Tuesday January 23rd

Today we worked on finishing our DRA, space poetry, and Daily Five exercises.  Mrs. Gallant continued meeting with individual students to complete reading fluency assessments.  In Science we looked at Phases of the Moon.  Mrs. Gallant was absent this afternoon.  Mrs. Seftel led the class in their Disney research assignment.


  1. Classroom Speeches Thursday
  2. Dance Assignments due Jan. 30
  3. Math Test Study Guide – my apologies – please see the new one!    REVISED Math Study Guide Data Management
  4. Work on Disney assignment  ( due Thursday )
  5. Work on Space Poetry ( due Thursday )

Monday January 22nd

Rain rain go away!  Come again another day!  Indoor recesses today :o(  Here is the view from our classroom window …

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Today students completed a reading assessment to further assess their reading level and use of comprehension strategies to make sense of the text.  For math we looked at some photographs from Mrs. Seftel’s trip to Disney and used them as a launch for our math investigation.


  1. Classroom speeches this week.  THURSDAY!
  2. PD Day on Friday
  3. Dance Alternative Assignment due Jan 30
  4. Math Test Study Guide handed out – Test Date Monday January 29th


Friday January 19

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Students were given an alternative dance assignment if they experienced difficulty or missed the classes.  We’ve had a lot of absences lately!  Students who presented their dance do NOT need to do this assignment unless they want to for fun!  There will be very limited class time to complete this – students will need to work on it at home.

We reviewed some EQAO Data Management questions in math class, met with our Reading Buddies and had Genius Hour at the end of the day.  For Genius Hour, we discussed how to create excellent inquiry questions.  We used Bloom’s Taxonomy as a guide.

Genius Hour project are already underway!

Have you selected your Genius Hour topic yet?


  1. If you are saying prayers on Announcements next week, choose a prayer
  2. Rocket Man summary due ASAP
  3. The Museum permission form if not handed in
  4. Think about your science inquiry project
  5. Complete the alternative dance assignment


Thursday January 18

Today we had mass in our school gym.  Students learned about their Space Inquiry Project.  The due date is February 13th so that parents and guardians can see our awesome work at Interview night :o)  In Math we reviewed Scatter Plots ( scatter plots) and did some work with writing good survey questions.

At the end of the day we had a whole group lesson on reading strategies using a text called Rocket Man, including asking questions, making inferences and summarizing!  Students had their last dance session … looking forward to presentations tomorrow.

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  1. Math Homework – Explore page 197 Finish your graph if not complete!
  2. Think about your science project … what interests YOU about Space?
  3. Genius Hour tomorrow – bring any supplies or devices required
  4. Write summary for Rocket Man if not complete

Wednesday January 17th

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Today we worked on a task on Google Classroom called “Living in Space”.  Students watched videos and research using the NASA for students website to find out how astronauts’ basic human needs are met.  We had Drama with Ms. Stahl.  In Math, we did a ‘three act math’ lesson about M & M’s.  Students are learning to notice and wonder about the math all around them!  We had a DPA break and then learned how to make scatter plots and find trends in the data.  At the end of the day we had library and silent reading with reading conferences :o)

Hooray for the closest estimate!


  1. Living in Space activity due Friday
  2. Math homework – Scatterplot worksheet

Tuesday January 16th

Today we rked on Daily 5 activities and Mrs. Gallant met with groups to discuss their new words for Word Work.  Students finished up their graphing activits and watercolour paintings.  We learned about the seasons in Science and did an experiment with shadows to demonstrate how the angle that the Sunlight hits the Earth affects seasons.

We reviewed our math homework from last night and learned how to graph properly on a coordinate grid.  Students also wrote a check-in to assess their understanding of Data Management thus far!


  1. Museum permission form
  2. Math homework:

Monday January 15th

Today we discussed our monthly mantra “Feedback is a gift … Accept it”. We are learning how process feedback is much more valuable than “person” feedback.  Students completed an activity to practice the reading strategies, “asking questions” and “summarizing” and worked on their new word sorts.  We learned how to construct and interpret graphs and how important the scale of any given graph is.


  1. Permission form for THE MUSEUM
  2. Math Homework Page 180 #1,2,3,4 ( need graph paper )
  3. Any ‘outstanding’ graphing worksheets
  4. Finish WORD SORT with new words – this can be done either on or offline!Image result for animated gif graph

Friday January 12th

Today we did a guided drawing and watercolour painting lesson.  Students were challenged to follow directions and also to be creative!  We had a practice for dance, met with our reading buddies and continued our art projects this afternoon.


Make sure you have headphones / earbuds and a book for silent reading for next week!

Any students interested in doing speeches should be working on it over the weekend!  Classroom speech date is January 25th .

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Thursday January 11th

Today we read “Salt in My Shoes” and discussed how mindset makes all the difference in personal success.  Whether you think you can, or think you can’t …. you’re right!

We started Genius Hour.  Students are encouraged to continue developing their inquiry questions and to think deeply about what they are passionate about.  Check out our “Wonder Wall”.  

The above Wonder Wall link was just for anyone else who’s stuck in the 90’s :o)

In Science, we read about satellites and investigated how satellites help us understand our planet, through an online activity on Google Classroom.  This afternoon, we started our Dance Assignment.  A review of the elements of dance and the assignment can be found under the “Current Assignment” tab.


  1. Field Trip Date Change ( my apologies ) … Jan 18 – Jan 30.
  2. Google Classroom Science Activity
  3. Students interested in Speeches … start working on them!   Optional but strongly encouraged!  Here are some guidelines for Speeches.

How Michael Jordan’s Mindset Made Him a Great Competitor

  • Author:
    Dr. T.J. Allan, Pharm.D
  • Date:
    Nov 24, 2015

Michael Jordan is widely considered to be the greatest basketball player of all time. In fact, he’s arguably one of the greatest athletes of all time. He was a four-time gold medalist with USA Basketball, including winning two Olympic golds, and was twice named the USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year. For more than a decade, he was the face of the NBA.

Let’s take a peek into the mindset of Michael Jordan, the competitor:

“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.”

“I’ve always believed that if you put in the work, the results will come.”

“I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

“My attitude is that if you push me towards something that you think is a weakness, then I will turn that perceived weakness into a strength.”

“If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.”

As Carol Dweck, author of Mindset, would say, Jordan is a prime example of the growth mindset. It’s the mindset that almost every successful athlete who has had long-term success has. It says genetics may determine the starting line, but hard work determines the finish line.

Failure isn’t just accepted; it’s expected. When you stretch yourself past your current limits, failure is inevitable. It spawns growth. You only reach the top and stay at the top by continually improving. Winning isn’t everything. Growing is.