Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Third Week of School Update

Hello all!

I hope all is well with you and your families. I just wanted to let you know what we are looking to do this week in class in all of our subjects.

In Math - we are continuing on with our study of Numbers. We are looking at Place Value and Whole Numbers. We are getting more familiar with identifying the place values of numbers to our hundred thousands place. We are using that information to add whole numbers together and regroup (carry) and why we do this and looking at a series of numbers and putting them in order according to their size. Soon we will be moving to rounding and then decimals.

In Language - we are continuing with our writing prompt this week and building a story that MUST contain a specific 5 words and creating a logical story that uses those without trying to force words into places that kind of ruins the story. Last week, we looked at capital letters and making sure we know where to use them in our writing and we are continuing to do this. Now, we are also looking at using past and present tense and making sure that we stay consistent in using the correct tense in our writing.

In Science - we are looking at our impact as humans on our world. Specifically looking at the amount of garbage and plastic that is landing in our oceans that is destroying so many habitats and animals. Students are narrowing down their research and will be creating a project that will explain some of these problems in a lot of detail and hopefully use some technology and coding to present that information.

I will be sure to update our blog with any further announcements that are coming up.

Have a great week!

Mr MacKenzie

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Welcome Back to School!


Welcome to the home of Mr. MacKenzie’s Grade 4 and 5 classes! On this site, we will be sharing our learning through words, pictures, videos, and podcasts.

We will be connecting with different classrooms in Canada and around the world. This will also be the place where we post announcements, links to learning tools and celebrate our class experiences. Hope you enjoy our online space and welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!

For those who want to know a little bit more about me. My name is Calum MacKenzie and I was born and raised in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. I moved to Ottawa 12 years ago and I live here with my wife and toddler son. I have been spent the past 5 years with the OCSB, and have taught here in Vanier and in Kanata. I absolutely love teaching and love to bring technology, critical thinking and collaboration skills to my classrooms. We will be doing many different innovative activities this year and I am looking forward to sharing our creations with our parent and school community!