Newsletter for April

Well, the madness of March is nearly over.  Final Four is this weekend, and I can’t wait.  Those students who filled out their brackets are anxiously waiting to see who the winner will be.  The basketball caricatures have been on display and were found to be very amusing by everyone.  Hopefully, not too much rain will come with April…we all need some sunshine!



Students have been working hard during the last month making inferences.  They have had much practise during guided and shared reading to predict, connect and infer about the events in the text.  Most have been able to make accurate inferences based on relevant connections.  Some are still struggling to read between the lines and look for evidence in the text.  When reading with your child at home, ask them to infer what they think is going to happen or what they can infer about the character’s traits.  Remember that it doesn’t always have to be stated directly…try to read between the lines, using clues given in the text.

We have been reading and writing about humourous accounts and will be wrapping up the unit by the end of the month.  Students will have the opportunity to perform some funny accounts through readers theatre.

Towards the end of the month we will begin a poetry unit in which students will have the opportunity to read and write a variety of poems.  They will then assemble their collection of poems into an anthology which will be bound.  They will then present their poems during our poetry café.



Our transformational geometry unit will conclude this week with a summative test.  The test will focus on being able to translate, reflect and rotate figures as well as identifying lines of symmetry.  I have included an interactive site on the blog to help with these concepts.

Next up will be a unit on fractions and decimals.  Any opportunity you have to practice with fractions (e.g. baking) and decimals (e.g. money) would be helpful.

Once again, all students are encouraged to practice with Xtramath.  The few students who have been using the program on a regular basis have shown much improvement.  Currently, I have all students on the multiplication operation.


Social Studies

Hear ye, hear ye!  Since we came back from March Break, our focus has been on the Middle Ages.  Students have studied where and when this time period took place, along with learning about the Feudal System and all of the roles of the individuals in the society.

Assignments for this unit will include letters, written in the various roles, along with a power point presentation which will be created at school using the lap top programs.  Students will have the opportunity to choose a relevant topic from the Middle Ages for their presentation.  Towards the end of the unit we will be incorporating the science concepts dealing with gears and pulleys.  Both were used during the Medieval Times, and students will have the opportunity to create simple machines that used these principles.

A feast and tournament will be planned for the end of the unit sometime in the beginning of May.

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