Saturday, March 30, 2013

The Final Qtr!

Click to see the Week at a Glance

Remember - Announcements this week! 

EVERYBODY - Please bring an additional printed copy of your fantasy writing so I can grade it. The other copies I received via email were sent to  be made into ibooks.

The Secret to Success - Happiness

During this quarter, I am going to give you an amazing gift - The gift of happiness! Go to this site and set up an account. The rest is self explanatory. You will use this site x5 weekly.  

What is the message of this video?

Enjoy a look at your  yoga class stress and anxiety reduction session

Friday, March 22, 2013

Class Dojo

This week's Student of the Week was based on Class Dojo Scores. This system will go public the first week after school and your reports will be emailed to your parents weekly from now on.  Tell your parents to expect an email with their log on information in two weeks.

Student of the Week Beatrice +12 Dojo

After the break:

  • Writing Dialogue Assessment
  • M.A.P. Testing Exam Technique Practice
  • Book Club Presentations
  • Verbs Unit Assessments

Don't forget to be prepared for your Announcements Day

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Educating your Whole Body

Stress and Anxiety Strategies

As a special way to end the qtr, tomorrow afternoon we will have a professional yoga instruction coming to teach the class a variety of stress, anxiety and relaxation techniques. If you or your parents have a yoga mat,  feel free to bring it into school.

Fantasy Stories must be completely finished for tomorrow's class. You will have 30mins of class time to uploaded to ibook,  add images and titles, and download as a pdf to  your desktop. Once you have your story with images on your desk top you will upload to and embed in your blog - Easy!

For students who will miss the last day before Spring Break, this assessed assignment on Push and Pull Factors needs embedding in your blogs by Wed. 3rd April.

Push and Pull Assignment

Push and Pull Grading Rubric

Remember to continue collecting pledges for the Jumpathon - This will take place on April 2nd

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Remember: We are giving the announcements the first week back Spring Break

Mon: Tasha and Ashlin
Tue: Casey and Kayzad
Wed: Janna and Ryan
Thur: Aiden and Miguel
Fri: Daniel and Patrick

Be ready! -How will you make yours special?

Social Studies: Site Research

New England Colonies
Middle Colonies
Southern Colonies

This is your link to your site research resources for your next Social Studies Unit
Due Date for Presentations: April 30th 2013

First completed draft in hard copy of fantasy story needed for tomorrow - Have you integrated many of the writing skills we learned in this unit?
e.g. symbolism - left a line elaboration, describing a magical object - elevated language etc...

Tuesday, March 19, 2013


Who would believe it? You are just 10 and 11 years old and you will soon be publishing your first fantasy novel! What will you do to make sure, your first ibook is truly a masterpiece?

Book Clubs
Tomorrow, you will meet to discuss and delegate responsibilities for your final book club presentations which will take place. Thur after Spring Break.

No Math H/W tonight

Monday, March 18, 2013


Fantasy Writing

In preparation for your ibook picture book fantasy story, you will need to collect a cover page and 5 images for your fantasy story. Save your images in a google presentation. You are welcome to draw, digitally create, or use images from the internet. The design of the images must be related in some way. The images you select should go with the  five scenes for your story that you wrote in your plot today. Spend no more than 30mins collecting your media!

Math Review
Spend 30mins working on Math IXL or the links I placed in yesterday's post

Saturday, March 16, 2013


We hit 100,000 page views today!

Week at a Glance

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Review for Upcoming Placement Test

For  those keen math students, use these exercises to review for your placement test after the Spring Term break. All work is optional!

a1, b7, b8, c3, c4, e1, e2, f3, h1, i8, j4, l1, m5, n6,n7,n8, q3, r13,r15, s2,s3, t1-t5 all!, t8-t10 all, u3, u6, v2,v6,v11, w3, y9, z2-z6 all, z8, z11, z22-z24 all, z27,z33

Exercises in red  are should be prioritized

Further Comma Rules practice: Didn't beat your parents at the commas exercise? Some of you need to go back and redo some of these exercises ? click here

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

QR Code

Busy night tonight...!

Based on the feedback from your classmates, adjust your little bird tale slide show so you are showing something to your parents which truly reflects your best effort. Those students who had technical errors, need to show me tomorrow their finished products working properly!

Grammar Errors Consolidation Review - Complete the exercises from the worksheets for tomorrow

Finish your blog post reflection of your learning on fantasy: You must record this into a voacroo and then copy paste the QR code into this document:  QR Codes Fantasy Reflections

No Math H/W tonight

Enjoy some of your puppet pal fantasy adventures below

Monday, March 11, 2013

Little Bird Tales

IMPORTANT - Do not forget to bring in the yellow conference sheet filled in by your parents TOMORROW !

Finish your little bird tale
Study link 9.10

Math Assessment is tomorrow: Choose from a variety of these exercises to practice for the assessment

Win a TQ for finishing this exercise

Area - Challenge exercises

Volume practice

Unit 9 -  You can find links to all the concepts we have practiced here:

Your little bird tales finished product should look  and sound something  like this. You have finished when your project is embedded into your blog - Proof reading for errors is VERY important

Friday, March 8, 2013

21st Century Learner?

Based on today's session, which skills do you need to work on  in order to become a successful 21st Century Learner?

                                  21st Century

Student of the Week: Lydia - For making your voice heard!

The Friday Message 

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Puppet Pals

Lots of work to do tonight...but it is fun work!

You need a minimum of x12 slides for your social studies presentation
Spend 45 mins on this
KEEP your presentation a maximum of 8mins!!!

Perfect length is 6 mins!

Writing Inspired by a Message
Get as close as possible to writing your puppet pals story. Remember to use this basic format. This format is only a guide - Adapt it to suit your story*

  • Setting 1
  • Main characters
  • Problem
  • Setting 2
  • Obstacle 1
  • Overcome Obstacle 1
  • Obstacle 2
  • Overcome Obstacle 2
  • Setting 3*
  • Obstacle 3*
  • Overcome Obstacle 3*
  • Solution
Keep it simple! - Remember - write 'the story' ... don't write 'about the story'
Best test to see if you  are ready - Tell your parents your story - Can they guess your message?

Study link - 8.9: We will do this in class tomorrow! - You do NOT have to do this tonight as you have so much other  stuff to do!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Study link 9.8

Message Idea - Elevator pitch - Discuss this with your parents  (optional)- They can contribute to your idea.

At least 4 slides on your SS - littlebirdtale - who will get the most? - Don't show this to your parents. It is a surprise!

Post how many slides you have created with your link.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013


Study link 9.6

Your dialogue piece needs to be finished for tomorrow.

Make sure you are prepared for your book club talks for tomorrow. You should have selected at least one passage that you think is important that would like to discuss in more detail.

Enjoy the rest of the video on 'writing a theme' from today's class:

What is a theme and how do I find one?

Monday, March 4, 2013


Type up your dialogue:
  • 1.5 lined spacing
  • Correct dialogue formatting
  • At least two of the four 'reasons for writing dialogue are included
If your work doesn't look something like this - you will redo it!

21st Century Learning Lesson

What did you learn today about how you best learn?

Social Studies Images - If you have any social studies images that you do not yet have on your school computer from the 'Images of Singapore' make sure you have them on your computer by Wednesday.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Click for week at a glance
Student of the Week: Lauren

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