Monday, 20 March 2017

March & April Curriculum

Welcome back! I hope everyone had a fun March Break despite the chilly weather! Here's what we will be working on as we welcome the warmer Spring weather!!


We are finishing up our unit on 2D Geometry and will begin the following in 3D Geometry:

  • identify and sort 3D figures by their geometric properties (faces, edges, vertices)
  • construct 3D figures using toothpicks and marshmallows
  • determine the differences between prisms and pyramids
  • solve problems (What am I? riddles) involving 3D figures
Following this unit, we will be drilling multiplication facts and strategies for problem solving. If you would like to help your child get a head start, please begin reviewing the times tables!


Before the break, we began working on writing a proper paragraph using a topic sentence, 3 supporting detail sentences, and a concluding sentence. Students are learning to organize their ideas in order to make their writing clear and easy to follow. This week, students will write a 2 (or more for some) paragraph recount of 2 special highlights from their March Break. We will continue to focus on paragraph writing for several weeks, however this will include descriptive, persuasive and procedural paragraphs as well. 

Our reading focus has now shifted from "Learning to Read" to "Reading to Learn". This means that we will focus on answering comprehension questions and work on responding to a variety of texts by going "APE" (Answer, Prove, Extend)! We will work on strategies such as highlighting key words or proof from the text that supports our answer, and then incorporating that proof into our written responses. Students can "extend" their answers by making connections to the text or the proof they provide. Although we will continue to work on all reading strategies, including decoding, fluency, expression etc., this term's reading marks will be more based on student responses to reading.

Students presented their "What am I?" inferring poems to the class prior to the break. We all had fun guessing what each other's objects were! 

Social Studies

We will begin our unit on the Early Settlers (Pioneers) this week! Throughout the unit, students will be doing a Webquest inquiry using computers or chrome books to research information. They will also be creating a Lapbook (creative poster project in report format) of their findings! This is a fun unit which includes a field trip to the Simcoe County Museum's Pioneer Village in May! Students will be learning about the following:
  • The Aboriginals / things they taught the early settlers
  • How the early settlers helped / hindered the Aboriginals
  • Where the early settlers originated from
  • How they used natural resources 
  • Aspects of life such as food, housing, transportation, clothing, schools, jobs, entertainment etc.
Visual Arts 

Theme: Spring!

Looking forward to a great final term! 

Mrs. Hale

Skiing and Snowshoeing at Duntroon Highlands!

Valentine's Day Fun!

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Happy New Year!

Welcome back!! I hope everyone had a wonderful and relaxing holiday! Our January curriculum is as follows:


  • Writing our goals for 2017
  • Recount our winter vacations
  • Making inferences in our reading
  • Reading and writing poems that require us to make inferences
  • Continue Reading Workshop (Guided reading /literacy centres)


Number Sense & Numeration
  • Subtraction with regrouping (2-digits)
  • Rounding numbers to estimate answers to subtraction questions
  • Problem solving using addition and subtraction

  • Estimate, measure and record length, height, and distance using centimeters, meters, kilometers
  • Choose the most appropriate unit of measurement for a given task
  • Compare and order the length of objects in centimeters and/or meters in problem solving contexts
  • Estimate, measure, and record area (using cm grid paper) and perimeter
  • Read a thermometer and record temperatures to the nearest degree Celsius
  • Identify benchmark temperatures for freezing cold, cool, warm, hot, and boiling as they relate to water and air
  • Read and record time using analogue & digital clocks, and solve time related problems
  • We will cover mass and capacity at a later date

Social Studies

  • Continue our inquiry of how land is used to meet human needs (Key terms include: urban, rural, agriculture, residential, commercial, industry, recreation, conservation)
  • Students will use their knowledge from the unit to "create a community" based on some given information. This project will include a fact sheet about their community, a billboard to advertise important services / features of their community, and a map of their community.


  • Mr. Lintern has taken over for Mrs. Stormes who has begun her maternity leave. He is teaching a unit on Forces.

The Arts

  • Visual Arts - continue using the elements of design (line, space, shape, colour, texture) and a variety of media to create works of art
  • Music - Mrs. Edwards is teaching a drumming unit

As always, please jot me a note if you have any questions or concerns! All the best in 2017!!


Mrs. Hale

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

December News

I can't believe December is upon us and the holidays are fast approaching! Here is what we are working on:

The Arts

December is a great month for music, drama, dance, and visual arts as the primary classes work hard to put together their holiday musical called "Melton the Warm-Hearted Snowman". The performance for parents will be the evening of Wednesday, December 21st. Our class will be the "reindeers" and are asked to wear brown and black clothing with reindeer antlers (Dollar store?).


We are reading "Fantastic Mr. Fox" as a class with a focus on summarizing the main ideas. At the end of each chapter, students are asked to summarize or retell the main idea of the chapter in one or two sentences, and then to illustrate what they visualized during the reading. We are continuing our "Reading Workshop" (our guided reading rotation) with literacy centers / jobs such as creating an Ontario PicCollage on the ipads, designing an anti-bullying poster for media, or working on dictionary skills or word work.


Our next math unit is Number Sense and Numeration (Chapter 4 in Nelson). The curriculum expectations are as follows:

  • Count forward by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s, 10’s and 100’s to 1000 from various starting points
  • Count by 25’s to 1000, starting from multiples of 25
  • Count backwards by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s from 100 using multiples of 2, 5, and 10 as starting points
  • Count backwards by 100’s from 1000 and any number less than 1000
  • Compose and decompose 3-digit numbers into hundreds, tens, and ones using concrete materials
  • Solve problems involving the addition and subtraction of 2-digit numbers, using a variety of mental strategies (ie: to add 37 +26, add the tens, add the ones, then combine the tens and ones, like this: 30 + 20 = 50,     7 + 6 = 13,    50 + 13 = 63), and standard algorithms

Problem Solving - We have begun to use a colour coded 4-step problem solving model to help students ensure they are showing their work and explaining their thinking sufficiently. After reading the problem carefully, students are asked to think about the following:

  • What I Know about the problem (orange)
  • Show the math to solve the problem (blue)
  • Tell about the math (green)
  • Answer the question in a complete sentence (yellow)

Social Studies

We are continuing our study of Ontario with a focus on municipalities, and how land is used to meet the needs of people (residential, commercial, industry, agriculture, recreation, and conservation).

We will have a holiday party on Friday, December 23rd if you would like to send in a treat. I wish everyone a very safe and happy holiday, and a wonderful 2017!!


Mrs. Hale

Monday, 14 November 2016

Marble Jar Party!

Hooray! We filled our class marble jar by being attentive, cooperative, and all around AWESOME students!! Here are some photos from our movie, popcorn, and P.J. party that we earned as a reward!