Sunday, 22 April 2018



Week 40:
Welcome spring!! I felt the need to do everything possible outside this weekend to make up for lost spring time! As you may have heard from your child, I had book a field trip to Upper Canada Village for the Medieval Times Day, however unfortunately there was a time conflict and we are not able to go. I am now trying to book a Sports day for the juniors. This event will require some fund raising, we will be selling Freezies at recess to raise money. I have been working on freezing these all weekend. I will let you know if I am successful booking the event. Please let me know as soon as possible if you are starting summer holidays early, I know several families go over seas and leave late May or early June.

Language: We have been working on reading more challenging materials. I am super happy with what I have been seeing! I am still pushing the students to edit their work before handing it in. Many students in the rush to formulate their thoughts omit capitals, periods and make spelling


Math: Keep practicing those multiplication facts! I will be starting division this week. I will start with the idea of breaking into equal groups and move to fact families (7x8 =56; 8x7=56; 56÷7=8; 56÷8=7). We will start with numbers that have no remainders and move into remainders.


 Social Studies:Last week we finished learning about Ancient Egypt. This week we will be starting Ancient Greece. This is a fun section of the unit and I usually take the opportunity to start reading them the novel Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief. This is a great little series that incorporates many stories from Greek mythology. Usually I have a great number of students who continue to read the series over the summer and into the following year. A word of caution I believe that there are 12-15 books that span over 3 different story lines but they are all engaging, well written and worth reading.





Dance:Getting more impressive every time!! I am super happy to say that they all know the steps and we are now working on timing and left and rights! Way to go dancers you look awesome!!



Art:We have been working on guided sketching pictures of King Tut! They are amazing!!! The students have being using guide lines to aid their sketches and are now adding detail and shading to their pictures. We will be finishing these this week and presenting them on the school ART NIGHT, on May 10th.



Gym: We will working on co-operative games and skipping in gym this week!

There is no spelling homework this week. However there will be a spelling bee, we will be selecting contestants for the Junior Spelling Bee Monday. The event itself will be happening on May 7th.


Freezies will be on sale Tuesday for $2. Money raised from these sales will aid in the end of the year field trip for our class.




If you need to contact me you can call the school and leave a message and we can arrange a meeting time or you can email me at the school 
peggy.macleod@ocdsb.ca

Have a great week!!!
Peggy MacLeod




Sunday, 15 April 2018



Week 30:
Wow what a blast of winter! I am hoping this is the last of it for the season. Even the students were disappointed to see the snow again last week. Remember to dress in layers as it is hot and cold throughout the day.

Language:Wow I am very very impressed with the reading the students have been doing! I am also blown away with writing I have been seeing! The students are really into their shoe stories and are super excited with the Earth Day Writing I introduced last week.


Math: Keep practicing those multiplication facts! The class is getting very good at multiplying larger numbers and we will continue to practice this for the duration of the year. I will be giving a test on Monday or Tuesday for multiplication. We will be working on reflection this week and symmetry. I will be moving on to division very soon.

 Social Studies:Last week we learned about pyramids and mummies. I am assuming you were told all about how Ancient Egyptians when making mummies will pull the brain out through the nose and toss it away because it was useless. My apologies if this conversation happened during supper. They loved hearing about this and full of questions. The most common question seems to be "is this real?" I love teaching this unit! We will be finishing Ancient Egypt this week and will be moving on to Ancient Greece.




Dance:Wow!!! Are they getting good at the dance!! We started without the video last week and they were amazing! I think they did better with just the music than they did following the video!



Gym: We will be learning some dance moves in gym this week!

Homework this week will be spelling unit 17. There will be a test on Friday.

Popcorn orders have changed and are now sold at a table on Fridays for $1.




If you need to contact me you can call the school and leave a message and we can arrange a meeting time or you can email me at the school 
peggy.macleod@ocdsb.ca

Have a great week!!!
Peggy MacLeod




Sunday, 8 April 2018




Week 29:
Back to a regular week. The temperature will continue to be cold. Many students were coming last week without coats. It is very cold first recess so please check that your child is wearing a coat when they leave in the morning. Also many students complained of wet socks last week. Although it is still cold the sun has been strong enough to melt the snow and the ground is very wet on the field. Please send your child in boots and with extra socks.

Language:The class did a fantastic job on the readers theatre presentations last week. The focus of these presentations is to read fluidly in a loud clear voice with expression. It requires practice to accomplish this skill. This week we will be working on inferencing and using details from the text to support answers and opinions.


Math: Keep practicing those multiplication facts! Last week we worked on multiplying larger numbers. The class is getting very good at this skill. We will continue to practice this week. I will also be starting transformational geometry. We will be learning about cartesian planes and identifying when figures are translated (slide) or reflected (flip).




 Social Studies:Last week we looked at the daily lives of people in Ancient Egypt. This week will be learning about pyramids and mummies.




Dance:We have started to practice the dance for Dancemania! They are getting really good after only 4 days! I am really excited for this!



Gym: We will be learning some dance moves in gym this week!

Homework this week will be spelling unit 16. There will be a test on Friday.

Popcorn orders have changed and are now sold at a table on Fridays for $1.




If you need to contact me you can call the school and leave a message and we can arrange a meeting time or you can email me at the school 
peggy.macleod@ocdsb.ca

Have a great week!!!
Peggy MacLeod




Sunday, 1 April 2018




Week 28:
Happy Easter Everyone! I hope you got to enjoy the beautiful weather on Saturday! We took advantage of the warmer temperature to take the puppy for a very long walk! I am very excited about how much of the snow is gone now! Our playground at school is pretty wet, please remember to place extra socks in your child`s bag.

Language:This week we will be presenting the readers theatre that we worked on last week. We will also be starting some new stories. Most students are finished their Ì Wanna Iguana writing. I am really excited by the work I saw. We will now be starting some story writing. We will be kicking this off with a story about magic shoes!


Math: Keep practicing those multiplication facts! This week I will be introducing Number Talks. Number Talks are a 5 to 15 minute classroom conversation around specific computation problems that are solved mentally. This is an opportunity for students to come together and share their mathematical thinking. These talks are designed to elicit specific strategies that focus on number relationships and number theory. These talks  not only allow students the opportunity to clarify their own thinking but to test other strategies, investigate and apply mathematical relationships. Students will build a repertoire of strategies that will help them to solve mental math problems more efficiently.



 Social Studies:Last week we looked at the social structure of Ancient Egypt. The students learned that the pharaoh thought himself to be a god and that no one was above him. This week we will be looking at the daily lives of Ancient Egyptians and the making of pyramids.



Dance:I have chosen the song for Dancemania! It sounds like the event will be hosted the first week of May which I believe is Education Week.


Gym: We will be learning some dance moves in gym this week!

This week there will be no spelling test as it is a short week.

Popcorn orders have changed and are now sold at a table on Fridays for $1.




If you need to contact me you can call the school and leave a message and we can arrange a meeting time or you can email me at the school 
peggy.macleod@ocdsb.ca

Have a great week!!!
Peggy MacLeod




Sunday, 25 March 2018



Week 27:
Well it is beginning to feel like spring! The snow is melting rapidly from the looks of it things are about to get a lot muddier! Although it is cold outside in the mornings, it does warm up significantly by the afternoon. Please send you child dressed in layers so they can adjust to the changing temperatures. Indoor shoes should not be worn outside so please ensure your child has outdoor shoes for warmer weather.

Language:This week we will be working on readers theatre scripts. We will also be finishing up some writing on animals we would like as pets. I am considering some spring story writing about mystery eggs but I have quite figured out all the details just yet.


Math: Keep practicing those multiplication facts! This week I will be testing them on the 9 times tables.

We will be starting money this week. You can practice skill at home by having your child count out money for purchases you are making.

 Social Studies:We started Ancient Egypt! Last week we looked at the climate and geography of Egypt. We looked at the importance of the Nile to Egyptian Life. This week we will be looking a the social structure.


Dance:I am looking and considering choices for out Dancemania presentation!


Gym: We will be doing some fun relay spring games!

This week there will be no spelling test as it is a short week.

Popcorn orders have changed and are now sold at a table on Fridays for $1.




If you need to contact me you can call the school and leave a message and we can arrange a meeting time or you can email me at the school 
peggy.macleod@ocdsb.ca

Have a great week!!!
Peggy MacLeod