GAMA curriculum night - York Region District School Board

Mme Gama
Salle 13
4/5 FI
Student schedule
Curriculum Overview
School Website/Field Trips
Parent-School Communication
Classroom/Homework Routines
Use of Technology
Learning Skills and Report Cards
Welcome to your child’s grade 4/5 classroom!
I will be teaching your child the following subjects:
 French literacy
 Social Studies
 Health
 Visual Arts
 Physical Education and D.P.A. (Daily Physical Activity).
Mr. York will be teaching Mathematics and English
M. El Aziz will be teaching Science
Mme Sadeek will be teaching Music (in French)
Mme Brosseau will be teaching D.P.A. (once a week)
Student Schedule
Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Social Studies
Social Studies
Math / D.P.A.
Social Studies
D.P.A. (Dance)
D.P.A. (Dance)
Social Studies
Phys. Ed.
Phys. Ed.
Curriculum Expectations - Overview
 Curriculum expectations by grade and subject at
French Literacy
 The students will be reading and analyzing a variety of text forms
during shared, guided and independent reading lessons. I will model
the use of reading comprehension strategies and good reading skills
with whole class picture book and novel read-alouds.
 Students will practise the application of reading comprehension
strategies with a variety of reading responses to their own homereading and in-class guided reading texts.
 We will focus on informational texts related to Canada, short novels,
magazines, media texts, persuasive texts and poetry.
 The students will practise a variety of writing forms in their “cahier de
rédaction” and “Mon journal”
 They will learn about the writing traits and writing process to improve
their writing skills
 The students will have opportunities to create a variety of text forms
including: a biography, narrative (fiction), book report and critique,
persuasive letter, informative speech, research report, and poetry.
 The students will examine a variety of media texts including print and
digital advertising and create their own media text using appropriate
techniques, forms and conventions.
Oral Communication
 The students will have daily opportunities to communicate in French
through discussions and small group activities.
 Students will practise active listening and speaking for a variety of
purposes such as in guided reading groups, at learning centers, for class
presentations, debates and in small group work.
Mr. York
The instruction in mathematics will emphasize conceptual understanding as well as
procedural knowledge. Students will have opportunities to solve problems, discuss their
math thinking with their peers and learn that a variety of strategies can be used to
determine a correct answer.
Patterning: determining relationships in growing and shrinking patterns
Number sense and numeration: whole numbers to 100 000/1 000 000
Data Management: collect and display data using charts and graphs
Measurement : perimeter, area, volume
Geometry: 2-D shapes and 3-D figures
Number sense and numeration: decimal numbers to hundredths,
proper and improper fractions, mixed numbers and percentages
Measurement :temperature and time
Spatial sense: cardinal directions
Algebra: using variables in equations
Probability: probability of an outcome represented as a fraction
Mr. York
 Students will practise a variety of reading comprehension
strategies including making connections, inferring,
summarizing, analyzing and evaluating texts.
 They will work on parts of the writing process including:
generating ideas and applying knowledge of language
 Student will reflect on their reading strategies (metacognition) and examine point of view in texts.
 Variety of texts we will explore include: fiction and nonfiction, graphic texts, magazines, advertisements, …
 Some assessments will include: journal writing, oral
presentations, book reviews, research project, short-story
writing, etc..
M. El Aziz
GRADE 4/5 topics:
 Light& Sound/Matter: Solids, Liquids, Gases
 Pulleys & Gears/Forces acting on Structures
 Rocks & Minerals/The Human Body
 Habitats/Energy Conservation
 The students will have opportunities to do hands-on
experiments with a variety of tools and explore science
concepts with interactive websites, books and video
Social Studies
Grade 4 :
 Physical and Political regions of Canada
 The students will explore the topics of Ancient Civilizations with an
emphasis on ancient societies dating from 3000 BCE to 1300 CE.
Grade 5:
 Responsible citizenship and levels of Canadian government:
municipal, provincial, and federal.
 New France and the interactions between the First Nations and the
Europeans (up to 1713).
Visual Arts
 The students will explore various art forms with an
emphasis on the elements of art: line, color, texture,
space and form.
 We will view artwork from various cultures and artists
 The students will create art to explore techniques and
experiment with different mediums
 The students will create art to communicate their
thoughts and ideas
 Sketching, painting, one-point perspective, shading to
create sense of dimension, 3-D art with recyclable
materials, painting, mask making, …
Mme Sadeek
 Main focus: Knowledge of musical elements,
including notation (written music) and music
appreciation (analysis).
 Areas of study/Units: Music in my life, singing,
recorder, listening, composition, reflections.
 Instruments: Vocal technique and tonal Orff
instruments. We will begin working with recorders
near the end of Term 1, at which time all students will
need to bring a recorder to school for every music
 Healthy Living: Making good food choices and
analyzing nutritional labels
Personal Safety: Identifying dangers on the
Internet, making good choices to keep safe
Substance Use/Abuse: Identifying dangers of
tobacco and alcohol, making good choices to stay
Growth and Development: Human development
and changes related to puberty
Physical Education
Your child needs to wear appropriate clothing for Phys. Ed. Being
physically active is very important. These are the units we will be
participating in:
 Track and Field / Co-operative games
 Badminton
 Ball sports (volleyball, soccer, basketball)
 Dance and movement
 Fitness and skipping
 Frisbee
Students will be immersed in skills before they begin playing
actual games. Expectations are centered around movement, tactics,
and skill.
School Website / Field trips
 Click on Junior classrooms and scroll down to find my name
 I will have monthly newsletters, homework, useful websites and
trip permission forms posted on my page on a regular basis.
 Some proposed field trips/events:
Grade 4: Tommy Thomson park: Habitats, Bruce’s Mill Security
Village: Safety, R.O.M.: Ancient Civilizations, Medieval Brass
Rubbings, Scientists in the School workshop;
Grade 5: Queen’s Park: government, Bruce’s Mill Security Village:
Safety, Scientists in the School workshop;
Parent-School Communication
 To report a student absence or late (before 8:15am)
 You may send me any notes via your child’s agenda. I will respond
either directly in the agenda or by phone.
 You may call me at the school for any questions or concerns at 905-294-
3562 ext. 113
 You will receive your child’s evaluations on a regular basis in a yellow
folder. The instructions with regards to the evaluations can be found on
the inside of the folder.
Classroom/Homework Routines
 Students are expected to speak in French at all times in the
classroom during their subjects conducted in French.
Students are expected to put forth their best efforts and be an
active member of the class.
Homework will be assigned in relation to upcoming projects or
incomplete classroom work. Some students may have more
homework than others depending on the completion of their
class work.
Please encourage your child to read in French on a regular basis
and to complete his “Carnet de Lecture” to win a prize!
Dates of tests will be posted on the homework board and
homework web site one week prior.
Use of Technology
 The teachers will be using the SmartCamera and LCD projector on a
regular basis to enhance lessons across all subjects
 Students will have opportunities to work on the classroom computers
for a variety of purposes over the course of the year, across subjects
 Students are expected to use computers only under the supervision of
the teacher and for the assigned task
 Students may not use electronic devices (including cell phones) during
school hours, including recess and lunch periods.
Learning Skills and Report Cards
 Throughout the school year, the students will be encouraged to reflect
upon their own strengths and areas for improvement in regards to the
six learning skills: Responsibility, Independent Work, Initiative,
Organization, Collaboration and Self-Regulation.
 In class, we will be discussing what each of the learning skills means in
the context of the grade 4/5 classroom.
 The learning skills appear in all three reports, with a particular
emphasis in the Progress Report.
 Progress Report: November 2014
 First Term Report Card: February 2015
 Second Term Report Card: June 2015
Thank you for listening !

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