Life Science: The Human Body


Hi grade 5’s,

Be sure to bring in your worksheets fully labeled so that we can learn more about the skeletal system. Recall your journal questions:

–          How many bones are in the skeletal system? (1)

–          Do you think a baby has more or less bones than an adult and why? (2)

–          What is the role of the skeletal system for the human body? (3)

–          What foods and activities help our bones grow stronger? (4)

–          A question and answer response for: (4)

o   Simple vs. compound fracture

o   Sprains and Arthritis

–          Describe the difference between: (4)

o   Hinge Joint

o   Ball and Socket

o   Gliding Joint

o   Immoveable Joint

o   Pivot/Swivel Joint

Be sure to be safe! Our bodies are very important!

Ms. Ward


PARENTS: Understanding our Child’s Behaviour

Understanding our Child’s Behaviour

            Raising a child is no easy task and developing a positive and nurturing environment for our children is often easier said than done. Life is stressful, busy and we don’t always have the time that we need for our children. When we see their behaviour acting up we need to do our best to remain calm and not to overreact. As children grow up they are “trying out” behaviour to see how it feels and to learn the boundaries of life and of the people around them. If we want to raise children who are positive and resilient we have to understand their behaviour and to address the negative behaviour when it arises so that we may guide them toward more successful ends over the long term.

    The following chart gives examples of some common behaviour that is found in children, methods of recognizing what is wrong, and ways of addressing the behaviour once we know it is there.


Child’s Behaviour

The Way They Make Me Feel

Solution to the Behaviour

Attention Seeking


This behaviour is solved by ignoring the negative behaviour of the child and praising their positive behaviour, or the behaviour that we wish them to have.

Control Seeking


Children who are seeking control, or power, need to be given a choice between two options and the time to consider those options. For example: “You can begin cleaning your room by collecting up your dirty laundry or by making your bed.   I’ll give you a minute to make up your mind.”

The child needs to approach a problem as if they decided to get there themselves, even if you have limited their scope of what their possible options are.

Control with Violence

Angry / Scared

This is usually a learned behaviour and requires the same treatment as a control-seeking child while developing strategies for coping with the violent outbursts.   Help the child find ways to separate themselves from a situation when they find that they are getting angry and to think, or breathe their way through the moment.


The child seems to go unnoticed.

This child generally has a very low point of self-esteem and requires a lot of praise. Compliment them on everything from how they look to how they are doing any activity.   Praise and more praise.


Math is fun!

Hi grade 4’s,

Here is the music conversion money that we did last week in music class, be sure to count your dimes!



Today we worked on the alignment of grids and how to read co-ordinates on a grid chart.

I hope all of you have finished your final grids with rulers and titles.

As promised, I said I would post the ‘Mathletes Battleship’ instructions for you on here so you can play at home on your own battleship boards:

Instructions: Start by placing your ships anywhere on the bottom multiplication chart. Next, choose who goes first by flipping a coin. Then to start the game, whoever was chosen to go first, asks their opponent either a multiplication or division question. The answer will determine whether it is a hit or a miss. It’s a hit if the answer is where you have placed a ship. You can mark a hit with the pins provided on the board on the top. A miss is if the answer of the question is not where a ship is. You can mark your misses on a piece of paper. You win the game by sinking all of your opponent’s ships. You only need one hit to sink a ship.




Dear families,

We are excited to announce that we are hosting our winter Olympic Play Day on February 18th 2014! The activities will consist of various Olympic sports for your child to experience as well as a hot-chocolate station to warm up!

The weather has cop-operated and the students should have a fun day outside, while learning about teamwork and sportsmanship.

Please help your child dress appropriately. We will be outside all afternoon. Your child needs to wear:

– a warm jacket

– Snowpants

– Boots

– Winter hat

– Mitts/gloves

If your child is not wearing the appropriate clothing, they may not be able to participate in our Winter Olympic Play Day.

Thank you!


The nature of Science?


Science is a truly amazing subject considering that its foundation relies on questioning and understanding the natural world and all its phenomena. As humans, we naturally want to learn why things are the way they are and constantly build on our prior knowledge. With maturity, we come to understand the links science has to the real world and use our problem solving skills unconsciously. As teachers, we need to become aware of those conscious actions and roadmaps used to attain knowledge and connect findings to real word situations. We need to go back to when we were children and how we learned science as well as apply our understandings of today’s generation and their mental capacities. If we can provide students with hands-on material and realistic, hands-on experiments, children will attain higher level thinking and continuously question scientific reasoning.

Not only do we need to provide students with a scientific basis of learning but also establish an understanding that science has its limits; as does, technology and engineering considering that they build off one another and depend on scientific findings. Science is always changing and has its restrictions. One limitation is that science is a social process that relies on people collaborating through procedures, and tests to analyse such findings. Publishing and sharing with the public or surrounding community is how society has acquired developmental knowledge. Considering the social nature of science, many findings are subject to biases and results that may have been overlooked. As teachers, it is our job to educate students to constantly question and ask ‘why’ – as our society depends on innovation, collaboration and the transformation of new talents.


To be completely honest, I do not remember a great deal of my elementary education; although I do recall not enjoying math to well simply because I did not understand it. I recall doing worksheets and homework for memorization purposes however, I did not end up memorizing just finishing the work on time. One technique that one teacher taught me is the acronym BEDMAS, as we spent a great deal of time learning division and repeated it constantly. The teacher seemed to be very adamant on all the students understanding the concept and engrained it in our brains. Perhaps if the teacher felt so strongly with all the subjects, the students would understand and enjoy the topics. Consequently, I had trouble admitting that I did not fully grasp concepts and felt uncomfortable asking for help or clarification. Perhaps this was due to a social acceptance among peers and the pressure to pass. I believe children go to long lengths to look ‘cool’ in front of their peers and will do what is necessary to achieve that appearance. Alike most of the students in the classroom, I struggled with a need to be right so that I was not embarrassed. Still to this day, I have trouble with multiplication because I was never constructively ‘forced’ to understand nor grasped the basic operations/concepts in helpful manner.

In regards to the teacher’s influence, I remember being subject to both male and female teachers for math but science was mostly taught by male teachers. Math was usually taught by the ‘homeroom’ teacher who also taught language and social studies. There were certain classes where we left homeroom for another teacher – one of them being science. I do remember lab tests and biology group work that had interesting techniques to bring out the fun in science. Perhaps this was due to the sex of the teacher or maybe his or her love for the subject.

From my own experiences, I understand that I need more education in basic skills in order to cater to my student’s needs and teach to all the varying developmental levels. I want to rid myself of anxious feelings that I have towards certain subjects and re-learn simple hands-on methods in order to enjoy the subjects. I want to teach the students HOW to do their multiplication tables not to just simply memorize, as well as WHY science is so important to our lives. My ultimate goal is to teach how FUN these subjects can be through the use of hands-on examples and motivators that will engage the students. Ultimately, I plan to utilize the subject material in order to promote useful and interesting outcomes that foster a love of learning.

What I hope to learn from this course is how to create an understanding of math and science for all the students without forcing them, embarrassing them or singling them out.

While I’m on the topic of math and science, be sure to check out the article:

“Are Teachers to Blame for Low Math Scores?” – by Sarah Michaelis (Thurs, Jan 9, 2014)


Dear Students,

My name is Ms. Ward and I am going to be your teacher this year for grade 2! I am so excited that you all will be in my class as I am a fun and creative person. I have had many great teachers from three different universities and love to teach! I hope you will all come to love learning as much as me if you already don’t! I like to use hands-on, fun examples and activities throughout my lessons because I know that all of you learn differently! I know some of you enjoy subjects like language or math more, while others like science or history perhaps, so I plan to make every subject fun and will make sure you all have a great time learning! Together as a class we will practice our listening skills and learn to participate as much as possible, even if some of you are a little shy! I promise to listen to you as long as you all can listen to me! It is very important that we all work together!

As for myself, I love music, theater, art and drama subjects! So please feel free to be as creative and interesting as possible in all of the subjects that we have together. I am Canadian and live right here in Toronto! I love animals and have two female cats named Jojo and Bear. I like to socialize with my friends and family just like most of you! Hopefully we can learn a little about your families soon with our first activity! Speaking of activities, our classroom will be a very exciting and busy place all year round and your participation is very important! I have planned many games, learning centers, projects and activities that will build a friendly and inspiring classroom. I can’t wait to start the FUN learning process with all of you!