Next week we’ll be diving into our first novel study. We will be starting the year with a beautiful story of kindness and how it isn’t easy to step outside of our comfort zones. Wonder by R.J. Palacio is rich with themes such as anti-bullying and having compassion, acceptance, and empathy for others.
Students will use this book for both in class and homework activities over the next month. Our novel study will include discussions on chapter summaries and open ended questions, short quizzes, vocabulary, video journals and a variety of other activities. We will end the unit with a final creative project in which the students create their own interpretation of the novel. This will be a student directed project, giving the students ownership over their culminating task for this novel.
Current Working Units:
Math: Number Sense
Science: Life Systems
Social Studies: Heritage and Identity: Interactions of Indigenous Peoples and Europeans prior to 1713, in what would eventually become Canada
Wednesday, September 21st 7:00 pm- Back to School Night (in person)
Friday, September 23rd- Terry Fox Run (more information to follow)
In the enthusiasm and dedication to mathematical growth and thinking at the OJCS, we are bringing the Beaver Computer Challenge to all students grades 4 and above. Created by students, teachers, and professors from the University of Waterloo: The Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing, this contest is open to students around the country and around the world, and we are SO EXCITED to be participating this year!
The Beaver Computing Challenge (BCC) introduces Computer Science through problem based questions. Students require no prior knowledge about computing, but rather work toward problem solving and using those “hidden” computer science skills for hands on learning and experience.
The contest is a 45 minute timed experience that involves a total of 12 multiple choice questions at 3 different levels, A, B and C. “A” level being the easiest of the three, and then becoming more challenging with level “C.” Students complete the contest on their own devices, and are allowed a calculator and are encouraged to use pencil and paper to use the strategies taught in class to: draw a graph, make a table, draw a diagram etc.
There are two different levels of contests, one for grades 4-6 and another for grades 7-8. This ensures that the math curriculum and material provided is aligned with the contest material and methods of strategy and answers by grade cohorts.
This year, the Beaver Computer Challenge Contest will be conducted on NOVEMBER 9th 2021 at the OJCS. Grades 4-8 will be writing this contest on the same day during a scheduled time with their Mathematics teacher in class.
We are thrilled for our students to be a part of this exciting contest and experience. Students are encouraged to demonstrate participation over competition as they work toward improving their problem solving skills, as well as perhaps enticing some possible future computer programmers in our midst.
As we complete our section on fractions, we are looking to have a test on the material on Tuesday, May 11. Given that we are learning online right now, we will be completing a different style of a test than usual… an escape room! The escape room will be available on Google Forms and administered during class while Miss M., Ms. Michelle, and Mr. Kom will be available to answer questions. Students will be asked to answer the questions to solve the room. There will be class time given this week for review and answering questions. The review worksheets for practice will be provided for students to practice the necessary skills, which are located here.
We will be finishing up our Algebra and Patterning unit this week and as always, students are given ample time and preparation to revise and get ready for the end of unit test on Thursday, March 11.
Here are some review videos of all the concepts we have learned for this unit:
* This video has two examples with exponents. You DO NOT need to know exponents. Watch the first two examples until 2:10
Solving Equations (Balancing)
* This video has one example at the end with negative numbers. You DO NOT need to know this. We are only using whole numbers. Watch the first three examples until 4:15
Writing Equations from Word Problems
Students are encouraged to use IXL algebra and patterning recommendations and assigned tasks from Miss Mellenthin and Mrs. Thompson, alongside paper practise. Here are the worksheets to print if you prefer paper copies (5B have copies in their bags):