In the Loop June 6, 2021

Assignments for the Week:

  • Language: Students should prepare for their second meeting with their latest literature circle group. (Some of the books students are reading: Schooled, Shiloh, and The Cay.) Meetings are either Wednesday or Thursday, depending on what each group has arranged. After this, there will be one more week of literature circles. We will also begin cursive practice that will continue for the next couple of weeks.
  • Math: Students will have problem-solving and geometry work this week. Next week (the week of June 14), all students will have a geometry test, reviewing concepts we have studied this term.
  • Anatomy Inquiry Project: An impressive collection of projects came in last Friday. A handful of students will share their projects on Monday (tomorrow).
  • French: After reading them in French, students are working on writing their own stories.
  • Drama / Twelfth Night: We will be spending the majority of our class time preparing our play for the next couple of weeks. Students should be memorizing the lines for their roles (ideally, we are off-script next week), but they are also all expected to: 1) complete a summary for our newspaper, 2) bring in their costume (for June 9), and 3) complete responsibilities for their committees (newspaper, dance, costumes, set, music, directors).

Calendar:

  • June is Pride Month: Thanks to Ms. Lucas, Ms. Alexis and the Pride Alliance, we will be learning about and celebrating our LBGTQ community.
  • Tuesday, June 8: All books are due to the library.
  • Wednesday, June 9: School-wide assembly: It will be livestreamed at 1:15pm. Thanks to Mr. McDonough for coordinating the technology to put together videos from all the classes. Here is the link to watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHYmIW1dn4c. It goes live at the scheduled assembly time.
  • Friday, June 18: Locked Room Virtual Field Trip: Thanks to our PAC, we are being treated to a virtual field trip in a locked room! We will do this activity in the afternoon.
  • Thursday, June 24: Final Performance of Twelfth NightThe current plan is to livestream (and record) our performance for Division 17 families. Stay tuned for time and details.
  • Tuesday, June 29: Last day of school for students–reports sent home. It is also the date for our end-of-year class picnic at Maple Grove Park. (This is a change from the tentative date of Friday, June 25.)

Week of Orange: Our class has had many discussions last week about the recent revelations from the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation that unmarked graves of 215 children were found at a Kamloops residential school. Thanks to Ms. Adams’ initiative, supplies from Mr. Land and Ms. Carriere, as well as the helping hands from Ms. Lucas’ class, we were able to add to a tribute to the victims of residential schools. We were also able to reflect on the families that continue to be affected by the legacy of the schools.

Anatomy Projects: Here is an incomplete snapshot of some of the anatomy projects that were shared on Friday. Apologies to students whose projects I missed. Other topics included: asthma, scoliosis, the affect of altitude on lungs, cat anatomy, obsessive-compulsive disorder, Tourette’s syndrome, colour blindness, diabetes, plus more to come.

Anatomy Reflection: Which organ system is most important? Student reflected on this question…with some interesting, critical responses.

Drama, Drama, Drama: We have been busily ratcheting up our play preparation. We have been doing committee work….

…drama games and activities,

…and practicing scenes:

Botany: Students continue to create beautiful art with botany. If you have any spring flowers to share, send them our way.

Outside: We are so accustomed to eating outside that students insisted on being outside in the rain on Friday.

Published by gretchenbartlett

Teacher

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