Friday, November 17

Today was our awesome field trip to the Orpheum to see the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

We started the day with book exchange and silent reading before having a big snack/lunch before heading downtown. The program was amazing! It was such a joy to see the kids sitting and engaged with the musicians and dancers.  When we returned we had a little time to eat what was left of our food before heading home.

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Thursday, November 16

Reminder: Tomorrow is our trip to the symphony. We will be departing the school around 9:45 and will return to the school before the 2:30 dismissal.

Circle of Power and Respect started our day today. We then did Math4today Day 2 today, before the students worked on their Albanesi cards. Read aloud was before recess. After recess, we started a look at determining importance. We tried to come to an agreement of what the whole class felt were the six most important items to take camping. (See photo. Hygiene items got the 6th position!) After lunch, students had time to work on their passion projects. We are looking at December 12th date to start presentations. We then did our daily physical activity before the kids headed to French class to end their school day. IMG_2414.JPG

Wednesday, November 15

We started the day with a reminder about using capital letters for things like names and titles of stories. We then headed to the gym where we had an assembly for this month’s Grandfather Teaching of Respect, We then stayed behind a little bit and talked about our upcoming field trip on Friday. When we returned to class we talked about the use of dialogue in stories. Read aloud was before recess. After recess, the students worked on Math4today Week 5 Day 1 and then Albanesi cards. After lunch, we talked a little about First Contact in relation to British Columbia and then we talked about the difference between primary and secondary sources. We then had an opportunity to start to explore some primary resources. Historical Context We will continue with this next class. We then did our daily physical activity before ending the day by reading the Legend of Mayuk and the students starting to work on their comparison of the grizzly bear and human skeletons.

Tuesday, November 14

I’m sorry that the notices didn’t go home on Thursday as they were intended to go but if you could please return the Wonder movie order forms tomorrow that would be greatly appreciated.

We started the day with daily physical activity and Circle of Power and Respect. We then looked at some of the forms of dance that will be discussed on Friday’s trip to the VSO. We looked at the Flamenco, B-Boy (Breakdancing), Swing (Lindy Hop), Highland and Ballet. During Math class we listened to some of the composers that we will be learning more about. We also took a look at the song that we will be singing along to on Friday.  Read aloud was before recess. After recess, we did the weekly assessment #4 before the kids started to work on their Albanesi cards. After lunch, we talked about the First Nation’s Principles of Learning. We then watched two short videos… speaking to the importance of place and tradition. I have also included a cool link that if you type in address it gives you the traditional territories, languages and treaties in the area you live, work and play. In Buddies, we read the story The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors. Students then started to craft their first drafts of their own legends. Some topics I saw were Hockey Pucks, Poutine, Mayonaise, and Rainbows.

Bear Dance    Show Us The Way  Native Land

Thursday, November 9

Reminder: Tomorrow is a Non Instructional Day. We are having a guest speaker come to talk to us about Infusing Aboriginal Content for our Professional Development Day. Also, Monday there is no school as it is the in lieu of day for the Remembrance Day holiday. Lest We Forget.

We started our day with the Remembrance Day Assembly. The kids did a fantastic job from speaking to singing all was done well and respectfully. Read aloud was before recess. After recess, we had our Circle of Power and Respect and Appreciation Circle. After lunch, the students had time to work on their passion projects. I think the due date will be December 12th. We then did some of our daily physical activity before the kids headed off to French class where they ended their day.

Wednesday, November 8

Reminder: the Remembrance Day Assembly starts at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow!  Wear red, white or black or a combination of all three. Don’t forget to bring a donation for your poppy!

We started the morning going over positioning in the gym and then we did a rehearsal in the classroom…. while that was happening the kids were working on finishing their wreathes or their reflection questions from Grandpa’s Gift. Read aloud was before recess. After recess, we did Math4today #4 and then the students worked on their Albanesi cards ahead of our potluck lunch. (Like I said yesterday we could have used more healthy lunch item choices…. thank-you to all who provided for our feast!) In the afternoon we watched Cars 3. Valuable lessons to be learned about making decisions that not only affect you but others as well.

Tuesday, November 7

Reminders: tomorrow is our potluck. Please bring a food item (big enough to feed 6-8 people) to share. We can always use more healthy choices. Tomorrow is also the due date for the VSO field trip forms. Thursday is the Remembrance Day Assembly; it will start at 9:00 a.m.

Daily physical activity started our day today. We then practiced for the Remembrance Day Assembly while the students made hand wreaths for the gymnasium walls. After recess, we did Math4today Day 3 and then students worked on their Albanesi cards. After lunch, students worked on answering three reflection questions based on the Grandpa’s Gift story. We ended the day in our Buddy class where we talked about the Vimy Oaks and then coloured oak leaves that will be used in the ceremony.