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Room 107

Welcome to Grade 4/5/6. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and let you know how very excited I am to be your child’s teacher this year. Many of you may already know me as I may have taught your child in the past. I am looking forward to continuing to get to know your child, developing new relationships with them and beginning to learn together.
 
This year, Room 107 will be filled with ample opportunities for learning this year. We will immerse ourselves in reading and writing experiences to develop our language, we will further our vocabulary and language experiences in Ukrainian and we will inquire and investigate the world around us through questioning, inquiry, exploration and critical thinking. I see our classroom as a special place filled with discovery, creativity and sharing in great learning experiences.
 
We have a very busy year ahead of us and I look forward to your support. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. You can contact me at the school or by email at nserwylo@wsd1.org . Please send me an email with your contact information. I would like to be able to send out updates and reminders throughout the year.
 
English Language Arts:
 
Students will take part in both Writer’s and Reader’s Workshops. This year we will be focusing on the 6+1 Traits of Writing to guide our writing program. The traits include ideas, organization, voice,
The traits include ideas, organization, voice, sentence fluency, conventions and presentation. Students will explore writing through mini lessons, the use of writing samples and practice of a variety of types of writing. Students will write both narrative and expository pieces, such as persuasive, cause and effect, and sequence. 
 
Our Reader’s workshop will also be incorporated. Students will be given opportunities to develop the skills needed to become successful readers. They will explore different genres, authors and texts by asking questions, making connections to other texts and prior knowledge, responding to texts using Reading Response Journals and summarizing. Guided reading groups will occur throughout the year at the students’ instructional reading levels.
 
Students will complete word study work to assist with spelling, grammar and the understanding of the regularities, patterns and conventions of the English language. The Words Their Way program will be used.
 
Math:
 
Our Math program will focus on number sense, mental math and problem solving. Students will continue to develop their understanding and skills with respect to number sense, operations, decimals, fractions, patterns, statistics and probability. Through journaling, daily problems, basic facts practice and small group guided discussions; students will be able to show their learning and understanding, as well as set goals for their next steps in learning. Students will practice and use math talk to share their strategies and personal understanding of a specific topic, question or problem. Students will continue to build and develop their mental math strategies.
 
 Social Studies:
 
This year, students will look closely at Manitoba and Canada. We will explore living in Manitoba, specifically its people, places and communities. Events and stories of Manitoba’s past will help us better identify with and understand the province that we live in. We will study the history of Canada, from Confederation, 1867 to Present day. Students will look at the shaping of Canada and how the past has influenced the country we live in today. 
 
Ukrainian Language Arts:
 
Ukrainian language study will be taught through themes and units throughout the year. Students will continue to develop and practice vocabulary, building upon their prior knowledge of the language and conversational skills. Through daily reading and writing activities, the exploration of new themes, topics and materials, students will have the opportunity to practice their written and oral communication skills. Poems, songs and stories will also be incorporated. Students will actively take part in Ukrainian cultural events such as Easter Breakfast.
 
Health:
 
Students will continue to explore the Wellness Wheel. Weekly students will write about their own personal experiences within these pieces of the wellness wheel in their Wellness journals. Programs such as Second Step, Kids in the Know and Mind UP will be incorporated throughout the year. Students will also learn about personal hygiene, nutrition and family life. Yoga practice will be explored to complement the health and physical education programs.
 
Science:
 
Through inquiry and exploration, students will explore the following topics in Science: maintaining a healthy body, weather and sound. Science will be taught by Mr. Karpenko. 
 
 
Assessment:
 
Students will participate in classroom assessment by taking part in the development of criteria, setting and monitoring of personal learning goals and reflecting on their progress. Students will have opportunities to self and peer-assess their work. Students will receive descriptive and ongoing teacher feedback. Students’ progress will be assessed throughout the year in all subject areas.
 
Students will collect work samples throughout the year to share in both an electronic portfolio and in a growth portfolio at Student Led Conferences.
 
Homework:
 
Students are expected to read 20-30 minutes daily. These books will include assigned materials, classroom and school library books and leveled reading books. They are expected to hand in their Home Reading Logs, signed by parents or guardians every Friday. Other homework may include finishing up writing pieces, weekly reading responses, math practice, problem solving or completing unfinished work.
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