Congratulations to the girls volleyball team, who are headed to the B pool finals next Wednesday evening! No news yet on how the boys team is doing.
Several students have now finished the revising and editing stages of their speeches and are currently putting them on cue cards. I have asked that their good copy be on cue cards to save a step in the process. They may wish to hilight key points as they work towards memorizing their speeches at home. I will collect the cue cards from each student once they have presented in class. Some students have indicated they will be ready for the class presentation later next week. Others will have until the end of the following week to present in class. Thanks in advance for helping your child with their oral presentation practice.... using an expressive tone, eye contact, facial expression and gestures can add interest and hold the attention of the audience.
Please sign and return the latest math test on adding and subtracting strategies that went home yesterday. We are working on geometry now, so you can expect a test in mid February. We will post the specific date in agendas soon.
We will begin a class novel study on "Tuck Everlasting" next week. Much of the reading will be done together, while students will work on follow-up activities independently. Students will focus on plot and character development as well as inferring during this unit.
As part of our unit on persuasive writing, I will be asking students to create a brief book talk to persuade others to read a book. I have asked students to make sure they are currently reading a novel of their choice. Many students are currently reading as part of the Silverbirch club, and these books are perfectly suitable. An assignment sheet will be introduced in class and then sent home for completion. An oral presentation will then be made in class....but not until after all speeches have been delivered!
Our ski day was a great success...the weather was definitely on our side, with fresh snow and sunshine!! Thanks to those parents who were able to join us. Anyone planning to come curling next Thursday is welcome. You can meet us here at the school by 12:25 and ride the bus, or meet us at the Fergus Curling Club around 12:50.
Enjoy your weekend!