Just like that, October is over. We had a great month of Halloween activities and learning in room 209. Here are some things we did!
Here are a few of the highlights:
We went to Laughing Crow Organics with our little buddy class to pick out a pumpkin. In retrospect, it was far too early. Many of our pumpkins began to rot and our classroom smelled a bit like a giant compost by the end. Lesson learned!
Our class is helping the little buddies with an owl sewing project. It is the first time sewing for many of the big buddies, and they are doing very well. Sewing can be both relaxing and require a lot of patience. It is a great skill to learn.
We made yarn pumpkins with a balloon, yarn, and glue. It was super messy but fun. They look so great. Check out the picture to the right.
Some students took part in their first cross-country running race. Congratulations to all that took part!
We carved our pumpkins! The students did a great job. I love seeing the creativity and commitment to pumpkin carving!
On the Friday before Halloween, we had a class party and then the intermediate classes went to the dance. It was very exciting as it was the first dance for everyone in our class. The gym looked great and the DJ was awesome!
Learning this month:
In math we have been learning the value of big numbers and decimals so that we can take them apart to add, subtract and solve problems.
In social studies we have been learning about our government and discriminatory acts in Canada's past. Specifically, we have been learning about residential schools, the Chinese Immigration Head Tax, and the Komagata Maru. Students are learning that Canada’s policies and treatment of minority peoples have negative and positive legacies. The students will be starting their final project this week.
In writing, students have been using their memory pocket (as your child about brain pockets) to write using the writing process (planning, drafting, editing, revising, and publishing). They will be posting one example of their published writing to Seesaw this week.
For art, we learned about Tim Burton. Students made a character of their own using the characteristics that Tim Burton uses in his characters.
Things to come:
We will be starting a science unit on machines and energy as soon as our social studies project is done.
We will be starting a guided reading program this week. There will be reading homework at your child's reading level. More information on that to come.
Remembrance Day is quickly approaching. We will be doing a Remembrance Day Assembly on November 10th.
I'm looking forward to a great November at SHE. See you all at parent-teacher conferences!
This is the website/blog for Ms. McArthur's class.
I grew up in Pemberton in what is now the Blue Farm Organics house up the meadows. This is my fifth year teaching at Signal Hill. I have taught collaborate support, grade 6/7, grade 3/4, grade 4/5, and grade 4. I live in Whistler with my fiancé Ian and my dog Becky. We had planned our wedding for this year, but Covid got in the way!
My favourite activities include skiing, biking, golfing, hanging out with my friends and family, and being in the outdoors. My favourite food is sushi and any type of pasta! I also love playing games, reading books, and watching movies.
I am very excited to get to know everyone this year!
Take a look at some of my pictures! <--------
How to navigate my website:
The Monthly Blog will be updated at the end of the month to show you what we have been up to.
The Weekly Schedule page is where you can find our regular schedule for each week.
The Subjects/Projects page is where you can find more specific details about what we are learning about in class. I may post links for extended learning or videos for further understanding on this page. I encourage you to check this page often throughout the year so that you can ask your child questions about their learning.
The Resources page is where you can find links to online resources and our Google Classroom.
Let's have an awesome year of learning together! -Ms McArthur