Sunday, 21 January 2018




Week 19:
Well that was a nice little taste of early spring this weekend! It made my brain turn to thoughts of gardening, but I know it is way too early! It looks like we will be having mild temperatures all week. Please remember to send in extra socks for your child. With mild weather comes melting snow and feet get soaked!

This week is a short school week. Friday is a PA day; teachers will be busy writing report cards. I have already started mine and am hoping to finish some more today.





Language: This week we will be working on Reader's Theatre scripts. I like doing this on short weeks as it is great practice with fluency!

I am also planing on having the students do some postcard writing as a tie in with Social Studies.


Math: This week we will be focusing on multiplication!! I will be doing lots of practice at school and teaching the students lots of finger and skip counting tricks. Please practice time tables at home as well. We will be going all the way up to the 10 times tables.





 Science: Last week we started the unit in Light! This week we will be conducting some experiments to determine how light travels... in a straight line.



Art:We have been practicing sketching with some guided drawing videos on youtube called Art Hub. These are great little videos geared towards kids.


Gym:We started with serving last week for volleyball skills. I am really impressed with the skill that I saw! We will continue with learning to serve and volley this week.




There will be no spelling homework this week as it is a short week. We will be working on the zero, one and two times tables.



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, 14 January 2018




Week 18:
What a week! From freezing cold, to a snow day, to a rainy indoor recess day back to freezing cold! We have jumped right back into the swing of things!

Please remember if it is a snow day schools are open. If you chose to leave your child at home for the day and you are not one of my 3 bus students you must call the school to report your child as absent for the day. I do conduct a regular day as our class is very large and I typically do have over 20 students present.





Language: This week we will be focusing on plurals. We will be learning rules to identify when to use "s" and when to use "es". We will be moving into some old readers for some new stories. I like these readers and the program, I find the stories are fun and engaging for the students.

In writing I am hoping to do some more paragraph writing and perhaps some persuasive writing as well.


Math: We continue to explore measurement this week. Last week we worked on perimeter and using an algorithm to solve. This week we will be exploring area. This is not a very long unit so there will be a quiz at the end of the week. I was not able to start multiplication last week but am hoping to introduce it this week.




 Social Studies:Last week we covered Nunavut, British Columbia and Alberta. We watched an IMAX movie called Over Canada. This is available on Youtube in full if you wish to check it out. I am hoping to finish most of Canada this week.




 Science: The next unit in science will be Light and Sound. I am hoping to introduce it this week and start some of the hands on experiments.




Art:Although I thought about doing wintery pictures last week, I found a very cool activity on texture monsters! So we looked at the design elements of texture and space to create monsters that were inspired by the novel Where the Wild Things Are.



Gym:We will be starting volleyball skills. This will be the first introduction for some of the students to this sport. Please remember to send back indoor shoes as no outer footwear is allowed in the gym.





Homework this week will be spelling Unit 9. I will also be sending home some practice work on skip counting. Please use the websites on the right of this page for extra practice in skills such as addition, subtraction and multiplication.




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


Tuesday, 2 January 2018

week 17



Week 17:
Happy New Year everyone! I hope you all had a relaxing holiday and stayed warm! I spent time off with family and watching the World Junior Hockey competition! Go Canada!! I was also very busy as we adopted a rescue puppy in December. She is very cute and very active. I am now having flashbacks to when my boys were toddlers. On the upside the floor in my house is very clean, even the teenagers leave nothing within puppy reach!

It looks like all this cold weather will continue right until school starts again. I keep reminding myself that as long as it's this cold then it won't snow. However all the weather forecasting called for a very snowy winter so get ready we still have a few months to go!




Language: As we return to school, I will be focusing on grammar. I will continue to push proper sentence formation and will start with dreaded plurals. For my English language learners this will be a frustrating time as there are many exceptions to the rules. To kick the year off in reading we will be starting a text about New Years resolutions. In writing I will have the class make their own resolutions, one for health, one for school, one for home and one for personal.





Math: We continue to explore measurement this week. We will be looking at area and perimeter. I will also be starting multiplication! I will start slowly with a review of what measurement is and practice skip counting. I will be introducing a lot of tips and tricks for multiplication. Your child will need to practice, practice and practice some more all these essential facts. I will be having pretests and tests each week on these. Yes, they can use their fingers to help them. Fingers are important place holders that help in organization when calculating larger facts. I encourage this as a strategy and assure you that they will eventually learn it by heart, but for those moments when they forget (and it happens to us all) I want them to have a way to solve the problem.



 Social Studies:Before the break we started to learn about the territories, we had enough time to cover the Yukon and North West Territories. I will start this week with Nunavut and plan to move quickly through the rest. I will also be introducing the final task either this week or next. Students will be creating a non-fiction book on a province or territory of their choice. They will begin to gather information from books and the internet to include in their book. I will be introducing non-fiction writing and teaching them how to take jot notes and then turn them into sentences of their own. This is an important skill to learn as it prevents copying straight from the source, which is always more work than required.


Art:We will be moving back into art this week. I will be working on the next element of design which is space. We will also be completing some wintery pictures. I feel a snowman theme coming on!!


Gym:We will be starting volleyball skills. This will be the first introduction for some of the students to this sport. Please remember to send back indoor shoes as no outer footwear is allowed in the gym.




Homework this week will be spelling Unit 8 (I believe). I will also be sending home some practice work on skip counting. Please use the websites on the right of this page for extra practice in skills such as addition, subtraction and multiplication.




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, 10 December 2017




Week 15:
Looks like the snow has arrived and hopefully it will stay. Please remind your child about school rules for snow... it stays on the ground. No snowballs or kicking snow up in the air or throwing snow up in the air... they get pretty inventive when trying to hit their friends with the white stuff. Please send extra socks and mittens for your child. The kids will be playing avidly in the snow and they will begin to get wet by the end of recess.

We had an awesome pajama day! We did a pajama day word search and then we wrote instructions for how to host a pillow fight. We played sleep tag in the gym which involved Sandman putting people to sleep, the tooth fairy waking sleepers up and sleep walkers shuffling about. It was a lot of fun! We will now be working anew to fill the marble jar again and will be choosing a new fun day reward.
This week we welcome back Ibrahim A. who is returning to us after a brief stay at Blossom Park! Welcome back Ibrahim we missed you!
Dental screening will be happening on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week for students in kindergarten, grades 2, 4, 6 and 8. Brush, brush, brush those teeth!!


Language: This week we will be doing some independent reading responses. Some students will be reading different stories including one where a snake is brought to school and some will be reading an old classic about a snowman who comes to life! We will be working on a lot of word skills and descriptive writing using those juicy adjectives to add flavor to our writing!






Math: We have now moved into measurement! Last week we looked at mm, cm, dm, m, and km. We discussed when we used each and how they are related. We estimated and then measured different items in cm. The more practice we had estimating the better we got! This week we will be measuring in mm. We will be looking at how mm and cm are related and how we convert one to the other.

Last week we worked more on subtraction with regrouping! I was very pleased to see that most students either have completely mastered or almost mastered this skill! We will continue to practice it some more as it is an important skill.




 Social Studies:We will be finishing up land regions this week and students will be tasked with a media assignment where they will be creating a hockey jersey for one land region in Canada. They will have to create a name for the team using the region and a symbol representing that region. They will need to create an emblem representative of that region and will have to choose colours specific to that region. I will have a reflection form where they will explain their choices and how they relate to the particular region they chose.

Music:We will be stepping up practice for the holiday concert this week. My goal is to have all the students singing in tune!!







Gym: We are working on co-operative games and sportsmanship this week.


Last week we had our first Spelling Bee! Congratulations to Maryam T and Mariam A for being our spelling bee champions in their respective groups! We will have spelling bees every 6th lesson. This weeks homework will be Unit 7 spelling for both groups and a subtraction practice page.




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, 3 December 2017



Week 14:
This week we will be starting with some much needed organizational changes. There is very little room for school bags and outer wear up in our little corner of the school. Since the weather is getting colder we have more clothing, so a cubby has been added to the hall. This adds space for 6-8 more students. Tomorrow morning, my aim is to rearrange the grade 3 and 4 classes in that corner to give everyone a working space. Wish me luck.
We have been using marbles in a jar as a reward for excellent classroom behavior. Students can earn these marbles individually or the class as a whole can earn them. WE ARE ALMOST FULL!! I am hoping that we earn the last 20ish marbles this week which will mean that Friday will be a Pajama Day! I will announce it officially in class when the students have earned this reward!
 




Language: I will be continuing to work on writing better responses. This is a very important skill for the students to learn. We have been working on the proper use of capital letters and have been learning about common and proper nouns. 

In Social Studies we will be reading some brief passages, determining the important facts and making these into jot notes that we can quickly reuse later for a media presentation we will be working on.



Math: Last week we investigated geometric solids. We took models of solids and counted faces, edges and vertices. We looked at and determined the differences between pyramids and prisms. We learned the proper names of different solids. Finally we finished the week with creating geometric skeletons of the shapes using toothpicks and marshmallows.






 Social Studies:We finished the token game and the students had a good time trading sticks for the use of different resources. They very quickly determined what could be considered a resource source of income in their region and ensured that proper payment was delivered. 

We started to look at Canada's physical regions in the Appalachains. We will continue to work through the different regions this week.


Music:We will be stepping up practice for the holiday concert this week. My goal is to have the students all acting in unison. YIKES!!
 





Gym: We are working on fitness in gym this week. I will also be throwing in some co-operative games to keep the kids moving.


Homework will be unit 6 in spelling. The same students are handing homework in late each week. Time management skills and homework completion are skills that students receive grades for in the learning skills section of the report card. Please ensure that your child is using their time wisely and completing homework on time.




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