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Division 10 in Review

This week, we did the following activities in these subject areas …
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Reading:
  • Student read a short story titled, Dirty Harry, and responded to a variety of comprehension questions related to finding facts, understanding words, making inferences, and getting the main idea
  • The class has also been working on their novel study projects
  • They have been provided with a list of requirements, such as setting, characters, plot, etc.
  • Students have been granted the opportunity to present their novel study project in (almost) any format

Writing:
  • The class wrote an essay of a topic of their choice
  • They have also practiced formal writing by describing a topic of their choosing using an organized and logical format
  • Students have been reminded to use topic sentences, details, transitional phrases (first, second, third), and concluding sentences
  • They have also been continuing to improve on their creative writing techniques
  • This week, they wrote a creative story in which they chose the theme
  • Students have been encouraged to think of a creative opening, use multiple paragraphs, and include dialogue
  • They have been reminded about basic paragraph set-up, punctuation, and capitalization
  • The class has been continuing to practice their cursive handwriting skills while simultaneously learning about punctuation and paragraphing

Oral:
  • Students have had opportunities in partners and small groups to collaborate on various assignments
  • This week, the class worked together with their Kindergarten Buddies to create a structure that can protect an egg during a fall
  • Next week, the main event will be an Egg Drop Challenge

Math:
  • In this chapter on Measurement, students have studied and practiced the following skills:
  • Using Square Centimetres
  • Using Square Metres
  • Solving Problems Using Organized Lists
  • Estimating Areas on Grids
  • Measuring Area and Perimeter

Science:
  • Division Ten has been studying about this term's topic, Earth Patterns
  • They have been researching and preparing  experiments conducted by themselves/others
  • This week, the class has completed and have been playing other people's boardgames as they examine various patterns which affect both living and non-living things

Social Studies:
  • The class has been learning about the effects of colonization on early and present-day Canada
  • They reviewed some of the pros and cons of European first contact
  • Pupils have been watching and listening to one person's account of their experience as a result of colonial growth and expansion


Health and Career Education (H.A.C.E.):
  • Division 10 has begun studying about personal safety
  • "Don't talk to strangers" has forever been the slogan of personal safety education.  However, we now know that his can cause more harm rather than equip children with a safety strategy to help protect themselves.
  • "Stranger” is an abstract concept and difficult for children to understand, as “stranger” has often been associated with “bad,” “mean,” or “ugly.”  Children become confused when someone they don’t know speaks to them nicely, looks “friendly,” or introduces himself/herself in a position of authority.
  • This “stranger” approach to safety becomes confusing to children, as adults interact and speak to “strangers” everyday.  Research indicates that children are much more likely to be abducted or sexually exploited by someone they know or with whom they have come into contact.  Therefore, the “stranger” theory is an ineffective approach to protect children from victimization.
  • There are situations in which children will need to approach a “stranger” for help.  So more importantly, they must learn how to make safe choices about the type of individual they should approach in an emergency situation.
  • Additionally, most children are uncomfortable being impolite to adults.  In most cases this is appropriate.  However, they must be taught that if their safety is at risk or if they are feeling uncomfortable, it is okay to respond without concern for the feelings of the individual.  This also heightens awareness about the messages adults communicate to children and their expectations of how to interact with adults.  Many parents expect their children to express affection toward particular adults even when their child is uncomfortable doing so.  Adults need to keep the lines of communication open and actively listen to children.
  • Children are often victimized by someone they know, as opposed to a “stranger”.
  • The Kids in the Know program has been designed to reduce child victimization and abuse by teaching effective personal safety strategies

Other:
  • Talent Show

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