Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Comment buddies list

Below you will see a list of people who you will be commenting on in the Kidblog post this week.
Please have your comments finished by Friday. Stick with the formula list below and which I will teach on Wednesday morning.

1. Start with a salutation
2. Tell your buddy what you liked about their post
3. Tell your buddy about what your opinion is about their idea, ( agree, disagree or you have your own idea)
4. Give your buddy one comment on how they can move forward for example, “ you might want to consider staying on topic since the task was to write about people walking through the walls. You wrote about X and didn’t say much about the task we were supposed to write about.”
5. Always finish with a kind word to your buddy for example, “ overall I really loved how you wrote about what was on the other side of the wall! I would love to go to a room with Pokemon cards everywhere! Thanks for your great post.”
6. And finally sign off like you would in a letter such as “ Sincerely , Ms. MacK”

Example of comment
Hi Jess,
 Wow! what a great idea to have your post about a normal shopping trip! I felt like I was right there watching the whole event happen. Imagine my surprise when I read that your sister and brother vanished and you went hunting for them only to find them sucked into another vortex in time! Wow! If I could give one small piece of advice, I would suggest that you try to stay in the moment instead of when you were hunting around the shopping center. Other then that, great job.
Thanks for the great read!
Your friend,
Patricia


Buddy list ( you need to comment on all of these buddies work by Friday)

team A - Owen -- Nathan -- Shane -- Sebastian
team B - Sam-- Seamus -- Theo -- Hunter
team C - Jenna -- Marcie -- Cara -- Shayla
team D Nolan -- Ella -- Lilly -- Adrian


Sunday, November 19, 2017

Homework for the week of Nov 20- 23 inclusive

MONDAY
morning group
1) Magnetic poetry must be finished so I can print it before Parent interviews. Send to me so I can print in colour or you can print it in colour at home.
2) xtramath 
3) NEW 100 word challenge start posting before Wednesday, please

afternoon group
Typing tutorial: You will be getting better IF you are practicing
https://www.learninggamesforkids.com/keyboarding_games.html

TUESDAY
 morning group
1) Practice measurement conversion sheet: it will be in your math folder. Either copy it and sbmit answers or print it and submit answers
2) Xtramath

afternoon group
1) Habitats work sheet

2) Typing tutor
https://www.learninggamesforkids.com/keyboarding_games.html

WEDNESDAY
morning group
1) 100 word challenge:  comments begin tonight
DO NOT COMMENT BEFORE I TEACH YOU HOW ON WEDNESDAY,  PLEASE
2) Xtramath

afternoon group
1) Typing tutor
https://www.learninggamesforkids.com/keyboarding_games.html

THURSDAY
morning group
1) Typing tutor
https://www.learninggamesforkids.com/keyboarding_games.htm
2) Xtramath

afternoon group
1) Typing tutor
https://www.learninggamesforkids.com/keyboarding_games.html
2) Padlet on WITS assembly

Friday, November 17, 2017

don't forget to book an interview with your child's teacher!

Dear Parents,
Please book an interview with your child's homeroom and afternoon teacher.

the links to reach us are...

Patricia Mackinnon

Mr. Moriarty...to be conducted on a different date

Madame Sandri

On another note... Please send in non perishable items for the FAMSAC food donations.

Thank you,
Patricia

Thursday, November 16, 2017

URGENT...LOST SACRED ANIMAL!!

We have a set of 7 mini animals on our prayer table.
Sadly one of the animals went missing yesterday, Wednesday, November 15th directly after a group of children were looking at them.

Parents,
If you find this little beaver puppet, please send it back with your child so that the set can be completed. The beaver is part of a set of sacred Indigenous animals used to teach the children about each of the seven virtues. We need a complete set.
Thank you for your cooperation,
God Bless,
Patricia Mackinnon

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Homework for the week of November 13-17 inclusive

Monday
Morning group
Xtramath.org
Please find parent letter and student personal identification number (PIN)

WHOOT WHOOT! I just checked in to see who did their homework! way to go to you guys who got it done!

15 minutes in parts of speech list (language arts)

Afternoon group
https://www.typingclub.com/sportal/team-12609/program-typing-jungle.game

15 minutes in parts of speech list (art)

Tuesday
Morning group
Xtramath.org
Please find parent letter and student personal identification number (PIN)
https://www.typingclub.com/sportal/team-12609/program-typing-jungle.game

15 minutes in parts of speech list (langauge arts)

Afternoon group
https://www.typingclub.com/sportal/team-12609/program-typing-jungle.game

15 minutes in parts of speech list (visual arts)

Wednesday
Morning group
Xtramath.org
Please find parent letter and student personal identification number (PIN)

Afternoon group
https://www.typingclub.com/sportal/team-12609/program-typing-jungle.game

Thursday
Morning group
Xtramath.org
Please find parent letter and student personal identification number (PIN)
https://www.typingclub.com/sportal/team-12609/program-typing-jungle.game

Afternoon group
https://www.typingclub.com/sportal/team-12609/program-typing-jungle.game

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Math measurement sheet

As I mentioned earlier today, the math measurement sheet is in your math  folder in your Google Drive. Check “shared with me” or your drive. There is no need to request access.

Ms. MacKinnon

Monday, November 6, 2017

Potential science questions in case tou can’t get in...

Identify the  diagram and label properly.


2. How many substances make up most of the earth?

3. What eight substances make up the earth
Oxygen, calcium, sodium, aluminum, magnesium, silicon, potassium, iron

4. Name all three different types of rock.
Sam Is Marvelous

5. Define an igneous rock?

6. Define a metamorphic rock.

7. Define sedimentary rock.

8. What substance is inside a pencil?

9. What layer of the earth can minerals be found on?

10. What is the earth’s crust made out of?

11. How are crystals formed?

12. What are the five layers of the earth named?

13. Where is intrusive igneous rock formed?

14. Where is extrusive igneous rock formed?

15. What type of rock is formed inside the earth from heat and pressure?

16. How are sedimentary rocks formed?

17. What is the liquid substance called inside a volcano?

18. How does erosion occur?

19. How do rocks get their classification?

20. How are minerals formed?

21. What are crystals habits?

22. What is liquid rock called when it is inside the ground?

23. Are sediments found on the bottom of water basins that form sedimentary rocks?





Homework for the week of November 6-10

Monday: 
morning class: typing tutorial
https://www.learninggamesforkids.com/keyboarding_games.html

afternoon class
Science practice test: Rocks and minerals
In google docs, students have a working copy to create an answer sheet for Friday's test.
Tuesday:
morning class
Measurement sheet
https://docs.google.com/a/ocsb.ca/document/d/1ODt1vfpa4ZRJ5FZua1nPhbk66XpXx7rUGcOXnBrkd7M/edit?usp=sharing

afternoon class
Science Practice sheet for test
NOTEBOOKS SHOULD BE BROUGHT HOME TO STUDY. SEE LINK FROM ABOVE TO STUDY ALL POSSIBLE QUESTIONS. In google docs, students have a working copy to create an answer sheet for Friday's test.

Wednesday:
morning class
Padlet 
https://padlet.com/MsMacK/Penny1

afternoon class
https://www.learninggamesforkids.com/keyboarding_games.html

Thursday:
morning class
Multiplication practice sheet

afternoon class
Padlet (stay tuned)

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Homework for the week of October 30 to November 3

Monday

picture retake day is on November 9

Morning: multiplication practice sheet
Afternoon: typing tutorial
http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z3c6tfr

Tuesday 
Morning: Padlet on retell
https://padlet.com/MsMacK/retell
Afternoon: typing tutorial
http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z3c6tfr

Wednesday 
Morning: multiplication practice sheet
Afternoon: GOOGLE FORM CREATION
Today's Google form will be ten questions to your classmates in the afternoon class about your Halloween night. You will send them to the people in the groups below.

Group 1: Dayton B--Ronin B--Stavros C--Nathan C--Ms. MacKinnon
Group 2: Sam F--Adrian F--Hayden H--Mikael H--Patricia MacKinnon
Group 3: Jenna L--Theodor L--Cooper M--Lillian M-- Patricia MacKinnon
Group 4: Aiden S--Sebastian K--Brooklyn W--Jessica O'Leary--Patricia MacKinnon 

Thursday
Morning: typing tutorial
http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z3c6tfr
Afternoon: Padlet on “ELEVEN BIRTHDAYS”
https://padlet.com/MsMacK/theory

Thursday, October 26, 2017

CALLING ALL EARBUDS!

Dear parents/guardians,

For a variety of reasons we are at a point where we need to ask for all students to have their own, personal set of earbuds or earphones. On an almost daily basis students are working with technology which requires sound. They are reading and listening to books. Or they are watching videos which provide various forms of information throughout the curriculum. Please provide your child with a set of personal earbuds/earphones to enhance their education. I have four sets of earbuds which are solely used for those CD players that help students access reading. Therefore, I can not loan these four sets out as they are being used for a specific reason.

Thank you for your help in this matter.
Sincerely,
Patricia MacKinnon
Teacher

Monday, October 16, 2017

homework for the week of October 16- 20

Monday:

morning class:
1. What happened in chapter 8?
2. How are Ollie, Butterscotch and Melody alike?

afternoon class:
bring in five nutrition facts labels from five different foods for health class.

Tuesday;
stay tuned

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Homework for the week of October 10th-13

Monday:
Morning class please complete these questions in your Reading Response Journal.

What do you think of Mrs, V?
What is she trying to do with Melody?

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Homework for the week of September 25

Monday to Thursday: Kidblog
All About Me
INSTRUCTIONS: CLICK ON THE LINK ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE THAT READS "KIDBLOG". FIND YOUR NAME AND LOG IN AS INSTRUCTED IN CLASS. SINCE YOU CHANGED YOUR PASSWORD I HOPE YOU REMEMBER BECAUSE I CAN NOT HELP YOU UNTIL WE ARE BACK IN SCHOOL. Follow the instructions about writing about who you are. What makes you tick. Paint a beautiful picture of yourself with words. Good luck!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Reading books and CDs

Dear Parents and students,

For students who need extra help enjoying reading, I allow them to read grade level books while listening to a CD. This means that they need to read with their eyes while listening to the CD. That being said, I have recently purchased some new books in addition to the ones I have had since the beginning of the year. IF YOUR CHILD WANTS TO BORROW A BOOK AND CD FOR CLASS READING THEY NEED TO BRING THEIR OWN CD PLAYER AND EARBUDS. The reason is quite simply I do not have enough.

Thank you,
Ms. MacKinnon

Monday, September 18, 2017

HOMEWORK FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 18-22

MONDAY: place value practice sheet

TUESDAY: Writing paragraph indicating nouns, proper nouns and verbs
afternoon class: health sheet to be completed indicating multiply food groups in combination dishes. for example pizza has, vegetables, grains, cheese, meat (potentially)

WEDNESDAY: place value practice sheet

THURSDAY: Out of My Mind summary of chapter three

Monday, September 11, 2017

Homework for the week of September 11-15

Good Monday morning to All,

Here is the homework for this week. Remember to check the blog frequently as I will be adding information throughout the week.

Thank you,
Ms. MacK

Monday: math sheet in multiplication using the chart if you need it (but try not to if you can)
Tuesday : Complete "50 Things I Love"
Wednesday: cursive writing the first two pages (about ten letters on each page) 
Thursday: Padlet (stay tuned for Padlet address)

Friday, September 8, 2017

A GREAT FIRST WEEK!

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This was a wonderful first week for me! I hope your child feels the same way. A few things to point out of which your child is already aware. In my classroom children are allowed to chew sugarless gum whenever they want. The reason is because there have been studies which prove that chewing gum helps to focus the mind so that one can attend to the task. So, if you are in agreement, feel free to pick up a pack of gum for your child. In addition,  in my classroom children are allowed to eat healthy food whenever they want. This means that we do not have an actual snack time which also means that snack time does not cut into our learning time. This also means that your little darling may be eating all of their food prior to lunch time so you may want to pack a bit more, such as an extra fruit or veggie or granola bar. On Sunday evening I will be posting homework for the week. Please encourage your child to check the blog each night to ensure they have done their homework. I have included the blog address on the magnetic business card which I sent home this week. I look forward to meeting all of you and I am super excited to be working with this specific group of children!

Sincerely,
Patricia Mackinnon OCT

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

A FEW THINGS TO KNOW AND A SECRET!!

 Dear Parents,

Starting next week I will be posting homework for the week. The suggested amount of homework for each grade is ten minutes per grade. Therefore, grade 4 students can be expected to do at most 40 minutes of homework each night. That being said, I generally give about ten to twenty minutes per night, Monday to Thursday inclusive. The biggest reason I give homework is to teach children about how they need to take responsibility for their own education. As grade 4 students they are now junior students and are only three years away from high school. If they don't learn the discipline now for homework and taking responsibility, they will have a really tough time in years to come. Please encourage your child to do their homework each night so they practice skills which are required by the Grade 4 curriculum. Nothing that I put on the homework posts will be new concepts. I will have taught it at some point or it will be a Grade 3 expectation for which they need practice. All students know how to find the blog and I will remind them over the next few weeks.

Sincerely,
Patricia MacKinnon

p.s. The secret word is sugarfree gum

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Welcome!

Dear Parents and Students,

This blog site will be used throughout the year. I post weekly updates which include assigned homework as well as tips and hints for upcoming assessments such as book reports, Kidblog posts, Padlet and tests. In fact, I frequently include actual test questions for math on this site and simply change the numbers. Should you need clarification with tests or assignments I am happy to do so if you send me a quick email. That being said, I have a family and tend to stay off of technology around dinner time for the evening. My email address is patricia.mackinnon@ocsb.ca. Should you need to discuss something regarding your child, I am happy to set up a telephone meeting or a face to face meeting depending on circumstances.
Please refer to this site several times a week.

Sincerely,
Patricia MacKinnon