Room 113 News October 21

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Please help your child with this over October Break:

Our class will be writing persuasive reviews when we return from October Break. Our class will be writing reviews about the following things:

hotels, restaurants, books, movies, video games, iphone/pad apps

We know your child will be enjoying at least one of these things during the break. Your child does NOT have to write a review during break!

Use the prompts to make bulleted lists of notable things for reviews in the booklet provided. Remind your child to take a look at the suggestions and questions before they make a list of memorable things. The first few pages are examples of things your child can notice. Their notes should be short.

If there is not time during your holiday for this, no problem. This resource will be referred quite often often break and entries can be made at anytime.

Thank you for your help with this!

Photo Sharing of October Break

Below, you will find a photo sharing board. It's SUPER easy to share. Drag a picture from your desktop onto the board, and then add a title/caption. Please share a photo(s) of your child over the break. We will take a look at these when we return. The class loves to see where we've been during our vacations!

From Mrs. Thomas, Our Counsellor

This week in guidance, we continued our unit on empathy. Students learned that having empathy will help them notice when others have different preferences than they do. Respecting different preferences helps children get along better with others.

There was no homework assignment with this week's lesson. However, as you are watching TV or reading a book with your child this week, please ask them how they think one or more of the characters might be feeling in different situations. Ask them if they would feel the same or different in that situation, emphasizing that ALL feelings are OK. Thank you for your support!

Mrs. Thomas


Math - Our study of measurement has come to a close. Next we will study Place Value, Counting and Comparison of Numbers to 1000.

In this unit students expand their skills with and understanding of place value. They solve simple problems that require an understanding of place value as a system based on repeated groupings by 10.


Students will understand that:

Numbers can be decomposed into parts.

There are many ways of showing a value and our place value system is an efficient way to show a value.

Essential Questions:

Students will skillfully answer these questions:

What makes up a number?

How can a number be represented in different ways?

How does where a digit is placed in a number affect its value?


We have learned so much and practiced so many new skills in our nonfiction books. We are looking forward to sharing these books with you tomorrow during our writing share time.

After October Break, we will begin writing and learning about persuasive reviews.

In this unit, students will have the opportunity to share their opinions about things that they are interested in: movies, food, video games and books. Students will learn that they have a voice and that writing can be a great vehicle to share what they think with others.

Students will create reviews that persuade others to believe what they believe and ultimately to take action as a result of their writing.

UNDERSTANDINGS: Students will understand that ...

  • Persuasive writers write reviews to help convince others of something they believe in.

  • Persuasive writers reread writing each day

    • Persuasive writers can get help from others


  • What makes review writing different from other types of writing?

  • How do we grow as writers?

  • How and why do we share our writing?


Our nonfiction focus has come to a close. Students enjoyed learning nonfiction comprehension skills and developed a stronger love for books that teach readers new things. After October Break, our class will focus on characters.

Readers will learn to pay close attention to characters as they read. This unit of study will help your child retell well by determining importance in their increasingly longer texts. This unit will also include thinking about how characters respond to major events and challenges, as well as thinking about how characters feel throughout the twists and turns of the story. Children will be invited to walk in the shoes of characters, role-play, empathize, and predict, while reading with increasing fluency and intonation. Student will be encouraged to look across texts and series to compare and contrast characters, deepening their ability to predict and synthesize.


  • Predict and Synthesize how and why characters act and change

  • Read fluently with expression

UNDERSTANDINGS: Students will understand that . . .

  • Characters are like real people, so we can connect to them and learn about how they deal with their problems.


  • How and why do we get to know characters?

  • Why do we talk and write about our reading?

Science and Social Studies

We are almost done studying solids and liquids. Our 9th grade chemistry partners visited us today with demonstrations, experiments, stories, activities and songs to teach us more about solids and liquids. We will visit another 9th grade science classroom tomorrow afternoon as well.

After we conclude our unit of study in science, we will begin studying global communities in social studies.


• understand their local community and how it is similar to and different from other communities

• demonstrate concern about those living in a given community, and take action to improve others’ lives

ENDURING UNDERSTANDINGS: Students will understand that . . .

  • Communities plan and organize space to meet the needs of those living and/or working in that community

  • Communities make decisions to keep people safe and provide pleasant surroundings

  • Communities have commonalities because we all have the basic human needs, but each community is unique, partly due to influences of geographical setting

  • People belong to and/or are linked to other communities through personal experience and experience of family members

  • Our actions can make a difference in our own and other communities


What is a community?

Why are communities important to us?

How can we make a difference in our own and others’ communities?