Sunday, October 21, 2018

Mid-October Update!

Hello Everyone!!

We are now well into October and rolling along in our classroom. We are settled and really making headway into the curriculum and learning new things and new strategies to deal with our problems.

In Math-
We just finished up our long unit of Number Sense with a test and have now moved into a shorter unit of study, Measurement. We will be looking at studying our metric system as well as learning to problem solve for Perimeter. Hopefully we will be doing some fun and engaging lessons to look at real world uses for measurement.

In Language-
We are continuing to read our novel, A Boy Called Bat, and looking at character traits of our main character, Bat, and makes him unique and lovable. We will look at connecting with our friend classrooms through FlipGrid as well as Google Hangouts this week and discussing our thoughts and wonderings for this book. We will look at finishing our look at Descriptive Writing and looking at using amazing adjectives (describing words) to make our writing better and more interesting to read.

In Science-
We are seeing the end light of our Pollution project. We have been learning how our use of materials and plastic is destroying our world. We are seeing the wide spread effects of garbage and pollution on the animal world as well as our own, The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. We will be starting to use technology to share our new found knowledge with others in a pretty fascinating way. Stay Tuned!

Remember that Tuesday, the 23rd, is School Photo Day. Make sure to bring in your forms and wear your nicest clothes!!

Hope everyone had a great weekend and see you bright and early on Monday!

Mr. M

Monday, October 1, 2018

October Update

Hello all!

What a super quick month! I cannot believe that we are a month into our year already. We are settled into our routines and are really getting down to great work and learning so much from one another.

In Math -
We are moving into our Addition and Subtraction unit of whole numbers. Regrouping and borrowing are not easy topics but we are getting through it. Soon, we will be looking at Measurement and Perimeter to go with our adding and subtracting to put our skills to real world use.

In Language-
We are beginning our Global Read Aloud Project. This is a fantastic project where students and classrooms around the world come together and read the same books at the same time and talk to one another and enjoy reading together. Today we started our book, A Boy Called Bat, and read a couple of chapters. We will be looking at different aspects of the book together as a class, and look into any wonderings we have as we read. I am very excited.

At the same time, we will be continuing our writing and looking at using complete sentences (and avoiding run-on sentences), as well as continuing to look at capital letters and using the past tense. We will keep on Blogging so keep looking at your childrens' blogs.

In Science-
We are looking at Habitats and Humans Impact on our Environment. We have begun experimenting with and learning about coding with Makey Makey and looking at how we could use this amazing piece of technology in our Science projects. Stay tuned for some updates!

If you have any questions or concerns, please never hesitate to contact me.

Mr M

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!