March Break is around the corner and the days are getting a little warmer. We're very happy to be having more outdoor recesses now. I hope you enjoy the week off with your family and have some outdoor time.
After some good work on important Black figures during Black History Month, we've wrapped up our work on retells. We balanced that unit with Current Events, noting the similarities in locating the important information when identifying the 5 Ws (who, what, where, when, why). We're going to be starting a writing unit on Adventure Stories and practicing the reading strategy of Making Connections. Students will develop their comprehension of texts by making text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world connections during whole-class lessons and guided reading.
We've been working on Multiplication in Math, becoming familiar with it's close relationship to addition. We'll continue this unit upon our return from March Break, eventually shifting into division. Extra practice worksheets can be found on our math page. Students are strongly encouraged to practice their multiplication facts at home.
In Social Studies, we've been learning about the Wendat and Anishinabe tribes as part of our unit Communities in Canada, 1780-1850. We're going to start talking about Early Settlers and discussing when each of our own families came to Canada and why. So if you are able to have discussions with your children about family history, it would be great for them to share this information with their classmates.
I have shared with students that I will be taking a few weeks of Paternity Leave after the arrival of my second child. The time will go quick, though, and I'll be back before you know it. I expect to be in class after March Break and will help to transition the LTO into the classroom. If you have any questions about this or any of the learning we are doing in class, please call or email.