If you’re unfamiliar with Mathletics, please allow me to introduce you to this great program. As a teacher, I’ve been using Mathletics for about 5 years or so. Just recently, our school board has made the program available to all students at our schools, at no cost to families.
Mathletics is used as part of our math learning in class and is an online math program that helps us practice our math facts, reinforces math concepts, and most importantly, makes math FUN! You will have 24 hour access to Mathletics which means that you can work at your own pace; anywhere, anytime. This online math tool helps us practice computation and improves our math fluency, especially when we use LIVE Mathletics. We love competing with one another and even with students from around the globe!
If you haven’t already, it is recommended that you spend a little time looking at the program with your child so that you can gain the greatest understanding of how Mathletics will benefit his or her learning.
A certificate is awarded to a student once they have earned 1000 points in a single week. Only one certificate is awarded each week, to help encourage sustained study by the student. Points are awarded across Mathletics in a number of ways…
Live Mathletics – students earn one point per correct answer
Live Mathletics – students earn two points per correct answers on their bonus level (indicated by a gold star next to the level number)
Mathletics curriculum – 10 points per correct answer within individual activities
Mathletics curriculum – 20 points per correct answer within a “Test”
Students can also earn a coveted spot on the Mathletics Hall of Fame! Ask your child to show you the Hall of Fame at home. It’s pretty neat.
Students have been busily writing their opinions on various topics. We brainstormed ‘hot topics‘. Some of the ideas that were generated in our class included:
should our school have a junior/intermediate playground?
should our school have a pool?
should animals be kept in zoos?
do boys and girls have equal ability when it comes to sports?
should there be year round schooling
We are learning to structure our writing with an opening sentence clearly stating our opinion followed by 3 reasons why we believe it to be so. Finally, we finish with a concluding sentence, restating our opinion.
Have a look below at the students engaged in a sharing activity called “Inside/Outside Circle” where the outside circle rotates and the inside circle stays. Students share their paragraph and receive feedback on their work.
What’s something you feel very strongly FOR or AGAINST?
It is always exciting to get mail. You should have seen the faces of our classmates when I revealed that our penpal letters from Texas had finally arrived. Students hastily read each sentence, devouring their letter, and learned a little bit about their penpal–their likes, favourites, and interests. We will keep our letters so that we can answer some of the questions posed to us.
Mike Tompkins is a very gifted music producer from Ildterton, Ontario who records a capella covers and original songs, using only his mouth and voice. A capella means that he uses no instruments to make the music. It’s really quite amazing. Check out his most recent work. You might be familiar with this soundtrack from the movie Home Alone.
It’s been a jam-packed week with plenty of learning, fun, and crafting going on. The students are vibrating with energy and excitement as Christmas draws near. Some students expressed in our Morning Meeting today that they were feeling ‘exhausted’, ‘tired’, ‘happy’, ‘joyful’, and the feeling is mutual! We all need some much needed down time with family.
The last Sunday of Advent is in a few days and that same evening it is Christmas Eve. Let us all remember the true reason for the season…Jesus.
Have a joyous, blessed, and holy Christmas.
Opening our books
Our finished ornaments!
Free time with math manipulatives
Look what we made!
Researching communities within Ontario
Collaboration is key!
Our cork snowmen
Using Apple TV to share our learning
Paint chip Christmas cards
Mr. Morson conducting
Singing at our concert
Some of our ‘Trapped in a Snowglobe’ pieces
All ready for our movie on the last day
Have a wonderful Christmas holiday, everyone!
Enjoy your time with loved ones and we’ll see you in the
Our students are thrilled to have pen-pals this year. We are partnered with a Grade 3 class from Texas. Our students brainstormed, drafted, and wrote their good copy of their very first pen-pal letter and also drew a picture to accompany the letter. We learned about the parts that make up a letter and how to properly address an envelope. Our letters should arrive in Texas on Tuesday. I will ask Mrs. J for her to take a picture of her class opening our parcel and reading our letters!
We are super excited to receive letters in return! We hope they arrive before Christmas.
This past Sunday marked the 1st Sunday of Advent. Advent is one of the 7 Catholic church seasons and begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas. It ends on Christmas Eve.
Do you know what the word Advent means?
Advent means “coming” or “arrival.” During Advent, we as Christians focus on preparing for the birth of Jesus. Advent means to prepare our hearts for the coming of Jesus.
The season of Advent is marked by a spirit of expectation, preparation and longing.
The main colour of Advent is purple. This is the colour of penitence, fasting and royalty.
At the beginning of Advent we normally put up an Advent wreath with 3 purple candles and 1 pink candle decorated with a purple ribbon or bow around it. The Advent wreath is a circle to show that God’s love has no beginning and no end. Wreaths are made out of fake or real pine needles from an evergreen tree because they never lose their needles and are always the same. This shows that God’s love will always be the same and never change.
When I was growing up, my parents always played a particular album on their record player (ha!) called Gentle Night. It has songs related to Advent as well as Christmas and I still play it to this day (but on my iPod, not a record player!).
Here’s one of my favourite Advent songs on the album:
What are some ways you celebrate Advent?
Do you have an Advent wreath at your house or school?
Our 2nd Mystery Reader turned out to be…Mya’s dad! He did a fantastic job reading 2 books to our class. One was called The Night Before the Night Before Christmas by Natasha Wing. This book follows the rhythm of the original T’was the Night Before Christmas but the author puts a humorous spin on what happens the night before Christmas when a family is running out of time to get ready and everything seems to go wrong. I can see why this is one of Mya’s favourite Christmas books.
The second book Mya’s dad read to us was called Snow Happy by Patricia Hubbell. We happily joined in on the repetitive part of the story by yelling out “Snow Happy!” almost all the way through. It’s a fun-filled story reminding us about all of the fun we can have in the snow. Now, we just have to wait for it to fall from the sky!
Are you wanting a white Christmas? I know I am!
We are very thankful to Mya’s dad for taking time to come and share the love of reading with us!
I’d like to share with everyone a Kindness Calendar that I recently came across that you may wish to post in your house. It offers many great ideas of things you can do during the month of December when others around us may need an extra kind word or deed.
Please feel free to share with others, too! Kindness rules!