September 17, 2013
Home/School
communication
613-825-4300
Students will write all homework assignments
in their agenda and...
September 17, 2013
HOMEWORK! DEVOIRS!
Homework
Grade 4, 5 and 6 students will be assigned between the French and
English t...
September 17, 2013
Library
Please encourage your child to bring his/her French
library book home for reading. Ideally each...
September 17, 2013
The Common European Framework of Reference for language learning is the inspiration
behind the new Onta...
September 17, 2013
Collaborative Inquiry
The Collaborative Inquiry for Learning – Mathematics, Early Primary
Collaborative...
September 17, 2013
11 Good Reasons to Teach Through Inquiry
1. Students are engaged because they are being challenged with...
September 17, 2013
As part of Comprehensive literacy, we will be focusing on
teaching our students strategies to enhance t...
September 17, 2013
In GRADE 5, our themes this year are:
1. Canada and World Connections: Aspects of
Citizenship and Gover...
September 17, 2013
In GRADE 4, our strands & topics this year are:
Life Systems: Habitats and Communities
Structures and M...
September 17, 2013
September 17, 2013
September 17, 2013
September 17, 2013
Teachers will find the various Information Communication Technology (ICT) tools
useful in their teachin...
September 17, 2013
Whenever appropriate, therefore, students should be encouraged to use ICT to
support and communicate th...
September 17, 2013
How can I help my child Learn French
• Ask questions about what is being taught
in class and suggest th...
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  1. 1. September 17, 2013 Home/School communication 613-825-4300 Students will write all homework assignments in their agenda and will bring the agenda home daily. The plastic pouch at the front section is very useful for inserting forms and money. Please review homework expectations with your child and sign the agenda everyday.
  2. 2. September 17, 2013 HOMEWORK! DEVOIRS! Homework Grade 4, 5 and 6 students will be assigned between the French and English teachers, on average, up to 40, 50, 60 minutes of homework a night respectively. According to the new Ontario progress report, homework is going to be assessed based on its completion and "may also be noted on the report as part of the evaluation of the student’s development of the learning skills and work habits" (p44 Growing Success). Homework is not included as part of the overall evaluation rather it is a means to practise skills, consolidate knowledge and skills, and/or prepare for the next class. It will consist of drills, practice, review, study, reading, researching and watching or listening to French Media etc. If there are circumstances which make it impossible for homework to be completed, please write us a note in the agenda.
  3. 3. September 17, 2013 Library Please encourage your child to bring his/her French library book home for reading. Ideally each student should have access to a French- English dictionary at home. Notebooks Notebooks and tests will be sent home periodically. Research on the internet On a regular basis your child will be encouraged to do research on the internet on a specific topic/concept or to find words in French. The initial research can be in English. HOMEWORK! DEVOIRS!
  4. 4. September 17, 2013 The Common European Framework of Reference for language learning is the inspiration behind the new Ontario FSL Curriculum. It is based on developing oral communication first. Many French teachers have begun implementing it in their teaching.
  5. 5. September 17, 2013 Collaborative Inquiry The Collaborative Inquiry for Learning – Mathematics, Early Primary Collaborative Inquiry and Student Work Study are examples of how the LNS is promoting collaborative inquiry in schools and boards. Through collaborative inquiry, teachers build and integrate new knowledge and understanding of student learning and classroom instruction into their existing knowledge of professional practice. Why teach through inquiry
  6. 6. September 17, 2013 11 Good Reasons to Teach Through Inquiry 1. Students are engaged because they are being challenged with relevant questions and issues that don’t have easy answers. 2. Teachers are engaged—inquiry restores intellectual excitement. 3. Inquiry mirrors the approach to learning that students will experience across a wide variety of disciplines in university. 4. Inquiries apprentice students in the patterns of thinking and specific strategies used by experts in the discipline being studied. 5. Metacognitive skills are developed in context as students make choices in the strategies they will use to research the question or problem, generate and test hypotheses, and share their methods and conclusions with others. 6. Robust questions and problems encourage the use of all three intelligences defined by Robert Sternberg (2001)—analytical, creative, and practical. 7. Learning is deeper because of the focus on meaning making. Students are involved in applying and integrating knowledge, rather than simply collecting and recalling facts. 8. Inquiry-based learning makes meaningful use of technology during the research and product creation phases. 9. Inquiry provides opportunities to easily differentiate for student readiness, interests, and learning preferences. 10. The grouping of diverse learners, which commonly occurs in the inquiry process, is also common in the project team approach that is central to 21st century workplaces. Students have meaningful opportunities to develop skills of collaboration, personal responsibility, and respect for different approaches to a problem. 11. Inquiry approaches to teaching are superior to more traditional approaches in developing the skills that some argue are especially important in the 21st century. These include the following: • critical thinking • problem-solving • transfer of knowledge to new situations • synthesis and evaluation
  7. 7. September 17, 2013 As part of Comprehensive literacy, we will be focusing on teaching our students strategies to enhance their reading and writing skills. French and integrated studies Social Studies/Science/The Arts Please note that our Language Arts program is taught through integrated studies (Social Studies and Science). The language skills are taught as required by the students to help them communicate orally and in writing to do their work
  8. 8. September 17, 2013 In GRADE 5, our themes this year are: 1. Canada and World Connections: Aspects of Citizenship and Government in Canada 2. Heritage and Citizenship: Early Civilizations In GRADE 4, our themes this year are: 1. Canada and World Connections: Canada's Provinces, Territories, and Regions 2. Heritage and Citizenship: Medieval Times In GRADE 6, our themes this year are: 1. Canada and World Connections: Canada’s Links to the World 2. Heritage and Citizenship: First Nation Peoples and European Explorers Social Studies www.edu.gov.on.ca
  9. 9. September 17, 2013 In GRADE 4, our strands & topics this year are: Life Systems: Habitats and Communities Structures and Mechanisms: Pulleys and Gears Matter and Energy: Light and Sound Earth and Space Systems: Rocks and Minerals In GRADE 5, our strands & topics this year are: Life Systems: Human Organ Systems Structures and Mechanisms: Forces Acting on Structures and Mechanisms Matter and Energy: Properties of and Changes in Matter Earth and Space Systems: Conservation of Energy and Resources In GRADE 6, our strands & topics this year are: Life Systems: Biodiversity Structures and Mechanisms: Electricity and Electrical Devices Matter and Energy: Properties of Air and Principles of Flight Earth and Space Systems: Space Science and technology
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  13. 13. September 17, 2013 Teachers will find the various Information Communication Technology (ICT) tools useful in their teaching practice, both for whole class instruction and for the design of curriculum units that contain varied approaches to learning to meet diverse student needs. (p 40-41) THE ONTARIO CURRICULUM, GRADES 1–8 Although the Internet is a powerful learning tool, all students must be made aware of issues of privacy, safety, and responsible use, as well as of the ways in which the Internet can be used to promote hatred. 2007
  14. 14. September 17, 2013 Whenever appropriate, therefore, students should be encouraged to use ICT to support and communicate their learning. For example, students working individually or in groups can use computer technology and/or Internet websites to gain access to museums and archives in Canada and around the world. Students can also use digital cameras and projectors to present multimedia presentations that document the testing and retesting of their design projects. (p 41) THE ONTARIO CURRICULUM, GRADES 1–8 ICT can also be used to connect students to other schools, at home and abroad, and to bring the global community into the local classroom. Technology also makes it possible to use simulations when field studies on a particular topic are not feasible. 2007
  15. 15. September 17, 2013 How can I help my child Learn French • Ask questions about what is being taught in class and suggest that the child teach you some vocabulary or structures. • Listen to your child read you the work they have written. If you do not understand listen then ask the child to explain what was read. • Encourage your child to interact in French with French speaking neighbors or acquaintances • Encourage your child to spend small amounts of time listening to French television (cartoons, sports, games, music videos). • Encourage your child to borrow French books from the library. Teachers understand that parents do not always have knowledge of French. Homework will not demand that you as parents be able to correct or help in the production of your child’s work. The most important thing for French is for parents to show an interest in the child’s learning. Provide your child with a French/English dictionary. In primary grades a visual dictionary is best. Later in grades 7 and 8 you might also want to get a Bescherelle (Verb Conjugations).

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