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February in the Gr 4-6 classroom

February in the Gr 4-6 classroom
Greetings!  February has been another great month in our classroom.  Here's what we're working on in a nutshell. Language Arts: Novels:  More than a dozen students are madly closing in on final edits to the NaNoWriMo novels that were written in November, so that we are able to submit final copies for publication by Spring break.  With this endeavour comes excitement, pride, frustration, fatigue and a real sense of accomplishment in the end. Short Stories:  We are having fun pushing the envelope on creativity in short story writing while concentrating on characters, setting, plot, types of conflict and resolution.  We are entering the Young Writer's of Canada short story contest, so everyone is excited.  Well, mostly everyone.  🙂  Here's the link for more information on the contest:  https://youngwritersofcanada.ca/ Spelling: We're still working hard on bi-weekly sorts.  We've added Spelling City to help with learning and using new spelling/vocabulary words, and the students seem to love it.  Each student has log in information and can practise his/her spelling words at home as well.  Let me know if you'd like me to email that information to you.  Here's the website:  https://www.spellingcity.com/Log-yourself-in.html Bible: We have just started a great study on the book of Ephesians called "What is God's Plan?" a study done by Phil Vischer.  It's on Right Now media and has been a great study so far. Math - we're currently on Measurement in Grades 4 and 5 and Probability and Data Management in Grade 6.  Our current STEM project is called the Egg Drop.  Ask you kids to tell you all about it. Social Studies: We've just finished up our first novel study, Twenty and Ten.  We begin new novels next week.  The Gr4/5 will be reading Number the Stars by Lois Lowry and the grade 6 students will be reading When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park.  We have a "teaching trunk" from the Holocaust Museum in Seattle.  I'd like to invite parents to join us when we go through it in class, so watch for that information in the near future via email. Here are a few photos from our tour of the Rossland Museum and of our exploration of the WW1 artifacts provided by the Canada War Museum. That's all for now.  Please email me if you have questions, suggestions or just want to drop by the classroom sometime.  We'd love to have you! -Mrs. MacInnis ew