FRANKLIN ST. P.S. CURRICULUM NIGHT 2014-2015 Mme Gama Salle 13 4/5 FI Introduction Student schedule Curriculum Overview School Website/Field Trips Parent-School Communication Classroom/Homework Routines Use of Technology Learning Skills and Report Cards Questions 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 Period Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 8:15-8:55 French French Social Studies Music French 8:55-9:35 Science Music Science Science French 9:35-9:55 French French/S.S. Science Social Studies French 10:25-11:05 Mathematics Mathematics Mathematics Mathematics Mathematics 11:05-11:45 Art Math / D.P.A. Mathematics Mathematics Health 11:45-12:05 Art Social Studies D.P.A. (Dance) D.P.A. (Dance) Social Studies 1:05-1:45 Phys. Ed. English French English English 1:45-2:25 English Phys. Ed. French English English 2:25-2:45 English Art French English English RECESS LUNCH Curriculum Expectations - Overview Curriculum expectations by grade and subject at www.edu.gov.on.ca French Literacy Reading 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. Writing 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. Media 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. Mathematics 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 English 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 conventions. 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.. Science 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 clips. 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, … Music 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 class. Health 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 healthy 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 yrdsb.ca/schools/franklinstreet.ps 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) 1-855-203-2994 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 !