Sunday, 2 October 2016

Sharing our progress as we “keep moving forward”

In Mathematics we have been building on our understanding of our number system, exploring the place value of numbers in the millions, and decimals to the thousands.  Students have worked through various challenges to deepen their understanding of the value of numbers, and the importance of place value in our base ten number system.  We have composed, decomposed large numbers and decimals, compared, ordered and rounded whole numbers and decimals, using various concrete materials (base ten blocks), grids, number lines and place value charts.  Students have practiced extensively and are ready to “keep moving forward”

In Language Arts we have started to consider global issues, through the reading of Iqbal.  During the read aloud students are questioning, discussing and reflecting on issues that are being presented through the text, through the voice of Fatima.

The comprehension strategy which is being modeled and explicitly taught through Iqbal is inferring.  Active listening strategies and other comprehension strategies are also being developed.  

This info-fiction about Iqbal Masih is capturing their attention and engaging my students in deep conversations about real world issues. Students are making connections and considering the issues presented through the text. This book, is setting them up to explore the Global Goals in detail and make further connections.

This week students will be introduced to the Global Goals, beginning with the World’s Largest Lesson.  It is going to be a very thought provoking week.

On Friday, September 30th, as you know we walked for Terry Fox through Beaver Pond. On our return to class, students were asked to consider why Terry Fox is considered one of Canada’s greatest heroes, and why the Marathon of Hope continues today.  They viewed various videos, and are now in the process of completing their own way of sharing his story, through their eyes. As they complete this reflective piece, I hope to share with you.

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