will explore the meaning of one verse as it relates to being an online citizen while completing five lessons created specifically to address the challenges found at each grade. We wish everyone a great week!


September 4, 2018

Welcome Back!

Dear Parents It’s going to be a FABULOUS year! This year will be filled with excitement, fun and lots of learning. Your child will be given the tools and the opportunities to really explore knowledge. I believe that learning can be an enjoyable journey, where in the end we can all grow and develop a true love of wisdom and discover our strengths and passions. Technology serves a major function in the Grade 6 classrooms to collaborate and connect with students across the globe. Safety and proper usage of the chosen technology is therefore vital for our classrooms to be successful in its implementation. As part of our continuing growth as educators, we would like to videotape and take photos of learning activities during classroom time. The primary focus of the videotaping and photo taking is for professional learning and not on the students in the class. During the course of videotaping and photo taking, your child will appear. Videos and digital cameras: Students use cameras throughout the year to capture their learning for documentation and making learning visible to you and their colleagues. These images/videos are often used for publication on our classroom website/blog and sometimes they are included in presentations or professional blogs to share with other educators.


Skype/ Google Hangout:  
Skype and G+ Hangout are used to connect with others schools/students, authors, professionals on a global scale.  We use this service to speak, share and answer our inquiries through experts, other classrooms, and anyone else we may be reaching out to.  

Blogging:  This student blogging website is an integrated part of our learning.  Blogging will provide us with an incredible chance to welcome others into our room as well as to practice our writing craft in multiple writing formats.  Students will have individual accounts that we, the teachers, facilitate and will have the ability to access them from home. 

Twitter:  Twitter will allow our classroom to reach out to authors and other classrooms around the world as well as allow us to share our learning.   

These tools are the ones most frequently used in our classroom.  Other apps and GAFE (Google Apps For Education) will be introduced throughout the year. 

I value open communication between school and home. I will keep in constant communication with you concerning the events in our classroom through the REMIND app as well as twitter and my blog. I have attached a postcard with all my social media contacts and blog website. 

I look forward to seeing everyone at our Meet the Teacher night on Tuesday September 18, 2018. During this evening, I will explain classroom procedures and our homework routine. 

If at any point, you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at the school at (613-521-5894). I look forward to a fabulous year!

Your partner in your child’s  education
Porcari